Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mary Lou's Family Flies to South Dakota to see Her Grandma

Sometimes you work on a story quilt that has such a strong memory it is nothing but pure heaven! Every summer my family went to South Dakota (we drove). It was a long hot, long boring,long drive and my brother and I fought half of it. :0) One day when my Dad and I were out, he pointed to a kid across the street with a whirley hat on. He said"see that kid over there?" "Well, they have motorized those hats and next summer you and Mom and your brother and I are going to fly to South Dakota!" I was at a tender age and I believed him-I thought about that for years. Before my Mom died a couple of years ago I told her about that and she looked at me and laughed and shook her head because she knew how "imaginative and silly" my Dad could be. I think that is where I got many of my creative ideas and my brother who is a wonderful musician got creativity from him too. I love this quilt and have put some of the places we visited on it. It is at a Museum right now and as soon as I get it back, I am adding more memories from the trips to it. Won't you think about a trip you took as a kid and do a story quilt? It is SO much fun and then your memory lives in and not just in your head.

By the way, I have been adding funny things and photos on the column at the right and it changes all of the time, so as you scroll down, don't miss from of the funny things and nice thing to look at. A little humor and color keeps us smiling!


  1. I love how you incorporated the flying into your piece, really makes it so much fun to remember something your dad said.


  2. Sounds like you grew up with a really fun dad. What a terrific quilt! I guess it's true what they say about the apple not falling far from the tree. :-)

  3. Such a sweet memory and such a darling quilt to tell about it!

    Your dad sounds a lot like mine. My cousin was visiting from Florida one summer. Pop convinced her that brown cows gave us chocolate milk. In the fall when she went back to school, she got in big trouble arguing with her new teacher about it. She said she knew her Uncle Horry wouldn't have told her a "story" and it just had to be true! LOL :~D