Friday, July 5, 2019

Farmer's Wife

Last weekend we had our quilting retreat in Mascoutah.  It's always a favorite of mine.  For 3 days, I meet up with friends and we sew for as long or as short a time as we want.  It's fabulous!  I started a new quilt this time around. 

Years ago, I tried to do the Farmer's Wife quilt using templates and it was a disaster.  My blocks didn't measure correctly in the end.  I was also COMPLETELY random in my fabric choices.  I got 3 or 4 in and lost all interest.  This time around I'm doing it in 30s reproductions and paper piecing.
 I changed the color pattern on April and it looks nothing like it should.  It'll probably be a do over.  The lighting must have been terrible when I took these pics, the background is actually white.  Anne got yellow roses because that's my mom's name and she loved yellow roses.
They still don't measure correctly!  But, I think that's because of my printer and not necessarily because I suck.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I've decided this quilt will be a tribute to my grandma, Nita Purdy.  She was a farmer's wife during the Great Depression with 10 surviving children.  Sadly, I barely knew her.  She died when I was very young (10?) and I only saw her during the summers growing up.  I was not the best behaved child.  My parents were divorced & no one was telling me no, except Grandma Purdy.  For this reason, I was terrified of her.  Now, as an adult, I realize where she was coming from and I wish I'd had an opportunity to know her better.  Or at all, really.  Who knows how far I'll get, or how long it will take.  I'm planning on it being my "retreat" project much like the Harry Potter bookshelf was.
I also finished the Pineapple block on Barbara Brackman's Hospital sketches.  It was a quick and easy block and I was super pleased with my fabric choice for the pineapples.  It's the little things that make me the happiest!

Over the holiday, I did tons of crazy quilting but didn't get any pics, so I'll get back to you on that.  I was really on a roll, staying up to 3am.  You know when inspiration hits, you got to get it out before it floats away again.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you've been busy! I love the 30's retro fabrics but don't suppose I'll ever do anything with them. They remind me of my grandma's who were both quilters.