I must say, I feel a little silly entering this quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I mean, after reading Erica's post over at craftyblossom, I almost perished the thought of entering at all. I mean, my quilt is about....chickens. A far cry from the kind of heart and meaning in so many of the other quilts in this festival. But, then, a very different urge took shape, and I realized that, in the spirit of our bloggy community, this is not about comparing, but about how All Things can have heart and meaning.
And, after all, it's not just about chickens.
It's about beauty.
And growing. . .
. . . and growing.
And the miracles of Mother Nature.
It's about my kids, who LOVE these hens.
And yes, as my husband might insist, about re-living a bit of my childhood.
It's about remembering my mom, Marie Louise Linder McKey, who would just stand beside the (much bigger) coop we had growing up, happily watching her brood.
About finding a whole new way to quilt...with wood! and circular saws! and hardware cloth! and TufTex roofing!
and awesome barn red paint! Who-da thunk?!
This quilt is a fun celebration of all these things.
(and, of course, about re-discovering these fun fabrics I've had for YEARS, now that I've organized my stash....)
It is a sweet quilt.
It reminds me of things in my life that have heart and meaning. And it reminds me of how grateful I am to have found this blogging community. For instance, Ashley at filminthefridge inspires me daily, as her design did here.
So that's my entry. Hope you like it. Oh, and if you think I'm in love with my hens now, wait til they start laying (late summer...)!
Why don't you give it a try?