Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the rag coat.

we are reading the rag coast by lauren mills this week for school. this piece of literature is so spectacular. as a little girl, Minna is growing up a poor girl in the cold appalachian mountains. her papa has died while she is still young. 'everyone comes at once and brought us food. i couldn't figure out how so many people could squeeze into our little cabin, but somehow they managed it.' (Minna narrates) the story goes on to tell of the path this little girls takes to get to school, needing a coat to face the weather... something we so take for granted. as the quilting mothers make her coat from scraps of their own fabric, Minna's excitement is almost uncontainable. after she overcomes people making fun of her for her rag coat, she tells her story & the stories of those people in which the fabric came from. i could totally empathize with her grief of losing her father (not the lacking part), and cried through the whole book. i read the book twice yesterday to myself to try and prepare my heart to get through it, but i didn't work. i still cried.


our project for the book was to do a 'quilt square'. we could use paper or material. of course ashlynn wanted material. she has been wanting to use my sewing machine for such a long time. when i told her she would be able to use it, i thought she was going to come out of her skin with enthusiasm. so... off we went. she picked out everything! she picked the colors above (so proud they all match), red thread, and what she wanted on it. (she actually wanted her whole name, but that just was too much). she cut the fabric... with my help. our story for the these squares is this... the red, yellow & star patterned square comes from my mom. the 'A' was used in a cape from my nephew. the final square was used in another project for what? i have no clue. so she sat in my lap and guided the pieces of fabric through the machine needle. she picked the stitch we used for the 'A'. when she was done, she was so proud. i was proud of her too. to see her get so excited. chatting the whole time about how great it was to sew on my machine. it was such a sweet moment. plus... she did a really great job! just don't look too closely at the back.

7 comments:

Joanie said...

So neat! (Great advertising for her school, too!) I am going to look for this book; it sounds beautiful.

Julie said...

oh my goodness, so cute. you're a rockstar mom too. why don'tcha pass some of that neat creativity over to this ol' castaic mom!

Penny Malley said...

I had no idea what the book was about before I started reading it to all the kiddos last year... BIG mistake! I cried so hard, I was gulping air and dripping... not pretty. The kids just kept looking at me, and I know they were thinking I was crazy. What a beautiful story, though. I cried all three times I had to read it, too. :)

Renelle and Cole said...

yeah...how fun! I can't wait to see it in person!!! :)

joy said...

yes, I cry when i read that book, too. i'm sure tomorrow will bring more tears, but it's a sweet story. ash's quilt square looks really good.

Carrie Haughey said...

Wow, awesome! way to go Ashlyn! I love your square!

Beth said...

following right along in her creative moms footsteps i see