Farmer’s Wife—Week 11


After a week off from the Farmer’s Wife QA while I was on vacation, I arrived home all refreshed and motivated. I wanted to do three blocks this week, since I was only able to do one block the week before I left.

Then I remembered that one of those three blocks would be #26, Cut Glass Dish, with its 24 teeny-tiny HSTs. And I decided, maybe it’s time to start doing the blocks in random order. : ) So welcome to my new and improved, highly randomized Farmer’s Wife quilt.

Up first: block #24, Country Path. (I started this one before I realized Cut Glass Dish was imminent.) And check it out, I screwed up the color placements AGAIN. At least I noticed it this time. : ) Two of the blue-print triangles and two of the yellow oval-print triangles need to be swapped. Fortunately, I think it’s a pretty easy fix, and I will try to tackle that sometime this week. Because it is kind of bothering me—the block doesn’t look as organized as it should, or something.

Next, block #86, Squash Blossom. Yep, I got my hot little hands on a few of the new Sugar Creek prints by Denyse Schmidt (the blue floral and the green gingham). You knew those would have to show up in my Farmer’s Wife quilt somewhere, right? I thought about paper-piecing this block, but since it’s basically constructed in strips, I decided against that. And it came together fine using the templates, so I’m glad I did it this way.

And here’s block #109, Windows. If you’re looking for a super quick, easy Farmer’s Wife block, this one’s for you! I decided my change of strategy was so worth it when I was working on this one instead of Cut Glass Dish. : )

14 replies
  1. Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth D. says:

    I actually like the way your Country Path block looks – I like the colors the way they are! I can understand being put off by Cut Glass Dish, but it's not as hard as it looks. Yes, the cutting is tedious, but really, it's not that bad. I really like Squash Blossom! Those new DS prints look super pretty!

  2. Leila
    Leila says:

    Beautiful! I love the Squash Blossom.

    I didn't notice the mixed up triangles – some of the FW blocks are so weird that it is impossible to tell if there is a pattern.

    I must finish some projects and start this! I am thinking my American Jane stash would be a great bunch if fabrics to use.

  3. Robin
    Robin says:

    Just though I'd throw in my two cents on #24 — I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like since I don't have the book in front of me, but the pieces are evenly placed and I think once the 1/4" around the edge is sewn in to the quilt, it will look more balanced to you. I say go with it! No need to take the seam ripper to that one. 😉

  4. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Oh I love the fabrics, and am uberjealous of the new Denyse Schmidt fabrics! Too funny, I did almost the EXACT same thing when piecing the country path block together. Argh. I love your new method though, sometimes I peek ahead and just say ugh when I see the blocks awaiting me!

  5. Melinda
    Melinda says:

    See, if you hadn't pointed out the mistake, I never would have known! Of course, I'm not doing FW so that may have something to do with it! Love your blocks!


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