Saturday, September 24, 2011

One more block for the Memory Quilt!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking for the post about the Destash for Malawi Challenge, please click here and we'll tell you all about it!

Of all the blocks so far, for this memory quilt (see here, here, and here and here for previous blocks), I think this one has the funniest story. But first, take a peek at it:

I know, I know, I am probably the worst, and the wonkiest photographer that there is! This piece is L-L-L-O-O-O-N-N-N-G-G, almost 48 inches, so that it can be placed along the side of the memory quilt. But hopefully you can see, the patchwork blocks on the sides are pinwheels of thirties fabrics, and the stitchery in the middle has tulips on the left, and the words: "Amster, Amster, dam, dam, dam!" and some music notes.

There is an old novelty song that goes this way:

There were three merry fishermen
 Fisher, fisher, men, men, men

The first one's name was Abraham
Abra, abra, ham, ham, ham

The second one's name was Isaac
I, I, sic, sic, sic

The third one's name was Jacob
Jay, ay, cub, cub, cub

They all went down to Amster-DAM
Amster, Amster, DAM, DAM, DAM
Now, I've related to you that my mom-in-law had four siblings, right? The youngest one was her little brother, and she was a pretty mischievous little girl!

Just to get him in an uproar, she would make sure he was in ear-shot and sing the final verse of that song! Then he would threaten her, "I'm going to tell mama that you said that word!"  She, of course, would continue singing it, and emphasize each and every syllable of that last verse . . . next thing you know, he's running top speed into the kitchen like a plow-horse that's been turned toward the barn at the end of the day!  She still grins when she relates this story! (None of you special peeps EVER did anything like that to purposely antagonize your siblings, correct? Yeah, right!)

I thought some of you might like to see the stitchery a little better, so here it is:

If you would like to use the tulip stitchery for one of your own projects, feel free. You can find it here on our blog, and when you click on the link, you'll end up at our very own filing cabinet at Google docs and be able to print it out.

One last block, and then it's time to put borders on and quilt it! I hope you have enjoyed seeing this memory quilt take shape! If the blocks were more consistently sized, I'd put it on Ole Frog Eyes for you to see, but these have all been wildly different sizes.

If some of you have been with me all along, I'd love to know what colors you think would look good as borders.



  1. What awesome stitchery, and loved the poem behind it.

  2. I remember singing that song!!!! And doing the same thing at the Amsterdam part LOL!!!!

    I think the blocks would look really pretty in white or maybe a pastel, but with all of the colors in the blocks...maybe white would be best to help them stand out lots =D

  3. Okay, I've never heard that song in my life. =) I don't know if I'm too young or too sheltered?!?!? =)

    Love the stitchery and the story is quite funny too....why do we antagonize our siblings?

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. This went with the quilt theme so well! This is going to be fun for you to give.


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