Thursday, October 10, 2013

Country Farm Quilt Block and Theme of Agricultural Life in State Fair by Earlene Fowler

Country Farm Quilt Block

This month, the Quilters' Book Club is reading State Fair: a Benni Harper Mystery by Earlene Fowler.  Do you love to quilt AND love to read?  Then I invite you to join us.  Each month, we read a book, discuss it through comments on my blog posts, and then make a quilt block to represent that book.  I research several potential blocks to go with the book's themes, setting, main characters, and events.  And I find the patterns free on the internet, making it easy for everyone to access.  Each member can choose the block or blocks they'd like to make.

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If you'd like to make a block to represent the theme of Agricultural Life in State Fair, check out these free patterns:

Theme of Agricultural Life:
4-H Quilt Block

Country Farm Quilt Block

Farm Friendliness Quilt Block

Hole in the Barn Door Quilt Block

4-H Club Pledge
"I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service,
and my health to better living
for my club, my community, my country, and my world."

Were you ever in 4-H?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comment section below.  If you are reading via email, you must first click on the blog title to be able to comment and read the comments of others.  By commenting, you are entering your name in a giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!  The more times you comment throughout the month, the greater your chances of winning!  A big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for this wonderful giveaway!

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. Nope, I was a 'city' girl growing up, but now live in the country and was a 4H leader when my son was younger. I also helped a group of pre-teen 4Hers in a sewing club learn to quilt. 4H is a wonderful program.

  2. I never belonged to 4H because I lived in the city but during my college years, I helped out a group learn to sew too.

  3. Yes, I was very active in 4-H. I participated in several projects - sewing, vet science, beef cattle, market lambs, cooking. But horses were my main project. I was active for 9 years. So the descriptions in State Fair reminded me so much of our county and state fairs! Such wonderful memories!


  4. I was in 4H back when the girls made gathered skirts and did baking. By the time our kids joined 4H, the entire program had changed. This was great for the kids who didn't live on a farm. We lived in a suburban area and our county fair did have a fair amount of animals. Each of our kids was picked to go to State Fair at least twice. We would get out our camping gear, camp and go to the fair for a few days. I miss being involved with 4H. Now that we are retired, I'm starting to think about volunteering my talents to the County Extension Office.

  5. City girl growing up, so no 4-H. Now living on a farm, but all the kids are grown, so still no 4-H. :(

  6. Thanks Susan... But no, we don't have anything like the 4h you describe.
    Our children have scouts, learning how to camp & survive but not anything else.
    Adult women have CWA, Country Women's Association, where they meet regularly and make stuff & the display it in a CWA yearly sho.

  7. Oh yes, I was a 4-Her in my youth! I raised sheep, always took them tothe annual county 4H Fair every was the highlight of the year in our area. Brought back some great memories thinking of this today!

  8. Oh yes, I was a 4-Her in my youth! I raised sheep, always took them tothe annual county 4H Fair every was the highlight of the year in our area. Brought back some great memories thinking of this today!

  9. Being a city girl I never had the opportunity to join 4H. The closest I got was Girl Scouts. They tco, have a Girl Scout Promise and Law which governs participation in the organization. It is similar to the 4H Club Pledge quoted above.

  10. I was a 4-Her as was my husband and both of our sons graduated out of 4-H. I am still a 4-H volunteer and a 4-H judge. It is one of the best youth development programs around. You do not need to live in the country or a farm to be a 4-Her and it teaches life long skills.

    4-H is always looking for volunteers in project areas and I know as a judge so many of our youth want to learn, but there are not volunteers to assist them. So it is never to late to become part of 4-H.

  11. I was a city girl so I've never done 4-H, but I love to look at all the 4-H exhibits at the MN State Fair.

  12. I did 4-H for many years in IN and then was a leader for a couple years in IL. Very different

  13. I don't get why so many did not belong to 4-H due to growing up in the city because I was in 4-H and I grew up in Atlanta, GA which is a very big city with very nice suburbs. The 4-H headquarters for Metro Atlanta is about 2 minutes from my home.


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