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poppy garden quilt – flower 15

15 Oct
October 15, 2015

fabric name: briar rose calico in lilac

designer: heather ross

line: briar rose

brand: andover

this was another instance of cutting into something treasured. much like my lizzie house, i’ve only used these in bits and pieces, or frankly, not at all.

i recently discovered that this line is out of print. i haven’t really been too swayed by that thought before. but i’d always pictured i’d make a quilt for my daughter using the whole line. but if you can’t find parts of the line, you certainly can’t make something using the whole thing.

cue internet overload, and tracking down a piece of every single print. plus kind friends, offering to send bits… completion has been achieved. i can’t seeing doing that with many lines. this one isn’t so much for me, as a sweet little quilt for my daughter. she loves frogs and strawberries, the palette is just too perfect. greens, blues, sunny yellow, a dash of pink and purple… it’s what i like to call- girly light.

anyway, the above was scraps from a previous small project. i love that i was able to use them, and they didn’t go to waste. the perfect life for scraps- hexies!

farmer’s wife 1930 – quilt along – betty block

14 Oct
October 14, 2015

i so enjoyed this block! i have a fellow quilter to thank for the addition of the plus fabric- it fits to perfectly. i’ve made just a few purchases for this project- prints seem to be where my holes are. i think a mindful addition of a few. plus, every time i use one of the prints, i think it looks completely different.

my goal with these 3 was trying to enunciate each portion of the block- the first most traditional- the bow tie shape, the second, the half square triangles made all the way across the block, and on the 3rd- the squares.

on to the next!

poppy garden quilt – flower 14

13 Oct
October 13, 2015

fabric line: artisan cross dyed – orchid

brand: windham

this was another one from circa15. she truly has some amazing solids. i’ve never seen so many great solids, and in a really expanded color assortment. usually places just have a few cross dyes or linens. she’s really got an amazing selection.

this orchid color is lush, bright and eye catching. i wasn’t going to go crazy with the purples, but i feel like these types of colors will balance out all the orange and red, and pop up the darks.

make it – farmer’s wife 1930’s weekly check in

10 Oct
October 10, 2015

i joined up with the quilt along hoping that i’d meet a few people, get a little inspiration, and connect with a few like minded makers. i’ve already met a couple of people who have completely inspired me- fabric choices, different ways they’re thinking of the blocks, something as simple as how they’re putting the blocks together.

when someone in the group mentioned that if i didn’t make the block as it was in the book- then i wasn’t making the block- i thought to myself- THAT’S RIDICULOUS. i think i actually guffawed out loud. i wondered, who is someone else to Read more →

farmer’s wife 1930 – quilt along – annie block

09 Oct
October 9, 2015

someone on instagram said they didn’t recognize these to be farmer’s wife blocks. i think i took that as a compliment?

anyway- i decided since this block had so many tiny bits, that i’d try EPP with it. and since i’m still relatively new to EPP, i tried glue basting. i’ve had great success with EPP and the flowers i’ve been working on. i really enjoy the entire process- even the basting. i wanted to see if glue seemed quicker, or better… or just… something. worth a try.

i am not a glue baster. i don’t know what i did wrong, or if maybe i overthought the whole thing, but, it’s not for me. that being said, i don’t know about using EPP for this project either. these pieces are miniscule. handling them that much, was just… difficult. maybe i’ll give it another try, using sew basting, and probably on a much easier block, to ease into it. i’ve had such success with foundation piecing, i feel like maybe i shouldn’t mess with a good thing.

above- the first block is about as close to the original layout as i could get. the other two, my own versions. xoxo- k.

poppy garden quilt – flower 13

08 Oct
October 8, 2015

fabric name: floral burst

designer: sarah watson

line: biology

brand: cloud9

i haven’t bought a lot of fabric for this project. it’s lent itself to what i have on hand. since it’s such a small amount that’s used, i have a lot of pieces that have worked. it’s literally scraps.

but. that hasn’t stopped me from looking when i go into shops. and since everything i have has been cut, i know where i’m short on certain colors, or what types of fabrics i could have more of. certainly, when i’ve been in a shop, i gravitate to what coordinates. i still need about 20 fabrics, and i decided to pick up this and a few others the last time i was in circa15.

this entire line is organic, and the prints are so… i can’t think of the word. maybe it’s organic. they’re very pretty and delicate, but also kind of… dark. there’s a strength to them. anyway, i love this one because it reminds me of those tall ball shaped flowers, i think they’re called allium? but i feel like i remember this is how garlic flowers too… anyway, flower study aside- this one is gorgeous, and i’m happy it’s been added.

farmers wife 1930 – quilt along – aunt block

07 Oct
October 7, 2015

these blocks were grouped with others in friday’s post, but i thought i’d also post them separately. aunt is from the gnomeangel quilt along, and was last week’s 3rd, and final, block.

this block gave me the most pause so far. i loved several of the alternate layouts i came up with (there’s one more i’m going to make), but couldn’t really settle on a more traditional look. i think my brain was fighting just a little too hard on making it ‘different’. this configuration is just going to look traditional, in my opinion. i think these fabrics make it look a bit more modern. but in the end, i just accepted what it is, and think a little of this here and there is going to be good.

photo updated to include the 3rd version- i’m not completely happy with that one little blue square. it needs to be just a touch darker… xoxo- k.

poppy garden quilt – flower 12

06 Oct
October 6, 2015

fabric name: peppered cotton in orchid (the cross weave is a very pale blue)

brand: studio e

i’ve had a higher bar for the solids i’m using. maybe it’s that dry goods has some of the best solids i’ve ever bought. and once addicted to those (and maybe the fact that i’ve designed apparel for so long) i just want solids with some depth.

i bought the black version of this solid at dry goods (the center on the left flower). in a very lovely fat quarter set that i couldn’t put down. i think that was the best set of fabrics i’ve ever bought, and i’ve used every single little scrap of it. it’s all gone, and i still think of it, and want another.

this peppered cotton line is beyond soft, and it has a slight sheen- odd, but amazing. this purple came from circa15, and if you’re looking for amazing solids, she has so many choices. crossweaves, slubs, shot cottons- just amazing solids with total depth and texture, and a lot of choices.

make it – farmer’s wife 1930s check in

02 Oct
October 2, 2015

i like fridays for seeing what’s been accomplished. it’s nice to end the week on the note of ‘man, i got some stuff done!’. and as a special bonus, today is grey, and kind of misty- my favorite kind of fall seattle day.

this just feels like a block by block experiment. i keep adjusting, tweaking, ruminating. yesterday i was overthinking any block being too traditional, today, i think a few bits of traditional are going to be the perfect foil to all the modern. i’m going to be more ok with some of the blocks following the book layout. if that means a checkerboard here and there, so be it.

i’ve also decided that i will not be doing some of these blocks. editing, and knowing what you want and don’t want is a significant part of design voice. i know artists who don’t edit. i personally like the edit process, as i think being honest about what you create, and it’s level on your personal meter is key to recognizing which things you make are great, or just kind of there. plus, why dedicate time to something you’re half hearted about. there are some blocks in the book that i have no interest in making. no amount of tweaking will change them. time better spent elsewhere.

anyway, enough of my philosophical artist creating crap. see what a gloomy morning does to me? here’s where i’m at on farmer’s wife. i’m kind of going off on my own path, there are two quilt alongs, i’m somewhere in the middle. and i have extra blocks, so i can skip the weeks i’m not into. and also not be sewing during the holidays. cause let’s be honest. that’s not going to happen.

happy weekend! xoxo- k.

above- the newest, aunt, done in the trad. layout with an accent center square (it’s modern version to the left). below- top row- becky, addie, addie, center row- becky, bonnie, addie, bottom row- bonnie, aunt, aunt

want to make your own farmer’s wife? join up with the quilt along on gnome angel! it’s just started this week, so there’s not much catching up to do.


farmers wife 1930 – quilt along – bonnie block

01 Oct
October 1, 2015

i feel like i’m messing around, but i’m like, intently messing around? messing around with excitement. i got so jazzed after the first two, that i made these in an hour. that felt like excited girl with new markers excited.

then the next day, i tried addie, and the excitement ebbed just a tad.

this stuff is TINY. i’m not used to working with such fussy bits. and triangles. groan city. makes me seriously wish i hadn’t lost so many brain cells due to non sleep. i’m sure the ones i lost were math, because i still have my 80’s song lyrics, my 90’s boy band lyrics (color me badd included), and every single word to every song of licensed to ill AND shamrocks and shenanigans. math might have been more helpful in this endeavor.

but. the color is keeping me in there. seeing them all together- heart eyes. and then i bought some of this thinking sashing. or maybe just working it in because i lurve it.

see- 13 year old girl excited. xoxo- k.


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