"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Farmer's life.....

It is the first Wednesday of the month once again. The month passes so quickly and it is time again for my quilt group to come this evening. The blocks for this month are done and the newsletter printed. These are the four blocks for May.....

And this is my quilt top as far as I have it together today. I have the next row ready to sew together and only need one more block to complete this top. I am going to then work on the red blocks for my mother's quilt top. I like having the top with 25 blocks which is the perfect square quilt for a wallhanging.

Isn't this painting by Alfred Roll beautiful? I know life on a farm is not romantic as we might think. It is just plain hard work but the office is the beautiful countryside. It seems a more natural place for a human to be than cooped up on the fourth floor (I asked Jos what floor he is working on in his building...grins) looking out at other buildings. Hearing the birds sing and the trees rustle as opposed to air condition humming in the background. A life where your bread and butter literally depends on your getting up in the morning and working hard. But then you can sit in the evening and look at the countryside that you are custodian of.

For now, I must be content with my patch of garden and my quilt top...
Manda Lametrie, the Farmer's WifeManda Lametrie, The Farmer's Wife

"I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live."

~ Vita Sackville-West, Country Notes

23 comments:

Nancy said...

Well gee, my farm is not very hard to work on at all. Ask Carolien and Sonja, they can tell you. You just click with your fingers. We even fly from England to American with a couple clicks.
Now, maybe that is why Jos wants to work from your studio and not his tower office. He is closer to nature.
(Maybe you too tee hee).
Have a great night, the quilt is really pretty but, my red one will be EVEN better. LOL.
I loveeeeeee you,
Mom

anneke said...

have a great night with your quilting group!

Elizabethd said...

Such a pretty countryside picture, Heidi.

Quilt Hollow said...

Enjoy your quilting group this evening! Sounds wonderfully to be able to get together with friends and chat it up!

Christine said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I like your new blog header picture too

Anonymous said...

Loved your blog entry on farm life...so often I wish for the simple days I once knew, but striving to be more like my Daddy and be content whatever my lot may be. Your quilt could not be more beautiful...you are a talented needle-woman! Rowena

Farmhouse Dreams said...

visions of loveliness

Deborah said...

Your wallhanging is going to be gorgeous! love the brown and pink fabrics.

Saskia said...

It was a great evening as always!! I never can look at a poncho without thinking about Bep LOL!..
Hmm. looking at your farmer's wife quilttop makes me think.. maybe I have to go from 13 blocks to 25. thinking, thinking,thinking
Knuffels
Saskia

Susan in SC said...

your quilt is so pretty! Can't wait to see it finished!

Jackie said...

Your blocks and quilt look wonderful. Your piecing is so precise!

Marsha said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the colors. In my first job, I made a comment that I'd love to be a farmer. A coworker overheard me and set me straight. He said he had to work to make enough money to be a farmer. I often say they have one of the hardest jobs in the world. God bless them and the weather they are at the mercy to.

lillianscupboard said...

Your Farmer's Wife quilt makes me want to go back to the book and do some blocks I haven't tried yet.

It appears you and your mother have quite a competition going. I'd like to see the winner of that - I'm sure it would be hard to choose.

Annie said...

All is beautiful here ! The quilt, the painting and the quoye. Thank you Heidi !

Carolien said...

Yep, Nancy, it's a piece of cake and even two farms means NOTHING to us! LOL
I love the painting, Heidi, it's beautiful.
Oh Saskia's turning round now, it's too late already. We don't care, do we?!
And yes, I will think of Bep too but won't use my lovely poncho's for the same purpose, oh no!!! (giggle, die Bep!)

Take care & hope to see you soon!
Hugs, Carolien

Kathy Ellen said...

Lovely colours in your quilt blocks, which are all coming together so beautifully....can't wait to see the finished quilt when it is completed. Yes indeed, your countryside photo takes one back to sweet memories of a life that we imagine as most serene...more simplified than our busy lives today...

Peaceful moments of stitching to you, my friend.

DonnaTN said...

Heidi, your quilt is so pretty! I can't wait to see the red one you make for your Mom. Will you do a slide show of all the other ladies' quilts when they are finished? I'd love to see the different interpretations.

mainely stitching said...

Your quilting is so beautiful, Heidi. You truly are an artist.

As for me, I'm enjoying the hard work of country living. I find it suits me remarkably well, at least for now. :D

Sonja said...

Wow, those new blocks look beautiful! Although they seem to be made of a lot of little fabrics...difficult?
It is fun to see the quilt 'growing' and see how different every quilt turns out to be.

Siobhan said...

I love those quiilt blocks!!

Jo said...

Fantastic quilt Heidi - I love the different blocks you are using, and the colours are fantastic. Is this a pattern you are following, or just something you made up? I can't remember...

Pondside said...

Your quilt top is looking so pretty - and that painting - well, it's everyone's dream of life in the countryside. The reality is the mud and the cold and the precarious nature of the livelihood. Of course, one day of sunshine and apple blossoms makes it all worthwhile!

onlymehere said...

What do you know, it looks like blogger is going to let me comment for a change! Thanks for stopping by. You're right, she'll always be my little girl! I'll be back to catch up on posts later!