I have been working with small step goals to complete blocks for quilts I want to make. This week I completed three blocks in the Bloom Sew Along which means I have eight of the sixteen I intend doing.
I also completed the 10″ block from the Grandma’s Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan. This week it was a focus on wash day. As a young child I remember Nana T’s wash day. (Early 1950’s) It was in the wash house area just off the kitchen. She had a copper out there, a fire was lit underneath and the water boiled. Then the clothes – sheets are what I remember – were swished around with a large wooden stick. They were then lifted via the large wooden stick and put through a hand wringer into a tub of cold water. Rinsed around and put through the hand wringer again and then hung out on the long line at the back of the house.
What a lot of work! I am so pleased to have been there and seen this. It is something that has always stuck in my mind, the smell of the copper and the work. So easy now to dump the washing in the machine and walk away. The only thing in common is that I still hang the clothes on the line.
The Splendid Sampler block – 61/2 ” – for the past week was called Lina’s Gift. Block 18 and on Page 7 of the book.
Wings is the second assigned block for the Splendid Sampler 2017. When cutting it has about 36 pieces to start with and ends up as a six and one half inch block. It is designed by Jane Davidson. Other colour ways for this block can be seen on the Splendid Sampler page.
The second Splendid Sampler Sew Along has started and this time I am in for at least 100 blocks – a large quilt I intend making for my bed. I have already made a few but the first official one is Hearts Aflutter designed by Pat Sloan.
This is a six inch Churn Dash block that is a bonus block for the Splendid Sampler. As I love the churn dash block I decided to include it and while making it to incorporate a dark green from the Thyme for Friends fabric line.
I think I have now finalised my colours for the making of the Splendid Sampler quilt 2017 and it is mainly The Wordsmith line by Janet Clare
The dark green from the Thyme for Friends fabric collection: Botanical Herbs
and the Downton Abbey Lady Edith fabric: Swirl
As well I love the Kate Greenaway fabric and will cut bits and pieces from it as appropriate.
I hunted around for a couple of colours that I just couldn’t get or would cost too much so decided to use what I already have, plus I love the colours. Janet Clare’s fabric range would have been enough by itself and very classy, however I like a little whimsy and a little more just will gladden my heart.
Last year I took part in the quilt along of The Splendid Sampler – 100 6 inch blocks plus extras. However I only completed thirty and turned those into a throw quilt that is very bright but which I love. Now the book is on its way out, I’d like to actually complete a hundred or so – which includes most of the actual blocks and some of the bonus ones. There is going to be a new quilt along so I am looking forward to joining in.
I have chosen The Wordsmith fabric, it is a little dark so at present I am looking for something that is a little brighter to go with it. Something like a light yellow and or peachy orange perhaps. I think it does need something though so will just have to keep searching.
I have started on one of the blocks – just to get a little ahead! It involves little 3/8th inch hexagons! I’ve made two and have four more to go.
Any suggestions of colour to go with these fabrics?