Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Farmer's Wife 1930s: Bride, No. 17

Farmer's Wife 1930s
Bride, No.17

This week has been a flurry of cleaning up leaves, and summer. Rarely do I cut down my perennials preferring to leave them to wither on their own schedule, but something made me go through the gardens and tidy this year. The saying, "Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today," pops up over and over. My compost and leaf piles are enormous. It will be a rich spring for fertilizer.

Along with the gardens I've been pulling out little piles that need sorted. Papers, receipts, earmarked books, and so on have called for my attention. Unfortunately some of those little piles grew into a bonfire sized pile on my living room table, and are still calling me. Sound familiar? Weren't all our houses clean back in March? Today I plan to put out a few of those fires on my breaks, and work on a few more blocks. I have a sweet little basket block to show you soon in the Civil War palette!

The heavy glass paperweight above finds it way into a lot of my pictures. I have them near my sewing machines for a purpose. After I've pressed block sections or the entire block like above, I use a piece of green insulation on top of the block, and then top it with a paperweight for pressure. It makes the block so nice and flat. After it's been flattening, I trim the little threads or smidgens of extra fabric to make it square. Handy little gadgets!

I tell myself there will be spring again with yellow flowers, and weddings, and a more normal life in our futures. Hang in there, and chin up.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.



Linda Swanekamp said...

Ah, what a nice bouquet for the day! I have trimmed anything that does not have green on it. Somethings, like the Siberian iris, have such golden spiked leaves this year, that I did not cut them. Love all the blocks you have been sharing!

Rebecca Grace said...

Your bouquet block came out as lovely as a Spring day, Julie! Great tip for the paperweight, too -- now I have to keep an eye out for one of my own!