Farmer’s Wife: Playing catch-up

I’ve been a slacker of epic proportions on this whole Farmer’s Wife thing. I am trying to get them all cut out, so I can just sew them up quickly, each week. For now, here are my weeks 9 & 10 blocks! (I’m only like 10 weeks behind, darnit!)

#17 Cats and Mice: This one turned out a little softer and more “pastel” than I expected, but I really like it.

#20 Churn Dash: I spent way too much time on this block, making sure that the stripes and the diamonds all went the way I wanted them to. I’m sure I’m just weird, but it drives me crazy when the pattern of the fabric isn’t all the same direction in a block. I love how it turned out though, especially because it doesn’t really look like a churn dash at first glance. Those stripes steal the show!

#21 Contrary Wife: This one is really nicely balanced, I think.  Plus, how can you not love orange and aqua together. I mean really.

#19 Checkerboard: Again with the “I’m insane and spent way to long making all the background print go the same direction”, but it pays off. I LOVE this block. The contrast is there, the direction is there, and best of all the navy blue sets off the rest of those bright colors perfectly.

And here are these four, together.

Besides the Farmer’s Wife blocks, my laundry could use a little attention today, along with some vacuuming. What do you need to catch up on today?

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

Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long: Playing Catch Up (Week 6)

I didn’t get 4 done like I was hoping this week. Only three. But at least that puts me at making positive progress, not getting more behind. At this rate I’ll be caught up by week 11, which is still fine by me.

I’m having fun with these. A LOT of fun.


I’m starting to wonder if I should incorporate some solids in here. Some of these blocks could stand to have a bit more contrast, or perhaps just a showing off of a single print at a time. I wonder, would it look weird to start throwing some solids in now?

I guess I probably should anyway, simply because I’ll run out of my sweet Hope Valley before the end if I don’t. And that would be a disaster of epic proportions.

Or something like that.

Your thoughts?

April’s total blocks made: 7

How many to catch up: 5


living the farm life: farmer’s wife quilt-a-long

It’s a little (a lot) embarrassing to admit, but sometimes I jump on bandwagons more because it’s the popular place to be and less because I like where the wagon is going. I’m really hoping I’m not the only one.

The Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long. Yep, I got sucked in, and only 5 weeks behind. Luckily, this particular bandwagon is going EXACTLY where I want to go. Plus, I’m in great company. Camille, Sheri, and many more are all doing it too! Makes being a crowd follower a little easier to stomach, if you know what I mean.

I’ve always loved the idea of a sampler quilt, and when I saw this one, well, let’s just say I’m willing to cut into my stash of Hope Valley. That’s saying a lot. For the record, I think if I could only use one fabric line for the rest of my life, Hope Valley would be it. Plus, If I had my way, I’d be living in a farm house in the middle of nowhere. This book is an awesome resource for making my case to the powers that be.

Okay, ignore the wonky basket handle. I was trying a new stitch. Not my best idea ever.

So, here are the first 4 blocks I’ve finished. I have 4 more cut out and burning a hole in my…ironing board? Whatever. I just want to make them, and quick. I’m hoping to do 4 a week instead of 2 until I catch up.

They may or may not be just a little bit (a lot) addicting, and a little bit (a lot) more fun than other things on my to do list(s).

Are you on the bandwagon?