This season of my life (I’m turning 78 this month) is teaching me what bitter sweet means. While I feel life is deeper, sweeter, and more tender than when I was younger; it also is a season where I grieve good friends who die suddenly. This is one of those grieving times. Last week I lost a dear quilter friend who was part of the Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia group. Her kindness to me has been an example of how to be a friend and she will always be remembered with love.
The Drunkard’s Path quilt top is finally sewn together, and I am debating adding a white border to it. It is 60 inches square now....Maybe adding a 5 inch border on all sides. What do you think? It will be lap quilt size, either way. See below two pictures of vintage quilts, commonly seen with and without a border.
As I was making the Drunkard’s Path blocks, I remembered a story about my father that I thought you would enjoy.
My Dad became a Christian while on an army ship, traveling to Europe to fight as a soldier in WWII. After he was wounded, he returned home, went to college on the GI Bill, and later became a pastor and also a school teacher.
When he came home from WWII, with his new faith, he was earnestly against drinking. I remember that he took Life Magazine (a popular magazine in the 1950s) and cut out every page advertising drinking in the issue. He taped them all together and rolled the paper into a scroll. He spoke at schools and churches for a temperance organization. This was in early 1950s and I was 7 or 8 at the time and my brother, Jerry, was 2 years older than me. He would have us stand on the stage and dramatically unroll the scroll of liquor advertisements - Jerry at one side of the stage and Judy at the other side, holding the long scroll between us. Then he would begin his talk about how all these advertisements in just one issue on a popular magazine was so bad. It made a big impression on me as a little girl.
So I had this memory as I am making a Drunkard’s Path quilt. The temperance movement was probably the reason for this block’s name. Also another block, the T block, is said to be named for the temperance movement.
What is on your design wall this Monday? It seems like we are all getting a lot of UFOs finished during this pandemic, which is comforting during the sorrow going on. If you join in, be sure to mention Design Wall Mondays and how much fun we have seeing the linkups each week. Also a link to this post from somewhere within your blog post is necessary. Thank you so much.