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Farmer’s Wife: No.20 Churn Dash & No.48 Homeward Bound

Week 10 of my Farmer’s Wife Project and I’m writing this after hosting my third Contact the Elderly tea party. I had a great time hosting my lovely group of ladies but I am shattered after a weekend of heavy baking including two loaves of bread, carrot cupcakes, blackberry muffin cupcakes, oatmeal and raisin cookies, Victoria sponge and a quiche. I’m baked out and looking forward to putting up my feet with a glass of wine this evening. I’m afraid I only have easy blocks to share with you this weekend  which I quickly whipped last night whilst watching GBBO an Extra Slice, anyone else finding it hilarious, I almost prefer it to normal bake off!

No.20 Churn Dash

Ahh Churn Dash essentially exactly the same block as No.111 Wrench only using three fabrics rather than two. When I made Wrench it turns out I inadvertently made Churn Dash (I used three fabrics and I only realised the week after) so now it was time for me to make Churn Dash I am essentially making Wrench with just two fabrics. Confused? Yes me too. So here it is Churn Dash/Wrench!

Farmers Wife No 20 Churn Dash

For Churn Dash I used Tilda The Corner Shop Mini Spot in Blue Grey and Chloes Closet 30′s Playtime Posies on White.

No.48 Homeward Bound

Ahh Homeward Bound a cheesy kids film about dogs trying to find their way home or a pretty little farmer’s wife block. Definitely a nice easy block for a rock and roll Saturday night of sewing!

Farmers Wife No 48 Homeward Bound

 

For this block I use Tilda Sweet Christmas Jane in Warm Grey , Tanya Whelan Petal Sweetie Rose in Pink and Tanya Whelan Petal in Red Check. The Petal fabrics are gorgeous and now officially out of print so if you fancy adding them to your stash get them while you can!

If you fancy joining in you can find the Farmer’s Wife book at Amazon or if you are new to quilting and are not sure where to start I thoroughly recommend checking out Camille Roskelleys class on Craftsy called Pre Cut Piecing Made Simple it will give you all the tools you need to start patchworking and indeed Farmers Wifing. You can read my thoughts on her class here.

Happy Sewing and see you next Sunday for instalment number 11!

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Farmer’s Wife: No. 54 Kitchen Woodbox & No. 19 Checkerboard

Week 9 of my Farmer’s Wife Project and this week I have started figuring out new ways to tackle blocks without using those pesky templates. So far I have completed what I would call the easy blocks, the ones where half square or quarter square triangles are easily applied. This week I was up for a challenge and moved onto a couple of medium difficulty blocks. These are the ones where rather than following the pattern exactly I’m winging it a little so that I don’t need to use templates. The adjustments are easy, its just extending a piece here or there, using easy corner triangles, but it does require a little more brain power than normal!

No.54 Kitchen Woodbox

First up was Kitchen Woodbox, the two middle parts were straight forward just measuring the templates and cutting them out onto fabric. When it came to cutting the outside part of the block was where the cheating came in. Per the book you should cut out 4 triangles for the corners (floral fabric) and 4 trapezium shaped pieces for the middle bits (yellow fabric). I decided instead to use easy corner triangles so I cut four 2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch squares to form the corners. Then rather than cutting the trapezium shapes I cut 2 rectangles measuring 1.5 inch by 4.5 inch and 2 rectangles measuring 1.5 inch by 6 inches.

My block laid out ready to sew looked like this:

Kitchen Woodbox - Cheats layout

When it came to the outside sewing I sewed the rectangles onto the centre part knowing they wouldn’t meet in the corners, thats fine as the corners will be cut off later, as long as you have two straight lines to align your corner squares on you are fine.

Easy Corner Triangles on Kitchen Woodbox

Then you just sew diagonally down the square and you have an easy corner triange. I stuck a pin in the corner of where the green gingham met the yellow fabric then I ensured I sewed to that point to make sure my easy corner triangles touched the gingham point perfectly. As you can see they all match perfectly!

Farmers Wife No 54 Kitchen Woodbox

Pretty good cheat I think! For Kitchen Woodbox I used  Sevenberry Cottage Floral in Pink paired with Sevenberry Sage Green Gingham  and Storybook Playtime Yellow Floral Lattice.

No.19 Checkerboard

If the Farmer’s Wife book had had its way, Checkerboard would have involved a lot of squares and a lot of triangles. I decided to make Checkerboard using nothing but squares and then cut it to size when all sewn together. What would have been a really fiddly block to cut and sew turned into a block that could be whipped in no time at all.

This is what my block looked like all cut out and ready to be pieced.

19 Checkerboard cheat layout

I then pieced a diagonal line at a time. I pressed the seams in opposite directions when joining the rows, that meant they nested nicely and the squares joined corner on corner.Piecing Checkerboard

At the end I centered my block using my 6 1/2 inch square ruler and cut around it.

Cutting Checkerboard to size

Block complete!

Farmers Wife No 19 Checkerboard

For this block I use Tilda Sweet Christmas Jane in Warm Grey and the coloured squares were Storybook Playtime Pink CirclesGreen Dotty Daisy from Chloe’s ClosetStorybook Playtime Yellow Floral Lattice, Aunt Grace Minatures Kitty on Blue  and then finally for the centre block I fussy cut a rose from Tanya Whelan Petal Sweetie Rose in Pink.

If you fancy joining in you can find the Farmer’s Wife book at Amazon or if you are new to quilting and are not sure where to start I thoroughly recommend checking out Camille Roskelleys class on Craftsy called Pre Cut Piecing Made Simple it will give you all the tools you need to start patchworking and indeed Farmers Wifing. You can read my thoughts on her class here.

Happy Sewing and see you next Sunday for instalment number 10!

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Farmer’s Wife: No. 56 Maple Leaf & No.61 Northern Lights

Week 8 of my Farmer’s Wife Project and this week I have had such a busy week I didn’t get a chance to do any sewing in the evening which meant I got to spend a leisurely Sunday morning at my sewing machine whilst my other half made brunch!  On Saturday I finally got around to making some design boards using the tutorial by Lori Holt from A Bee in my Bonnet . I’m such a messy crafter when I get going, I find I’m constantly mislaying crucial pieces of fabric which always turn up after I have spent 5 minutes hunting for them and then decide to recut! So as the blocks start to get a bit more complex with more pieces I’m hoping these design boards will become invaluable.

Patchwork Design Boards

To make mine I bought an A1 sized sheet of foam board, I cut one 12×12 inch piece which resulted in an almost similar sized piece of about 12 x 11.5 I then left the remaining piece to form a larger board. I’m not bothered that they aren’t perfectly sized as I just wanted to get the most from my sheet of foam board. I covered my boards in Warm & White Wadding and managed to get through about 10 glue sticks making them!

No.56 Maple Leaf

So onto the blocks this week I opted for two fairly easy ones sticking to my favourite half square triangles. For Maple Leaf I did a bit of a cheat for the stem block and used easy corner triangles measuring 2 inches square on a 2.5 inch square rather than using the templates. Week 8 and still no templates it will be interesting to see just how many blocks I can do without touching those pesky templates!

Farmers Wife No 56 Maple Leaf

For Maple Leaf I used  Large Flowers & Spots On Blue from the 1930′s Classic fabrics from Exclusively Quilters alongside the Sevenberry Gold Spot

No.61 Northern Lights

Northern Lights was a nice quick block to pull together

Farmers Wife No 61 Northern Lights

For this block I pulled out my Prairie by Dashwood Studios stash of fabrics and used Stitchy Circles in Coral and Stitchy Ikat .

If you fancy joining in you can find the Farmer’s Wife book at Amazon or if you are new to quilting and are not sure where to start I thoroughly recommend checking out Camille Roskelleys class on Craftsy called Pre Cut Piecing Made Simple it will give you all the tools you need to start patchworking and indeed Farmers Wifing. You can read my thoughts on her class here.

Happy Sewing and see you next Sunday for instalment number 9!

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Farmer’s Wife: No. 9 Box, No. 12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Week 7 of my Farmer’s Wife Project and this week I wanted to give my shoulder a good chance of recovery so I left my blocks until this weekend and I’m glad I did, such an improvement on last weekend.

No.9 Box

I’ve had my eye on this Cottage Floral fabric from Sevenberry for a while so it was only a matter of time before I incorporated it into my farmers wife! I really love it with the gold spots and will probably pair it with pink for another block. I really feel I don’t have enough pink in my blocks at the moment and as a girl who LOVES pink I set to rectifying that this week!

Farmers Wife No 9 Box

For Box I used Sevenberry Cottage Floral in Pink paired with Sevenberry Gold Spot

No.12 Broken Sugar Bowl

I love this block, I almost wanted to give myself a high five when I finished it, because I think I nailed this one. The fabrics are perfect and I didn’t use my stitch ripper once, which truly is a miracle! Perhaps after 7 weeks something has clicked, I have sussed out my new sewing machine, I have got better at rotary cutting and piecing and it all came together with this block!

Farmers Wife No 12 Broken Sugar Bowl

For this block I used  Lecien Floral Collection Medium Rose in Green the pink fabrics are Sevenberry Pink Spot on White and Storybook Playtime Pink Circles.

If you fancy joining in you can find the Farmer’s Wife book at Amazon or if you are new to quilting and are not sure where to start I thoroughly recommend checking out Camille Roskelleys class on Craftsy called Pre Cut Piecing Made Simple it will give you all the tools you need to start patchworking and indeed Farmers Wifing. You can read my thoughts on her class here.

Happy Sewing and see you next Sunday for instalment number 8!

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