Happy New Year? -ish? I feel a bit like 2015 got away from me, just a bit. Where did it go? I had so many things I intended to finish. I’m even behind on the Farmer’s Wife. Holiday sewing sort of took priority. I’ll share those in a bit. For now, here is my next set of Farmer’s Wife blocks:
I took this picture before the snow fell, which just happened on December 28th. And I even got one of my little apple trees in the frame. I bought bench grafts of four heirloom apple varieties this spring. I have to prune them this winter, so that they don’t have any shoots emerging below the grafts. Then they’ll be trained, espalier-style, along that fence. You’re not here about my apples, though.
Here is my Nancy block:
I’m hoping that tiny bit of starch scorch on the corner washes out. That’s what I get for not paying attention.
My Milly block may be one of my favorites thus far:
That might be because it’s the first time I’ve really had good luck with lots of points all coming together. I’m inordinately proud of myself.
Patricia was a nice, simple block and an interesting variant on Churn Dash:
Of all of the blocks I’ve done so far, I think Patience is my most vintage-looking block. This is a good example of fabric choice influencing the ultimate design of a quilt. I DID get this one a bit backwards, as well as using the alternate cutting instructions. I didn’t see the need for the extra seams, and I like it this way:
Once I finish the last of my holiday gift quilts, I’ll be back to work on the Farmer’s Wife more diligently. I have yet to try foundation paper piecing, though I’m going to have to soon, to complete some of the more complex blocks. I may also prep a couple for English paper piecing, as hand sewing is more portable.
As I lay my plans for the coming year, I’m also open to suggestions for what you want to see on this blog. More quilt blocks? More embroidery? More vintage goodies? More doll clothes? Comment and tell me!