Sunday, July 29, 2012

Farmer's Wife...all 111!


Well...here they are...all 111 of my Fig Tree Farmer's Wife blocks! I can't wait to really finish the quilt now! Even in a big group, there are those blocks that I'm just in love with...my eyes are drawn to them every time. I'm going to make a list and design some future quilts based on my favorites.




I think the mix of colors turned out okay...I didn't keep track--just kind of kept the blocks of similar colorways in piles and tried to make sure the piles all looked about even.


I'm definitely going to use Moda Bella Snow for my sashing and setting triangles...I do love having a "resting" spot for the eyes in scrappy quilts. As far as the posts...I'm not sure yet, I'll probably use something from Tapestry as soon as it's available.


I'm posting this block again, Block 17, Cats and Mice because I had to rearrange some of the pieces. I like it a lot better now!  Thanks so much to the blog reader who pointed out my mistake when I first posted this one.


This was my official "last" block, 110, Wood Lily.  This is one of the blocks I wasn't going to make because I just thought it looked too overwhelming. I'm so glad I made it; it's one of my favorites, and the templates were easy to sew for this one. Speaking of templates, Camille has some great tips on using the templates on this post.


Block 82, Spider Legs...so similar to the one previous. This one had fewer pieces, though, so was even easier.


Block 78, Shooting Star is not a favorite--I'm not sure why, though. It's one of the three blocks I paper pieced, although after paper piecing I think it might have just been easier with the templates.


I saved this one for last because it gave me the most trouble. In fact, I still need to make it again. I made two miserable attempts using the templates only to get on-line and discover that the two largest templates are reversed in the book. So I didn't feel so bad. I then made this version but then noticed the outer points will get cut off when I sew it to the sashing. So I'm going to paper piece a final one using these same fabrics.



These are the last 4, the ones I put off for a whole year! And then 2 of them didn't even end up being that difficult!



I know this is going to be one of my favorite quilts ever! I hope to have this finished to use this winter!




And...some of you might remember that for quite a while I worked on two versions of the Farmer's Wife quilt. I made 49 blocks total with Christmas fabrics from the collection Joy by Kate Spain for Moda. I'm going to use this setting for these blocks which should give me a really nice-sized quilt!


Thanks so much for a year full of support as I worked on this quilt!  Have a wonderful day!

PS...I shared some of these pictures earlier on Instagram (I know I'm super late jumping on that bandwagon...but I just love being  able to "instantly blog!" Look for sherrimcconnell on Instagram if you're interested in seeing some of my projects as I'm working!

80 comments:

Lisa Lisa said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Sally said...

These blocks are all beautiful and I can't wait to see the completely finished quilt!

ModernMaterialGirl said...

Congratulations -- what a wonderful accomplishment! I have been following your progress, and was rooting for you to finish those last few tricky ones! Love the mix of Fig Tree fabrics -- can't wait to see it sashed and quilted.

Carol said...

Fantastic! What an accomplishment! I am absolutely over the top in love with the setting you're using for the Christmas on...it's wonderful!

Jackie said...

Congratulations Sherri! I love them both. With the different settings and different fabrics, they're going to look like two completely quilts. Funny how two of the hard blocks ended up not being so hard at all.

soyee said...

Stunning how a rather traditional quilt turns out so lively using this jolly fabric.
Well done!

Karin said...

Applause! That is a HUGE accomplishment and will make for a gorgeous, gorgeous quilt!

Laura G said...

As always simply stunning You are an inspiration and a wonder!

supermomnocape said...

Beautiful. I really like the fabric line you chose for it. You must be so pleased to have completed all those blocks.

I have to confess though, my favourite are the Christmas fabric ones. It's just so bright and cheerful, perfect for a Christmas quilt.

Heartsdesire said...

Sherri, you've outdone yourself. This quilt is fabulous and well worth the extra time you put into it. Nobody likes remaking blocks, that's for sure, but this quilt is exquisite. Well done!

Bev said...

Amazing! Stupendous! Fabulous! Thrilling! Beautiful! I could go on and on but will stop myself to say CONGRATULATIONS on finishing! What an inspiration! Thanks for all your sharing.

Cheery wave from Bev

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B J Elder said...

It's beautiful! What a labor of love.

Cindy said...

You did amazing job! Be very proud!

Karen M. Walker said...

Jumping up and down here!! Cuz i know the feeling!!!!!! i just posted my new colorway...deep breath, do i dare do this again?? :) ~karen

Sallie said...

Congratulations! These are beautiful!

Deb said...

Congratulations on finishing your blocks!! You picked wonderful fabrics. I had the same problem with some of the exact same blocks - especially Shooting Star. My first attempted came out peaked like a volcano.

mmedendorp said...

Congratulations. Your blocks look awesome. I can't wait to get the book for myself for Christmas and start this quilt as my 2013 special project. You are definitely inspirational.

Janet said...

Wow- they look great! I love the Wood Lily block - so pretty! and it's 6" square - yikes!

Marie said...

Way to go! What a huge accomplishment, and I love your plans for setting the Christmas version. Smart cookie!!

Patti said...

Stunning. just stunning!

Nancy said...

Absolutely wonderful and I love the colors. I can hardly wait to see this finished.

Lesley said...

Congratulations! A wonderful, beautiful accomplishment!

Christine M said...

Your blocks look lovely Sherri. The quilt is going to be gorgeous.

T said...

I just purchased the book along with Dear Jane and can't wait to start mine. I LOVE the Christmas quilt idea. The layout will be perfect !

Anne said...

What an achievement! Well done. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. :o)

Mi Ha-Pea said...

You have done an amazing job. i am going to order the book and have a go at a few myself. I am not sure I can commit to them all!!!
PS Thanks for the reply :)

Carol said...

That's so awesome Sherri. Your quilt blocks are beautiful and the finished quilt will be one you will always cherish. Love the Christmas one too.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Fabulous! Congrats for getting them all done! Can't wait to see them together now.

Patty D from NC said...

These are absolutely beautiful. I love all fabric Fig Tree - you are going to have an amazing quilt. Congratulations on getting all these blocks done.

Karamat said...

They all look fantastic!! Congrats on getting to 111 blocks.

I don't think I've "farmed" in over a year... I should break out my book, fabrics & blocks.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Congratulations! That is a task in itself and you should be very proud of yourself. Can't wait to see it when it is finished.

Cardygirl said...

These blocks are amazing!

Meredith said...

Congratulations! You should be proud of both of your versions! Beautiful!

Carrie said...

Congratulations! The blocks are terrific and I am sure the finished quilts will be even more so. What an awesome accomplishment!

I love the setting you're going to use for the Christmas blocks ~ that has been my favorite setting for the FW blocks.

Good job!

suemac said...

Wow. I turned out really great.

Karen said...

It looks incredible! It is definitely an heirloom.

Needled Mom said...

It looks amazing! Great job!

Sheila said...

I'll just add my congratulations to that long list , well done. Look forward to the completed quilt.

Nanna said...

111 blocks wow wee! & here I am thinking I'm doing good at 9 LOL! that quilt is amazingly beautiful!
Helen

Mama Pea said...

Congrats! It is beautiful! Those individual blocks are some of my favorites, too!

Polly said...

They are amazing!! Good job, YOU!!

Betty said...

That is quite an accomplishment! So glad you decided to make all the blocks. You should give yourself a big pat on the back!

Darlene said...

Amazing, Sherri. applause, applause with a standing ovation ....please take a bow.

Kim Walus said...

What an amazing accomplishment and not just one spectacular quilt but two!! Totally awesome work! I love them both.

Gerri said...

Wow, that's amazing! Congrats on a stunner!

Maria said...

Well done!!!! Your blocks are beautiful. It's been great following your progress and now look forward to seeing it all quilted up and ready for use.

Bari Jo said...

What an accomplishment!!! They look wonderful together! I like your idea for the Christmas blocks - that will look great and will be nice to have two different variations on the finishing of your Farmer's Wife blocks... amazing what you've done this year - on top of everything else you have made! Very inspiring! :O) Can't wait to see them together and quilted!

Tammy said...

Wow, Sherri! Amazing. Way to go. I love the ones you did in the Joy line as well!

CaroleM said...

That is so fantastic!! Way to go Sherri!!

Anita said...

Congrats! They all look gorgeous! Love the setting you are going to do, can't wait to see it finished :)

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Sherri,
Amazeingly beautiful!!!! WOW!!!! Absolutely Gorgeous and Priceless.
I love the Christmas fabric, I purchased the farmers wife quilt book but have not made the quilt yet, I have been working on a disappearing 9 patch quilt for my grandson.
I love how your Farmers Wife quilt turned out, a lovely quilt to be passed down from generation to generation.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Jane said...

Hi Sherri
It looks fantastic and such a lot of work!! I'm hoping to make the same quilt in the next couple of years. It's inspirational to see yours, so thanks. Jane

Kate said...

Wow, good job! It's going to look great when it's all together.

Siobhán said...

Amazing!! Both sets. :) I can't wait to see the finished quilt. It really is a masterpiece.

Stephanie said...

What an accomplishment. Congratulations!!

dianehobbit said...

So wonderful to see all the blocks completed. I know that I have to make them all too, no matter how difficult. Thank you for the links on your blog too.

Staci said...

Very Inspiring! You must just feel so happy right about now!

LindseyAnne said...

What an achievement! These look wonderful.

Mary said...

Both quilts are beautiful, and will be when finished! I love all the fabrics you used.

Sylke said...

Beautiful work, love your colors!

Claire said...

Oh my goodness it is BEAUTIFUL! I bought the book but after looking at all the blocks, decided not to make it as I thought it was too hard, but now...seeing yours has inspired me to have a go. I was just wondering how much fabric you bought to make sure you would have enough?

Nanette Merrill said...

Super Jealllly. I just got mine out on Saturday to look at. I want to get back to it. I probably will not finish them all in the book, but I want to make more.

Nita said...

Wow - it's wonderful! You should be so proud of yourself!

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy you stuck with it all the way through ... the colors look so good together.

Mi Ha-Pea said...

You are such an inspiration i have ordered the book!!! I hop I can manage at least a quarter of what you have achieved. well done :) PS I am really going to have to try hard to get my seams even!

Busy As Can Be said...

Wow It is beautiful. I love the colors they worked out wonderfully.

Aletta said...

Congratulations on finishing your farmer's wife blocks! What an accomplishment! I can't wait to see how both tops will turn out.

Cathy said...

Stunning!!!!!!!
Is this pattern from a book??

Lisa D. said...

Wow - your FW's quilts are amazing! Congratulations, that must feel like an awesome accomplishment to be done!

Thimbleanna said...

They look great Sherri! I LOVE the setting you'll be using for your Joy blocks!

Zuzan said...

Just love the Farmer's Wife quilt white is great and with Tapestry make a great border. I have been following Kristyne from Pretty by Hand where she used Lecien Flower Sugar.
She did a couple dfferent things in finshing off. She didn't like the half posts on the border so made them a square. also added another narrow border before the wider one.
I am sure you will be delighted to see her FW as she melted not making block 111 - a signature block instead.

sandra said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful accomplishment and I love all the fabrics because I love all the Fig Tree fabrics too. I will be waiting to see the big finish.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on finishing all your blocks for 2 quilts!!! That is such an achievement. I love both of them and can't wait to see the finished tops.

sunny said...

111 blocks! I am in awe! I think I have 12 blocks so far. Must get back to that project. Congrats on getting them all finished.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Both of your "Farmers" are wonderful Sherri! Congratulations on finishing the hard part - now comes the fun part!

Lynne Tilley said...

Wow, that is so impressive, and just gorgeous. I'm proud and happy for you!

Josie McRazie said...

Celabrate good times!! I LOVE the Christmas one!! Great job!

Heidi said...

You live right down the road from me! I have got to see this quilt some time it is AMAZING!
Heidi Bartle

Heather D. said...

Sherri your quilt is beautiful! I am googling trying to figure out exactly how much fabric is required for this project and it's hard to find an answer! I've read anywhere from 4yds all the way up to 10-11yds just for the top!!! Do you have any idea how much fabric you used for all the blocks? It also looks like you used some solid background fabric in some blocks. Any tips you could give me on amounts would be very much appreciated!