Because I am ever the optimist when it comes to committing my time, I joined Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel’s Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew Along and cannot wait for it to start in late September. The group is HUGE at 1500 people so far and it has been fun to watch everyone sharing their fabric choices and design decisions on Facebook and Instagram. I am really looking forward to working on a project that other people are doing too. I like working alone in general, but not having anyone at all to talk to about sewing and knitting does get to me. We live pretty far out and my husband takes our only car to work, so I am… here.
This will actually be my first quilt, though I have made quite a few quilt blocks over the years as samples, made pieced wall hangings stretched over frames, and have played with free motion quilting on scraps. Nothing has ever progressed to full-on quilt stage though, so this will be somewhat new for me.
I ordered both the light and dark Kaffe Fassett shot cotton bundles and picked out a white-on white print and a solid white. I am planning to use the shot cottons and the white-on-white print in each block, the solid white as the background and start with dark blocks in the center of quilt and let the colors shift and lighten as they radiate outwards from the center (full disclosure, I am obsessed with gradients). I am leaning towards setting the blocks on point with wider sashing around them, cornerstones, and simple geometric quilting, but I know those design decisions may change a lot as I start to arrange the blocks and I am fine with that.
I had my book spiral bound at Office Max and am starting to acquire the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork templates that I will need (only because I don’t want to paper piece). My “new” machine is set up and ready to go, now I just have to wait! In the meantime, if anyone wants to quilt along too, you can find out all about it at Gnome Angel’s blog