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
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.
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.
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
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
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 Quilts