Wow can you believe it ???
We are up to 15 Farmers Wife 1930s Blocks !! Only 81 to go !!
Photos now of all the blocks together – really start to show how stunning everyone’s quilts will be !! I have my favourites and certainly some blocks I’m thinking of redoing as they are a little subtle ….. but time will tell.
My favourite Farmers Wife 1930s block so far is ……… 1 – Addie !! It was a great opportunity to feature the fussy cutting in a bigger square. A reminder that these individual blocks are only 6.5″ , so everyone is working with SMALL pieces!!
All my blocks are foundation paper pieced as I am finding this keeps the consistent size between the blocks !
Gnome Angel is playing Bingo on her page with blocks 1, 8, 16, 24, 94 !!
This block number selection amazingly features some of my favourite blocks so far and lots of fussy cutting opportunities ! Aren’t the little ducks too cute ???
It is still not too late to join in the fun….. we still have 81 blocks to go !!
Have a great Week
A “Solo Giraffe” started as a small project for a very dear recipient to return a RAOK… knowing that they have a love of Giraffes – a mini quilt came to mind.
The Tartan Kiwi has some amazing foundation paper piecing patterns. Some of them have been on my to do list for a while – including this one !! For those that are visiting – foundation paper piecing involves sewing fabric to a paper foundation in a numerical sequence. Once the sequence is completed – you remove the paper from the back and you are hopefully left with a gorgeous image such as this giraffe, to start creating your “quilt sandwich”. The Tartan Kiwi patterns are fantastic, great explanations and clear instructions. However, I would not recommend this for your first foundation paper piecing project. Make a couple of stunning stars first and then go for it !! (There are so many on Pinterest). Once you have the idea of following the numbers – you have your strategy down pat for any Foundation Paper Piecing pattern.
Most of the fabrics used here, have come from my stash. The gorgeous Giraffe fabric print I found while sorting out a pile of “roll-ups” at work. The blues, oranges and greens just happened to be in my stash 😉 I really didn’t start with a plan of which fabrics went where, but I took advantage of the colouring page that Juliet contains in her pattern – to give me some idea where the sky and grass will meet.
It always amazing when you see a fabric and say “Yes” this is the perfect fabric for my project. I was visiting and playing with fabric at Clair’s fabric, and fell in love. The bright flowers and birds in this Echino Decoro fabric for Kokka, are just divine. I can just imagine a giraffe wanting to live in this garden. It is a cotton linen, so heavier than Quilting Cotton, but gives this mini quilt (36×24″) the lift it needs.
The feeling is overwhelming when the back of your Quilt looks just as amazing as the front !! Almost like a “negative of a photograph” !! You can really see the free motion quilting stunning effects on the back of this quilt !! I have machine bound this Mini Quilt, so even the straight stitching framing the back looks awesome ! I have used Aurifil thread 2310 to quilt this mini !
Here are some close-ups just to give you an idea of the free motion quilting I have done here !
I have loved this project and am hoping the recipient loves it just as much as I do !!
Go and check out The Tartan Kiwi – Juliet has some awesome designs and patterns – if I had the time I would create them all 😉
Have a great weekend.
What’s Started ???? Yes, it’s the Farmers Wife Sampler 1930s Quilt-a-long ……. and Wow !! Everyone has hit the ground running !!
The first Block #12 Becky – was released on Sunday – and WOW !! Everyone was ready and waiting !!
The second block #16 Bonnie: was released on Tuesday !!
There are so many different colours, fabrics and styles being used by the participants…….everything from polka dots, ultra modern to French General and Country Cottage.
With every block each Quilter creates, it is true, the personality of the block is created by the fabric we choose !! I can’t wait till we are further on and we start to see the Quilts come to life – each will be different and unique yet created from the same book. Oooh I have goosebumps just thinking of it !
I’m loving the vibrant colours of the fabrics I have chosen to use for this Quilt……. And there are a few prints included that I am able to fussy cut along the way ! I’m so glad Angie’s Fat Quarter Bundle included some Terra Australis as the kangaroos have worked really well in the Bonnie Block.
Some Quilter’s are English Paper Piecing, some are Foundation Paper Piecing and others are using Templates – me – I’m Foundation Paper Piecing as I find this gives me the most accurate cut and a method I am familiar with. For the majority of the Quilts I create I work with larger blocks, so the challenge of working with smaller pieces to complete the 6.5″ blocks is great !
Thank you Angie (aka GnomeAngel) for this splendid opportunity for Quilters to share their knowledge and connect. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Quilter – there is a space for you in this Quilt-a-long. So many are sharing their knowledge and wealth of experience with novices and getting to know each other – it is very heart warming in today’s world – even if it is through the IT wires !! Angie has organised this so well I am in AWE of her ORGANISATIONAL ABILITY and her TALENT……… <3 <3 WE really do admire and respect you !!
Tomorrow another Block is released – and many will be created !….. Each Wednesday I’ll share with you what I have created ! I’d love to know how you are finding the process !
Many blessings for the days ahead,