Monday, April 30, 2012


Block 39, Friendship, was a breeze to stitch.  Not many pieces, all easy to join up. 
While some, like block 38, have what feels like a million small parts and take hours to stitch, the Farmer's Wife Quilt book does mix them up, and finding a simple one to sew more than makes up for the stress concentration of the difficult.

Yesterday I laid all the completed blocks out on the floor and was amazed at how much area they covered.  This quilt, when completed, will be substantial!  Enthusiasm has returned!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Block 38

Block 38, Four Winds, which incidently has 64 pieces in this 6" square block, took some time to stitch! 
Initially I had chosen a different brown for the centre 'windmills', but changed my mind as they were just not prominent enough.

I was told some time back that the blocks show up better when scanned in ... I forgot until today.  The result of scanning is 100% better; taking photos is difficult as the edges show up jagged, even though they are not ... I blame that untidy look to my inability to focus the camera directly above, plus the fact that when the block is scanned it is actually pressed down.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Two New Blocks

The cooler weather has arrived and I feel more inclined to make inroads into The Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt blocks.

I am working on the letter 'F', which of course means flowers.

In Laurie Aaron Hird's book, Block 36, Flower Garden Path was constructed in an unusual combination of colours, and as I am aiming to make my sampler quilt in a similar colour range I was left wondering, as I stitched, why the deep red and orange.  My conclusion?  The Farmer's Wife wandered around her garden on twilight, and the deepening shadows altered the daytime colours making them look dark and mysterious. 
Block 37, Flower Pot is an obvious title for this block, which was relatively easy to construct. 
Shades of pink and green always bring forth the delightful colours of a garden, though I imagine this particular flower was planted near the back door to welcome the wife as she went about her chores.  On her trip out to the hens, or the garden, or to help in the fields this flower pot would remind her of the loveliness of flowers.