The Farmer’s Wife Sampler

We’re having a grand old time making the six inch blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird’s book The Farmer’s Wife Sampler.  Month two begins tomorrow.  Our ladies have been making two squares per week based on a schedule that we’ve worked out for them.  Of course, there are those who got started and just couldn’t quit so they finished their blocks way ahead of schedule.

Miss Janice met the challenge!

A challenge was issued on Block #53 to use four remaining quarter-square triangle units that were left over from making quarter-square triangles using Thangles papers.  Of course, I’m thinking pincushions of various types, but Miss Janice surprised me with a framed miniature quilt.  She used her leftover quarter-square triangles, some scraps, and  glue to create this special gift.  Isn’t it lovely?
Month one the ladies made the following blocks:
Here’s what they’ll be working on this month:
The book comes with a CD that has templates that can be used for making the blocks, but we’ve broken them down into simple units like rectangles and half-square triangles so templates are not needed.  By using Thangles there is little room for error, although it can happen if you’re not careful.  Some of the blocks with odd angles are paper-pieced which also makes it easier to get an accurately sized block. 
Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Queen Sized

The ladies are learning new techniques while challenging their abilities.  We’re having fun making these little blocks and I can’t help but think that I’ll never go back to larger blocks again.  I can’t wait to see all the blocks pieced and get the quilt together.  It’s going to be great!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Denise :)
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 07:45:49

    Yay! You did it, and it looks great! Have you added your blog to and quilting bloggers? Both are good ways to circulate your blog address (and quilting bloggers advertises shops, too)! The buttons for both are on my page; if you haven’t added your blog to their directories of blogs, you should!!!

    Congrats, Cindy!! 🙂


  2. Glyndalyn
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 08:29:10

    The new blog is great! I am planning to come to Fayetteville soon in order to come to the quilt shop. It is the best place to buy quilting fabric and supplies in southern Middle TN area.


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