Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Farmer's Wife Marathon


Finishing the blocks for my Farmer's Wife quilt might have has turned into an obsession. I have so many things I want to be sewing, but I can't seem to stop making these blocks! I want to finish! I've made 11 blocks since Saturday! First up (and these are the last 4 I finished) is a group of blocks made in Strawberry Fields fabrics.



This is block 24, Country Path. I loved making this block, and even though I used mostly templates it wasn't too hard to put together.


Block 104, Wild Geese was also fairly simple even with a lot of template cutting. This is another favorite.



Block 65, Peaceful Hours. This block is far from perfect, but I just don't think I want to re-do it. I'm happy with the colors and contrast!



Block 37 Flower Pot. A cute block. This block has "y" seams. On some of these template blocks I think there should have been some more instructions...


Here are a few I made using fabrics from California Girl. These 3 blocks were all made with templates, too. Although I've saved most of the template-required blocks for the end, many weren't too bad, especially the ones with fairly large pieces (I guess the term large is relative considering these are 6-inch blocks)!



This is block 97, Waste Not. This one was simple...just 12 pieces!


And here is block 66, Periwinkle. This one was pretty simple, too. I should have realized early on that some of the template blocks would actually go a lot faster than blocks with jillions of pieces!


Block 83, Spider Web is a great block. I wish I had used a couple more fabrics in this one, though...I think it could have been a lot cuter!



Here is the last group...these are all made with the latest Fig Tree line, Tapestry.



Block 13, Buckwheat...not one of my favorites, but not too time-consuming, either.



Block 17, Cats & MIce was another one I wish I had used a few more fabrics in. This one turned out okay, but it could have been really fun with every block a different color.



Block 33, Farmer's Puzzle, turned out to be one of my favorites. By the time I made this one I was resigned to the fact that I'm using templates from here on out. I actually started to realize the aspects of template sewing that aren't too bad (kind of).


Block 47, Homemaker, is one that had me a little frustrated. Although there are some instructions given, I just felt like there could have been even more information that would have made putting this block together a lot easier. My block isn't perfect, but since it's flat and I have 1/4" left on the outside of all the points, I'm not about to make this one again!



And last, but not least, thanks so much for noticing that when I first posted this block I had one of the smaller pieces turned the wrong way. Without so many of you pointing it out, I probably wouldn't have noticed until it was in the quilt and quilted...so thank you!

I have just 4 blocks left...I'm hoping that 2 of them will go together without too much difficulty, but I have to say I'm a little worried about the 2 I'm going to do last...lots of tiny templates!

If you've followed along this far...thanks so much.  Really, I don't think I could have stuck with this without so much encouragement! I'll finish up the last 4 as soon as I can and then try to get a photo of all 111!

Have a wonderful day!

53 comments:

Christine said...

Gorgeous blocks. Looking forward to seeing them all together.

trish said...

Yay Sherri!! :0)
Your blocks are just gorgeous.
I have really enjoyed seeing
your progress. :0)

Sheila said...

What a marathon, great work, can't wait to see the finished top, its going to be really pretty

Lesley said...

Your blocks are so beautiful! A friend and I plan on starting these blocks in September...you make it look like so much fun! Well done!

Jayne Honnold said...

Sherri, your FW blocks are really pretty. I admire you for making all 111 blocks! I have just 30 or so made, but I am fairly certain I am not going to do them all. Congrats on such an awesome accomplishment!

greg said...

They all look beautiful - I still can't get enough of that Strawberry Fields fabric. Can I gently point out that you have a few pieces reversed in 17 Cats & Mice? If you position the hourglass blocks all around the center then you'll have a nice star that appears.

Donna said...

Beautiful.

Kristen said...

I'm so glad to see someone still working on these. Mine sit here and I look at them often. Hopefully soon I too will be finishing my Farmer's wife blocks. Are you going to start on the next book once you are finish? :)

Karen M. Walker said...

Hi Sheri! These are wonderful and what an accomplishment...huh? I just finished sewing all my blocks together last weekend. wow! I'm so excited that part of the journey is complete! if you want, take a look here: http://chezstitches.blogspot.com/2012/07/farmers-wife-complete.html

~karen

Darlene said...

applause, applause - beautiful blocks, Sherri.

Camille said...

Amazing! I think I'm going to have to drag out my farmers wife bin tonight... I CANNOT wait to see all of yours together!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You can do it Sherri! It's been lots of fun watching.

CaroleM said...

fantastic!!! nice'd done

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm excited for you and this gives me the incentive to get back to mine.

Janet said...

WooHoo! I can't wait to see all 111 - that's a LOT of blocks!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love all your blocks!!

syocom said...

Oh, my so many beautiful blocks. You have done an amazing job with them.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

How fun! Your blocks really rock! Great job! :-)

fionaquilts said...

The spider web one is definitely my favorite from this batch of blocks.

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Your blocks are wonderful! What an wonderful quilter you are!
What I wish is that someone would print a book with all these patterns already done and directions given. I understand the book is a little complicated for a newbie like myself. You make them look so easy.

Anne said...

My Homemaker block got discarded from my final quilt because it just would not lie properly. Yours looks wonderful.
Can't wait to see the whole thing made up. :o)

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

Goodness me, you've done so well! I love your Country Path, it's gorgeous. Only 4 more blocks to go? That means it there's a finished quilt not too far in the offing maybe? Can't wait for that!!

Sandra x

Janet said...

Well done, The only block I have used the templates for was a disater, so have not used them again. Only done 12 blocks mainly using Marti Mitchele sets A,C & S. I only have 4 of her sets anyway so was pleased they were the correct size. I will try another of the templates now as you seem to have been getting on with them. Thanks. My blocks are on Pinterest.

Kate said...

Gorgeous as always! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Stephanie said...

You are definitely sprinting to the finish. I'm sure you've learned some new techniques along the way. Pretty blocks.

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for sharing and especially for saying what fabric lines you used. The blocks look fantastic and I can't wait to see the finished project.

Polly said...

Sherri, these blocks are amazing! Thank you for sharing this journey! I have this book and it's on my bucket list!! Question- did you only use the book templates/instructions for all your blocks? If there are favorite sites with help for the blocks, could you share them, too? Thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to see how you put them all together!!

Quilt Hollow said...

That's a lot of blocks and has been fun to check in on your blog post to see each up close! I'm looking forward to seeing your top.

Siobhán said...

All of your blocks turned out so well! I can't wait to see them all together. Good luck finishing them up with those pesky templates! ;) I know they'll be worth the effort.

Rene' said...

Sherri they are all so wonderful! Can't believe you made that many in such a short amount of time. Thanks for sharing all the blocks and providing fabric information. Good luck on the final four!

Kasey said...

Beautiful! Your blocks are gorgeous, and that is going to be one awesome quilt. This reminds me that I've been neglecting my Dear Jane blocks. Maybe I'll try some using templates and see if that helps rekindle the fire!

Bev said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! I love your blocks and your colors! I have the book but where did you get the templates? Did you make them yourself? Thanks for sharing. This is going to be a masterpiece quilt!

Cheery wave from
Bev

http://44thstreetfabric.blogspot.com

Needled Mom said...

Those are all spectacular!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Wow, you just GO GIRL!! I think when you're on a roll you should just go with it!!! But who wouldn't want to work on these, they're just too darn cute!!

mmedendorp said...

Good job! They look amazing. You inspire me to want to get this book and make up these blocks myself!

Carrie P. said...

so pretty! my favorite is the flower pot.

Patti said...

Love your blocks. Especially those made with the Tapestry fabric by Fig Tree. GORGEOUS
Love
Patti xxx

Maureen said...

I can't wait to see the finished FWQ,
I have to say that you inspired me to
do my own FWQ. I have to wait till I get a few things done but I have the software and book ready to go!

Nita said...

I have a quilt kit made of Strawberry Fields fabric that I haven't made yet. Now that I see your blocks in that line I feel inspired to get it out and start sewing on it.

Cathy said...

Wonderful blocks! Great effort!!

Ramona said...

I loved buckwheat. Very anxious to see how to put them all together. They have all been lovely.

Mi Ha-Pea said...

I love what you are doing! Are these all from the same book? Just beautiful. Keep it up.

Chris said...

WOW! Sherri, they are all so pretty! I have enjoyed seeing them all through the year. These two quilts are going ot be amazing! You have done a lot of work, and now you are almost DONE! :) Looking forward to seeing the last 4!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Simply amazing, Sherri! Beautiful blocks. Can't wait to see them all together! How did you figure out which ones to do in each fabric?

Beverly said...

I've been meaning to tell you for so long how much I love your header. The cedar chest (wooden box?) reminds me so much of the cedar chest I have that my grandfather made. Everytime I come visit your blog it warms my heart. AND your blocks are amazing!

Bari Jo said...

I am so amazed when someone can actually get to the end of this quilt - I really want to make one... but have such a ways to go.... and templates FREAK me out... you definitely inspire me big time!!! Love that you are at the finish line!!! Cannot wait to see it all together and how you decide to piece it and quilt it!!! Congrats - beautiful job!

dianehobbit said...

A marathon indeed. So close now.

Kim Walus said...

Your blocks look wonderful. It will be fun seeing your quilt when it's all put together and quilted. I'm sure you will cherish it forever!!!

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Anne's House said...

Your blocks are SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC! Love your work, love your fabrics!

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TG's resting place said...

Your block look fabulous. I am about to start making a farmer's wife quilt, am just waiting for the book to arrive in the post. I'm deciding about fabrics. Did you have a specific color group you decided on, or are you just doing an assortment?