Well I must learn about scheduled posting so that these posts go out at the right time, still better late than never!
The theme is one I have chosen for my City and Guilds assignment too, so I have been thinking a lot about nature recently. I made a slightly ambiguous mini quilt. It could be the Sun, it could be a flower, or an anenome; such strange flower-like animals.
The background fabric was dyed using Procion dyes and the print was made from soft-cut lino. I used slightly thinned acrylic paint for the linocut and used a brush rather than a roller to have better control of the colours.
This close up really shows how much variation there is in the printing.It also shows the variegated thread. I used two; a blue, purple and green one and one of different green hues. Looking at it now a little orange would have been good. Just lately I feel more and more drawn to orange, It was one of my favourite colours as a child and I loved to put it with purple!
The binding is ice-dyed Procion which gives a lovely mottled effect.
Now it’s time for me to see what the other Endeavourers have been creating. If you would like to see for yourself just click HERE
I couldn’t resist jumping in and making this block  Katherineas it is the nearest to my own name and looking at it I was sure I could simplify the cutting and sewing which I did. Stitch and flip with rectangles and squares instead of tiny triangles, HSTs and awkward shapes.
It also means no need to print out the templates – saving paper and ink! I wonder how many more can be simplified. It will be interesting to see how many of the guest bloggers over at verykerryberry will do so.
Kerry said that she will paper piece most of the blocks and has already made some. They can be seen in her review for ‘The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt’ by Laurie Aaron Hird which you can find here. They are beautiful and I have to say that my piecing is not as accurate as Kerry’s, but then the original makers of these blocks would not have all the gadgets we have today so mine will definitely look more ‘homemade’ then other people’s will!
This should be a post about making something not a post about buying something, but I have bought something – more fabric. My excuse; I didn’t have anything suitable for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL. Now I have! So no more fabric buying posts after this one for awhile – promise.
First up is a selection from Yuko Hasegawa called Everything but the Kitchen Sink which has cute blender fabrics and even cuter prints, love those teddy bears!
The next lot are a mixed bunch and seeing them in ‘person’ it’s clear that, lovely though it is, Sugar Hill Scattered Roses are too bright white to go with the other fabrics. The others are Tula Pink – Pineapple Slices, Joel Dewberry – Botanique, Flea Market Fancy- Flower and Dot and lastly, Cameo Hopscotch
The last lot are actually from my stash and not all of them may be included but some look promising
I must confess that the Farmer’s Wife blocks look more fiddly then I thought they would be but QALs should stretch skills and this one certainly will! Best I get started…