Monday, 31 October 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Whirlpool

Lots of triangles in this week's block, and if you've been reading my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt posts you'll probably be able to guess how I cut them all out - with my 45/90 degree triangle ruler of course! This HST-filled block is called Whirlpool.

The beauty of using a ruler or template to cut out your triangles is that you don't need to trim your unit to size after you've sewn it together.

I know you can make multiple half-square triangle blocks at once by sewing squares, rather than cutting triangles, and many will argue that it's quicker, but for some reason I find I am more accurate when I cut and sew triangles, and I don't see where the time is saved if I need to trim each and every HST unit, or mark sewing lines.

Even so, I don't stick to just one method for HSTs - whatever works best with the size of fabric I've got - or what I fancy at the time - is what I will do. (Mini blocks are different though - I always make my HSTs bigger than needed and trim to size to ensure accuracy.)

Do you have a preferred method for making half-square triangle blocks? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now x

Monday, 24 October 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler - Prairie Queen

Block 70 in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt is called Prairie Queen. Since I like the combination of fabrics so much, I went for the same ones as last week for this block. I keep wanting to make a whole quilt in these fabrics, but I don't have enough of the aqua. :( Maybe a mini? Anyway, here's the block:

This was another one that went together well, apart from one seam where I sewed the wrong edges together - oops! So easy to do if you're not paying attention. Can you relate?

Hope you have a lovely week,

Bye for now

Hope x

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