How cute are these scrappy blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book? I have wanted to make a quilt for my grandparents for a while now, but was unsure of a pattern or colour scheme I wanted to use. Enter the Farm Girl Vintage book. One look at a quilt on Pinterest from this book and I knew it was the one. Unlimited customization options, a sweet scrappy look and, most of all, a farm theme. I also want one of these quilts for myself, so I have been making duplicates of some of the blocks; it’s much easier to make two at a time then repeat the entire process later on. I love being reminded of the quilts and projects these scraps are derived from; some recent and some years ago.
My grandparents are dairy farmers, as were their parents, back several generations. My grandfather turned 80 this year and was born in the house in which they live. The farm has been in the family since my ancestors arrived in Canada from Ireland in 1833 and it’s where we would go as children to play with our cousins, learn about cows, milking and “real” production farming. Much different than the hobby farm we grew up on.
These visits created so many memories for my sisters and I growing up. We played in the hayloft and helped bring the cows in for milking with my grandfather in the evening. Inside the house, my grandmother has mad kitchen skills, and we would always be well fed three square meals a day, plus dessert.
I live far away from the farm now and only get to visit a few times a year. Still, driving down the gravel laneway under the maples and being greeted at the back screen door by my grandparents is a very familiar and comforting feeling. Some things do stay the same, for a time, anyway. This is my way of saying, I love you, and thank you for giving me these memories to have for a lifetime.