My Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt is finally finished! And it only took me 2 years! OK, that’s not too shabby considering I did all 111 blocks and I hand quilted the whole thing. I really enjoyed making this quilt which is strange because I always stayed away from sampler quilts in the past. This one was challenging and fun because every block was something new. It’s from the book called “The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt” by Laurie Aaron Hird. She has a website about the quilt as well with the same title.
One minor problem I ran into with my hand quilting was the pencil I used to mark the quilting lines around the border. Since the fabric was so dark, I used a white pencil called Nonce Marking Pencil. There were a couple places that I marked that I couldn’t get the marking lines to wash off. Someone online suggested using a toothbrush and water to scrub the lines off so I tried that and got most of them off. I’m guessing that I got a little heavy handed when I marked a few areas and those really didn’t want to be wiped off. The directions did say to “mark lightly”.
I just need to make a label and it probably should be something spectacular. I’ll have to post that later.
I’ve been trying to find more projects to work on while my sewing machine is repaired. I started this Farmer’s Wife quilt in July 2011. A bunch of my friends decided to make it a challenge and keep up with each other via Facebook. I zoomed through the blocks, making a few each day. It was so addicting! Every one is different and all you need is fabric scraps. It was my summer project for that year and kept me busy and focused while I was sending my oldest son off to college. We all need projects like that sometimes; to keep our minds off everyday life.
Here’s my cat helping me put all the blocks together last winter. There are 111 blocks I believe. This quilt is big!
I got it put together and basted and decided it would be best if I hand quilted. Obviously I was not in my right mind when I decided that. So I’ve been plugging away with the hand quilting. I worked on it after all our stuff was shipped from Germany and then I mailed it so I could work on it here before our stuff got here. Hand quilting a quilt of this size was not fun in the summer. It’s great for the winter though and I’ve been trying to work on it a few evenings each week while I watch TV.
I’ve got all the blocks quilted and am working on quilting just inside the brown sashing.
I’ve also got almost all the outer triangles quilted. You can see here that I’m just free-handing a little motif to fill in the space. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do on the outer border. I’m thinking feathers all around and I’m thinking of doing them in contrasting thread instead of brown like I’ve used on the sashing. It’s a really busy quilt so I don’t want to go overboard with quilting patterns. I love the quilt though and I think I’ll be sad when I finish it. It’s been a really fun project and I imagine that someday it’ll be a family heirloom that I hope to pass down to my kids and grand-kids.