The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew Along officially started this week and I actually got all three of the initial blocks, plus an extra block, done! The first three blocks, 8, 12 & 16, were all simple blocks of mostly squares and rectangles. My plan for this quilt has been evolving, and my fabric choices have been getting more and more limited. That’s right, I keep removing fabrics from my initial pull! At this point, these are the fabrics I am going with:
I have seven neutral shot cottons (on the left), plus a variety of white-on-natural prints that I will be doing half of the blocks in. I am doing all of the simple, asymetrical, and blocks without a clear background in the neutrals and there will be a white-on-natural print incorporated somewhere into each of the neutral blocks. The other half of the blocks, basically the stars and star-like blocks, will have a white-on-natural print as a background and the star in two or three of the deeper red/purple/orange shot cottons on the right, plus one of the five cotton/linen blend florals as an accent. I made up block #2 to try in the deep/florals to see what I thought of it with the neutral blocks and I think I love it. I want to set them on point with sashing between and alternate neutral and star blocks. I went through the book and divided all of the blocks into either neutral or star-type blocks and was surprised to find they totally split evenly. So… I think I have a plan?
As far as actually making the blocks… it was simple enough, but I am still having trouble with getting my blocks to come out exactly 6 1/2″. Most are ending up short on one side or another by 1/16″ to an 1/8″. I am foundation piecing and have been leaving extra fabric at the outside edges so I have extra fabric for squaring up… so they really are ending up 6 1/2″ But, if I just measure the paper on the back when I am done piecing, I am definitely short. I am going to have to perfect an even-more-scant 1/4″ seam I guess. I can see I am stitching exactly on all of the lines, so I must just be losing too much to seam bulk and need to compensate more aggressively. Quilting is precise business!