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Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along meets Modern Solids

A few months ago I was invited by Andrea of KnittyBitties to participate in a collaboration project called Farmer’s Wife for the Home.
If you’ve been around quilting-blog-world you’ll remember the popular inception of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along by Angela and Amanda last fall.  And it was so much fun to see the variety of quilt-block creations out of classic quilt-block patterns.  At the time my plate was full and I just knew I couldn’t add one more project, but I loved seeing all the creative inspirational eye-candy floating around flickr and blogs.
Well, KnittyBitties Andrea had a brilliant idea for those of you out there like me: mini creations using the The Farmer’s Wife blocks, thus joining in the FWQA fun, without the serious, long-term commitment of making all 111 blocks.  To add to the fun, she invited a few of us to play along and to only use the fabric she sent us: A Kona Solids colored charm pack and some yardage of gray and neutral off-white Kona Solids (generously donated by Robert Kaufman fabrics.)
I love all those pretty solids and used them to create monochromatic (for the most part anyway) blocks from The Farmer’s Wife collection. I don’t think I ever would have tried it with out this challenge, and I think the results are fantastic! Isn’t it amazing how the vibrant solids give those very traditional quilt blocks a modern twist?

I decided to make them into a mini-quilt/table-topper using this Table Topper tutorial. I substituted the Farmer’s Wife blocks for the 9-patch blocks in that tutorial.

Not wanting to let any of that fantastic color go to waste (in true Farmer’s Wife fashion), I used up the rest on the back and the binding.  And I think I like the back equally as much as the front.

The quilting is super simple, straight line quilting. Not perfect at all – I just eyeballed it as I went, so there’s a little bit of imperfection going on. Pretty much all I’m capable of, but it kind of adds to the modernity (good word, eh?) of the quilt.

Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration as part of this collaboration. You can see the other posts and projects here:

Monday, September 10th – Erin of Two More Seconds
Tuesday, September 11th – Kerri of Lovely Little Handmades
Wednesday, September 12th – Jodi of Pleasant Home
Thursday, September 13th – Jody of Everyday Beatiful
Friday, September 14th – Amy of Diary of a Quilter
Saturday, September 15th –Andrea of Knitty Bitties

And believe it or not, all of the projects for this collaboration are going to be given away, including mine. Yes way. To enter, Andrea has set up a snazzy Rafflecopter entry system that can give you lots of chances to be entered to win one of these projects or a bundle of your own Kona Solid goodness. All entries go through the Rafflecopter system. If you’re feeling a little baffled by Rafflecopter, here is a quick video to show you how it works

a Rafflecopter giveaway

But the best take away from all of this – for me anyway – is the reminder to step out of your comfort zone once in a while – you might be pleasantly surprised by the results.

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121 Comments

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    A West
    September 14, 2012 at 5:06 am

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    A West
    September 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Love it very colorful. Solids are so underrated. I really love grey, yellow and purple at the moment but I love that there is so many choices and shades to choice from.

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    Lisa in Port Hope
    September 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

    3 solid colors– blue, purple, and orange.

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    sunnieday4u
    September 14, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I love it! Looks like it would have taken some time.

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      sunnieday4u
      September 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

      Just realized that we are supposed to give you colors as well. I would use Purple, Blue and Green

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    Laura
    September 14, 2012 at 5:21 am

    What a great idea! Looks very modern and fresh!

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    Katie @SwimBikeQuilt
    September 14, 2012 at 5:33 am

    This is incredible. Great job-my favorite is the neutrals block (weird for me!)

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    Diane
    September 14, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Oh I love your modern farmers wife. My 3 solid colors would be light grey, blue and green. that's today's choices, ask me next week and it will probably change 🙂

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    Johanna
    September 14, 2012 at 5:34 am

    For my three colors, I'll go back to my Crayola days – red-violet, purple and blue-green.

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    Alicia
    September 14, 2012 at 5:42 am

    White Purple and grey!

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    Mommarock
    September 14, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I have the Farmer's Wife book, and didn't like the fabrics I was using when I started it.. I need to re-think it in solids obviously!! This is fantastic!

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    Missy Shay
    September 14, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I would have never thought of using solids, but it looks great!<br />missysaprons@gmail.com

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      Missy Shay
      September 14, 2012 at 6:05 am

      I made the comment before I read the question, 3 solid colors would be, blue, yellow and white, or maybe black, red and grey, or 3 shades of green!

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    MellieWo
    September 14, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Sometimes I forget about small projects! Love the quilting and the use of colors in the back and binding. Lovely!!

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    MBMathis
    September 14, 2012 at 6:30 am

    3 solids would be: Blue, Green, and White.

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    September 14, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Orange, grey and pink! I love your mini and that pop of colour on the binding is gorgeous!

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    kbzelazny
    September 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

    OK, now I&#39;m on board with the Farmer&#39;s Wife thing! This is my favorite! Right now I&#39;m loving grey,blue,and orange. Fantastic!

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    Lindsay @ 402CenterStreet.blogspot.com
    September 14, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Green, blue and grey!

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    Kelsey
    September 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Green, Yellow &amp; Gray!!

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    Francis Paul
    September 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

    red, orange and pink…. 🙂

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    Aliceart
    September 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I love this little quilt! Solids are a new favorite, and I do so love what you did on the back! Grey orange and white – not necessarily together!

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    ga447
    September 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Love the patterns and the color, grey, tangerine and white.

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    wonkeybobbin
    September 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Grapey purple, bright orange and green!

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    Joyce
    September 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

    This is just beautiful…I love everything you do! Thanks for sharing.<br />joyce.spaulding@myfairpoint.net

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    mindingmomma
    September 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

    your top is amazing! I love the twist the colors made on the blocks. The grey is my favorite.

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    natalie christensen
    September 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Loving solids with the farmers wife! I love grey, blue,and orange.

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    The Whelan Family
    September 14, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I think I would have to pick grey, teal and yellow.

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    Katy
    September 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I have always wanted to try the Farmer&#39;s Wife collection. THis looks like a great way to start!

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    wipgirl
    September 14, 2012 at 7:32 am

    That three colours question is HARD. I supposed I&#39;d go with a deep purple, aqua, and…. white. Maybe. Who knows?

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    Jayme
    September 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Aqua orange and grey! Thanks!!

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    Elisabet Molin
    September 14, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Turqoise, blue and green! Like the sea, that would be my pick.

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    Brenna
    September 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Three colors? Probably blue, green and purple. I like the cool colors!

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    Lee
    September 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I love the back of the tablerunner! thank you and I love to work w/ navy, lime and tangarine!

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    Erin
    September 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My colors would be aqua, turquoise and navy. Love those colors together.

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    Katy Cameron
    September 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Aww, those are so cute! Love how you stayed within 1 colour range per block

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    { HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n }
    September 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Sweet! I always admire solids when I see a finished project, but havent got up the gumption to actually play with it myself … a mini would be a perfect starting point. Thanks!

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    Robin noteverstill
    September 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Blue, purple and gray

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    butwehavethistreasure
    September 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love solids! Hmm, maybe like 2 shades of blue and a pop of orange?

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    bethanndodd
    September 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

    So cute! I love it when trying something new turns out so wonderfully 🙂 Oh, and that binding is adorable! Right now I would have to go with gray, orange and aqua. I have been decorating my house with those colors and just them together! Thanks for the chance! Hope your weekend is splendid. Smiles~Beth

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    LC
    September 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

    If I could only use three colors, I&#39;d choose teal, aqua, and lavender.

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    Alex
    September 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    If I could only use 3 colors I&#39;d stick to black, lime green and orange.

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    Cameron H
    September 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Orange, grey, and blue. Thanks for the chance!

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    stephmabry
    September 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

    The three solids I would choose would be grey, teal, and magenta. 🙂

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    Anna
    September 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I love it! It is so gorgeous in solids!

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    Anna
    September 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Today, my three solid choices would be grey, aqua, and oranges. I&#39;m loving that combo these days.

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    Lena
    September 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Red white black

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    sukie
    September 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    brown, black and grey!<br />

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    Isabella Elias
    September 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

    If I had to use three colors it will be grey, lavander and light green

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    Tracy
    September 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

    white, green, and blue!

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    Haley
    September 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

    My three colors would be cream, lavender, and a pale green somewhere between mint and seafoam.

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    Lori
    September 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I would use a grey, blue, and green.

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    bruinbr
    September 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I would use orange, blue, and yellow 🙂

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    Mev_Lohman
    September 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Navy blue, grass green and white.

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    Artsy-Craftsy Ivy
    September 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Yellow, grey, and orange 🙂

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    Kathy MacKie
    September 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

    It looks great in Solids.

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    Gina
    September 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I have never made an all solids project but every time I see one, like this, I say I am going to make one. I am always amazed at how they (solids) make as fun and pretty of a project as prints. You did a great job!!

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    sydthewyd
    September 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I&#39;d use linen, orange and pink 🙂

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    Kristan
    September 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Hmm…three solids. I&#39;m going with my standbys…white, aqua, and chartreuse.

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    brooke
    September 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Only 3!!! Grey, white and berry<br /><br />

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    Pontos da Flávia
    September 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Nice table runner! I love the bright colors!

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    Sonja
    September 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Turquoise, orange and grey!

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    Mindy
    September 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I am loving turquoise, orange, and yellow right now!

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    ItsNurseJessi
    September 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Gray, Red, Black. Ask me tomorrow though- I could change my mind!

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    Melissa
    September 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Looks great in solids.

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    Jenny
    September 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    blue, white, and green

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    leanne
    September 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I just love your fabulous mini quilt !

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    Binks
    September 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Gray, white and pink. I&#39;m a lover of pink and couldn&#39;t do anything without.

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    Katelyn
    September 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I would have never thought to do this project with all solids and I love it!!! If I were to only use three solid colors I think I would stick with cool tones, probably all blues – Navy, Teal, and Aqua.

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    Carla
    September 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    grey, blue, and green. I am really looking forward to doing this project!

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    Elizabeth
    September 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Purple, grey and yellow!

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    Christine Slaughter
    September 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Grey, aqua, and orange!

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    kelli
    September 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    grey yellow and aqua! I never thought to do some of my FW blocks in solids! Thanks for the inspiration and your new baby :)<br /><br />kelli{dot}sanders{at}comcast{dot}net

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    Montseta
    September 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    only 3… blue, white and grey

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    Patchwork Penguin
    September 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    What an interesting new look, thanks for sharing.

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    Esch House Quilts
    September 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Grey, white and green.

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    Jennie Bobbins
    September 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    If I could only use 3 solids they would be blue, green and purple.

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    Andrea
    September 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    my colors would be green, brown and white

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    TX Sarah
    September 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Oh wow! I hadn&#39;t even thought about FW with just solids. This might be the inspiration I need to tackle all 111 blocks.

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      TX Sarah
      September 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      And turquoise, gray, and yellow

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    Fran
    September 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I would choose blue, green &amp; white.

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    Sallie
    September 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    blue, green and purple.

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    pizzaeater
    September 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    The only three colors I would use are French blue, pink, and white.

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    Sewing In CT
    September 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I love the idea! There are so many creative folks out there.

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    Meghan
    September 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    If I could only work with three colors it would have to be purple, pink and blue.<br />

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    Pat V.
    September 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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    Pat V.
    September 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This is so fabulous! I can&#39;t believe you are willing to part with it. I would love to display it in my studio (aka &quot;dining room&quot;). <br /><br />OK, so after I posted I clicked and saw the question. Aqua, red and grey.

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    Helen
    September 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I would use pink, soft lime and white. I have used these colours in my little girl&#39;s room and they look so fresh and feminine.

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    Anita
    September 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I would like to work with grey, purple and orange 🙂

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    Deanna
    September 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Navy, yellow and gray. I think. But really, limiting me to three!!! I don&#39;t think I could do that.

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    QLT812
    September 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Red, Gray, and golden yellow.

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    Jeanne
    September 15, 2012 at 2:51 am

    pink, yellow, lime green

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    Michele
    September 15, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Really cool. Love it.<br /><br />Only 3 colors? Well I&#39;d have to pick Purple, Yellow and Pink, all reminders of my sweet Sunshine baby girl.

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    Brandy, April, and Amanda
    September 15, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Only three colors I would have to pick pink, brown and teal.

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    ElonieS
    September 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hmm…I think Red, orange and teal. But I&#39;d probably say 3 different ones if you asked me in 5 minutes 😉

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    HouseManagerLady
    September 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Three and only three….hmmm, orchid, green and golden yellow

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    Mischelle
    September 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I would pick green, brown and tan.<br />

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    Emily Hide
    September 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

    My three solids would be cream, blue and brown!

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    Rachel
    September 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    This is the best Farmer&#39;s Wife project that I have seen so far! Thanks for sharing its awesomeness.

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    OhioLori
    September 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    ONLY 3 solids??? Yipes! lol Well…Pink, Turquoise &amp; Lime for a project I have in mind…for a Grandgirlie that favorites those colors! :)<br /><br />Thanks soooo much for chance to win your Drawing! YAY!

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    Lisa C
    September 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I am allergic to solids but I absolutely love this table topper. You have almost converted me!

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    CaroleM
    September 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    White, lavender and navy blue!

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    miss jamee
    September 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    white red blue

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    Rhonda D.
    September 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I would choose green, yellow and grey. Thanks for the chance to win!<br /><br />wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Mary
    September 16, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Beautiful! I&#39;d love a stack of those little solids…what fun! Might have to go shopping now…

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    Amy Rea
    September 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Your mini quilt looks fantastic.<br /><br />If I could only work with three colours they would have to be turquoise, yellow and grey.

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    Kati from Kati's Quilting
    September 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Gorgeous table topper! My 3 colors would be red, orange, and and blue 🙂

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    Karen O
    September 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I love that topper. My favorite 3 solids would be purple/yellow/green.

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    Tammy
    September 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Stunning quilt. My three solids would be blue, navy, teal although not sure if they all count as one colour lol

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    diane
    September 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love using solids

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    Misty Smith
    September 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

    If I could only work with 3 solid colors, I would pick black, red and white.

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    Abs
    September 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

    turquoise, white and gray. wait, maybe magenta, yellow and red?<br /><br />no way could i ever pick just 3 colors!

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    Kathy Felsted Usher
    September 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    My three solids would be cranberry, pink and green

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    Sarah Craig
    September 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Oh, I love this, Amy! Such a fabulous modernization of those lovely old patterns. My three colors would probably be Kona Ash, almost any shade of orange, and a clear blue, ranging anywhere from aqua to teal.

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    Bingaling
    September 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Lately I am loving eggplant, chartreuse, and gray. I do love how these Farmer&#39;s Wife blocks are looking in solids!

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    Bingaling
    September 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Lately I am loving eggplant, chartreuse, and gray. I do love how these Farmer&#39;s Wife blocks are looking in solids!

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    pinksuedeshoe
    September 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    seriously LOVE! Amy, this looks so good, I wish I&#39;d got a better look at the other day, I didn&#39;t even notice your awesomeness on the binding and the back. It looks so great!

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    Mindelicious
    September 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Ooooh, that&#39;s a toughy! I think turquoise, yellow, and red. <br /><br />

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    felicity
    September 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this quiltie!

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    Janey
    November 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love what you have done with these <a href="http://www.spiceberrycottage.com/shop/Manufacturer/Robert-Kaufman.htm&quot; rel="nofollow">Robert Kaufman fabrics</a>! I want to make something like this for my roommates this year as a Christmas gift. Can you make them in any size?

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