Farmer's Wife Quilt Along

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This summer I'm participating in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. The goal is to complete two blocks each week for a total of 111 blocks. I'm armed with some of my favorite tools. And I've also decided to join the 21st century, and have downloaded the book to my Ipad (my very first!). The book itself is based on a contest held in the 1920's whereas wives of farmers submitted short essays as to why or why not they'd want their daughters to also become a farmer's wife. I can't decide which I like better, these anecdotal stories of 1920's farm wives or the blocks themselves. I know the frustrations I feel somedays being a modern day farmer's wife~the cattle get loose, a leak in the watering system, the neighbors horses eating your fruit trees etc., I can only imagine what it must have been like without a tractor, or running water and electricity in the barn~eek! But, I do enjoy the fresh eggs, knowing where our meat comes from and canning and preserving fruits and vegetables to enjoy throughout the winter. This project seems to be the perfect parallel for me at the moment.
I've sorted through my scraps and stash and picked out a few of my VERY favorite fabrics to use. I've been dying to use the newspaper print in blue forever, and it seems like a good choice for a background fabric.
Week 3 is currently underway, here are my blocks from weeks one and two.

Here are the fabrics I've picked for block #5. I love the Kaffe print with the aqua linen and dots; the miniscule gray dot seems to compliment the grouping. So, what do you think? Could you be a farmer's wife~or simply quilt along with us. . .

It's Been A While

Monday, June 13, 2011

With Summer here, and hopefully, a bit more time on my hands, I can breathe some much needed life into my blog with updated, and hopefully interesting banter. Or maybe just entice you with the blackberries growing in our orchard~there are so many this year, this is one bush.
I have been sewing a bit, participating in some online swaps, finishing up some UFO's and of course adding to my stack of hexagons. These little hexies are so relaxing to make. I'm not sure what they'll end up being, a pillow, a quilt. . .
We planted our garden over a month ago, but as I'm sure you're all aware California had an unusually wet winter and spring~can you say "Welcome to Seattle!" The lakes are full and there is still visible snow on the peaks of Mt. Lassen~virtually unheard of. This left the plants tall and green, now to wait for the fruit!
Had two child-related milestones. The twins graduated from 6th grade, buckets of tears, but what a year! 12 years I was a Shasta Mom, I can't believe it's over.
Son #1 graduated from high school~tears here too, but he was definitely ready, a serious case of Senioritis. His next step begins July 11th, when he deps out to Camp Pendleton for Basic Training. I'm not sure I'm ready for that, but a Marine is what he wants to be. I've already begun writing letters to him while he's in boot camp.

All for now. Happy Monday!

 
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