Category Archives: Farmer’s wife sampler quilt

Friday Night Block Party: Cups and Saucers & Evening Star

May 2nd 2014

Howdy strangers! Or by “stranger” I could mean myself since I have been absent from this party. But hey, it’s my party and I can cry if I want to.

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Don’t think that I haven’t either, this weekly block and posting was becoming a little stressful for me. (I have some other things going on that I hope to share with you soon!) So if you don’t mind, let’s just craft, quilt and unwind at will and when my blocks are ready whether it’s one or more, I”ll just share.  Thanks so much for understanding!


FWQA book

As I quilt through this book of 111 blocks I have learned several things.

1) How to better match corners.

2) I don’t care much for tiny triangles, I rather make them from squares.

3) Practice does improve one’s skills.

4) Choosing the right fabrics is still hit or miss on some blocks.

5) I wish I could do the math when the blocks are on point (diagonal).

6) My only complaint is that this book is not “green.” I mean you have to print every piece on a different piece of paper. I wish several templates came on a page then I could just print 10 pages and be done!

That being said, especially the last point, let me show you the blocks that I have skipped, yes I said “SKIPPED” not completed.  Refer back to #s 2, 5, and 6 and printing issues.

The good news is that my skills should be WAY better when I get back to these blocks and I should have new and different scraps which is also a motivator. (Did I mention I’m on a fabric fast? Two months without buying fabric or at least it feels that long.)

And here are the last 2 blocks that I DID complete. Block # 25 Cups and Saucers

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I was excited about my fabric choices and then afterwards, not so much. I need to read up a little on color value and weight as it pertains to placement on quilt blocks. Yea, yea, yea, don’t look at those stray threads, I was only showing you it was done, not that I was pleased. : )

And my newest favorite (who doesn’t love all the Star variation blocks?) is  Block #31, Evening Star.

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I made it with some morsels I had leftover from a little something I have yet to show you!

Patience.  I like to call it The Pirate block.

Friday Night Block Party: Country Farm

March 14th 2014

Hi there, this feels like my second Friday this week! Has that ever happened to you? Well it would be nice to have two

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This week’s block was supposed to be Corn and Beans, block #21 from the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book.

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Let me just confess and put it out there that I much rather work with triangles, trimming down from a larger unit, than working with such little shapes!

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The level of frustration for me is a killjoy. I cut precisely, manage the seams and sew slowly and press after each seam and yet when it’s time to make the block. Disaster. So I just stopped and went on to the next block. I’ll have to finish that one later. Do you think I am giving up?  I find that walking away is the best thing to do and return to it fresh.

Here is the next block called Country Farm.

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These triangles were less intimidating because they were a little larger, but I was skeptical. I was really proud to have a seam allowance from the triangles and not have to trim them off which is the norm for me because the blocks are always “wonky.”

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I was generally pleased with the end result.  I decided to go to my jelly roll leftovers and pull out some different scraps.  This block is just sweet!

Do you angst over triangle units?

Friday Night Block party: Checkerboard

February 28th 2014

Hi there! I have to say that this week has been very exciting in terms of “mail” related to all the cool activities I have joined along with this year.

So before I talk about the

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I want to give you an update on the Olympic Mug Rug Swap. The ones I made are here, and below are the ones I received, so pretty, she looks just like me!

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I also mentioned a couple of posts ago about the Skinny Pinny Swap and I received my Skinny Pinny this week too!  I just love that fabric and how Nancy, (hi!) tied it off at the end, the buttons and rick rack!

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And I also got a surprise Log Cabin pinny from Amy! Which is the cutest and so thoughtful of her!

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And over on our OLW (One Little Word) group, someone organized a Pen Pal campaign. My Pen Pal sounds like a character right out of a small town novel and I got mail from her as well.  I’ve always wanted to have a pen pal!

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And to boot, I was thrilled to find that I had already made the block for this week which is the Checkerboard, block #19. Easy Peasy.

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This block was fairly easy to construct: squares. The colors in the book were not as uniform as I made them, they alternated with four colors. But I kept is simple using scraps as I have been during this whole process.

I’m going to start a new quilt today so I can have some different scraps because really, I have such nice fabric in my stash, it’s  time to use it.

P.S. Here is last week’s block corrected!

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Friday Night Block Party: A Century of Progress

February 21st 2014

Happy Friday!! Welcome to the

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This week we are back on track with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt blocks. ( I’ve linked to this so much amazon keeps suggesting I buy it!) LOL

This week’s block is

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I have to admit that I was not comfortable with this block with the odd triangle templates. And I thought it was weird and asymmetrical, which usually doesn’t bother me, I like  a little “pop” but see how the bottom has all the same color? Like it doesn’t follow proper quilt pattern protocol.   I assembled and picked mine out a few times due to this small detail. Come time to publish however, I still go it wrong! No progress in my “century” hopefully I can fix it for next week.

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I did notice however that some people did it the “logical” and systematic way instead of the bottom all the same. Did the book author also goof?

See here the sample from Freshly Pieced, I love her color selection.

Here is one where they did follow the sample color placement, another lovely color combination from Married to a BMW. Who also thought it was an odd block.

Here is the gem from Pretty by Hand who likes to go against the grain. I LOVE that about her!

You go girl!

I hope yours came out just as nice.

Friday Night Block party: Buzzard’s Roost

January 17th 2014

They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, what about a quilt block by it’s name?

Here’s another edition of the

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where this week’s block is Buzzard’s Roost, block #15

in the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book..

You can think of it this way, a scenic place in the mountains (Photo courtesy of Summitpost.org)

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or this way courtesy of Arkive by Mike Wilkes

Eggs-and-nest-of-a-common-buzzard

This is what the common buzzard looks like, not anything how I imagined.

Profile-of-a-common-buzzard

This looks like a hawk, I was thinking “vulture” which is the American way of thinking, those look like this.

Turkey Vulture Photo

Generally using this term for a beautiful birds of prey such as a hawk or eagle is deemed as “derogatory” in the United States. Who knew? Read it for yourself here.

Too much science for you? Okay. How do those images compare to this block layout?

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 I can tell I haven’t quilted enough because I am beginning to repeat my scraps on my FWQA blocks.

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It was generally easy to piece although these alternating triangles are tricky.

Some other ones I found are below:

FWQAL 35 - Blue Yellow 1 Flower Sugar Lecien

These are so pretty!!

Courtesy of MarriedtoaBMW.com

 I keep tripping over the same rock. USE FABRIC YOU LOVE!!

If you want a log to record your block details and progress, you can print one by clicking here!  It has the block names, templates #s for each, and you plug in your colors, completion date and any notes. What a great tool!

Thanks for coming to the party, see you next week!