Ok. First, don't worry, Project Simplify is still business as usual. I won't be slacking there.
But this fabulous Farmer's Wife Quilt Along (FWQAL) started earlier this month and ... well ... I just couldn't help myself. I've never done a quilt along before and after reading about it here and here (and then again here - Monica, someone owes you a toaster-oven!), I was totally hooked. It seems like so much fun I just have to play - er, sew - along.
I ordered my book 3 weeks ago but due to a Canadian Postal Strike ... jeepers, the wait nearly killed me!
I'm making my blocks 4-1/2" instead of 6" (finished). My best friend tells me I'm very annoying when I do stuff like that. She thinks I have a problem with authority. What can I say, I like little! ;)
I actually started making 3" blocks - and they were just so "oh-my-stars" fabulously teeny weeny - but because the fabrics I'm using have more larger scale prints, I was running into trouble with "blotchiness" - especially with the really small pieces ...
So I'm settling for 4-1/2". ;)
Now I'm a few weeks behind on FWQAL postings so I'll catch up today and then post the group's planned 2 blocks/week. (Until I just can't stand it anymore and then I'll probably vomit like 40 blocks at the end ... I'm not a "take my time" kinda quilter. As soon as the starter's pistol goes off I'm GONE!!)
I'm using my beloved Lecien "Flower Sugar" fabric (again). I love it so much I just want to roll around naked in it. (Sorry if that puts a very disturbing image in your head ... )
I've decided to make my blocks in color pairs so every week will have a different color theme. Here's what I've done so far.
Week 1 - All the colors - blue, green, yellow, pink, red (my plan is to use red as just an accent here and there) and white.
#73 - Rainbow Flowers
Ya know, I gotta say, I'm not sure why the pattern had these 3 corner squares made in the same fabric as the adjoining rectangles. Didn't make sense to me. I must be missing something. So, I didn't follow the color placement from the book (I do that a lot). I like how this block turned out.
#43 - Garden Path
I love this block. I followed the book's fabric placement this time (see Kate, I can take direction ... sometimes!) and I just love it.
Week 2 - Pink, Green & Red
#1 - Attic Windows
#16 - Calico Puzzle
I'm really liking the gingham here and the pinwheel effect.
Week 3 - Pink ;)
#19 - Checkerboard
I love checkerboards. I really do.
#111 - Churn Dash
I almost went with a plain white background ... until I heard this pretty little paisley calling "pick me, pick me!"
Week 4 - Blue, Yellow & Red
#21 - Contrary Wife
I used to have blue & yellow Laura Ashley wallpaper in my kitchen until we renovated a few years ago. These blocks make me miss my old kitchen ... but only for a very brief moment ... until I remember WHY we renoed (don't even GET me started on that!)
#10 - Bow Tie
Yeah, I kinda went way off track with placement here. No bowtie to be seen. But I love this block!
Whew, that was a lot! I promise I won't overwhelm you like that again (for a little while ...)