Your love of the triangle is going to go a little deeper with Caroline of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt. Just like Betty this block is going to teach you a little bit more about yourself and what’s acceptable when it comes to points matching. This is a really busy block and it’s the first block I’ve made that’s had me questioning my resolve to stick to the fabric requirements (how many prints/colours are in each block) of the blocks. You could have so much fun if you introduced some more fabrics to really play up that elongated pinwheel in the middle. But if you did that this block wouldn’t be Caroline it would be something else and so I’m sticking to the blocks as they have been provided in the book and finding enjoyment in the constraint.
I’m making 2 versions of each block; 1 in the Gnome Angel Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop and 1 from fabrics in my stash. I decided to do 2 because I want to do something special with the FQS version and I want to have fun with the stash version (be patient Grasshopper, all will be revealed next year). This is the first stash built block that I’ve done using solids and the effect of having the seam allowance on the edge of the block still visible is doing some weird tricks to my eyes.
This was also the first block where I spent a bit of time working to get my points to meet and it was worth it (for me). I’m really looking forward to seeing other people’s version of this block as there’s a lot of room for fun to be had here. Let’s get cracking!
Thoughts on the Letter
When we embarked on our IVF journey I thought I knew how we reproduced. I’d taken the class in high school, I’d watched television, I knew what it was all about. I knew nothing. I remember sitting in a doctors surgery listening to our specialist walk us through what was going to happen and rattling off all the points at which something could go wrong and just marvelling that anyone ever came into existence. It was a really powerful moment for me and one that flavours everything I do now.
When I look at our son and I know all of the steps that had to happen to bring him into this world I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a miracle. We all are. We are given this amazing gift of life and we live on this planet that is abundant with various life forms and organisms and it’s all tightly woven together and inter-dependent on each other. It’s a miracle. Take the most basic requirement of our living, oxygen. Have you ever heard a scientist talk about the massive chain of things that had to go right on our planet for oxygen to form and then for it to be at a level that could support life. It’s mind blowing.
I don’t care whether you subscribe to a specific religion or whether your faith is in science, you cannot go past that fact that this world in which we live in is a thing of beauty. Staggering in it’s complexity and awe-inspiring in it’s simplicity. It seems a waste not to pause every once in awhile and give thanks for the opportunities we’ve been given and embrace the miracle that is our existence.