Well yes, I have decided to sew along. I have had intentions of making a paper pieced quilt made up of small quilt blocks for a while now but just hadn't had the time (I have been collecting patterns from another source but I will start this another time). When I saw this sew along start up I thought this will do, it's only 2 blocks per week over 12-months and no doubt with the masses of people sewing along I will be motivated to keep up.
I ordered my book thankfully before the publishers ran out of copies, and it sat on my coffee table untouched for weeks until the sew along began late September - I still haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I have printed off my paper piecing templates from the CD Rom, yep - all 99 blocks:
|The book and my 99 paper piecing templates|
I had big intentions of making my version of the quilt using a combination of Bonnie & Camille fabrics, or the new Bloom & Bliss range by Riley Blake Designs, but the budget just wouldn't stretch that far. Instead I decided to "Sew my Stash" and went rummaging though my fabric stash. I have a large selection of black & white prints which I had been saving for another idea (which is still floating around in the vast abyss in my head), so I decided to go through them and to separate them into a "black" pile and a "white" pile. I also had a fat quarter bundle of teal homespun solids which I had purchased from Spotlight. And thus my theme was born - I am going to make MY VERSION of the "Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt" a scrappy monochrome version with a pop of teal.
|My Fat Quarter bundle of Teal Homespun Solids from Spotlight|
Week One kicked off on the 28th of September. The first week we had 3-blocks to sew, and they were all rather quick and easy to piece together. Although I am displaying my block photos like this, they will be set "on point" in the final quilt layout:
|Block 16. Bonnie|
|Block 12. Becky|
|Block 8. Aunt|
Thank you lovely 😘Delete