Saturday, August 4, 2012

Catching Up

I'm sure that some of you will understand the complete and utter relief that is felt when you finally get caught up on your bee blocks! That's how I feel after spending a sewing day with my awesome PMQG peeps and getting these Cocorico blocks finished.

First up is Leila's block. Her theme is A Woman's Work and she wanted blocks that reflected the everyday tasks of a proper 50's housewife. Here's my (almost) finished block:

In doing some research for this project, I learned that in the early 50's, only about 1/3 of households had electric washing machines. Most people still did their laundry by hand. This is when I sent up a big fat prayer of gratitude because I'm pretty sure if we didn't have an automatic washer and dryer then my kids would wear a wardrobe of dirt.

I still need to embroider the little hand crank before I send it off. Hopefully, Leila will like it. It sure was a joy to make.

Next up is Kylie's block. Her theme is Best of the British. This was a very fun block to design and stitch up. I hope Kylie enjoys it.

I'll send along some black buttons for the centers of the wheels but I didn't want to sew them on in case they get in the way of assembling and quilting. It seems a bit busy but I just couldn't resist the crown fabric for the background.

In the midst of everything else, I'm also in the process of reorganizing my sewing space. It will be fun to share pictures when all is said and done, but I'm afraid it's going to be one of those things that gets much much worse before it gets better.

Summer is winding down here so we're all filling our days with as much sunshine and fun time as we can. Hope you are enjoying life as well!


  1. Gorgeous blocks - my grandparents had a wringer washing machine and it was great excitement for us grandchildren trying to 'help' feed the clothes through.

  2. I have had a few visits to places with vintage laundry equipment and we have had demos in classrooms with the children of the paddle thing they used to pound the laundry with and the mangle (as we call a wringer here!). They are such hard work! And their clothing was all so much fabric and so many layers, you have to be amazed at a woman's work in the past

  3. Megan I can't get over just how awesome that washer turned out! Seriously can't stop thinking about it!

  4. Seriously, could you be more talented?

  5. I love your blocks! I wish I could have stuck around Saturday to see you work on them.


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