Lancaster County, PA

My brother and sister-in-law came to DC for a visit this last week and on their
last day we made a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – the heart of Amish Country.
There are a lot of fabric stores and places to buy handmade/hand-quilted quilts!
This is just ONE… The Old Country Store
(check out their online store!)
They have it all: beautiful fabric, quilts for sale, and even a quilt museum.

Here are just a few of the quilts in the museum!

Sampler by Ada Martin
Confetti by Elsie M. Campbell
Bargello Wave by C. Jean Horst
Pyramid Tumbling Block by C. Jean Horst
Love My Stash by Elsie M. Campbell
Crazy Quilt by Maribelle Steffy
Bargello Abstract by Janice Maves
Postage Stamp Colorsplash byC. Jean Horst
Cathedral Windows by Reba Degan
And here is the store!
Quilts for sale!
And of course we passed lots of horse and buggies!

Meet a Mama Monday – Meet Robin!

Happy Meet-a-Mama-Monday. Today, we have a very special mama for you to meet.

Her name is Robin. She isn’t a mama yet. Although she will be any day now!

Right now, she is in that all important nesting phase. She is busy gathering all things necessary to keep her little ones (that’s right, multiples!) safe and warm. She is tiding things up. She is scoping out her surroundings, making sure it will be safe when her dear babies arrive.

Remember that time? Right before you had your baby. When you looked around the house, and thought, oh dear! The walls are not washed. How can I ever bring a child into this world when the walls are not spotless?

And, you ironed all your fabric stash before color coding it (again). After all, how can a babe thrive if the fabrics aren’t pretty and organized?

This mama is doing a little bit more important nesting than wiping down walls and organizing fabrics. Not that those aren’t important. But, this mama is nesting.

Literally.

She is building a nest.

As in, a nest with sticks.

Meet Robin:

(pictures coming soon)

Karis and I first noticed her out Karis’ window this weekend. I thought, how funny, that bird is sitting so still and for so long. Then, when we came back later and she was there again, I started to wonder what was up with this bird.

She must have decided Karis and I weren’t too dangerous, because she started to build her nest a few hours later. We’ve watched it grow the past two days. And now, it looks ready for some eggs!

We’ve also enjoyed spotting Mama Robin in the yard, eating my neighbor’s newly planted grass seed, much to her chagrin.

Karis now wakes up from her naps saying, “mama bird.” I don’t know if this is, “Mama, bird.” As in,

“Mama, there is a bird outside my window!”

or

“Mama Bird!”

or

“Mama, come get me right now, this bird is looking at me again and it’s kind of freaking me out.”

or

“More, more food! The bird has food, I want a snack. How about some jelly beans? More, more!”

It’s probably the last one. But, I’ll pretend it’s the first.