WIP Wednesday: That Farmer’s Wife. She’s Back.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I’m oh so happy with my WIPs this week. I’ve been working on a quilt for my friend Katie’s 100 Quilts for Kids charity quilt drive, and I’m using some of my long-neglected Farmer’s Wife blocks to do it. Two birds. One stone. Happy me.


Do you all know about 100 Quilts for Kids? It couldn’t be easier—just make a quilt, donate it to a child in need (preferably locally), and link up a picture of your quilt for a chance to win prizes. Seriously, there are like a TON of prizes up for grabs. Last year more than 200 quilts were donated to kids in need, thanks to Katie’s drive! It is really a wonderful thing to see how much the quilting community cares and wants to help.

Farmer's Wife baby quilt WIP

So this week, I dug out those Farmer’s Wife blocks again, to see what I could put together. I’m thinking something along the lines of the layout above, with lots of negative space on either side. I started by sewing the blocks together into groups of four.

Farmer's Wife baby quilt WIP

I don’t mind admitting that some of these blocks have, um, piecing issues. LOL. I mean, not one of the blocks seems to be quite the same size, and a few of the seams are way wonky (and not in a good way). I was cutting off points left and right as I sewed the blocks together. It was a little disturbing until I suddenly realized I made these blocks more than two years ago. Wow, can it really have been that long since the Farmer’s Wife craze swept the blogosphere? I guess so. I think if I made these blocks again today, they would turn out noticeably better, so pulling out this two-year-old WIP turned out to be a nice visual reminder of how much I’ve improved in the last few years. And, well, the child who receives this quilt probably won’t notice or care. Score.

Farmer's Wife baby quilt WIP
Now I just have to figure out what to use as the background for this quilt. My beloved white probably isn’t the most practical choice for a charity kids’ quilt. Gray? Yellow? Green? A subtle print? Thoughts, anyone?

The 100 Quilts for Kids link-up is open through the end of September, so there’s still plenty of time to participate! Finish an old WIP, help a child in need, and possibly win a prize. It’s a no-brainer.

Your turn! Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


30 replies
  1. Anne
    Anne says:

    Wow, has it really been 2 years? I should probably go dust off my copy of it! It's always nice to look back and be able to see how we've improved!
    For some reason for those blocks, I'm drawn to the idea of using green. It'll be beautiful whatever you pick, I'm sure!

  2. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    Your blocks look pretty together – Do you have any of the prints left? Most of those would look great, otherwise I see green! Thanks for sharing the link, and for hosting!

  3. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Funny – everyone has different ideas. I think a low volume subtle print – so your favourite white, but not! Like a pale pinpoint polka dot or something similar. I'm dying to see how it turns out.

  4. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Very fun to use your old blocks–score is right. And my vote is ANYTHING but grey. I can't imagine a kid with a grey quilt, even though it is very popular among the adult quilting community.

    I love your reflections on your increasing skills as a quilter. I'm in a quilt group and we have all varieties and levels of skills–some quilters don't care if points disappear, and for others it would cause great stress. What I am impressed with is how we all quilt for the love of it–which is always a takeaway that is worth having.

    Thanks also for your link-up every week.

    Elizabeth E.

  5. Paula
    Paula says:

    I've gone crazy for darker backgrounds lately as I love how much they make colour really pop. I think something like a navy could work wonderfully with your blocks especially if teamed up with some bright scrappy binding.

  6. Mary
    Mary says:

    They look great. It is funny that you mentioned in this post your improvement. I was thinking the same thing about my quilting (as opposed to piecing) when I was working this morning. My piecing still needs work. Thanks for the linking party.

  7. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Oooooh, the colours in those blocks make me HAPPY!!! They are so much fun. I would go with a light/icy turquoise blue – likely, knowing me, it would be a subtle print. I think dark grey would look fab too.


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