Just heard the news…

OK, I know after I finished The Farmer’s Wife quilt I said never again but I just heard that Laurie Aaron Hird has a new book coming out called “The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt”.

1930s farmers wife book

On her blog she posts letters from her collection of Farmer’s Wife magazines and this book concentrates on the  1930’s era.  In fact, the rest of the title is “Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them“.

I’m excited!  I’m ready for a fun new challenge and I think it’ll be cool to use reproduction 30’s fabrics to give it an authentic feel.  Plus, only 99 blocks this time!

The sad news is that the book doesn’t come out until next June.  Isn’t that mean?  So you can check it out over at Amazon.com and maybe pre-order it and hopefully we’ll all still be excited next June and we can do this all together!

Quilt Show time!

It’s quilt show time here in central Missouri!  I spent the last week sewing hanging sleeves on the back of a couple quilts that will be in the local quilt show.

hanging sleeve

I’ve also been adding some quilt labels.

simple quilt label

They say, just like any painter, you should always add your signature to your work.  I have to admit that I’m not good about doing this for all my quilts.  I always add a label for quilts I give away and for special quilts but I’m not good at doing it for everyday quilts that I make for myself or my kids.  It feels like just one more step when I thought I was done!

special label

Sometimes I try to imagine future generations wanting to know more about our lives so I try to make good labels for special quilts.

For some quilts that I give away and I know will be used a lot, I add this small label:

premade labels

I ordered these years ago from some catalog.  They can be easily be tucked into a corner and forgotten- but your quilt is signed.  They’re sturdy and easily washed.  If you have a machine that does embroidery, you could easily make your own version.

So if you’re in central Missouri, stop by a local quilt show this weekend!

The Magic City Piece Makers Quilt show is held in conjunction with the annual Craft & Gift Show at the Moberly Area Community College Activity Center Friday, Nov.14 from noon to 7PM and Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9AM to 4PM.

And in Columbia, the Booneslick Trail Quilters Guild will have their show at the Fairview United Methodist Church, 3200 Chapel Hill Rd on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10AM to 7PM and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 5PM.


A Quilt from A Kit

I purchased a little quilt kit while I was at the Des Moines Quilt Show and I finally got around to finishing the top.  If you’ve ever bought a quilt kit you know that it seems to be a time saver with usually everything right in the kit.  Usually they contain the pattern and color coordinated fabrics which may or may not include the binding fabric.

I purchased this Schnibbles by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. kit from the Gruber’s Quilt Shop booth at the show.

Mercerie quilt pattern

The pattern is called “Mercerie” by Carrie L. Nelson and the kit came with the lovely French General fabrics that I talked about in my last post.  This kit came with 34 little pieces of coordinating French General fabrics, a brown fabric for the binding and a cream fabric for the background.  I believe that I got 2 extra little pieces by accident because there are 16 blocks containing 2 fabrics each plus the background.  That threw me off a little bit.  It’s kind’ve like putting together some furniture from IKEA but then you have extra pieces.  Uh oh, what did I do wrong.

The problem I have with kits is that they put the fabric in but you have to figure out what goes with what.  Putting fabrics together is a challenge for me; I just have a hard time deciding what colors go together or what patterns look good next to each other.  This pattern wasn’t too bad since all the fabrics were either dark or light so you just put a dark with a light and they were all in the same fabric line (I think) so they all went well together.  It was just really a matter of making up my mind.

I did make a quilt from a kit a few years ago where there were 120 different fabrics.  Each group of 2 fabrics made 2 blocks and they contrasted greatly.  They were reproduction fabrics so they all had the same antique look to them at least but it was a real challenge for me to figure out what went with what.

Free Time quilt

I gave away my pattern for this quilt so I don’t have any information about it- shame on me.  I think it’s interesting that it’s a very similar pattern as the “Mercerie” quilt that I’m currently working on.

So the quilt blocks of “Mercerie” went together very easily and it’s small so there weren’t too many to make.  Here’s a picture of laying them out as I make them.

Mercerie quilt blocks

If you spotted the problem, you are light years ahead of me.  Did I mention I’ve been super busy lately and in a hurry?

Mercerie quilt

That’s right.  I laid the blocks out going the wrong direction!  Guess what?  I’m not taking it apart.  I do like the way the original pattern looks better but I don’t have the time or energy to fix this one.  I may make another in the future and point it in the right direction.  I actually bought this small quilt kit so that I would be able to practice my shape quilting that I learned in the Angela Waters workshop.  There are lots of squares and triangles in this quilt to practice on so that’s my next step.

One little rant I have about not just this pattern but some others I’ve used.  I roll my eyes when I see the phrase “using a scant 1/4 ” seam….”.  Either something is 1/4″ or it’s not!  I have a 1/4″ foot on my machine and when something says “scant” I try to go just inside of that seam guide but I’m not very accurate with EVERY seam.  The measurements of the inside part of this quilt were all over the place.  I realize you cannot copyright a quilt block but you can copyright a set of directions or a way of making the block but when I see that phrase it says to me – this may or may not work out perfectly.  OK, got that off my chest.

I had lots of scraps with this quilt which oddly enough, makes me extremely excited.  They are going in my scrap pile and I can’t wait to see them in other projects.  I’m finding more & more that my favorite projects to work on are the scrap quilts.  There’s just something about putting these little orphan fabric pieces together to create something new and beautiful that I find fun.

more scraps