At the Seashore – Oh Buoy!

Growing up on Long Island Sound near the Housatonic River in Connecticut often meant summer days at Short Beach.  My mother would pile us (generally the four younger of the 6 kids) in to the Ford Falcon station wagon (yes forest green with wood paneling on the sides).  We would head down in the morning, lunches packed, towels, sand toys, and blankets in tow.

One sunny beach day, my older brother John (usually the ring leader) thought it would be the funniest thing to bury my mother’s sandals in the sand and see how long it would take her to find them.  We marked the spot with seaweed, rocks, and shells so we would remember exactly where they were, and went off to play.

We spent the day playing, swimming, collecting shells, and munching on the packed lunch, and then before we knew it, it was time to go.  “Pack everything up!” mom said.  “Wait, where are my sandals?”  “Hahahaha.”  We had a good laugh.  “We buried them!  Can you find them?”….

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Dec 18: Mary’s Merry Go Round

Buon Natale!  It’s Barbara Esposito here, and I am excited to be participating in the MBS Countdown to Christmas again this year.  This block is “Mary’s Merry Go Round”, block 18 in the series.  It is the basic block from my “Mary’s Go Round” quilt which was featured on the Bake Shop on October 16th.  The block is named for my Italian mother, Mary.  She and my dad made Christmas a magical time for my family.  There were hand-made jammies, a felt Christmas tree Advent calendar (complete with charms from bracelets purchased at Woolworth), snowballs tossed on the roof to sound like the reindeer, and cookies too numerous to list.  The Hifi stereo in the living room resounded with the voices of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Mitch Miller (do YOU know all the words to “Must Be Santa”?)  It was a time of family and festivities, and I am honored to be sharing this Christmas block in her memory.

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Mary’s Go Round Quilt

Happy Fall!  I am Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B, and it is so good to be back at the Moda Bake Shop.  This quilt block was inspired by my mom, Mary.  She was an amazing seamstress, initially out of need, but as time went on out of pure love for the craft.  She won many Blue Ribbons at our state fair over the years, and no Christmas went by without matching party dresses and PJ’s for my nieces and their dolls.

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