Friday, October 11, 2013

Farmer's Wife Blocks [Done] and a Giveaway!

I've always wanted a red and white quilt.  So in January 2012 (when the fabric store I work at decided to start a Farmer's Wife Club), I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and get my quilt while jumping on the Farmer's Wife bandwagon!


 In our Farmer's Wife club, I got to teach different quilt making techniques once a month to a small group of women (who seriously amazed me - most of them ended up making all 111 blocks!)  I already knew how to paper-piece (a technique I used on some of the more intricate blocks) but the technique that was new to me at the time (and has become an easy, enjoyable method) was the template piecing.  I also learned new methods for making half-square triangles plus lots of other tips and tricks.  Overall, I definitely grew as a quilter and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of the club.


 
I started off thinking I would make all 111 six-inch blocks.  But then reality set in and my plans changed.  I thought, I don't need a king-size quilt and to be honest I was getting a little tired of my red and white fabrics so I opted out at 83 beautiful little blocks to make myself a twin-size quilt.  I feel good about my decision and have had a blast farming! 


Since my last post, I needed to make 5 more blocks to reach my twin-size goal. Here they are:


L. to R.: [28] Duck and Ducklings [32] Farmer's Daughter, [51] Hovering Birds, [23] Country Farm and [27] Darting Birds


This little stack contains lots of red and white fabrics plus hours and hours and hours of love :)


Did I mention that I was getting a little tired of my red and white stash?  Well, that's where you come in!  I thought I'd share the red and white LOVE by doing a giveaway for some of my leftovers (what you see above) and maybe a pattern or two :)  Interested?  Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite color combination is right now.  This giveaway will close Sunday night and I'll announce a winner Monday morning.


Have a wonderful weekend!
[We're off to Park City, Utah for some family time!]
 See ya on the flip side!

~ Amber

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

141 comments:

Nicky said...

Ooh what a hard question....working on a project in smoky purple and grey!

hogarthc16 said...

My favorite color combo right now is blue and green. I always feel calmer when working with those colors. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Tiffany said...

You did it! Congratulations, I can't wait to see it put together. I'm making a little commissioned quilt right now in blue, green, and gray. I'm really loving that color combo!

Annalia said...

Mine is still a light tuquoise and sunny yellow. I know it isn't exactly trendy anymore...but those colors just make me so happy!

I love your quilt squares! I want to take a quilting class! I wonder if there's a store somewhere around here?

Crickets Corner said...

I have been holding off on attempting the Farmer's Wife quilt but seeing yours has made me decide to give it a go. My favorite color combination at this moment is yellow and grey. I would love to win the scraps as I'm collecting reds and greens for a Country Charmer. Thanks for the chance and have a great weekend!

EmileeHope said...

I am actually wanting to make a valentine quilt, so those reds would be great! I am enjoying fall colors

Michelle Jensen said...

Well I have to say that I love the cool colors right now and navy and lavender are at the top of the list but yellow thrown in there with those two is pretty interesting but I think that is breaking the rules right :) Anyway, thank you for the giveaway and who can say no to some scrappy red business! Have a fun weekend!

Julia said...

I am so into aqua and white right now! Aqua and red would be delightful!

imquilternity said...

I think for the moment, my favorite color combination is orange, lime, and magenta. Can't get enough of those luscious colors!

Rosa said...

I`m working on several projects but for this moment is blue and white.
Can´t wait for those lovely blocks.Thanks for the fun!!

Jackie said...

I would like to make a black and white quilt one day. I haven't quilted before, but one day. Currently I am working with brown. Love it for the fall.

Kathleen Grace said...

Ha ha, well my favorite color has always been red, and I hope to make a red and white quilt some day too. Your farmers wife quilt will be so gorgeous! I am not quite experienced enough for blocks that complex yet. I am working on a grey and cream quilt for my daughter right now.

Maria said...

Right now I'm making a quilt in shades of blue and cream which I love. However red is one of the colors I seldom use for some reason but would definitely like to.

Nancy E said...

I just got some navy & shirtings so guess that would be my favorite combo right now, but sure would love to win your reds & whites! I would use them to make some of the Farmer's Wife blocks. Yours are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your extra fabric!

I am Just One Mom said...

Even my closet will tell you: I am a classic red & white girl. With a dash of black, grey, or dark taupe for necessary skirts & pants. Turquoise & silver for jewelry. Very predictable or endless combinations.

For little girlies: aqua and red.
For little boys: yellow and sky blue.

Bravo on your Farmer's Wife squares!

Paula said...

My Fav combo is aqua / red! So yummy!

Tanja Haack said...

Actually my new color combo is red and white. I'm redecorating my kitchen in those colors.

chook said...

oh that is hard I think at the moment I am going with anything goes scrap style quilts love to see how all the different fabrics go together thanks for the chance to win some yummy fabric hugs Beth

Peggy Aront said...

You asked the right question.
I'm a HUGE fan of red and white. I'm collecting fabrics to make a red and white 6 inch churn dash quilt.
Please send your scraps to New Jersey

Peggy

Leanne said...

Beautiful farmers wife blocks Amber, I made my version a little different and used really bright colours.

My favourite color combo is aqua and orange.

scottylover said...

Love your blocks, they are so cute! I love light pink and mint green together right now. Haven't bought any fabrics for this combination, but have them on the list!
Sandy A

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Almost ever thing I make has some red in it. Would love to win. I like aqua and think a pale yellow would look good with it.

Tiffany Ray said...

Wow! They are beautiful...can't wait to see the finished quilt. I am liking the solid quilts - quilts made with all solids... bright colors though.

Aimee said...

Right now it's orange green purple & black, simply because I'm working on a Halloween quilt. And those colors really pop together

sweetbabies00 said...

Pink and purple right now, but there isn't a wrong answer :)

handiworking.com said...

The last two quilts I made were heavily red and white but I think my next one will be blue and green. Your red and white blocks are gorgeous. I have the Farmer's Wife book but haven't started it yet.

sweetbabies00 said...

I have been working on a pink and purple quilt, so it's my current favorite. There aren't any wrong answers. I have been eyeing a beautiful quilt made with reds... ;)

Deb R said...

My favourite colour combo is red and cream and Im trying really hard to change that...but to no avail!!
You have inspired me to pull out my Farmers Wife book!! Thank you!!

I am Just One Mom said...

Not sure what happened to my first witty post... ever find yourself unable to be as witty on a second try?

I am a classic Red & White fan as my closet shows.

Baby girl quilts: aqua & red
Baby boy quilts: sky blue & yellow

Your Red & White Farmer's Wife quilt squares look wonderful!

Michele T said...

I can't answer that easily... I love the classy look of two colour quilts, like your red and white because it is visually striking. At the moment I am working on a lap quilt of fall colours.

Christine M said...

I can't wait to see your quilt put together Amber. It is going to be beautiful. I don;t really have a favourite colour combination but I do tend to add red to most of my projects!

Patchwork and Play said...

I'd love your red and white scraps - I was only just saying to a friend that nearly everything I am making at the moment has red in it! I do love turquoise and orange together though!

Katie said...

Red is a favorite color of mine! Your blocks look great. I hope you really enjoy your farmer's wife quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some red and white!

Erin Marie said...

I'm loving pink and gray right now. I bought some fabrics to make a blanket in that combo awhile ago (when I thought my 4th baby was going to be a girl, but then the 20 week ultrasound showed something different) and I'm finally working on it. It's so pretty.

jlhoeting said...

I guess I'm still stuck on aqua... But maybe with some brown for fall.

jlhoeting said...

I still like aqua... But with brown for fall, I think.

Brenda said...

My favorite color combination right now is red and gray. I would love your scraps.

ledamewood said...

My favorite combination is blue & white, although, I have 2 red & white quilts on the 'to do' list - at the top ' so I'd love to be the recipient of your scraps.

Beeshebags said...

Soft pink and chocolate brown is a great combo I think. Thanks for the opportunity to win some 'offcuts' which always sounds better than scraps I think!

Hugs
Naomi

Vivian said...

Look at your beautiful stack of blocks!

My favourite colour combo this past week red, grey (grey-beige) and cream. I finished up a UFO in those colours and nearly finished another top in those colours. Very Christmasy.

Thanks for the chance!

Fiesta said...

Amber your blocks look so bright and beautiful. My favorite color combinations right now are oranges and brown but I would love your reds and whites.thanks for the chance

Prima Donna said...

I have always wantedto make a redand white quilt, too. But, it seems I have been usinga lot of blue, purple, and turquoise batiks lately.

Brittany Whitley said...

I'm loving blacks, orange, purple, & green right now!

quintuplicatemom said...

I just finished some red, black and white potholders. Love them!

dokiquilts said...

i really like red & white (my high school colors) and blue & gold/yellow (college colors!) but right now i'm working on a green and gold/yellow quilt--i do NOT like this color combo but it's for my co-worker, who's husband is very ill with leukemia--and green & gold are australia's national colors--where they're from. so i'll suck it up and keep working on green & yellow (with lots of white as background to temper it!)

Colleen said...

I made a small red and white quilt. It was so hard to find pure red/ whites. I still don't have enough red scraps.

miss jamee said...

red and white is definitely on my bucket list...and farmers wife is too! dont have nearly enough variety to kill two birds with one stone, but thats okay, the more ufo's the better, right?

Jan Baker said...

I love green and have a lot in my stash with green in it. This would be lovely to put with my meger stash of red.

Christine S said...

I love navy and aqua. Red and orange are my favorite colors!

Denise said...

Love your beautiful red and white! It's one of my favorite combos but my "right now" favorite is aqua and orange. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carla said...

What a wonderful give away! I love red and white quilts. So classic

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

I am working on shades of purple quilt, I always wanted to do a yellow and grey quilt. This red is mighty pretty and would love the chance to win it. Thank you for sharing...

Lorene Holbrook said...

Oh my fav is reds and creams. I have provabky made 3 or 4 quilts with that combo. And I have just started another! Thanks for the chance.

Cathy Smith said...

I am totally into the seaside colors right now. Blues, greens, maybe some yellows and corals thrown in. Your red and whites are so gorgeous! Great job!

Terry said...

Red and white. . .black and white. . .oh, heck, I just love all the color combinations!!

debbie said...

Hi Amber, That is a lovely giveaway. If you are allowing international entrants, please count me in. I am loving beachy colors...such as any shades of teal and sand, but I also find the red and white very cheerful too. xx debbie

Jessica Killpack said...

Right now, my favorite color combo is pink, blue and yellow(: thanks for the giveaway!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Wow, good on you for making it to your goal!! I think my current favourite would have to be navy with... well, any bright colour!

Heidi said...

I love red and white! So classic and clean. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

It's hard for me to pick a favorite color, but red is near the top. I was going through my stash the other day, trying to decide what fabrics to use for a new quilt, and discovered I had very little red, and it's a Christmas quilt, so I could really use the red and white fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jen said...

This is going to be a beautiful quilt when it's done! I'm loving red and white right now and am kicking myself for not having enough in my stash. Ice actually been thinking if picking up a fat quarter bundle of Mid-Winter Reds by Minnick and Simpson!

Jennifer said...

Aqua and raspberry

Angie Burrett said...

Your red and white squares are gorgeous and I am so looking forward to seeing the quilt finished - hours and hours of work!
I am into blues and browns with a hint of cream at the moment - my favourite colour schemes change like the weather!
Thank you for a great give-away!

Olga Retterath said...

Hi Amber,
my favorit color for at this time
(autumn and winter) ist red and green.
They are the colors of christmas
in my mind. And it's coming with
great steps.....
Greetings from Germany
Olga

*hansundgrete-shop.blogspot.com*

Barbara O. said...

I love fuchsia and green, but I wouldn't use that on a quilt. For quilts I love orange and grey, green and white, blue and white, red and white, all these combos which make the colours sparkle.
Thanks for the chance.

Jittina said...

Congratulations on finishing your Farmer's Wife blocks, they are beautiful.
My favorite color combination is blue with darkbrown and white. I'm hoping to make a FWQ in those colors. Someday...
But maybe I get to play with your red and white scraps first? I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Francis Paul said...

red-white-blue is my all time favorite :-) I haven't made any FW blocks but I did 30+ Civil War Diaries blocks in.... you guessed right: red-white-blue!

Denise Mortenson said...

Right now I'm in quilting love with lime green, red, and aqua! So those red scraps would fit right in!

Denise Mortenson said...

Right now I'm in quilting love with lime green, red and aqua! Those scraps of red would fit right in!

diegoagogo said...

Oh I can't wait to see how these all look together!
On my bucket list is a red & white, a blue & white & a modern colours quilt.
I have several favourite colour combinations LOL. Love purple & green, red white & blue, pink & brown, hot pink & orange, baby pink green & white...
Yep, I have a problem!!
Cheers
Lush

Janice Stockwell said...

Aqua and Gray with bits of other colors thrown in.

Karen M said...

Congratulations on finishing your FW blocks. That is quite an accomplishment. I love the R/W. I have started a R/W churn dash quilt with blocks in positive and negative. I would love those scraps of yours to add to my reds.

Lorna McMahon said...

Your blocks look fabulous. Looking forward to seeing them all quilted up! I always seem to be drawn toward calming, cooler colours. I like turquoise and lime!

llavmc said...

I'd love to have these scraps. I am making a red and white quilt for my sister. Thanks for the giveaway!

rebecca said...

My favorite color way is reds and greens. Doing a Judy Niemeyer feathered star currently.

Ellyn said...

oh my! I love red... right now am working on a scrappy red & turquoise quilt. these scraps would be right at home at my house!

Martha Farner said...

I am working on a quilt with gray, yellow, white, and teal. I love your red and white blocks. mfarner1423@embarqmail.com

Martha Farner said...

I am working on a gray, yellow, white, and teal quilt. Love your red and white. mfarner1423@embarqmail.com

Becky S. said...

Your Farmer's Wife quilt is going to be beautiful!!! My favorite color combo right now is aqua and white or aqua and red. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to make a red and white quilt.

Erin said...

I've been working with Christmas colors lately.

Lynn Howell said...

I love the red and white and your blocks are lovely! Thanks for the chance to win your scraps!!

Cheryl said...

Your blocks look beautiful, I can't wait to see them together in a quilt! My favorite combo right now is red and aqua.

Carol said...

Hi, I have always loved blue and white. Love the red blocks though!
Wow! Your really generous to give away your hard worked on blocks!
Thanks!

Gill said...

I love red and white but the quilt I'm working on at the moment is actually grey and orange!

Rickie said...

I've been collecting fabric for a red white and black quilt and winning your little stash scraps would be wonderful!! I love the farmer blocks. Thanks!

Rita@ Pinpricked Fingers said...

I have always been a 'red' gal! I love red with almost anything! It's so generous of you to share your scraps.

Rochelle Marouski said...

I too actually collect red fabric,
hope to do the Farmers wife quilt also. Was undecided what the color theme would be until seeing yours! OMG! Beautiful! I bought the book this past summer and hope to work on the blocks this winter. with the cost of fabric so high I am utilizing my stash alot these days. But would love some of your reds to add to mine!

Susan said...

Your farmer's wife quilt is going to be beautiful! I've been thinking that I need to make a red and white quilt ever since I saw the photos of the red in white exhibit that was in NYC a few years ago. I still haven't done it though...maybe some red and white scraps would get me started!

My favorite color combination? I finished a red and aqua quilt not long ago that I really loved the look of!

Mary C said...

Your blocks are so pretty! I am working on a turquoise, lime green and pearl grey quilt right now. The combination makes me smile...and that is what quilting is all about!

Bonnie58 said...

I can sympathies. I've been collecting reds, whites and blacks to do a french braid quilt for my son. I need to get started instead of collecting. lol, I would love to add these to the mix. Thanks so much for sharing

Unknown said...

Yellow and gray. I also made a red and white quilt to celecrste her 1st anniversary. And i said -- never again. I got tired of looking at rea and whiye too! Your blocks are beautifil though!

Shebandowan said...

Boy would I love to have your scraps. I have just finished embroidered Raggedy Ann & Andy squares and plan on piecing small blocks all around these. Everything will be don in red, white and beige. Thanks for the chance to win.

Janet

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Beautiful! I have also wanted to make a red white quilt. If I could pick any colors to work with it would be pink red and qqua, pink and orange, or pink and lime green, or pink and grey, or pink and......
Thank you for this chance, after pink red is my favorite color.

Karen said...

Ever since I saw pictures of that fantastic red and white quilt show my favorite color combination is Red and White!

Sally said...

My favorite combination is green, like a kelly green and navy blue combo.

Shirley Scott said...

I'm a Libra - decisions is not my strong suit. My favorite color combinations in always the quilt that I work on, and then its an ordeal to make that choice. Just love all colors and love quilting ;)

Miss Nancy said...

You pose a hard question as I like a lot of different light and bright colors such as oranges, yellows, pinks, blues, some greens, and, of course reds. I like the brighter and cheerier fabrics. Thank you for this great giveaway and for sharing your fabrics.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!!

Nettie said...

Oh, Amber I would LOVE winning your red scraps! I make lots of small, paper-pieced quilts. My red stash is seriously tiny at this time. Your fabric choices are really pretty too.

nettiecrain@live.com

Ella said...

I guess I'm Halloweeny by nature. Purple and Orange.

ljeanne said...

My favorite combination is turquoise, grey, and lime green. Of course, tomorrow it will be something different. I have been saving scraps of red for a red/white quilt. I'd love to add your scraps to the mix.

Dawn said...

Your quilt is going to be stunning! My combo right now is various shades of purple and blue as requested by my daughter for her graduation quilt. I couldn't help throwing in a little green and burgundy!

Quilting Tangent said...

Great fabrics and blocks, you should have a wonderful quilt when its done. Favorite combination, I like yellow and purple. My quilts are whatever I'm in the mood for when I start working the project. Rainbow color scheme, Christmas, etc. 24Tangent@gmail.com

BRD Girl said...

My favorite color combinations are constantly changing - but right now I am partial autumn colors - golds, browns, and oranges. I'm sure tomorrow I will be on to a new favorite...but today, the I am findng the colors of this fall season refreshing...

barbara woods said...

love red and white , thanks for the chance

Nupur said...

Inspired by modern quilts, I'm loving the combination of grey and orange. Thanks so much for the giveaway and your blocks are super cute.

SewCalGal said...

OMG A giveaway for red stash? Talk about my dream giveaway. I've been wanting to make some red/white quilts and love what you are creating. Drooling. While I do love all colors, I just don't have a good collection of red and whites in my stash and I love scraps

Your red and white stash will be well loved and hopefully breed in my stash so I can turn them into some red/white quilts.....would love to have one done before Christmas.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Shirley Lupton said...

Shirley said:
I would love to win the red/white scraps. I want to make a Christmas table runner, but I don't have enough red and white to finish. My favorite colors is blue, brown and green. Dull huh.

Rae Reid said...

I've always loved blue with brown or white, and red and white, but my current combination is red with aqua and white. Thanks for the giveaway!

Fran Daoust said...

My favorite color combination is gray and light pink. Very cute for babies. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

LadyBugBetty said...

Right now I'm into black on white, white on black and am really getting tired of them but have 3 more blocks to go.

Red and white would be lovely!

MaryBeth said...

I seem to be working with a lot of greens and blues lately. Congrats of all those blocks!!

LYNN said...

Oh the blocks are lovely. Red and white is my favorite color combination, no matter how I try other - I keep coming back to Red and white.

Thanks

Mary Jean said...

Wow! You really have a collection of reds...you can never have too many. right now I have been working on fall projects so I'm loving the gold,orange,green,brown and blacks. Congrats on finishing your blocks!

Dottie @ Tadlafleur said...

Hi, I am working in rainbow colors. A scrap quilt. In fact I am working on 5quilts in all kinds of colors. Trying to get those ufo's done. Red is my favorite color. There is just something about it. Yum!

Tammy said...

That is gonna be gorgeous all put together. I want to do a aqua red white and salmon colored quilt next..

Maxine said...

Red and White, yellow and white, black and white, blue and white the list goes on. Would like to start the Farmers Wife now everyone is done...Can't wait to see yours put together

manicmumdays.com said...

Hi! Thanks for the chance to enter! :) My fave combo right now is anything RAINBOW!

Caroline said...

I love your blocks, that is going to be one pretty quilt:) Right now I'm loving gray and aqua

Deb said...

I really like red, but I found some blue and green fabric, that is to die for.

Cecilia said...

Right now I'm working with Christmas colors, red and green. I have a red and white quilt on my bucket list.

cllcraft said...

I have been collecting red and white fabric for a few months to make a quilt I saw in a magazine. Right now I'm working on a homespun type quilt made with blue and white shirting triangles, and a Star Wars character backing. It's big-boy on the front and little boy on the back!

Rose M. said...

I've been using a lot of gray lately with yellows. Love your Farmer's Wife in the red and white. I've been following you since you started it. Actually, your blog was the first one I started following after I accidentally found it!

Susan Clark said...

I'm loving red and turquoise right now but I love your red and white FW blocks.

Susan Clark said...

I'm loving red and turquoise right now but I love your red and white FW blocks.

Susan said...

My favorite combination right now seems to be celery green and a deep pink red, not sure why. It is cheery though. I would love those scraps to add to the red and white quilt I have in progress. Some new fabrics would help get me finishing it. Thanks for sharing your lovely blocks and for the give-away.

Lisa said...

Park City Utah is one of my favorite places. Got some great memories of skiing there! My favorite color combination right now is blue and white. I hope I win!

Charisma said...

I'm loving red &aqua. But I usually love whatever quilt I'm working on at any given time. :)

wondersoo said...

I like green blue and lime

Maxwells said...

Great job!! I am loving gray and aqua :)

ledamewood said...

Blue and white is my favorite combo, but I have 2 red & white quilts on the list for 2014. I'd love for your scraps to be part of those quilts.

GranChris said...

Your blocks are beautiful! I love the red. I have been in the Blue stage for quite awhile.

Nicole said...

Aqua and navy with a little orange...

JoanG said...

I'm a scrappy quilt gal, but no quilt goes out the door without some red in it! A red and white quilt is definitely on my list, and I'd love to add your quilty goodness to it.

Theresa N. said...

I'm liking pink and green right now.
theresa n
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jusmom1 said...

Right now my favorite color combo is brown and pink (with some toast and white).

Thanks for the chance to win!

Jen O said...

I actually started collecting red & white fabrics for my own Farmer's Wife, only to visit your blog after months of being away from blogland and see your cute blocks! I debated between red & white or blue & white. Or maybe I'll do all three colors and make a patriotic Farmer's Wife! :-)

LynCC said...

Oooo - those will be pretty together! Right now my color preference is surprising because I normally hate orange, but my eye loves: orange with rust-barn-red, deep chocolate brown, and charcoal with bits of strong gold thrown in. Clearly I'm enjoying the seasons we never got down in Florida. ;D

Unknown said...

Love the red and white. I am inspired.
My color choice tend towards the blues, aquas, greens.
Thanks so much.
Nancy

Alexis said...

I don't know that I have a favorite color scheme for quilting, but my favorite color is red and I'm practically drooling over that pile of scraps. Thanks for the chance to win. Have fun in Park City.

Melody A. said...

Such beautiful blocks, my favorite color combination is one I have not done yet, which is red and aqua, so your pieces would be a great treasure! Thank you for the giveaway!

TaraB said...

I would love to increase my reds and whites. I also want to make a red and white quilt. Pick me for you drawing!