Friday, 18 March 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks 48, 50 and 52

Very Kerry Berry has covered six Farmer’s Wife 1930s blocks since we last met – three of which I have blogged about previously but three of which are new.  Let’s take it in numerical order:

Block 47 – Joy.  This is a lovely block and one which I covered in January.   Notes in my book read ‘okay to paper-piece – pretty block’.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 47 - Joy

Block 48 – Judy.  This is one of the new blocks which I have only just made.  It is the same as block 29 Doris but with a different center.  I patched the center and corner squares but paper-pieced the sharp triangle patches. She reminds me of Judy Garland - it is the orange polka dot.  
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 48 - Judy

Block 49 – Katherine.  I patched this block way back in October 2015.  It is not one of my favourites – I guess I prefer a symmetrical approach.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 49 - Katherine

Block 50 - Lady.  This is another ‘new’ block to the blog but one which I made back in November last year.  Notes read “a simple paper-pieced block with endless possibilities depending on fabric.  You could even patch the centre.”   
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 50 - Lady

Block 51 – Lily.  This is a block that I blogged about in January.   Notes in my book read ‘nothing with this block went together easily.  It is a very pretty block but not one I want to make again!”.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 51 - Lily

and finally ..... Block 52 – Lola.  I patched this block using the paper templates.  “Pretty in Gooseberry fabrics”.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 52 - Lola

The Gnome Angel sew-along has reduced to one block a week and this week’s block is one which was a lot of work back in October 2015 - block no. 6 April.
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 6- April

I'll be back shortly with an update on The Splendid Sampler blocks - they are coming along very nicely but if you can't wait you can find them all on my Splendid Sampler Pinterest board here ........  

Monday, 29 February 2016

Splendid Sampler Blocks 4 and 5

The Splendid Sampler blocks - Patchsmith style.

It has been a quiet time for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s sew-along as the Gnome Angel sew-along is still on spring break and the two blocks for the Very Kerry Berry group have been covered already (Block 45 ‘Jenny’ and Block 46 ‘Jewel’).
Block 46 - Jewel - my least favourite block

So instead I have been slicing and dicing fabric for the Splendid Sampler sew-along and two very lovely blocks they were.

Block 4 – ‘Happy, Happy’ by Jen Kingwell is a gorgeous 6” applique block and, as you all know, I am partial to a bit of applique. 
Do you like the little Patchsmith heart?

Block 5 was a simple patchwork block called ‘Simple Simon’.  It was designed by Celine Perkins and is a ‘disappearing nine-patch’ slice and dice. 
Block 5 - 'Simple Simon'

I didn’t intend to have a red and aqua theme for this sew-along but it seems that is where my fabric stash is taking me.  You can find all the blocks as-and-when I make them here on my Splendid Sampler Pinterest Board.

Sew until next time ................

Monday, 22 February 2016

The Splendid Sampler Begins

Block 3 - Lots of Love - Patchsmith style.

Over 20,000 people are sewing along with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson in The Splendid Sampler sew-along.  One hundred 6” blocks at the rate of two a week.  And I am joining in as part of my Block-a-Day 2016.

The first block, designed by Pat, was released on Valentine Day and mixed simple patchwork with simple applique to stunning effect.
Block 1 - Hearts Aflutter - Patchsmith style

The following Thursday block 2 ‘Wings’, designed by Jane, was released and I had fun with this one.  My ‘Farmer’s Wife’ experience looked for a pattern within the block and this is what I found:  
Block 2 - Wings - Patchsmith style

Yesterday saw the release of block 3 ‘Lots of Love’, designed by Melissa Corry and I got down-and-dirty with some itty-bitty hearts.  I loved it.  These small pieces have me taking my time - I find it impossible to rush if I want the accuracy - and this, in turn is making these blocks a relaxing experience. 
Block 3 - Lots of Love - Patchsmith style

The only deviation I’ve taken from the patterns so far, is to press my seams open on the patchwork hearts for block 3 – I find I can better see the points when I am matching seams.

You can find all three patterns on The Splendid Sampler website and I have started up a Splendid Sampler Pinterest Board (Patchsmith Style) where you can find all my blocks in one place.

Until next time .........