The summer nights of my childhood were devoted to being outside with friends. We played hide-and-seek or tag, badminton, croquet, or rode bikes. Summer evenings were long and leisurely, at least as long as half a day. We played until dark began to creep up and we searched for the first star to make a wish. By then the lightening bugs flew around us like little stars sailing through the dark. We caught them in jars to watch the magic for a few minutes. When the dark descended deeper we sat on the porch steps or on lawn chairs, visiting and enjoying the night, until time to go inside and to bed.
Some nights, after a good soaking rain, my father and I took flashlights out to search the sodden ground for night crawlers. We had to be quick! We envisioned our next fishing trip.
On autumn and winter nights my mother and I sometimes went for walks, bundled in sweaters, or coats and mittens. Down our macadam street away from the houses toward the edge of our little village we meandered with no destination and no hurry, just a time to enjoy the night. The stars shone bright and high and we came home refreshed and ready for sleep.
Many childhood memories came to mind as I brainstormed ideas for this "childhood" border. Several would have made great borders, but night and the stars won.
As it is now this quilt measures about 35" x 39 1/2". The blue border will finish at 6".
The theme for the next border is log cabins, chosen by Cathy at Big Lake Quilter. I love log cabin blocks! There are so many kinds and so many colors to choose from. They have many more seams and this will be a bigger border: I better not procrastinate anything about this border. Another round of fun begins!
If you'd like to see other Gwennie-inspired medallion quilts, click over to Cynthia's blog, wabi-sabi quilts, where you can see plenty of luscious beauty! It's not too late to join!