The canning or seed convention that kept the farmers' wives away last week must be over, because today we have a farmer's wife here from Richland County, Montana. I was secretly hoping that she would be from Minnesota this week, as I just returned from a great choral concert given by Concordia College from Minnesota. It made me wonder if college choirs in the '20s ever traveled around, even to nearby towns. If they did, I'm sure the farm families enjoyed those concerts a great deal.
On a complete side note, the Concordia College choral director has been doing this for thirty-eight years, nationally and internationally. He said this venue, the Paul Shagoyan Theater here in Fresno, rated as one of the top two that he has ever performed in. Seriously. The acoustics are phenomenal, and he clearly recognized that.
Okay, back on topic. The farmer's wife this week clearly sees herself as her husband's assistant manager, which gives her an "importance beyond that of being merely a wife, and a mother of his children...Without her services the garden, poultry and dairy would bring them little profit."
#73, Rainbow Flowers
#91, Strawberry Basket
This farmer's wife hopes for the best for her grandchildren, and that her daughter "be located safely away from the dictates of a world always eager to overrule a mother's authority." Doesn't that thought still ring true today?
She doesn't seem saddened by the fact that in her own experience, her "reading has been curtailed, and my vacations few in number." Rather, she looks to the future for her daughter, eager for team work and the co-operative spirit to lift the burden of heavy tasks. She sees "the barren country blossoming like the rose under their capable management: drudgery over, poverty ended, feuds all past. Rising with the birds and sharing in their songs, their happy hearts proclaim, 'We are American farmers' wives; queens, creators, rulers, lovers, among mankind.'"
#75 Rosebud: I changed this a little. In the book it is only a two-color block, but I wanted it to look like a rose bush with buds.
#15 Buzzard's Roost: Probably my least favorite name for a quilting block!
I can't remember how many blocks Carla and I have done by now, and if we didn't have each other to hold us accountable, we would not have progressed so far, that's for sure! Isn't it great to have great friends?!
Sunni from Love Affair With My Brother is running a great series called Farmer's Wife In Your Life. It focuses on using these 6" blocks in everyday sewing projects. I'm on the schedule Tuesday, March 13. Then you have the chance to share your own project in a linky party and there will be prizes! So check out the details. This is a perfect opportunity to make some of these great blocks without committing to a whole quilt top.
Have a wonderful weekend!