Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Farmer's Wife: Here we go again

It's been a while since I wrote a post about the Farmer's Wife quilt hasn't it?

My 1920s Farmer's Wife Quilt made in batiks
Well, I'm starting on a new one. We've moved on from the 1920s farmer's wife to the 1930s: a new book, 99 new blocks and considerably more pieces. There are two quilt alongs happening: one organised by Kerry and the other by Angie. There's a Facebook group with nearly 4000 members. I'm a sucker for a sampler quilt and a sucker for a quilt-along, so I'm diving in.

Last time I was pregnant I made the City Sampler quilt (as yet unfinished), so this pregnancy - and undoubtedly beyond - I will make a Farmer's Wife quilt. But if the children think they are getting their paws on any of these quilts, they can think again!

Lots of people have been posting photos of their fabric pull for the quilt - the specially-curated bundle offered online contains 50 fat quarters, so it's clear you need variety. This is my fabric pull.

Yep - my entire stash! Anything and everything is up for grabs! And it'll all look fine in the end, because I love all of those fabrics.

I'm planning to keep up with the QALs by making a couple of blocks a week, using a mix of techniques: standard rotary cutting, foundation piecing and English paper piecing. But I think it's unlikely I will make exactly the same blocks every week. Kerry is working through from front to back - I prefer to jump about and pick out a block that I like the look of. Angie is working through from simplest to most complex - personally I know from previous experience that leaving all the difficult blocks to the end would be a recipe for disaster.

The first block that grabbed me was no. 13: Belle. It lent itself to English paper piecing to avoid some Y-seams if I had been machine piecing, and I could draft it without needing to print it out - our printer is in need of yellow ink - not vital for printing patchwork patterns, but apparently vital for it working!

I picked a floral print from Recollection by Katarina Rocella for Art Gallery - I used this recently on my La Pass quilt and then picked up a large piece which can go towards a quilt back sometime soon! The solid isn't actually completely solid, but it was the perfect match and reads as a solid from pretty close. The letter that accompanies this block is all about celebrating Christmas - it makes our Christmas gathering of 25 people look small!

I've also pieced the three blocks from this week of Angie's quilt along: Becky. Having spent last weekend picking apples, I decided it would be appropriate for this block. The yellow is Michael Miller, and the larger green spots are Fig Tree.

Bonnie: I think the blue is Drift from Art Gallery, the dark aqua is Alison Glass, and the light Aqua is Cotton and Steel.

And Aunt: the two navy fabrics are cotton and steel, and the pink is Art Gallery Lace Elements. I foundation pieced the central economy square for this block.

And I've made a start on another EPP block - Ann: I have also suddenly realised just how ridiculously small some of the pieces are in this quilt - this is just one quarter of a finished block and those orange pieces are TINY!

I'm going to link up with Angie this evening!


Marly said...

Gosh Jennie, I just don't know where you find the time! Those blocks are looking good, so keep up the good work.

Lin said...

Up and running again Jennie! You exhausted me last time you were pregnant and after - don't know where you find the time! Good luck with the Farmers Wife. I am about to give up on my Dear Jane and turn her into something more manageable. xx