The Crazy Quilt Poem

A Jingle for the Little Ones                     

The Crazy Quilt

O summer sunset give to me

The crimson glow you shed.

Violet give me of your blue-

O rose give of your red.

O parrot give me all the green

That round your neck is spread.

O thistle give me of your down-

O spider weave me thread.

I want to make a Crazy Quilt

For my dolly’s bed.

Fred H. Shauffer

Good House Keeping

July 10, 1886

This poem was posted on a bulletin board page in the Quilter’s newsletter Magazine, July/August 1994.

My mother in law who is such a thoughtful individual gifted me four boxes of old quilting magazines… Will add picture soon.

The last two night I have been reading and marking.  Making list in my head as I go. The one big difference I see in the old and more recent magazines is the way the articles are written. It is not so much that pattern directions have improved it is the fact that there is not as much journalism and history in the newer magazines.  I have been pulled in to the older magazines as I am into a good book.  Some written by husbands on the ways they are coping with being married to a quilterholic another by a housewife that provides direction on how to get a vacation to have time to quilt. Though they may be long they keep my attention.  The newer ones I have a tendency to mark more for my “To Do Wish List.”  I must admit I am more drawn to today’s fads.

One article to share with you is Sketchbook in the American Quilter – Summer 1992, Vol VIII, No2.  The editor writes about Lucretia Romey’s sketchbook pages, which detail her way of seeing the world and recording what she observes. The notebooks serve as the basis of her quilts. In another magazine article , the author suggested that all quilters take a basic drawing class.  Do not remember which one of the 27 magazines I had read, suggested that.  Yet, I think I can see from this article it is important!  Improving your drawing skills can improve your quilting! Imagine that!


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