The Travelling Chalkboard – Farmer’s Wife Blocks

September 30, 2014

My friend Chelsea over at Patch the Giraffe had an idea to share her cute little chalkboard with some of her blogging friends so they can show off the quilt blocks they’re working on in the unique way that she does on her blog.

If you’re a blogger and want to be the next stop for the Travelling Chalkboard, leave me a comment, and we’ll send it along to you too!

For my turn with the chalkboard, I thought I’d share my Farmer’s Wife blocks.  I’m working on them a little bit at a time, enjoying being a link in the long historical chain of quilters who have each put their own touch on these classic blocks over the centuries.  These represent my first foray into paper piecing.  They are imperfect, sweet reminders of how much I have to learn about the art of quilting.


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Thanks to my photographer friend Kristin for helping me with the chalkboard photos.  We took these pictures a couple of weeks ago, in the 103 degree Texas heat, at our favorite place to get inspired and take a few quilt photos– Revival, in Austin, Texas. If you live in the Austin area and haven’t been to Revival, it’s worth the trip.  Revival supports local artisans and specializes in reclaimed home decor that is quirky, elegant and fun all at the same time. Here are a few pictures of what you can expect to see on your next trip there…

Hamlet the pig, roams the grounds making friends

Hamlet the pig, roams the grounds making friends

Chickens abound

Chickens abound

Bring your own funky containers or find something new to plant some gorgeous succulents

Bring your own funky containers or find something new to plant some gorgeous succulents

A playground from the past that my kids can't get enough of

A playground from the past that my kids can’t get enough of

So now you know where I like to hang out…. it provides endless numbers of funky backdrops for my quilt projects, inspiration for my home, and hours of entertainment for my kids.  Hope to see you around there sometime!


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  • Reply Cheryl September 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    What beautiful blocks and great photography!

  • Reply quiltingjetgirl September 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Beautiful photography – the chalkboard works great with the blocks and setting!

  • Reply Ruth September 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Love the chalkboard photos and the fabrics you’ve chosen for the blocks. Oh and Hamlet the pig wearing a crown!

  • Reply quiltingmod September 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    What great scenery for a photo shoot! I might have to swing by Revival when I go to Quilt Con next year.

  • Reply Chelsea Huckins October 1, 2014 at 2:12 am

    YAY! Love how the picture came out they are beautiful and amazing. Great idea for the photo op! Anyone willing to host the chalkboard next? Let’s send it around the world 🙂

  • Reply melintheattic October 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Great pictures! Love the chalkboard.

  • Reply Catherine Silling October 5, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I recently learned of the Farmer’s Wife blocks as my Supernova partner is working on them. I looked for book and finally got it used on Amazon. It appears brand new! so far I enjoy the book and the letters from 1920’s, so different from life today! I will figure out my project with the blocks/book, it looks intriguing but I doubt I will make 111 + blocks for a sampler.
    good luck with yours….

  • Reply sandralouise October 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve always liked the Farmer’s Wife quilt – I bet yours will be a beauty when it’s done!

  • Reply amy October 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Love your blog! can’t wait to meet you next week!

  • Reply kittywilkin October 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    ooooh those succulents! oh, and your blocks are lovely! The chalkboard really is a perfect prop for photographing them. One of these days I will make a farmer’s wife quilt. It seems fitting since I live in the country, and while my husband is a computer programmer, looking at our house and homestead and my daily “chores”, you may think I’m a farmer’s wife!

  • Reply Kelsey October 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I really like your economy block, and I can’t wait to get the chalk board!

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