Posts Written On September 2015

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #19 — Peter Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #19



Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater,

Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;

Put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well.

Perhaps you never knew before how Peter Peter kept his wife in a pumpkin. Pumpkins aren’t big enough for houses, but this was a very large one, and Mrs. Peter Peter was a very small wife. If you can outline this as well as you can play it on the piano, you will have another fine Quiltie, and one that cannot get loose and run away.


Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #18 — The Queen of Hearts

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #18



The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,

All on a summer’s day;

The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,

And took them all away.

You would think any one would be good to the Queen of Hearts, she is so pretty and sweet. But the tarts that she made must have been sweet, too, because the Knave of Hearts stole every one and ran away with them. He isn’t in this Quiltie, and no one would want him either, because people who steal are not good company.



Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #16 — Rock-a-Bye Baby

When I was little and sang this song to my baby brother, I imagined the cradle was hung on a very low branch, just inches above the ground (ignoring the words “tree top”), because otherwise the baby was going to be horribly injured. Wikipedia’s explanations were not entirely satisfying.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #16


Rock-a-bye Baby in the tree top,

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock;

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,

And down will come baby, cradle and all.

“A bough seems a kind of funny place to hang a cradle, even if the wind will rock it and save baby’s sister the work of caring for it. A nice square on your quilt is a much safer place, ’cause babies are too nice to let them tumble down from treetops.”