Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FWQAL Week #6: The one with a mixed bag

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.

FWQAL Block 21: Contrary Wife

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.

FWQAL Block 22: Corn & Beans

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.

Farmer's Wife 1-22

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!

16 comments:

  1. Both blocks are great, but I think the second one is one of my favorites of all the blocks so far. Very interesting to see all the tiny piecing up-close. The name might also help, since we are corn and bean farmers! Fabulous work, as always!

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  2. the fabrics in Contrary Wife are striking together! it will be a great quilt!

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  3. For all that avoidance, it looks really great, they both do!

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  4. Uhm, 44 triangles in a block how big? But it looks great! Both blocks do and they all look stunning togeher!

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  5. I am in awe of all the work being done by people on the FWQAL. It just looks difficult to me!

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  6. Your blocks are looking so great together! I look forward to seeing each block every week. Even though I'm not participating, it's still fun to watch.

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  7. Love your fabric choices this week, as always! Since I'm following along with the letters, I have four blocks to complete before Friday. Eeek.

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  8. Both blocks look great! I love how your blocks are coming together, and I agree! They most definitely look like a cohesive planned out quilt!!

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  9. They look SO cute!! All those triangles... I would have been dreading it too! Well done!!!

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  10. Both of these new blocks look wonderful with lovely fabric choices. I am sure loving all of your blocks together, it is fun to see so many done already!

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  11. ALL of your blocks are so lovely, and these two are no exception. I love how your words about this QAL remind me of excercising - putting it off, dreading it, then finding you're actually looking forward to it!

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  12. Do you have trouble with the corners of the triangles getting pulled down into the bobbin area? I am finding that I have to start the little triangles in the middle and work both ways.

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  13. I do definitely have that happen from time to time, I hate when that happens!

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  14. Well, Corn and Beans doesn't look QUITE as awful as Birds In the Air, but I can see why you avoided it! It turned out great though. Great fabric choices in both blocks.

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  15. Good on you for giving it a go! And I'm pleased to hear I'm not the only one who's been unpicking a few seams,Lol

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  16. Your blocks are looking fabulous together!

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