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2018

1930's Farmer's Wife: Pharlemia

The Pharlemia block can be found on page 38 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 241 for template instructions.)

The Pharlemia block can be found on page 38 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 241 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Optimist From The City can be found on page 10.

August 1934

Upond the death of Paul Von Hindenburg on August 2, Hitler eliminated the position of president and buried Hindenburg's final wishes that the Hohenzollern monarchy be reinstated.  Instead Hitler drafted and printed a nation wide "testament" in which Hindenburg praised "my Chancellor Adolf and his movement."  This was not the government's only move to consolidate power in Germany however. 

The German National Evangelical Synod (a nation-wide council of churches supervised and funded by the government) decreed that all pastors and church members should swear allegiance to Hitler above anyone or anything else.  German soldiers were also ordered to refer to Hitler as "Mein Furher" rather than "der Furher."  These were just two of the numerous attempts by the German government to usurp any competing loyalties of the German people.  Devotion to God was allowed only if it came second to the Furher.  Love of family was allowed only if it came second to the Furher.  Love of country was set above personal interest and well being.  To an extent this was appealing to the German public, a chance to believe in and work for something bigger than yourself.  Germany had been suffering from the destruction of the Great War, a decimated workforce, and an over inflated currency for nearly 20 years.  The opportunity to improve life and community was a welcomed change compared to living in a constant depression.  

Sometimes when I read women's letters to the editor there is something about them that makes me contemplate what life was actually like in the 1930's.  In high school and college I studied a bit about the Great Depression.  I read economic theories and unemployment numbers, but I guess it's true when they say 'a single event is a tragedy, a mass event is a statistic.'  These letters personalize the history that I've read about in textbooks, sometime's I'm reminded that actual people actually lived through these events.


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Pre-Cuts

A (1) 3 1/4 x 3 1/4"

B (4) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" cut into HST's

C (8) 2 x 1" or template

D (8) 2 x 1" or template

E (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4" cut into HST's

F (4) 2 x 2" cut into HST's

G (4) 2 1/2 x 1 1/2"

The Block

The Pharlemia block can be a little tricky because of the 2 Y-seams at each corner of the block.  Get your strait pins ready!

For some reason, some of the Y-seams were no problem for me, but others I had to re-sew multiple times.  I don't know why some worked better than others, considering my method never changed, but I guess that's the way it goes sometimes.


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Happy Quilting!

- Rita

Ms. H's Baby Quilt - Windmill Quilt

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The youth pastor at our church and his wife announced they were expecting so I pulled this cute tummy time quilt out of the closet just in time for the baby shower. It’s so nice to see little Ms. H toddling around on Sunday’s, she’s so cute! I would say that I need another little one for myself, but she’s a little younger than Little Man and a little older than Wince, so I’m right in the thick of it with cute kiddos.

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I thought that the fabric was called Woodlands by Moda, but I’m not sure and I couldn’t find it online. If anyone recognizes it please comment below! The backing is a cute pink calico from my Aunt Grace’s stash that I received after she passed away.

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I wish I had taken more pictures of the quilt while I still had it. Oh well, blogging lesson learned.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Ginger’s Quilts: Jared's Quilt

Handsomepants is from a family of five kids. It’s always a riot when the whole family gets together and inspired me to want a large family of my own. Last year Handsomepant’s younger brother Jared got married to a lovely lady, and they both like to play video games. So when Ginger asked what kind of a quilt pattern they wanted for their wedding quilt the asked for Majora’s Mask from the game Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

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Unsure of where to find a king sized pattern of Majora’s mask, because let’s be honest it’s probably not a popular quilt pattern, Ginger turned to the internet. What she ended up doing was converting a stained glass pattern onto paper and pieced or appliqued major parts of the quilt.

The mask from the game.

The mask from the game.

To keep in line with the look of the stained glass, Ginger selected batik fabrics and outlined the mask with black bias tape. Each section of the quilt is quilted with a different patter, and you can see that best on the back of the quilt because Ginger matched the thread to the quilt top. I like way that patterns are highlighted ob the backing, especially in the boarders where Ginger quilted in Triforce and sword patterns.

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I never played the game, but Handsomepants was quite impressed at the details. I appreciate the giant carpenter’s star Ginger put on the backing. I know that the quilt took a long to make, but I think the wait was worth it!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Ms. K's Baby Quilt - Four Patch Quilt

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The very first friends we made Handsomepants and I moved to Denver, was young couple just our age. They lived across the hall in our apartment building and we met them when they knocked on our door and (trustingly) asked us to keep an eye out for a package delivery. They were leaving town for the weekend and the package hadn’t arrived on time. It turned out it was large flat screen TV! We’ve been friends with Krista and Jason ever since.

I’m starting to realize how often I use four patches in baby quilts!

I’m starting to realize how often I use four patches in baby quilts!

I’ve written before about my pregnancy with M, when Krista was also pregnant with her first child. His quilt is the red and white air plane quilt in my gallery. But when she announced she was pregnant again I was so excited to find out she was having a girl this time. This time around I wanted to make a low key, sweet baby quilt so I selected a charm pack of Windemere by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda.

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I took a while to decide how I wanted to handle the quilting. I used a large “hand sewn” stitch on my machine to outline all of the background squares with a gold thread, but other than that I was stuck. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I packed the quilt away in the closet for a while. Then one day while on Pinterest I came across some really cute embroidery designs, and the rest was history. I transferred the designs onto freezer paper and used the same “hand sewn” stitch on my machine to quilt the designs into the background fabric. The process of quilting the embroidery designs was slow going, but over all I’m pleased with the results and I’ll definitely reuse the technique on future quilts.

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When I finished this quilt I was so excited to gift it that I forgot to take pictures so I had to call Krista and ask her to take them for me, which she did because she’s awesome. I also forgot the dimension of the quilt, sorry to those who were wondering. But it’s a nice tummy time size, and it’s soft enough to snuggle with!

The banking of Ms. K’s quilt was a tight patterned calico that came from my Aunt Grace after she had passed. I’ve slowly developed an appreciation for calico prints over the years and this is one of my favorites. I’m very glad that there was enough left over to go into a scrappy quilt I’m currently planning.

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Unfortunately I don’t get to see this quilt, or it’s new little owner very often anymore. Krista and Jason decided to move their growing family close to family outside of Colorado. I miss my friends but modern technology does make it easy to stay in touch, and if they every miss me they have something to snuggle with, and that’s what quilting is all about.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Mr. A's Baby Quilt - Orange 4 Patch

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Am I the only one who has a hard time selecting fabric for boy quilts? I love fabric shopping but I so many of the patterns are floral or the colors lean feminine. I have a difficult time selecting fabrics that are comfortably “boy”. Handsomepants had to help me out with the fabric selection on Mr. A’s baby quilt, partly because I was stumped, and partly because we’ve had some major expenses this month and fabric shopping just was not in the budget. (I married an accountant for a reason!)

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I threw this little tummy time quilt together using some charm square pieces that I had removed while making another quilt, and other fabrics in my stash. And as I’m writing this I realize that I forgot to catch a shot of the backing. The backing is the same orange polka dot fabric as the binding. I kind of cheated on this quilt and just folded the backing over the edges of the quilt and sewed it into place to form a binding, rather than create a traditional binding strip. I used my machine to sew the edge of the binding, I just don’t have the time lately to hand sew bindings.

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The actual quilting was kind of fun to do. I did a quick stitch in the ditch around the edges of the four patches and then I quilted a cross-hatch pattern in the negative spaces of the diamond patterned squares. This turned out out be a little more difficult than I had originally thought because the diamond pattern isn’t completely strait. Not that the quilting was difficult per-say, but I did end up snaking some of the quilting to keep from running the stitches over the pattern.

Because life was hectic and time just seemed to slip away from me, Mr. A’s baby quilt sat on by the front door for several weeks. I kept telling myself not to forget to gift the quilt, but there were days wen I would forget to put on deodorant, let alone bring a quilt along to a play date! And I missed the baby shower because I was busy having a baby myself!

But a perfect opportunity to hand over the quilt when Handsomepants came home from work and immediately dragged us all outside to jump in the leaves. Mr. A and his family happened to be arriving home from ballet lessons, and leaf jumping became a community event.

What a great time to warm up a cute chubby baby with a new quilt, and take some cute pictures! Mr. A’s big sister wanted to help me take pictures and proudly held the quilt up for me before sweetly tucking the quilt around Mr. A. Big sisters are awesome!

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Handsomepants didn’t want to lay Wince down in the leaves for some reason but I wanted to take fall pictures for the family album. So we compromised on one photo while he held Wince about 5” above the leaves. Men and their babies; I don’t get what the fuss was about, but whatever!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita