Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Farmin' we will go!

Posted by Strlady at 8:28 AM 1 comments
Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you enjoyed this time and celebrated with those dearest to you.

I was able to squeeze in some piecing to keep up with my Farmer's Wife commitment. I actually made one extra... I'm hoping I can make one less next time around! LOL!

This week I decided to make all my blocks in Whimsical fabrics. Here is a look at my endeavor...

Block 2 - Autumn Tints:


Block 10 - Bowtie:


Block 12 - Broken Sugar Bowl:


Block 16 - Calico Puzzle:


Block 70 - Prairie Queen:


Block 72 - Railroad:


All together now:



Believe it or not, I found this one the most challenging, 
just because of the angle of the corner cuts and trying to get the edges to match


This week's favorite was Calico Puzzle. I love the colors and the pinwheel type look.



11 down, 100 to go!

Go and check out Nyshma's blocks this week. She made a REALLY hard one and it looked great! Maybe I need to ask for suggestions on that one.

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year celebration!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Farmer's Wife?

Posted by Strlady at 12:48 PM 3 comments
I tried to stay away. I really did.
My daughter convinced me that resistance was futile.


Over the Thanksgiving break, Nyshma and her newly minted husband, came for their first Thanksgiving as a married couple.


I taught her how to use templates. Nyshma will be using freezer paper as her templates to cut her pieces while I have decided to go with Marti Michell's templates for my pieces. We also set a deadline for making our blocks and posting about our progress. And then we were off!

It took forever to decide what fabric to use...


I did alot of pre-washing so I could have an excuse to fondle my stash... and I procrastinated alot.


I finally decided to go with a mix of Lynette Anderson's new line (Secret Garden), an older line of hers (Summertime Friends) and a mix of Whimsical fabrics by Terri Degenkolb.


Yesterday was the first deadline and it was met. Here they are in no particular order...


Block #1 - Nyshma and I did our template tutorial using this block so I thought it was appropriate that I get it done during the first round.


Block #9 - This one was straight forward HST. We are trying to do a mix of simple and complex blocks to keep us from falling off the wagon due to frustration.


Block #13 - This one was actually the most difficult block of the bunch. I had to trim because it was slightly larger than needed. I also had to re-build it a couple of times. I marked it as DIFFICULT.


Block #21 - Then we have this one that was super easy. I am really not that happy with it though. I feel the light is a bit too light when put against the others. I'll hold on to it and see if it will blend in with the other blocks. I told my sister that with 100+ blocks, it just might fit in.


Block #23 - I think this is my favorite right now but I think it's more because it was the only Star block of the bunch... I'm bias, I love stars!


Although, I sort of, kind of, like block #1 too. I think the fussy cut center is so darn cute! My sister hates it though. LOL!

Okay. In recap, 5 blocks down.. Gazillion to go!

Go check out Nyshma's efforts at Starchild Quilts! She could use a bit of encouragement!

 

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