Cassie’s 1930’s farm has begun

Farmer's Wife 1930's Cassandra Madge

 

So, if you are playing along, last week was the official start of the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt sew along, with the release of 3 blocks and their tutorials. If you have missed any of the links, they were:

 

Number 12 – Becky

Number 16 – Bonnie

Number 8 – Aunt

 

I’m not sure why, but these three simple blocks gave me a lot of false starts and a bit of drama. I initially started off by English Paper Piecing number 12, Becky.

 

FW12_Becky_CassandraMadge

 

However after English Paper Piecing the next two blocks, I wasn’t at all happy with how the edges and corners lined up. I carefully unstitched them, peeled the templates off the fabric, pressed it all and started again by machine. I am so much happier with the end results, despite their somewhat rough edges due to their traumatic birth.

 

FW16_Bonnie_CassandraMadge FW8_Aunt_CassandraMadge

 

Like all the other bloggers, I certainly have enjoyed reading along with the letters to match these three blocks. They speak of a time where priorities could be a little crowded, despite the tough times they were facing. Just like today in fact. Very few people have any spare time, most of us are over-committed, over-stressed and under-joyful. Aunt Maria’s letter, block 8, puts it so beautifully.

“… all we can do is to fill the day with work well done.”

In fact, that’s a recipe for happiness right there. The sort of satisfaction that allows you to sleep well each night, knowing that whatever the day brought, you did your best. Whether that is a simple job like weeding the garden, or running a billion dollar empire. I am so glad that I joined in this sew along, I love reading these letters and connecting to all these women. Although we are separated by women’s liberation, and possibly the iPhone, we have a lot more in common that I ever imagined.

 

What’s been your favourite letter so far?

 

If you are looking to keep up over the rest of the month, here are all the bloggers that are playing along.

 

29/09/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

30/09/2015:Lucy @ Charm About You & Melissa @ Oh How Sweet

01/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

02/10/2015: Jodi @ Tales of Cloth

06/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

07/10/2015: Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts

08/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

09/10/2015: Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts & Sedef @ Down Grapevine Lane

13/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

14/10/2015: Melissa @ Ms Midge

15/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

16/10/2015: Erin @ Why Not Sew

20/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

21/10/2015: Nathalie @ Les Ouvrages de Nat

22/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

23/10/2015: Tina @ Emily Ann’s Closet

27/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com

28/10/2015: Rachel @ Wooden Spoon QuiltsHappy Crafting - Cassie.

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