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The Farmer’s Wife is done

A big quilting project comes to a close: my Farmer’s Wife quilt. Someone asked me the other day how long it took me. I said I didn’t know but I guessed it could be a whole year. Now, I have looked it up in my blog chronicles, and to my surprise I started out on this journey more than two years ago. In March 2012, I posted about the first square, Wrench. Little did I know that it would take me that long to finish it. But that is exactly what happened today.

I finished the quilting a couple of days ago. As mentioned before, I played with the thought of not binding the quilt at all. I have only done this once before, on a very small wall hanging. But this technique has nothing to do with size. It is rather simple, and I will quickly describe it here.

For this method, it is essential that you do not quilt up to the edge, but stop at least half an inch before it.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

After all quilting is done, I cut the three layers evenly with a ruler and rotary cutter. Then I took some scissors and trimmed the batting a quarter of an inch so that top and back stand out.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

This is the trickiest part of it because I almost cut the backing fabric several times—or thought that I would. It cost me some nerves. In fact, I found this way too exciting and decided to pin the top and back out of the way to be able to cut the batting of the three other sides without obstacles.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

Now, on all four sides, the batting is a quarter of an inch shorter than the top and backing fabric. Next, I folded the protruding part of the top and backing inside, enveloping the batting with the backing fabric. I pinned it and then sewed it with an invisible stitch by hand.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

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© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

And I am very pleased with the result of no binding. See a picture of the whole quilt here.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

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Farmer’s wife: Wrench

Today, I am able to present another new project of mine. After doing a small New York Beauty wall hanging and starting a hexagon quilt—designed all by myself—I thought I could start another quilt where I can rely on the design of someone else.

The farmer’s Wife quilt and the book by Laurie Hird are famous amongst quilters, I understand. Ever since I heard of it, I was fascinated by the great variety of block patterns in this sampler. And since I am very fond of samplers in general, it was only a matter of time that I started a version of my own.

As to fabric choice, I went for turquoise and green. I might add some blue or orange, I am not sure yet. Some of these, I borrowed from my sister. I always like to use “borrow” for things you cannot actually give back. Like handkerchiefs or food—and fabric.

To add even more excitement to this project, I decided to not sew 6″ blocks, as Laurie did, but 4,5″ blocks. To confess the truth, I did not want to do another really large quilt, in the first place. But as a bonus, it adds to the level of difficulty plus it allows me to use up lots of scraps.

Here is my first block: Wrench.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The block patterns in the book are in alphabetical order. As you can see, I started at the back.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann