Monday, March 28, 2011

A Quilt for A Farmboy

Tractors and caps and plaids with that.....
   Several years ago, the farm boy received a set of bunk beds for his room; large, dark wood- they look like logs fixed together for a bed frame. We were now living on our homestead; raising our first livestock and preparing garden fields. Farm boy's taste has always run toward tractors and trucks; shotguns and rough stuff.
   We went to our local fabric store for ideas- I wanted to make him quilts for the beds; matching ones for both bunks. It didn't take him long to find his heart's desire: John Deer panels and plaids.
Tractors and dirt; every farm boy's dream.
   Together it came to be; tractors and caps with dirt mounds, plaids and that all important John Deer green.  Backed with plain muslin (his choice as well) and quilted with simple stitch-in-the-ditch style, the quilt was made in two's- identical for each bed.
   I made this quilt while homeschooling and answering phones for my family's business. Needing space to baste it, I strolled up to my parent's house to stretch the fabric over her large dining room table. Layers came together pinned in place for stability; I machine quilted a whole quilt in one afternoon while my mother took over the phones.
   Still today, the quilts grace the farm boy's beds; he wouldn't have it any other way. Though I often as to make him a new one, the old Plaid John Deers remain a treasure to him- a memory of days when we all came together to get things done. Days when we had lunch with Daddy and afternoons with Papa; when Mimi called down to the office to say before you go. When popcorn was popped and stories were told; when we made a quilt for a farm boy.  

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