Before I introduce our farmer's wife today, I would certainly say that I have felt the "joy of achievement" this week. The Colorbox quilt raised $5,900 at the MCC auction for Third World Relief. When I mentioned my giveaway of scraps left over from Colorbox, and also said that Mark and I would donate an additional $1 per comment, you guys really kicked into high gear! The last time I checked we were really close to 500 comments! Impoverished people will benefit from each and every dollar, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Today's farmer's wife is from Fulton County, Ohio. She mentions, as many other wives have mentioned in their own letters, the benefit of country life, although she doesn't downplay the hard work involved. She realizes that the cities "are vital to the Nation," as are the rural districts. "Each has a bright and dark side." She recalls the "joy of achievement," and rejoices in the advances made that allow for a brighter future for farmers, "elements of progress" that are enriching farm life.
I kind of chuckled when she mentioned the farmer rising in the morning, "greeted by the sun's beauty and the voices of his 'dumb' friends." He probably encountered various critters while doing his work, including pesky little spiders.
#82 Spider Legs
When I first looked at the pattern for this block, I groaned, partly because yet again I put off making it until the end of the week. All templates, mostly odd little pieces. During the construction it wasn't looking good. I should have taken some pictures. And then when it was all together and pressed, voila! I'm pretty happy with these little spider legs!
I love the way this farmer's wife started her letter: "If a young farmer, educated, industrious, honest, congenial, seeks your daughter's hand, straightway procure a minister, give them your blessing and be assured of their happiness." In other words, put a ring on that girl's hand!
#101, Wedding Ring
On the other hand, when I looked at this block, my first thought was, "Piece of cake." It was all squares and half square triangles. Small degree of difficulty. Until I realized that it was a 5x5 grid. So the squares weren't a "normal" size. They were more like 1 5/8+. Ugh. It didn't turn out as well as I thought. However, in the scheme of things I'm sure it will settle in nicely with its neighboring blocks.
Carla's blocks are sure to be bright and cheerful, and she always has a very interesting commentary, so don't miss it!