Today’s Kona cotton color of the day is Tomato.
This is the perfect red for any project. Today we celebrate American Independence Day. I love this holiday mainly because of the traditions that my family celebrated. I grew up in a small town with a population of about 2.700 people. The 4th of July would draw crowds of upwards of 50,000 people to our town. For a small town we knew how to celebrate. There was always a carnival in Central Park from the 1st-4th, and on the 4th the day would usually start with a bicycle parade, which was always fun to decorate for. In the afternoon the Grand Parade would start. I lived just a block or two from the grade school, which was the staging point for the beginning of the parade route. If I was not participating in the parade on a float or in the marching band, I would be watching. People would start the day before placing their chairs in strategic spots along the route. My family has a tree that we congregate under and have done so for as long as I can remember. The best thing about sitting at the beginning of the parade route is that everyone who is participating has been lined up for awhile and the kids especially are anxious to get started and throw candy, and let me tell you, they throw it by the handful. I would usually come home with a bag filled with Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, Butterscotch, Nerds, Taffy, Bubblegum, and more. I don’t know if the kids at the end of the route made out as great as we did by sitting at the beginning. In the evening was the big fireworks show on the riverfront. As I grew older I had a prime spot on a hill behind the library for viewing. I don’t often get back for the celebration, but if I did, I am sure that I would still meet my childhood friends in that same spot, and someone would make room for me.
I love this quilt and you can find everything you need HERE. Let us know what is on your cutting table today, and if you have any celebration plans for the day.