Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

I have jumped on the bandwagon, succumbed to peer pressure, joined the competition...whatever you want to call it, I have decided to join the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt along. I first read about it here on Angela's blog. I didn't think I would do it and what was holding me back was fabric choices. I have the hardest time choosing fabrics and that usually scares the heck out of me. This quilt was no different, but I have seen everyone's additions to the Flickr site and I just decided to join in and give it a whirl.
The funny thing about this quilt is in January, long before I had heard of this quilt along,  my friend and I went to the Road to California quilt show and she bought the kit to make this exact quilt.  I said, "Are you crazy? 111 squares, made from templates and there is no concrete instructions as to which fabrics to use in each square?" When I saw her about a month ago, we talked about her progress on the quilt and how slow it is. Thick skulled me didn't put two and two together until today when I started mine. DUH! That is the same quilt Debi is making!
So earlier in the week I ordered a bunch of fabrics from Hawthorne Threads. I love the color picker feature they have on their website. It really helps when trying to match fabrics online. Here's what I received today.  I've added a light grey solid and I will add some other fabrics to it as I go. I think I ordered too much fabric, but I like all of them and you can never have too much fabric. Right?

And here are my first three squares. I have made #'s 1.2 and 4 so far.

I like the one on the right the best. I had to rip it out and make it three times before I got the measurement correct. And I thought #4 would be a simple rail fence! Weird, huh? Is anyone else having trouble with the templates? Now I'll go check out the Flickr posts to get some helpful hints.
I have been working on several projects this week and hope to have more photos to post in the upcoming week. It's a busy one for me, so I hope I can get things finished. I'm almost finished with the Hexagon Park binding. I have all 9-24" blocks quilted for the CMB2A quilt and have the first three sewn together to make the top row, and I have finished Eden's birthday gift. I've been a busy little bee.
More about what I'm up to next week.
Have a great Sunday!


Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts said...

Well your color choices are awesome. I love it. Well I can't wait to see the next 108 squares.

Oh I have to resist the pressure!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Looking good Di, I also like the block on the right best. It will be a challenge, but a good one.

Linda Coleman said...

Great colours. The one on the right looks scandanavian.

Annabella said...

This looks such a fun project and I too have been tempted but have resisted. If anyone can do it well, you can.

Diana and LaDonna said...

Really like your fabrics, and you're right, you can never have too much fabric!


Rebecca said...

Love these fabrics! I'll have to go check out the quilt along. I also prefer more specific directions but this looks like fun.

Wendys Hat said...

It looks great already!

Ricki said...

Your blocks looks great. I've been so tempted to do this myself, but so far have been able to resist. But the more I see other people's blocks, the more I want to join in the fun!

tusen said...

I like your choice of fabric very much.