I bought this fabulous little book this week called The Farmer's Wife. It comes with a cd rom and all the pattern shapes are there to download to make all the 6" blocks.
The Farmer's Wife was an American magazine and in the 1920's posed the question to it's readers " If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?" Ladies were invited to write in with a prize of $200 for the best letter. The magazine had over 7,000 entries and the book reproduces some of these letters. It all makes for very interesting reading. Each letter is illustrated with 2 blocks from the quilt.
At Westpoint I bought a charm pack, because it was in pinks and because I loved it. This is my basis for my version of The Farmer's Wife quilt. I am going to see how many blocks I can get from this pack. Of course I shall be cheating a little as I already have some of these fabrics in my stash and it will eke out the backgrounds and the larger patches that will not fit on a 5" square. (I don't have very many reproduction fabrics). I am also hand piecing the blocks and using freezer paper to draw out the pattern pieces. Isn't freezer paper a fantastic invention. Who for instance and why/how did someone figure out that a roll of waxed paper used for wrapping food in for the freezer would be ideal for sticking to fabric and useful for making templates? I would love to know the answer to this one.
Block 1. Attic Window
It doesn't much look like an attic window to me but, it was the first block and it had to be made.
Block 2. Autumn Tints
I know the block doesn't look very autumnal but that is deliberate. There weren't any autumn colours in the pack so I have renamed it Spring Tints because the deep pink squares remind me of all the blossom that is appearing down my road.
Klosjes total - 73. Yes I know, I only managed 3, but better that amount than none at all. I did prep a lot more and have more fabric to add to the box.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend