Saturday, October 3, 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - What A Mouthful That Is!

So Angie of Gnome Angel fame is one of my gorgeous online Quilty Peeps, and I've been following her long before I even considered a blog!

 I can't remember how I stumbled across her blog but when she was trying for her wee man I was also trying for Little OWB ( now a threenager!!! ) so could relate to the anticipation of adding to our family and sometimes the frustration of being patient!

I loved her straight shooting down to earth approach to life and still do.

 Well she is hosting the Sew A Long for the above....I can't be bothered typing that mouthful again!

I initially just watched from the sidelines but then decided this might be the perfect opportunity to practice my new found philosophy of mindfulness.....smirk...apparently I am suffering from busy woman's syndrome and need to slow down...relax...take time to just be...and this includes my manic approach to sewing LOL

Also it's a chance to sew some more traditional blocks on a small scale and use some of my favourite stashed fabrics.

New Bedford in Sun by Denyse Schmidt

and also in Sea

Plus some FMF along with the coordinating solids that came with the Mimosa bundle from Westwood Acres.

Aaaaaand a few Vintage Katie Jump Rope scraps I have lying around just to round it all out.

They all play nicely together so I'll be interested to see if they translate well into these little 6 1/2" blocks.

So first up we have Becky.....cute name...and I don't think anyone who has met me has ever thought to shorten my name to this haha I'm definitely a Becs as opposed to a sweet Becky

I'm roughly sticking to the colour guide in the book with the odd substitute...not sure how I feel about Becky yet...a bit sickly?

However I love Bonnie, and after seeing some other Bonnie blocks I'm a bit gutted I don't have any fabrics that are perfect for fussing cutting

I've actually printed out all the FW blocks as I intend to paper piece the majority of them.
But out of the three this week Aunt was the only one that I used paper piecing for and only for the Square in Square centre.

In the spirit of commitment and organisation and so I enjoy the process?? I've stored all my blocks in clear sleeves within a ring binder.....let's see how long the order lasts...see below

No more neatly folded fat quarters!!!

This link here will take you to the Tutorials available through Angie if you'd like a taste without purchasing the book.

In all seriousness it took longer to choose the fabric than it did to sew ALL 3 blocks!
See you again soon lovelies x


  1. I'm so stoked you're onboard for this adventure. I adore you and always feel guilty that I don't spend more time hanging out over here in your space so this is perfect - I get to come and check in every Sunday! I'm loving your fabric selection. I too can't come at Becky - but it's a great place to start (some of the other blocks in this quilt are fear inducing!). I really hope you enjoy it! (Thanks for all the lovely words - you know I love you right back, right?) <3

  2. awesome you're joining the fun. I have yet to sew my first blocks but is nearing the top of my to do list! Also I'm drooling over your fabric selections :)

  3. I do hope you're going to have enough fabric for this...... ha ha. Your list went on and on! I'm sure you'll have fun. I love your organisation skills - a woman after my own heart.

  4. I too am storing my completed block in a folder. Only have 1 done so far, but it will happen.

  5. I haven't written a blog post about this sew along yet but if I had it would have read exactly like this except that I'm using Carolyn Freidlander fabrics! Same storage, same plans on paper piecing, and same in that I only have on the inside block of Aunt. I also started thinking I'd follow along with the colors of the blocks in the book but have already changed my mind on that. (Same thoughts on my Becky block helped that decision.)
    I love Denyse Schmidt and am looking forward to seeing your blocks as you finish them. It will be a fun year!

  6. I love Bonnie too because I adore the pink and blue prints in that block. Beautiful!

  7. Your blocks look great - I love the colours you have used and think you will have a beautiful cohesive quilt when it is finished compared to some of the very random scrappy blocks I have seen constructed by others.


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