Sunday, July 8, 2012

Getting back to sewing!

Yesterday I spent the greater part of the afternoon/early evening in my sewing room and finally made some progress on planned projects prior to my surgery. 

One project that my Yahoo group, SBS and Other Elm Creek Quilts, is doing this year is a BOM using Jennifer Chiaverini's Cornucopia of Thanks pattern.  This was started in June and yesterday I completed June's block, Augusta.
Augusta from the Cornucopia of Thanks
pattern by Jennifer Chiaverini
After finishing my Augusta block, I was on a roll and decided to start tackling some Farmer's Wife Sampler (FWS) blocks.  For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I had several FWS blocks finished.  I initially began this quilt with a fabric collection from Moda called Ruby by Bonnie & Camille.  It's a great fabric line; however, the more FWS blocks I sewed, the more I realized that it wasn't the best choice for this quilt.  So while I was recuperating from surgery, I surfed the Internet looking for other options and mainly focused on fabric collections with a variety of small prints in florals, dots and geometrics.  What I finally settled on was a controlled, scrappy quilt using 1930s fabrics on a common background. 

Here are the re-do's of Railroad and Prairie Queen:

Railroad from the Farmer's Wife Sampler
pattern book by Laurie Aaron Hird
Prairie Queen from the Farmer's Wife Sampler
pattern book by Laurie Aaron Hird

I think the smaller prints show each block's design better.  I have to say that I am enjoying sewing these little blocks more using the smaller prints, and this is the first time I've used 1930s fabrics for an entire quilt.

If you are into sewing and quilting as much as I am then you can imagine how good it feels to get back to it after being away for 6+ weeks.  I'm hoping to make a lot more progress in the days and weeks ahead!

Until next time . . .



  1. Welcome back to sewing! I think I'll end up using 30's for my FWS too.

  2. Thank you, Pat :) I'm having fun working with the 1930s prints . . . they are all so bright and cheery.