One of the things I want to work on this year is my piecing skills. My husband got me "The Farmer's Wife" for Christmas and I've decided to make this quilt. (Next week I'll share more about the book.) Because I'm not crazy enough I also want to work on my design skills by figuring out the measurements for the blocks using only the book and "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns." (Jinny Beyer provides grids for most of the blocks that are a little easier for me to figure out than just a picture of the block.)
I don't want to be left with all of the blocks I'm dreading at the end of this project so I'm following the order as they are presented with the letters. I've chosen to make this quilt in black and white (with shades of grey in blocks that require three or more colors.) I haven't seen any Farmer's Wife quilts made in black and white, but I have seen two monochromatic quilts and I've seen a couple black and white versions of the Dear Jane quilt so I'm confident this color scheme will work. My current plan is to use blue for the sashing, but I haven't bought fabric yet so that isn't set in stone.
#26 Cut Glass Dish
#54 Kitchen Woodbox
Farmer's Wife 2/111
*I want to keep track of how long it takes me to make this quilt. I know it will be at least a year before the top is complete, but that doesn't seem like a good answer if someone asks how long it took to make. Instead I plan to keep track of how many hours I spend cutting fabric and sewing blocks together to help my blog readers who don't quilt understand how much time is involved in this quilt and quilters contemplating this quilt can get an idea of the time investment required.