Thursday, October 13, 2011

F-7-Star Struck and The Beginning of My Farmer's Wife Sampler

Here is square F-7, Star Struck for my quilt, Jane, Naturally.  It was pretty simple and slightly boring!  I've done many stars, so this one wasn't a problem.  Instead of using the paper-pieced borders, I sewed strips of the brown fabric that were larger than needed, then trimmed the square to 5" when I was finished.  All in all, no big deal.

About a year ago I purchased the book, "The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt" because, duh, I'm a farmer's wife!  Inside are letters from 1920s farm wives who entered a contest that the magazine "The Farmer's Wife:  A Magazine for Farm Women" held in 1922.  The ladies were to answer the question:  "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?"  I love these letters!  Each story is punctuated by a quilt square designed by Laurie Arron Hird.  There are 111-6" blocks in all.  

#26-Cut Glass Dish
I have found a couple of online groups that are working on making this quilt as a BOW (block of the week) project.  Some do two blocks a week.  I've decided to work on this quilt along with my Jane because I like the little squares and the pile they make after a surprisingly short time!  I'm not buying any fabric for this one.  I'm taking from my 2.5", 3.5" & 4.5"-square scrap buckets and will probably delve into my fat quarter collection to add color and texture.  Its very hard for me to make a scrap quilt--I like things with symmetry and balance.  This will be a good project for me to work on to relax and have some fun with color. 


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