T is for Tulip Quilt

tulip-quilt

The last “lap” of the tulip quilt was turned over as the fading sun lit up the west window of the “best room,” and long shadows played over the porch. They took the quilt out of the frames, then, unrolled it and spread it out on the floor for inspection.

The text is from page 129 of Little Amish Schoolhouse, by Ella Maie Seyfert, 1939. Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2014

 

S is for Star of the East

star-of-the-east

Even quilt patterns were not immune to our passion for dancing. . .”Star of the East” , “Derby,””Gamecock”, were all names of famous Clipper Ships of a past era; they were also the names of contra dance tunes.

The text is from the article “Along the Contra Trail,” by Ralph Page, in Northern Junket: Folkdances, Contras, Squares, Folklore, Recipes, 1953. Click here to read it online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2014