This is the first “corner block” in town. The way she dealt with all the corners in this quilt is so clever to me. This quilt is laid out in rounds similar to the way a monopoly board is done.
The first thing that crossed my mind as I did this square was the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It’s a book that most of us read sometime in our lives. The tree in the book is an Ailanthus tree, also known as the Tree of Heaven.
I imagined these are urban apartments set right downtown, close together with fire escapes in the back where people climb out of windows to watch the stars. On the corner is a tiny patch of grass with an Ailanthus tree that’s big enough for little boys and girls to climb and dream. This is not something I have first-hand knowledge of, as I grew up on a little ranch where the wind blew all the time and we didn’t have even a tiny tree.
I now live on a bigger farm where we raise grass-fed cows, pigs, chickens, and eggs. I have now managed to grow aspen trees that are big enough for my young grandchildren to climb.