Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Cheese Stands Alone

When we were at retreat last month, we had several discussions about the Farmer's Wife.  A new gal joined our group, Heidi, and she kept calling it Farmer's Daughter, and after a discussion about using bright neon colors, we decided it would have to be the Farmer's Mistress or Girlfriend! LOL

I'm making progress on those 111 blocks! (And it's taking way less time than a mistress would! LOL  And money, too, since I'm stash shopping for this one! :-D)

Adding these ten to my others, I'm nearly at the 2/3rds mark! Very cool! Most of the class is keeping up, too!!
For the class, I broke the Farmer's Wife down into "units" each month -- beginning with blocks with squares and rectangles, then half-square-triangles -- and we've been doing HST's since February!  June's blocks (above, I'm trying to stay a month ahead of the class!) are mostly "quick-piecing" type blocks, and July's will move us into quarter-square-triangles. 

We'll eventually get into flying geese, and square-in-a-squares, and diamonds, hopefully building skill levels as we go!

I've also managed to make some progress on the Hands-2-Help quilt for Romania!  Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict arranged a charity quilt exchange/challenge a couple of months ago...but I'm sure if you wanted to make a quilt for Romania, she (and Judi at Green Fairy Quilts) would happily accept them!!  Diane sent me this beautiful bright fabric for my quilt:

And I've added some more bright colors to Diane's fat quarters and made these so far for the pinwheel-y quilt top I designed in EQ:

All those different names we thought of for the Farmer's Wife make me think of the Farmer in the Dell! and the inevitable conclusion -- the cheese stands alone! Makes you feel sorry for the cheese, doesn't it? Everybody's got somebody in the old nursery-room song, except the cheese. 

Working together is so much more fun that working alone... whether it's charity quilts or ongoing projects or classes!!

One of the greatest blessings of the Christian life is the promise that we are never alone. Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom...
Do not be afraid, for I am with you
(Isaiah 43:2-3a, 5a)

No cheese standing alone, here!


antique quilter said...

those blocks look wonderful!!!!
oh that donation quilt is so pretty, someone is going to be thrilled to receive that
so nice of Diane to send you some fabric for it.
kathie who will now be singing that song all day, geeshhh!!!!! haven't heard that song in a few years...came right back to me!

Maureen said...

The Farmer's Wife really looks nice...can't wait to see the finished top. And what a great verse from Isaiah!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I wish I were there to do this one with you! I have the book but haven't yet caught up with my UFOs enough to allow myself to start something new. :) blessings, marlene

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Your Farmer's Wife quilt squares are wonderful! I love the colors you are using. How smart of you to break it down into units - working your way from easiest to most difficult. The quilt you designed is adorable!

Unknown said...

Love, love the bright colored blocks...such a different look.

Cheri said...

The Farmer's Daughter/Wife/Mistress blocks look great together. I really like the bright fabric quilt, cute design. Love the verses!

Anonymous said... I'm going to be hearing this in my head all evening! Loved the have a great way of writing up your post is what I'm trying to say...errr!
As always....lovely blocks!!

Rebecca P said...

Love your Farmer's Wife blocks, very pretty. I haven't started any just bought the wonderful book.
your bright quilt is so pretty with such happy colors. Some one is going to love it.

Miki Willa said...

The Farmer's Wife blocks look great. What fun to be doing this with a class. I really like the
H2H quilt you designed. It is so bright and cheerful.

Sarah Craig said...

I love your H2H quilt!! Awesome!!!

Jane said...

I've been reading your blog for a few months now. Your quilts are just great and I love the way you tie your posts into the scriptures. I look forward to reading your posts.

Crispy said...

The farmer's wife quilt is going to be beautiful and I love how you have broken it down to help build skills. Shopping in your stash is wonderful too. I'm still thinking I need that book.

The quilt you designed is beautiful and will be well loved by someone.

Someone needs to add a line to that song and match that poor cheese up with a cracker or some macaroni!!


Karen said...

Your blocks are awesome. I love what you are doing with your H2H quilt. It is very bright. Thanks so much for the verse because I really need a pick me up today.

Lori said...

It sounds like a terrific way to break down the blocks and make them more doable.
Yes, doing things with others is always better!!

Spontaneous Threads said...

That basket with all those 1/2 square triangles, just makes me smile!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Great way to break down the Farmer's Wife - learning steps. Your H2H quilt is just wonderful said...

wow! I would never believe that those were the fabrics I sent. The H2H quilt looks so pretty!

Sue Daurio said...

Oh my your farmer's wife quilt is going to be amazing!!! And the H2H quilt, I LOVE the bright colors and the sashing around the pinwheels.

LuAnn said...

That Farmer's Wife quilt is going to be great! You have really been busy.

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Your H2H quilt is really pretty! Love your design and will be anxious to see the finished product.

Vivian said...

Impressive blocks. You're moving right along on your Farmer's Wife project. For now that's just another book on my shelf--another on my bucket list. But I'll not be able to start it without nursery rhymes in my head and ending up with "the cheese stands alone." Thanks a bunch! :)

BelovedMrsMom said...

Your work and your Scripture passage are beautiful and it's amazing how GOD gives us just what we need when we need it. PFY