September 05, 2016

FWQA: Plan B

School has started and summer is over. {This is very sad to type} The school gives us a nice four day weekend for Labor Day. So, Mike and I headed up to Vermont for some relaxation with great friends and this nugget. Isn't that car awesome?


Now for the real share of the day. In my "free time" this summer I did come up with an alternative plan for my Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. At this point I am so desperately far behind and have no desire to catch up.

Absolutely none. 

Currently 21 blocks are done, so abandoning the project completely also wouldn't work for me. Too much time has already been invested.

Introducing Plan B ...


Each Farmer's Wife block was matched with a 6.5 inch hourglass block (finished 6 inches).  I used Cirrus from Cloud 9 fabrics in Mist with Kona Snow. The blocks are arranged alternating hourglass and Farmer's Wife block to create a 6 x 7 grid. 

Around the outside is an 1.5 inch border. To make this quilt finish a little larger, I added another border of flying geese. Each piece finishes at 3 inches x 6 inches, with a diamond in each corner. Two sides are in warm colors, the other two in cool colors.



I used the four geese at a time method to speed up the process. In total I needed 14 different prints to make 56 flying geese. The backing was pieced from extra fabric not used in the blocks. 

One afternoon was all I needed to get the new plan completed. It came out super cute and it done :) 



Details:
Finished Size: 51 inches x 57 inches, Pattern: 1930's Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks, Fabric: various  1930's prints, Batting: 80/20 blend, Thread: Connecting Threads - Parchment, Quilting: Stipple


Quilt Net: - 6.5 yards
Year to Date: - 90 yards

15 comments:

  1. Super cute and done for the win! I love the hourglass blocks; they are subtle and help the farmer's wife blocks shine. I am also really loving the warm and cool flying geese borders. Well done!

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  2. I agree. SUPER cute! The colors of the geese and hour glass blocks are perfect with your FW blocks. The effect together is absolutely charming! And done...is done, no matter what.

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  3. I agree. SUPER cute! The colors of the geese and hour glass blocks are perfect with your FW blocks. The effect together is absolutely charming! And done...is done, no matter what.

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  4. Clever and charming solution to the Disappearing Farmer's Wife quilt. I think there might actually be a niche for "Abandoned Sampler Quilt" designs. I've done it myself and know several others who just hit a wall and were done, even though the quilt was not. Hope it's a good school year for you.

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  5. Great job! I love the flying geese and hour glass blocks. I think what you have done with this quilt was fabulous. I, like most, would probably put it aside forever and that would be a shame. You are a great inspiration!

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  6. WooHoo! I need a new FW plan too... Though, I think I'm up to Plan F (I'll let your imagination figure out what the F is for).

    Great Job!!!! (And my condolences on the end of summer)

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  7. Beautiful! What a great way to stretch the blocks you made into a really nice finish.

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  8. Your quilt is beautiful! Love it!!

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  9. Great finish! I really like the hour glass block setting.

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  10. I love how you decided to use your farmers wife blocks! That layout works so well and I love your geese border. Sometimes plan B ends up being the Best plan.

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  11. Yay for plan B !!! It's gorgeous ... great idea of using the hour glass blocks like that

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  12. Yay for plan B !!! It's gorgeous ... great idea of using the hour glass blocks like that

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  13. Great plan B! I love the colours and the flying geese.
    Something similar is going to have to happen to my Splendid Sampler. I already know I am not going to make 100 blocks - I am too far behind. I plan to cherry pick my favourite blocks to make and use a clever layout like yours to enlarge the quilt to a useable size.

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  14. What a great way to rework a project you had fallen out of love with! Looks great. Congrats on your finish!

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