Friday, 21 August 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew-Along

Have you heard the news? There's going to be a Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew-Along! In fact, there're going to be TWO sew-alongs running at the same time, one organised by Kerry from VeryKerryBerry and the other by Angie from Gnome Angel. If you're making the quilt then you can join both sew-alongs!

I'm so excited to be taking part as a blogger in the sew-along organised by Angie. This sew-along will run over a year with four blog posts a week, a Sunday link-up party and a monthly roundup hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop blog. If you'd like to know more check out this blog post by Angie, it has all the information, including;
  • a link to the Facebook group (which currently has over 1600 members from all over the world!).
  • signup to a Farmer's Wife Sew-Along email newsletter
  • a world map where you can post your location and see where other participants come from
  • HTML code for the sew-along button
If you'd like to join in you'll need to buy a copy of the book 'The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks that Honor Them' by Laurie Aaron Hird. Weekly blog posts hosted by Angie and her group of bloggers will give tips on how to make the blocks. These posts will start with the easiest blocks and work up to the harder blocks, so won't be in book order. You can meet the blogger's taking part in Angie's blogger introduction post.

My copy of the book has just arrived. As with Laurie's previous books, each 6" block is accompanied by a letter to the 'Farmer's Wife' magazine, all the letters in this book were published in the 1930s. I love reading these letters, they're enchanting! They speak of a different time in one sentence and in another could have been written yesterday.

I've started pulling fabrics for my quilt. The sew-along starts on September 29 so I still have plenty of time to add, subtract or completely start over. Will you join in? Have you chosen your fabrics?

Thursday, 20 August 2015

WIP Wednesday



I've been experimenting with my Sugar Loaf block lately. First of all I tried setting it at a slight angle. I made the two blocks at the top before giving up on that idea. Maybe I'll come back to it or maybe not. Sometimes I try something new and I just don't love it as much as I thought I would, this was one of those times!
My next idea was to go all solid. I've never made an all solids quilt before so it feels quite adventurous! The blocks above were made with charms from a Denyse Schmidt Designer Solids charm pack. I'm still debating the background colour, my original plan was to use a variety of white/off-white fabrics but now I've started, I think it will work better with just one colour. I'm much happier with this plan and I'm looking forward to working my way through the 75 colours in the charm pack. This will be another slow burner project, it was a fun diversion from my to-do list but I should probably get back to it now!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Rainbow Clutch

This month it's Deb's turn to receive pressies in our birthday club swap.  I made her the Rainbow Clutch from Anna Graham's beautiful book 'Handmade Style'.
The front pocket is paper pieced, making it the perfect spot to include some favourite fabrics. I started with the Lizzy House Twinkle Twinkle fabric in burgundy for the main part of the pouch, then added coordinating prints from Lizzy House, Anna Maria Horner and Bonnie Christine. 

There are several different techniques to try in this pattern; paper piecing, magnetic snap installation and two different zipper installation methods. I really appreciated the tips on magnetic snap and zipper installation, both are techniques that I don't use very often so I'm always happy to have lots of detail to remind me what I'm doing. My zipper end tabs have never looked so tidy!.

This is my first finish from Anna's book, I have a feeling there will be many more!
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