Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long (weeks 5, 6, 7, & 8)

Playing a little catch-up here this morning. I’ve been working on these little blocks as often as I can (which isn’t as often as I would like, due to deadlines etc.) and am still a bit behind the group. But hey, slow and steady and all that jazz, right? Here are all the blocks I’ve done so far (because I can’t remember which you’ve seen, and hey they’re pretty–except that basket one. Bleck. I keep thinking I should just toss it and its wonky handle). If you’re wondering, they’re blocks 1-16 in the book.

And here they are all together.

And a few closeups. (Bet you can’t guess which block is my favorite.)

Anyway, I’ve realized a few things. First, I don’t like basket blocks. At all. So no more basket blocks for me. Second, I’m still tossing around adding in some solids here and there. I even found a few Kona solids in my stash that go well. I’m not sure why, but I just keep going back and forth on it. Third, I really like the blocks that have the most contrast.Maybe working on the contrast will solve my “should I add solids” problem? Fourth, and finally, I really shouldn’t take pictures of these when there’s a breeze because it makes them all look crooked and un-square, which they’re not.  I swear. (Ask my seam ripper.) Also, trying to photograph blocks on a clothesline in a breeze makes me more frustrated than I previously would have expected, as in, talking angrily to inanimate objects. (Please, forget I said that.)

If you’re participating in Amanda and Angela‘s FWQAL (it has its’ own acronym even, it’s that cool!), are you using just one line of fabrics from your stash? Mixing in solids? Using scraps only, or certain colors? I’m dying to know. And if you’re not participating, but have some opinions on how I can spice up the next round of blocks, do share! If you have no opinion either way, well, tell me a joke or something…I might be suffering from adult-interaction-withdrawal over here. Hence the talking to quilt blocks.


April (who is obsessed with parenthesis today, obviously)

Previous Farmer’s Wife posts: 1 & 2

take a peek

Just a few of the pretty pretty fabrics I’m working with right now:

So Sophie by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Indian Summer by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs

Children at Play by Sarah Jane Wright for Michael Miller

Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller

Children at Play by Sarah Jane Wright for Michael Miller

Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller

And these are just the ones I have pictures of. I can’t wait to get to these. As beautiful as they are in pictures, they’re stunning in real life.

I love my job.

What about you? What fabrics are you loving right now? What are you working on? Tell me!

lucky (winning) duck

Thanks for playing my silly guessing game! The winner of the mystery prize from my stash is commenter #12, Amber, who as it turns out hit the nail on the head. She guessed that it was garlic gone to seed, which it most definitely is. Amber, send me your mailing info at

Amber wins a Verna honey bun (an oldie but goodie!) and a copy of my Grammy’s Scrap Basket pattern (which uses honey buns). If you’re sad you didn’t win, don’t worry. There are still a few honey buns left in my shop, and lots of patterns!

In other, giveaway-ish type news, I should be getting some fun fabric for a giveaway very, very soon, so stay tuned. Also, a public service announcement later this week. I’d do it now, but I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open. I went to sleep at some ridiculous time last night (2:30ish?) only to be woken up at 6am by a sick child. On the upside, though, I got 9 quilts bound in a little over 14 hours, so yay. They’re off to displaced and orphaned children in Japan tomorrow. As for me, it’s off to the treadmill with some ice water to try and wake up ( I know, it’s 4pm. Sad state of affairs.) Hopefully I’ll be back later with some housekeeping and Farmer’s Wife blocks.

Happy Tuesday!


Can’t wait. (Plus a giveaway.)

They’re starting to turn red.

Blushy orange.

Plump and ripe.

Full of surprises.

I can’t wait.

Speaking of surprises, this plant (shown above) definitely surprised me. I had never seen or expected these blossoms. So, since you’re all so clever, how about you tell me what you think they are? Everyone who comments with a guess will be entered to win something fun from my stash–this is impromptu so I don’t know exactly what the prize is yet, but it will be of the fabricy variety. So tell me! Do you know what this plant is?

Good luck, and here’s to hoping you have beautiful ripening things in your gardens, too.

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