Probably a year ago or so, I picked up a copy of the Farmer’s Wife.
If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s based on a contest held in 1922 by The Farmer’s Wife magazine asking its readers the question: “If you had a daughter of marriageable ago, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?” About 80 or so years later, the author, Laurie Aaron Hird, designed 111 blocks inspired by these entries.
Since I live in Nebraska, it’s an understatement to say this quilt has been popular 😉 A LQS is hosting a BOM & I joined in towards the end of the program so I could get all the months at once. (Even though it’s not even possible for me complete this or any BOM in one month, or two- I dislike BOMs- I’d rather get the entire kit at once.) Well, needless to say it just sat in studio until my friends (who are actual farmer’s wives) gave me the push I needed to get started!
We’ve been getting together every now & then to work on the blocks. They measure 4″ finished (so yes, that’s small. Really small)
Here are the 1st 9 blocks:
1- Attic Windows (this was deceptively easy- I should have known…..)
2- Autumn Tints (Didn’t have my book with me when I did this, so my 4-patches are actually off!)
3- Basket (Darn machine applique- that handle was not fun! Need to improve that skill this year!)
4- Basket Weave (Amazingly enough with all my piecing experience, I seem to be incapable of following a pattern- thus, it’s my own version of a basket weave)
5- Bat Wing (Need to read the letter that inspired this block. It’s got to be a story)
6- Big Dipper (That’s a lot of quarter square triangles friends.)
7- Birds in the Air (Just when I was gaining my confidence on doing 4″ blocks, they throw this at us. Yeeash. All I can say is there was a lot of nasty language.)
8- Bouquet (Easy peasy after that last block!)
9- Box (And suddenly I forget how to do half square triangles…….)
That’s the first “month!” Stay tuned for more tiny block goodness!