1930's Farmer's Wife Week 2
Both new blocks were fun this week, and still not overly complicated. I was thankful for that as a few were sewn in the wee hours of the morning while I had insomnia.
A good deal of what I'm learning from this sew-along is how to calculate measurements of components within a block. For example, if each whole block here was a finished 8" block, then the unfinished block would be 8 1/2". This is one of the first things we learn in quilt making. There is 1/4" of seam allowance available on each side of an unfinished block.
Each of the 4 smaller squares within would need to be 4 1/2" before they are sewn together to form the block. Are you following me? Looking at the QST (quarter square triangle) blocks, I could make those without a template or measurements by recalling how to make 2 squares into HST's (half square triangles), and then sewing those together, cutting them apart, and getting a QST. If I'm in doubt about measurements, there are many cheat sheets available online or on my free Quilter's Little Helper. So while I'm enjoying the fabric choices, etc., I'm also testing myself to see if I can figure it out without the instructions or patterns. I like that part.
Can you dissect this block to see it's made from 2 larger HST, 4 smaller, and 4 whole squares? If the book gives you measurements for one size block could you figure out how to make it bigger or smaller? Not all blocks will be so easy, but some are, and I see it getting easier to calculate.
Here is one that wasn't part of this week's blocks, but looked so intriguing. I worked hard, but it didn't come out quite like shown in the book. It's close, but I wound up with a block that was 1/2" too big overall. I had to rip it out, and instead of starting over, I trimmed down my center square by 1/2". My points aren't all perfect, but I was thrilled some were! This block is going into my quilt just the way it is. Better done than perfect.
I'm officially open for longarming your quilts. I've taking many classes, practiced my heart out, and feel confident in my skills. I guess this is like hanging your shingle in front of your store front, or maybe lighting up the sign. Information, contact, pricing, etc., are all in the link in the top bar or available here: Pink Doxies Longarming Services I'm here to talk about your quilting needs.
Many of you know I don't have a love affair with solids the way many quilters do, and picking a solid is actually hard for me. I have dearly wanted a Kona chart for ages, and finally had the chance to get one with all the new colors included.
I tried several times to get pictures good enough to capture the brilliance of this chart, but could not. It's amazing! This is going on my studio wall along with other art. It's that gorgeous! I wish I'd had it months ago, but will be making good use of it now. No more searching for just the right color on my computer or in a store only to find it wasn't quite what I needed. Now I'll know.
I hope you have good projects planned for this week. I'm back at my longarm and sewing machine, and trying to get my spiderweb done before Halloween. I can only hope!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
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