So many blocks…

Sew many blocks too.

I’m wondering how a girl who never much cared for Sampler quilts – true story – finds herself with three Sampler quilts “in the works”.  And “sew-alongs” – I’m really not sure how it happened but I’m sewing along with a couple of those, and planning one or two for the holidays with friends.

Sampler Shuffle.  Have you heard of the Moda Sampler Shuffle?

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These are some of the pictures of blocks that have been popping up on Instagram for #modasamplershuffle.

The quilt and blocks were first shown at Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis – though only twenty-four of the thirty blocks were made available there. It’s sort of like a Block of the Week Times Three – three blocks are “published” each week as a download for participating shops to put on their websites.  The patterns are free and they’re only available for a limited time so even if you’re not sewing along, you can collect the blocks and quilt pattern to make later.  It started two weeks ago – Friday, October 30th – and will continue through the first Friday in January.

Sampler Shuffle Quilt 1

This is the quilt – these fabrics are from Mille Couleurs by 3 Sisters and Color Daze by Laundry Basket Quilts – Edyta Sitar.

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These are my blocks – I’ve made the three Week 1 blocks and I’ve gotten as far as printing out the Week 2 patterns.  So I’m behind.  Except that I’ve pieced all of my flying geese… okay, so they still need to be trimmed to size.  But they’re pieced!  That counts for something, right?

The fabrics are all Zen ChicFor You and Flow for the prints and Modern Backgrounds Paper for the backgrounds.

Farmer’s Wife – the 1930s version.

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After missing the original Farmer’s Wife book and sew-along, and then seeing all the wonderful quilts, it wasn’t hard to decide to “Wife-along” when several folks teamed up for a 1930s Farmer’s Wife Sew-along.  I also managed to convince a few ladies in the office that they should “Wife-along” too – a few are determined to finish the quilts they started for Wife 1.  I’m not judging as I expect to finish my quilt in time for the publication of the Third-Cousin-Twice-Removed’s Fourth Wife of the Farmer book.

My fabrics are a mix of pieces from a lot of collections – Hello Darling / Windermere / Tucker Prairie / Farmhouse / Gooseberry / Prairie / Bright Sun / Summerfest and I don’t remember what else.  If you’re counting, I’ve made 17 blocks.  I’m a little behind the sew-along group but I’ve also made a couple blocks they haven’t gotten to yet.  (Marching to the beat of my own drum… it’s in my DNA.)

By the way, did you know that there is going to be a Farmer’s Wife Coloring Book – it comes out next Spring?

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Seventy blocks.  I bet I could finish coloring this book before I finish the 99 or 100 blocks for my quilt.

The Frivols Maker Blocks.

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There will be twelve total blocks and each block can be made in two sizes.  I’m making at least four of each block – two of each size.  The blocks for the first five Maker blocks are done – there are seven to go, or at least 28 blocks.  And since this quilt will need to be finished well before the last of the Frivols ship next year, I’d best get busy with these.  #modafrivols

The fabrics are mostly Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale and the backgrounds are from Zen Chic’s Modern Backgrounds Paper – the White.

Pineapple-ing.

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Did you see the pictures of this quilt from Market?  It’s the Lollies Pineapple using pieces from Jen Kingwell’s three new collections – Lollies, Just a Speck and Behind the Scenes.

When five of the ladies in the office said they wanted to make this exact-same quilt and a few others said they wanted to make Pineapple quilts, a spontaneous sew-along was born.  We’ve ordered the Pineapple Block Paper Piecing Patterns from Gigi’s Thimble…

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Now we just need to figure out when we’re going to start.  (Someone referred to that process as being like “herding cats”.)

Just so you know, I’ll be using different fabric.  (I blame my parents.)  I don’t know that I’ll get sewing in the next few weeks but I am going to get my fabrics cut.  Ready, set, sew!

Red & Green Holiday Sew-along.  This is because I always have a “sewing at Christmas” project with a friend, this time with Kristine.  She suggested a red and green theme, maybe something scrappy Figgy.  These are her fabrics…

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I just might have to copy her… I really like it.

So what do you think?  Have I bitten off more than I can chew?  Am I juggling too many projects?

Or does this sound about right to you?

I am curious – do you like working on just one project at a time?  Or do you prefer to have multiple things going on at one time?  Are you thinking of the “next project” – and maybe even starting to get it ready – while you’re sewing?

I’d ask you to tell me what you’re working on but I’m easily distracted.

 

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