This week it seems all my time was spent with farmers' wives. I started the week being part of this great series, Farmer's Wife in Your Life, "reinventing" a block that hadn't turned out well. If this ever happens to you, don't discard an errant block--turn it into something else! There are lots of ideas here.
"First, she and her husband must be real partners." They go over the work of the day, helping each other out with the tasks that must be accomplished. "It is not John's salary, but John and Mary's income."
#89 Steps to the Altar
"Second, a woman must have a reasonable number of working conveniences." She lists some of the conveniences she has, which her mother did not, and hopes that her daughters will themselves have even more than those she is enjoying.
"Third, and not least, her children must have the best possible chance." That chance consists of not just a city yard, but "a pasture, a field, a piece of woods, a stream of water and pets."
#71, Puss in the Corner
I love the way she ends her letter, because she points out that "happiness does not rest solely on the question of city or country." And even though she sees steady improvement in the living condition on the farm, I believe she recognizes that often true happiness doesn't lie in where you live but the other choices you make.
#90 Storm Signal
When I was making the "Steps to the Altar" block, I thought, "Hmmm, didn't I just recently make the same block?"
Why, yes, #91, Strawberry Basket, from last week is nearly the same, with minor structural changes.
For some reason, all four of my blocks ended up being very
low-contrast and monochromatic this week. And they strike me as rather
boring. And I think there is a slight bump in my design wall, so everything looks wonky. Or I need to use a tripod so keep things straight.
I guarantee you will not be bored with Carla's blocks. Hers are always bright and cheery, so head over there.(Note: A highlight of the day yesterday was actually talking to Carla on the phone for the first time. Not sure why it has taken us so long!)
Here are all 78 blocks so far, in all their glory. I guess the monochromatic blocks look just fine among all that color.