Monday, 6 March 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Steps to the Altar

A rather pretty block this week called Steps to the Altar. I tried something different this time - I didn't press any seams with my iron until the end, when the entire block was complete. For me, that is most unusual!

Instead of using my iron I finger-pressed each seam after sewing, concentrating most on the quarter inch at the edge of the fabric where it needed to nest or butt up to another seam.

It was definitely a quicker way of sewing than grabbing the iron each time, and it no doubt saved a little electricity. I'm not entirely sold on it though. It was a little fiddly, and I think it would be more difficult to get a good result with some blocks. In this case though, it worked out ok.

Do you iron your seams as you go, or do you wait till the end? Any particular reason?

Bye for now x

Monday, 27 February 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Square Dance

Here is my latest Farmer's Wife Sampler block, number 85 in the book, called Square Dance.

This was a fun block to make - not too much cutting and some fairly simple piecing. I used my rotary cutter and rulers for all of it. Once again my trusty 45/90 degree triangle ruler from Creative Grids came in handy, for the white triangles and the black pieces. I just love getting lots of use out of my tools.

To keep things nice and flat I chose to press the seams open between the black and the white triangles. The rest of the seams are pressed to one side. When I mix up my pressing like that I am careful to adjust my seam allowance accordingly. (When pressing seams open I sew an exact quarter inch, whereas pressing to the side requires a scant quarter inch. I'll write more about that another time.)

It's great getting back into these blocks again. I do so love playing with the Rose Parade fabrics, they're just so pretty!

Bye for now x

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Peace and Plenty

I have another Farmer's Wife Sampler block completed, and don't have many to go! This one is called Peace and Plenty:

I changed the cutting and construction a little from the book, which used all half-square triangles to make up the block. My way uses less seams, makes less cutting, and worked quite nicely. Most blocks can be put together in a number of ways - one of the many fun aspects of patchwork. :)

If you're popping in regularly to see my Farmer's Wife blocks, you may have noticed this one is photographed on a different background. This is the fabric I'm considering for the sashing/background in the finished quilts. What do you think?

I've tried it with a few different blocks and it works well. I am yet to calculate whether or not I have enough of it though. A job for another day.

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Ozark Maple Leaf

Happy Valentine's Day! I've started back on the Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks with Block 63, Ozark Maple Leaf:

It took me a while to find the leaves in this block because all my brain would see were arrows! Then Martin pointed the leaf shapes out to me and now it's clear. Can you see the leaves? Had I seen them earlier, I probably would have made the leaves from the yellow print and the background from the black and white spot. I like it either way though. :)

This was a nice, simple block to make, all rotary cut and no unpicking necessary. I love it when that happens!

Bye for now

Hope x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Baby on Board

Hello, and a Happy New Year to you! I hope you have had a lovely one so far - can you believe we're already into February? - and that the rest of the year brings you much fun and happiness.

This year will certainly be bringing me joy, all going well, in the form of a baby girl! I'm so happy to share that we are expecting our first baby, due early July. It's very exciting, and a little daunting, and I've been rather preoccupied with all things baby and pregnancy related since late last year. Understandable, right?

In quilty news, I am working on a new pattern that will suit baby girls, baby boys, or anyone else really. I'm thinking I'll call it Cloudy Skies. Here's a little peek at the mini quilt:

That adorable little cloud with the umbrella, as well as the raindrops, are images I stamped using Derwent Inktense pencils, with a stamp set from kikki.K. I had such fun stamping and colouring it, I will have to rummage through my stamp collection and see what else I can use in my quilts.

As well as working on this new pattern, I'm planning on starting on the Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks again. It will be wonderful to get that very long-term project finished, and I have a feeling that, come the middle of the year, I'll have somewhat less time for sewing! Best get a wriggle on now, right?

Bye for now,

Hope x

Monday, 19 December 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Linoleum

This is, I think, the 64th block I've made for the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt. It's called Linoleum:

This was a nice easy one to make. I was able to use my 45/90 degree triangle ruler yet again, and my regular ruler and rotary cutter - no templates necessary. It does save a bit of time.

Have a lovely week,

Hope x

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Honeycomb

After a bit of a break I've started back on the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. This is block 49 in the book, Honeycomb. 

I did change the piecing somewhat from the book. The fabric choices make it appear a little different, but I also chose to cut the middle triangles in the rows (or columns, as the block is oriented here) in one piece rather than joining two small triangles. Less seams equals less bulk equals easier piecing and nicer points.

The block is all cut out with printed templates. I folded a little sticky tape back on itself and placed it on the back of the template to stop it slipping, then laid my ruler over the top to cut with my rotary cutter. It works well and helps with accuracy. If you have basting spray, that also works a treat when sprayed on the back of the template.

Bye for now. x