This week we are having a week-off any new blocks in The Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL so I thought I'd reflect on blocks and fabrics so far.
I have a big fat stack of 74 blocks which feels reassuringly close to the 99 blocks finishing line...
I do like the challenge of two new blocks each week and some of them are quite a work out. The quilt along has give me a love of 1930s reproduction prints from so much more experience of working with them. I've had some fabrics which I've liked and yet I couldn't often find a place for them like those below.
From l to r:
1. Too pale, the quilt along has made me love brighter colours more than the lighter pastels.
2 and 3. I find these children's style nursery designs a little bit too sentimental, maybe because my child is quite grown up?
4. I've used this diamond grid once but I've found the pattern orientation a little hard to use in on-point blocks.
5. I love the pink and orange leaf print but it is a bit of a challenge. It doesn't work well with pink or orange solid, the contrast is insufficient and if I introduce a separate colour like green, it can look a little disconnected.
6. I like this print but the pinky background is a little dark and a little dull so it's been used but sadly the fabric doesn't shine for me.
With such small pieces in many of the six-inch square Farmer's Wife blocks, I've found directional prints- like the diamond print above- are much harder to use. The multi directional prints ( like many in the selection below) usually make a print much easier to use and more economical too.
These have been my favrouite fabrics. Sometimes it's the colour- far left the Toy Chest Floral is such a wonderful combination of purple/blue/yellow and a good purple fabric is hard to find. I have loved the colours of many Heather Ross Tiger Lily prints and the yellow particularly lead me to use such a lot of yellow solids and prints in the different quilt blocks. Giant blooms like Lori Holts make the blocks look a little more modern at times and put a little zest into the more traditional fabrics. The colours in general have been glorious to work with.
You can find posts all the blocks so far here.
You can see pictures of all my blocks here in my Flickr Album.
You can find all the techniques covered so far by all the wonderful guest posters, many of whom have done multiple posts here.
What has been your experience so far? Started but other things took over? Started and then changed your original colour palette? Found a new appreciation of a particular print or colour?
Back next Monday with blocks 75 and 76 and Jo Greene will be back as a guest blogger.