Saturday, July 23, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Fabric Options

This past month my husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. While he couldn't quite contain the surprise until our actual anniversary, he surprised me nonetheless with Electric Quilt 7 for an anniversary gift. (Thank you sweetie!)

I immediately got to work experimenting with different layouts and color schemes that I have been considering for my Farmer's Wife Quilt. While I'm pretty settled on the layout, I'm still trying to decide on the color scheme. I'm hoping my quilty friends can help me out. Below are the my favorite 6 color schemes, followed by a survey. (Google Reader folk will have to click through to be able to see the survey.) I would love to see which you guys like best. Please also feel free to leave reasoning in the comments. :)

Without further ado:

A - Dots

B - Chartreuse

C - Orange & Aqua

D - Red

E - Red & Aqua

F - Red & Aqua & Yellow

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<3 Kelsey

Ms. W Becomes Mrs. L

A couple of weeks ago my one and only baby sister took her wedding vows.

The wedding was beautiful, and even included a horse-drawn carriage.

Doesn't our Dad look handsome in his suit? And checkout that bouquet my Mom made...

My best friend did her hair.

And there was one (tiny) bit of sewing done in preparation. I made the garter she threw to the guys during the reception.


It was super easy to do, and just as nice as the one she bought to wear and keep for a keepsake. I totally recommend making your own garter.

One last shot of us all as a family. Probably my favorite family shot ever.

Congratulations sis!

<3 Kelsey

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Farmer's Wife Mini Blocks

For some reason, cats are obsessed with fabric and quilts. It doesn't matter if I put down a single quilt block or a full sized quilt, there is likely to be a cat sitting on it within 5 minutes. My kitty has even been known to settle down sitting across stacks of fabric.

It occurred to me a while ago that this is the perfect excuse to make a mini quilt! This was my Sienna can have her very quilty spot to lay down without having to be in the middle of my project. I've been itching to join in The Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long, but am waiting for my EQ7 to arrive so I can finalize my fabric selection. So this weekend I decided to make Sienna a quilt with miniaturized Farmer's Wife blocks while I wait  for my software to arrive.

So far I've made 4 blocks.  

Mini Farmer's Wife Blocks

Each block measures 4" x 4" (compared to the original 6" x 6").

Mini Farmer's Wife Blocks

My plan is to do 3 across and 4 down with a thin strip of Kona Ash sashing in between, but I'll settle on the final size once I can lay them all out.

Mini Farmer's Wife Blocks

I'm really enjoying the colors I've pulled so far. If they look familiar, it's because I used them for my June blocks for the do. Good Stitches bee. They were still sitting on my sewingcoffee table taunting me for the last few weeks.

Mini Farmer's Wife Blocks

I've been considering this as the color scheme for my main Farmer's Wife quilt, but I'm concerned about needing to buy more fabric and being able to find the same prints - especially for the green circles.

Mini Farmer's Wife Blocks

Solids would be the easiest to ensure I can keep enough of, but that seems too plain to me. I think I read in The Farmer's Wife Yahoo Group that this quilt takes some 11 yards, so I definitely wouldn't have close to enough with what I have of these prints in my stash currently. Anyone have a good idea how much fabric I should buy ahead for this? I've been using the paper piecing method. So far it doesn't seem to be using much fabric...

My current list of fabric options for the final quilt are:
  • The above fabric selection.
  • The same colors as above, but all solids.
  • Grey + Chartreuse
  • Grey + Red
  • All one line of Momo (It's a Hoot if possible)
  • All Happy Mochi Yum Yum (Pretty, but already being done by someone else.)


<3 Kelsey

Linking to Fabric Tuesday.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Featured on Modern Day Quilts

Hey all,

Just wanted to let you know that my most recent quilt, A Quilt For Two, was featured over on Modern Day Quilts today!!!

Modern Day Quilts

I am incredibly honored. Thanks Heather!

<3 Kelsey

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