Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Lost Art

With the recent finishes of two vintage quilts I have been thinking back...  back when phones were attached to the wall and had a curly cord on it... when film had to be sent in to have photographs developed... a time when letters were a common way of communication...

Before Dave and I married we wrote letters to each other because we simply could not afford to make long distance phone calls to each other every day.  We would talk on the phone once a week... taking turns to make the calls so that we didn't run up the long distance phone bills for our parents (yes, we both still lived at home before marriage).

The art of writing letters is lost skill... Ok, maybe not totally lost.  Not long ago we received a letter from a friend that we had not heard from for over a year.  She shared about their travels and a recent visit to the Creation Museum in Kentucky (this is the museum that has Noah's Ark) and updated us on their children's and grand-children's activities and such.  

I also thought of the letters from the former German Prisoners of War that were sent to my Grandparents from 1946 to 1949 that I mentioned in my Grandmother's Flower Garden post

It made me realize just how bad I am about letter writing.  When the conveniences of life, like the phone, social media and email, distract us and snatch away some simple things in life.  I am certainly not denouncing technology because I am a user of all these things and they have allowed me to reconnect with some friends from my childhood as well as make new friends (like YOU!).  I enjoy the interaction and little snapshots of life that I get through brief "conversations" and comments.

BUT... I have decided that when we go out on our camping excursions I will be taking along a pad of paper to send hand-written letters to a few people that don't frequent social media and technology.  

I just LOVE getting notes and letters from friends... so why wouldn't they LOVE it just as much???  




I will personalize it even further by sending one of my "hand-sewn hello" cards... Have you seen them?  I started making them last year and they feature some of the local landmarks.  

<< These feature Fisher's Peak, but I have Stonewall, CO and the Spanish peaks as well. (below)

(I need to refine the Spanish Peaks cards, as I am not completely happy with the look... even though I took the outlines directly from a photograph.)







When I started making them last year I was thinking I would contact some of the local museums and gift shops to have them sell them. I have been lazy about doing that.  

Why?  

Because, I am actually afraid that there would be great interest in them and I would then have to mass-produce them to the best of my ability and grow tired of making them.  (I can only do about five at a time because they are cut with an exacto knife and my fingers get sore and tired.)  Is that weird???  Fear of success?  

Hmmm... I will need to jump over this hurdle and see what I can do.  I guess the first step is to make an appointment with a few local shops and see if there is an interest in them.  The other thing is to simply state that there is a limited supply available.  


When was the last time you received a hand-written letter?  
When was the last time you SENT a "thinking of you" note?

Leave a comment... it is almost as good as receiving a hand-written note in the mailbox! πŸ˜‰

Quilt Happy!

Melva


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Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
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Magic Crafts at Ulrikes Smaating
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Grandmother's Flower Garden

"If quilts have taken the country by storm, then the hexagon Flower Garden, or Grandmother's Flower Garden, or the French Rose Garden---whatever your locality calls it---well, it's a whirlwind."

"Listen in on any group of ardent quilt fans and you will hear frequent mention of this most popular pattern of the day and it is not hard to see why." 
Romance of the Patchwork Quilt - 1935 (From Patterns From History)

When I was asked to quilt a vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden for a friend I was excited... and then I was nervous.  Would I really be able to quilt it in a fashion that would match the hand-piecing done by a Mennonite quilter from Missouri?  I would do my best.

I had discussed with the owner of the quilt top about doing some posies in the flowers and helped her find some fabric for the binding and then set to the task of sandwiching the quilt.

I searched for photographs of other vintage flower garden quilts to see how they were quilted. The vintage quilts had traditional quilting in the hexies, but when I removed the word "vintage" there were Baptist fans, there were feathers and more... making feel better about my suggestion of posies and vines. 

I started with doing some vines in the "garden" background areas and then made my free-motion "posies" in the flower.



I had originally thought that the fabrics spanned several decades... the purple on the right I thought at first glance was some flower sack fabric from the 1930s and 40s, but after having a chance to really stare at it as I quilted, I realized it is not 100% cotton and probably from the 1970s... like much of the fabric appears to be.


So this begs the question... how old is "Vintage"?  Would this quilt be considered vintage?  Or just antique?

As I typically do while quilting, I let my mind wander... it again took me back to simpler times... time well before I was born... the 1940s and my grandparent's farm.  My Dad frequently talked about what a good cook his Mom, Katherine Schleich, was.  This fact was confirmed when some of the German Officers from the POW camp located near Trinidad, CO would argue about who would get to go to the Schleich farm for the day...




One day she had made doughnuts and one of the Officers had gotten powdered sugar on his shirt. 

She went to brush it off but he stopped her because he wanted to go back to the camp and brag that he was one of the lucky ones that had been with Phillip and Katy.

When the POW camp was disbanded and the prisoners were sent back to Germany my grandparents received letters for three years (1946-1949) from the men that had worked at their farm.  

The conditions that the men described in their letters after they returned home were awful...  




Did you catch that second paragraph???

Some of the men's letter had them practically begging for a care package from the US... one Officer even asked Philip and Katy to sponsor them so that he and his family could return to the US (Trinidad area specifically) and become citizens.  

I have a notebook of nearly 20 letters from the men that worked at my grandparent's farm.  But not all of them are in English.  (Not an issue for my grandparents since German was their first language)  I have ten letters that need translation.  Do you know anyone willing to do this???  Email me at MelvaLovesScraps@NolanQualityCustoms.com if you are willing to help me out.  I would love, Love, LOVE to be able to read the remainder of these letters.

Once the quilt was ready for binding I considered finishing by machine, but decided that this hand-pieced quilt deserved a hand-stitched finish.




I love look of the backing... 
the way the flowers match the binding makes my heart smile.

I had fun with the photo shoot...  Here are a few of my favorite shots.




This was at my Uncle's cabin in one of the back canyons of the area... His last name is Teegarden... he is a tea drinker (and a quilter & was featured in my Quilters Through the Generations series) !  How fun is that??? It is all about gardens!  πŸ’“

Below is another shot on one of the wood piles...




  
There is so much to love about this quilt...  the work and time that went into the piecing, the selection of the fabric that, as my husband said when he saw it, "screams 1970's", the fact that the owner of the quilt appreciates this so much and thought that it deserved to be finished.  And I feel good that it will have the opportunity to comfort those that will have the opportunity to snuggle up under it.  


Some quilters "rescue fabric" from the fabric stores and take it home to live in their stash and hopefully finds it way into quilts...  



I enjoy this as well. But I really love to rescue unfinished quilts and help them become finished!  Taking them from a closet or trunk  and allow them to be loved.

Leave a comment for me!  I love to hear from all of you in cyberland. :)  Did you know that you can catch up with me over on instgram and facebook?  I try to not cross-share, so you just never know what I might be up to or what you will see.

Quilt Happy!

Melva
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Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
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WOW at Esther's Quilt Blog
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Magic Crafts at Ulrikes Smaating
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Sunbonnet Sue Finish

According to The Classic Sewing Magazine Sun Bonnet Sue is known by many names including Dutch Doll, Bonnie Bonnet, “Sun Bonnet Baby,” and undoubtedly others, and is a textile image that has been popular for centuries. Widely portrayed in quilts, she is most often-depicted working, playing, and sometimes getting into trouble.

While Sunbonnet-clad little girls existed in quilt patterns of the 1800s, Sunbonnet Sue’s rise to folk image fame began in the early 1900s. Bertha Corbett Melcher published a book, “The Sunbonnet Babies,” in the year 1900, in which she depicted young girls with their faces hidden by bonnets.

In the published applique patterns that followed, Sue is typically shown in profile, wearing a large bonnet and an over-sized pinafore dress, similar to the illustrations in Bertha’s books.

Ladies Art Patterns was reportedly one of the first to issue Sunbonnet Sue appliques in 1900, and they later became available in catalogues. McCall’s pattern company also issued a version of Sue, available until the 1930s.

Sewists were enamored with the simple, happy scenes of Sue’s life, shadowed by her ever-present bonnet. During the years of the Great Depression, Sue’s popularity reportedly skyrocketed as people yearned for reminders of simpler times.

These blocks came to me via one of my husband's Aunts.  The blocks had been machine appliqued and then outlined by a running stitch - most likely by Dave's Great-Grandmother, Mary Chisholm.

As I considered how to set the blocks I thought that the outer border area needed something... but what???  I had time to ponder the options since I first I needed to applique one last Sue...




I'll be honest, I was glad that all of the girls had been machine appliqued onto the blocks... it made it fast and easy!  I had pulled a piece of vintage muslin that had come from a small collection of vintage fabrics I had received from my Dad's sister... she had gotten the fabrics from her mother (my paternal grandmother).  

I then sat down with some black embroidery thread to do the outlining, as Mary Chisholm did.  I had the dress and done and was ready to do the bow on the bonnet when I realized that she had "marked" the stitching line with some basting stitches.




On Mother's Day weekend I had pulled out some remnants of a vintage quilt repair that I had done a few years ago... I have reason to believe that it was a quilt done by the local Christian Church Ladies, including my Great-Grandmother, Lala Teegarden.  With the vintage piece I created a small wall hanging with a sweet message done in primitive lettering.  

I had a few more of these blocks left so I counted out how many hearts there were and I had JUST enough for a heart on each HST setting square and corners.  It was like it was meant to be!



To match the the girls, I did outline stitching on the hearts.  And because I wanted the girls and hearts to be the focus of the quilt, rather than any quilting, I did stitch in the ditch and simple outline stitching.  To finish it off, I chose a soft yellow for the binding



I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this project.  When I work on such projects I feel a special connection to the past... to family members that I never had an opportunity to meet and get to know.



A connection to a time of life that was so simple, yet satisfying.  Times when family and neighbors would gather in the evening to enjoy conversation, a radio show, a cup of coffee or a glass of tea.  I am not saying that living during the Great Depression (or before the Depression) was a walk in the park... not at all!

This quilt took me back in time and had me thinking of the simpler times of my ancestors... but was it really a simpler time?  Work was a challenge!  Life was a challenge!

They worked so hard for what they had... They lived off of farm animals they raised and food from a garden. They sold crops to earn money. They worked as seamstresses. They sold eggs. They honored the word of a neighbor and knew them by name and would enjoy a sit on the front porch... Maybe life was just less complicated a hundred years ago.

The advancement of machinery and technology have evolved and changed our lives in ways that our ancestors would never have imagined.  What would the maker of this quilt think of today's time?  (Mary Magdalene Graf Chisholm lived from 1871 to 1977) A time where phones are not only wireless, but go everywhere with us?  Would she understand that they are mini computers with access to information that used to be available only in encyclopedias or news papers... AND used as cameras, maps and compasses and more...  

Shoot, my Dad's parents were farmers... would they understand the modern farm equipment with GPS to let them know if the rows are straight and able to offer the best production for the field?  The special feed that is fed to the cows and chickens so that they produce more milk or eggs? Probably not... 


What did your ancestors do in life? 

Leave a comment to let me know... I love to hear from my readers.  Be sure to leave an email address if you are a an anonymous or no-reply reader.

One last photo... I happened to step behind the quilt when I was taking a pictures and had a pleasant surprise!  



Sometimes a look back can be beautiful, yet a little foggy... details of the past can be lost or forgotten or blurred.  Don't lose the memories of your family!  They can be precious and a rare connection to the past... a part of the past that has made you who you are now.

Piece Happy!

Melva
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Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
UFO Busting at Tish’s Wonderland
What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Colour & Inspiration at Clever Chameleon Quilting

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Break Away!

Last Tuesday Dave came in the house and said...

"We're going camping tomorrow.  I just can't do it any longer... I am tired and need a few days away."

Okay... It caught me off guard a little because we had planned on getting away, but I thought I had one more day.

There was so much I needed to do!  Where to start...  First things first, I finished the quilting on the vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden that I had been working on and then got the binding on the Sunbonnet Sue quilt ready for hand-stitching while we were gone.

I did a quick meal plan and fortunately didn't need to go to the store for anything!  Win!  That is one of the reasons I love my freezer meals so much.  They not only make meals easy at home, the leftovers are great as well! Most of the recipes offer three meals for us.


Wednesday morning we grabbed our clothes, food, reading materials and quilting project and hit the road!  We headed over Raton Pass and headed for Sugarite Canyon.  It was just a short 30-40 minute drive from our house.

In 2011 the area had been part of the Track Fire and suffered some serious devastation.  Large Ponderosa Pine forests and Aspen groves were destroyed. 






We enjoyed a 4-mile hike and took in the beauty of the area... yes, despite the scars left by the fire, there was new growth and the trees that did survive the fire looked healthy, strong and clean from the recent rain/snow storms that have been in the area.  Wild flowers carpeted some of the meadows.  There were wild iris, tiny daisies and small yellow and purple flowers... 

Birds were singing happily...  Hummingbirds were zipping around and I happened to see one land on a tree branch right next to the trail.  Turns out it was protecting its nest!  (I marked it with the red arrow.)








Upon our return to our campsite we enjoyed a quiet happy hour...

Don't worry I didn't forget about the quilt binding that was waiting for me. πŸ˜‰




I worked on the binding of the Sun Bonnet Sue quilt after dinner... until I could no longer see well and threading the needle was a challenge with the limited lighting.


The next morning we were a little disappointed that it was cool, overcast and a little damp... but we returned to the same trailhead as the day before with plans to go the other direction and make the large loop - 6 miles.   




We hiked up to the top of Little Horse Mesa.  It was a short .25 mile, up and back trail off of the main trail, a strenuous 300-foot climb.  The view would have been spectacular if we had been able to see farther than 1/4 of a mile!



While we were somewhat bear aware, we were a little lackadaisical because we had not seen large wildlife the day before because it was warm and mid-afternoon.  It was shortly after the climb to the top of the mesa that we startled a bear!  We had not been particularly quiet, but we certainly were not making an abundance of noise either...

I was in front and I suddenly heard some loud crashing through the brush... all I saw was a large bear butt that had crossed the trail, running toward the rock wall to our left.  Dave quickly grabbed me by the shoulders to put himself between me and the bear...  we listened carefully to assess whether there was other activity... like bear cubs!  The LAST thing we wanted to do was get between a momma bear and her cubs!  We could hear the bear that was attached to that big butt and he was NOT happy.  When we were certain that there was no further danger immediately in front of us on the trail, we walked as quick as we could (without running) to put some distance between us and that angry bear... calling out "YO Bear!"  and "MARCO" "POLO" so that we wouldn't startle any other dangerous wildlife...  Whew...



After making it to the lake we enjoyed lunch and continued on... without any further excitement!  Until...

We had about one more mile to go, but I was getting tired!  I needed more frequent stops to rest and water.  We stopped near the top of the last hill, near where these burned out trees were...



I was feeling as hollow as these trees... despite the copious amount of water that I had been drinking!  I sat and watched a busy little bumble bee that was buzzing around the tree stump there...  Dave was making observations of the area around us.  He spotted another bear near the rim rock of the mesa.  



He lost sight of him and knowing that the trail would take us even closer to the bear he decided that we needed to hike down a ravine through the woods to the road below...  He was moving fast... faster than I felt like I was really wanting to go safely... I was tripping over stumps and branches and was growing weaker... We startled some deer.  At least it wasn't a bear!  I would have been a goner!

Long story short... we made it back to the campsite safely.  I consumed great amounts of water and we took a nap.

I was sore for days after that exciting hike!  But we are already planning our next... It will be to the Great Sand Dunes.  Trust me... we will be better prepared for any wildlife encounters!

Here's a peek at the finished quilt... I'll be sharing its story with you soon. 




Do you take quilty projects with you when you break away from your everyday routine?  
What sort of projects?


Leave a comment... I love to hear from my readers. :)  

Piece Happy!

Melva

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What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
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Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Continues

Carole at From My Carolina Home released step four of the Minuet Mystery Quilt and I made quick work of it...  




It involved connecting the flying geese units and the light/print bricks.


The piecing of the mystery quilt is so similar to life... we don't always know what the end result of a situation will be.  We simply trust the designer of life.  In the quilting world, we trust that the designer of the quilt pattern.

In book 11 of the Patchwork Mysteries, Squared Away, the lead character reflects on a similar topic...

"Sarah thought about how life was often like a quilt.  One piece may not go exactly the way she hoped, but in the end God had a way of pulling all the disparate pieces together and creating a story that brought Him glory."

"As she studied it, she realized it was a great example of what God did in her life.  He took the beautiful things he had created, then added in scraps and pieces here and there to complete the picture.  And what he worked was always beautiful, even if it was not exactly what she had in mind.  


A smile creased her lips as she considered the quilt.  Would anyone else see the story woven into the mix of squares?  Unlikely.  But she knew.  And today that was enough."


This has become the primary purpose of my blog... to share the stories of the quilts I make.  To answer the why's of my choices... of fabric, color, patterns, etc.  And, on occasion, I answer the how's with a tutorial... or how I organize my life to allow for more quilting time with freezer meals and quick prep meals.




In just a short time the next clue of the mystery quilt will be revealed and will probably reveal whether or not my fabric choices were acceptable or not... but then again, when can you really go wrong with scrappy??? πŸ˜‰



Do your quilts tell a story?  
Will your family or the recipients of your quilts know the story?  Your story?


Leave a comment and let me know how you record your stories... I'd love to hear from you!

Piece Out,

Melva

Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Quilters Through The Generations series
Are you a member of a family of quilters?  
I would love to share your story!

Email me at MelvaLovesScraps@NolanQualityCustoms.com and let me know you are interested in being part of the series. 


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Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
UFO Busting at Tish’s Wonderland
What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag


Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 Color Challenge - May - Lime Green







Jen at Patterns By Jen chose lime green as the color of the month.  Her inspiration for the color came from the Spider Mum.



When I headed to my fabric closet I quickly learned that I had a very limited supply of lime green fabric... and NONE with large enough pieces to get 7" squares cut from them.  I vowed to NOT purchase fabric for this challenge, so I set the pattern aside for a week... 

maybe in hopes that some would just reveal itself??? 

... or maybe in hopes that I would receive a random gifting of fabric from someone cleaning out a closet or stash of their own. It has happened a few times now, so it isn't completely out of the question.

As I finished some  other projects and blocks of the month, Jen's pattern soon arrived back at the top of the pile again.



I once again headed to my stash of lime greens... Nothing new had come forward, but as I looked at them I thought of the All About Strings blog hop that I participated in back in March.... and the inspiration hit me!  Like a coconut on the head!  String piece the blocks! 

As I prepped my 7" string pieced blocks, making two light and two dark, I had the silly little song pop into my head... πŸŽ΅You put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up 🎢

When our girls were teenagers and involved in youth group they had some very creative and energetic youth leaders who would plan fun activities like scavenger hunts.

They once did a photo scavenger hunt where they had a list of things to photograph and a disposable camera.  They were to find as many things on the list, snap a picture and then drop off the camera to the local photo developing place for one-hour developing.  

Another time they did a video scavenger hunt with similar rules of having a list and a time limit.  When everyone had returned to the church they watched each team's videos to determine which team successfully filmed the list items.

The teams had to be really creative... I mean, how do you capture John 3:16 in a photograph?  Well, the team with the youth named Jon had it easy... they placed him in front of a store front with the address of 316.  

How do you film a re-enactment of a miracle as told in the Bible?  You look for a shallow puddle and have one of the youth members walk in it.... giving the appearance of walking on water!  Lol!

The team that Dave and I chaperoned had three girls and two guys and they were quite a hoot!  In between all of the stops of the video scavenger hunt they were singing...  any guesses???



My hunt for lime green fabrics was a little like that youth scavenger hunt... I had to find the appropriate shades... AND I think it really captures the narrow petals of the flower.



Now, the idea of lime and coconut together does not sound appealing to me...  Key Lime pie sounds good... and Coconut Cream pie sounds good as well.  

And if you google the meaning of the lyrics you get quite a colorful, as well as a variety of meanings and descriptions.  One stated that in Jamaica the combination is used to lower blood pressure!  Who knew???

But, the scavenger hunt thing got me thinking about how fun a Quilter's Scavenger Hunt would be during a shop hop or even a guild meeting.  

Now, since my community doesn't have a guild and the LQS is Wally-World,  it isn't really something that I would be able to participate in.  And I have seen some scavenger hunts in a few magazines where you visit assigned websites and search for a particular item...  it just doesn't seem as much fun as participating in a hunt with friends and other quilters in person.


Have you participated in a Quilter's Scavenger Hunt?  
What sort of items would you include in the hunt list?

Let me live vicariously through you... leave a comment telling me about your scavenger hunt fun!

Piece Happy!

Melva
Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Quilters Through The Generations series


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Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
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Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts
UFO Busting at Tish’s Wonderland
What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag
Color Challenge by Patterns By Jen

Saturday, May 11, 2019

No Guilt::Go Quilt - Breakfast - May Flower Baskets

I am rarely in my studio after 5 pm... I am not a late night person by any means!  I am much more of a morning person and I have been known to go in there very early... like 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. or earlier if Dave happens to be gone overnight... and I tend to "get lost" in there and won't emerge until around 10 or 10:30 to head to the shower.

If you happen to be a late-night owl and quilt away until you realize it is way too late, before you head off to lay your head down on your pillow for some Zzzzz's, you should wander into your kitchen and throw together an overnight crockpot breakfast that will be ready for you when rise.

Or, if you are an early riser like me, you can do as I do and sneak to your kitchen and do the same.  The cook time and temp are the only things that would change and are indicated at the bottom of the recipe...




As is normal, I modify the recipe to fit to my restrictions... You can substitute turkey bacon (affectionately referred to as Facon in our house πŸ˜‰ ) or turkey sausage for the ham... and almond milk for the whole milk.  No need to bother with the need to saute the Jalapenos... You can use diced green chilis or just toss them in raw.

We had a house guest recently.  And when I got up to start the coffee I pulled together some breakfast in the crockpot since I wanted to be able to grab an hour or so in my studio first thing in the morning and knock out the May blocks for the A Time for All Seasons BOM.  The May block was designed by Joan at Moosestash Quilting.




The floral print in the star points reminded me of May Baskets and the May Pole Dance.

I have fond memories of making the small cone shaped baskets out of construction paper with a pipe cleaner handle and filling them with flowers at school.  Sadly, because of the remote location of our house, I was never able to leave the basket on a neighbor's door... 



As a child, I loved watching the patterns being revealed as the different colored ribbons were woven in and out and up and down in the May Pole Dance.... πŸ’“  much like the 4-patch blocks cris-crossing the block.

The official start of Spring is in March... however, from the brief history lesson I had as I searched the origin and meaning of the May Day celebration, it seems evident that many celebrate the start of Spring a little later than March.  As a Colorado girl, I know better than to plant outside until after Mother's Day... though I say Memorial Day, because I have lost too many plants and flowers to a late frost.  Yes, even after Mother's Day!  


Mother's Day can be challenging for so many... It is a "holiday" that ranks up there with Valentine's Day in my mind... it is very much a "Hallmark" holiday.  I strive to love my family and friends every day and let them know that they are loved and thought of every day... So, why do I need a special day marked on the calendar to tell me to do that?

Hmmmm.... Maybe I sound a bit scrooge-ish... None the less, these are my honest feelings. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms -- wannabe moms, birth moms, stepmoms, bonus moms, adoptive moms, mentor moms and spiritual moms. And especially to friends for whom this holiday will be hard. Friends who will be standing by gravesites this Mother’s Day. Friends whose moms haven’t been a part of their lives in many years. And those who have challenging relationships with their moms who try to navigate Mother’s Day with grace but some necessary distance. Have a blessed day


The month of May is typically full of celebrations... May Day, Mother's Day, Graduations, Weddings, Memorial Day, last day of school and more!  
What will you be celebrating this May?  

Please share by leaving a comment... I love to hear from my readers.

Happy May!

Melva
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