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I had an absolutely wonderful week. First and foremost, I finally finished my Farmer’s Wife beast!

I decided to use up my Bonnie & Camille fabric hoard (Ruby, Vintage Modern, & Marmalade) for this project and I must say that I am so pleased! Believe me when I say that pictures don’t do it justice. It is ridiculously lovely, bright, and happy in person.

I was very naughty and departed from the Farmer’s Wife assembly instructions. I stitched the blocks into rows (instead of on-point), I omitted the cornerstones (I foresaw disaster since the blocks didn’t all end up being the exact same size), and I made the border as thick as I wanted (6″). Shame on me.

Sidenote: I have already been tempted to nibble on that yummy aqua binding.

Plenty of flaws in this quilt. (I don’t know that these “piecing” projects are my cup of tea.) My husband said he didn’t notice any of the flaws that I pointed out, so I’m just going to go ahead and pretend I don’t see them either.

And of course, there’s my favorite little lump testing it out. This quilt may live on her bed for a while so I can see it every day.


That quilt alone makes a great week, but then I paid a visit to the doctor last Thursday and received the great news that Olive is getting a brother! I can’t wait to meet little Lorenzo in January. (Not sure what to do for his quilt, but I’ll figure that out soon, I’m sure.)


  1. carly

    September 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Gorgeous! As usual! The binding does look delicious, agreed! Yay for H&M too, Lorenzo will be ready to crawl the catwalk!

  2. ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~

    September 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    This is beautiful!!! Such a great job!! Love the colors too! Hope you have a great weekend! xo Holly

  3. Montseta - Montsecosecose

    September 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    So beautiful! Can't see any of the flaws! Congrats on your pregnancy, Lorenzo is a beautiful name!

  4. The Sproutz Store

    September 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Congrats! Little boys are so fun! The quilt is gorgeous and I absolutely love it!! Well done!

  5. Hope

    September 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    It's gorgeous, congratulations on the finish. That aqua binding is my favourite Ruby print I think, love it.

  6. California Cozy

    September 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Awesome work ..really so nice a …All designs are very nice to see..Really child will like this..Congratulate to you…

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  7. Bronwyn

    September 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I am new to your blog and sewing, it's so pretty! I absolutely love the finished quilt!

    Congratulations on your new WIP! I hope he's healthy, you're healthy, and you sail on through with the greatest of ease. :^)

  8. LuLu

    September 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Vanessa! That quilt is amazing! Totally fabulous! Definitely my favorite Farmer's Wife I've seen 🙂

  9. Sarah

    September 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Congrats on the new baby! and Congrats for finishing the beautiful quilt.

  10. Tatkis

    October 7, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Such a wonderful quilt! All the blocks and fabrics are magnificent!
    Congratulations, great news about your new baby 🙂


  11. Atelier Ullizee

    October 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I love this quilt very much, the fabric colors are great!

  12. Anonymous

    November 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    WOW!! I love the fabrics and really like how you put it all together. How do I figure out how much fabric to use for all these blocks? Love it!

  13. Chelsea

    December 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hey Vanessa,
    I think Sarah and I are going to do Farmer's Wife quilts next year. We'll do a certain number of blocks per month or something. I don't really imagine us sticking to our plan, but maybe if we're excited about it we'll stick with it. Who knows? I guess we'll see!


    October 28, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Beautiful, I just started a FWS quilt, I am using Bonnie and Camille fabrics too.

  15. Cindy

    March 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Awesome quilt and I'm so glad to hear someone else say their blocks aren't all exactly the same size.

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