I thought I would write a short note to show you my latest design. I am busily stitching away on it and am very pleased so far. My mother was of Pennsylvania/German decent and this design was inspired by the Brandywine Valley and the flora and fauna of the area. The corner blocks on the edges of the flower bands are in homage to the quilt, the colorful quaker adaptations are in homage to their influence in the Brandywine area. The many fruit motifs signify the richness of the soil and the verdant pastures. Of course, the stone house speaks for itself. It is inspired by the many stone houses that dot the Pennsylvania countryside. I composed the poem to go along with the design. It reads:
Oh, what stories it could tell, this old house of mine
a long standing sentinel on the Brandywine
Built strong of granite and of wood,
on verdant acres my stone house stood
with window sills so deep and wide and
walls made thick on every side
While o'er the hill, not far away,
the Brandywine River did flow and play
Afar to behold the strength of the two,
the house and the river and the stories they knew.
I hope you like it.