From the Mixed Up Files of Maryland Quilter

Today I am going to share a secret, maybe two. Do you know I have 6 children? When people ask me how many children I have and I tell them, they always give me a funny look, and I’m sure they want to ask me “Why so many?”  but are too polite to ask. Today I will share reason number 9 why I have 6 children. If you want to know the top 8 reasons, you should follow my blog, I’m sure I’ll reveal them sooner or later.

I really, really love children’s literature. I also really, really love reading bedtime stories. I’ve been happily snuggling up with a child most every night for 25 years, reading from children’s classics to Disney favorites to yard sale finds.  Whatever book they dragged to bed for me to read, I’d usually indulge them. One summer the girls and I read the entire Little House on the Prairie series.  We read the Hobbit when my boys were young.

One of my favorite themes in children’s literature is the resourceful children who solve mysteries and live in tree houses or in boxcars or museums.  I guess I had those favorite characters in the back of my mind when I was designing the felt playsets for Maryland Quilter.  The whole set isn’t finished yet, but this week I introduced four new characters, Matilda and her dog, Ginger, Scruffy the Camel, and Astrid the Ostrich.

This is Matilda and Ginger:

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This is Scruffy and Astrid:

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They are both available as patterns in my shop, here.

And, to answer the question directly, the number 9 reason I had 6 children was to have 25 years of bedtime stories:) That’s a very good reason.