Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Rancher's Daughter Quilt Along tonight ladies,
I decided that I am going to start a project that I've been wanting to all year!..
I gathered up a bunch of Christmas Fabrics that I've been saving...

and went to work.

(Readers: I've had to delete part of this post due to some drama regarding the book I was recommending. I have renamed the project: The Rancher's Daughter
seeing I was raised on a Registered Hereford Cattle Ranch
and will be doing a post about it all soon.) 

Cutting Instructions: 
A = Cut (1) 2 1/2" Square
B = Cut (2)1 1/2" X 2 1/2"   
C = Cut (2) 1 1/2" X 4 1/2"
D = Cut (2) 1 1/2" X 4 1/2"
E = Cut (2) 1 1/2" X 6 1/2"
F = Cut (4) 2 1/2" Squares  
Yeah...I know my plaids don't match up! Bah hum bug. I love plaids, but they are never printed right on to the fabric.
I've decided I'm going to show the whole process of what I do in case it might help any of you out there.

If you want to see how I change my blocks around....
  how I commission fabrics 
and complete each block, 
join in!
After drafting the pattern out on graph paper I marked each set of cuts with post-it notes.
Sew the first sets together...( C's to A Center Block)
Then the sides..(B's to Center Piece)
Start commissioning fabrics for the next set of cuts...

I choose 'YOU"!
D's to completed block so far....
More commissioning....
But I decided it's best to keep all 4 sides the same! (E's to Center Block)
Decided to use this fabric for the corners. You cut 2 1/2" squares...
Draw a line diagonally down the center...
Stitch on top of line....Make sure it is positioned correctly.
All four corners. Then cut away excess leaving a 1/4" seam
Wala......First Block Completed!!
And then find a binder to put it all in to keep it straight:
Put drafted drawing with finished block.
So now I'm going to see how to create a Linky Party,
a Button,
Flickr Account...

So I can keep this all organized!
(Any help mastering this would be of great help!!)

I'd love to see everyone's work in progress!
I figure the New Year is a great time to start a project like this. Maybe we can all  keep each other inspired!



  1. Looks like fun, but I am just finishing up a similar QAL from this year. I promised myself I wouldn't start another one until I have some other UFOs completed. I will watch yours with great interest. : )

  2. Wow great how to Instruction Mom keep up the good work! Miss ya!

  3. I was told that plaids are only supposed to match in skirt seams. =) In quilt blocks, it's supposed to be this way. I love the idea, but I need to think on it. This is such a busy time, it's hard to remember there will be more time in a couple of weeks. I actually liked that first block, too. I'd probably do the sides with flying geese and hst, though.

  4. Beautiful block...I've been working on FW this past year but have a long ways to your system!

  5. Oh, looks like fun! I will be seriously considering this over the few days. How many blocks will you be doing?

  6. It will be fun to watch your progress. Good luck!

  7. i could not do something like this if my life depended on it! we are getting SNOW!!!

  8. Oh..... I want to be a part of this project with you and Melissa so badly. I have tried to figure out how I can do it. Unfortunately sewing, crafting, etc... just doesn't work when you are living in a travel trailer! :-) Can't wait to be in our new house and get my craft room up and running! Thanks for your lovely posts on your daughter and her wedding. LOVED IT.

  9. Thanks so much for popping in over at my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I've just hopped over here and am loving reading your story. Your quilt is going to be fab!
    Wishing you & your loved ones a very happy & blessed Christmas,
    love Gilly xx

  10. Wow...I think I'll definitely pass on Farmer's Wife, but love your fabrics! Can't wait to see your progress.

  11. Lovely block. I have admired all the Farmer's Wife blocks out there in blogland, but I don't think I have it in me to start one. I will enjoy following your progess.

  12. Love to join you , I have the book in my 'saved for later' on amazon, but with over two dozen UFOs/ideas on the list already, I don't dare! I wouldn't have thought of Christmas fabircs, its going to look lovely. I'll be following you!

  13. I love your fabrics for this block. These will make a wonderful Christmas quilt when done. I hope you get lots of folks to join you.

  14. Oh...I love your Farmer's blocks....and I enjoyed your process!

  15. Your Farmer's blocks are looking beautiful really lovely fabric . Will look foreward to seeing the quilt as it progresses.

  16. You hooked me!! I have added this to my 2013 bom list and gotten the binder ready to go! I have a huge ufo list for this year as well so I will really have to keep on my toes!

  17. That is a really nice block. I'm going to enjoy seeing what happens with this.

  18. The Plaid: I think (just my humble opinion) That a qulit is a personal journey of sorts. If it pleases YOU then it's a work of art! Imperfection equals a unique, one of a kind quilt! I embrace my imperfections!

  19. I received this info from another blog amd I like the blocks. Im behind but I think I can catch up. Will need to find some fabric next. Great job explaining.

  20. This past weekend I attended a quilt retreat with my dear quilting buddies. We were talking about 6" blocks and your blog came up. I am so excited to join in the fun...have to catch up though :0)

  21. I just found your blog from Janet O. Is it too late to join in?
    I was behind the Barrister's Sow A Long last year and also had some stupid drama over the original name... Some people just don't get it.
    Can you send me a link so I can try to catch up??

  22. Looks like fun! I am hoarding a lot of this fabric as well, working on a pineapple quilt and then ??? Maybe this!