Monday, September 12, 2011

not fit for the farm life

You may remember that I joined the Farmer's Wife Quilt-A-Long earlier this summer.


The group is now 15 weeks in, and sure enough, I dropped out after 3. At the time, I wasn't sure exactly why I stopped. Maybe because the group got too big? Or was it the fact that I started to wish I had taken a different course with my blocks, using more prints like Kerry and Monica?

Well, the other day I figured it out. The reality is that I don't care for sampler quilts. I thought I liked them, but they're not for me. However, I still have a huge desire to learn how to make traditional blocks, plus I spent a lot of time on the ones I've already done. So I'm going to keep going in my own way, just using the individual blocks for things other than one big quilt.

To start, my first six blocks have been sewn into some pouches that I decided to list in my etsy shop.  


I'll admit that I have a favorite:


And I just can't resist a good stack of zippers.


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23 comments:

randi said...

what a great idea for using your blocks! i would be a shame not to put them to use!

very cute little pouches. :)

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

What a great idea! I'm not fit for the farm life either. I was thinking of turning my blocks into a pillow.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

What a wonderful idea! Love the colored zippers!!!

ferne said...

Where do you by all those zippers? Certainly not at JoAnn's.

Anna said...

beautiful job with making them into something useful. I got the book, but probably won't make a single block from it! ha

Tiffany said...

my goodness - they're gorgeous!

Ms. Knitpicky said...

I have a few of my blocks that I'm not thrilled with, and it made me lose all enthusiasm for the project. I dropped out about the same time you did. I love that you turned these into zipper pouches!

Debbie said...

how clever! lovely.

Leslie said...

i just ordered one!!! what a great way to use these blocks up

Amy said...

I think that was a fabulous solution and you make the nicest pouches too!

MariQuilts said...

These look fantastic...I'm a city slicker myself.

Pamela said...

So cute! What a clever idea and a great use for the blocks!

Jeannie said...

Totally perfect!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oooh those pouches are wonderful

jmday said...

I'm with you. I don't care for sampler quilts. I LOVE how you used the blocks instead of wasting them.... gorgeous!

Rachel Hauser said...

Awesome, Krista! Your zip pouches came out great and what a clever way to revamp this project. I love how leaving something to sit can give way to the perfect idea.

Poppyprint said...

Excellent plan - they look very beautiful set in that denim-look/linen(?).

angela said...

I realized I'm not a sampler fan either, so I didn't even start the quilt along. But that's why I am not thrilled with block swaps, although I seem to join them every so often just for the community fun of it. Love how you've found a non-quilt use for your blocks, I'll have to see what I could do with mine.

carrie said...

Great use for the blocks!

Monica said...

I kind of feel the same and I realised that I won't make it to the end... (I've done about 30 blocks and I'm thinking of deviating completely from the brief... will keep you posted)

Love those pouches.

teaginny said...

I'm not a fan of sampler quilters either, but I am attracted to making lots of different types of blocks - this is a genius idea for using them!

diana said...

I loove the pouches 1000 times more I could have loved a quilt made with them. Great ideea, fabulous result!

Kerry said...

Oh wow! They make great pouches! Always great to take an idea and go somewhere new with it.