Phew! What a day! Welcome to The Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-long Week One!
We each are doing things a little differently, I'm going talk a little bit about what I'm doing, I'll let her share her thoughts with you!
One of main reasons for doing this quilt is the challenge. I want to get better at piecing, playing with color and learning about traditional quilt blocks. But also, I want to become better friends with Angela, she's going to the Sewing Summit & I thought it would be a great way to chat with her and build a quilt together! And I'm dying to see how YOU interpret these blocks!!!! AND! I'm dying to be a farmer's wife. I want a little farm so bad it hurts. Ok. Back to business!
I'm doing the blocks in order, starting with number one. I'm using fabrics from my stash and scraps. Chris had a great idea the other night on twitter to use charms, I have TONS of charms floating around and used a few in these blocks. Since the blocks are small (6x6 finished) you can really use the smallest bits & pieces from your stash. Best!
What I LOVE about this is two blocks a week I can handle. I'm doing my blocks in whatever colors I feel like sewing with that day. If this quilt is a colorful bit of crazy, I'm a-ok with that because it's sashed! I have no idea what solid I'll use but I have TONS of time to think about it.
Here is Block #1- Attic Windows
Prince Charming by Tula Pink, Plume by Tula Pink, 1001 Peeps by Lizzy House
This block was really fun to make. It was my first experience using a template (all the blocks in the book have templates!) that had notches. And I LOVE THEM. It makes lining things up so much easier. I'm really into navy blue lately so I used some navy's and aqua's!
Block #2 Autumn Tints
Fabrics used: It's a hoot by Momo, Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry, Hullabaloo by Urban Chiks & Prince Charming by Tula Pink
So this block was really awesome to make, think of all the possibilities!!! I love autumn, so I thought about doing it in autumn-y colors or maybe a Halloween block, but I went outside and everything was SO BRIGHT GREEN. And I decided I needed to sew something really bright & spring-y (even though it's down pouring outside ;)) See why I need this project? I get the urge to sew with zillions of colors at all different times! One thing I'm going to keep in mind is stripes. Even though the block is perfectly square, it looks a little off because of how I lined the prints up!
Here is a tool I can't live without:
Clover Fabric Adhesive! I put a dab of it on the back of my template so it doesn't slide around when rotary cutting.
Please consider joining us in making this quilt! You'll need the book "The Farmer's Wife" By Laurie Aaron Hird and we'd love it if you joined our flickr group, even if it's just to encourage us on, 111 blocks is a LOT!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
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