Category Archives: Farmer’s Wife Quilt

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Blocks #22 and #23 – Corn & Beans and Country Farm

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Farmer's Wife Quilt #22 Corn and Beans

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #22 Corn and Beans

The fabric in the block was not really my first choice.  I went on a weekend get-away with several of my quilting friends and purchased two new fabrics for my Farmer’s Wife Quilt.

Fabric for Farmer's Wife Quilt

Fabric for Farmer’s Wife Quilt

I picked up another color way of my bucket list fabric and this light blue.  When I got home, I just had to make a block with some of the new fabric.  I soon realized that I had skipped block # 22, so  late at night I choose the fabric for the Corn and Beans block and went with the traditional dark green and yellow.  I made one sections of the block and then retired for the night.  The “Quilties” were arriving at 9 the next morning and I was up early cleaning and preparing lunch.  As we sat down to sew, I started in on the Corn & Beans block.  I finished several more sections before I turned it over and realized that I had picked up the light blue instead of the dark green, so that is how my Beans became light blue.  I still like the block, but it does not look like corn and beans.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

I first used colored pencils to mark my placing of the colors for this block.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

This block was kind of tricky.  Remember if you use the paper piecing that the block is reversed from the picture in the book.  If you get stuck, just turn over the pieces and lay them out to match the image in the book.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

This is the first step in the block construction.

 

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

Next sew the center two sections together.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The next three steps added the bottom left section, the top right section and the left section in that order.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The fourth step was to attach the top section.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

Now add the two small triangles.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The last step it to add your 4 triangle sections and your block is now complete.   I think the block is a little light.  I am going to float my block in the gray fabric, so I hope that it does not get lost in the setting.

Farmer's Wife #23 Country Farm

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #23 Country Farm

I am sorry to say that when I complete this block, I did not take any pictures of the process.  I paper pieced this block.  With 23 blocks completed you now have 88 to go….good luck!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Blocks # 20 and #21 – Churn Dash and Contrary Wife

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Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

Isn’t there a saying, “…the best laid plans of mice and men…often go astray”.  Well I can certainly tell you that is a true statement.  In the Spring of 2013, I made great plans to have this quilt completed in a year.  It is now almost the Summer of 2014 and I am only a little over a third of the way finished.  The worst part about this is that I have only posted 19 of my finished blocks.

So this time there will be no grand statements for when the blocks will be completed!  I will TRY to post two per week.

This was one of the first blocks that I completed.  I did not use the paper piecing for this block and I also did not take any pictures of the sewing process.  This is a fairly simple block to complete.  While you are making this block, you may also want to jump ahead and complete #111 Wrench.  These blocks are constructed the same, it is only the color placement that changes the look of the blocks.

Farmer's Wife # 20 Churn Dash and #111 Monkey Wrench

Farmer’s Wife @ 20 Churn Dash and # 111 Wrench

This is an  up close picture of the center of my Churn Dash block.  I still love the “Bucket List” fabric that I am using in this quilt.

Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

Well, I guess  I can mark off number 4 on this list since is just says “join a gym” and nothing about “going to the gym”.

Farmers Wife -  Contrary Wife #21

Farmer’s Wife – Contrary Wife #21

I’m not really sure I like the name of this block, but I do like the way it turned out.  The “smile more” and “have more fun” in the center block were my inspiration today.  I had many things to do around the house,(one being…writing this blog) when my friend invited me to have a relaxing day at her pool.  I then took one look at this block and headed out the door with my bathing suit in hand.

I did not use paper piecing for this block.  The center and corner pieces are 2 1/2 ” squares and the other four pieces are half-squared triangles cut to 2 1/2″.  I hope you enjoy these blocks and follow me on my new journey to complete this quilt.  Happy sewing!

Farmer's Wife #21 Contrary Wife

Farmer’s Wife # 21 Contrary Wife

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Block # 19 and 20 – Checkerboard and Churn Dash

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Farmer's Wife blocks #19 Checkerboard

Farmer’s Wife block #19 Checkerboard

This is proving to be one of my favorite blocks.  I paper pieced this block.

Farmer's Wife block #19

Farmer’s Wife block #19

This is the back of the block and the layout for block #19.  You can see I used colored pencils so that I could see where to place each of the fabrics.

Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

I did not take pictures when I made this block…sorry!  I did fussy cut the center and used my “bucket list” fabric.

Farmer's Wife block #20

Farmer’s Wife block #20

I really need to step it up on these posts.  I am hoping Spring will get me motivated!!

Farmer’s Wife Blocks – Week 9 – Blocks # 17 and # 18

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Farmer's Wife Quilt - Century of Progress

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Century of Progress

I love this block, but it was not sure if it should have had the three green pieces alike on the bottom of the block.  That is the way it is printed in the book.  I think I would have like it better if I would have made it a mirror image of the top half of the block.  I did not take any pictures when I made this block, so I am showing you the back of the block in hope it will help you in construction.  I paper-pieced this block. Look at my previous posts on Farmer’s Wife Quilt to get the Yahoo Group where these pattern can be downloaded for FREE.

Farmer's Wife Quilt block 18

Farmer’s Wife Quilt block 18

Once again, you can see that I use colored pencils so that I know where to place the fabric.

Farmer's Wife Quilt - Cat and Mice block #17

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Cat and Mice block #17

I love the secondary pattern of the star that I found in the middle of this block.  I again didn’t take pictures while I put this block together, so here is a picture of the back of the block.

Farmer's Wife Quilt block 17

Farmer’s Wife Quilt block 17

I think I quoted the wrong number of blocks left in my last post.  I have completed 18 blocks and there are 111, so that means I have 93 left.  I hope you are enjoying my journey…Happy Quilting!

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Week 9, blocks 15 and 16

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Farmer's Wife Quilt - Buzzard's Roost #15

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Buzzard’s Roost #15

 

I really like the way this block turned out.  It gave me a large area to showcase my “bucket list” fabric.

Creative Grids ruler

Creative Grids ruler

I used this Creative Grids Square it Up and Fussy Cut Ruler designed by Penny Haren.  You place the ruler over the fabric and center the part you want it use in your block.

Creative Grid ruler

Creative Grid ruler

The ruler has  holes located  at the four corners for your block. You mark it with your pencil and then cut on those dots.  If you look closely above the S, you can see my pencil mark.

buzzard's roost #15

buzzard’s roost #15

I paper pieced the rest of the block using the patterns found on the Yahoo Farmer’s Wife Quilt Group site.

Farmer's Wife Quilt - Block #16 Calico Puzzle

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Block #16 Calico Puzzle

To make this block, I used Triangles on a roll.

Thangles

Triangles on a roll

 

Triangles on a roll come in several sizes and the directions are printed on the roll.  I was happy that I could use my “number” fabric on this block.  Happy quilting, 16 down and 104 to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer’s Wife Blocks – Week 8 – Blocks #13 and #14

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Farmer's Wife Quilt #13 Buckwheat

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #13 Buckwheat

I am way behind on my posting!  I am going to try to catch up.  I love the colors in this block.  I used the paper-pieced patterns from the Yahoo “Farmer’s Wife ” group.

Farmer's Wife Block #13

Farmer’s Wife Block #13

This is the layout for the patterned pieces.  The bottom triangle didn’t fit on the first try.

Farmer 's Wife Block Buckwheat

Farmer’s Wife Block – Buckwheat

I had to re-do the triangle!

Farmer's Wife Block Buckwheat

Farmer’s Wife Block Buckwheat

I printed another copy of the pattern and used another triangle.  You can see the one on the left didn’t print and I didn’t draw the bottom line on correctly.

Farmer's Wife Block Butterfly at the crossroads

Farmer’s Wife Block Butterfly at the crossroads

Although I really like this block, I don’t get the name.  I think it looks like tulips.  I like the colors I choose, but I did struggle with the fact that the patterns don’t match up.  I guess in the total look of the quilt, you won’t notice the small pattern in this block.

Farmer's Wife Quilt Butterfly at the crossroads

Farmer’s Wife Block Butterfly at the crossroads

This is the layout for Butterfly at the crossroads.  I hope you are enjoying my journey as I work to complete this quilt in a year….Happy Quilting!!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 7 …. # 11 and #12

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Framer's Wife block #11 Broken Dishes

Farmer’s Wife blocks #11 Broken Dishes

As you can see from this block my main color focus for my quilt is yellow and grey.  I paper pieced this block.

Broked Dished

Broken Dishes

Here is the lay-out for this block.  Remember all the paper pieced block are reversed when you sew them…

Framer's Wife block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Farmer’s Wife block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Yet another paper pieced block.

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

I like to color the block before I start to sew.  This makes it much easier to know where to place your fabric.

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Here is the lay-out while you are piecing your block.

 

 

 

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 6 – Blocks #9 and #10

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Farmer's Wife Block #9 Box

Farmer’s Wife Block #9 Box

Once again, I find myself behind in my posts.  Week 6 blocks are the Box and Bowtie.  I used Triangles on a roll to make the Box block.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

The instructions for the triangles are printed on the paper. Use the ones that finish to a 2 1/2″ square. Put right sides together and sew on the dotted lines.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

You will need to make 8 triangle units (as shown above) and cut one 2 1/2 inch center square.

sew sub-units

sew sub-units

Sew the sub units together pressing the top and bottom section seams to the outside and the center sections seams toward the solid center square.

Farmer's Wife Block #10 Bowtie

Farmer’s Wife Block #10 Bowtie

I paper pieced my Bowtie block.  I fell in love with this Kiwi color and adore the birds on a wire fabric.  This was an easy block and I forgot to take any pictures while sewing.  The paper-pieced patterns can be found on the Farmer’s Wife Yahoo Group.  You have to requests entry to the group and it takes a while to get approved.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

I was so in love with the Kiwi color that I found this comfy chair at a local furniture store and “hubby” bought it for me for my Birthday!!  Did I mention how much I love the color Kiwi…yea, I thought so…

12 down…99 to go!!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 5 – blocks #7 and #8

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Birds in the Air #7

Birds in the Air #7

It’s time for another post of my Farmer’s Wife blocks..  I paper pieced both of these blocks.

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

I pieced the sub units first…

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

Then put the 4 units together!

Bouquet #8

Bouquet #8

This block was also paper pieced.

I would also like to give a shout out to Miller’s Dry Goods  for helping me pick out my fabric and for the encouragement they always give when you are at their store. 10 down- 101 to go!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 4 blocks #5 and #6

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Farmer's Wife #5 Bat Wing

Farmer’s Wife #5 Bat Wing

I’m still playing catch-up on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt block posts.  I think I should be on week 5.  I will do one toady and one on Saturday and then I should be back on track.  I used the paper piece pattern available free download on the Yahoo Group…Farmer’s Wife, for the Bat Wing block.  Check out the earlier Farmer’s Wife posts for the link.

Bat Wing #5

Bat Wing #5

This was one of the easy blocks with only nine pieces.  It would be a great one to start with if you are just getting into paper piecing.  You make these three sections and then sew them together.  I went out of my fabrics and pulled in this darker grey dot, since it said “bat wings”.

Bat Wing #5

Bat Wing #5

I have been pressing the seams open to help with removing the paper.

Farmer's Wife Big Dipper #6

Farmer’s Wife Big Dipper #6

To make the Big Dipper block I used Triangles on a roll.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

These are the instructions that are printed on the roll.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

This is what the triangles look like after you sew them on the lines and then cut them.  As you can see by this picture I was looking at four blocks and made four sections.  I only needed two sections to make the four  quarter square triangles.  I will use the extra half-square triangles in a future block.  Silly Me!!

marking the block

Marking the block

Now you need to layer the half-square triangles with the colors reversed.  In this case, yellow on white and white on yellow with the seams butted together in the middle.  Mark a line down the center and thenl  mark the 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Now sew 1/4 from the middle line on both sides.

quarter square triangles

quarter square triangles

This is a little hard to see, but you will cut on the middle line and then open up the sections and you will have two quarter square triangles.

quarter square triangle

quarter square triangle

Before you cut,  press the block open.  To help keep the block square, press back the seams on the sewing lines before you cut the on the middle line.  You can see by the picture that is looks like the top is bigger than the bottom.  That is because I haven’t cut the quarter square triangle apart yet.

quarter square blocks

quarter square blocks

Trim these blocks to 3 1/2 inches and then sew them together…  2 more blocks completed….8 down,,,103 to go!!!