The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt(along)

Hello! Greetings from mommy-land where babies are teething, puppies are being housebroken and sewing time is short. I have gotten some things done though! I’ll address those later. The first thing I want to mention is the Farmer’s Wife Quilt along. Based on the book The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt and started by Amanda and Angela. The quilt has 111 blocks and the loose plan is to make 2 blocks per week for a year. These are 6 inch blocks, made with templates. Lots of triangles. I thought it would be a perfect exercise in matching up points, being careful and doing things just so for me. So far I am loving it.
Here are my blocks from the first week – Attic Windows and Autumn Tints.

Right away in week 2 we got hit with applique. Now, I used to love needleturn applique. But, I haven’t done it in awhile, so I’m pretty rusty. On my list of things to do is go back and fix the basket handle! Block 3 is basket, and block 4 is basketweave.

I am putting all the templates onto plastic since some of them are used again. And, I figure I know enough quilter’s someone else might find them handy at some point. I just trace from the templates included with the book (on a CD) onto the plastic with a sharpie. The plastic is nice in case I want to fussy cut something, I can see it.

Finally, after being totally inspired all the time by Amanda and the cute, yet precise totally useful stuff she makes, I decided to do it myself. She made a Hoop Bag to hold her Farmer’s Wife book and blocks, and a little pouch for her templates. I have no little template pouch (yet) but I did conquer my fear of zippers to make the hoop bag. The pattern explains it all!

I used some Melody Miller Ruby Star Rising fabric and some Kaffe Fassett shot cotton (ironically already planned to be used together for a quilt workshop I never got to go to). The inside is hot pink with black polka dots that I got on a clearance rack for $3 a yard(!) on a random road trip right before Easter. I think it’s from Itchin’ to Stitch in Severy, KS, but, anyway.

If you’re interested in joining up in the quilt along you can find it on flickr and lots of us are tweeting about it using #FWQAL (I’m @cjclark on Twitter).

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