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Stitches and stories

I really meant to post more this week, but it seems that the week before Spring break was a blur at school (and at home for that matter). I suppose it is what it is, and as long as I post something at some point, it is a step up from the past year with plans to start this blog and then never doing anything. So here we are the first Sunday of Spring break 2021. Germany is still basically in lockdown thanks to the pandemic, so that means no real travel can be planned. Oh the fun of travelling...from room to room in the house.

To make up for not being able to go anywhere, I did take a break (so far) from watching Netflix and instead have been doing some sewing and brainstorming. I cannot wait to see how this quilt works out...such pretty purples; they remind me of the crocus that pop up out in the yard.

I think this quilt will turn out really lovely and I think perhaps I know just the person that it will be for. She does love purple! Pretty easy pattern, but all those seams to be pressed open...that is time consuming, but looks so much better in the end and things are so much flatter; well worth it. I hopefully will have the top done tomorrow; we will see.

Now you might be wondering, "Ok, I get the stitches in the title, but what about the stories?" So let me tell you. I got this great idea to make the grandkids a quilt for Christmas this year (fingers crossed that I actually get them finished), but I wanted to put something with it, and knowing that I love to give books, it seemed that a book with a quilt somehow interlaced into the story was the perfect fit. The problem is, I don't want to give the same book to everyone, especially since there are multiple grandkids in each household. My first choice of books is The Quiltermaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau. It's a lovely story, you should read it if you haven't. But, as I said, I do not want to give the same book to each person, although I suppose if I wrote a special passage in each book, it could work.

At any rate, I started to look for story books that included quilts somehow in the theme. There really are some very good ones out, and if I had more granddaughters it might work, but the grandchildren are predominantly boys and there really are few stories that include quilts that also have boys as the main character. I know, it is not PC at this point in time to have anything that is not gender neutral, but some things just work better in my mind, so I want something that isn't primarily boy or girl. Thus comes the second part of the title...stories.

Perhaps it should just be story, but stories goes better in the title (and if we include this blog posting I guess I was thinking of stories). Since there are few books that fit the bill of what I want, I decided to write my own. One that would focus on the grands (boy or girl) and that when I make a quilt I make it with love, and that love in the quilt is like a hug for them. I think I have the story (obviously, this will be a very short book) and will have to figure out the illustrations. Then, I am assuming I will have to self publish, because I have no clue how to attempt to get get published by a company, nor do I know that any would be interested and in truth the point is a story for my grands anyway.

That all being said, I guess I need to get back to the sewing and brainstorming to see what I end up with. I love when it is break from school (don't get me wrong, I love my job, but I also like times when I can do whatever, and it's ok to not necessarily do anything to do with work). I guess we will see how long it takes for me to post next time :)

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