Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Becky and Betty plus a pencil case

Becky and Betty

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! :-)

farmer's wife 1930s, block #12 Becky

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.

farmer's wife 1930s, block #14 Betty

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! :-)

scraps on the cutting table

Another little finish recently has been this little pencil case:

handmade style 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.

handmade style pencil case

handmade style pencil case

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. :-)

handmade style pencil case

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

two little Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks

I just couldn't help it, I had to join in, if only a little bit! There are two lovely sew-alongs for the book  The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt. One at verykerryberry and one at Gnome Angel. I decided to go with the latter since my book hasn't arrived yet (and apparently won't for another month ...) and I like that the QAL is working up from the simpler to the trickier blocks. Plus, the lovely Kirsty is taking part in that one, so that was reason enough! :-)

farmer's wife 1930s, block #16 Bonnie

First, I made block #16 Bonnie following the PDF instructions. I rotary cut my pieces and there was some re-cutting to make the blue stripey fabric go in the same direction in both rectangles. Also, I had to unpick and re-sew the pandas because I sewed them on the wrong way up the first time around. It really is advisable to lay out the blocks before sewing, especially since I'm planning to set them on point and it's more difficult for me to envision the layout otherwise.

farmer's wife 1930s, block #8 Aunt

The other block I made so far is #8 Aunt. The fabrics for this one just jumped out at me from my scrap box, so that was a no-brainer. I'm trying to stick with scraps for these blocks, it's such a fun way to use them up and those little pieces are perfect for some scrap sewing! Again, I rotary cut my pieces and since the fabrics are not directional I didn't have any trouble this time. I already have chosen the fabrics for the next two blocks, let's see when I get around to making them!

binding

I'm also slowly but surely attaching the binding on the quilt I made for V.! I'm so happy with how this is turning out! I hope to get it bound and finished soon, so I can take some pictures and share the quilt here! Happy sewing! :-)