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Pride and the Fall

Some projects let me see just how far I've come with this whole quilting thing.


Sure, it's a simple pattern but I am very proud of it. My pieces were accurately cut. My corners line up. There's no funky bends or puckers or gaps. The simpleness let me see just how much my skills have improved since my first very funky quilts.


And, in this predominately female house, you've got to love a red, white and pink quilt. The girls are already fighting over who gets to sleep with it.



I'm torn on how to finish this. I'm debating buying a high loft batting and tying it so it would be all soft and fluffy like a comforter. Or, going with my standard cotton batting and machine quilting for a denser, crinkly finished quilt. What's your vote? Either way, I'm going with a bright green binding!


And then other projects let me see just how far I still have to go. I started a block exchange within my quilting group. Nikke asked us if we were up to making some Farmer's Wife quilt blocks for her. I was all for it. I even thought about rushing out, buying the book and starting one of my own. Then I actually started. These blocks kicked my butt!

Contrary Wife Block

Corn and Beans Quilt Block

First off, they are 6.5 inches square. So, over 30 little bits of fabric in the lower block- all in 6.5 inches. I thought I had an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam. I thought I knew how to press without distorting the fabric. I thought I could cut accurately. Until I started these blocks. My goodness.  I still have so much to learn. But, they're done. A couple of appearances by the seam ripper, some recutting, some swearing. And there they are. No, I'm not still thinking about buying the book and starting one of my own. Right now. But, in a couple of years when I'm ready to take it to the next level, we'll see.


tara said…
Yah, I'm not going to start a FW quilt either. Mine didnt as many little pieces as yours but 2 blocks was enough.
Love the quilt top! Yummy colors. Tying might be different.
**nicke... said…
oh trina! i am so so sorry! i still haven't tried mine yet. thanks so much for making them. i wonder if i will end up doing a farmers wife mini instead of that whole quilt after trying them though! ;) xo
**nicke... said…
and i forgot... i would tie it with a super lofty batting. i love how those kind of quilts feel.

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