1930s farmers wife jewel block

Back on the Wagon with the Farmer’s Wife

It has been a long while since I last shared an update on my 1930’s Farmer’s Wife quilt progress. I wish I could say it’s been because I’ve been too busy stitching them up to post photos, but…. you know the truth. I haven’t made much progress. You know what, though? That’s ok! I have been creating all sorts of everything, and the whole idea behind this sew-along is to have fun. I’m still excited about my color scheme and warm-cool layout plan, and I plan to get back on the wagon with making slow progress on the blocks.

Since my last post, I’ve made two whole 6″ blocks. Yay, progress! Both blocks are in cool-on-white colors, since in looking at my blocks thus far, I decided I needed to build my cool collection.

farmers wife #46 jewel Jewel is the first block I foundation paper pieced, and you know me–I LOVE foundation paper piecing! As straightforward as she looks, I think I struggled with Jewel the most out of any of the blocks I’ve made thus far. Between the mirror image fabric placements and the tough angles, this block is a bit ragged around the edges. I’m living with it though, and I think it should be hidden within the seam allowances eventually.

This block also will act as a bit of a tie between the true blue blocks and more turquoise blocks. I am still on the fence as to how I will ultimately arrange the blocks within the cool-warm areas, but I think as I make more blocks, a cohesive plan will arise. It nearly always does, right?

farmers wife #67 mrs brownMrs. Brown was very fun to make. I used some precious scraps and had some fun with meticulous cutting to get those parent birds to gather around the nesting babes. I know these blocks measure a measly 6″ square when finished, but they sure do pack a lot of punch!

I’m currently finishing up a big project and a few small ones, and then I plan on setting the month of April aside for selfish sewing since it’s my birthday month. Part of my selfish sewing will include cranking out a few more of these 1930s Farmer’s Wife blocks (I hope!) An exciting update about the Farmer’s Wife Sew Along was recently announced, and should help my catch-up goal tremendously. The amazing Angie from Gnome Angel, who has been hosting this epic world-wide sew along with over 7,000 members (!!!), has decided to switch to releasing one block per week instead of two. It turns out she’s only human, too! It is reassuring to hear that I’m not the only one feeling like these sweet little 6″ blocks are not something to be taken lightly (nor something to be sewn up in any kind of record time).

I’m extending my promise from last time one more post–next time I post an update about my Farmer’s Wife progress, I’ll show you all of the blocks! Hold me to it!

I’m linking up with Let’s Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts.

11 thoughts on “Back on the Wagon with the Farmer’s Wife”

  1. You are really showcasing your skill at fussy cutting here. I love the cute modern fabrics you are using , and of course the colours.


  2. Those blocks are beautiful, especially with the fussy cutting! “Selfish Sewing” sounds like it ought to be a link-up party, if it isn’t already. We all seem to do so much sewing for others, it’s such a pleasure to make something and know that you’ll get to use it when it’s done. 🙂


  3. It’s funny that I would probably struggle to come up with the warm colors… my stash is bursting with cool colors!

    I usually start things with a general direction, but not necessarily a clear plan. I guess making things up as I go leaves me with many projects to ponder, but it gives me the time to process.

    Looking forward to seeing all these gals together!


  4. I’m loving seeing your blocks come together and I’m hanging out for seeing the big group shot! 😉 I thought we had an agreement that you wouldn’t tell everyone my secret (that I am human!) 😉 I’m really glad so many people are so happy with the slowing down. It’s going to make it so much more enjoyable and give us all time to do the things we love (which is make everything!). ❤


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