Farmer's Wife has the Blues by JudyBR

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Farmer's wife
Status:
Constructing Top
Started:
2012-10-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

I love blues--indigo, sky, navy, denim, lapis, baby, cobalt, marine, aqua, Carolina, ocean, royal, periwinkle--any blue is my favorite color.   I decided to make my Farmer's Wife in a scrappy style with shades of blue and white.


Pictures

Block 11, Broken Dishes
Block 21, Contrary Wife
Block 26, Cut Glass Dish
Block 34, Flock
Block 38, Four Winds

Loves

bebejohnson
brodeusebressane
snippet
Jodyrose
Aizome
AllPatchedUp
CoraQuiltsCarla

Comments

True

I love the name!!! And what a great idea to go with a color theme...will look forward to seeing this develop and so far it sure is nice:-)

JudyBR

Thanks, True . My first comment on my first project!

Robynie

Yay you made something!

True

Jbr There will be loads more this is awesome especially for a first!

Quilt455

I love the name. So cute. I haven't started mine yet since I have so many projects going right now. I am thinking about doing mine in yellows and reds but haven't decided. I can not wait to see these all put together. Wow, you picked a really a interesting one for your first quilt. You must be a natural because the blocks are beautiful.

Janquilter

I too love blue! This is a wonderful way to use all shades of blue. The blocks are wonderful!

AllPatchedUp

oh my gosh. I LOVE the name and the fact that you're doing this monocromatic!! Not sure that I've seen any of the FW quilts all one color and I gotta say, this is already my favorite!! :)

Sewnsew

Love the blocks, colours and name!

JudyBR

Thanks, True and Quilt455 and Janquilter and Allpatchedup and Carolmarie and Sewnsew for your kind and encouraging comments. My Farmer's Wife-ing came to an abrupt halt this afternoon when a broken piece of a washer fell out of my machine. Now I need to find a repairman for an elderly Singer.

True

Jbr Oh no!!! Good luck and hope it is a quick fix.

AllPatchedUp

I gotta repeat...Oh No!!!! astonished Hope you're able to find someone that will repair it. Good luck!!

Sewzalot

They are gorgeous blocks!!

Quilt455

jbr, don't panic. I would have to take a prozac if my machine broke. Of course my husband would say, just use one of the other two. He just doesn't understand. The good news is it is a singer so most sewing machine repair man should be able to help you. There is always hand piecing and quilting. Kidding. Keep us posted.

Sewnsew

Jbr That really stinks! I agree with Quilt455......Being a Singer, you shouldn't have a problem with finding someone to fix it. After seeing yours and reading your post, I was inspired to get mine out and stitched away quite happily on it!

1kadybug

I love these!! You are doing a fabulous job and I love the single color with different shades and patterns.

JudyBR

Quilt455 and Sewnsew -- you were right. I called the LQS and they said they could work on my machine. So, I took it in, but it will be a week to 10 days before I can get it back. cry

Quilt455

Thank Goodness you found someone. Hard to be patient when your in a middle of a project. hang in there

Sewnsew

Jbr I'm sending "get fixed quick" vibes.

Strandkorbtraum

Ohhh that are some really nice blocks so far - I want to do one too, but first I need to take care on a few things higher up on my list.

Jodyrose

Nice start!!! I love your colors, cant wait to see more! The name is cute too! Thanks for the heart heart heart on my Blooming 9 patch!

True

Wow some really beautiful blocks...just love some of those blues...the one with leaves is wonderful! (well they all are but really like that one and the darker one you used for single wedding star!

Mary

Wow...I love all the shades of blue.

Capetowngirl

Gorgeous. I love your choice of blues for the quilt. I have just got the book and am reading my way through it. I haven't decided on colour yet, but using one colour tone is an interesting idea. Something to think about. Can't wait to see this finished.

Jodyrose

@jbr I am so drawn to your fabric choices as I am struggling with my own! I pinned yours to my pinterest board, hope thats ok.

Pdxpam

Seeing your project makes me want to really start planning mine. I have the book, just need to take the plunge and start planning it out. Love your choice of color.

JudyBR

Pdxpam Jodyrose Capetowngirl I'm happy my project gave you a bit of inspiration. Here's one of my favorite versions on-line (a very different color scheme): http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2013/01/more-farmers-wife-blocks.html#more

Capetowngirl

Jbr Oh wow. That colour choice is spectacular. Now I'm re-think the choice I've made.... Too many decisions.

JudyBR

Capetowngirl The black, white and brights color palette is not one that I can see myself working with right now, but those colors make a very striking quilt. I love the contrast of the very traditional block patterns with the very modern color choices Elizabeth used.

snippet

Wow, your quilt blocks are so pretty!

JudyBR

Snippet Thank you.

Aizome

I recently saw my friend's finished Farmer's Wife sampler quilt. It has something like 100+ different blocks in it!?! How many blocks will your have? I love all shades of blue also. Very Pretty.

JudyBR

Aizome Thank you. I want to make a king-sized version, so about 145 blocks. I have about 40 done--a long way to go!

CoraQuiltsCarla

It's so very pretty! I love your idea to make it In blues. I adore blue and white quilts and really would like to make one. Not sure if I'll tackle Farmer's Wife again, but you tempt me!

Charwirfs

Hi, I am one of your followers and just popped in to see what you are working on. I really love your Farmer's Wife blocks. My sister just joined a FWife exchange and they each make ten blocks following a number sequence. Her number is based on 3. They are using Civil War repro prints and I got to go with her to pick her fabrics. Soooo much fun helping someone select fabric. No pressure. I love your color scheme.

Charwirfs

Thought I would pop in again and see how these are going. Just gorgeous! Please update if you have made some new blocks. These are awesom.

JudyBR

Charwirfs Thanks for your interest in my Farmer's Wife project. The Farmer's Wife and I have had our ups and downs. About a year ago I decided to make a quilt and chose the Farmer's Wife. I wanted to make a large-sized blue and white quilt for our bedroom. I had never made a quilt before, though I wasn't new to sewing. I told myself I'd just follow the book's directions exactly (as if I ever followed any pattern exactly) and it would be a learning experience. For a few months I went “gung ho” even though I was frustrated with the templates and trying to get my blocks to finish at 6 ½ inches among other things. Last spring the Farmer's Wife and I decided on a trial separation which grew into a long separation headed toward divorce.

In the meantime, Tula Pink published her book City Sampler. I hadn't given up on the idea of a large blue and white sampler quilt for our bed and thought maybe I'd use Tula Pink's blocks. I made about 20 of these blocks in my blue and white color scheme. While I loved making them, my traditional color palette wasn't doing much for the modern blocks.

I've had a year now of working on several other projects, perfecting my quarter inch seam, learning new techniques, and reading a lot about quilting, both books and online. I've been thinking again about the Farmer's Wife and maybe we're heading towards a reconciliation, only this time I'm doing things my way—a narrower palette of true blues and whites and no little templates.

Charwirfs

Thanks for the update. It sounds like you have been learning a lot. As I stated earlier my sister has been making these with a group exchange. She gets very frustrated with some of the blocks and has to remake them because she wants them perfect before she mails them out. Many of the blocks she gets back are too big. She is frustrated, but really loves these little blocks and is staying with it. For me this last year has been filled with relocation from Washington to Oregon. We moved two households and a business. Mid move, my brother needed help as he was very ill with cancer. I have been able to work on little projects, but have many larger OFO's. Just last week, I finally set up my sewing room. Needless to say, I am looking forward to finishing some projects. I still think the blocks you made are fabulous!

Charwirfs

Dumb spellchecker...I meant UFO, not OFO's. Yeah, blame the spellchecker...

You can download the project as JSON data.Download JSON