Friday, 31 January 2014

Nearly There

I'm starting to feel really excited.  I've completed three more blocks for my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (small size) and I've only another two to do.  I've decided on the setting I want so as soon as I've made the last two I can work on the layout and calculate how much yardage I need to order for the finishing.  Here are the three blocks I've finished this week.

#6 - Big Dipper

#68 - Postage Stamp

#115 - Square Dance

Oops!  I've only just seen this!  One of my dancers is out of step.  Oh well, there's always one, isn't there.  This block isn't from the book but is from a little booklet called '20 Simple Block Designs' that came free with issue 4 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  The blocks are all 12" blocks, but it was easy enough to reduce it to 6" square.

I'm having fun with Lori Holt's Quilty Fun Sew Along.  I take forever choosing all the lovely happy colours which are so heartwarming to sew in this cold and wet weather we are having.

Week 10 - Four Patches

Week 11 - Honeycombs

I'm not getting as much sewing time as I would like at the moment as I'm doing a grand de-clutter of my home ready for a bit of decorating.  This involves going through every drawer and cupboard and deciding whether I really need to keep items that haven't seen the light of day for years, or whether I can throw it out and not miss it.  These decisions can take forever, and I move things from one pile to the other, and back again.  So many things hold a lot of sentimental memories but are just taking up space and I know I should just get rid, but I don't want to live in a completely sterile environment where only things that have a purpose are allowed.  I'm not very good at making these decisions so I put it off, but then feel guilty if I use that time for other purposes.  I don't know why.  I've only myself to please.


  1. some delightful b locks here and now I know I am not the only one that makes some up wrong! I bought the patchwork magazine but I was not very impressed with it. Again like you I am good at moving things from A to B then back to A again!, must do some decluttering some time. Helen asked me the other day what i wanted her to do with all my stitchery as she isn`t the slightest bit interested, does she know something I don`t I ask myself, I am only 66 but she is a nurse.

  2. I've been thinking about doing a Farmer's Wife or a Dear Jane. Maybe next year ... I love to see how other people's turn out.

  3. Looking good! You must be excited about being near the end!

  4. Just dropped in from the Small Blog Meet. What pretty fabrics you are using!
    Decluttering is such a of luck with it. I only keep things that are useful OR that add joy to my life, and ditch the things that drag me down. Sometimes it's so difficult to tell what's what!

  5. omy 2 more blocks till a finish yah how exciting!! Congrats! Can't wait to see a finished quilt.

  6. I too dropped in from the Small Blog meet. Love the fabrics you are using, and totally understand what you are saying about the de-clutter. I had to dismantle my sewing room after 23 years as we were painting. What a chore - and I too am donating lots of 'stuff'!