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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Farmer's Wife Improv(e)

I named this quilt Farmer's Wife Improv, each time I told my daughter she looked a little confused and asked why I did not call it improve.  Gotta love the beautiful minds of our children! 


My decision to start a Farmer's Wife quilt was made on January 2, 2012.  I started immediately.  It did not take long for my 7 year old daughter to make a request that the quilt was hers.  I of course obliged.

We decided that the quilt would be made with solids and I chose Kona Solids.  My daughter picked the colours; purples, blues and greens.  Each block she helped pick the colours that we used.  She did a great job.


It did not take long (well actually it did take long) to decide that I could not complete the 83 blocks required to make the twin size quilt and I moved on to plan B, build up each block.  This was a good decision in two ways, I was actually able to complete the quilt and I was able to make each block the same size, something I had not accomplished with the small blocks.  I was loving how each block came out and pictured them in a random pattern on the finished quilt.


It turned out I was wrong, random was unappealing, so I went with this rainbow like pattern.  I had help from my online quilt group to confirm that this was the right choice.  They also led me to framing the whole quilt, similar to how I framed each block.  I love to have the extra input :)


It is hard to see in this photo, but the back of the quilt is a soft purple sheeting.  I did a quilt as you go technique quilt, using a tutorial by Maureen Cracknell  Handmade.   I have not read it in a long time, so I may or may not have joined it like she said :)   


The above blocks are some of my favourites!  If you look very carefully you can see that I used different colours of variegated thread to quilt each one.

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