Anyone who knows me is thinking, that woman needs another long-term project! Or not.
I seem to have caught the highly contagious Farmer's Wife fever: I have joined the (viral) quilt-along based on Laurie Hird's bestselling book The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: 55 Letters and the 111 Blocks they Inspired. This sampler quilt is (as the title suggests) made up of 111 quilt blocks, each just 6.5" square. I'm looking at the project as a little master class in historical quilt block construction, and love the fact that all the blocks are made from templates -- the way quilters shared and followed block designs before the advent of the rotary cutter.
The members of the FWQAL flickr group have gone a little nuts over the past week, churning out "Big Dippers," and "Calico Puzzles" like there was no tomorrow. I have ordered my copy of the book from Amazon, but it won't be here for at least another week (boo hoo), so I just improvised a couple of the most straightforward blocks: "Autumn Tints" and "Basketweave."
The final layout of the sampler quilt has all the blocks positioned on point, like so:
I rearranged the layout of the Basketweave block slightly, to make it read less like a swastika (common to some classic quilt block designs -- but my interest in historical accuracy has its limits).
A fellow group member was incredibly generous, and e-mailed me the pdf of the template for block #1, "Attic Windows" -- so after two unsuccessful attempts at getting the right finished measurements, I finally got it:
I am not completely confident about my fabric choices for this sampler -- and choosing fabric is usually my favourite and least tortured part of the process. So the matter on which I could really use some input is this: do I plow ahead (like a good farmer) or should I put some more time into planning this sampler?