Some International Sewing

I had promised myself a whole day of sewing yesterday since there was no school but after I did all the things I was behind on, it got whittled down to 2 hours.  Big frown-y face!  Two hours was still nice.  I started a new t-shirt quilt a couple weeks ago and I’m still in the cutting & ironing phases so there was nothing to sew there.  And I didn’t feel like printing and cutting templates for the Farmer’s Wife quilt so I did what any normal person with a million other projects going on would do…. I started something new.

Last weekend I went to St. Louis to visit my daughter and we decided to check out the new IKEA store.  Since it had only been open for 3 days and the people here in the middle of the country have been deprived of their IKEA, it was a bad decision on our part.  But since we were there and I was able to find a parking spot only a mile away, we fought the crowds and vowed not to buy anything bigger than we could carry for a couple miles (I was assuming I would forget where I parked my car so I added a couple miles for the return journey).

Since I am an old IKEA shopper from my years overseas, I very much enjoyed watching the newbies try to find their way out of the maze that is the IKEA shopping experience.  So much fun.  However, by the time I got to the bottom floor, I remembered how they like to crank up the heat in the maze and it wasn’t as much fun.  I grabbed a few things that I don’t even remember picking up and definitely did not need.  Well, did you know that IKEA sells fabric?  I’ve never actually bought fabric there mainly because it’s very modern and didn’t fit with anything I’ve made.  This time, however, they were selling fabric scraps and I had a moment of weakness.

IKea scraps

I can always find a use for scraps.  So when I had time for sewing yesterday, I thought I would try to make something from this pile.  I’ve been thinking of making a flags of the world quilt for my daughter since she’s studying International Relations.  This is what I came up with:

swedish flag

It’s the Swedish flag made with fabric from IKEA!  I thought 6 1/2 inches would be a good block size.  The flag will actually be 4 1/2 x 6 inches finished and I think I’ll add white sashing between the blocks.

I actually got several flags done in 2 hours:

flag blocks

I think this will be a throw or wall sized quilt and I hope she’ll like it.

Catching Up on my 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

I finally found some time to do a couple new Farmer’s Wife blocks this week.  (I’m behind but who’s keeping track?)  I managed to get 2 done this week.

Here’s #86, Priscilla:

#86 Priscilla

And #75, Nan:

#75, Nan

So my total count is now 16 blocks out of 99 or however many it takes to make a queen sized quilt.  I’m making these with my sewing machine and mostly using the templates from the book.

30's Farmers Wife blocks

I got to thinking that while I’m working on these (ever so slowly), maybe I should pull out my other 1930’s project and do one block each time I make one of the Farmer’s Wife blocks.

Glorified 9 patch

I’ve been working on these Glorified 9 patch blocks for around four years now.  The 9 patch part isn’t hard but all the curved piecing is tedious.  So I made this block right after making my two Farmer’s Wife blocks.  We’ll see if I can make any progress this way.  I just really want to finish up some of my unfinished projects and move on to other things.