The first book I remember getting as a gift (when I was in the 2nd grade) was Crazy Quilt by Paul Brown. I checked it out of the library as often as I could, until y mother finally gave it to me that Christmas. I read and re-read it and used it as a guide, trying to copy the artwork. It burned, with the ranch house, the day after I graduated from high school.

Off and on for years, I've tried to replace it and this year, thanks to the Internet, used book search engines and a helpful librarian, my search for an 'affordable' copy was finally successful ... 53 years later. I've read it several times already, written on my blog about it and now realize where the idea for some of the things I did (or tried to do with my horse and dog) originated!