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

Monday, 5 September 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Kitchen Woodbox

I am smitten with this block. It's block 54 in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book, and is called Kitchen Woodbox.  I was able to fussy-cut that beautiful rose and that makes me happy! :)

An easy block to cut without having to use the templates, it came together very quickly and easily. As with the Squash Blossom block, I was able to use my 45 degree triangle ruler for some of the cutting - the triangles and the black & white polka dot pieces. It really is a handy ruler to own.

Bye for now,

Hope x

Monday, 29 August 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Squash Blossom

Block 86 in the Farmer's Wife Sampler is Squash Blossom. I accidentally sewed this up shortly after my last block. The plan was to cut all the pieces ready to go for next time, but I got carried away and sewed them together too. :)

A fairly straight-forward block, this one. I used my 45 degree triangle ruler to cut the pieces which made it nice and easy to cut. It didn't take me long to choose the fabrics for this one. For some reason I knew when I saw it that I wanted to use the same print in two different colours for the main fabics. It's fun to do sometimes, and in this case I really like the way the little spots and flowers are sprinkled over the whole block. Fabric play is so much fun, isn't it? :)

Bye for now,

Hope x

Monday, 22 August 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Morning

Another Farmer's Wife Sampler block today. This is number 57 in the book - Morning. I have mixed feelings about this one. I am happy with my choice of fabrics (I love the purple and aqua together!) but the way the block was put together in the book is not the way I would have done it. I did change the piecing somewhat, but if I were to do it again I'd change it even more.

That gorgeous rose fabric is one of my absolute favourites. I'm using a Jelly Roll of Rose Parade by Moda for the quilt, along with some Layer Cake squares from the range (and a few other fabrics). I always feel lucky when an almost-complete rose turns up in the pre-cut strips as it allows me to feature them in some of the blocks. In this case, I sort of wish I had trimmed a little more off the strip to better centre the roses. I don't like to fussy-cut unless the trimmed piece is a useful size though - I have a finite amount of these out-of-print fabrics.

That's three blocks down, and I'm not sure how many to go. Rather than make a queen size quilt, which will only be seen on the bed at certain times of year, I will make two lap quilts. That way, they'll be out pretty much all the time, and Martin and I will coordinate when we wrap up against the cold in the evenings. ;) I will need to sit down and plan them soon, and count up the blocks I've already made, so that I know how many more blocks to sew. I'm certain I don't need to stop making them any time soon though.

Bye for now,

Hope x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - Peaceful Hours

My next block in the Farmer's Wife Sampler is number 65 - Peaceful Hours. I completed this block in about four sittings over several days. I wasn't feeling the best so I did a little here and there when I felt up to the effort. I'm pleased enough with the result, but it wasn't all smooth sailing.

What threw the process was not stopping to think about which way to press the seams before I started. When it came time to sew the middle two units of the top row to each other, I found that the seams would not sit nicely so I went back and re-pressed the seams. This meant a bit of unpicking, but it was completely worth it to get a flatter finish. I ended up pressing the seams so that I could 'spin' them, which worked quite well.

I did have a bit of trouble with the points after the re-press, but I'm thrilled with most of them and happy enough with the rest, so that's ok. I do like to aim for as close to 'perfect' as I can get, but I'm learning to let it go when I can't get as close as I'd like after a couple of tries. As you can see, I pressed some seams to the side and some open, as well as spinning some. Whatever works best to give the right size and a flatter finish is generally what I do.

It has been lovely getting back into this project. The sewing is fun, but I think that I'm most happy about playing with the gorgeous Rose Parade fabrics again. It's still my favourite line of fabric.

Bye for now,

Hope x