What it is...

The biggest source of shame and anxiety in my large Work In Progress pile, is, of course, my pile of Farmer's Wife Quilt Along blocks. I appear to have started this in July of 2011, with great gusto, as usual.  It actually kept up some momentum for a while and I left you at the point where I had gotten to about 70 blocks made and was "hoping to finish it up in early summer."  Of last year.

So what went so wrong?  Well, I started realizing that I knew hardly anything about precision piecing (or cutting) when I began this QAL.  Meaning a lot of my early blocks are not quite the right size, or at least the points would be lost in the seam allowances when I join them.  As my piecing got better I made some really accurate blocks and then when I switched to foundation paper piecing, they are pretty much perfect.

This unsettling fact about the earlier blocks being a bit wonky discouraged me from making any more and left me confused about what to do with the many hours and beautiful fabric I poured into these blocks. Then I saw Monica Solorio Snow's Farmer's Wife Quilt and decided I could do something less conventional with my blocks. 

At the moment I am thinking something Tetris inspired.  The bottom 2/3 of the quilt will be filled up with blocks, sashed in white, in neat rows and the top portion will feature the blocks tumbling down into the rows.  I have almost all of the bottom rows sashed and am awaiting a delivery of more bella white solid.  We'll see how the more unstructured top portion turns out, this is surely a task I could use a design wall for!

So here's to embracing it for what it is, a great learning experience, a showcase of some of my favorite fabrics and maybe even a display of a few darn accurately pieced blocks!


  1. Such a great idea! Can't wait to see the finish!

  2. Looking forward to see it all finished.

  3. I think it's great. Now you have a showcase of your progress as a piecer. It'd be fun to have that in the label and some day maybe your great grandkids will be able to look back and see your perserverence. It'll be a good example :)


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