The Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along kicks off today and it feels like the first exciting step in a massively long journey. Which sounds contradictory, but I’m straddling that line between excited for a new quilt and knowing just how long 111 blocks really is when you’re hand stitching them. It’s going to be interesting to see how it evolves as we go along. I’m looking forward to seeing how much my EPP skills improve by the end of the event.
I’ve taken inspiration from one of my favourite china patterns; Spode’s Blue Italian. I treated myself when I turned 40 to some pieces from this collection with the intention that I’ll add to it over the years until I can complete the full set. I’ve never made a single colour quilt and I’m really excited to make this blue quilt. I’ve paired it with a light cream and that’s a first for me too. I normally use a bleach white with my work.
After the joy of making our Round We Go quilt, Caroline (@nightingalequilts) , Raylee (of Sunflower Stitcheries & Quilting) and I have teamed up again and we’ll be sharing the work of making this quilt. It’s a great way for the three of us to make time for each other because there’s not much you can do other than gab when you’re cutting, basting and stitching blocks. I can only begin to imagine what crazy things we’ll talk about while making this quilt.
I will post our blocks on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. The block posts will follow the same format every time: introduction (this bit), important information (all the stuff you need to know), how to assembly the block for EPP and then information about our major sponsor. Hopefully the consistency of information will help you find what you need every time.
Block Number: 1
Block Name: Attic Windows
Fabrics: Kona Cotton in Snow, Midnight, Deep Blue and Lapis
Construction Method: English Paper Piecing
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This is a pretty simple block (it’s really simple compared to some of the blocks coming up!). If you’ve checked out these tutorials on how to EPP you should be ready to go. I’ve labelled the pieces in the order that I’ve attached mine to help you think about how you’ll assemble them.
Here’s my tip for basting these blocks: make sure you’re consistent with how you baste. If you start with one side first, always start with that side. This will help you reduce bulk in your seams. For example, I always baste one of the small sides first, then the second small side and the longest side last. This helps point the “tails” away from rest of the pieces. If this doesn’t make sense leave a comment below and I’ll post detailed photos on how it’s done for block 2.
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