Here’s the first paragraph in my book Butter in the Well that sets the scene for the story.

“Go back to a time when there are no streets, roads, or cars. Imagine there are no buildings, homes, hospitals, or grocery stores around the corner. All of your family’s belongings fit in a small wooden wagon. The year is 1868. There is nothing but tall, green waving grass as far as the eye can see. The scent of warm spring air after a morning rain surrounds you. Spring blows gently in your face. The snort of the horse and an occasional meadowlark, whistling its call, are the only sounds. You are alone on the virgin land of the vast prairie.”

Just from reading those first words, can you feel and see what Kajsa, the young pioneer women, is seeing for the first time? Scared, exhilarated, relieved? Can you imagine the excitement of owning land at age 23?

Now….if you were going to make a quilt from this description alone and the feelings it brought out in you, what colors would it feature and what quilt block pattern would you use?

And…would you choose the same now, as you would have when you were 23?

Please share your thoughts with me!

 

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Comment by Linda Hubalek on October 21, 2011 at 2:46pm
Thanks for your color ideas. Everyone's mentioned colors for flowers blooming on the prairie scene.
Comment by Carol Yonts on October 21, 2011 at 2:10pm

I would use shades of green, brown and pale yellows,pinks,purples to portray new flowers.  At 23, I doubt I would have chosen any colors to use. Now at 50, my color sense has gotten better but not great.  I look forward to the book!

 

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