Well, not quite, but close. I have decided to join the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along….there is this fantastic book out there that tells a great story and has quilt blocks to go along with the story. Go here if you want to order the book that comes with a CD and all the instructions for the sampler quilt.
I always like a challenge and thought it would be fun to learn and try out so many new blocks. Plus, I had a stack of Fig Tree “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” just begging for this quilt….it was so hard to cut into this stack, but this was just the right quilt.
I first printed out all the templates on the computer…over 100 of them. And, I cut them all out…took forever, but I don’t have to worry about doing it in the middle of my sewing.
I then pre cut about five blocks at a time. I selected the fabric, located the right template and cut away. Once I had about five blocks cut, I would then start my sewing. One key tool for the cutting is a small rotating cutting mat. It is extremely helpful.
I would lay out each block as shown in the book and then would sew the blocks together. I used chain stitching wherever I could to speed up the process. I do like the small pieces and delicate looking blocks in this quilt.
There is a lot of pressing needed for each block and that is the key to getting your blocks to be square in the end. One of my favorite sewing tools / product is below….it is a must and is so much better than spray starch.
Here is the block all assembled…loving these colors. I sure hope I don’t get bored with them at the end of all of these blocks!
I was able to finish twenty blocks over the last few days. Here are a few pics of the blocks…
I sometimes have such a hard time with scrappy quilts made out of different blocks…they don’t work well with my engineer brain that wants everything matchy matchy and even…
I am going to continue to go with it and try to do every single one of the blocks in this book…I am sure that this quilt will be amazing when it is finished! Happy Sewing!