The Farmer’s Wife

by Karen on March 20, 2012

in quilts

Last night I was working on the hand quilting for the Farmers Wife quilt and more progress!  I am actually getting close to getting all of the blocks and white border half square triangles and corners finished.  Still need to figure out what to do with the borders – the black and red.  I might end up doing a cross hatch on that – I’m not sure.

This is the area left to quilt – I actually need to move that hoop – that block is quilted as of last night.   3 pieced blocks to quilt and one flower – then 5 of the white spaces along the edge and sashing.   Just a couple more days of this and I can figure out what to do with the border.  I have suddenly been spending more time with this one – whenever I see a finish in sight I get busy on it.

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I will be glad to get this one done and have a finish.  I have several small tops that I have finished this year but I don’t believe I have any finished quilt this year!  When this one gets done I have two more small tops that can be quilted in the hoop.

The rain hasn’t started here yet, later today I’m sure from the looks of the weather map – back to more March like temperatures for a couple days it looks like then right back to unusually warmer temperatures again by Thursday or Friday I think – I do believe we are not going to get any more colder temperatures this month – what weird weather we are having this spring for most of the country.

Before I forget  – one last thing.  Someone left a comment the other day about a place to find rotary blades cheaper than using a Hobby Lobby 40% off — ebay!!  I rarely use ebay – I know a lot of people do use it though.  She mentioned that you can find blades close to $2 each.  I checked and found a 5 pack for $12.99 with free shipping and handling – I ordered them and they are on the way – now I will have some spares on hand.  That came out to $2.60 a blade compared to the $4.19 with the 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby.

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Archie the wonder dog March 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

Your quilting on FW is looking great! And I can’t believe the low price of the rotarty cutter blades – I’m going to have a look to see if I can find a UK seller that’s as good, wish me luck!

Mary L March 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

I have been sending my blades to a gentlemen in WV to be resharpened for several years. $1.25 for 40 mm blades. Even with mailing both ways it still comes to well under $2.00 per blade.

Recently a friend clued me in to buying the blades at Harbor Freight. They are packaged 2 to a package for carpet installers. Same blades we buy for our rotary cutters. She gave me a package and I’m using a blade now and see absolutely no difference. I believe she paid about $1.50 for both blades but I may be not remembering exactly . I know it was cheaper than my resharpened ones.

Mary L March 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

Here you go..I googled Harbor Freight. 2 40 mm blades are $1.99. So not cheaper than resharpening, but still very cheap and new blades.

Mary L March 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

Forgot to add the link http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=carpet+blades
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Nedra- Cactus Needle March 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

J. Hittle Sewing is another mail order that you can get great prices when buying rogtary blades in bulk. I use them often! http://jhittlesewing.com/sewing/catalog.php
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Pamela Kieffer March 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

L.P.Sharp Co.
Brainerd, MN 56401-5765

Pamela Kieffer March 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

This is a place I get my blades. You send in old ones and they will send new ones. At a price, of course.
I have tried to do Farmers Wife’s blocks but found it very frustrating, those small blocks. Is there a secret to it?
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Astrid March 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Wow Karen, you are quilting really fast! Good progress on this quilt too!
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