The writer this week is from Ramsey County, North Dakota. This writer strikes me as a bit defensive. "Why select the wives of unkind or thoughtless husbands, and use them as examples of the farm women?" Having said that, again this farmer's wife is clearly not someone who would enjoy living in the city.
"Compare a farmer of moderate means with the common laboring man of the city. Dos he have the means to give his wife many of the labor-saving devices? Does she attend afternoon teas and the best operas? No; from morning till night she toils, planning, saving, and trying to exist on his meager wage. Where can she go when mentally depressed? She hasn't the beautiful wide out-doors, the green fields, flowers and trees, or the invigorating fresh air which the country woman has and loves. She only has that stuffy, little house and if she steps outside, she is on the street, surrounded by noise, walls and people.
The two blocks this week had names taken straight from the outdoors: Night& Day, and Tall Pine Tree.
So let me just complain a bit. You saw that sentence up above? The one that says "from morning till night she toils..." Yep, that's how I felt about this block. It wasn't named Night&Day for nothing. I started working on it at night, gave up in frustration, and started again today. I tried templates. I tried paper piecing. I drank a glass of wine (along with my whine...). My plan was to write a poetic description, something along these lines. "I chose the inky dark blue of a night sky and contrasted it with the warm yellow of a sunny day." Whatever. By the time I was done with it I didn't care what colors I chose. I didn't even care if all the pieces matched up.
What was the problem? I tried to analyze it. With a clear head. Before the glass of wine...I didn't ever quite figure it out. Carla had some problems with this block as well. She seemed to think that one of the templates was reversed. She even contacted the author, and after some email conversations, told Carla she had discovered an error in the book. Way to go, Carla!! My first two attempts (one made with templates, one paper pieced) ended up looking like kites.
I finally put my plastic templates on top of the paper piecing template to see if that would help me visualize things. It did. Whew. Done. Never doing this block again. Ever.
But it looks great, right? (Warning: This would not be the time to make any negative comments about this block. Just sayin'...)
On to #94, Tall Pine Tree.
Compared to Night&Day, this block was, well, night and day. It went together very easily. Poetic description: Can't you just smell the fresh pine needles when you look at this block?
Here they are together:
And the whole group so far.
Don't forget to head over to Carla's this week to see what fabrics she chose for these blocks. Until next Friday...