Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another Detour...

So after deliberating over all those tempting projects, I ended up pulling out yet another one - my Farmer's Wife quilt.  After starting on it with such enthusiasm in the beginning of the year, it has sat languishing ever since.  My goal was to make 1 or 2 blocks a week.  This is week 26 (exactly halfway through the year) and I had made a total of 4 blocks.  (Note to self - I should really stop posting my goals, then I wouldn't be embarrassed when I admit how completely I failed to meet them!)

I'm using the Marti Michell templates to make my blocks.  She offers directions on how to use her templates to make 101 of the blocks.  (If you're interested, you can sign up to receive these on her website.)   It's a little more fiddly to cut out the pieces, but because everything fits together so nicely when you're sewing, I think it's worth it.

She even simplifies some of the blocks so they use fewer pieces.  In the book, the "Box" block has 17 pieces.  Using the templates, my block only has 11 so there are far fewer seams.

I've been moving right along making these blocks and having a lot of fun with it.    I also felt like I was making good progress until I checked the book and realized I need 145 blocks.  I have 15 right now.  Only 130 left to go! Ha! Ha!  Here are the ones I've just finished...

#84 Spool, #81 Snowball, #23 Country Farm and #29 Economy
#9 Box, #41 Friendship Star, #10 Bowtie and #2 Autumn Tints
#69 Practical Orchard, #61 Northern Lights and #34 Flock
I'm not sure how much longer I'll continue to work on these.  I suppose as long as I'm enjoying it.  As for my next project?  That's still up in the air.

This is one of Moses' favorite hiding spots.  She can nap here and not worry about the other pets disturbing her.  She particularly loves to go here if someone comes to the house.  She's almost 10 years old and I don't believe my parents have ever seen her in person.

The heat and humidity that accompany summers in North Carolina are definitely here right now.  A lot of people are complaining about it.  However, after the extreme cold of last winter, I'll gladly take it.  Of course, if my air conditioning broke, I might be singing a different story...

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV


  1. Don't feel bad about not reaching your goals. Just remember, this isn't your job, this is your creative time. You can use it a YOU see fit!

  2. I am so glad to hear that you too had "slowed down" a little with these blocks. Funny how that happens even when you are enjoying them. Just not enough hours in the day to do EVERYTHING. I have to return to mine as well...... Oh well my Bargello gift to the kids is coming along nicely so won't beat myself up about Farmer's Wife.... All in good time.

  3. I'm glad you posted your goal and your progression. It makes me feel like I'm not alone with thinking I'll do more than I actually end up doing which happens to me all the time! Your quilt will look great no matter when it's finished!