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Turkey Tracks: February Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  February 6, 2016

February’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

From earlier posts, you know that a group of us at Coastal Quilters (Maine) are spending this year making the 99 Farmer’s Wife blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird’s book, The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt.

We set of goal of making two blocks a week, or eight a month.

Since February is a short month…  OK, since I am addicted now to making these blocks, here are my February blocks.  Each block has a woman’s name, and I have only one more “b” name to go.

I am putting on the setting triangles as I go, and I am loving these bright modern fabrics.  (Leftovers are going into a hexie project.)  Each block, even the so-called “simple” ones, takes a fair amount of time to make.

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Autumn:

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Ava:

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Bea:

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Becky:

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Belle:

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Betty:

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Blossom:

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Bonnie:

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February 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Turkey Tracks: Quilting Update–February 2016

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Turkey Tracks:  February 6, 2016

Quilting Update–February 2016

Yesterday was our first real “snow day” of winter.

Finally:

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I sewed all day–and the day just flew by.

Here’s what my design wall looks like now:

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Yep.  That’s SEVEN active projects, if you count “Allietore,” which is waiting  on the long arm to be loaded and quilted.

Note how the hexie project has grown.  (From Edyta Sitar’s HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.)  I’m using my 2 1/2-inch scrap blocks to make this quilt.  The top right side shows the top and right borders–with relation to the center blocks.  I’m working on the top left part now.

The blue blocks are waiting for me to finish more of the large half-square triangles–they are going through the leader/ender process–I only need about 70 more of them.  That’s a Jacob’s Ladder nine-patch block.

On the far right are more Farmer’s Wife blocks–see earlier posts–and I will do a separate entry on those blocks.  They are so fun and pretty.  And, addictive.

I will need to make more of the sashings (from my crumb bag) for the cheddar quilt.  I have a lot, but not enough for 30 or so blocks.  But I like how this quilt is going to look.  Lively and full of energy.

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These blocks are the start of a quilt using a collection of Kaffe Fasset prints that I got at the Norfolk Mancuso show some years back.  There was a demo quilt using these fabrics and the pink polka dot fabrics in a snowball block.  I fell in love with it.  I’ve got some wild fabric out of that collection for the back and borders.  AND, there are darker prints in this mix as well.  Not all are ironed and cut yet.  This quilt will be very feminine, but with some wild twists–and it’s for a granddaughter.

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I’ve longed to try Bonnie Hunter’s Wild and Goosey block for some time.  So, guess what else is coming out of my crumb bag?  I couldn’t resist.  I have two of these blocks finished after yesterday’s snow day.

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I really like the black and white neutrals in the cross piece.  Will likely stick to that idea.  Probably this will be a quilt for my newest granddaughter–as it will match the bright nature of her sisters’ recently finished quilts for their new bedroom.  (Pics on these quilts after they have been delivered.)

I still have over a thousand 4-patch blocks from last summer’s work, but I have ideas about those blocks…

Will the winter be long enough???

 

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February 6, 2016 at 2:58 pm