myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Ruby

Welcome to the last of my guest posts for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL, hosted by the wonderful Kerry!
This week it is Ruby #89. When I first saw this block I must confess that I thought there was something wrong with it. It does look a little like it’s been badly pieced! But then I thought a bit harder and looked at the name and I realised that it was an interpretation of a faceted jewel! Very clever!
I think this block would’ve actually been way easier to FPP (as the quarters are just like spider’s web quarters). But because I had EPP’d all the rest of my blocks I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything else. This has been a hand sewn project so far and I can’t change that now (I have to keep the purity!).
And so this is the end of my commitment to the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL. I have to admit that had I not signed up to do the guest posts on the QAL I may never have done as many blocks as I have (even though I didn’t get very far anyway!). I started off so well and pieced the first 20 by Christmas. My sister was making them alongside me (well not physically but in spirit!) and we managed to sew quite a few together during our annual week in Tenerife in December. 
But then Jane got quite a bit ahead of me (you can check out all her blocks – she has nearly finished – on her Instagram feed here). And then I started to have the problem in my right hand and had to stop hand work all together except for the applique magazine projects I had already signed up to.
I really hope I can take up the project again in the future (Jane and I have another week in Tenerife this year so I may choose this as my holiday project again), but if not I do have these 28 blocks. Maybe another 7 would make a nice 5 x 7 block cot quilt? Or with some wide sashing it could even get up to a small single bed quilt?
I know I will use them one way or the other so watch this space! Meanwhile how did you do? Did you keep up? Did you lapse like me? I would love to hear!


  1. Have been checking with my book where I keep the details of what I have done and think there is about ten to go. I missed a couple of the early ones and have four more of the 's's' to do. Will be bringing them with me next week. Now all the hand quilting is done on Kate's quilt am so pleased to have these few to hand sew – what to do next?

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