After all these years, I've discovered that I love sampler quilts! I think because each block is its own little project, which I find very exciting. And.. challenging. And, the end result is so interesting and... engaging. I recently (finally) got started on my Farmers Wife quilt, above, and I'm really excited about it.
So here's the deal. I have this quilt retreat coming up, and I thought it might be a good idea to have most of my projects "machine ready" so to speak, to avoid having to pack my entire stash, and to make better use of my time. I find a retreat setting is not always conducive to making the best creative decisions, if you know what I mean. Sometimes it can take me an entire day to pick the fabrics for a single block! Add to that, limited if any design wall space.
Anyway, I got the bright idea to get a head start by picking fabrics for a bunch of blocks, cut the pieces, then iron them down onto freezer paper. This way I end up with a nice tidy stack, ready to go - and sew - at the retreat. I've done this in the past, but not with the freezer paper - so I hope it all works out!
You can see what I've cut so far. I admit it looks pretty funky. I can't wait to sew them and then see how they look. No doubt I'll end up rejecting a few. I don't know how many more I will make, but I think with these I'll have enough to start auditioning setting ideas/fabric.
Anyway, if this succeeds, I'll try more of them as there are several "templates required" blocks in that book that I really want to make. Most blocks I can manage to draft out, but the odd angles on some of these totally throw me.
Here they are, stacked up (sort of) and ready to pack.
I don't intend to make every block in the book, but rather cherry pick the ones I like the most. I'll post more as this progresses.
|April's block - Star Gardener|
|June's block - Evening Star|
Well that's it for today!
I want you all to know how much I really enjoy reading your blogs, and I hope you enjoy my posts. I'm pretty new at this, and don't have a lot of time to devote, but I love tagging along with all the fun!