Month 3 of Farmer’s Wife Sampler

Our ladies participating in the Farmer’s Wife Sampler BsOM have begun picking up their new kits.  There are ten blocks to be made for the month of August.  The tenth block was essentially a duplicate of one made in Month 2 so my challenge to our FWS ladies was to make a block of their own choosing and share a photo of it with us as well as the reason for including it in their quilt. 

My block of choice!

My substitute block was a Monkey Wrench, sometimes called Snail’s Trail.  It is one of my favorite blocks because it has “movement” to it.  I took a class a few years back with Elaine McGarry who taught this block.  Unfortunately, my blocks were packed up and have yet to be found so the project is one of the many UFOs I have to one day complete. 

The other nine blocks that our ladies will be working on can be seen here.Month 3 Images

We finally have a winner in our search for Pepper Cory’s name on the selvedge of one of the fabric strips in the kits for Month 1.  The winner is Mary Walton.  Her prize was a bottle of Mary Ellen’s Best Press Spray Starch in the scent of her choice.  She will have some of the best smelling and least wrinkled fabric of anyone in her group.  Congratulations Mary!

We are having such a good time with these blocks!  Our ladies are learning some new techniques and are oftentimes challenged with the block’s construction, especially those that are paper-pieced.  They are learning to read what I meant to say in the directions rather than what is, or in some cases is not, written.  After this month, and maybe one or two more, they will be able to read my mind and really fly through the blocks. 

Making two blocks a week might seem like a daunting task to some, but many of our ladies are getting them done, some in less than one month, and one, Miss Jeanette, finished her squares for Month 2 in just a couple of days.  She had a trip to go on and didn’t want them hanging over her head while she was away.  Impressive!

If you wish to join our merry little group we still have three spaces left.  You can catch up fairly easily if you put your mind to it.  There is the free sewing day for those who live close by where help is given if needed.  Just let me know if you want to join in…we’d love to have you.


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