If you've spent any time in quilting blogland you know what today is, right? Yep! The kick off for Gnome Angel's Farmer's Wife Sampler 1930's Sew Along--a day eagerly anticipated by literally thousands of crazy quilters.
I've been busily gathering up my supplies for the last few weeks and now I am ready to get going and so excited! While I did actually love using the paper templates for my first Farmer's Wife, I splurged on the Marti Michell templates for this one. For some of the blocks though, I know I'll want to paper piece so I picked up some translucent vellum as well.
Since my first Farmer's Wife Sampler has a bright Autumnal feel to it and a black border I wanted this new sampler to be very different. This one has a decidedly summer feel to it, I think. My Daughter and I did a little shop hop through our area and picked up all kinds of pretties. I love making fabric stacks! My inspiration print for this quilt is this green floral from the Bloom & Bliss collection by Riley Blake fabrics. Couldn't resist it! It's my favorite shade of bright green, and the flowers are charming.
As you can see, I drew the rest of the colors from it. Since I am quite certain it is impossible to have to many polka dots, those happy spots are featured in many of my pieces. From my experience with the first Farmer's Wife I know a few more prints will be added as I go along, but this big pile will be the backbone of my quilt.
I hadn't actually looked at the fabric bundle that Fat Quarter Shop is selling for this quilt until this morning. I had a good laugh-- so many of the prints I picked are in Gnome Angel's chosen bundle, too! Great minds thinking alike??? LOL
The background will be the white fabric with the little grey dots, a wonderful print from Lakehouse Drygoods. Since I am unsure exactly how I will finish this quilt, I bought the whole bolt! It's such a great basic I have no worries about using up the leftovers later on.
|That's a whole lotta dotties!|
|Waiting for the starch to dry!|
|Starched fabric can attract insects, so storage in a plastic box is a good idea! |
Plus it keeps everything clean and organized!
Are you joining the Farmer's Wife 1930's journey?