Monday, March 01, 2010

GFNO

I have been the recipient of a marvelous gift!  This past Saturday evening our dear friends Bob and Sherron, whom we've known for more than forty years came to dinner.  Sherron is a very accomplished seamstress, having been a home economics teacher in a previous life.  She has made tailored suits and all kinds of other clothing and I used to be jealous of her skill.  She knits, too, and did counted cross stitch long before I did.  On 22 count, too.

We both got into quilting around the same time and have more or less grown together in the art.  Our taste is pretty much similar much of the time, although she has a penchant for 30s and I crave batiks.  She does exquisite applique and has gifted Tom and his wife with more than one quilt.

We both have entered a strong Civil War period; her Melanie Wilkes quilt was finished months ago and she's been sleeping under it all winter.  Saturday when she came to dinner, she brought me a wonderful GFNO*, the book and CD for The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt which she has begun to make and believes that I should, too.  Not a problem.  The quilt is irresistible.  And the book is wonderful, with letters from women about their lives as farm wives. 

I only have 110 blocks to go!




*Gift For No Occasion

10 comments:

altar ego said...

Keep us posted on your Farmer's Wife progress! Looks like a beautiful quilt. My husband was raised on a small farm and talks about that part of his youth all the time. I suppose I could consider myself a farmer's wife if we stretch the definition! I may have to consider this quilt myself one day!

Kathie said...

ah yes it has some nice blocks in this book...I own it too.
I will be watching your progress!
Kathie

Pat said...

Oh, that looks wonderful!!!! And I know you need another project now that the snow days allowed you to finish all of your UFOs. What a lovely gift.

Nancy said...

I am working on the Civil War Love Letters quilt now for my DH.

I really like yours too. Does the CD have paper piece patterns on it?

Anonymous said...

I just received that book and have read all the letters. Now for working on the blocks. That will take more time, I'm afraid. I had to keep reminding myself that these letters were written in 1922 by farm wives. They are so well written - shows me how little I learned in school.

Salem Stitcher said...

I have to find this book! It looks wonderful.

*karendianne. said...

I didn't know about this. How neat!!!

Susan said...

What a wonderful friend! I've had this book on my wish list for some time now. Maybe I'll be able to pick up a copy during the sale at my local quilt shop this weekend.

Annemiek said...

What a great gift! The Farmer's Wife sampler is very hot here in the Netherlands. I"t IS a stunning quilt!

Micki said...

It looks like a beautiful quilt. Enjoy it!
Micki