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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  1. Such a beautiful quilt in so many ways! I love how you let go and let your daughter have so much say in the designing of the quilt! Precious to have that time to spend with her and see how her mind works. It's a lovely and vibrant quilt! Love it!


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