Sunday, June 10, 2012

Farmer’s Flimsy

Farmer’s Wife Quilt-along top is complete!!!!  If I put the number of exclamation marks there that match how I feel about finishing this top, the whole post would be nothing but !!!                                                   009
my first sampler quilt and my first quilt-along – thank you to author Laurie Aaron Hird, I now have a book of block ideas for future quilts, and thanks to Amanda and Angela for the quilt-along, and big thanks to them for the flickr group where we can all share – lots of support and inspiration there!!! 

of course I couldn’t've completed it without this little guy:                                          
 12 (he doesn’t get to be super-sized!)

Oh, how I wish he wasn’t necessary…  I did 49 of the 111 blocks in the book – a 7 by 7 layout alternating the squared and on-point blocks.  Big thanks to Michelle for doing the math on the sashing and then blogging about it! and to Melinda for grouping all the finishes in one spot.  :-)  Do you think it’s too bright???  3 (I don’t know the story behind that inscription – something to explore later, but it seemed to match the quilt)
5It was made to go along with this (bright) pillow in my living room.  in that chair that’s supposed to be mine…  (he arranges those pillows himself!)

It was a beautiful morning in Chicago today – though 90 degrees well before noon.  I had a little helper, so I thought why not go down by the lake to take some photos.  Look at her valiantly trying to help me get just the right shot – even on her tippy toes!                                                                                 74
beautiful, but windy in the Windy City (which was nice given the heat, but makes quilt top pictures challenging).  She was getting frustrated with the wind…              8 9 10
… and then came up with the best solution.                          11  (isn’t she just the cutest???!!!)


  1. Absolutely gorgeous photos! The monument was a lucky find - so appropriate to the quilt:-)

  2. Beautiful quilt! I love your setting and the pink and yellow just makes them pop!

  3. first, i love how you changed your header to a photo of this quilt. perfect! second, do you live in Chicago? how did i not know this? i live in Beloit. if i get to Chicago, i desperately need fabric store recommendations from you. third, i had no idea that you used patterned fabrics for your sashing. i love the subtle grid in the yellow/orange color. could you add another photo to the flickr group showing your sashing better to inspire others? and fourth, where did you get the handle to your seam ripper? i have the metal part, but my local store didn't have any handles and i can't find them anywhere. lastly, i love, love, love your twist on this quilt.

  4. Ah! It's so fantastic! Seriously girl, this is the most fantastic Farmer's Wife Quilt I've ever seen!

    Also - we have regular discussions over my husband holding quilts up for me... fighting the lighting and the wind!

  5. I love the way you've put this together, with the yellow and purple. It is stunning, and most definitely NOT too bright. Gorgeous.

  6. An amazing setting. I love your brave colour choices, wish i knew where to begin, in choosing and putting together bright modern fabrics. I kept to traditional colour choices (William Morris) and setting. It turned out fairly similar to the original, i love it but my daughters don't.

  7. This is such a fabulous quilt. The setting is inspired.

    And may I say that your photos rate up there with the "Big Blog Girls"!

    Congrats! :)

  8. This quilt top looks just lovely, I saw your photo on Flickr the other day, so I thought I must "pop in" and tell you what a great job you have little pile of 24 hasn't been touched since the beginning of the year....I was going to call it quits then...but I think I will push on to 36 or maybe even 49....but we will see....anyway well done!

  9. I just love the way you are putting this quilt together...just smashing !!! ANd the boston is such a sweet picture. I had a boston for a long time...she passed away of old age....really mis her. They are the best dogs every :o) Hugs

  10. I LOVE your quilt! Not too bright at all.

  11. Holy. Gorgeousness. That's all I can say.