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FWQAL - zero to go!

November 13th, 2011

I was so enthusiastic and excited when I started the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-long. I had bought the book a few years back - and it was collecting dust… until I saw that Amanda and Angela started the FWQAL.  I jumped in, and jumped from what felt like the high-dive.  I made these and these.  And then got cookin’ on these:
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 7 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 8

Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 7 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 8

And then I decided I had had enough of the templates, and applied my Only Do Things That Make Me Happy rule to my block-making.  I then picked blocks that made me happy and I paid no attention to their numbers.
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 9 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 12

Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 14 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 16

And then I started to slow down a little.
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 18 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 11

And then I began to make the blocks how I wanted to make them - and used the book as guide rather than an assignment. (Block 39 I made with half square triangles and flip-n-stitch corners vs using the templates).  I’ll make some more in a future post.  Easy as store-bought pie.
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 39

And then I decided I was done and wanted to make something with only the blocks that I had already made (and hopefully not write a blog post to go with it that would end up sounding like the drive-thru lady on Dude Where’s My Car).

And then a bee flew up my butt.  I grabbed some Kona White and Kona Pepper, (and put some Kona Coal aside)… Farmers Wife Quilt-a-long

And soon realized I needed more blocks to make my quilt just right.
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 34 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 49

Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 100 Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 111

And then…  I Rosie Ruiz’d finished my Make Me Happy quilt!
Make Me Happy quilt

Make Me Happy quilt

And then I made out with my quilt.  BAM - surprise ending.
Make Me Happy quilt

Thank you Amanda and Angela for hosting such a great quilt-a-long. And most of all, I’m thankful for all the new friends I made from participating in it! XXOO!

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79 Responses

  1. The fabulous Lee Ann L. allegedly said:

    I LOVE it!!!

  2. The fabulous Cameron H allegedly said:

    OMG, you totally pulled me along with your narrative, hook, line, and sinker. When you got to the full reveal and those blocks look like they’re falling out and crashing on the ground (which is pure genius), I was as surprised as if I had been startled by the sound of actual breaking glass. This may be the #1 most awesome quilt I have ever seen.

  3. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    It’s fabulous! Love those crashing blocks pieces on the bottom. But I really wanted to see the housecoat that went along with the slippers. ;)

  4. The fabulous Toni allegedly said:

    I agree with the others…Crashing blocks=genius! Love the slippers, too!

  5. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Amazing! Century of Progress is my favorite Farmers Wife block, glad you picked it! I love the colors and the way they pop off the white and gray backgrounds.

  6. The fabulous jennifer allegedly said:

    this is fabulous!! what a great design, great work - the colors, the kona solids - seriously, love it all!

  7. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    ::::Standing ovation::::

  8. The fabulous Molly allegedly said:

    Awesome! This quilt is such a cool original take on the traditional blocks. Love it!
    This makes me wish I didn’t divorce that farmer months ago.

  9. The fabulous karen allegedly said:

    I am thrilled to see your version!! I lost interest in my blocks because I didn’t want a whole quilt of the blocks. I am brainstorming my own ‘not all the blocks’ version for what I have done. This is such a great quilt! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    I love the way you finished your quilt Monica. I started to buy the book when folks started on the QAL but with the talk of templates I knew I didn’t want to go there.

    Love the fabrics and blocks. Really nice.

  11. The fabulous amy dunn allegedly said:

    Beautiful quilt Monica! Those slippers are hot lady! :)

  12. The fabulous cynthia allegedly said:

    I love your quilt!!! Congrats for being the first finisher that I have seen…I have made 46 and have four more to go. Will have to wait until after Christmas though.

  13. The fabulous duff allegedly said:

    Your quilt makes me happy too! What a perfect, original ending to the FWQAL–the farmer’s wife breaks out of her rut and goes for a little walk down the road…

  14. The fabulous Amanda Elizabeth allegedly said:

    Monica!!!! Cutest Zombie!!!!!! I can’t even handle how RAD this is!!!! So freaking clever! And I totally freaking LOVE your rule, I’m borrowing it!!! Woo Woo!

  15. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    I love it Monica! You did a great job, and I like the layout a lot, it’s totally awesome :)

  16. The fabulous Angela2 allegedly said:

    Love your quilt, slippers and the surprise ending :) Thanks for the inspiration to make the quilt what WE want it to be!!

  17. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Fantastic! I love your spin on the blocks.

  18. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    Swoooooon! I love the black and the contrast of your beautiful bright fabrics! And good for you for only doing what makes you happy! I think I’m going to apply that rule to everything I do from now on. Let’s see…laundry…dishes…

  19. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    That is so fun! Definitely tradition with a twist!

  20. The fabulous Adrianne (Little Bluebell) allegedly said:

    Bwahahahah!!! Oh my goodness. This makes me happy too. I can totally relate to your farmer’s wife journey. What a great playful, fun and original finish. Bravo!!!

  21. The fabulous Billie K allegedly said:

    Too cute! Loved the post and all your ‘make me happy’ things, and your quilt!

  22. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    That’s pretty funny. I think that you might have a lot of copy cats as the quilt along seems to have taken a turn for many of the members. Yours is a very creative, fun approach. It makes me laugh :)

  23. The fabulous Greta allegedly said:

    Okay I loved the sneak peak I saw of this on flickr. But girl this rocks!!! The two blocks that are kind of tumbling out there into those little pieces, A-MAZ-ING!!!!!

  24. The fabulous Quiltjane allegedly said:

    Love the layout - very original and the charcoal background is a winner. What wondrous quilting design to you have in mind?

  25. The fabulous Summer allegedly said:

    Love it!!

  26. The fabulous Kate allegedly said:

    You are hilarious! Your quilt is quite unique, just like you. Love never knowing what you are going to blog next.

  27. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    I love the rule…well I can at least apply it to quilting projects and friends! This was one quilt along I didn’t get sucked into, I just knew I ‘d stall out after a few days of cursing at templates. Love your version…I’m thinking it says something profound but not repeatable…lol!

  28. The fabulous daisy allegedly said:

    fabulous blocks - and love x 3 the bottom quilt blocks - really sets it off ! ps love the slippers ♥

  29. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    That’s one of the best walking quilts I’ve ever seen! I wasn’t interested in doing a traditional, country-style quilt, but when I saw what you and several other quilters are using, it’s tempting. In fact, I bought the book today because I’m feeling inspired by you. But I’ll never be able to think up as cool a setting as you did. But then, who else could be so clever?

  30. The fabulous Violet Craft allegedly said:

    Oh Monica, you are the cat’s pajama’s. Seriously. That is the most brilliant idea. And I am so happy I was there to see part of the creation. LOVING those slippered feet too.

  31. The fabulous Jan allegedly said:

    Love your quilt! It is a great showcase for your lovely fabric, too! Very, very clever setting!

  32. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    Awesome quilt Monica!! So fun. And I love your Only Sew What Makes Me Happy rule. I could really use that one on my Dear Jane. Thanks for the wisdom.

  33. The fabulous Marga allegedly said:

    I love the way you made it totaly your own FWQ. I love the quilttop too.

    Greetings from Holland,

  34. The fabulous Jenna / liveformemories allegedly said:

    Your quilt just blew my mind. I can’t wait to see it when you’ve gotten it quilted. Gorgeous!!

  35. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Amazing. Amazing!!! I love your spin on the quilt!! So completely unique and wonderful. I’m so happy that you sewed along with us. You and your sweet slippers (love!) xx

  36. The fabulous Dragonfly allegedly said:

    Just brilliant! BRILLIANT. I love it.

  37. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    You’re hysterical. I can see now that you definitely play with drugs. I LOVE your color placement on a lot of those blocks — you’ve got the eye — and I’m not talking about the stink eye either!!!

  38. The fabulous Dianne allegedly said:

    fabulous idea! I love what you’ve done ;)

  39. The fabulous MC allegedly said:

    Great post and great quilt layout. It makes me happy too! Your basket weave block is my favorite.

  40. The fabulous Laurie allegedly said:

    You are such a little ruler breaker ! Love the finished product. Also loving the “do what makes you happy” rule!

  41. The fabulous Mary Ellen allegedly said:

    Simply Brilliant! Not only are there no ‘Quilt Police’ to insure that we stay in the lines. But we have you to guide us into the light of making ‘what makes me happy’!! thanks. ME

  42. The fabulous Colleen D. allegedly said:

    This completely made me smile this morning! Thank you so much!!

  43. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Love love love it!
    and ?? you too. xo

  44. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Oh WOW!!!! I just love your quilt!!! Now that’s a Happy Zombie Ending if I’ve ever seen one! The tumbling off and broken blocks are a perfect ending to the quilt!!

    Your quilt mirrors my ambition, but you are WAY more talented and ambitious. I get going and then fade away a lot sooner. Ahhh… my life in quilts!

  45. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Me again - forgot to mention how cute you are as a walking quilt!

    Love the curly hair and slippers walking along in the roadway!!

  46. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    I LOVE how your slippers go with your AADD Quilt !!!! I always try and match mine to my Adult Attention Deficit projects too !!!! I am in awe that you paid attention to the instructions as long as you did !!!! (I wouldn’t have made it past block #2 !) GOOD JOB Monica !!!! LOVE THAT QUILT !!!

  47. The fabulous amy allegedly said:

    I really wish you would call this AKA The Enough Is Enough Quilt. :-) Maybe I’ll stop where I’m at too.

  48. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:

    Dude, I can’t believe you’re quitting on me! YOU made ME join. FW land feels a little emptier now somehow. :(

    But I LOVE your quilt. Especially the commentary about your motivation/inspiration for this project with the block crashing at the bottom (if that’s what you meant … if not, I still think it’s hilarious!)

  49. The fabulous Meg allegedly said:

    Oh Monica, how you make me laugh! That is an awesome quilt–just perfect! Good for you!

  50. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    This is so awesome. And your post cracked me up. AND THEN?

  51. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    lol! totally cracked me up! love your happy quilt and i love your slippers!

  52. The fabulous Sherry allegedly said:

    Oh Monica…your posts always make me laugh! But seriously, this quilt is just awesome!

  53. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Love it! So awesome!!!!

  54. The fabulous Rene' allegedly said:

    I love your style!!!!! Have this book too but haven’t made any blocks yet. #39 is my favorite and so glad I now “have permission” to make it my own way….too lazy to figure out the templates!

  55. The fabulous Helen allegedly said:

    I love your blocks,especially Butterfly at the Crossroads. I am always impressed by your use of color, especially since it is so different from my home.

    It’s been very fun seeing the different Farmer’s Wife blocks.

  56. The fabulous Archie the wonder dog allegedly said:

    It’s wonderful - I love the spin you’ve put on the sampler quilt, genius!!

  57. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    I think that is my all time favorite quilt I have ever seen. I love that it breaks the rules

  58. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    Oh wowee!! I love it. And those slippers are so sassy!

  59. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Love the blocks and the FW bits and pieces. Definitely a kick!

  60. The fabulous kendascrafts allegedly said:

    That looks great! Love that you did what you wanted

  61. The fabulous Jamie Harned allegedly said:

    That is hilarious! and the cute is fabulous. thanks for sharing honestly what I feel most of the time! I absolutely hate templates. I am always happy to start a project, but sometimes (mostly) I lose interest! Way to improvise!

  62. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    Words can’t express how much I love this quilt!!!!!!! Original with a capital “O”.

  63. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Send that bee down to Chico will ya? I have only two blocks made and need something to get me going. Oh yeah, that is one awesome quilt MSS! I love that charcoal and how it makes your blocks stand up and be counted no matter what number they be…congrats!!

  64. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    You should definitely get the toaster over. You just talked me into joining!!!!

  65. The fabulous Indianna allegedly said:

    Love the way you have mixed the solids with your zingy fabrics. Sometimes less….is more!

  66. The fabulous Nadine allegedly said:

    Oh, I put mine on a shelf, and I haven’t worked on it in sometime. As soon as the Holidays are over I am all over getting that thing DONE!! I love what you did. You are one smart girl it must be that good Oregon air that I miss so much!!!
    Nadine ( Mrs. Osmond)

  67. The fabulous Pam Gavin allegedly said:

    BRILLIANT!! Very cool quilt - inspiring and fun!!

  68. The fabulous Malinda allegedly said:

    Love this!!! Made me LOL! When the stash, WIPs and wish lists become “have to”s instead of “want to”s, it’s time to take a step back and ask “Are we having fun yet?” Thanks for the reminder with this quilt!!!

  69. The fabulous Skooks allegedly said:

    And this is why I love you, Monica. SO awesome. And the crashing blocks at the bottom are precisely the reason I never started the QAL. I just knew that would end up happening to me! So glad you finished it. A million points for tossing in a “dude, where’s my car” reference. Hilarious.

  70. The fabulous aimee allegedly said:

    OMG the Boston girl in me is dying over the Rosie Ruiz reference! Awesome! Love the disintegrating block - a truly unique concept.

  71. The fabulous Carmen allegedly said:

    Wow! The final pictures were totally unexpected, and I love that! Kudos to you for making the Farmer’s Wife your own… nobody will have a FW quilt like this one, and it’s fabulous!

  72. The fabulous Lou allegedly said:

    oh yes! love the blocks and falling pieces and how your slippers compliment all of it! you are a joy ~xo~

  73. The fabulous Gina f. allegedly said:

    You are so clever… I love your quilt!

  74. The fabulous Mishka allegedly said:

    Love your blocks, they look fabulous in your fabrics. Your modern layout is great too.

  75. The fabulous Marie allegedly said:


  76. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    It’s awesome! I love it! You do have the best sense of humor. :)

  77. The fabulous ayumills allegedly said:

    I love the way you made your quilt top so much, Monica! Love the contrast on it!

    and of course your photos rock as usual!

  78. The fabulous Suzanne allegedly said:

    I really enjoyed the story of your quilt. I would have never guessed from an initial gander that it was a FWQAL. It made me happy too!

  79. The fabulous Linda Putz allegedly said:

    I love your fabric choice for your blocks . Beautiful!

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