I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I know that we sure did. I don't have any block photos to share this week. I didn't expect to have any either since this is such a busy time for most people. Likely many of us will get caught up in the upcoming weeks but in the meantime I will show a couple shots of our Christmas. We went to visit Santa:
And Quinn read the children their usual Christmas Eve story:
He is reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas". I suspect many children get that story on Christmas Eve. I know that I always did growing up and we have done it for these two every single year they have been around. They were both very excited that night and I think they may have slept a bit. The next morning they were ready to go downstairs but they have to wait for us:
For some reason our boy doesn't want to smile in photos for the past six months or so.
I don't know why but as long as he is happy, we are good.
Other than that, the two of them are happy with the gifts they got. I am happy with what my wonderful husband got me too. He got me a small crockpot that I have been wanting in order to make overnight steel cut oats. The kids love oatmeal in the winter, particularly when it is steel cut but they are a pain to get made on school mornings. This makes it so much easier. He also got me a new iron, specialized for quilting. He needed to use the one that I have been using last week and realized how it was in pretty rough shape. We have been in our current house for almost three years and I know that it got knocked off the ironing board onto the concrete floor of the basement in our old house. He had to order it to be shipped so it isn't here yet. We also got each other a scuba vacation in the Dominican Republic for later on and Mom is going to come here to stay with the kids.
All in all, a great Christmas for our household! I hope that yours was just as wonderful.
Now we will get back to our Farmer's Wife blocks. We have two blocks to sew up this week.
Our first block this week will be Block #76 - Sawtooth.
Cut five 2" x 2" light pink squares.
Cut five 2" x 2" raspberry squares.
Cut two 2" x 3" light pink rectangles.
Cut one 5" x 5" raspberry square.
Cut one 7" x 7" light pink square.
Place one light pink square RST with one raspberry square. Pin on the diagonal. Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. Sew a seam 1/4" from the line you have just drawn an then sew a seam on the other side of the line you drew. Then place your ruler along the line you drew and slice the two HSTs apart. Set the seam and press to one side. Repeat for the other four raspberry/light pink square. Trim your HSTs to 1 1/2" squares. You should now have ten raspberry/light pink HSTs that measure 1 1/2". One of these HSTs is extra so you can set it aside and maybe it will get used later.
Sew together one light pink rectangle and five of the HSTs. Then sew together one light pink rectangle and the remaining four HSTs.
Line up the HST end of the shorter strip with the raspberry square and place the pieces RST. Sew a 1/4" seam, set the seam and press to one side.
Line up the other HST strip and place it RST. Sew a 1/4" seam, set the seam and press to one side.
Place the largest light pink square RST with the piece you have sewn together. Draw a line on the diagonal of the wrong side of the lighter fabric. Sew directly on the line you drew. Place your ruler on the seam and cut 1/4" away from the line. Set the seam and press to one side and your first block for this week is finished!
The second block for this week is Block # 51 - Hovering Birds.
Cut three 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" purple squares.
Cut three 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" raspberry squares.
Cut four 2" x 2" raspberry squares.
Cut two 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" purple squares. Cut both of these squares on the diagonal.
Cut one 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" raspberry square. Cut this square on the diagonal.
Place one 2 1/2" purple square RST with one 2 1/2" raspberry square. Pin on the diagonal. Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. Sew a seam 1/4" from the line you have just drawn an then sew a seam on the other side of the line you drew. Then place your ruler along the line you drew and slice the two HSTs apart. Set the seam and press to one side. Repeat for the other two raspberry/purple squares. Trim your HSTs to 2" square. You should now have six raspberry/purple HSTs that measure 2".
Organize your pieces the way you want them to look.
Place the purple triangle RST with an HST, lining up the bottom of the triangle with the bottom of the HST. Sew a 1/4" seam, set the seam and press to one side. Sew together the pieces to make strips making sure to press the seams in one strip the same direction with the strip below going the opposite direction.
Sew together the top two strips and the bottom two strips with a 1/4" seam. Set the seam and press to one side.
Place the large raspberry triangle RST with the long side of the triangle lined up with the purple triangles. The long side of the triangles are all cut on the bias so be careful that you don't stretch the seams. Sew a 1/4" seam, set the seam and press to one side.
Place your two pieces RST, sew a 1/4" seam, set the seam and press to one side. This finishes up your second patch and final patch for this week!