Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Farmer's Wife quilt - finished

I can't believe I'm going to say it, here it goes:  MY FARMER'S WIFE QUILT IS DONE!!!!

This is definitely my biggest finish so far. I was kind of questioning if I should still call it a Farmer's Wife quilt since I made so many changes, so I just call it My Version of Farmer's Wife quilt.

I decided not to place my blocks on point. While there were some blocks that looked really great on point, especially the ones here
there were many others that I absolutely disliked on point. Also, my blocks seemed to look more modern when not on point.

Another ginormous change, of course, is the amount of blocks I used. I was going for a twin size quilt and the book called for 83!!! blocks. I got seriously tired of these tiny time consuming blocks after I finished 42 of them. I knew it was time to come up with a way to make a twin size quilt without any additional block making sessions. I added a 2.5 inch wide white sashing, framed the blocks using thin strip of red and white polka dot fabric, then adding a 6 inch wide white border, and binding the quilt using the same red and white polka dot .

The finished size of the quilt is 57 x 65 inches. I used many designer fabrics, especially the ones by Moda, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, and Denyse Schmidt.The wonderful thing about this quilt is that I already had all the fabric I wanted to use. And since the blocks are so small I was able to use up some of my scraps, too. I did, however, do some "re-purposing". The white I used in blocks, sashing, and for the back is just one brand new king size flat sheet bought at Target. Also, the red with white polka dots fabric that I used to frame the blocks and to bind the quilt was originally a curtain. I bought new curtains for my daughters' room and got one extra to use as binding for their new quilts.

I went with very simple straight line quilting around each block. Two blocks in the middle are definitely my favorite part of the quilt.

Here it is, on my daughter's bed, looking all happy and beautiful.

I really could not have been happier with how this quilt turned out. I'm glad that I stopped when I did and thus I enjoyed every part of making it. And, I learned soooo much, too.

Ok, I know this post has so many pictures, I couldn't help myself and put just one more.

I'm linking this post to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Stop by and see what others are working on.

Enjoy your day, Svetlana.


  1. Wow... It looks amazing. I didn't have the guts to start the FWQ but have been admiring all the lovely block. Congratulations on a great quilt :)

  2. That is a wonderful quilt! I love that you pushed ahead and finished it. It really is beautiful! Great job on it!

  3. It looks absolutely fantastic! I love all of the white you have used.

    I have only managed 5 blocks so far. I have no idea how many i want to make all up, I never thought I'd manage 111 though. I am also going with bright colourful fabrics and I'm going to have some white in each block. I really wasn't sure that if i kept going how they would all be able to come together and your has inspired me that by using white sashing it will look great.

    Thanks for such great inspiration!

  4. Very pretty and the absolute perfect size! I love that little red border and think it great you repurposed a sheet and a curtain. Makes it even better! Sadly, I divorced the farmer before I even finished one block. All I have to show for our short relationship is a small pile of teeny, tiny half square triangles.

  5. the quilt is gorgeous - just found your blog today through this photo of your quilt on Fresh Modern Quilts - love your blog and love that I've now found another aussie designer I didn't know about (pattern for your bed quilt) - thanks :)

  6. Your version is fabulous! I love the polka dot binding and how it will "match" the curtains perfectly. What a great idea! The plus quilt looks wonderful next to it, too! I bet your daughters think you are the best mom...they are right:)

  7. You guys, thanks so much for all your fantastic comments. It feels great to know that I'm not just talking to myself.

  8. congratulations on a fantastic job! Good for you for making it your own! It looks so great!

  9. Looks good, and a twin sized quilt is plenty big. I love the red trim and it looks great on the bed and with the other quilt.

  10. That is one pretty quilt - great finish!

    I'm hosting a fabric giveaway over at my blog - swing by if you get a chance:

    -Q @ JAQS

  11. your quilt is beautiful! I am also finding there are many of the blocks that I don't like as much on-point. your colors are so well balanced and just right. Great job!

  12. This is my favorite quilt ever!!! I keep going back to it and staring at it in awe :) It is going to be my next project. Thanks for sharing it!!

  13. LOVELY! Very Nice Job..I am just about to start my FWQ journey and was admiring pictures!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...