I hope you all have a wonderful happy safe Fourth of July.
Fourth of July holds some sweet childhood memories for me.
Our entire family used to gather at my mother’s aunt and uncle’s place for a huge potluck dinner, complete with home-grown watermelon and homemade ice cream, lots of fireworks for the kids, and plenty of fun stuff to do.
It’s the first time I ever got to try bouncing on a Pogo stick . . . remember those? I never did get the hang of it.
The women scurried and bustled about getting the huge buffet table ready and keeping track of all the kids, while the men were in charge of freezing the ice cream, keeping conversation going, and playing horseshoes.
When it got dark, we all lined up on blankets on the grass to watch the nearby town’s large fireworks display, which we could see from their back yard. We’d go home late, full as ticks from the feast, exhausted from all the play, with a few mosquito and chigger bites to show for it. Aaaahhh, those were the days!
I hope you have lots of good memories of your own, and are continuing to make more every day.
To help celebrate this landmark of summer, I’m having a give-away. I have a new pattern coming out next week, and it’s a patriotic one. Yeah, yeah, I should have had it out sooner, but life happens; besides, Americana is “in” year-round, so it’s never a bad time to whip up a patriotic quilt, is it?
It’s so new, I don’t even have pictures yet, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that you’ll like it — it’s kinda different. I’m giving away 2 copies of the pattern here, and all you have to do to get a chance to win one of them is leave a comment. I’m also giving away 2 copies over on my other blog, so you can hop over there and leave a comment for an extra chance to win! I’m drawing the winners on July 8.