In addition to being back on track with blogging I'm also back to my Farmer's Wife blocks! I did the math this morning and if I was making my goal perfectly I'd have 38 blocks done by this point. I have 33 blocks so I'm very happy with where I'm at. Last Friday my quilt guild had a work night and I brought along my blocks to try and get caught up. I remembered everything except the power chord for my sewing machine. Grrr. After cutting fabric for one of my blocks I realized that I had arrived at my first basket. I can't really explain why, but I don't like applique. Of all the blocks with teeny tiny pieces and Y seams, the baskets were two that I was least looking forward too. The two Kathy's in my guild were working on their hand applique blocks from the fall workshop so they helped me on this block. Kathy K. had this handy little tool for making bias folded pieces without burning your fingers. (I think I made enough bias to do the handle on the other basket too!) Kathy F. was already sitting at my table so she lent me a needle (yep forgot hand needles too) and walked me through what I was doing. It took most of the evening to sew on that little handle, but I'm pretty proud of how it looks.
#35 Flower Basket
I also got this block cut out on Friday and then used it as my leaders and followers Saturday while working on another project. We used this block in our mystery quilt this year, and it was really fun doing it again.
#21 Contrary Wife
One of the facebook groups I belong to is doing a quilt along this year. We were able to choose to participate in the group project or do our own thing. I decided Farmer's Wife was a big enough commitment so I'm using that as my project. This week they asked us for an update. It's been a while since I've posted all of my blocks laid out. This is the layout I've decided on, but I can't choose a background. Originally I was thinking of using an aqua/blue, but seeing it laid out like this I'm wondering if grey wouldn't be a better choice. I'm also wondering if I should choose two greys and do a checkerboard style sashing. Any advice?