Wednesday, June 22, 2011

City Slicker

So have you been following all the Farmer's Wife quilt along posts? All the cool kids are doing it. I'm not, because 1. I am not cool and 2. there are templates. And not just for the odd ball things, for all the blocks. Or so I hear.

I'm not immune to the charms of tiny blocks, believe me. I think the FW blocks are 6 inch finished, and I love that size. I'm not immune to the charms of Monica either.. if you know what I mean. Like I've said before, she pours the kool-aid and I drink it up. (its the green flavor, who wouldn't?)
My personal favorite on everyone's blog is the little basket. Its in the first few blocks so I've seen several. Well I'm no stranger to graph paper so I thought I'd try drafting one and making it, just to get it out of my system. It didn't seem hard.

What was hard apparently was getting the correct size. My block is 4 inches. That's a lot to be off. I drafted it from memory and when I look here, I can see that I could have made it a lot easier on myself with construction. And handle placement.. wow, not my area of expertise. I guess it would have been easier to just order the book. If I was going to join in the fun I would!

If you're looking for a fun summer project this looks pretty good. I'll be stalking I mean following along just to see how cute everyone's blocks are. So, are you a Farmer's Wife? If the timing was right.. how could I resist this?

Thanks to everyone who went and voted yesterday!! I'm glad to see some people are anxious for Pam Kitty Morning The Fabric to arrive! I appreciate it!


Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Well, PKM, I'm with of the uncool girls. Too many projects going on. Your little basket blocks are adorable. I went and voted -- 'cause I love your new fabric. ;-D

5:30 AM  
Anonymous randi said...

i do wish i had time for this one too. so far a little sweetness blog has my favorite blocks. too precious!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

What I love most on the little yellow basket is the fabric. Is it PKM? Can you tell I'm getting anxious? Only five more months. Good things are worth the wait.

7:19 AM  
Blogger ferne said...

I have had the book for a while and wasn't all that interested until I started seeing everyone's blocks, now I am going to have to re=look at the the book. I don't like templates either, but I was just measuring the pieces and figuring out how to piece them without the template. You can use all the shortcuts we have learned to make triangles and such.

7:44 AM  
Blogger ferne said...

Oh, yea~ I am not a farmers wife but, I always kind of wished I was. I am however a farmers grandaughter and spent summers on the farm as a kid. I learned a lot there from my grandparents.

7:46 AM  
Blogger April at the PQ said...

Hi Pam....your block is very sweet and i love the ric rac handle. Fortunately, EQ has a companion disk for The Farmer's Wife quilt. I have completed 90+ blocks using the software and have only had two use a template twice! There are about 20 or so blocks that I am choosing to paper piece though......I just refuse to cut 16ths of an inch! I got a little burned out though. I took a few months of, but now I am back in the saddle! Don't be has been a lot of fun! we can't wait to receive your line at the shop!

8:06 AM  
Anonymous pat sloan said...

What??? Just WATCHING... say it ain't so!!! I'm a mistress... since you asked... wink!

9:42 AM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

Count me uncool as well. I think, given the size of the blocks and the amount of them,this would be a life long project for me. But I really love the whole thought process behind this project! Slowly giving in...............

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Susie P said...

Love your basket...cannot wait for your fabric! What Bernina do you have? Do you like it?

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog because I am either agreeing with you or laughing. Today I was agreeing and chuckling . . . I wasn't going to do this quilt either, until I found that there was a companion CD for EQ5 or EQ6. I ordered the CD and had it in my hands two days later. I am printing out the patterns for paper-piecing, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this project either. If you don't have EQ5, 6, or 7 the CD won't be of help. It was inexpensive . . . about twelve or thirteen dollars.

a teacher at Suzanne's shop :0)

6:22 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Glad you joined in! This farmer's wife quilt-along is really a lot of fun!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Hi PamKittyMorning! I'm new to your blog and am having the best time reading it. I didn't know that you have a fabric line until now, but I just LOVE it!!! It looks like it isn't released yet, but could you please let me know what shops will carry it. I greatly, greatly appreciate it!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Bari Jo said...

Oh my goodness that basket out of your fabric is sooo cute... I have been resisting buying the book... templates make me break out in a cold sweat and I avoid them at all costs... but with pictures like you show here... sheesh... I am feeling the pull to get the book and get started... I wish someone could figure out rotary cutting directions for the Farmer's Wife! I would pay big money for that one! ha! I'm lazy! Your new fabric would be so cute, though, in the Farmer's Wife quilt!!! :O) Have a great day! Love reading your blog! Bari

10:16 AM  
Blogger Bari Jo said...

GUESS WHAT????? (it's me again..) I JUST FOUND TEMPLATE INFO for Farmer's wife... Marti Michell... she was able to make about 100 or so of the blocks with her templates for rotary cutting.... and she has permission from the publisher to send out the info to all interested. The first mailings started this summer... you can sign up by 8/31 and be in the fall mailings of info making farmers wife blocks with her rotary cutting info.... I am finding it difficult to resist the pull... I may be a Farmer's Wife .... soon.... how fast is your fabric coming out???? It would be so cute in your fabrics!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I voted and I can't wait for your fabric line to come out. I want it all!!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous bari said...

When I saw this post I thought you really did drink the kool-aid. Rats. Was looking forward to calling you on it. ;) Thanks for inviting me to lunch!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

Think how cute rows of baskets would be with PKM fabric.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love your basket blocks. But you know the red one is my favorite!!!!!

7:01 PM  

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