Monday, July 4, 2011


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My creation

I had a little free time this morning to spend with the Farmers Wife working on some blocks.  I know I say this every week, but I absolutely love working on these little guys!  I was just saying to someone that I actually look at working on these as a sewing "treat"  haha.  Like I'll say to myself, "if you piece 10 more DWR arcs, you can work on some Farmers Wife blocks."  I love that each block is so different, and even the challenging ones are fun to tackle, and it's only ONE block, before you're on to something new!

FW QAL #11 Broken Dishes
Block #11 Broken Dishes

Love these HSTs arranged this way.  I used some Kate Spain Verna and Kitty Yoshida Prospect Park for this block.  Again, it's all about the contrast here to really make the block pop.  Please disregard the horrendous amount of strings!  Apparently I forgot to snip...

FW QAL #12 Broken Sugar Bowl
Block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

It would be fun to know how these blocks get their names.  I'm not seeing a broken sugar bowl at all here, but I really like this block none the less.  Perhaps if I read the beginning of the book with the farmer's wives letters I'd learn a thing or two, but I skipped straight to the sewing!  I was really hesitant at first to start this quilt along, because I always said "I don't like traditional piecing" its really fun to see all these traditional blocks in modern fabrics, and how much of a difference it makes in the appearance of the block.  For this block I used some Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley, Riley Blake Bead Chain and some Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda. 

FW QAL #13 Buckwheat
Block #13 Buckwheat

Let me start by just saying Ugh.  This block really gave me a run for my money.  If you have the book, and really compare, you'll see I screwed it up.  The sets of blue and grey squares on point in the center of the block should be switched.  I didn't realize this until after the block was completed, and as I think it looks fine, did not have the patience to try it again.  The book shows you the diagram with the block straight on, but you assemble it on point, apparently it got the best of me.  BUT, I do love the fabrics, I can't remember what the grey is, but the Yellow is from Origins by BasicGrey for Moda and the blue is Central Park.  So fresh and pretty.

FW QAL #14 Butterfly at the Crossroads
Block 14 Butterfly at the Crossroads

Probably my least favorite of the four I made today, but an Amy Butler party none the less.  I personally think this block looks more like a crab or some sort of flower than a butterfly (perhaps subconsciously why I chose the red??) but I figure out of 111 total blocks, there are obviously some I'm going to like more than others.

Farmers Wife QAL Blocks 1-14

Here are the 14 I have completed so far.  I am really enjoying picking different fabrics for each block, yet somehow they seem cohesive to me.  Hopefully I can continue in this manner for the next 90 some blocks...Check back next week for more Farmers Wife progress!


  1. I'm really loving your blocks, Jessica! Even the "ugh" ones. :)

  2. Jess, your blocks are looking great!!! I'm cringing at the idea of sewing Buckwheat myself next week, but I think yours looks great :) I love your fabric selections, too! I, too, use these blocks as a "treat" to myself when I finish the other bigger things on my To Sew list!

  3. These look great, Jess! I really like the Buckwheat - you've used my favorite Amy Butler fabrics!

  4. That's funny, I think the Butterfly block is my favorite! I think because I really like the color contrast you have going on there. These look great!

  5. I never would have known your Buckwheat block is screwed up if you didn't point it out. I especially like the colors on that one, but they all look great.

  6. I think the butterfly block is my favorite. i love the color choices. All of your blocks are beautiful!