Sunday, April 1, 2012

What I am working on - Farmer Quilt



I started this quilt last year, it is machine appliqued. My friend Susannah made this quilt, and I couldn't wait to make one too. It is called the Farmer Quilt - with activities that you might find on the farm.

I still need to do some hand embroidery on some of the blocks - like the clothesline on the block below. It is a lot of fun to work on - the thing that took the longest was picking out the many fabrics for the blocks.

For the background I used several different tans.


Farmer's wife hanging out the laundry . . .


An occasional rest and some hot tea . . .


Sweet summer bride . . .


Making a quilt - once I embroider a needle and thread in her hand . . .


Learning in a one-room-school . . .


Iron on Tuesday . . .


Milking the cow - every day . . .


Apparently two different breeds of cow . . .


Taking turns on the swing (when the rope is embroidered)


Checking the corn crop . . .


Feeding the chickens - those tear drop shapes will become chickens with some clever embroidery.


Rocking the baby in the afternoon, under the big tree in the yard . . .


A portrait in the barnyard . . .

What are you working on these days?

18 comments:

Peg said...

Wow, Jo - it's beautiful. Welcome back to the world of quilting! Elbow all better??

Jeanne said...

Very pretty. I like your choice of fabrics too.

Corky said...

What a wonderful quilt it will make. I am just finishing up my bricks quilt for our bed (made of the Wee Wonderland Moda collection) and then I will put together some blocks I have had around for a couple years. You would like them. One set is 30's fabrics (reproductions) of bow ties and the other is stars using florals and a coordinating solid. Both are very soft and pretty. I have to figure a sashing for the floral blocks, no sashing for the bow tie blocks.

Sunny said...

What a beautiful, fun quilt to make! It will be just darling! What am I working on? Well, tomorrow is my "D" day.... "Drop" everything else and get back to painting :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, this is adorable, Jo! I love the colors, the fabrics, and the story! Just as cute as can be!

I had better give Mr. Magpie his laptop back, or he's going to be upset. This time, I'm really gone!
LOL!

XO,

Sheila

Deb said...

I love these blocks, what a pretty quilt it will make. Can you give more details on the pattern, I can't find it. thanks so much

A Garden of Threads said...

I love it. Would you be will to share the pattern?

Crispy said...

Jo!!!!! I was thinking of you on my drive into work this afternoon and here you are :0)

I love this quilt!! I can hardly wait to see what happens when you start the embroidery!

Crispy

GardenofDaisies said...

Love this!!! So fun!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

This is just tooooo cute Joann! I especially like the cow milking

I will be really anxious to see this one finished and all gussied up!!!

Deb Shucka said...

These blocks are so beautiful,and your work so precise. It was fun for me to notice that I have many of these exact same fabrics in my stash. I hope you'll show the finished product when it's done.

Pondside said...

What a sweet idea!
Me? I've got three needlework projects on the go. Will I ever finish?

Christine Thresh said...

Quite a project. You are doing a beautiful job. The embroidery will certainly be the final touch for some of the blocks, particularly the chickens. I do love the two different cows.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This quilt is SO adorable. Is it a real pattern, or one that your friend made??

Teresa said...

Love your blocks - a touch of humor and a lot of skill - this will be a very special quilt.

Purple Pam said...

Your blocks are darling. What fun you will have finishing them.

Nanci said...

OMG JO! I love these! I am not into the appliques as I do find them really hard to do, but this is tempting!

Rowan said...

Oh I love this quilt Joann - what a wonderful theme, all those old-fashioned country chores and pleasures.