I think I am as ready as I’ll ever be and as I ever have been to start a Quilt-a-long. I’m getting excited that it is only a week away !! I’m itching to start making the blocks – especially now that I have opened the packages of beautiful fat quarters that arrived a couple of weeks ago !!
Above are a gorgeous combination of 1930s fabrics, Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Emma Jean Jansen’s Terra Australis and Kona cotton solids – OMG !! I am in LOVE !!!
This is the Gnome Angel’s Fat Quarter Bundle put together specifically for the Farmers Wife 1930s Quilt Along – and it is divine !! Look at all those colours – just sooooo Pretty and Amazing !! They are a combination of Ella Blue Basics, Lakehouse, Terra Australis by Emma Jean Jansen and a few of Rosalie Quilan’s designs as well !! Aren’t we Aussie’s so clever !!! Together these fabrics are as pretty as a rainbow !!
Then I combined my own 1930s stash with them !!
I’m so pleased they all work together !! My mind is working over time now at the fabric combinations possible !! Ahh ! It is going to be hard to hold on this week and not to start – but thankfully it is school holidays and all the kids are home to distract me !!
I have even cleaned out a drawer next to my sewing machine, specifically for the Quilt-a long – so I know exactly what I have and where !! (Just ignore the Give Way stickers my 4 year old has put on the chest of drawers – apparently they were too white and boring lol !!)
They even fit perfectly into the drawer !! OMG I can’t believe how organised I am for this one !!
So this year instead of fabric swapping I have decided to participate in Quilt Block Swaps. Firstly as it seems like a lot of fun seeing how others choose their blocks and then their fabrics and also to extend my skills as a Quilter.
There will be a new block to create each week. This week it was the gorgeous Raspberry Kiss Quilt Block. The Wooden Spoon Quilting has a great tutorial to follow. Here is my version. I love the block as it is simple yet with fabric variations it can look completely different !!
Quilt Club Australia Bee
Here a group of 12 enthusiastic quilters get to choose their own block and fabric colours for a month and everyone else has the challenge to create it !! I can’t wait for August until it is my turn. My plan was to have this created this weekend, but this block has shown me that there is a HOLE in my stash of fabric – Oh No !! I am short of chocolate brown fabrics :-(. This is the example of our Queen for the month of February has provided – next Sunday I shall show you what I have made her !
This photo was taken by my February Queen Bee. I can’t wait to make it for her once I find a gorgeous chocolate brown fabric !!
The Bee Hive Swap
I am so excited about this swap!! 2 gorgeous Quilt blocks each month to practice, and the opportunity to network with gorgeous quilters. Ever since I started quilting I have followed Blossom Heart Quilts blog and the Gnome Angel blog. They both have an amazing eye for fabric combinations, and their sewing skills I truly admire and enjoy reading their blogs each week.
This month: the two Quilt Blocks included “Star Plus” by Quiet Play (yet another gorgeous blog!) and “Tic Tac Toe” by Blossom Heart Quilts.
As you can see all of these blocks are very different and are absolutely stunning. I love Cotton and Steel fabrics – so you will see a lot of these in my Blocks that I show you this year. These are my interpretations of the blocks, and I love that you can have the same person create the same block, but by changing the fabrics they will look completely different !! This is what I love about Quilting.