I have been making Farmer's Wife blocks for awhile now, and nearly every Friday, my friend, Carla, and I have a series called Farmer's Wife Friday. We have been sequentially following the letters in Laurie Aaron Hird's book, each making the blocks associated with the letters, along with sharing our thoughts on what the farmer's wife had to say in her letter.
here). Because I have been making blocks out of solids, I try to base my color choice on either the name of the block or something pulled out of the letter. So I based the colors on what my dream might be if I were a hard-working farmer's wife and mother--I would want to take a vacation at the ocean. I chose two shades of aqua/turquoise and a sandy-beach color.
However, when all was said and done, my block was too large. Which meant when I get to the point of putting the quilt top together, all the points of the rectangles will be chopped off by the 1/4" seam. On to Phase 2, actually cutting out the plastic templates and making the block again.
But I loved the colors in the original block and couldn't quite bear to throw it out. But what to do, what to do?
Then Sunni contacted me about this series. I thought about it, and had a "lightbulb" moment.
This post won't give you a tutorial as such. It is basically just a little inspiration to help you reinvent rather than discard, if a block you make doesn't turn out quite the way it should.
(This is the second block I made--these corners won't get cut off!)
My pillow top ended up like this:
There are many pillow construction techniques when it comes to closures. I chose the easiest, using this tutorial.
I'm really happy with the end result. And it doesn't bother me one bit that the rectangle corners were lost in the construction process.There are so many variations on what you can do when something like this happens. So next time something doesn't turn out quite right, don't discard. Reinvent!
If you are new to the series, be sure to check out the posts from Week 1.
Blog Hop Week 1
March 4-Sunni is guest-posting on Jolly Jabber
March 5-Love Affair with my Brother
March 6-Craizee Corners
March 7-Lilypad Quilting
March 8-Love Affair with my Brother
March 9-Clover & Violet
Blog Hop Week 2
March 12-Mommy for Reals
March 13-A Colorful Life
March 14-It's Sew Kiki
March 15-Lilypad Quilting
March 16-Why Not Sew? Quilts
Blog Hop Week 3
March 19-Love Affair with my Brother
March 20-Echinops & Aster
March 21-Life's Rich Pattern
March 22-Ellison Lane Quilts
March 23-Love Affair with my Brother
At the end of the series, Sunni will host a special link party for projects you have made inspired by the FW. Guest judges will name the winners and there will be some awesome prizes!!
Linky Party will be open from March 24-31 with 2 winners announced the next week. You can link up any project that is inspired by The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt and uses between 1-9 6" finished quilt blocks. The blocks do not have to come from the book.
Please link up a blog post or Flickr photo for your entry.
Laurie Aaron Hird, author of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt
Michele Foster, Quilting Gallery
Sunni Bolger, Love Affair with my Brother
The Intrepid Thread is sponsoring a FQ bundle of the amazing Cosmos by Dan Bennett for Rowan.
Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a FQ Bundle of gorgeous Poetica by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.