The Last Monday of March

This past week I got my 1930 Farmer’s Wife blocks sashed and put together.  I used 97 of the 99, as the layout I made worked out that way.  One of the two, I didn’t particularly like, it was a simple nine patch. I think the other one will go on the back.  Each of the quilt blocks took an average of an hour to foundation paper piece.  These 6 inch finished blocks  were interesting to make, as each one is different, and some more intricate than others.  A few have over eighty pieces, yes, 80.  I can’t decide on the borders.  I thought one 8 inch wide in the green would be nice, but then I thought about an inner border of assorted  2″ squares (more scraps of 1930’s fabric).  The center part measures 68 ½ by 78, with the addition of the two borders it would finish at around 78 X 98, queen beds are 60 X 80 that would give it a nice side drop.

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I am leaving on a vacation today, and won’t be able to finish it until I get back.  It will stay on my design wall for a bit longer.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday today.

 

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Working on a project for me

I am working on finishing my version of The Farmers Wife 1930’s quilt.  The blocks have been done for months (8/16), the sashing fabric has been bought and stowed, and the idea of how to put it together has formed.  I started it yesterday, and I like it so far.  The Apple green solid is very refreshing in-between the blocks.  I am having fun with the little corner stones and setting blocks, in picking out one that doesn’t match the block it’s near.  This quilt is for me, I don’t particularly like the thirties fabrics or pastel colors, but there is an appeal for me.  The setting that is shown in the book is with white setting triangles and a border, too many bias edges for me.  My blocks are on point, but the sashing stabilizes them, and all those edges and seams have a place to lay flat.

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The top is on the left, so my blocks will face the right direction.

For the past two months I’ve been working on three commission quilts.  They are for a company in NY, and will hang in their conference room.  Its been a good learning experience for me, in a good way.  I got the confer with architects and building designers, plus branding designers.  So much goes into the making of an office that once was an open space in a large old building.  It made me feel like a professional too.  I had my first ever conference calls, I was shipping out samples and proposals, and having people genuinely interested in the quilting process.  Phew, art can be a lot of work.  The quilts are done and ready to ship, just waiting on the final word from the designers.

 

Before I quilted the commissioned pieces, I wanted to finish up my Catkin quilt.  I was doing a digital motif in the blocks and a ribbony thing in the sashing and borders.   Simple enough, it was looking pretty good too.  I got to the last advance and the backing was too short, not an inch or two, but a full ten inches.  I don’t know what was going on the day I sewed that backing together, it’s a square, so I didn’t mount it wrong.  I took it off the frame and added more to the backing.  Luckily I had some of the same gray I used originally.   So that’s going back on soon. That quilt is on my finish pile this year, it was a Scraptastic mystery quilt that I participated in May 2015.  I think I’m going to fix the borders before I go any further with the quilting, looking at this picture, they are a bit wavey.

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Lastly, this guy is growing like a weed.  He’s five months old today, and just over 50 pounds.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” today.