Farmer’s Wife to the Rescue

I have been working on our Quilt Show Challenge Quilt – which is a small quilt depicting a memory.  I found an old cross stitched tablecloth of my mother’s that most certainly brought back memories.  It shows a 1950’s lady (Mom) doing her chores on each day of the week.

My challenge is to make a small quilt from this tablecloth and write up my memory in 50 words or less.   Last year I had made several of the blocks in The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird) using fabrics that coordinated well with the cross stitch tablecloth – Farmer’s Wife blocks to the rescue!

After I bit the bullet and bravely cut up my mother’s tablecloth, I experimented with many of the blocks – here was one such possible layout:

I asked some of my quilting friends for advice, we arranged and rearranged, and in the end we all agreed that the one block that works the best with all these ladies is Friendship:

So I made seven more Friendships (sound nice, huh?) of the same basic primary colors and Aunt Grace reproduction-type fabrics.  And here is what I came up with:

I think my Mom would like it.  Now I just need to stitch these blocks together and quilt it up – a walk in the park!

Have a great week, y’all!

Back to the Farm

Spring has sprung and the vegetable garden is looking GREAT!  My fabulous farmer hubby has all kinds of goodies growing – tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, squash, radishes, lettuce, peppers, asparagus, onions, garlic and lots of different herbs.

Since it looks like a real “farm” I decided this farmer’s wife needs to get back to the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt.  The challenge is to make two blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird).  There is a wonderful Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr with lots of support, encouragement and pictures.

I picked back up with Block 44 – Gentleman’s Fancy – here pictured among the tomato plants (yes, it is April and we already have good sized tomatoes – amazing!).

Next is Block 45 – Grape Basket.  It is photographed in the potato plants (no, we don’t usually have a tomato cage in the potato plants 🙂 ).

And then I had to get both blocks in the strawberries:

The fabric I chose for this project is primarily Aunt Grace and is so bright and cheery that it feels like the perfect project to celebrate a beautiful and bountiful Spring.

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!”


Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along – Blocks Among the Tomatoes

The Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along is up to week 19. This project is inspired by the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr.  The challenge is to make 2 blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird).  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve made 4 blocks but haven’t had time to share pictures.

As a good farmer’s wife (well, gardener’s wife), I had to also share pictures of our fall tomato plants:

Here are blocks 35 and 37:

And blocks 36 and 38:

It won’t be long and we will have some fresh garden tomatoes!

Here are some closer views of each block:

FW 35 - Flower Basket

All four of these blocks today are paper pieced using the foundation patterns that can be found on the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Yahoo Group site.  The Flower Basket has a machine appliqued handle.

FW 36 - Flower Path

Flower Path was a real bear!  It doesn’t meet in the center as well as I’d like.  But I do like the brown and white print and the green “path”.

FW 37 - Flower Pot

Flower Pot is another challenging block with some set-in seams.  I used some new Aunt Grace fabric I picked up at the quilt show last week.

FW 38 - Four Winds

Four Winds is my favorite this week.  I love all the pinwheels within pinwheels and used some pretty blue fabrics to represent the sky.  Perhaps some clouds in the sky might look like white dogs? 🙂

Despite some challenges this week, the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along is zipping along.  I can’t believe I have 38 cute little blocks completed already!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along – Adding to the Pile

The Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along is up to week 17. This project is inspired by the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along Group on Flickr.  The challenge is to make 2 blocks a week from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book (by Laurie Aaron Hird).  With that goal, the particpants should have about 34 blocks completed.  I started late so I have been trying to catch up and this week I finally have!  I’m a methodical person, so I’ve been making the blocks in the order they are presented in the book – so here are blocks 32, 33 and 34:

Farmer's Wife 32 through 34

You might notice they are displayed on the wood pile.  Well, dear hubby (the “Farmer”) took down a couple of dead trees the other day and added to the wood pile.  Since I’ve added to my pile of completed blocks this seemed appropriate.

Of course, our Jack Russell Terrier, Rascal, had to supervise (I think he’s getting sleepy…):

Here are some close-ups of the blocks for my pile:

FW 32 Farmer's Daughter

The fabrics I’m using for this project are primarily Aunt Grace with some from my stash.  With Farmer’s Daughter I wanted to use soft feminine fabrics including a pink gingham from my stash.

FW 33 Farmer's Puzzle

I think a farmer’s biggest puzzle would be getting things to grow under harsh conditions.  That is why I used the green and brown fabrics for my Farmer’s Puzzle.

FW 34 Flock

Must be a Flock of blue birds!

Hey, we’ve got the Trinity Valley Quilt Show coming up this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)!  If you are anywhere nearby, be sure to come check it out!  If you are not nearby, you’ll be seeing pictures from the quilt show posted here next week.  Stay tuned!

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