They are teeny tiny blocks, finishing off at around 6 to 6 and half inches - with lots of little pieces. There are two blocks per letter, so it's really fun to read the letters that these women wrote.
The whole premise of the book is these letters that farmer's wives wrote in response to a newspaper editor, asking them if they would want their daughter's to marry a farmer and have the lives that they do. The letters were written in the 1920s. It's such a neat way to read their thoughts and views - and how many of their points, are still valid in today's world.
Since the fabric didn't come out and hit stores until February, we've just now started. Mom is much further along than me, but I"m doing my best to catch up! We ambitiously decided that our goal is 10 blocks a month, so it'll take us roughly a year or so to make all of the blocks.Mom and I decided to make the blocks in the order of the letters (which means they are out of order numerically).
I've decided to incorporate a little bit of selvage into my quilt. I love the fact that we are using a fabric line inspired by vintage pyrex (from a different era than the Farmers Wives letters) produced in an entirely different era. I guess there's just too much of an English major in me not to see the beauty in that kind of linkage.... which is why I'm keep bits and pieces of selvage. Plus, it looks kind of cool.
First Letter: "Living in God's Open Air" written by Mrs. J.E.F from Valley County, Montana
"I would have my daughter bring of the very best to that farmy home - the best o fmusic, books, pretty clothes, dainty things for her house. I am speaking of the little things of life which really make up the most of it; big events only happen once in a while."
The first letter's blocks are:
#26 Cut Glass Dish
#54 Kitchen Woodbox
Second Letter: "No Safer Road to Travel" written by Mrs. E.M.L in Furnas County, Nebraska
"To wake up in the early morning to the bird calls, the animal greetings, i better than the best symphony concert every played. To see the sun climb out of bed and reach rosy fingers to pick up the dew drops from field and meadow, and to watch the joyous greeting of all nature, in the summer time, is worth more than silver and gold can buy."
The second letter's blocks are:
#24 Country Path
#79 Silver Lane
Here are my first four completed blocks, all together!
I really love how they look together, and I'm so excited about this project! :)
I'm linking up my new long term WIP to this week's WIP parties! :)