Three More Down

23 02 2013

Farmer's Wife Linky Button

I meant to be done with the do-overs by now, but I keep falling asleep around 10:00 PM lately. Thus, no sewing time. Not a big deal, though. I got three more done on Friday, which leaves me with four more blocks. I’m hoping I can crank those out this afternoon.

#100 Weathervane Before and After

I was actually very happy with the first iteration of Weathervane. Unfortunately, when I ironed this block, the white print picked up some black residue, delineating the seams. So, into the re-do pile it went. Very happy with the second version. I decided to use some AMH, paired with a couple of Joann’s fabrics. At this point, I’m not going to use white in any of the remaining blocks – I have enough ‘white and bright’ blocks for the rest of the top.

#104 Wild Geese Before and After

This is another block with which I was very happy. Unfortunately, I failed to print the paper piecing templates out at the correct size, meaning I forgot to turn scaling for paper size off. Regardless, I’m actually much happier with the new block. The colors are richer and the grey balances them well.

#110 Wood Lily Before and After

Separately, I love all three prints that I used in the first version of Wood Lily. Too bad for me that the scale and shading of the purple print is far to close to that of the black background print, and it disappears a bit. Enter another do-over, lol. I’d somehow forgotten that I had that black print in my stash – I think because it wasn’t stored with the bulk of my stash. It was in a pile of washed fabrics that I’d never gotten around to ironing and folding once they were out of the dryer.

I cannot truly express how excited I am to be so close to being done with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler blocks! According to Flickr, I posted my first blocks on June 20, 2011. It’s been approximately 21 months in the making so far, though there was a six month or so hiatus from the project because I am occasionally really, really stupid, and ‘lost’ eleven blocks when I really hadn’t.

I’m so very ready to move on, and am eagerly awaiting fabric to finish the settings. After that, I can begin the adventure of quilting the thing. I’m sure I’ll be ready to hang myself for being silly enough to want to do the quilting myself, but ah, well.

Part of the reason that I’m so ready to move on, is that I’m ready to start another sampler:

Dear Jane Plan

That’s right! It’s the Dear Jane Sampler. And, yes, I know I’m completely insane. I bought the fabrics a couple of years ago, and finally picked up the the Electric Quilt Company software, so I’m ready to go! I have a feeling I’ll end up re-drafting a couple of blocks, as I noticed that the software’s drafting seemed counter-intuitive to easier piecing or simplified applique.

No matter though! I’m excited to get too work on Jane, and will be starting this weekend, if all goes well.

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7 responses

23 02 2013
Robyn of Oz

With the utmost respect, I think you have gone mad! Our local quilting teacher has been working on one of these monkeys by hand and she even admits that it’s doing her head in!
I think the trick for the Dear Jane is to not try and push it and you will maintain your sanity! It is rewarding, as Pam did bring the work she’d done thus far to a class to share with us and it is beautiful.
I love the reworked blocks on your Farmer’s Wife. You seem to be working on having two quilts! Best wishes with it!

24 02 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

I’m looking at the Dear Jane as a challenge to my quilt-related skills. ūüôā I’ve never been one for applique, so I’m hoping to finally conquer that particular skill.

It IS insane, but I think it’ll be fun to complete the Dear Jane.

Farmer’s Wife will be such a relief to complete! I cannot wait to get this top done and quilted. I’m so very happy with how it’s turning out.

23 02 2013
Ellie@CraftSewCreate

I am loving your Farmer’s Wife blocks! Your first versions are great on these, but the re-dos are BAM! So perfect! Thanks for linking up!

24 02 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! I’m enjoying these do-overs. Not only do I get to review the piecing, but I get to play more with the fabrics and ensure that my fabric choices are more in line with the rest of the blocks.

25 07 2013
Jane martyn

I love your Farmer’s Wife. That is one I chose not to do. I have been working on Dear Jane for quite a while. There are several blogs around that can be very helpful. I have a friend that redrafted quite a few of them and we were meeting once a month to work on them. If you get stuck let me know and I can look at my notes. Mine is in the traditional colors.

26 07 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

I’ve been working on my Dear Jane blocks mostly via paper piecing, since I have the Electric Quilter program. This has made it a little faster, when I remember to actually work on the Dear Jane.

I love the quit, but the intricacy of my most recent projects has driven me to take a break to make something quicker.

26 07 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

I’ve been working on my Dear Jane blocks mostly via paper piecing, since I have the Electric Quilter program. This has made it a little faster, when I remember to actually work on the Dear Jane.

I love the quit, but the intricacy of my most recent projects has driven me to take a break to make something quicker.

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