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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!

 

Cat Man Boo – Halloween Wool

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Cat Man Boo

Cat Man Boo

 

If you have followed my blog in the past, you will recall that a few years ago I happened upon an Estate Sale where I purchased many unfinished projects as well as some kits.  Well, “Cat Man Boo” was one of the purchases that I made that day.  He was a kit and he is wool.  The background reminds me of an old army blanket. (and that may be just what it is)  I purchased many wool kits at this sale and this is one of the first I completed.  (Well, almost)  The “Cat” should really be a pillow and as we speak, he is just a spooky cat on an army blanket.  I have yet to make him into a pillow,  but I wanted to share him since tomorrow is Halloween.  He is from the book “Spooky Threads” by Need’l Love.  I just love all the books in the “thread” series and would love to complete every project.

Spooky Threads

Spooky Threads

 

Happy Halloween!  I will be hosting the “quilties” on Halloween and I am making a new surprise for dessert….stay tuned!!!!!!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Bar Quilt

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Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

I am sorry, I dropped off the map for a couple of months!  I need to get back into the hobbies I love and share some of my crafts with my readers.  This Summer we were able to visit our good friends in VA.  Before my trip started, I planned all the sewing I would get finished in the car.  My “Candy Bar Quilt” was just waiting on the binding.  It was the first thing I completed on the trip.  The little girl in this picture, happens to be one of my best friends, Laura. (who we were visiting)   This picture was taken by her father and was in the guest bedroom on our visit.  We had a wonderful visit and Laura admired my quilt, so I left it in the chair, just like this when we left and she loved it!

This was one of the fastest quilts that I have ever finished.  When I went to “sewing days” in May, one of my friends, Janice, provided us with the basis for this quilt.  It was a very simple pattern that anyone can complete in less than a day.  The cream pieces were cut 5″ x 10″ and provided by Janice, then I used a “candy bar” pack that I had won at a local quilt shop.  The original pattern used a charm pack with the 5″ x 10″ blocks.  Janice cut all the cream fabric and we got to choose the ones we wanted to complete our quilt.  I choose all different creams for my quilt.  There were 11 rows in my quilt with 3 cream and 3 pattern pieces in each row.

Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

In my quilt, I used 33 (5 x 10) and 33 (2.5 x 5) pieces.  I then added a 1.5″ small border and a 7″ border.  I really loved the quilt when it was finished.  I didn’t get a really clear picture of the quilt.

Charm square quilt

Charm square quilt

Candy bar / Charm square quilt

Candy bar/ Charm square quilt

This is a picture of my Candy Bar quilt next to the Charm square version.  You can see that the Charm squares make a much bigger quilt. Irvalee choose to use two creams and alternated the blocks in a brick like pattern.  What you will love about this quilt is there are  really no seams to match. You can use up some of your scraps or one of those Charms packs you had to have, but haven’t yet found a use for!

Oh yes, the yellow strip in the picture is another one of my UFO’s.  If you are looking for a fast and easy quilt…here’s the answer!!

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.

 

 

 

 

Frosty Bouquet Wall-hanging – UFO #8

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Frosty Bouquet

Frosty Bouquet

In Berlin, Oh there is a shop called “The Country Craft Cupboard” and this is where I purchased the pattern for this wall-hanging.  They have a great selection of wool, fabric and all things crafty!  It is worth the trip if you are ever in the area.  I purchased the pattern in 2009 and when my guild decided on the UFO challenge I knew this was one of the projects I would list to complete. The snowman and the leaves and berries on this wall-hanging are done in wool.

Frosty Bouquet UFO

Frosty Bouquet UFO

This is what Frosty looked like when the UFO challenge began …

We had until today, July 11th 2013 to complete the first project on our list.  You got one ticket for completing your first project, one if your project was over 69″ in size and one if you donated a project to the auction we are having in October.  I finished my project and donated the School House Wall-hanging from my earlier post, so I got two entries for the drawing.  Well, guess what…

prize

prize

I won a gift card to a local quilt shop….Yea!!