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11.02.2015

Blossom: The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt


 I was admiring the book, The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird when Kerry announced her quilt a long group and what better reason to follow through with good intentions than to join a group. This is my block, Blossom. I chose to foundation piece the block to keep it neat and tidy as these blocks finish about 6 inches square. 


I have also decided to use authentic, vintage 1930s and 40s prints for this quilt. The solids are not vintage as those tend to be harder to come by, I have used Moda 'Betty's Red' for this block. This project will be a good use of my scrap bin fabrics and deconstructed damaged quilts that I have rescued over the years. However, foundation paper piecing tends to eat up fabrics or maybe thats just me? I may opt for  the EPP templates to hand piece some blocks. I love that the book comes with printable patterns for english paper piecing or foundation piecing as well as coloring/layout pages to plan each block. I'm looking forward to knocking out quite a few of these blocks as the weather cools. 


And for some reason, I am drawn to red and blue vintage fabrics so that theme may emerge as well. 

TIPS:

-When paper piecing, follow the order for sewing and joining sections  provided in the patterns  and your seams will nest nicely
-I used Best Press on the fabric before cutting into individual pattern pieces, which helps at keeping your block crisp at every step
- I used a 2" strip for the smaller pieces, which I  then sub-cut as needed





I do hope that you'll join along! 
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