Friday, January 29, 2016

Project 48 Block 4

Block 4 of Project 48's quilt-along was announced today!  This block was designed by Chrissy Lux

As I'm in the midst of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt and using freezer paper piecing for that, I decided to try my hand at drafting this block for paper piecing.

A terrific learning experience!

I do like the freezer paper PP method as there is no ripping of bits of paper off (where I usually end up also popping stitches, even though I have shortened my stitch length to itty bitty).  And no pinning - iron your piece of fabric onto the waxy side of the paper.  The fabric stays put, with no potential bloodletting :)

And the visual of the block was maintained from the designer's suggestion.

Here is a link to a tutorial for freezer paper foundation piecing.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Farmers Wife Sampler Blocks 29 & 30

These two are both paper pieced (freezer paper no-rip method).  Block 29 - that outside round of fabric is such a fabulous shade of "mud"!
FW Block 29 - Economy Patch

FW Block 30 - End of Day

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks

I think I've lost my mind.  Or maybe just having a blast!  I do like to have lots of projects on the go, and coming south to sew I had to start on all new projects.  

Along with the Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt, and the Project 48 blocks, I'm also working on Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks!  

I wanted to do more work with modern and thought this would be a good go at it ...  Here are my first blocks:

Block 01
Block 02

Block 03

Block 04

Project 48 Quilt Blocks

There are so many wonderful quilt-alongs, block-of-the-months, design-alongs.  My record with following through on these is terrible.  But here I am, jumping on another one.

Project 48 is interesting for many reasons, one being the modern quilt leanings.  So I signed up.  

Here are my first three blocks ...

Project 48 Block 01 - Churn Dash

Project 48 Block 02 - Disappearing Nine Patch (DNP)

Project 48 Block 03 - Wonky D9P

Farmers Wife Sampler Blocks Blocks 9, 11, 87, 88, 92, 97, 98, 101, 107

Making these lovelies is - interesting, frustrating, rewarding, humbling.

Each one is 6 1/2".  That is not very big.

I'm following along a bit with the Yahoo group (FarmersWifeSampler) and they have a Block of the Week, which is why I'm jumping around a bit with which blocks I've done.

Interesting for all the history behind each square.
Frustrating because it takes me a very long time to do every blasted wee square. 
Rewarding once they are done (if they work out nicely and I don't want to just toss it in the garbage)
Humbling realizing how much it took for the sewists of yesteryear who did this by candlelight or propane lamps, from remnants.  

Here are my blocks from the last few days:

FWS Block 9 - Box

FWS Block 11 - Broken Dishes
FWS Block 87 - Star Gardener - this one has 57 pieces!

FWS Block 88 - Star of  Hope

FWS Block 92 - Streak of Lightening

FWS Block 97 - Waste Not

FWS Block 98 - Waterwheel

FWS Block 101 - Wedding Ring

FWS Block 107 - Windblown Star

For the paper piecing, I'm using the freezer paper no-rip method.  There was a workshop that the Chatham Kent Quilters Guild (led by our very talented Evelyn) did a bit ago showing us this method. I love that you get the precision but don't have to rip out bits of paper (and pop stitches).  There are quite a few sites showing this method including this one ... and here

(no affiliation).

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Farmers Wife Sampler and Mud Blocks 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 42

Yesterday was full of quilting.  Basking in the Arizona sun.  Life is good.

Six inch blocks.  All of these are paper pieced, except for 'FWS Block 6 Big Dipper'.  

FWS Block 1 Attic Windows

FWS Block 5 BatWing

FWS Block 6 Big Dipper

FWS Block 7 Birds in the Air

FWS Block 8 Bouquet

FWS Block 42 Fruit Basket

I'm a member of the London Modern Quilt Guild, and we're doing more work on colour this year.  One of the topics is 'Mud and Neutrals', and how 'mud' works with so many different colours.  The last block here - 42 Fruit Basket - has a wonderful 'mud' that I had brought along with me!  More on using 'mud' in modern quilts here ... Desert Island Solids: MUD

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Farmers Wife Sampler Block 69

Today's block was #69 - Practical Orchard.

The block took much much too long - decided I'd re-engineer the block rather than paper piece.  Oh well, I like the way it finished.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

I purchased this delightful book by Laurie Aaron Hird a few years ago, lovingly admired the letters and blocks but couldn't get a start.

For this triip, I packed a whole bunch of earthy scraps and FQ's, to get a start on this beautiful quilt!  I even discovered a Yahoo Group that is dedicated to this project, with paper piecing templates and support and hints and community (FarmersWifeSampler Quilt Along).  

And I have started!  The FWS QAL group hosts a block each week, so this was a good place to start. This week's block is #48, "Homeward Bound".  And I did a few others.  Some are paper pieced!

Each block will finish at 6" (6 1/2" at this point).  There are 111 blocks in the book.

FWS #48 Homeward Bound

FWS#2 Autumn Tints

FWS #4 Basket Weave

FWS #10 Bowtie

FWS #38 Friendship

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Southern Sewing

We've hopped, skipped and jumped across the continent seeking sunshine and warmth.  Rented a house and trying to find a good spot for my sewing stuff.   The kitchen is big and bright and the table is huge ... so we eat at one end and I'm piecing at the other :)

Warmed up with more improv blocks to go with my Paper Birch that I made at the Cheryl Arkison 'Improv with Intent' workshop.

Isn't that a gorgeous clock?!!

I brought about a dozen too many projects to work on.  I collect books as well as fabric, including "The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt", which has 111 blocks, that finish at 6" each.  I have started on these blocks, in earthy colours.

Trying to do these blocks with paper piecing, and have also joined the Yahoo group FarmersWifeSampler for hints and tricks and tips.  I have only done paper piecing a couple of times, but did have a fabulous workshop with the CKQG a couple years ago, led by the fabulous Evelyn.  Hopefully I can make this process work for these blocks.

Life is good!

Secret Garden BOM 2016

Secret Garden Flimsy I participated in quite a few of Pat Sloan's challenges and quilt-alongs in 2016! This one, " Secret Garde...