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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Farm girl blocks again.......

With a little help from my friends I decided on a 2 tone handle for the teakettle.  I wanted the upright pieces to look like metal but I wouldn't want to burn my hand so the top is a heat proof handle.  I went realistic on my canning jars and put food in them.

A lot of people expressed surprise that I am doing these blocks.  I was raised on a farm so my first 19 years all related to farm living.  I went to one room schoolhouses through 4th grade.  I rode a school bus for 8 years.  Country living was all I knew.  I didn't move to a town until I was married and this town surrounded by corn fields is only 7421 residents now, around 2500 when I moved here.  My parents continued to live on farms into their late 80s so I was visiting farms all the way into my 60s.  I love anything related to farming in quilt blocks and can't wait to make the tractor block.  It is larger so this will turn into either a medallion style quilt or lots of different size blocks fit together like a puzzle.  I might even design a few of my own blocks for it. 

16 comments:

Beth-near Louisville KY! said...

I think the surprise is the 'stark' of the blocks with white.... or at least not 'so busy', because you really like lots of color and movement in your quilts!!! Of course your current surroundings don't surprise me... and will the tractor be green?

PS. My cactus is blooming too!!!!

Roxanne said...

Your farm girl blocks are super and a fun project to do with friends. Lori Holt's designs are irresistible, so is her enthusiasm. You've delighted me many times and in many wonderful ways with your quilting but I could never be surprised again once I saw Four Patch Posy in toile! You rock!

Debbie said...

I love the blocks and hearing about your memories. Yes, they are different from your usual adventures, but variety has given you wonderful insight to lead along this way.
I know I will regret not grabbing the fabric cuts....but I am really trying to clear up my stash. Sigh.

Maria said...

You a real farm girl and I am enjoying seeing your blocks.. The handle on your kettle looks great.

Mary said...

This is going to be such a fun quilt!

LynneP said...

These blocks are darling!

patty a. said...

I was raised a city girl although my Mom did some canning. I had friends growing up that lived on farms and was always amazed at how they survived living on a farm! Oh how my thought process has changed! Your blocks are great!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Love the personal connection with this quit project.

Hedy Hahn said...

Well, I think all these blocks are cute and I am looking forward to seeing the tractor. With all your skill, I bet you could come up with some other farm related blocks too. How about a cow and a pig ? And a barn and silo ?

Needled Mom said...

I can relate to the love of the farm! Your canning jars are fabulous. I suppose the tractor will be John Deere green????

Sheila said...

I'm going to enjoy watching your Farm Girl Vintage block collection grow. I was raised on a chicken farm in the country. We had a big garden. Lots of trees. It was lots of work but it was a good children.

Anonymous said...

I know your area pretty well. My Mom lived in Yorkville for years before moving to Coal City. I have a quilting friend that lives in Sandwich. Enjoy your blog everyday! Laura V.

O'Quilts said...

So that is why you are so strong and tough...a great role model!!!
A surprise farm girl:)

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

What great blocks, and I don't blame you - I wouldn't want to burn my hand either.
I spent some of the happiest days of my life on my grandparents' farm. They've been gone a long time and I still miss them and the farm.

Charlotta said...

It's surprising, I think, because this is so different from the quilts you usually make; not because it relates to farms. It would've been equally surprising if it had been an airplane quilt or a cat quilt.
I'm excited to see what else is going on your farm, any other animals? There's a gorgeous quilt - it might have been a block of the month type of quilt - which has been advertised in lots of quilt magazines, with lots of farm animals. Not the kind of work I usually do at all, but I've been tempted anyway just because some of the animals are so beautiful.

Carol E. said...

I am so relieved that you will not burn your hand on the tea kettle handle.