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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Farmer's Wife - Get a Life!

My wives have had a rather terrible existence, confined to a box with only each other for company - sounds like a movie or some terrible story you see on the news.

Anyhow, Sunni over at LoveAffairWithMyBrother hatched a rescue mission for these neglected old ladies and has just finished running the brilliant Farmer's Wife In Your Life series.



Farmer's Wife in Your Life


Unfortunately I had to decline doing a tutorial as it all came about in mid-terrible February and I wasn't really up to committing; however this week, whilst the kids were happy being ill in front of the TV, I grabbed my least dreary old dear and gave her freedom!

I decided right away that I wanted to use as few additions as possible, making nothing bigger than the original 6" block.  Not a lot of scope there really, but a challenge none the less.

Now, in the winter, I favour flannel pyjamas as evening attire. We have leather sofas, so when I am hand stitching a binding or trimming threads, I tend to use my knee as a thread catcher, needle-saver etc.  All well and good, works a treat!

But now it is getting warmer, my winter 'jamas are almost ready to be put away for 6 months and I need a simple replacement.   So here, may I present my Calico Puzzle Threadcatcher.

I used a square of lightweight wadding, and some flannel for it's awesome sticky powers and added a little felt for the needles.  A hairband and button to hold it all together, and now I have a wife with a purpose!

I kind of like it, and know I will use it, but it is giving me a little too much FUNC flashback to be confident about it!

So have you got any rogue Wives in need of a makeover?  Check out the wonderful tutorials and if you make something, link up with Sunni and you could win prizes! 

Laurie Aaron Hird, author of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book and Michele Foster from Quilting Gallery are the judges!  So I have potentially embarrassed myself in front of more than the regulars (again)!

25 comments:

  1. Looks great! Love the outside pattern! =D

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  2. Great idea! I seem to be really static lately so all threads and fluff are gravitating towards me??? Love the FUNC too! Is he still in Marakesh... :o)

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  3. Great idea but mentioning the FUNC makes me look at it differently. You should have kept that comparison quiet!

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  4. Ditto Susan`s comment - why oh why did you have to mention the F.U.N.C?? It is very cute and love the fabrics!

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  5. Cute little project and great choice in block because it takes a whole another look when folded.

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  6. Fun idea! And that block looked pretty good to begin with. Are you sure you're giving up on the wives?

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  7. Definitely not FUNC! That is super cute and thanks for entering!

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  8. Cute idea, truly much more beautiful that the FUNC but I do see a certain resemblance, but barely.

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  9. Well I like it and would not put it in a class with the FUNC at all

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  10. Almost 'funky'! Where is the FUNC at the moment?

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  11. This post was a delight to read. I love your sense of humor! And your thread catcher is charming (and not the FUNC) and looks like it will do the job!

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  12. Totally agree with Deborah--charming!

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  13. Yay, that will work for any orphan block! I'm offto check the other ideas too as I have *loads* of o.b.s

    PS using clothing is fine until you forget and put it in the wash, without removing the pins first!

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  14. No such thing as summer pjs in my house - it's winter fleece all year round!! I think FUNK has just given birth! Jxo

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  15. Reminds me of the lovely needlecase Emily made me !

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  16. I have to laugh at the comparison to the FUNC but I have to admit yours is much more beautiful than mine!!! For those that are wondering the FUNC is taking his time in his travels from Marakesh to his newest secret destination.

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  17. ha! not nearly ugly enough to be declared func!

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  18. Oh dear, will you kill me if I said I thought FUNC straight off? Your fabric isn't evil though, and it's a cool colour :oD

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  19. How very useful, you clever old stick ;) x

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  20. You got an Honorable Mention! I'm putting together a special surprise prize pack for you! I need to get your info!

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  21. Lovely Idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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