The Goode Huswife
36 ct. Pearled Barley and DMC Threads
I just love the frame for this and would like to use it again on something else one of these days:
Not the best pic with the flashback, but you get the idea.
While in my craft cave this weekend, I think that I finally came across my definition of ugliness. I spent some quality time whipping out some quilt blocks this weekend, but this block offends my senses:
Farmer's Wife Quilt
Four Winds Block
Now, I should have realized when I started sewing this block that my first mistake was not paper piecing the thing because it has 64 pieces in it - and it's only a 6-1/2 block. But I'm not the biggest fan of paper piecing (although Dear Jane will probably be paper pieced), but I think that the block warranted me doing that. But this block is UGLY! Maybe my fabric choices are wrong, I don't know. Maybe because one of the striped pieces leans to the left and doesn't quite line up right. I tried to tell myself that it was okay - I like the color brown, but not in this combination. I tried to talk myself into liking the block by saying that the light color looked like an old shirting material, and the striped fabric was like a pioneer's dress material. I tried to make up a story in my head about who would wear those types of fabric back in the Civil War days. I tried to talk myself into liking this block. But I don't. And I think that at certain points members of my family heard me blabbering to myself - not a good thing!! So maybe I'll redo it - maybe I won't. Not all blocks have to be beautiful, do they? And in the whole grand scheme of the quilt, no one will notice, right? Probably not! But the darned thing will probably laugh at me every time I look at it - so maybe I will.
But I did have some successes:
Civil War Chronicles
BOM - Month 1
Oh how I love this block! Love, love it! I could have made many more of these and loved every minute of it. Love the fabrics, love the design (and Yvette, it measured exactly what it was suppose to - a shock to me!!). I can't wait until Month Two arrives at my doorstep. Probably soon.
After I finished that one, I went to the next BOM. Chain pieced a lot of triangles together:
Then I whipped up this:
Civil War Tribute BOM
I don't have months One and Two yet - the shop started me with #3 and #4 followed a couple weeks later. I haven't gotten around to cutting out #4 yet. Anyway, the CWT block is just one of four that I have to make for the month's requirements - 2 -18" blocks and 2 - 16" blocks. I was going to work on those and have the whole month complete, but I realized that the Farmer's Wife monthly blocks were going to be showing up any day, so I started working on those. The UGLY block above was the last one that I did on the FW quilt. But before that, I did these:
I still have one more block to go in this month's BOM, but it is a pesky thing and as the UGLY block was a little too pesky in it's own right, I called it a day. Hopefully, I can finish up the last block today.
On the stitching front, I have going full speed ahead on Ann Medd!!! I flipped the page over the other night and what do I see??? The bottom of the chart. OH HAPPY DAY! Of course, before I let myself get too excited, I realized that I still have a long way to go - that center portion has a lot of fill in, but just the fact that I saw the bottom made me giddy with excitement. So I worked on her the past couple of nights and now only have two more lines of verse on the left and I'm into the middle again!!! I'll post a picture in my next post. Just seeing a lot of verse and a little bit of the center that I did wouldn't be too exciting at this point!
Well, that's about it for me this week. Stay warm and safe. Hopefully, it's a little bit warmer in your part of the world. And I understand that the East Coast is in for another storm! I can't believe how much snow you're getting there! Stay save and warm. And thank you once again for all your wonderful comments. My body may not be warm lately, but your comments do warm my heart!!