Friday, September 14, 2012

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.

121 comments:

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  2. 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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  3. 3 solid colors-- blue, purple, and orange.

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

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

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  5. What a great idea! Looks very modern and fresh!

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

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

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  9. 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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  10. I would have never thought of using solids, but it looks great!
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    1. 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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  11. Sometimes I forget about small projects! Love the quilting and the use of colors in the back and binding. Lovely!!

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  12. 3 solids would be: Blue, Green, and White.

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

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

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

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  17. Grapey purple, bright orange and green!

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  18. This is just beautiful...I love everything you do! Thanks for sharing.
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  19. your top is amazing! I love the twist the colors made on the blocks. The grey is my favorite.

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

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

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  22. I have always wanted to try the Farmer's Wife collection. THis looks like a great way to start!

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  23. That three colours question is HARD. I supposed I'd go with a deep purple, aqua, and.... white. Maybe. Who knows?

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  24. Aqua orange and grey! Thanks!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  32. 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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  33. If I could only use three colors, I'd choose teal, aqua, and lavender.

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  34. If I could only use 3 colors I'd stick to black, lime green and orange.

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

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  36. The three solids I would choose would be grey, teal, and magenta. :)

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  37. I love it! It is so gorgeous in solids!

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  38. Today, my three solid choices would be grey, aqua, and oranges. I'm loving that combo these days.

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

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

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  41. I would use a grey, blue, and green.

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  42. I would use orange, blue, and yellow :)

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  43. 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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  44. Hmm...three solids. I'm going with my standbys...white, aqua, and chartreuse.

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  45. Nice table runner! I love the bright colors!

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    1. Pink, orange & brown. Sounds whirred, but it is cool!

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

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

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  48. I just love your fabulous mini quilt !

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  49. Gray, white and pink. I'm a lover of pink and couldn't do anything without.

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

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  52. grey yellow and aqua! I never thought to do some of my FW blocks in solids! Thanks for the inspiration and your new baby :)

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  53. What an interesting new look, thanks for sharing.

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

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  55. my colors would be green, brown and white

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  56. Oh wow! I hadn't even thought about FW with just solids. This might be the inspiration I need to tackle all 111 blocks.

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  57. I would choose blue, green & white.

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

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

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  60. If I could only work with three colors it would have to be purple, pink and blue.

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  62. This is so fabulous! I can't believe you are willing to part with it. I would love to display it in my studio (aka "dining room").

    OK, so after I posted I clicked and saw the question. Aqua, red and grey.

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

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  64. I would like to work with grey, purple and orange :)

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  65. Navy, yellow and gray. I think. But really, limiting me to three!!! I don't think I could do that.

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  66. Really cool. Love it.

    Only 3 colors? Well I'd have to pick Purple, Yellow and Pink, all reminders of my sweet Sunshine baby girl.

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

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  68. Hmm...I think Red, orange and teal. But I'd probably say 3 different ones if you asked me in 5 minutes ;)

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

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  70. I would pick green, brown and tan.

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  71. My three solids would be cream, blue and brown!

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  72. This is the best Farmer's Wife project that I have seen so far! Thanks for sharing its awesomeness.

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  73. ONLY 3 solids??? Yipes! lol Well...Pink, Turquoise & Lime for a project I have in mind...for a Grandgirlie that favorites those colors! :)

    Thanks soooo much for chance to win your Drawing! YAY!

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

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  75. I would choose green, yellow and grey. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  76. Beautiful! I'd love a stack of those little solids...what fun! Might have to go shopping now...

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  77. Your mini quilt looks fantastic.

    If I could only work with three colours they would have to be turquoise, yellow and grey.

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  78. Gorgeous table topper! My 3 colors would be red, orange, and and blue :)

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

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

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  82. turquoise, white and gray. wait, maybe magenta, yellow and red?

    no way could i ever pick just 3 colors!

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  83. My three solids would be cranberry, pink and green

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  84. 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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  85. Lately I am loving eggplant, chartreuse, and gray. I do love how these Farmer's Wife blocks are looking in solids!

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  86. Lately I am loving eggplant, chartreuse, and gray. I do love how these Farmer's Wife blocks are looking in solids!

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  87. seriously LOVE! Amy, this looks so good, I wish I'd got a better look at the other day, I didn't even notice your awesomeness on the binding and the back. It looks so great!

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  88. Ooooh, that's a toughy! I think turquoise, yellow, and red.

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  89. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this quiltie!

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  90. I love what you have done with these Robert Kaufman fabrics! 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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