In the 1940s my mother taught school on Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. With the rest of her family on the mainland, she would walk back and forth to Madeline Island with the mail carrier each week. In early winter and spring, when the ice was not safe to drive on, they would drag a small boat with them—a rope was attached to the boat and then tied around her waist. That way, if they fell through the ice, she wouldn’t be lost!
This quilt reminds me of the ice floating on Lake Superior—the time of year when they would “Tie Mama to the Boat.” I hope you enjoy making it!