Sunday, 14 October 2012

Finished: Farmer's Wife

468 days since my first stitch (my first block was Cut Glass Dish)

111 blocks (I swapped some from the original blocks to ones I preferred)

3413 pieces of fabric - 62 different batiks plus the backing

I learnt and discovered so much with this quilt:

I found Flickr!

I had learned just a week before I found the QAL how to foundation piece, so I decided I would foundation piece, because I didn't know how else to do it.

By March I was quite tired of foundation piecing, so I taught myself how to draught blocks so I could rotary cut - this is perhaps the most valuable skill I've learnt.

I have learnt about colour combinations and value and why some blocks looked awful and others really good - thanks, Mum, for your insights here. This block is one of my favourites - Peaceful Hours

I have learned that I like samplers - I don't get bored, and that I love small patchwork: my mini Swoon was perhaps the ultimate discovery - 81 pieces in a 6" x 6" block!

The quilting is straight lines 1/4" outside each block in a grid pattern, and then further lines echoing the setting triangles. I then bound it in black to frame it

The finished quilt is 100" x 80" (roughly - it's not easy to measure), so photographing it was problematic - we ended up taking it to the Methodist Church and holding it from the balcony - thanks Linda, thanks Aunty Jude

Regular readers - warning - you may get fed up of photos of this quilt over the next few weeks!

This is my first finish for the Finish Along Q4!


Cherie said...

Wooooooo congratulations on such a big finish!!!! The quilt looks incredible =D

quirky granola girl said...

hooray!! what a lovely finish! the yellow (or cream?) that you used for sashing and border really brightened up the whole thing. you had so much black in your blocks that i was assuming it would look dark. instead it looks like it has good, strong contrast. way to go!

Karen M said...

This is just fantastic! I am so excited for you. I am very late to the FW game. I have 30 something blocks done. I am always inspired when I see others finish this monumental project. Thanks for sharing.

suzitee said...

Wow wow wow! What an amazing achievement! You should be so proud... your FW quilt is wonderful, gorgeous, huge! Well done! Thank you so much for visiting means I can visit you back :) Now I'm inspired to get moving a bit faster with mine, too.

Leanne said...

Wow, it is stunning! Congratulations on such an amazing finish and I am happy to see more pictures of it too.

Grit said...

Wow, your Farmers Wife looks fantastic. Absolutly wonderful.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Nic said...

Wow! It's stunning. Congrats on the finish

Leo said...

Wow - it really looks good - and one can never tire of eye candy. Finishing that one must feel like a huge victory so do by all means show it off whenever you get a chance to.
It was nice following the making and now seeign the result.
Ha maybe that's a reason why I haven't quilted any of my big tops yet - I odn't have a church balcony and no Aunts nearby to help take pictures.

Swedish Scrapper said...

Yay! Congrats on a fabulous finish! When I first saw this, I didn't know what the Farmer's Wife blocks/quilts were, but now I do. Even more impressed. I love how the batiks play off the black, and that you choseonly the blocks you wanted but still kept the feel of the whole quilt.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Congratulations! It's such a HUGE achievement and on my to-do list for the near future. Love your favorite block and I love, love, love the orange fabric. It's so vibrant and warm at the same time. Mini swoon looks awesome, did you piece it on the machine or by hand?
Enjoy your beauty, hope you're not giving it as a gift, you deserve to keep it! :)

Katherine said...

i have watched the blocks evolve for quite some time too and love the finished quilt. i have started one earlier this year and work on it every now and again. it is a beautiful quilt pattern and i love how yours looks like a stained glass window. said...

What a great accomplishment!

catherine.e said...

Absolutely fantastic - it makes me envious - not because I couldn't do the same thing but because I've got so many other projects in my brain that I would never get round to finishing anything so ambitious.
Your "retired" aunt

Wens said...

Congratulation on finishing, I've only just begun my fwq - so this is extremely inspiring!

Cristin said...

Your FWQ is absolutely gorgeous! I'm obviously a little late your blog but its giving me inspiration to RE-start my FWQ! I started it… oh… at least 3.5 years ago and have 11 blocks finished. Sad, I know. Its all been sitting in a box forever. Maybe 2015 will be my year to get it done!
Love the pics in the church too!