Six Blocks Left…

24 06 2012

So close. So very close.

I have six more blocks left to do, and then I’m  done with the blocks in The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. I’ll still have nine more to do afterward, to get to  121 total blocks, but at least I’ll be done with the book. And those nine will progress quickly, once I have them selected.

I’m tempted to push through and try to have a completed quilt top in time for next Bitch ‘N’ Stitch. However, I do need to get at least four hours of sleep a night.

#100 Weathervane#100 Weathervane

Another block in which I removed extraneous seams to make piecing easier. Paper-pieced, and using a color scheme inspired by the log cabin block I made up for the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Swap.

#024 Country Path#024 Country Path

I wanted more contrast than is in the block in the book, because otherwise the pattern disappears. Paper-pieced, because these are all  paper-pieced now.

#090 Storm Signal#090 Storm Signal

The background fabric here is a favorite of mine. I also love the black and white orange peel fabric. The third fabric is one I raided from Sandi’s scrap bins when I realized that I hadn’t brought along the grey fabric I was originally planning on using.

#036 Flower Garden Path#036 Flower Garden Paths

I used the last of the Heidi Grace polka dot print in this block. I love this print,  and am sad to see it gone from my stash. More of Sandi’s black scrap fabric appears in this block.

#110 Wood Lily#110 Wood Lily

A re-make, because the first one was too small. Paper-pieced, and I remembered to alternate the way the seams folding for better accuracy this time around.

#017 Cats and Mice#017 Cats and Mice

More use of the fabrics picked up on my trip to Minnesota. I probably should have reviewed the way EQ7 wanted to do the paper-piecing segments, but I persevered and ironed the snot out of this block.




6 responses

24 06 2012

i love your cats and mice block. you are really cruising along on these 🙂

24 06 2012
Grey Cat Quilts

It’s keep going, or lose my momentum, and that’s what happened to the month of May! I could have been playing with the setting by now!

1 07 2012

Such an accomplishment! Congratulations!

7 07 2012
Grey Cat Quilts

I’m so very glad to be done with the Farmer’s Wife blocks, and am eager to move on to getting the quilt top together.

9 07 2012

How do you paper piece when we only have templates. Is there a tutorial somewhere? This quilt looks stunning!

10 07 2012
Grey Cat Quilts

There are two ways to go about getting the paper-piecing templates. I personally used EQ7 to re-draw the blocks and print my own. Alternatively, you can join The Farmer’s Wife Yahoogroup ( They have a file of the paper-piecing templates. Be warned – these are Electric Quilter derived paper-piecing templates, but they are PDFs, so you have to watch that you turn off sizing when printing. Also, these files aren’t always as intuitive, or piecing-friendly, as they could be. EQ isn’t always aces at grouping patches together for easy paper-piecing. I found that I often had to review and re-group before printing.

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