Thursday, 14 April 2016

Farmer's Wife Quilt 2016 Instalment 1


It's been  while since I have given you a Farmers Daughter Quilt update.  I am still working on it slowly and below are the blocks that I have completed so far this year.

Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 68 - Postage Stamp 
Completed  24 January 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 69 - Practical Orchard
Completed  27 March 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 70 - Prairie Queen 
Completed  25 January 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 71 - Puss in the Corner 
Completed  26 January 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 72 - Railroad 
Completed  28 March 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 73 - Rainbow Flowers 
Completed  26 January 2016
Pink seems to be my go to colour ... I can't say I don't like it though!
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 75 - Ribbons
Completed  28 March 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 75 - Rosebud
Completed  30 March 2016
I have also added 11 more sashing pieces

Here is a progress picture, there still seem to be  LOT of gaps!

Quilt stats:
  • 111 blocks - 74 completed
  • 110 cornerstones - 37 completed
  • 32 half cornerstones - 12 completed
  • 28 setting triangles - nil completed
  • 4 small setting triangles - nil completed
  • 252 sashing strips - 66 completed
  • borders?

Monday, 28 March 2016

2016 EPP Flower Swap - Update 1


After the mass 2015 flower updates, I plan to give quarterly updates in 2016 so as not to overwhelm anyone - myself included!

The following are the flowers that I have sent to my swap partners this quarter:

January - blue or floral flowers were requested by Olivia in the USA 

February - Sue in South Australia requested dark red or civil war fabrics with cream or bone centres

March - Dorritt in the USA is a girl after my own heart and requested pink petals with yellow or blue centres

I received the following flowers:
2015 flowers from Beverley Kirk in the USA

February flowers from Lori in the USA

March flowers from Lynette, Qld Australia

And as usual each month I made some flowers for myself:

Who doesn't love some pretty flowers?!?

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Introducing Diamond Strings


I have another quilt finish to share with you.

Again this one has been in the works for a long time.  I had all of the pieces cut before I received the fabric for Bermuda's Quilt in June, and yes, it has been sat here that long waiting to be put together.

Once Bermuda's Quilt was finished we began packing as we had a contract on a house to purchase so these pieces went into a box along with a lot of other sewing bits and pieces.

This year I am determined to try and finish some of the projects I already have started before beginning more - it's taking a lot of will power to stick to that too I'll let you know!

This quilt has a very limited palette for me and a limited selection of fabrics, but I love it.

I cut my strips at 4.5 inches wide before sub-cutting the triangles, the sashing strips were cut  inches wide.

I'm not sure yet what to do with the edges, whether I want to try and bind the uneven edges or if I will trim them for a straight edge.  

Quilt stats:
 - 144 yellow triangles
 - 128 steel triangles
 - 63 x 52 inches (when measured from narrowest points)

I can't wait to free motion quilt this one, the idea's for the quilting just keep coming! I need to complete the quilting on Spot's and Dot's first - it's in the machine and I manage to add a bit more quilting to it most days.

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Introducing Spots and Dots


A week before we went overseas for Christmas my MIL advised that for Christmas she'd like a quilt.  After I'd finished laughing I let her know that I'd complete one by winter for her after all Bermuda's Quilt had taken 5 months to complete from initial design to binding!

She wanted something scrappy and that's fine with me. I was trying to decide which design I would use when it occurred to me that I had completed a quilt a few years ago that was still sat unfinished in one of my packing boxes.

I dug it out and threw it on the bed.

This was one of the very first quilts I made. I had purchased the batting and an extra wide backing but had been put off quilting it due to the very small throat space of my 1970s brother machine - just 7 inches.

Each hourglass block finishes at 3inch square.  When I was making this I didn't have a stash of fabric so was purchasing random fat quarter all with the spots and dots theme.

A few years ago there weren't as many spot fabrics on the market as there are now so you can see that I was a little loose with my interpretation ...

... but I like the variety!

After putting it on the bed I decided that it did need an extra border, and I had also purchased the fabric for that, a green spot.

In January I had purchased a new Juki DDL-9000 light industrial machine with a 12 inch throat space so I decided I'd jump on in and give a queen sized quilt a go.
I'll share more about this machine once I've had a chance to REALLY use it.

Quilt stats:
30 rows x 30 rows of hourglass blocks
900 3 x 3inch finished blocks
3.5 inch cut border
93.25 x 93.25 inch unfinished quilt

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Paper Pieced Muddled Geese - A finished project


I first introduced my English Paper Pieced Flying Geese quilt here.

I have now finally put the finishing touches to it and can call it a finished quilt.

I used my 6" downloadable Flying Geese English Paper Pieces which can be found on Etsy here along with other sizes including 2", 3", 4" and 5".

Due to my printing error this quilt ended up slightly smaller than anticipated with 5.5" flying Geese ... printing errors happen to all of us at times, I didn't notice until I finished.

I used my flying geese 'Muddled Geese' layout - pattern sheets to follow.

I quilted it with simple straight lines following all of the seam lines (or 'in the ditch') around each flying geese block. This also meant that each goose got a quilting line down the centre and the quilt finished with an all over 5.5 inch grid of quilting.

I backed the quilt with a gorgeous purple fabric.  The selvage doesn't tell me what fabric line it's from unfortunately.

Stay tuned for the Muddled Geese pattern sheets, perfect for planning your Muddled Geese quilt whether you EPP it or use traditional machine piecing methods.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

2016 EPP Flower Swap Round Up 3 - Added


I have shared the monthly swap flowers I sent and the ones I received already.  Each month I also made myself 2 flowers, also in the same colourway as those requested from my swap partners.

I requested flowers with pink/purple petals and a light/white centre.



I couldn't resist the dragon fly centre - I was making Bermuda's quilt at the time and was putting some in that!


I received a lovely bag of scraps from a friend where  I found these fabrics for my December Flowers
I'm slowly amassing a nice collection of flowers- I'm aiming for a queen size bed 

and I am continually thinking about the setting, I'm thinking white outer petals and an aqua path ... but I don't want the aqua to detract from the flowers.

At the end of December I have a collection of 47 pink and purple flowers. And have already started adding the 2016 flowers.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

2016 EPP Flower Swap Round Up 2 - Received


In the last post, here, I shared the monthly EPP flowers that I sent away to my 2015 swap partners.

I requested flowers with purple &/or pink petals with a light or white coloured centre and my swap partners came up trumps.

Below are the flowers that I received each month and will make a wonderful garden.

January flowers were from Alana in Victoria

February Flowers were from Paula also in Victoria

May Flowers came from Celine in the UK 

July I received these from Debbie in Israel  

For August Gayle sent these from the USA:

Also in August I received these two Angel flowers as a sweet surprise as I had missing flowers - thank you Angel

September flowers came from Helen in the UK

Irene from the USA sent me my October flowers 

Novemer flowers came from Janet in Canada 

December flowers came from my closest swapper, Jenny in Brisbane

I also received one more set of flowers in July from LaRee, we connected through a facebook group and swapped flowers:

Thank you to my 2015 swap partners, I can't wait to see what 2016 brings.

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