Sunday, January 13, 2019

Spicing up the Farmer's Wife sampler with more AGF prints

Picking up the Farmer's Wife block project... and making progress. These 9 have hit the finish line.
Farmer's Wife blocks (from top left): #75 Rosebud, #55 Linoleum, #39 Friendship
Middle Row: #71 Kitty in the Corner, #48 Homeward Bound, #35 Flower Basket
Bottom Row: #56 Maple Leaf, #40 Friendship Block, #61 Northern Lights

A benefit of tidying up my studio space is that more Art Gallery prints (were uncovered) have been introduced to the fabric smorgasbord for these blocks. Close-ups of my latest favorites are:
Farmer's Wife Block #39: Friendship 

Farmer's Wife Block #40: Friendship Block

Farmer's Wife Block #55: Linoleum

Farmer's Wife Block #71: Kitty in the Corner 

This sampler quilt project started with a fat quarter collection of Art Gallery's Color Masters, but the addition of the Elements blenders and prints from other AGF collections has made this sampler more robust. Each block is a gem on its own and I believe the expanded range of values and prints will add complexity to the composition and delight to the eye.

Plus, it's just more interesting and fun for the maker!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Annual purge and 2019 project inventory

Happy 2019 to all the quilters, sewers and makers!
As we head into the new year, there are new, different and (hopefully) exciting things coming to our world, sewing rooms and studios. To make way—and make room—for the new stuff, I do an annual purge of old things, recycle and repurpose what still has value, and organize my space. Through my attempt at organizing, I uncovered a few WIPs [works-in-progress], that I hope to make progress on and finish in 2019. (If I post them on my blog, it will make me accountable, right?)
Twenty blocks from The Farmer's Wife, made with Art Gallery Fabrics.
The Farmer's Wife blocks: progress is slow on this project because I have to calculate the cutting for all the blocks. I am machine piecing the blocks and the book only supplies an illustration of the block (not at 100%) and a CD with numbered templates. 20 blocks complete.

Scrap blocks.
Scrappy blocks: This is what I love to do with leftovers and discontinued samples. With scraps, there is only enough fabric for a single block, but the variety of colors and prints makes an interesting, one-of-a-kind quilt. 22 blocks complete.
Scrappy blocks on the design wall.
One potential layout. Trying to keep the background fabric as consistent in color and value as possible.

Floating Wacky Stars.
Floating Stars block: Another re-purpose for swatches and scraps. This one has a scrappy background and the star points are a random size and float. Further assembly will be easy with no points to fuss about. 4 blocks complete.
Improv piecing block borders.
I'm doing improv piecing that will either be alternate blocks or possibly wide borders. It seems I have a LOT of red scraps!

Hand embroidery with cotton embossed and yarn-dyed wovens from Diamond Textiles.
Hand embroidery: This hand embroidered appliqué piece using Cotton Embossed and yarn-dyed wovens from Diamond Textiles is a creeping along. My defense is that this is a "slow stitching" project and primarily worked when I'm on the road.

Stonehenge strips and Canvas blenders by Northcott Fabrics.
Stonehenge and Canvas blender quilt top: This is an exercise working with blenders from Northcott Fabrics. Currently, it's a quilt top only and traveling with me as a sample of using Northcott fabrics.

These are the WIPs that resurfaced during my latest tidy-up sprint. I know others will show their faces again in 2019 (my 100 Blocks City Sampler, a patchwork jacket, quilting my Wonky Star from a Mary Kerr workshop, and a hope for a Picasso top, for example).

However, I was happy to say goodbye to these boxes that went to the recycling center this weekend!
Off to the recycling center!

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