A few blocks more

When I started the Farmer's Wife quilt project, I had no idea how much I'd learn along the way. I knew I wanted to use my favorite fabrics in it, but my tastes changed dramatically through the year.  I thought carefully about contrast and value and scale when planning, but what makes a block interesting to me is very different now.  I knew I'd learn some block construction, but I had no idea that I'd decide to take out multiple block seams.

farmer's wife sampler, block 73
Here is my first block remake.  I loved the orange fabric but the fine stripe did not belong any more.  I replaced it with one of my favorite prints from Momo Freebird.

block remakes


farmer's wife sampler, block 84 My first spool block has two American Jane fabrics.  One from Snippets and one from Punctuation.  I love those lines, but I no longer love them enough for this project.  I decided this was the perfect block to use some of my larger scale fabrics that wouldn't fit in another block.

I used Rashida's washi tape fabric and then took out the HST and 9-patch seams.  Instead I did four y-seams to complete this block with the least seams possible to keep the washi tape fabric uninterrupted.

block remakes


farmer's wife sampler, block 31The contrasts in my first evening star block never turned out to my liking.  I knew I would redo this block long ago, so I have already used the green DS Quilts gingham in another keeper block for the FW.  And the blue Snippets fabric will have to be saved for another project.

I fell head over heels for this camper and tent fabric from Dear Stella and I had to find a block pattern that would highlight it.  Evening star seemed like a great camping themed block so I made the dark star from Oval Elements by Art Gallery.

block remakes


farmer's wife sampler, block 10And, lastly, my first bowtie block always made me think of a circus clown's bowtie.  I knew the orange Ta Dot had to go. 

I think that using the Joel Dewberry as the background and classing up the tie with some Anna Maria Horner works much better.  I used some Y-seams again to take out all of the seams in the center block of the square.  I think the effect makes all of that work totally worth it. 

block remakes


So, I know that the two blocks below are no longer my style, but maybe they are yours?  Leave a comment if you like them and if there is more than one person willing to give them a home, I'll randomly pick a name.  Both blocks are 6.5" unfinished and would like to go live with someone who will put them to good use.

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15 comments:

ylrbmk said...

I love the one on the left!

Suz said...

While I love your original blocks - I LOVE the improvements. Amazing how much difference a few fabric changes can make. But are we ever going to see this quilt finished??

beth said...

THat camping block you made is PERFECTO! love it. :)

Becca said...

Well done!

I love the y seams. I think I'll keep those in mind next time I come to a corner...

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

The new-and-improved blocks are wonderful -- I especially like the Spool block! Keep 'em coming, it's so fun to see them and to hear about the thinking behind the changes.

Gill said...

I love the orange freebird fabric! but well done you for changing something you weren't happy with! So often I just stick it in a drawer when something doesn't work! I'd love your rejects - I'd make them into mugrugs!

Toni said...

Is there anything creepier than a circus clown? I think not. Glad you got that image out of your quilt! Seriously, I love all your blocks and agree about these improvements. I also really like hearing your thoughts on why you weren't satisfied with the first versions.

Cassie said...

I LOVE your washi spool and your camping evening star. They are fabulous and totally worth the redo. I'm glad you are making sure it you absolutely love the blocks before putting them in such a special quilt :)

Jennie said...

I love your redos - very brave to go for Yseams to reduce your seams but totally worth it. I can't wait to see your finished quilt!

Basildon Kitchens said...

I love all the blocks, but can totally see the redos working better in your end project. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. As for your orphan blocks, I would be very happy to give them a new home ;).

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Gina said...

Wow! Your y seams are awesome!! The camper block is my favorite!!

melissa said...

fantastic redos!
you and your fwq continue to amaze me.

Mrs Yoastie said...

Poor little baby quilt squares. Why don't you make them into cushions?

cherylj said...

I love your left over blocks, I would make them into some sweet little pillows.

Wendy said...

You've inspired me to redo a few of my fwq blocks too! Beautifully done :)

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