Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

Grandpa's Farm Block of Month
Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas at Grandma's Attic! Every day from now until Christmas we will feature a different item from our quilt shop. You'll want to check the posts each day from now through the 24th to see what Grandma has for you this holiday season!

Day 8 is all about Eight Maids a Milking.The maids may be missing and there's only one cow on our Grandpa's Farm Block of the Month quilt, but we think you will enjoy it all the same. Created by Roxy Burgard of Calico Hills Farm, the quilt contains 14 individual 12" blocks depicting a variety of farm scenes surrounding a large center panel featuring the barn. Each kit contains the fabric you need to create a block or panel.

Twelve Days of Christmas Fun Fact: Did you know that the Twelve Days of Christmas was originally a memory and forfeit game? To play, a circle of players were gathered and each person took turns to say the first line of each rhyme. When the turn circled back to the first player, that player includes the second line of the version to the song and around it goes again. Sounds easy, but having heard the song so many times over the years, we would probably have a huge advantage over the players who first played this game hundreds of years ago when it was new.

Assuming that you are only using temporarily donated cows, and not purchasing them, hiring the "Eight Maids a Milking" for an hour at the standard rate of $9.10 per hour (minimum wage here in Oregon), the Eighth Day of Christmas will cost you $72.80.

Christmas Quote:  "Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."

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