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.
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.
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.
The 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.
And, 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.
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.