After finishing my last long time project, the Farmer’s Wife quilt, I felt some kind of … loss. I loved to sew these small squares so much. Each different but yet united by the colour scheme I chose. And although I was overjoyed with the result—my latest quilt is always the best I ever made—I was rather sad when I realized that it was really over.
But then an idea popped into my head, I guess as a kind of compensation: I resolved to make a quilt with one of the 110 Farmer’s Wife patterns. I always wanted to have a quilt with a pattern that I already used in a sampler quilt. And what a wide range of patterns I had to choose from!
Plus, I long wanted to make a modern looking quilt. So I had an excuse to buy some new fabric—modern prints. And finally, making a mini quilt for my small flat seemed the right choice.
These three premises settled, I only had to choose a pattern. A hard decision. I skimmed through the book several times, looked at all the finished squares of my quilt, and finally picked the Single Wedding Star.
I used the wall beside my sewing space as a design wall and pinned every block to it as soon as it was finished. The predominant colour in the blocks is white, sashing and backing as well. I used an old pillow case my sister gave to me for this purpose. Old meaning many years old but still never used. She collects old fabric and luckily is equally eager to share it.
I am always rather skeptical of using other fabric than quilting cottons but this one went very well. Against my own habit, I machine quilted the piece with diagonals in 1 inch intervals. And for the first time ever I used the “distance piece” that came along with my sewing machine, and it worked great. The finished quilt measures 18 inches in square.
Now I have a little Farmer’s Wife addition quilt hanging on my dining room wall. And since I bought too much fabric for this small project and had such a hard time choosing the pattern, I will certainly sew another mini quilt—and that you may safely call a Farmer’s Wife addiction.