Welcome to Treadlestitches!
It's finished! Safe at Home is my name for my house quilt, one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for 2020.
Last week, it was a roadblock. This week, it's done and the way ahead is clear.
The pattern I used is called Home Made, was designed by Monique Jacobs, and was published in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, issue # 162. I used the house pattern, but made more blocks and set them differently than the original.
When I started making the blocks in January of 2020, I had no idea what the year would bring. I was just having fun using scraps of vintage fabrics, feedsacks, and 1930s reproductions in the color of the month.
In March, the illness and death of the pandemic hit New York hard, and it was suddenly terribly real to all of us all over the country. Home was more important than ever, as millions of kids (including our grandchildren) started virtual school, and millions of adults either worked from home or were unemployed.
This quilt will always represent 2020 to me: the worry and fear we all felt every time we sneezed or coughed, the hilarious zoom fails of virtual preschool, the mask making, the dreaded toilet paper shortage, and the uncertainty still hanging over everything.
My youngest grandson, whom I call Baby Buddy, was not really in a posing mood yesterday. He's sort of ho-hum about the whole thing.
And the blue ice cream cones! I looked up some blue colored ice cream flavors on Wikipedia, and was surprised to find out about Blue Moon ice cream, invented in Milwaukee! So I'm saying the cone on the bottom left is Blue Moon. Above it is Blue Heaven, a blue colored Australian ice cream flavored with vanilla and raspberry (mine has little candies), next to a Blueberry ice cream with raspberry ripple and tiny sprinkles. Lastly, we have a truly original imaginary flavor, blueberry with Victoria sponge cake, strawberries and cherries. All this, and no calories.
Outside, the rhubarb is getting taller and looking very healthy. Little Buddy hoped it might be ready to cut. I made him some rhubarb cake from last year's canned rhubarb, so he's content to wait a little longer.
Leaves are appearing on the black raspberry canes, an encouraging sign.
Spring is progressing as it always does here, two steps forward and one step back. There was frost on the grass this morning, but sunshine the rest of the day.
I'm wishing sunshine for you this week, and blue skies.
Cheers for reading,
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