Farmers Wife Quilt by April

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Farmer's wife
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2012-05-16T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

When I started quilting, I didn't think I liked traditional quilt blocks. But now, I find myself gravitating toward them more and more, especially with modern fabrics. So here I go - to learn a few new things about quilting with the 111 different 1920's style blocks in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt pattern book! Each block is a mere 6"! Already, I am finding that sewing these precise corners in miniature requires much more precision than other quilting I've done.

Update: 6 Jul 2012  I'm averaging about two of these a day now. I am offically obsessed - this happens in the middle of every quilt project I've done, so I'm working like a fiend. Only two blocks a day doesn't sound like much, but the more complicated blocks are taking over an hour (nearly two, for one!). I just finished Economy, Cups and Saucers, and a cute bird one. I was getting tired during Cups and Saucers and you can tell! I might redo a couple of those seams :/

Jul 9 - I've decided to let in few other non-Flea Market Fancy prints in. I'm struggling with the size of some of these prints on the tiny templates. (Plus, I'm running low on the dark brown color, which is the best at showing off sharp lines.) It's frustrating to me when I finish a block and realize that a big flower has swallowed a whole template. I'm still loving the FMF here, but have begun to think this quilt would also look amazing with just kona solids. All the intricate piecing would really be shown of without any pattern. Still, I want a 1920's style quilt on my bed, with cheerful colors - and I don't think solids would have the same vintage look.

10 August - One month later. Not too much progress since we went on summer vacation for three weeks and I was without my machine. But now I'm back and the ball is rolling again. Finished the Friendship Block, F. Star, Fruit Basket, and Garden Path. Discovered that listening to NPR podcasts while sewing is a wonderful way to pass the time. Long live summer.

27 August - On number 66 now. I've been battling with some template printing so they've gone slightly out of order. I was frustrated by the completion of the Ozark Maple Leaf; the dotty leaves mix with the red dots of the opposing pattern. Why did I not predict that happening? So that one's probably a re-do. These problems would not exist with Kona solids! Even so, the quilt blocks are continuing to charm me. New blog post up: http://www.bellaloucreative.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/more-farmers-wife-blocks.html

11 September - Just finished block 92! I'm definitely feeling fatigued at this point and am very anxious to start piecing the blocks together. I know I am not going to be able to use all 111 on the quilt front because of the layout that I've decided on now. A part of me wants to showcase all blocks on the quilt front, but I think that I have so many colors in here that negative space is much needed. Maybe if I was using a two to four color limit it would look better to the eye, but when I put them all together, the end result is way to busy for my taste, and it's harder to appreciate the beauty of each block. If I do it this way, I will have a number left over for the quilt back and can do something creative and modern on the reverse...The end is in sight now!

5 October - I should really be finished by now. The truth is, I am stalling while putting the blocks together because I'm not yet sure how I want to piece the back and what fabrics I want to order to do it. I need to just decide! I also am uncertain about how to do the quilting? I'm thinking maybe a combo of hand and machine quilting, but I really am not sure if my neck can handle machine quilting of a queen size quilt. Also...quilting design itself...! What are your opinions and experiences?

3 December - My farmer's wife quilt is officially finished! The quilt has been fully pieced together, quilted, and the binding has been sewn on! I say this passively, but it was all done by my own hands. Though I was very nearly finished back in October, I have spent the last few months in the depths of research papering and keeping up with my coursework. When my little girl started school in September, I went back too! But now coursework has eased up and I have finished! It is incredibly gratifying to be done, and to have learned so very much from the process. I blogged about it all in greater detail here.

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Comments

True

Love your blocks...Will look forward to seeing it all done!

Mymble

It's amazing how modern fabric really enlivens these timeless patterns- will look forward to seeing your finished quilt-should be really wonderful:)

Kirstenblake

Oh I can't wait to see these all done. 111? Yikes!

April

True and Mymble, thank you - I think it will be really cool once it's all together. I'm planning to use kona white sashing around each block - there is already so much pattern, I think a good neutral will really show off each block while making them come together without too much busy-ness. Kirsten, 111 - sounds crazy right!? Especially when the more complicated blocks taken nearly an hour from start to finish! The most difficult thing has been the cutting because each piece has a template, and I don't using quilt from templates.

FiveWombats

Your blocks look great, April . I hope to do the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt someday. You are inspiring me to get going on that sooner rather than later. I love the modern fabrics for the traditional quilt blocks. Can't wait to see more of your blocks as you progress through the book.

April

Thank you, Lori. I think I am getting more obsessed with these blocks after each one I do!

Caribousmom

Wow, FMF looks so great for these blocks! Wonderful!!!

Amanda

I'm really loving all these blocks!

April

Caribousmom and Amanda - Thanks! The variety in pattern really keeps it interesting. :)

True

Your work is beautiful...love sampler and love fabrics...how many more to go?

Janquilter

I love the way this quilt is coming together. The fabric choices for each block are great. Looking forward to seeing more.

April

Carolmarie and Janquilter - thank you very much for your comments. I think I've got 25 now, but I plan to redo or take out two of these - just a couple of seams I'm not that happy with. I'm trying very hard not to think about how much time this is going to take me because I'm really enjoying the process.

Sewwellmaide

Great use of Denyse Schmidt fabric. Cheers, Karen

April

Thanks, Karen - DS fabrics do pretty well with traditional patterns - although I have to say, some of the prints are a little too big for these blocks, I'm finding. The effect of large flowers is lost on a tiny piece of fabric, so I'm finding I have to watch which ones I choose for the smaller templates.

True

OMG look at all those blocks all together!!!! and I have decided I just love the green polka dots with flowers fabric! This is awesome:-)

Robotmomsews

I love these! I tried doing them but gave up quickly as I didn't have the patience. So kudos to you! FMF is gorgeous for them! They are all so pretty!

Rachaelmakes

love the fabric choice for these - combines the modern and traditional in a really fun way. Looking forward to seeing this as a quilt! x

True

Love your progress!!

Conniharns

Wow... Your blocks are pieces of art!! And soo many of them!!. Very pretty.

Caribousmom

This is going to be the most amazing of quilts. I love the traditional blocks but with modern fabrics and colors. This is really the first quilt using these blocks that has made me want to make one for myself! I could actually see this quilt in solids (like you mentioned) or 1930s repro fabrics (with all those tiny prints and sweet colors) too. Fabulous!!!!

Gail

love these blocks!! so pretty ~

Isewloveit

Pretty, fun fabrics cherry_blossom

April

Thank you all for your generous comments! They all gave me a big smile :D

Juicyapplecreations

Your Farmer's wife blocks are great. I have seen others on different bloggs and I am awed at the amount of blocks. I look forward to see your continued progress.

April

Juicyapplecreations - thank you!

Terryt1955

I was buzzing aroundon the internet last night and stumbled on A Bee In My Bonnet page. I have a whole new respect for this projest you've taken on! 6" and all those pieces. Yikes! But your blocks are beautiful and it's going to look fantastic on your bed.Can hardly wait for a picture!

April

Terry, thank you. I went to a quilt festival today and there was a large sampler quilt with 5" square blocks - it blew my mind - those are some tiny seams! This whole process has been an education :)

Kclifton

This is beautiful. Makes me realize I really need to continue work on mine. Hope mine looks as good as yours.

April

Carolmarie - thanks for the encouragement! Kclifton - thank you, I'm still plugging away. I'm at the halfway point now and it feels like I should be a little bit further ahead, if I'm completely honest! Not tired of it, but am getting anxious to see more of the blocks together. I still have lots and lots of sashing to do once I finish the blocks themselves!

CoraQuiltsCarla

Great use of FMF! I have a bit of a collection started now with the re-release, but don't think I will attempt something this complex :). Not to mention I am already working on one in fabrics that are my mom's colours!

Sewzalot

I love your blocks! I want to start one of these quilts SO badly, but very afraid-very very afraid and intimidated. For now, I'll just be very happy watching your quilt in progress. It is awesome!!

April

Coraquiltscarla - thanks! If I didn't buy FMF specifically for this project, I think I would have had a hard time cutting into it! Sewzalot - thank you - don't be intimidated! It's just one step at a time - the only thing you'll really need is a bit of patience! :)

Terryt1955

Both Carolmarie and I wanted to try the FW quilt sampler and have ordered the books from amazon. Is it true that the book doesn't have the templates and you have to order an additional CD? The CD's that are available are for the EQ6 which I assume means your machine has to have an onboard computer? How did you get the templates/instructions for your quilt???
Thanks! From Dazed & Confused!

CoraQuiltsCarla

Terryt1955 , I have the book and the CD came with it. Not sure what you mean about EQ6, I don't have any quilt software. The CD I have gives you paper templates to print out (one template per page which is more than 100 pages) Although I did find out that there is a Yahoo group you can join which has the templates to print out merged into 15 pages total. I recommend finding that group. It is also full of other great resources for Farmer's Wifeing :)

Terryt1955

Thanks so much for the info Coraquiltscarla ! I'll check out the yahoo group you were talking about. Hopefully the book I'll be getting will have the CD included. Carolmarie we will get this figured out one way or another!

April

@Terryt1955 - the CD is included in the book, it certainly was with mine (I ordered from Amazon). I would also recommend finding the group @Coraquiltscarla recommended because printing out templates has been a drag - it's both time consuming and wasteful. I haven't seen the group mentioned, but what I have done for templates is print using both front and back - which takes 50 rather than the 100 pages. I then have to trace the templates using scrap paper. As for instructions, the book doesn't have written instructions, but rather diagrams that you have to figure out. It's meant for the experienced quilter, and even if you weren't experienced, you could figure it out. It was listed in a few of the comments on Amazon as a detriment to the book, but I kinda prefer it the way it is. :)

Mary

Love the fabrics. Would love to try these blocks sometime. The bright colors are very cheerful.

April

Thank you, Mary! You should - you'll certainly never get bored :)

JudyBR

You're an inspiration to us all, April . I've got my book and I've pieced my first block! We're going to have our own Farmer's Wife QAL right here on ThreadBias.

Caribousmom

Just ordered the book from Amazon .... so don't be surprised if I start a new quilt :) Maybe we should have a group for this!!!

Caribousmom

There is a Flickr group doing a QAL of this...and they have a discussion thread with links to the combined templates here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1678802@N20/discuss/72157626935775328/

April

Feeling utterly flattered and unworthy! How cool that so many of you are trying it out! We should start a group. Let me know if someone gets to it before I do :)

Sewzalot

April, You have come a long way in such a short time-Only sewing since 2009. You must be a natural! Your blocks are just beautiful! I am wanting to join the Threadbias group that is starting, because I want one!!!! But feeling intimidated. The pieces look so little.

Goldwillow

oh man I love these. I've been trying to avoid the pull, I really don't need another project right now but these look like so much fun! Can't wait to see it come together!

Terryt1955

So I started a informal group for Farmer's Wife QAL here on Threadbias. It seems like there is a lot of interest and I thought it would be comforting to try it with others who can offer a shoulder to cry on. Check it out under Groups Sewzalot , Caribousmom , True , Mary , Goldwillow , Sewlorisew , Jbr , Kclifton .

April

Sewzalot - I have come a long way. But only because I spend every spare moment at my sewing machine - I still have a lot to learn. Join the group - the templates are tiny, yes, but just take it one step at a time. Thank you for your comment! Goldwillow, thank you - I know just what you mean about taking on another project - this one has been all consuming for me and it is taking a lo of discipline to finish it before I start on the long list of other things I want to do. Some people take it much slower, which would also be easy to do with this one - just do one here or there. I gasped a little when I saw the ticker move from 3 months duration to 4. Terry - I joined last night - this will be so fun to see everyone's progress!

Caribousmom

Thanks for starting the group Terryt1955 - I'm IN!!!

Terryt1955

Yay, we'll get going on it in 2 weeks. In the meantime order the book from amazon (used is more than okay) and start collecting your fabrics.I' going to use my bundle of Pam Kitty Morning that I've been saving for a vintage project. I think this more than qualifies!

Quilt455

this is truly beautiful. I think you are going to be thrilled with the results. Can't wait to see what you do with the back with the extra blocks.

April

Quilt455- Thank you! Such a nice compliment - everyone's support is keeping me going!

Caribousmom

Amazing job with this April - I know you think it looks "busy" but I love it...colorful and so beautiful. I agree with Quilt455 I am looking forward to seeing how you do that back with those extra blocks!!!

Terryt1955

OMG it's like giving birth isn't it! This is truly amazing that the end is in sight. I know what you mean about not wanting it to be too busy. You want the beauty of the blocks to be the center attraction but then again you spent so much time making them all that you want to incorporate all of them on the front.I'm with all the others anxiously awaiting to see the final outcome. I'm sure with your taste it will be exquisite.

True

Words escape me this is such an impressive piece of work and so gorgeous...like others I cannot wait to see it done and I am sure you must be getting anxious !! April simply wonderful!

Rebecca

I really like the layout you've chosen for piecing the blocks together!

April

Terryt1955 Caribousmom True Rebecca Carolmarie Thank you all for your encouragement! I am now sewing the white background fabric around the individual blocks, taking breaks to still finish the last 15 or so farmer's wife blocks themselves!

Robotmomsews

Beautiful!! I've enjoyed seeing your progress! I gave up on Farmers Wife - it was too frustrating for me. Your blocks are perfect! I'm sure you can't wait until it's done either, but great job sticking with it and not giving up! :)

April

Thank you, Robotmomsews ! Still getting there! :)

Alisonglass

It's really beautiful April! I love the color combination.

Cowgirl4ever

Wow! I love all your blocks. I have this book but think I misplaced the disk. Pretty sure that it was in the computer when we moved now its anyones guess.. LOL.. I also have the Sylvias Bridal Sampler book and Some where the Dear Jane book. Have you seen those? Some day I am going to get to all of them. I know I need to just dive in and get too it but haven't

April

Thank you, Alisonglass ! Cowgirl4ever , I've seen them in the advert at the end of this book. I gave it a moment's thought and decided they will have to wait until I'm retired! This quilt has been a serious exercise in self discipline - that is, just to stick with it without switching to another project!

Cowgirl4ever

April Goodness I have so many projects its not funny I think I would go crazy if I had to work on just one. I guess I am kinda sorta retired for now.. did 12 1/2 year in the navy and was seperated medically and now my hubby and I have a handsome little devil of a 6 month old. So I'm a Mommy for now but am sure I will go back to work eventually. Doing what depends on medical issues. You have inspired me to pull out my Sylvias bridal sampler.. Some of the fabric has been choosen maybe I need to use some nap times to start.

Cowgirl4ever

Hey I have an idea to showcase some of those blocks that didn't fit with your layout. What if you were to use them in a similar layout as the cuff of the pillowcases on your bed or maybe some pillow shams? Just a thought.

Ellisonlanequilts

It is beautiful! Well done!

Deanna

beautiful!

April

Deanna Thank you! Ellisonlanequilts Thank you! Getting there :) Cowgirl4ever Go for it! If it seems like too much, you can always scale it down. And thanks for the extra ideas of what to do with the extra. Now that I'm putting the blocks together I've decided to possibly eliminate borders and just have pieced blocks throughout. :)

Jessicalam

Wow! This is a huge undertaking! You are doing an amazing job. I love the detailed blocks. I tend to gravitate away from the traditional blocks too, but your blocks make me appreciate them more. They are beautiful! Sorry I can't offer any advice for the quilting— other than I think simple is better so the focus is on the small details within the blocks. Can't wait to see this quilt come together!

April

Jessicalam thank you - I think you're right. Simple is better here.

True

Congratulations!!!! What an amazing finish this is and gorgeous! And congrats on going back to school...what are you studying?

Melanie

freaking AMAZING!!!!!

twistedandloose

Beautiful - just love all the fabric choices!

Terryt1955

Congrats on the finish and can't believe you found time to do so even with school. This is one beautiful masterpiece!

April

Terryt1955 , Seshlaman , Melanie thank you all! True I'm studying Environmental Management. Now my two favorite topics to talk about - quilting and the environment - are both things that make people's eyes immediately glaze over! It's something of a career change, but I've worked for years volunteering on water quality issues, so it's something I would love to someday get paid for :)

True

April Great career area! When I talk about my work I can kill a holiday party in under a minute;-)!!

Terryt1955

Me too! TB anyone???

April

Terryt1955 - TB, as in tuberculosis? Very curious.... True Thanks- that's hilarious. What do you do?

Clairealex

I don't know if one of these is in my future or not; but I do know I admire them. I like your sashing and your setting some straight and some on point. I am amazed at how quickly you finished. You skipped from "how shall I quilt it?" to "It's quilted." How did you? Any photos showing the quilting?

Clairealex

OH, and on the career conversation stoppers, try Freshman Writing Teacher!

True

April I run a mental health agency for adults with severe and persistent mental illness... And for most my adult life did similar work in the children's mental health world. Sexual abuse, trauma, schizophrenia and the such are not topics most want to engage in for long!

April

True wow - that is truly admirable, it takes special kind of person who can take on that level of human pain. you deserve a pat on the back - more than that really.

Clairealex Freshman writing teacher -wow. You must have loads of patience. I just finished a group project and some of the "master's level" writing was appalling (excuse me as I throw stones beneath a glass roof: I'm the worst with typos).

I'm curious now about everyone's careers when they're not quilting!

April

Clairealex Oh, and you asked about the quilting. I did free-motion quilting, and if you click on the left arrow, it will take you backwards, to the photos I added last. It's not the most impressive job, but I chose FMQ firstly because I wanted something simple that would unite the whole quilt, and then I felt I had to stick with my decision after I pieced the backing together. It was also my first time with FMQ on that scale, and I wanted to try it. Had I done straight line hand quilting around the individual blocks, which I thought I might do, it may have looked off-center on the back because of the straight line sashing I pieced on the other side. It's hard to explain because I forgot to photograph the back!

True

April Thank you...how kind of you:-)

Conniharns

This is a beautiful quilt April. I just like to stare in awe of it!! It's also huge!! Wow....you should feel such gratification...that is an amazing accomplishment!!

JudyBR

Congratulations on finishing. It's beautiful!

Clairealex

Meandering worked very well. I LOVE the bed that the quilt is on; it shows the quilt off well.

April

Clairealex Jbr Conniharns - thank you all so much for your comments!

Caribousmom

Wow, this is such an amazing accomplishment - congratulations on an absolutely GORGEOUS heirloom!!

1kadybug

So beautiful! Your Farmer's Wife quilt looks amazing!

Capetowngirl

Beautiful, stunning, amazing, wow.

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