February 11, 2016

99 Problems


Ever have that feeling you bit off more than you can chew? Like 99 blocks too many?

That is how I feel about the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. I only have 20 blocks done .... that puts me at 79 to go.

Insert screaming contorted face.

Seriously, what was I thinking? Am I insane? Did I really think I could make that many 6 inch blocks on a schedule? I see all the pretty blocks posted on the group and want to cry at the fact I will never reach that level of Farmer's Wife success.  







Here is my level of Farmer's Wife fail, I don't even know the names of these blocks!

So, onto plan B ...

The new idea will include 36 blocks some sashing and lots of flying geese. I haven't worked out all my details yet, but I will share more later when I have a legit plan not a fancy idea.

The goal is for the quilt to finish at about 48 inches square so it's useable but not overwhelming to finish. 16 more sounds so much better than 79 more!

Deep breaths. 

21 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about the Farmer's wife quilt. Like your plan B!

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  2. I'm two (3?) years behind on the original farmer's wife quilt... I got to 60 blocks or so, but I'm definitely done with 6" blocks. You are not alone. :) Deep breaths!!!!!

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  3. I like the plan B, I like the Farmer's Wife quilt but never started one because it was just too intimidating.

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  4. I was starting the 365 challenge, a block a day for a year, but I decided that many 3 and 6 inch blocks would be a fail. Not liking to fail, I decided to cut my losses and quit immediately. No fabric wasted, no regrets. Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  5. I was starting the 365 challenge, a block a day for a year, but I decided that many 3 and 6 inch blocks would be a fail. Not liking to fail, I decided to cut my losses and quit immediately. No fabric wasted, no regrets. Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  6. I'm doing the original FW as a scrap project and am doing 11 blocks a month which has been a lot more manageable than doing a couple a week or one every day. I totally get how you could easily get bogged down with this project trying to do it on someone else's schedule as part of a blog hop.

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  7. That sound super wise, Chelsea. The older I get, the more I want to supersize blocks. Even 12" finished are seeming too small... ;)

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  8. I started Farm Girl Vintage as a fun way to quilt with a couple of friends. We have agreed we are not loving those 6" blocks either. In fact, we are now at the "Could we make these potholders and move on?" stage. Life is too short to not enjoy your quilting!

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  9. Totally reasonable :) Plus, by modifying the plan you'll enjoy the process more. If you hate what you're doing, you'll never finish. This is a much better plan!

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  10. I think plan b is perfect. I see all those wonderful blocks and want so badly to join in, but then I remember I don't like making little bitty blocks and 100 of them is just not in my capacity to do. So I sigh over the pretty ones I see and think maybe someday I will have the patience to do it.

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  11. I like the sound of plan B - however many you end up with they are so very pretty!

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  12. Sometimes plan B ends up being better than the original plan. The Farmer's wife quilt is a huge undertaking so I think it's great that you'll make the sampler uniquely your own.

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  13. Don't beat yourself up, the blocks you have made are very pretty, what does it matter if they end up in something other than first planned? We shouldn't let our hobby make us feel guilty.

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  14. Your plan sounds wonderful. I love love love the blocks you've already made so whatever the eventual form; this quilt will be great!

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  15. I just bought the book so I'm 100 blocks behind. Oh my! Name your own blocks - how about duck waddles. Just do one block each day.

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  16. I feel exactly the same way and I'm running the thing! LOL The sew-along has been both the best and worst idea I've ever had. Did I really think I could work full time, parent a toddler and push out 2 (and sometimes 3) tutorials a week!??!?!?!?! I need a good lay down...

    I love your revised plan! Can't wait to see it!

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  17. I love the blocks you have made, and way to go-creating a new pkan that works for you instead of trying to stick to your original plan and not loving it!

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  18. I love the blocks you have made, they look great and will make a lovely quilt. I feel your pain. I decided to try and do the 365 Quilt Challenge and I have only made about 10 blocks so I am already a month behind!

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  19. It's a hobby ... gotta love the time you spend on it, so thumbs up for plan B !!!

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  20. Think of it as quality and not quantity. Twenty lovely blocks (with little fish) is still wonderful. If the fun of making them has gone and the deadline you set yourself is hurting, change the rules to work for you. As Karen says, it is a hobby and is supposed to be FUN.

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  21. After making only a few tiny hand pieced blocks I cannot imaging a whole quilt of them - Its just not for me! I like that you are thinking around the problem and lots of flying geese will be fun with these guys!

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