Sunday, June 5, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along

OK, so by now I totally embrace the fact that I'm a little bit crazy. The latest bit of proof? I decided to jump in to the Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along, being hosted by Amanda and Angela. The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt is the basis of a book by Laurie Aaron Hird that features 111 6" block patterns. Every block is made by templates, which are found on the CD in the back of the book. You can check out Laurie's website to learn more.

I really wanted to jump in to the project because I am always so inspired by Amanda and Angela and the beautiful things they make, so I thought it would be fun to join them -- and a bunch of other Twitter buddies -- in this long-term project. The plan is to make 2 blocks per week, encouraged by all of the other quilt-along members.

Kate Spain's "Terrain"!

The sampler quilt in the book is made from more traditional fabrics in muted tones, but I wanted to put a more contemporary spin on the quilt. I was lucky enough to get a FQ bundle of Terrain, Kate Spain's upcoming new line for Moda, at Quilt Market last month. (Thanks, Katy, for braving sample spree for me!) I decided to use these amazing colors and prints as the jumping off point for my blocks -- not sticking to this line exclusively, but including at least a bit of the line in each block.

I was so eager to get started this weekend that I made 4 blocks. No, I'm not an overachiever -- I just know that the next few weeks are going to be crazy here in the Quilt Dad household so I thought I'd get a bit ahead while I can.

Here's block #2, called "Autumn Tints", featuring some Terrain, Habitat by Jay McCarroll, and some Heather Ross horses:

Farmer's Wife | Block #2

This is block #21, called "Contrary Wife". I used Terrain, Moda Bella solid in a deep blue called "Terrain Iris", and a pink woodgrain from Joel Dewberry's original Aviary line:

Farmer's Wife | Block #21

Here's block #9, called "Box". It features a Moda Bella solid called "Terrain Cactus", a brown print that I don't know the name of (!), and a center square from Modern Workshop by oliver + s:

Farmer's Wife | Block #9

Finally, I decided to make block #48, "Homeward Bound", with more of the Aviary woodgrain, Terrain leaves, and 2 prints from Lizzy House's Castle Peeps line:

Farmer's Wife | Block #48

I'm having a great time already with these blocks, and it'll be fascinating to see how everything starts coming together over the next year.

Want to join us in the quilt-along? It would be great to do this along with all of you! Be sure to join the Flickr group, and leave me a comment if you decide to jump in. I'd love to see your blocks!

31 comments:

  1. I love your blocks! Can't wait to get my book and start sewing!

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  2. Aren't they seriously addicting?!?! :) I think I am going to have to make some more tomorrow. Yours look great!

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  3. You guys are seriously making me have to join even though I can barely sew right now! Love your blocks so far!

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  4. love the idea of this sampler quilt along! and i love your blocks! i'm making a quilt using the HR horses now as well and i love that print :)

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  5. I saw you tweeting about this, and it really caught my attention - I have this book and have been wanting to start on it... but you know me, I want to start EVERYTHING. But this more so! And now seeing yours... resistance if futile. Fu. Tile.

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  6. Whoops! The book accidentally made it into my cart and then checked itself out too! I did go for one of the cheaper postage options though (I'm in Oz) so will be a few weeks before I can get started...plenty of time to get inspired though! Woo hoo very excited!

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  7. Love these traditional/modern blocks! I wish I could do this, but no time right now. It's fun to follow along, though. I'm also loving the Hobo blocks people are doing! Have you seen them? A history lesson in every stitch!

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  8. love your blocks, I can imagine a whole quilt in these would be really cool

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  9. Really love this quilt along idea--hmm,getting closer to saying yes!!

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  10. Caved & bought the book this weekend! I swear the hardest part is going to be choosing the fabrics!

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  11. OMG! I didn't realize there was a quilt alog group. I have started making the blocks on my own. I'm up to a whooping 10. I have to check this out.

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  12. This looks like a lot of fun. I will have to do this a lot latter, hopefully by the fall.

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  13. what a great quilt along! looking good!

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  14. just ordered a book so I can try to participate!

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  15. I made a similar quilt once from six inch quilt blocks and also 12 inch. The 6 inch were VERY complicated -- 33 blocks took me two years! You can see here: http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com/2011/03/im-redeemed.html

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  16. I love the Terrain fabric and your blocks are AWESOME!! Can't wait to see more.
    Deborah

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  17. I thought I saw your name in the flickr group! this is going to be such an interesting adventure seeing everyone's blocks!

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  18. I gave in and ordered the book a few days ago! I love the purples and greens that you're using.

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  19. This QAL is running rampant around the web. I have to check it out and just may commit.

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  20. I bought the book and got it today .... thinking about taking the plunge! :-)

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  21. Just bought the book! Can't wait to check it out> :) Thanks for the fun post!

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  22. I just bought the book, and think it is a perfect project to practrice piecing blocks. I am calling this my summer of sewing.

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  23. i have this book & have been picking & rejecting fabric trying to stay with the more traditional fabrics. i now know exactly what direction i am going to go in!! thanks!!!

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  24. i like your use of modern fabrics - it's going to be awesome!

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  25. Your fabric choice is going to give such an interesting spin on the quilt!

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  26. I love the idea of the modern fabrics to make Farmer's Wife. When I made my quilt I stuck to the more traditional Civil War type fabrics. I like your blocks so well, I may just take your idea and do another one in the "modern" version. It was a fun quilt to make and I enjoyed every block. Yours will turn out awesome!

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  27. If you own any Marti Michell templates, pull them out, you can use pcs in Sets A, B, D, N and S to cut many of the blocks. Marti rotary cut 100 with her templates. She was mailing charts out every 2 wks and is starting again this Friday. You can sign up on her website.

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  28. How Nice to see your work block by block, John~! I am new to quilting and am inspired by your blog!
    Wendy

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  29. your horse block is one of the most wonderful blocks i've ever seen (:

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  30. Can't wait to get my book and start sewing! I like your use of modern fabrics - it's going to be awesome!

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  31. I can feel yet another addiction coming on! I just bought my Farmer's Wife book .... can't wait til it arrives. Di

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