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Jul 11, 2013

Dusting off the Farm Gear: Farmer's Wife

Jul 11, 2013
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[#3 Basket]

For some reason, I only decide to farm in the summertime.  I began the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along in the summer of 2011, and apparently haven't touched it since.  When sewing time is short and school's out, the FWQAL is a great way to feel a little sense of accomplishment during the week.  So I dusted off my copy of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt, and have a teeny tiny goal of completing just one block a week.

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[#4 Basket Weave]

Anybody else have FW blocks collecting dust in their UFO pile?  Feel free to join me in working on these blocks at a snail's pace.  My oldest son asked me when I would finished this quilt, and my immediate response was "Before I die..." :)  So leisurely it is.

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[#31 Evening Star]

My skill has advanced A LOT since I started these blocks 2 years ago.  I can see already that I will remake some of the blocks.  Not all are square and as precise as I'd like.  But maybe I should leave them to remind me how far I've come.

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18 of 111 Farmer's Wife Blocks
111 or bust!
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13 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a LOT of blocks to complete! I like the idea of leaving them "as is" to show how far you've come but I'm such an OCD perfectionist that I know I wouldn't be able to.

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  2. Your blocks are so cute! I bought the book, but haven't made a single block yet.

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  3. I love all of the different colours and patterns you are using. It will be a gorgeous quilt! I agree with you about leaving block as they are. I once took a quilt apart 3 times to get it "perfect"!! Now I am more likely to make the best of things! :)

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  4. FW started 2 years ago!?! Time flies!
    Slow and steady wins the race though. :)

    Isn't it ironic that the best season for photographing quilts is also the busiest season and the season one is least likely to sew in?

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  5. I think it would be great to leave the older squares as they were created. Maybe write the year in tiny little letters on each block with Pigma pen?

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  6. I began this summer and have a one block a week goal too :) this week I made 3!!! I too have a blocks I want to redo. I haven't done a count but I am in the 70's some where :))

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  7. I would keep your original blocks :) I cringe when I look at things I made when I first started sewing, but it's a nice reminder to see how far I have come.

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  8. Oh my goodness -- LOVE these blocks and the entire project. I'll be getting the book ASAP and thinking about building fabrics for one of these. Thanks for showing me something new that is steeped in history and our fantastic hobby. :) Jill

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  9. I feel so much better after reading this post! I thought I was the only one who gave up on it 2 years ago!

    Maybe I can dust mine off too. One block a week doesn't sound that bad.

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  10. I love your choice of modern fabrics for the Farmer's Wife Quilt! I too have the book but have not made a single block. But when I do, I hope mine come out as pretty as yours!

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  11. Great idea - I may be joining in when I find my FWQ blocks. Yours look fabulous!

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  12. I just finished my final 11 blocks this size for my USA quilt that I started 3 years ago. I think I joined last summer's quilt along, but it didn't seem to help me. Sigh.

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