WIP ~ August 31st, 2011

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Blocks;

2. Autumn Tints

A little shy on the one side, but the corners all seem to meet up, LOL!

Fabrics: collection of scraps, and large squares are a green fabric from another quilter.  Block 16/111

5. Bat Wings

Another block I love.  High contrast with a fun graphic feel.

Fabrics: Brown is a Fat 1/4 from Joann’s, blue is from another quilter.  Block 14/111

6. Big Dipper

This was a fun block to piece together.  It was very helpful to have made the mistakes I made last week with matching up pieces.  This time I made sure I was sewing the correct sides together the first time.

Fabrics: Joann’s for the horseshoe print {scraps from Mr. SD’s TV quilt}, and the dark paisley print is from another quilter.  Block 15/111.

9. Box

Took a while to decided on blue on blue, and I am very happy with how it turned out this way.

Fabrics: both blues are from the same quilter as the green in Block 2.  Block 17 of 111.

108. Windmill

My new favorite.  I wish I could make a whole quilt out of these fabrics.  I wasn’t sure about the purple while I was cutting pieces, but I adore the finished look.

Fabrics: Green and Rose Print from Joann’s ages ago, purple cross hatch from Connecting Threads.  Block 18/111 

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While I have not been making much any progress on my other WIPs, I am very happy with how my Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along blocks are coming.  I am envisioning a dark brown sashing that has some pattern to it.  Maybe like the green leafy fabric I used in block 108.  A chocolate brown would really set all of these blocks beautifully.

What have you been working on this week?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Farmer’s Wife Progress {Blocks 10, 21, 30}

This here block is a Bowtie.  It is used as a stand-alone block {meaning you can make an entire quilt using tons of these blocks} that I have wanted to try.  I am okay with how it turned out, but not thrilled.  I had some problems getting the red corner pieces to line up on the larger corner pieces at first.  After recutting the remaining scrap of red fabric I had, I saw that the lines didn’t match up as I had them laid out originally.  I like the contrast created by the lights and the dark.  Even from a distance you can see the red center of the Bowtie.  This is what I was aiming for; high contrast blocks with ‘natural’ feel to the colors.

Fabrics ~
Tan: Basketweave from Connecting Threads
Green: Honeycomb quilters fabric from Joann’s eons ago
Red: a sampler charm from Connecting Threads
Block 8 of 111
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Love, Love, Love how this block turned out.  It was very quick to piece together, and I can’t believe that my points matched up so well.  I went a completely different direction with the colors and fabrics than shown in the book.  In keeping with my high contrast block theme I used neutrals that would highlight what I saw as the main point of this block’s design.  These are some of my favorite fabrics, and I seem to be using them in most of the blocks I have completed so far, LOL!  But my scraps will only do that for so long.

Fabrics ~
Blue: powder blue quilters calico from Joann’s
Tan Paisley: rustic floral calico from Fabric.com
Light Tan: Cirlicue in Antique from Connecting Threads
Block 9 of 111
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30. End of Day
This block should have been called ‘Contrary Wife’, or maybe End of Day refers to… your day will be over when you finally finish this block.  This one was complicated for me to get orientated correctly.  The upper right section ended up getting ripped out once twice before I got the pieces to be in the correct layout for the part of the block.  Geesh.  I am soooooo looking forward to the more complicated blocks {yikes}.  My points came out okay in the four sections, but when I pieced the block together there was a huge bump of fabric at the center that kept the center for lining up well.  I need to go and research how this can be avoided.  I am sure I have seen the solution to this problem somewhere, but I can’t remember now what that solution might be.

Fabrics ~
Plaid: from my Scrappy Mug Rug Swap No. 4 Partner
Light Tan: Cirlicue in Antique from Connecting Threads
White/Ultra Light Cream: more scraps from my swap partner
Block 10 of 111
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Even though I listed all 111 blocks, this is definitely not going to be accomplished this year {probably not this decade}.  My Farmer’s Wife Pony Club book is on order!!!! Yipee!!!
So… this means that I will continue with the Farmer’s Wife quilt until my book arrives, and then the Farmer is getting dropped like a hot potato for a pony.
Isn’t that just the way?  Ponies are much cuter and loads more fun than a stuffy farmer, LOL!
Till next time ~
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Organizing My FWQAL Pieces and Blocks

I am working on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt blocks in sets of three;

- plan and cut out the pieces for three blocks;

- sew three blocks;

- scan and upload the pictures of the three blocks;

- start on the next three blocks;

To keep the pieces I cut organized between cutting and sewing I am placing all pieces for one block in a zip-lock bag with a tag with which block the pieces are for written in pencil.  Then I tuck the bag of pieces  in the book with the piecing diagram for that block.

This has really helped to keep me on the right track when I am trying to quickly put together a block during nap time, or when Ms. E is playing quietly.  As an added bonus… by having the blocks already cut, I am not having either scissors or a rotary cutter out while Ms. E is ‘assisting’.

Once the block is pieced, and after I used my printer/scanner to scan a picture of the block into my computer, I place the block back in the book next to the piecing directions.  Pretty sure I am going to have to come up with another way to keep the finsihed blocks as my book keeps getting fuller and fuller.

PS ~ This is my favorite block so far. The writing you see above the block number and title on the page is the date, temperature, and current weather.  One of the gals in the Flickr quilt-a-long group mentioned she was doing this, and I thought it was a fun idea.

I am also filling in the square with the block number on the tracking sheet I printed that one of the group members created.

And there you have it.

See ya’all next time!


I got bitten… Quilting Progress Report

It’s official… I got bitten by the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt-A-Long bug.

From what I have heard, it isn’t fatal to me, just my stash and leftover scraps.  On the plus side… I decided that I will be grown up and add the many gorgeous sampler quilt projects currently in full swing here in blogland {see my right sidebar} on the to-do list.  It pains me to say this, but… I just don’t have time to make every quilt I want to.  Darn, it anyway.

There I said it, and my world didn’t end, LOL!  I realized this weekend that since I have gotten ‘back’ into quilting, I have done hardly any sewing of items for my Etsy shop and to stock up for the Christmas season craft fairs.  Can you believe that it is less than four months till Thanksgiving, and less than five till Christmas?!?!?

Here are a few of the Stay-Put Towels I just finished.  The two brown fabrics are for a special order, and the daisies on the aqua background will be available in the Spunky Diva Shop later this week.

And here are the FWQAL blocks that I finished this week…

The new trick I learned this week was: to use the printer’s scanner to import a ‘picture’ of each block to the computer.  It is ‘sew’ great!!  Each image is in focus, and the block are pressed flat by the lid of the scanner.  It was much easier than trying to take a photo of each block.  There are more details for each block on Flickr for The Spunky Diva.

~ In Progress ~

My ‘Lovely’ Quilt; no progress this week;

Sugar Pop HSTs; finished off making the HSTs, now I need to decide on layout and then piece the quilt top;

Puppy Quilt; needs to be basted and quilted;

Ready, Set, Snow Tablerunner; need to lay out the charms and start piecing;

V’s Fresh Flowers Quilt; need to lay out and start cutting fabric;

~ New Projects ~

FWQAL; finished 7 blocks;

Quilts for Joplin; need to cut fabric for quilt top to be mailed by August 10th {they are accepting quilts and quilt tops till the middle of August}

~ On Hold ~ this list is a ‘work in progress’

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!


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