Friday, January 10, 2014

Farming Friday

Its Farming Friday, and I am still on track making my blocks for my Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt.
Having decided to blog every Friday  about my FWSQ and the blocks I have made is  certainly motivating me to make sure I have something to show of my FWSQ blocks, so I have a really good feeling I will get this quilt made sooner rather than later!

Gentleman's Fancy
This block was made using a paper pieced pattern from the FWSQ Yahoo Group.
TIP: If your have never done any paper piecing  before then I would recommend choosing an easy block to start with.  This block is a easy block to paper piece.

Streak of Lightning
A very easy block – I had no problems figuring out the quilt maths for this one!
Postage Stamp
Another very easy block, no problems sewing this one together!IMG_2120
Another quick and easy block, I see a pattern forming this week!IMG_2123
This block was not quite so easy as all the rest,with all those half square triangles, it makes it a little difficult to press.
TIP: With this block make sure you press your seams open.
If your making FWSQ Blocks let me know so I can see what you have been up to.  And if your not then why not join in.  A new group has just started on Flickr for the Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt 2014. It’s a lot of fun joining in sewing with other people making the same blocks, and its interesting to see how the same block can look made with different fabric.
Have a Great Weekend and Thanks for Stopping by.

I won a Giveaway–Gypsy Wife


I have been meaning to write a blog post about this for a while now and only just got around to doing so!

Just before Christmas I won a giveaway on instagram.

I was thrilled and lucky enough to win this bundle of goodies from Camille at  Queen Bee Fabrics.

Camille sent a wonderful package, which Included the Gypsy Wife Pattern Booklet, a gorgeous 15 piece  Liberty of London Scrap pack a mini tape measure, some fabric covered elasticated buttons and a charm pack.


This particular pattern is by Jen Kingwell, it  is completely different to the quilts I normally make but I love how bright and scrappy it is and I am sew so looking forward to putting it all together.

I did have a little play and made one of the mini blocks.



Another pattern I love by Jen is the Green Tea and Sweet Beans Pattern and I would also love to make this quilt.  So if anyone has a used pattern they have finished using, please let me know.

So I now have a few projects started for this year already. Normally I start and finish one project. Maybe it’s a good thing to have a few different projects on the go at the same time! maybe not! time will tell.

How about you, what projects have you started this year?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Single Wedding Star Mini Block

I managed to do a little bit of sewing at the weekend.
I made another infinity scarf. The fabric is a knit fabric so comes on the bolt much wider than quilting cottons so I actually had enough fabric to make two! I am a little addicted to infinity scarves at the moment thanks to my friend Cindy who showed me how to make them when  I went on my quilting retreat in November.  They are so easy to make and this scarf took about 20 minutes to make!

I made a teeny tiny Single Wedding Ring Block.   I could not believe how small it turned out!
See for yourself.  I plan to make three more blocks and make a mini to decorate the walls of my sewing room.

You can find the free pattern to make the block on Hopes blog When Inspiration Strikes. 

At the moment we are experiencing the coldest weather in Minnesota in over a decade.  It is –19F (-31C) so extremely cold but add the wind chill to that and according to Accuweather it a RealFeel of 41C.  I will not be going anywhere today and may try and sneak in a little bit of sewing!

So did you manage to sew at the weekend.  I would love to see what you made so leave a comment so I can check out your blog and see what you made.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Farmers Wife Quilt Sampler Friday

One of my goals this year is to make a Farmers Wife Quilt Sampler.  I am hoping I have not bitten off more than I can chew!  I plan on making this a King sized quilt. 
So here are the first 5 blocks that I have made.
Block # 2 Autumn Tints
There are 111 blocks in this sampler so I will either repeat or add some other blocks.
Block #20  Churn Dash
Each block measures 6 inches finished. As you probably guessed I will be using Bonnie and Camille fabrics for my Farmers Wife Quilt.

Block # 80 Single Wedding Star
also known as Rolling Stone

So far I have really been enjoying making these blocks.  I made all these blocks by figuring out the math's and rotary cutting them.  The book does provide a CD with templates, but that then requires you to print off all the templates for each block, which is something I am avoiding at the moment.
Block # 111 WrenchIMG_1822

Block #31 Evening Star
also known as Sawtooth Star
This is one of my most favourite blocks, and I have made this block a number of times in the past for Bee Blocks.
So now the weekend is here! What plans do you have for sewing tonight? 
I came across a free pattern for a  mini Single Wedding Star block over at Hopes blog When Inspiration Strikes.  Its tiny! so I have plans to have a go at making one tonight. Hope also has some quilt patterns on Craftsy which is where you will also find her free pattern for the Single Wedding Star/Rolling Stone block.
Hopefully I will get to share my mini block with you sometime over the weekend.

Happy Sewing!!!!

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