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.


  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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 :)

  3. says

    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

  4. says

    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!!

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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.

  10. says

    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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