Monday, 17 October 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Gentleman's Fancy

Gentleman's Fancy, block 44 in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. I quite like the name of this block, and it includes two of my favourite fabrics from the Rose Parade collection.

Apart from the centre square, all the pieces were easily measured and cut out with my 45/90 degree ruler and a rotary cutter. I really am getting good use out of the ruler with these blocks. Except for rare occasions, I tend to avoid buying tools that aren't necessary, and though I still don't think it is a necessity, I do think the ruler was well worth the purchase.

I measure my blocks after each sewing step to make sure that everything is working out well. It takes a little extra time, but it's well worth it if the block ends up the right size and no fussing is needed when sewing it into the finished quilt. This block worked well with no unpicking required. If only I could say that about all the blocks!

Hope you have a lovely week,

Bye for now x

Monday, 10 October 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Flower Pot

I'm back again with another Farmer's Wife Sampler block. This spotty block is called Flower Pot. Even with the inset or 'Y' seams, it was a simple and enjoyable block to make and came together quickly. If you're intimidated by inset seams, don't be - they're really not that difficult if you can sew an accurate quarter inch seam and are careful with your sewing.

I used the templates (they come on disk with the book) for the flower pieces and a couple of the triangles, and my 45/90 degree ruler for the rest of the triangles. In 'real life' there is a bit more contrast between the white and yellow, but I've been having trouble getting the yellow to show up properly in photos - or maybe it's just my screen?

Bye for now

Hope x

Monday, 3 October 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Windows

Here is Block 109 in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Windows.

This block was comfort sewing for me. I was in a bit of a listless, slightly sad mood when I set about sewing it. Not sure why, but there it was. So, to distract myself, I chose an easy, quick block and set about sewing it. It helped, somewhat.

I used my trusty 45/90 degree ruler from Creative Grids to cut the middle triangles, and regular ruler for the strips around the outside. I'm happier with these fabric choices than last week's. Lots of good contrast. :)

Bye for now

Hope x

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Quilt Group Mini BOM - Block 6

I'm lagging behind with the Online Quilt Group Mini Block of the Month. I had done blocks 1 to 3 but then I stopped making them. Why? Not sure, but it's time I started again! Just because it tickled my fancy the most at the time, I decided to make block 6.

I love the contrast in this block. I used scraps of Daysail fabric by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics (leftover pieces from this and this project). The blocks finish at 3" (3.5" unfinished) so scraps are ideal. I'm not limiting myself to one fabric range, but I am trying to keep a white/turquoise/blue/navy theme going, with a hint of red here and there.

Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with these blocks and keep up with my Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks, as well as work on new patterns. It's fun making more than one thing at once, but I sometimes wonder if it's a good idea. Does it make me more or less productive? Time will tell.

Bye for now

Hope x

Monday, 26 September 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Rosebud

This week's block is number 75 in the book and is called Rosebud. Simply triangles in three sizes, it was quite fun to put together and came together very nicely. I'm not entirely sure I like my fabric choices though.

Those Eiffel Towers are just too distracting. Both the rose print and the Eiffel Tower print are pretty 'busy' and I think the design of the block gets a little lost. I don't know. In some lights it seems just fine, in others... not so much. I'm leaving it as it is though and will decide whether or not to use it when the time comes to put the quilt together.

As I ponder possible setting options for the blocks, I'm realising that I really don't know what colour sashing or background I want to use. I had thought a dark, dark grey would be nice, but now I'm wondering about something different, like green. Isn't it fun, the pondering of fabric selection?

Bye for now

Hope x

Monday, 19 September 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Single Wedding Star

I'm happily keeping up with the one block a week for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt, though I cut it fine again and only finished this block on Saturday. It is number 80 - Single Wedding Star.

You'll see I have a rose in the centre again, as I like to do whenever possible. This time though it wasn't planned, I just cut the pieces from my strip and happened to get a rose perfectly positioned for the centre. Had I planned the cutting, I would probably have gone for a more yellow section of the strip for the bottom left diamond, but I do like it as is so I'm not complaining.

I'm going to try for a block with more pieces this week so that I'm not leaving all the most time-consuming ones until the end. So, it may be a fortnight before the next Farmer's Wife post. I'll see how I go.

Bye for now,

Hope x

P.S. You might also know this block as Rolling Stone. It just so happens I've got a free pattern for a very cute, very small, 1.5" version of this block available in my Craftsy Store. A little bit challenging, but if you like to sew small it's a fun challenge. :)

Monday, 12 September 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Practical Orchard

On Thursday last week I realised I hadn't yet started my Farmer's Wife block for the week! As I was in the middle of sewing a new mini quilt I opted for another quick and easy block with few pieces. This is block 69, Practical Orchard.

Simple though this block is, I had a hard time choosing fabrics for it. I spent ages on Thursday considering different options before putting it all away undecided. Friday morning found me much more decisive and I went with the two fabrics at the top of the box. (I've got all the fabrics, templates and blocks to-date in a plastic tub for convenience and tidiness).

Including Practical Orchard, I have now completed 54 blocks. I finally laid them all out earlier in the month to get an idea of where I'm at and what I have left to do. Here they all are (minus today's block), not arranged in any particular order:

As I don't like my lap quilts too big - just big enough to cover my lap, legs and feet - I think I should be right just making the rest of the blocks I like from the book and avoiding those I'm not keen on. I'm still not sure how I will lay them out, but there's plenty of time to decide yet!

Bye for now,

Hope x