Saturday, 25 August 2012

Oh Farmer, I've missed you

one hundred and eleven blocks completed, plus a few extra as mug rugs, minis and presents. But I still can't get enough. I think I'm addicted....

Today I made eleven more Farmer's Wife blocks. Yesterday Sebastian was born, so he needs a quilt. Mum and Dad chose a green colour scheme for him, so I'm making a baby quilt of about 35 blocks from the Farmer's Wife book in all different green fabrics with bleached white kona as the background fabric - it's a bit softer than white white, but not as creamy as Kona snow. Unfortunately the beautiful British summer weather means that outdoor photographs are impossible (it is a bank holiday weekend so inevitably it is lashing it down with rain), so some of the colours aren't as beautiful as in reality, but here are the blocks so far:
#2 Autumn Tints

#10 Bowtie

#31 Evening Star

#34 Flock

Fox and Geese (replacing a Basket block)

#41 Friendship Star

#48 Homeward Bound - with fussy cutting

#51 Hovering Birds (I think I should have swapped the green and white placement)

#57 Morning (my favourite of this bunch)

#102 Whirlpool (in some of my treasured Lily and Will)

#107 Windblown Square

That means twelve blocks completed (I made the Prairie Queen block back in June) which is a third of the way.

At the moment, though plans change, I want to sash it in the same bleached white, put a narrow border of various greens, then another border of the white. Free motion stipple quilt all over, to give it some body and hold it all together, then some hand quilting in a contrastin (green) thread to outlone the blocks, and then white binding. Let's see how it progresses over the nexxt few weeks.

In the interest of full disclosure, my full batik Farmer's Wife is sitting on the back of the armchair and in boxes while I get over the fact that I really don't enjoy sashing. Though this has spurred me on. Maybe.


Nic said...

Ooh, those greens are gorgeous. This is going to be one beautiful quilt.
Hope the urge to sash picks up. I'd love to see your finished fwq. I forget, were you hand or nachine sewing the sashing?

Cherie said...

Gosh could you make me some of those blocks too. They are so cool...I'd totally send the fabric your way =D

Linda C said...

I love the green blocks! And I love the block you thought you should switch out the lights and darks. It adds some interest to the block--something unexpected! The batik blocks version you did was lovely as well.

I will be starting my own version soon but enjoy looking at others till then! Half a full sized bed quilt to go and I start cutting.