Next, on this and that, The Farmer's Wife QAL. This flickr group started up in early June, and I enthusiastically jumped right in. I bought my book, printed out templates, joined the yahoo group, and then nothing. Nada. Nary a block. I don't know what the problem was, but I couldn't get started. Actually, I kind of know what the problem was. I was seeing all these other great quilters with their great blocks and their great color schemes and I got intimidated. I mean, what if I do it wrong or choose the wrong colors. What if it comes out a hot mess? And so, nothing. Until yesterday. Tada...
My first two blocks: Attic Windows and Autumn tints. I decided to just haul out my bucket of scraps, choose what fabrics I happen to like in that moment, and make a block. Simple. And if it doesn't work out, it doesn't matter. It's about learning new things, right? I decided to do the book in order, instead of jumping all around. Easier to keep track of, and one less decision to make. I think the QAL is officially in it's 15th week, so about 30 blocks done. I figure, if I squeeze in one block per day, I'll catch up by the end of October. Or not.
Vintage Sheet WIPs. I've got two of them, both of which I hope to wrap up by the end of the weekend. The first is my VS dresdens, from my Bee Vintage bee. I've got 12 16" blocks, which should make a nice sized lap quilt. I think the blocks need some sashing so I've been auditioning colors.
First, with Kona mint:
The second is with Kona celery:
(Sorry for the crummy quilt cave pictures.) At first, I thought the mint would give it a more vintagey feel. But now I'm kinda leaning towards the celery. What do you think?
My other VS WIP is my 100 squares blocks. I've got 11 so far, so will have to make at least one more.
I may also add 4 nine patches to square it up. The blocks are 15". I want this to ultimately be a picnic blanket, so 60"x60" should be a good size. Sashing? No sashing? Opinions welcome!
So, that's what's been going on around here. Got any sewing plans this weekend?