Friday, September 7, 2012

Farmer's Wife Revamp

Let me tell you a little about myself.  I work full time days, my husband works full time evenings and we have different days off.  We chose this work schedule to maximize the time we have with our children and to eliminate the need for daycare.  It has worked out wonderfully and we have never regretted our choice.

The kids are getting older and LOVE sports, this adds more to our busy life.  There are months that I am out of the house 7 days a week with sports.  Then to make life interesting we are building a cabin this year (which I will update you on as soon as I get a little more painting done).

What does all of this have to do with Farmer's Wife?  Simple.  Time.  I have very little free time.  I love to sew, crochet and knit, it is a great stress reliever, but I don't have time to do a lot of it.  The Farmer's Wife blocks are fun to do, but some of them take me almost 2 hours to complete.  50 plus pieces to end up with a 6.5 inch square!  I am sure there are faster ways, but for me, one block at a time, picking fabrics, making the templates, cutting and sewing, it takes time.

Now, if this quilt was for me, or the recipient did not know about it this would not be a problem, I would take my time and enjoy the process.  BUT, it is my daughter's quilt and she is very excited to be getting it, so I mixed things up.  I came up with a new layout and am thrilled with the outcome.  I think her quilt will be better than I originally planned.  The other great news, I will only need 30 blocks, instead of 83!

Here are two completed blocks:

Here is a very messy picture of me picking the backing for the blocks that I have completed so far.  (I think I have changed a couple up since I took the photo).

Her quilt has a lot of bright solid fabric, I think that this new layout will work well with all the bright colours.

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