Friday, January 24, 2014

January Blocks

I finished the first 10 Farmer's Wife blocks and I have decided the templates aren't really so bad.  For the first three blocks I was tracing the templates onto the fabric and then cutting with scissors.  This did not work for me, so I did a little Googling and found Camille's post about cutting her Farmer's Wife blocks.  This method worked really well for me and even that block on the top right with a zillion little pieces turned out ok.
Farmer's Wife blocks 1-10
I am going pretty scrappy with the colors for the quilt and I am trying to use scraps in every block.  This also seems like a good opportunity to use up some novelty prints that I have sitting around so I am going to do some fussy cutting in some of the blocks.

For do. Good Stitches this month Becky asked to make Crazy Square blocks using this tutorial and boy-ish colors.  This should make a fun quilt for a little boy and I am always happy to have a reason to use up some scraps :)
wish circle january do good stitches blocks

Even though cutting the pieces for the Farmer's Wife is kind of a pain, it was fun to put them together and I am excited to work on the quilt this year.  Are you "farming" in 2014?

13 comments :

Ava said...

Glad you're having fun with the farmer's wife blocks. I agree the templates are not bad at all. A lot of my blocks I just did the math, and for ones I couldn't I just used the templates. Have fun.

Heidi Staples said...

I love what you're doing with these, Erica! It's such a great mix of fabrics -- so fun and full of personality!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

A strong start! For using scraps, they actually look quite cohesive, which I like!

Beth said...

I need to get back to at some point - I think I made 6 or 7 blocks earlier this year. Yours look great so far!

Svetlana said...

your farmer's wife blocks look amazing. Love the colors and all the fussy cuts you're using.

Kira Rae said...

Yes I am. Here is a link to one of my posts about my Farmers Wife Journey
http://quiltingmysanity.blogspot.com/2013/09/2013-work-in-progress-farmers-wife.html
I have recently found the missing fabric for the sashing and have taken up the cause of making it queen size again!

Christine S said...

Love the crazy squares blocks! I want to try this made into a quilt :)

Debbie said...

What a great start, o brave one! ;-)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

I must try the farmers wife at some point, love how your blocks are shaping up.

Lostinspace said...

Marti Michell did a whole thing last year of which of her templates are for cutting out the Farmer's Wife quilt. There was an e-mail every month which I think put which blocks with which template. I got an e-mail saying she was going to do it again this year by popular request. As you can see I haven't made my Farmer's wife quilt yet. I have the book but I don't want to start until I get the templates from Marti Michell. If you want to know any more about this contact me at julietwood191@gmail.com and I could forward you my downloads if you like.

kirsten said...

That's a good idea, it's so easy to get bogged down with so many templates! I'm already way behind you but hoping I can catch up this week!

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Barb said...

Yes! My lqs started a quilt along last year. I've made about 50 blocks but still have a long way to go. I love your blocks. Scrappy, yet cohesive.

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