Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Becky and Betty plus a pencil case
Here are two more Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks I made. These will probably be the last I'll make for a couple of weeks, because now I'll have to wait for my book to arrive. After that let's see how much and how long I'm going to be able to keep up, because there will be a new member joining our family in December! :-)
So this is my version of block #12 Becky. I rotary cut the pieces and the sewing was relatively straightforward, although again I had to unpick because I sewed some pieces together in the wrong order, even though I had them all laid out before me. Thinking before sewing is always a good thing ... I really like the combination of colours in this block on their own, but I'm not too sure I like my fabric choices for this particular block. Among all the Becky blocks I've seen I like the ones with a bit less contrast among the fabrics better than my own choice.
And this is my version of block #14 Betty. I played it really safe with this one with two solids, a tiny print and a monochrome colour choice. I'm really happy with this one, altough maybe the bigger solid triangles could contrast a bit more from the smaller ones ...? Anyway, I'm really having fun choosing fabrics for these blocks! It's nice to use up scraps, especially the reproduction style scraps which were gifted to me a long time ago, and sometimes interesting combinations come up by chance. Look at that lovely pile below! Makes me smile! :-)
Another little finish recently has been this little pencil case:
The pattern is from the book Handmade Style by Anna Graham. I had that little stitching exercise sitting around without a purpose for a while and when I saw the pattern I knew that it would be perfect! It's a great pattern to use up for little quilted bits or similar, since there won't be any bulky seam allowances inside the pouch because of the construction method using bias binding.
For the lining I just had to use those cute panda bears! The colour is a perfect match with the coral embroidery thread and the pandas just make me smile every time I open the pouch. :-)