The Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long

Farmer’s Wife Quilt: Just Some Pretty Photos

I’ve been hesitant to share this with you, dear readers, because the first photo I took of it on instagram three people kindly reminded me that technically I didn’t finish the quilt because it’s not *all* the blocks. Then someone sweetly informed me that it could have been balanced better. Oi. Everyone is a quilt critic! But guess what? It’s done &….

I love this dang quilt. It’s so special. I loved working on it with Angela and getting to know her. I love that literally every.single.one of my quilting friends shared fabric with me so I have little pieces of all of them in it. I placed the blocks around themes; when I made them, friends who gave me scraps, certain memories. There is a little cluster from my Toronto friends, a little Sewing Summit cluster, a whole block just made from Heather Ross Country Mouse/City Mouse, which is so appropriate for my life. The blocks aren’t perfect, they are chaotic, silly, fussy cut, wonky and unique.

I don’t cuddle or sleep with this quilt, which is strange for me because I *use* my quilts to death. But this one is different. It’s sort of emotional. So it’s hiding in my hope chest with plenty of memories keeping it company.

<3<3<3

Weekend Plans

Hey!

TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!!!!

I’m looking forward to this weekend. I don’t have anything giant planned but there is something about a Friday that makes me super excited. My only plan so far is to visit Kittle’s & look at shot guns. I heard a rumor of an early birthday gift. Not something that I normally do on a weekends but it’ll be fun. My dream right now is to own this. ;)

I got something fun in the mail, new sock yarn and new knitting needles. I saw this review of carbon needles, I wanted to give them a try in the future. I ordered the needles and the yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool on Wednesday with my JBWBucks and I was super excited that they came this morning. That’s speedy! The yarn is called Colinette Jitterbug in Paintbox, doesn’t it remind you of one of those sprinkle birthday cakes with all the bits of colored sugar inside? I sort of want to make one now! (ps: this cookbook has my favorite sprinkle cake recipe: Milk)

Isn’t that donkey knitting bag incredible? I received the most amazing pink themed package from the sweetest blog reader (Beth) who sent me things so perfect that I almost died. It was like she was in my brain. I only got a cell phone photo of the treats but I think I need to do a blog post of all the presents I’ve received lately because I have incredibly kind and generous friends. I need to figure out some things I can sew as thank you gifts. Any ideas?!

I’ve been cross stitching non stop but I’m still not any neater or faster, haha! I’ve been listening to The Discovery of Witches for the zillionth time and working on Woodland Sampler! That’s a pretty big sneak peek for April. I’ve also been working on Springtime Sampler for a few hours each morning. I’m thankful for the library’s selection of audiobooks for sure!

Actually, has anyone read Iced? I’ve recently been re-reading the Faefever series from start to finish and I’d purchased Iced when it first came out but I forgot how annoying I found Dani and only got a chapter in. Now I’m not sure if I should give it a second chance?! What did you think of it?

I found a new little storage bin at Target for my cross stitch supplies. Every Wednesday Ashleigh & I take a small business class, then afterwards sit at a local coffee shop & cross stitch. I’d been using a little gingerbread man tin I got from JoAnns but it kept exploding open in my bag. This plastic one has a lid that clamps in place. Not too shabby for $2.99! I right now carry floss for Springtime Sampler and Woodland Sampler, plus needles, scissors, highlighter tape, yada yada yada. It’s thinner than my gingerbread man tin too! If you cross stitch or craft on the go, check out Target for these. They came in gray, aqua and green. But they aren’t on Target.com :( I’d love to finish stitching week 2 of Springtime Sampler this weekend and April’s Woodland sampler this weekend!

I sadly lost my Smashbook this fall. I have no idea where it went. In February I got a new one, I went with hot pink this time. I’m hoping to add some things I’ve been collecting to it soon. Agnes sent me some Studio Calico wood veneer stars that are quite possibly the cutest things ever. Also: I love glue.

Do you notice anything pretty in these photos? A new quilt! Now I have my finished Farmer’s Wife, a scrap quilt (who’s name I can’t decide. Shoofly? Churn Dash? IDK) and now this quilt to show you! It’s not bound yet and I probably won’t bind it for a little bit, I managed to make the fun of binding a scrap quilt last over a week so I’m hoping to do the same with this one. Lindsay quilted for it and omggg. I took it out of the box and seriously almost died. I posted a photo on instagram but it doesn’t do her quilting job justice. She basically took a boring quilt and made it SING. It has this shiny pink thread that I can’t stop looking at. The wool batting is making it look extra sweet. I know, I know, all my quilts are starting to look the same. Lots of pink and neutrals. I don’t even care. As soon as I pulled it out of the box my second thought was…I WANT ANOTHER PINK QUILT FOR HER TO QUILT FOR ME. It’s an obsession.

Soooo what are you doing this weekend? Hanging out at home? Wearing leggings as pants? Eating candy? Cross stitching a new Ireland pattern? Drinking green beer? Reading a book? Gardening?!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Planning

The background fabric I ordered arrived this morning! Last week I laid my blocks out on the bed similar to the book & I’m not going to lie, I hated it.

I felt like the blocks were squished & awkward & muddy looking. Then I laid them on point with a blank space in between them & it looked SO much better!

Trying to figure out what went in the blank space was tricky but I went with a Sweetwater print from their line, Reunion. I had a heck of a time finding a lot (I got 5 yds) but Tracey saved the day & voila! Background fabric. Karyn originally sent me a fq of it & I fell in love, it’s graphic & fun but not too modern that it could overwhelm the traditional blocks.

I played around in EQ7 this morning, putting the blocks on point (I learned how! I never knew until today!) but then I realized when I fussy cut all my blocks…I did it thinking they weren’t on point. Ugh. So I redid the quilt & came up with a layout I’m super in love with.

I need 11 more blocks, Angela & I had talked about trading a block & this afternoon I’m going to mark in the book the rest of the blocks I want to add to it.

I’d love to have it finished this fall, that would be really neat! Woo woo!

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Ribbons, Hovering Birds, Ozark Maple, Maple Leaf, Pine Tree, Farmer’s Daughter

Ribbons

Hovering Birds

Ozark Maple

Maple Leaf

Pine Tree

Farmer’s Daughter

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How I spent my birthday morning & afternoon:

Since my birthday fell on a Wednesday and Chop had to work, I really wanted to relax & spend the morning/afternoon doing fun things.

I sewed a farm block called hovering birds (new name: hey chickadee!) out of some favorite fabrics.

I listened to The King is Dead & worked on my autumn socks. Isn’t this yarn dreamy? Plucky Feet in Sticky Toffee!

I wrote in my Smash Book about who I am at 30. This was kind of tricky! I realized this winter that my goals and dreams weren’t really lining up with how I was living my life and the past 6 months I’ve been working my butt off trying to change that. So far so good! I made notes of my favorite books, foods, fabric & yarn, states and then general things like music I’m obsessed with and personality traits. Plus about a zillion inside jokes that I share with Chop.

My favorite part was spending the morning in the kitchen. I absolutely LOVE cream pies but I also LOVE salty & sweet together. I used King Arthur Flours chocolate cream pie filling recipe which was easy peasy. The only substitution I made was heavy cream and vanilla coconut milk instead of heavy cream and dairy milk.

Instead of a normal pie crust, I crushed some Newman O’s and some pretzels together with a 1/4 cup of melted butter (no calories on birthdays ;)) and pressed it into a shell, then par baked it and then tossed it in the freezer until it was ready to fill. It was PERFECT. The whipped cream was soft and sweet, the filling with rich chocolate and smooth and then the pie crust was salty, sweet and crunchy! I could only eat a 1/4 of a piece, it’s VERY rich.

I even wore a cat tshirt and had bed head all day! Perfect!

Thanks so much for all your birthday wishes! <3<3<3

Tulip, Flock, Squash Blossom!

Hand Pieced Tulip!

Not So Perfect Squash Blossom!

Flock (of Ghosts!)

The Farmer’s Wife Quilt: Back in Session

The Farmer’s Wives took Christmas & January off to catch up on holiday crafting and spending time with their families. It was a well needed break for sure!

I’m so excited that we’ve started back up. We decided to get the farming excitement going by taking photos of all the blocks and it feels kind of crazy. There is a LOT of work here and I’m still a few blocks short! Eep!

It’s kind of funny, if you asked me the colors I sew with most I couldn’t have guessed so much brown/taupe. I want to add more pink, more gray and maybe a little more green to it. But I’m trying really hard not to “plan” this quilt. It’s scrappy and the blocks are very “let’s pull some fabric and sew for a few hours” without over thinking it.

Don’t forget to share your farm, it’s never too late to join in! And be sure to pop by Angela’s blog today and say hi!

I’m running errands all day today, I just cast on for another pair of socks and need another pair of knitting needles. (That’s a good excuse to visit the yarn shop right?) I’m planning on making this tonight for dinner, it just sounds amazing, I used to hate minestrone as a kid but lately I can’t get it out of my head! Also- I discovered our tv has Sirius, I’m hooked on 90s on 9. Uhhh Dr. Dre, No Doubt, Silverchair? Count me IN. ;)

Have a good Wednesday pals!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long

Woo woo!

Farmering! Farmering! Farmering!

This week taught me something new! Y Seams. And wow am I BAD at them. Faith has a nice tutorial I used and I’m pretty sure if I had just winged it myself I would have had a coronary. Do you guys know Faith? She’s a popular quilter and pretty cute and has a sweet sister who went with her to Sewing Summit!

I know my block isn’t perfect so I’m going to sew it again soon. I shouldn’t have used that middle fabric, it’s an older Japanese fabric (I think Trefle?) that is a waffle weave- think thermal shirt fabric but thin like double cotton gauze. It was a little tricky to work with! But I’m SUPER glad I gave it a try. I like this quilt because it’s helping me learn new things for sure!

My blocks this week are:

Whirlwind, Homemaker (with the y seam) and Single Wedding Star. I’m up to 55 blocks! I love seeing them all stacked in a pile. It makes me feel EXCITED.

I’m thinking about switching out some of the blocks. I was exploring EQ7 this morning and saw some blocks I’d LOVE to have in my quilt but I didn’t have enough to justify making the king sized quilt (that’s 145 blocks!) If I swap out any blocks I’ll post the foundation pdfs so if you wanted to switch out a block you could too!

Here are some Farm related things I find inspiring:

You really should check out the pool, there is SO much inspiration in there!!!
This is my kawaii laptop…haha! I found the icons here.

Have a good Wednesday!

{*~Farming!!!~*}


It’s been pretty busy around Casa De Porkchop lately!!!

I taught a holiday canning class in Redding at That Kitchen Place that was a total blast. I love love love teaching cooking classes, especially canning. We made honey brandied pears, cranberry orange walnut compote, spiced pumpkin butter, vanilla vodka and mexican hot chili cocoa. I made them a whiskey plum crumble to snack on while we cooked. I really want to blog more about food things but I’m not sure where to begin! I generally cook 90% of our meals from scratch, recently I’ve been cooking wild game (!!!!), I’ve been doing some canning for Christmas gifts,  I wrapped about 150 lbs of deer meat & discovered ducks in Chop’s lunch box. That’s a LOT! Haha! Tonight I’m making Swedish Meatballs with the cranberry compote I canned…nom!

I’m really content sewing in the kitchen. I get to look out the window and it feels more relaxed. I can see the woodstove, I can keep an eye on whatever I have cooking and my ipod dock is on the kitchen counter, so it’s working out nicely. I do HATE daylight savings though! I need sunshine! And lots of it! The whole sun setting at 5:30 is cramping my style. So I’m trying to sit in front of the windows and sew. It went from being 80 degrees to 60 degrees in like, 2 days! But I’m so not complaining about the cooler temps at all. I can bake & can all day long without the kitchen being 150 degrees ;)

The Chop & I celebrated two years of marriage on the 30th of October! I debated blogging something mushy & awkward but he’s already terrorized enough by me ;)

So! The Farm! Let’s chat about it! I have 52 blocks done! Woo Woo! That’s all of them above! wowzers! Not the greatest photo, I know. Two of the blocks I’m going to redo because I hate the colors. The 18 blocks in separate photos are all new. They just feel GOOD to work on. I listen to my favorite music, drink this new Target brand cinnamon decaf coffee I discovered with oodles of pumpkin spice egg nog and chop into my favorite fabrics.

When I say favorite fabrics, I mean fabrics that I’ve been holding onto 5×6 inch pieces of for years. I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of emotional! I’m chopping up fabrics I’ve had since 2005 that I know I could never again be able to buy! I want to use them in a project I know I’m going to love and I’ve accepted that this quilt will be an heirloom. Some of the seams are so teeny tiny in order to use these scraps that I doubt I’ll ever wash it and I’ll most likely use it as a coverlet and turn it down each night instead of sleeping under it.

There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on right now that I should note:

I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something but that’s ok ;)

{*~Confessions of The Shy Farmer~*}

Hi guys!

Shy Farmer McPorkchop here!

It’s true. I rarely pop into the flickr group. I forget to blog my blocks. I get shy.

I think because when I look at everyone’s blocks, they are so uniquely THEM. Some are matchy matchy from one line of fabric. Some are all in their favorite colors. Some are just solids. But each person’s blocks are so great and mine are just..unique. I sew my blocks with whatever I feel like sewing with that day. Whatever story I feel like telling. Whatever color combo comes into my brain that day. So my quilt is totally not cohesive and ALL scrappy crazy fussy cut wildness. Which is kind of scary. (ok. very scary)

I’ve always admired the girls who are SO cute and well put together and classy, but that’s not me. At all. I’m a little more rough around the edges. And I’m 100% a-ok with that but for this quilt I’m feeling SHY about it. I see Camille & Angela’s blocks and they are so sweet, totally perfect and beautifully pieced and I am like I WANT TO BE SWEET & PERFECT LIKE THAT!!!! But that’s just not me. I’m a goober. I’m like “let’s throw all these fabrics together into this one block and run with it”.

And so I was shy! It IS intimidating being a founding member of this GIANT quilt-a-long. So see, I’m just keeping it real over here. I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t intimidating, there are SO many talented folks sewing along with us. I mean, it’s pretty outstanding.

The thing that kind of jolted me back to reality was at Sewing Summit so many people would come up to us and be like “I’M A BAD FARMER!!! I’M BEHIND!!!! MY BLOCKS AREN’T PERFECT!!!!” It was like, true confessions of quilters.

And of course my automatic response was “WHO CARES! ITS YOUR QUILT! SEW WHEN YOU CAN! HAVE FUN WITH IT!” Because that’s my nature.

But WHY WASN’T I TELLING MYSELF THIS?! Who knows. Either way, I love these blocks! My quilt is totally not perfect, two of my blocks are only 6.25 but that’s ok. I’m rolling with it. And you should too. No more being shy!!! Plus, I’m very glad I got to spend time with Angela because guys, she is amazing. Seriously one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I want to hang out with her like, ALWAYS. And if I’m a less shy farmer, we can work on our blocks & encourage each other & I don’t feel like I have to hide from her…haha.

Here are some of my current blocks:

They are: Northern Lights, Storm Signal, Friendship Star, OneWho’sNameICan’tRemember&I’mLettingMyNeighborBorrowMyBook, Homeward Bound, Snowball!

The moral of the story is, I’m going to keep farming, you should farm too & I finally was able to buy eggnog this week. That is so exciting!!!! OH and!!!! I’m on ravelry & actually using it. So let’s be yarn pals. ;)