Friday, October 14, 2011

Farmer's Wife Friday: The Threads of Life

This week's writer is a farmer's wife from Wood County, West Virginia. Eight of her twenty married years were spent in the "National Capital," where she and her husband "lived the comfortable lives of the great, middle-class." Her husband worked long office hours, and she was not happy about her lack of family life.

#105 Wild Goose Chase. There was no question that the colors in this block needed to grey, against a sky of blue.
Other than those eight years, she was born on the farm where she currently lived. When she returned to that farm, she and her family "took up the threads of life again, in the old homestead--which, though homey and substantial, lacked all the improvements of our recent modern home." Perhaps there was a spider web or two.

#83, Spider Web. I chose kind of a silvery grey, the color of a web in the sunlight.

But she was happy to be in a place where "the birds sang, the flowers blossomed everywhere and the trees whispered their soothing secrets." Sounds idyllic.

#42, Fruit Basket. I changed the color scheme just a bit so there is a definite basket, filled with blackberries.
She raised two farmer's daughters, girls who "grew, with God's wonderful outdoors and dominant influence...too busy with the real things of life, and with their education, to be frivolous or superficial or artificial, as are so many modern girls."

#32 Farmer's Daughter. The color choice for this block seemed obvious--it had to be pink!

I'm really happy with how the blocks are progressing and love the look of them together.
Getting closer to the midway point--46 blocks so far!
See what fun and cheery fabric Carla chose for these four blocks. And enjoy her observations--they are always insightful and interesting!


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Mary said... #

I wish I could say these are my favorite blocks yet...but they are all so fabulous!!! This will be a fantastic quilt when you are all finished!

Needled Mom said... #

Those blocks are so wonderful. The collection of blocks all together is going to make an amazing quilt.

sewtakeahike said... #

your blocks are awesome!! I love the look with the solids. :)

Carla said... #

Hi Cindy, Great job again on your blocks! I like the way you used color to make the basket separate from the "fruit" on the one block. I should have thought of that!

Linda said... #

Great job! The quilt will be wonderful when you finish!

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

More great blocks, I love the basket :)
I so enjoy your interpretations and little stories!

Letterpress said... #

Love this post but maybe it's because I lived in Virginia, right by the nation's capital fir a year while Dave was on sabbatical. Love the color choices for these blocks esp. the blue and grey. Perfect!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Another great set of blocks!!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Stunningly beautiful x

felicity said... #

These blocks make me insanely happy, week after week.

CitricSugar said... #

Ooooh, I love the grey one!

Aakash nepal said... #

I have made my life colourful now..thanks very much...

Selfsewn said... #

Wow these are stunning, each one a work of art!

æble said... #

It just keeps getting better and better. I really like how it is turning out with just solids.

Mama Pea said... #

Your color choices are just so great. I love how you pick them based on the theme of the block. You must have a really good stash of solids! hee hee.