Memories surround me of my trip to Athelstan Iowa last summer. I met some long distance friends I’ve made through the journey of tracing the origins of these 1934 squares. I made new friends. Every single moment of the trip is savored. My only regret … that it was not longer.
The Summer 2015 issue of Quilter’s World has a recap article of the presentation of the squares to the Taylor County Historical Museum. Unfortunately I had to cut the piece I submitted by over half. Also, the 16 pictures I sent with the feature were trimmed down to 8.
I’m itching to return, to visit with my friends in Taylor County. But … not now. It’s a cold day here in north Texas, 34 degrees, with light drifts of snow here and there. Close to us, but not a single snowflake in Roanoke. Our nighttime low tonight is 21 degrees. But I flip over to the Bedford screen on my phone. I see that it’s 10 degrees there right now, with an expected nighttime low of -8 degrees. Nope. I think I’ll wait to late summer/early fall before dropping in to visit.
I often think of how difficult the winters there would have been in 1934. Cold and snow, like now. But no central heating. Lots of fireplaces and wood burning stoves I imagine. Quilting would have been an important part of the women’s lives, not only for a creative outlet, but mainly to keep their families warm.
Since I’m anxiously awaiting the summer publication of Quilter’s World, which won’t be out for several more months, I’ll post a few photos here that didn’t get included in the final article.
Stay warm , my Iowa friends!