One thing I love to do is research go-along books for our FIAR books we read. In The Rag Coat, a main theme was quilts/quilting. Before this summer, I had no idea how cool quilts were. I just thought they were ratty ol’ blankets. My first clue was when I talked to my sister-in-law’s mom about quilting. She is an extremely talented quilter and has made the most beautiful pieces of art quilts I have ever seen. Colors and patterns and textures to die for, all made with love. I wish I could share a photo, but I didn’t think to ask to take pictures of the quilts. I was very honored to receive a mini lesson about quilting from such a master quilter, I learned it can take hundreds of hours to make a quilt, and some tips on the design of one.

Yesterday we went to the Boulder Library and checked out the following children’s picture books with a quilt theme.

Children's Picture books with quilting theme

Children's Picture books with quilting theme

No longer do we think of quilts as old blankets! We now know they are very special, treasured items to cherish forever.

I have several bins full of fabric back when I used to send them to baby sling designers for a custom Mei Tai or sling. I’m sure we’ll be taking advantage of all this fabric; definitely we’ll be doing some hands-on projects to do with quilting in the next few days, but I don’t think I have the time to get seriously into quilting. Homeschooling and reading take up all my time right now, but I would love to get into this in a few years.

Here’s the list of books with a quilt theme, I was pleasantly surprised there were so many! Most even had similar themes to the Rag Coat (loss/death, father/daughter). I’m sure there are dozens more, but this is what we’ve read from the library.