Well…the pressure was just too much! For the past week or so I’ve watched as one person after another joined in the quilt-along using the book The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired. The quilt-along is hosted by Amanda and Angela and is based on the book written by Laurie Aaron Hird (to find out more about the book, go here). I really tried not to join in…really I did…I have a lot of things going on right now. But I have a lot of ancestors who were farmers and farmer’s wives…and so I bought the book thinking I’d just read it for fun. However, the book is so amazing that within a day of receiving it I was making blocks.
I know we’re only supposed to make two blocks per week…but I wasn’t quite sure when week 1 ended, so thought I’d start with four simple blocks so as not to get behind. I’m going to use Fig Tree fabrics from my stash–I shouldn’t have to purchase anything until I decide on sashing. And I’m going to make the king-sized quilt–hey, if I’m making 111 blocks I ought to get a big quilt out of them! First I made Block #2, Autumn Tints.
Next, I chose another simple pattern, Basket Weave, Block #4.
And then I made Box, block #9.
And finally I made the Friendship Star, Block #41. I’m really excited about this quilt-along–it should be a lot of fun. I’m thinking about starting a second set of blocks using brights from my stash….there are so many possibilities for this project! Oh, and there is also a Flikr group to go along with the quilt along.
Since I was posting those Fig Tree blocks…thought I would share this fun backpack I made using Butterscotch & Rose, Joanna’s newest fabric line that will come out in the fall. The backpack is one of Joanna’s newest patterns, the Daisy Girl Backpack, and this is one terrific pattern. I was a little hesitant about making this (I guess I just didn’t believe you could really make a backpack), but it went together perfectly. I used charm squares for the outer bag which is a little different than the pattern. This pattern is perfect for a child, yet also has longer strap measurements for an adult.
Okay…well…that’s all for now…school gets out here tomorrow, and then summer will officially begin here at my house…can’t wait!!!