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A Quilt along with a HUGE commitment.

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A Quilt Along !!  There has been sooooo….. much excitement in the Quilting Hive this month with the announcement of The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Along !!

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This Quilt Along is being hosted by the gorgeous Angie aka Gnome Angel and the Fat Quarter Shop.

 

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I have never participated in a Sew / Quilt Along before, so embarking on 99 Blocks is huge.  Some of my favourite bloggers are also hosting some of the tutorials e.g. Blossom Heart Quilts,  Ms Midge  and verykerryberry….  so this should be a lot of fun.

To Participate you need to purchase Laurie Hird’s book – Wow the letters are fascinating to read, and the blocks are lovely – the challenge will be – the size.  All the 99 blocks are only 6.5″ square – Wow !  That is half the size of most of the blocks I create at present.  The book has a gorgeous layout – easy to read and see the blocks.  There are blocks you can print out and colour to see if your colour choice will work !!  A beautiful book to have on the coffee table to flick through at leisure until the quilt-along gets under way!

This book is accompanied by a CD that has all the paper piecing patterns for each block !! The next dilemma was the use of Templates or to paper piece ???  Marti Michell has 5 sets of templates that will help you cut all the blocks.  It was very tempting to buy all 5 sets – especially when I found them at the Quilting Shop I work in  – but I have decided to put more $$ into the fabric I will use than the templates.  I can’t help but think it would have been nice for the Fat Quarter Shop to put to together a kit of the Essential Templates for this Quilt Along – especially as over 2000 Quilters have joined across the world !!

The next incredibly important decision is the FABRIC.  I’m not one who takes a long time pondering over my fabric choices.  I tend to have my favourite fabric designers and colours which has held me in good stead so far……  I came across this assortment of 1930s fabrics and loved them.

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This is just the start, and from this selection I will add in solids and more modern fresh fabrics.  This Fabric Selection certainly increased my excitement A LOT !!  Many of the 99 Blocks in this Quilt Along are quite traditional – and I’m hoping to put a Modern spin on them (fingers-crossed).

Many are now awaiting the 28th of September, 2015, when the Quilt Along begins.  Gnome Angel will be posting tutorials twice a week for a year…… that is WOW – HUGE !! Everything about this Quilt Along is huge !!  I love it !  If you are interested it is not too late to join – pop over to Gnome Angel and join her Facebook Group

I’m looking forward to learning heaps from Quilters I have watched from afar.  You can follow my journey here as I will post my Quilt Along adventures as I go !!

I will post each week on my efforts, what I found challenging and the tips I love and made the blocks easier !!

See you next week, to see how organised I’ve become in preparing for this Quilt Along.

Leanne xx

 

 

 

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