|A quilt barn in Harrison County, Ohio|
Norma Huss, The Grandma Moses of Mystery, has written one ghost mystery (to please her grandchildren, of course) and two mysteries placed on Chesapeake Bay. Her non-fiction is her father’s true adventure. Learn more about Norma and her books at her website and blog.
Quilts and Barns
How do quilts, a handmade bedcover, and barns, a large building for cows, go together? Answer—when a barn sports a quilted decoration.
It’s a natural for the place where I live, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania—the home of Amish quilts, dairy farms, fields of hay and corn. But we are sort of a Johnny-come-lately. Quilt trails are found in 48 states and Canada. A local quilting farm woman saw her first barn quilt in Ohio which inspired the one profiled in our local newspaper.
Some 7,000 wooden or Mylar quilts were created by groups such as the Grange (a farming organization I belonged to as a teenage farm girl.) They can be found following quilt trails, and they aren’t all on barns.
Here is the article from our local newspaper. And, of course, something so popular has its own Facebook page here.
I had never before heard of quilts on barns, or quilt trails. In the summer, we have corn mazes, tours of dairy farms, and the Hershey candy factory. Do you have similar activities where you live? I’d love to hear about them.
A Knucklehead in 1920s Alaska
Nineteen-year-old Bill Collins travels to Alaska in the 1920s to work and save for college. He finds adventure, misadventure, and not much money. He faces hardships, finds friends, and has experiences that change a boy into a man.
During three summers and one winter, Bill survives hunger, earthquake, stomping caribou, and icicle frost. He learns about stopes, sluice boxes, and powder smoke. He finds friends, one willing to face a bear for him, and enemies eager to knife him or smash him with a twenty-pound sledge. He has one lucky day and more than a few really bad days.
This is the story of one hot-headed young man determined to earn his own way, but in his own words, a true knucklehead.
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