Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Farmer's Wife Quilt Finish from City House Studio


Michelle from City House Studio is very talented...in fact every time she links up to Fabric Tuesday she's always one of the top viewed links.  Not too surprising, check out her Quilt Finishes 2011!  Talk about impressive!  She also recently celebrated a 30 something birthday...Happy Birthday Michelle!  Okay try and keep your mouth closed when you see this GORGEOUS finish!

My Grandma's 90th Birthday was November 1st, and I wanted to do something really special for her.  She has been one of my favorite people for a long time -- she used to fix the holes in my worn out teddy bear, over and over.  She always choose the Old Maid card that my brother and I wanted to get rid of.  And I still wish that she could make me a peanut butter sandwich every night for a bedtime snack, like she used to do when I slept over at her house.
She makes the best peanut butter sandwiches, ever.

When my Grandpa turned 90 years old a couple of years ago,
my brother and cousins presented him with 90 bottles of beer.
You should have seen the huge smile!
So I wanted to do something equally amazing,
and maybe even better, for Grandma.
So here it is . . . . 90 quilt squares!

After I read about the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along starting up,
I knew that this group of blocks would be perfect.
My Grandma wasn't a Farmer's Wife, but she was a farmer's daughter!
I started making the blocks this past summer, but quickly realized that I would need (LOTS) of help if I was going to finish it in time.

So I invited my mom, aunt, and uncle over for some quilting parties!
They're not technically quilters, but my mom and aunt have done some sewing, and my uncle is a mathematician & painter, with a good eye for design and color.
We spent most of our Tuesdays together for the past 2 months -- they'd arrive right after I dropped the kids off at school, and we'd sew for hours and hours.
Most of the blocks are paper pieced -- and my quilting helpers did ALL of the tearing the paper off the backs for me -- how wonderful!
We had so much fun together, that I've joked that we need to decide who to make a quilt for next -- we make a great team!

We had a hard time deciding on a layout for the 90 blocks,
because a simple square design of 9 x 10 blocks seemed too plain.
And I wanted to make it large enough to fit a double/queen sized bed.
One day we just started laying out our blocks on a huge piece of white fabric,
and this design was born!


For the blocks set on point, I cut a 5 1/2 inch square on the diagonal,
then sewed these triangles on all four sides.
For the squared up blocks, I added 2 1/2 inch sashing to all 4 sides.
All blocks were then squared up to 9 inches.
There is another 2 1/2 inch border around the very edge of the quilt.
The fabrics are Kona Snow and Moda Sugar Pop.




I free motion quilted this myself,
using a fairly small meandering type pattern throughout the solid snow fabric.
  I love how it makes the blocks pop!
The batting is Warm and White, and the back is a collection of left over pieces.  




She loved it!


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30 comments:

Lynne said...

Of course she did! It's gorgeous!

CJ said...

WOW! What a labor of love! The fact that your mom and aunt & uncle helped out with this is so special.

Janine said...

This is fabulous. She looks delighted and no wonder!

Francis Paul said...

the quilt is gorgeous and how sweet to have so much help from family to make the quilt!

Floreal said...

This quilt is amazing! Congratulations! And happy birthday to your Granma!

Lorri said...

You are such a talented gal! I am currently working on farmers block and have made 6 so far. I have a long way to go!~

Pen Pen said...

Precious! And beautiful.... what a special gift. I like the 90 bottles of beer idea too.

Anita said...

It's gorgeous! Great job.

Linda said...

Love the quilt, love the story. This is why quilts are so special.

Debbie said...

great story and a beautiful quilt!

pinsandneedles said...

Love the layout! Great idea for a 90th birthday...90 Farmer's Wife blocks...and quite the teamwork! Gorgeous!

CaroleM said...

What a wonderful sampler! Love it! I love that Mom and Uncle helped out. A true work of love!

Danny said...

How precious! Love it!

cinzia said...

What an amazing quilt and an even better story. I can't t hink of a better gift for a loved one...several family members coming together to work on something so special. And I love your story of how your grandmother used to make you peanut butter sandwiches. I never had a grandmother and I always love to hear stories like this. I always tell my children that they are fortunate to have had all four grandarents!

Staci said...

What a wonderful and inspiring story!
And I LOVE seeing a finished FW quilt. I just started my FW journey, and it is encouraging to see this.

Helen said...

That is truly a work of art. Can I be a honored aunt or something? No wonder that she loved it. I hope she has many, many days of enjoying it with you. I am going to have to look up the Farmers Wife blocks now. You have me motivated.

Delores said...

Absolutely fabulous!! You must be so proud of your effort and it looks like you grandma really liked it!

Kathy MacKie said...

That is stunning and as I have barely started this project it gives me hope that I can really finish it. Your story warms the heart.

traceyjay said...

BEAUTIFUL! (and I'd definitely say better than beer!)

Erin said...

What a wonderful story, and a beautiful finish!

Lori said...

Simply stunning! Someday I might get mine finished!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Lovely memories and a lovely quilt.

Colleen said...

She may have gotten a wonderful quilt, but you got the priceless gift of time spent working together with your loved ones. You need to make another quilt and keep that wonderful group together. You are blessed!

Carrie Siegfried said...

This is a great story! You are very lucky to be able to give her something that you KNOW she will love. :)

Northern Deb said...

I absolutely LOVE your setting for the blocks. How unique! You've inspired me to look at my blocks differently. I haven't decided on a setting yet but this is my favorite so far. Great job. I'm sure Grandma will treasure this work of art!

noga quilts said...

Amazing, beautiful quilt, and even more beautiful story! So much love!

Kim Q said...

Congratulations, it's gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE the way you laid out the blocks.

felicity said...

The layout of these blocks is nothing short of perfect. Fabulous quilt!

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