I've put together row one of a Mother Goose Quiltie.
Martha at Q is for Quilter is releasing a pattern each Sunday. These were originally published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1920. Illustrations were by Ruby Short McKim.
I'm stitching on 10 inch pieces of muslin like the original. As a side note...these were originally meant to be stitched by children as part of a contest.
I've been thinking of making some hope chest quilts for descendants I may never even know - baby quilts paired with some of the old books I have around here.
That got me to wondering if parents still read Mother Goose rhymes to their children.
This Mother Goose book was a baby shower gift. That "baby" of mine is now 41 years old. If I remember correctly the person who gave me this book said she "purchased" it with several books of S&H Green Stamps. Remember those?
When I used to read nursery rhymes to the kids I would ask questions like: "Would you like to live in a shoe?" , "How many children do you think lived in there?", "What do you think she will live in when the shoe wears out?", "Have you ever seen a shoe as big as a house?"
"What were they going to do with the pail of water?", "What's a crown?", "Next time you fall down should I put some vinegar and brown paper on you?"
"What song do you think those fiddlers were fiddling?"
"What would you do if you were king for a day?"
What I didn't ask...
"What was he smoking in that pipe that made him such a merry old soul?"