Jane Wickell at about.com Quilting is hosting a quilt along of sampler quilt blocks using scraps. I've joined in because it's very doable at two blocks a month. The first block is The Road to California. As soon as I saw the name of this block I thought of my brother's son who lives in California with his wife and two children . I truly love the classic blocks. This block was created during the move west by so many Americans. I made the block today, and plan to make another using different fabric, as mentioned by one of the forum members on Janet's forum. This block is also known as Jacob's Ladder and Underground Railroad. I feel a chill when I think that I am making a block created by women who travelled in covered wagons in the 1800's. I understand the triangles are representative of birds in flight.
I had a right of passage this week. I attended my first Seniors Thanksgiving Meal at my parish school. The eighth graders were our servers, and the other grades entertained us by class. It was so sweet. Maybe I appreciated it so much because I am childless, but I loved it. In fact, I couldn't help but remember all of the plays and performances my sister, brother and I did when we were at the school. I made sure I smiled and clapped alot. You can't help but be hopeful when you see those young faces.