Thursday, June 16, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along Underway

So, this Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along. You know how everybody's saying that these blocks are so addictive? Believe it. It's all true!

If you're on the fence about this QA, I'm here to tip you over, because this is going to be a fun one. Long, but fun. : ) I think I'm in love with my first four blocks! Don't let the template situation scare you off. It's actually not nearly as much of a pain as I expected. I'm just printing the templates I need as I go. Not a big deal at all.

And having made all four of them this afternoon (from start to finish, including making the templates), I'm now very confident I can keep up with the two-blocks-per-week schedule. Who knows, I might even get ahead (gasp).

I've never done anything remotely this traditional, but I enjoyed putting a modern spin on the blocks with my fabric choices. And since I've done so little traditional piecing, I have a feeling I'll learn a lot from this project.

41 comments:

Melinda said...

Ooh, Lee, love how your fabrics look for this one. They really give traditional blocks a modern feel. I would love to do it, but with Skill Builders, Embroidery 101, and all the quilts I have half done, I've got to see some finishes. Maybe after I finish a few I can jump in a little late.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Beautiful! I think the fabrics you chose make the blocks look so fresh and modern!

Paul said...

Those are beautiful... And I have been on the fence, but I am about to fall off...

I think I'm going to order the book tomorrow.

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

CosmoQuilts said...

This looks like a lot of fun... I think I'd like to try this quilt along. Where can I find the templates?

Kylie Lloyd said...

I do like the modern twist with your fabric choices on a traditional quilt pattern. WTG Lee. Can't wait to see some more blocks together.

Cristin said...

They're lovely!
Question: are you trimming each block to 6.5" as you go? I made my first two today and they are NOT exactly 6.5" square. Maybe I need to work on my accuracy a tad too :-) Cheers!

If Toys Could Talk said...

They're all gorgeous! I hope you plan to post all of your blocks as you finish them. :)

Rachel said...

I think your FWQ blocks are the cutest ones I've seen yet!

Bree said...

I'm standing my ground on saying no to this one, but I'll live vicariously through you! LOVE the fabrics you've chosen & I can't wait to see the rest of your blocks.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Love them! I just got the book today and can't wait to get started. A little stumped on how to use templates but it's all a learning experience for me. You've totally inspired me and I can't wait to get sewing some adorable little blocks.

ShirleyC said...

I love all of the fabric combinations. Great colors!

Leanne said...

Your blocks are very cute, the fabrics are so nice together!

traceyjay said...

they look great. :)
I finally drank the water and ordered the book myself. It was only a matter of time really... ;)

Natalie said...

Ooh, gorgeous! I love the colors of the prints you chose, and also the scale of the prints works nicely with the pattern! It will be fun to see more blocks for the quilt, as I'm not making one myself but want to live vicariously through others!

diane said...

Oh how I adore your fabric choices!

Leila said...

I feel myself tipping! If only I wasn't up at this hour getting my tutorial ready for tomorrow I would be totally tipped. I might tip anyway. :) Your blocks are beautiful.

Miki Willa said...

These very traditional blocks look great in your very modern fabric. I will enjoy watching your progress on this quilt along.

Sue Bone said...

Beautiful fabric choice and yes you did tip me over the edge and I've joined in too.

I'm loving the foundation piecing files over at the yahoo group.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Lee I'm in awe of your fabrics choices for your blocks - they really look so fresh and springy

felicity said...

These blocks are fabulous, Lee! I love LOVE your fabric choices!

Justine said...

They are just so lovely! I have the book and my blocks will be made next week when I have a free day!!

Thearica said...

OH WOW! I am loving your blocks!! Great fabric choice!

Jessica said...

wow! your blocks are great!! And you are the tipping point, I'm picking my FW book up at Barnes and Noble today at lunch time :-)

Nancy D. said...

Love the fabric you've used. I bought the book at JoAnn's with a 50% off coupon, so I may try to work on these. I won't be able to keep up with the QAL, but I love seeing all the different variations of fabric choices.

Carla said...

Those blocks looks so pretty Lee! Are you sticking with a certain fabrics scheme or are you going scrappy? I just purchased the book yesterday, on sale :o), and I need to play catch-up this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

Susanne said...

THEY ARE!!!!! I was thinking about my next handful of blocks first thing this AM : ) HA!

Your blocks look perfect!!!

Lindsay Conner said...

Looking great! I especially love the fabrics you chose--they work really well together with those patterns.

AllieKatMom said...

I think you picked the best fabric for these blocks. They really look great!

Cindy said...

Lee, they're BEAUTIFUL! The fabrics are fantastic with the pattern - fresh yet old-school. Really nicely done. I can't wait to see what is next!

I just finished a trad sampler not long ago, so I'd like to do this QAL in 2012 when I recover from my last trad quilt. I'll be a little behind you :)

Kate S. said...

These look awesome Lee! I love how the fabrics are working together :)

Kimberly White said...

I like your modern spin on these blocks! They are lovely!

pasqueflower said...

Love your fabric choices. And the basket block is just too cute!! Thanks for sharing them.

LeAnn aka pasqueflower
http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com

Laura said...

Those blocks look easy enough, actually. I fell off the fence yesterday and ordered the book - it should be here early next week. I love samplers; they're probably my favourite type of quilt.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your fabric choice is awesome! It's making me reconsider what I'm planning on doing. So I'll make a couple blocks and then make the hard decisions. (HB's pop garden and bijoux are some of my most favorite fabrics ever!)

Marg said...

Love your fabric choices Lee, you are swaying me towards the FW side.

Dianne Neale said...

Your blocks are beautiful. I've just sent off for the book, and will decide then whether or not to go ahead. It sounds like a good read though anyway.

angela said...

You are NOT tricking me into joining :) But your blocks are fabulous - those are some of my favorite colors and prints.

evamarie said...

they are absolutely beautiful! Eva-Marie

kristastitched said...

Love these blocks. I'm on the fence, I just am nervous to take on something so big without a proper fabric stash...

Angela {fussycut} said...

your blocks are so pretty! Glad you are joining in the fun. :)

A.J. Dub. said...

Wow! Those are beautiful! The fabrics really shine in those blocks. Nice choices Lee!

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