FWQAL week 2

Oh my, What fabrics would a Farmer’s Wife use? I thought this collection looks like overalls and dirt.
Not really! Here is a sneak peek of the new Blueberry Crumb Cake line by Blackbird Designs
 (in stores November)
 ( in stores any second)
Then I had to start mixing it up, right? Are you supposed to use your scraps. No time to get off the farm and go into town to get new fabric. So I added some bunny hill greys, barbara brackman red and deep dark purples. Then I was ready to start week 2 of the FWQAL class.

This week we talked about Marti Michell templates and showed how you combined different templates to get additional shapes. I MUST ADMIT I am a strip piece kind of girl. I don’t use many templates. BUT, I am a convert. I will show you the entire process after Week 3 of classes. Just wait until you see what Marti has done for us all to make this so easy!

These gals in class are such troopers by letting me take their pictures and post them on the www.

I may have spoken to soon. Can you say paparazzi?
Yes she is a real farmers wife of United Notions
The funnest part of the class is the show n tell.
Sometimes it is the excuses why they didn’t get all 2 of their blocks done in a week. But that is okay. These are busy farmers wives with cows to mill and chicks to feed.
Kelli is using batiks and prints
Eladia- Shabby Chic
Outlaw- red white and blue
Mariza-earth colors
Holly- Aqua, orange and green, grey
Jamie- Bright modern
Michelle- civil war
Sarah- vintage modern
Nancy- classic blues and aquas
Ducky- Blackbird
This is just a few of the people. It is so interesting to see all the different looks all in one place.
DISCLAIMER: This is quite a competitve group of gals. They are already trying to one up each other. Anything from making more blocks than assigned, bringing their fabric in the latest and greatest storage systems to branding their notebook like chelair pictured below.
Of course the inside of the notebook is even more impressive than the outside full of
marti michell templates and who know what all else.

no class is complete without a sonic cup in the background

eladia and mariza

And look what someone did for me!!
Took my book and had it wire bound. Ask at staples, office maxx, office depot
or kinko’s. The price varies but well worth the $5.00 to $7.00. Thank you Outlaw and Stiff!
Tune in weekly for our progress. We have a few surprises in store for you.


  1. Oh my gosh, I have several pattern books that I would love to take and have spiral bound! What a great idea. I love seeing all the FW blocks from so many different fabric collections…such a bounty of ideas. By the way Lissa, when you showed the picture of the gorgeous "Blueberry Crumb Cake" line by Blackbird Designs, my very first thought was…'what is she gonna mix it with?', LOL. I remember you saying in one of the magazines you had a quilt in that you love to "mix things up" I love it! Hugs…

  2. Ok, not to go totally off track, but…

    Is that orange pez a reprint? I don't remember that shade the first time around (but maybe it's just the camera lighting).

    I really want to make the FWQAL but stuff has been too crazy this summer.

  3. Mommarock says:

    I have the FW book, and started a few blocks, and cut all of the templates, but set it aside. I didn't have any fabric that I loved at the time to do it. I think farmers wives would have used feedsacks and anything else they could have gotten their hands on. It was all about keeping warm. I'm not sure what I really want to use on mine. I would love to do mine different. I see the Dear Jane's that I love so much, and I would really love my colors to be just as fabulous when it is finished. I just don't yet know.. how that will happen. I love the blueberries beautiful fabric, but It makes me hungry, now I am thinking of pie. 🙂

  4. Rita E in AZ says:

    I love your description of the new Blueberry Crumb Cake line. I have been dreaming of making a quilt in blues and browns for years now but a pattern has not jumped out and said "make me" yet. This line of fabric is exactly the color combination I have been dreaming of so maybe the FW pattern is the one I need to look at again.

  5. Sherri says:

    You are all having so much fun…it would be a blast to work on these blocks in a big group! And that Blueberry Crumb fabric looks gorgeous! I'm loving the Marti Michell templates, too. Set S is wonderful for the 5-patch blocks. I really want to get my book spiral bound too….such a terrific idea!

  6. Deb says:

    Ahh, I have loved blue and brown for a long time. I used to have a blue and brown bedroom back in the '80s and I am so happy it is back!

    And I LOVE the idea of the spiral bound book. So much easier to work with!!
    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

  7. Kathie says:

    having books spiral bound is a great idea for those that we use so often.
    oh my love that new fabric line by alma and barb but the new primitive gatherings line is just calling my name!!!!!
    It fun seeing the same quilt made with different fabrics, please keep sharing your blocks with us!

  8. lissa says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments. This group has been so much fun. You all have such good eyes. Yes American Jane is doing a group of mono pez. It will be in the stores later this year. It is amazing what scraps can be found on the cutting room floor.

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