This week's Farmer's Wife blocks were definitely a mixed bag - I whipped up one of them in less than an hour, and then totally avoided the second one for a good several days, thanks to the 44 triangles it is comprised of. I think this is the first week, however, that I managed to not unpick a single seam, which made me super happy.
Block #21: Contrary Wife
This was the easy block this week, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I put this block together pretty fast and was also really decisive about what fabrics I wanted to use. I used some of Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas, Patty Young's Sanctuary, and Robert Kaufman's Metro Living.
Block #22: Corn & Beans
I avoided this block for several days. When I tallied up how many triangles I'd have to cut out to make this block, I started to dread it. See, me and triangles, we're just not friends the way that me and squares are. I'm just not as precise when I work with fabric that's got a bias cut to it. But, I joined this quilt along in part to expand my sewing skills and grow as a quilter, so I sucked it up (after seriously considering skipping this block). I'm pretty happy with this one, though there are a few wonky bits, like the way I lost a few of the triangle points. I used some Sew Happy, Flea Market Fancy, and Farmdale.
Even though the fabrics are kind of all over the place and the blocks are all different, this is really starting to feel like a quilt. I actually look forward to my Farmer's Wife blocks every week at this point, and I really like getting them out and putting them all up on the wall together. Next week, I've got two pretty straight-forward looking blocks, Country Farm and Country Path. Stay tuned to see how that goes!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011