Three Friends and a Fruit Basket

Today I managed to get back to my Farmer’s Wife Sampler blocks.  I’ve been participating in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr which is on week 21.  The challenge is to make 2 blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird).

I am working through the book sequentially and am up to the F’s – the Friendship blocks and one Fruit Basket.  The fabrics I am using are mostly Aunt Grace with some of my regular stash thrown in and I am paper piecing using the foundation patterns found on the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Yahoo Group site.

Here are this week’s blocks:

Farmer's Wife Blocks 39 through 42

Here is a close look at each:

Farmer's Wife 39 - Friendship

I love the Friendship block!  I can imagine making an entire quilt using this block.

Farmer's Wife 40 - Friendship Block

OK – I love the Friendship Block above too!  I’m really happy with the bright cheery fabrics I chose for these two blocks.

Farmer's Wife 41 - Friendship Star

The Friendship Star is an easy block but the directional print of my background fabric is a little skewed.  Paper piecing and directional prints don’t always play well together!

Farmer's Wife 42 - Fruit Basket

I tried to use some “fruity” fabrics” in Fruit Basket – thus the orange circus print.  I also tried to use a bunch of scraps of white on white prints for the background.

I was starting to get a bit burned out on the Farmer’s Wife project – until I sat down and did the first Friendship block and it came out so cute and happy.  So I kept on with the other “Friend” blocks and finished up this week with the Fruit Basket. It turned out to be a good week to be a “Farmer’s Wife!”


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