I sewed like crazy on Sunday to make up for no sewing on world wide quilting day I completed my half triangles quilt top and I love it. I started this quilt because as a new(ish) quilter, choosing the farmers wife quilt as my first big project, is not the most satisfying time wise. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fw quilt, but it is slow going and completion is not very close in sight. I was determined not to start too many quilts at once, I don’t want to end up with a massive pile of wip’s, but I’ve been having so much fun doing Craftsy’s block of the month class I realised I needed another project. Not fiddley little farmers wife blocks and not only once a month.
I bought a charm pack (5inch squares) of Carolyn Friedlanders Architextures a while ago because I LOVE it all and wanted to choose my favorites and order more. While I don’t tend to like using just one line of fabric in a quilt – I love Architextures so much I decided to make a minimal half triangle quilt using the charm squares and some kona solids (snow and coal).
I mentioned before how I really have a deep need for all the corners/points to line up, so actually it took me a little while to get this quilt top right. (I’m sure there are quilters tricks for that, I’m yet to discover!) It came together faster than any quilt I’ve made so far, so I’m now going to figure out where to purchase some batting near me. I want to back the quilt in Ikea’s number text, but we’ll see about hitching a ride out there. I am notoriously bad at Ikea. And by bad I mean indecisive. (Most people love/hate that place I reckon).
I thought I invented chain piecing (HA) because I wanted to use less thread and go faster, then I realised of course it’s a real thing. And I don’t have the luxury of being able to lay out my quilt much. So I lay it on the floor once, take a picture and then use ziplock bags to keep my rows in order. Then I number the bags. So I sew the top square in each bag to make a row. So easy! I use the photo in case of any discrepancies but it works a treat.
So while I research quilt filling and hunt Montreal for an actual craft store, I’ll get back to sewing more farmers wife blocks. I only have a few dozen to go, so I really shouldn’t lag now. Almost 80 done which is impressive if you know me!
Lucky February was a short month, the March block for Craftsy’s block of the month was a great one! Laura taught us how to draft a block. Which I kind of knew how to do, but not officially. So this class was a really good one for me, it’s nowhere near as difficult as it seems. All you need is a little graph paper and basic math and you’re good to make all kinds of things. I highly recommend her class, it’s free and you can pick and choose, you don’t even have to make the quilt, just the lessons alone are full of nice tips and techniques.
I’m using a bunch of random scraps in bright colours, mostly Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry. As well as some new Architextures and Floressence. This block is called the Economy block and it’s fairly large compared to the others at 17 in. These have been such a fun break from sewing my farmer’s wife blocks, I can’t wait for more!
I just snuck in on the last day of January to finish the first of my Craftsy blocks of the month from the free Online Quilting Class. I was waiting for some new solids for this quilt, but it’s begun now and it’s so much fun. Laura Nownes, who is teaching this class seems so sweet. I’d like to be in a class of hers for sure. Here’s what my January offset log cabin blocks look like.
Using Kona Coal, Joel Dewberry and Architextures.
I just got the most awesome package in the mail. I’ve been busily sewing all weekend and just as I checked the post this morning – even MORE reasons to be excited. My lovely Mum got me these fabrics for my birthday and I can’t get over how great they are. Especially the new Carolyn Friedlander – Architextures.
I have loved ‘Field study’ by Anna Maria Horner for ages. And the Lizzy House ‘Pearl bracelets’ are perfect for everything, not to mention her new ‘Constellation’ series. Stars, moons and supernovas, awesome.
- 1. Drawing in white- Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander
- 2. Landscape circles in black - Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander
- 3. Sundials in happy – Field study by Anna Maria Horner
- 4. Fine feathered in whisper - Field study by Anna Maria Horner
- 5. Co-ordiantes in plum - Field study by Anna Maria Horner
- 6. & 7. Pearl Bracelets in tin man and hi ho silver by Lizzy House
- 8. Far far away III girl playing with horses in grey by Heather Ross
- 9. Star charts in light blue – Constellations by Lizzy House
- 10. Twinkle twinkle in white - Constellations by Lizzy House
- 11. Supernova in blue and black - Constellations by Lizzy House
- 12. Moon phase in teal - Constellations by Lizzy House
- 13. Crystalline in cobalt – Luxe in bloom, Art Gallery fabrics
- 14. Extravagarden in hush – Luxe in bloom, Art Gallery fabrics
A little charm pack from Architextures. I can see these going so well with florals, now back to my sewing. I’ll show you what I’ve been up to in a minute!