So far, my sewing list of things to do has been going well while we are out of town. I found a great spot to set up my machine in the basement on my mom’s old dining room table where I could just leave everything out and not have to set up/tear down every day.
I finished my clover print Bess top, have done two foundation pieced scrap blocks from The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt book I borrowed from the library before we left, completed my Wildwood sampler quilt back and have made progress on my English paper piecing project. Not bad! The weather here has been hot and sunny with the exception of one day of much needed rain, and tonight we are having baby potatoes from my mom’s garden for dinner. I can’t wait until we have our own house in the country and are able to have a garden. Knowing where your food comes from is absolutely worth the effort.
On to the sewing…
I brought with me all the scraps and unused yardage of the Wildwood fabric to make the quilt back. I also purchased some Widescreen backing fabric in grey, and I think it goes well with the overall colour scheme of the quilt. I knew this was going to be a scrappy, pieced backing, but it went a little to the extreme as I was trying to make do with the pieces I had, and also just get it done so I can get right to basting and quilting when I get home. I had some HSTs and pinwheel squares that I messed up on and made too small in my scrap bag, so I used those on the back as well… Definitely the most interesting quilt back I’ve made so far!
I have completed two scrap blocks from The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt book, and I think they are quite cute. I’m not sure how many I am going to make, or what I’m going to use them for, but a few more and I will have a nice wall hanging or cushion covers, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m sticking with a cool blue/grey/purple/mint palette for these blocks. I have been able to use some of the tiny left over pieces of my favourite Amy Butler and Tula Pink prints, which you may be able to spot, and this makes me smile. I think it’s neat how such tiny pieces make it possible to mix such different fabrics- Tula Pink with French General works!