Goodies and Fun with Free Piecing

7 07 2012

Back in April, I donated to the Generation Q Kickstarter project to issue a print magazine. Yesterday, I got my ‘thank you’ package. Included were:
Generation Q Kickstarter Package

A signed copy of Jake Finch’s book, and a copy  of the first issue of the magazine.

Generation Q Kickstarter Package

I also received a fat quarter bundle of Dear Stella fabrics. The prints are very girly, but I like the colors. I’m going to have to set these to the side and let them percolate. I’m not sure what I want to do with them, especially since I’ve started yet another project.

And that project would be ‘Fun with Free Piecing’. At least, that’s  what I’m calling it for now…

I wanted to make signature blocks for the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Swap, but I fail utterly at making simple things. I seriously could not write a few words on plain white fabric and be happy with its appearance. My hand-writing, normally neat and upright, Frankensteined into jagged half-shapes that bore  a passing resemblance to letters. I gave up. I’m cross-stitching my info.

However, I started playing with how to actually make the blocks. I started with the idea that I’d just make some scrappy string blocks:
Fun with Free Piecing, 1

Fun with Free Piecing, 2

These all measure 2.5″ X 6.5″. I figured these would be the top and bottom thirds of each signature block. And that’s still what I want to do with these. But others became these:
Fun with Free Piecing, 3
Fun with Free Piecing, 4
Fun with Free Piecing, 5
Fun with Free Piecing, 6

I think I like the effect so far. We’ll see how long this goes.  I bought two yards of Kona Charcoal Gray, and when it’s gone, this project is done. Bonus – I’m burning through some scraps.

Some Stitching a Day…

5 07 2012

…keeps the insanity away!

It was disgustingly hot in the Grey Cat Quilts house yesterday. I spent most of the day running around in a tank top and athletic shorts, insanely jealous of kiddo, who got to be free and mostly not sweaty in a diaper. I was off for the Fourth, and kiddo was thrilled. I wanted to sew – he wanted to ‘help’:

Kiddo 'Helping'
*snickers* I just realized how tired he looks here – kiddo is on a streak of avoiding nap times in the afternoon, which I’m okay with, since it means he goes down super early. In fact, he missed the fireworks yesterday, because once he got dinner in him, he curled up on the couch and passed out.

So, anyway, I got started on the blocks to get me to 121 for the Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt. I found very few blocks that had been first published in The Farmer’s Wife, so I ditched that idea early on. My criteria for picking blocks ended up being: a) could I cut the patches without specialty rulers and b) would it translate well  to a 6″ block?

Year's FavoriteYear’s Favorite

First published in Prize Winning Designs, ca. 1931, in Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife according to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.


First published in the Aunt Martha series Quilts: Modern-Colonial, ca. 1954, according to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.

Double QuartetDouble Quartet

First published in Grandmother’s Patchwork  Quilt Designs, From Books 20-21, in 1932, according to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.

Crystal StarCrystal Star

First published in Kansas City Star on June  16, 1934, according to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.

Crow's FootCrow’s Foot

First published in the Nancy Page column, in the the Nashville Banner on Feb. 6, 1934, according to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.

Chinese CoinChinese Coin

I need to double check the origin of this block – I think I missed this one when I was going through and editing everything for upload. I was doing the whole nod and bob  deal at 2:00  AM this morning, after all, when I was doing this. It was just too hot too stay asleep. 😛

99 Blocks on the Wall…

20 06 2012

Well, in a pile on my dining room table. In alphabetical order.

Seriously, folks, I’m counting down the days until I can stop piecing these blocks. I need twelve more from the book, and another nine to fill my quota  for the quilt top. Twenty-one more.





Just ignore the crazy quilter in the corner, frothing at the mouth when this is all over.

#097 Waste Not#097 Waste Not

Paper-pieced, because I didn’t feel like figuring out angles. Super quick and easy. I’m fairly certain that the cream and aqua fabric is a Anne Maria Horner. Fairly surprised by its transparency. Maybe I actually bought a voile?

#099 W.C.T.U.#099 W.C.T.U.

More of  the pink gingham, which I seriously adore. I believe the green fabric is a Pat Bravo. Mostly  paper-pieced, because I know that I would never have gotten this right in the wee hours, which is when I normally sew.

#108 Windmill#108 Windmill

Done entirely out of the scrap bag(s), and with more symmetry than in the book. I have a thing about balance…

#096 Tulip#096 Tulip

Again, not nearly as scrappy as the block in the book. I just couldn’t do it. My need for symmetry won out.

#032 Farmer's Daughter#032 Farmer’s Daughter

The very last of the rotary friendly blocks! Also done from the scrap bags, and taking inspiration from a swap block I did recently.

#088 Star of Hope#088 Star of Hope

Paper-pieced because of being based on a 5-grid.

#035 Flower Basket#035 Flower Basket

There are something like five basket blocks in the Farmer’s Wife Sampler. I cannot tell you how tired I am of basket blocks.

#073 Rainbow Flowers Redux#073 Rainbow Flowers

Another do-over. I’ve misplaced the original attempt at this block, which is fine. I didn’t like my first attempt at it. Much happier now with the more saturated colors and more interesting prints.