We’re having a grand old time making the six inch blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird’s book The Farmer’s Wife Sampler. Month two begins tomorrow. Our ladies have been making two squares per week based on a schedule that we’ve worked out for them. Of course, there are those who got started and just couldn’t quit so they finished their blocks way ahead of schedule.
03 Jul 2010 2 Comments
A challenge was issued on Block #53 to use four remaining quarter-square triangle units that were left over from making quarter-square triangles using Thangles papers. Of course, I’m thinking pincushions of various types, but Miss Janice surprised me with a framed miniature quilt. She used her leftover quarter-square triangles, some scraps, and glue to create this special gift. Isn’t it lovely?
Month one the ladies made the following blocks:
Here’s what they’ll be working on this month:
The book comes with a CD that has templates that can be used for making the blocks, but we’ve broken them down into simple units like rectangles and half-square triangles so templates are not needed. By using Thangles there is little room for error, although it can happen if you’re not careful. Some of the blocks with odd angles are paper-pieced which also makes it easier to get an accurately sized block.
The ladies are learning new techniques while challenging their abilities. We’re having fun making these little blocks and I can’t help but think that I’ll never go back to larger blocks again. I can’t wait to see all the blocks pieced and get the quilt together. It’s going to be great!