Resolution Broken

On Wednesday, I pledged for the second week in a row to not join a new bee, swap or quilt-a-long.

Then, the exact same day, I saw the blog posts by Ayumi, Tamiko, and Lynne. I followed their links and learned more about the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt-a-long group on flickr.  Angela and Amanda are hosting the QAL on their blogs and they are running the group on flickr.  I was immediately smitten. 

FWQAL button?


It all starts with this book. The author designed a sampler quilt based on letters written by farmers' wives in the 1920's. Forty-two letters are included in the book.  There are 111 six-inch blocks in the quilt. I can't say that the colors in the book inspired me, but seeing the new interpretations of these classic blocks really made my head spin.


So...later on Wednesday, some fabric fell into my etsy cart and I placed a hold on the book at the library. By Thursday I couldn't wait for the book a minute longer so I went out and bought it. On Friday I finished some other sewing on my table to make room while checking in with the quilt along flickr group at least eight times that day. And yesterday I finally sat down at my machine to sew some blocks. Whew!

farmer's wife sampler, block 4



farmer's wife sampler, block 2


For this quilt I'm just going to pull out all of my favorite yardage and all of my treasured scraps and I'll see how it turns out. Every square inch will be fabric that I love, so it has to turn out great, don't you think? (Like a fabric lover's I Spy?)

The plan is two blocks per week and the quilt along is in it's second week. These little squares can get addictive, though. You may see more than you care to as I plug along.

Now, you've all learned that I have no willpower when it comes to pretty quilting blocks.  What don't you have willpower against?

13 comments:

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

No will power here ;-) I'm waiting for the book to arrive, can't wait to get started!!

Kylie Lloyd said...

you sound just like me. I've got no quilting will power either.

Tania said...

Boy are you bitten bad! Go with the flow (and no more silly resolution business!) she'll be a beauty when she's done...

Phoebe said...

gorgeous blocks!!! glad you joined in. it's going to be fun!

amandajean said...

i love that you will be using your most treasured scraps and fabrics for the quilt. the quilt is bound to be fantastic just because of that!

i have no will power in regards to solids. i'm thinking about loading a virtual cart full at connecting threads today. do i NEED more fabric? absolutely NOT, but is that gonna stop me? doubtful!

ayumills said...

Love these blocks, Melinda! What a great start for the FWQAL! I have no willpower either when it comes to fabrics!

audreypawdrey said...

I love your blocks! I am thinking of jumping on board for this one; it looks so great!

crlwilkie said...

love both blocks. The fabric choices are great. What fabric is the yellow centre in the no 2 autumn tints? I have seen this in other blogs and books and it is driving me mad trying to find it online, thanks

quirky granola girl said...

thanks for the comment crlwilkie. that yellow fabric is gold seeds by Denyse Schmidt in her Flea Market Fancy line. it is out of print and hard to find, but some people still sell some on etsy.

crlwilkie said...

thank you !!

crlwilkie said...

Managed to snag a wee bit of the Flea Market Fancy fabric on Etsy. Thanks again

quirky granola girl said...

glad you found some, crlwilkie!

Judi said...

How spooky! Those are the two blocks I started with today.
http://judiknitsandsews.blogspot.com/2011/07/farmers-wife-quilt-along-2.html

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