Just What I Need?! Not!
I played with the paper piecing templates ... the block below required two tries ...and still the points are below standard. I will, most likely, use these two blocks on the back and will remake the block again using the templates and hand piecing instead. These are 6" finished blocks- so large in comparison to Dear Jane blocks, but not all that large.
I am eagerly waiting for my pattern called "Sweet Surrender" to arrive from the Land Down Under...it's supposed to ship at the end of August. That quilt will be a combination of hand appliqué and EPP. I figure that once I start on that project this one will fall by the wayside and go on a back burner for some time. I am still chaffing at the bit to make some more shirts, plus I have a knitting project going - so I will be prioritizing very soon. Retirement has made my extremely grateful that I enjoy sewing so much. I am never, ever lacking for something to do!
The block in the photo below was a bit like a jigsaw puzzle- but I had fun making it! I took my time and enjoyed the process.
The FaceBook group does not officially start the project until September 28... And there are already over 1500 folks involved...that a whole lotta quilts in the offing! The group will not be doing the blocks in order, but rather, as I understand the plans, blocks will be presented as skills are built- from more simple blocks to more complicated ones. There seems to be a wide diversity of skill levels and folks are joining in the fun world-wide. It will be fun to follow the group. I so enjoy seeing people discover new skills and building on their knowledge of sewing techniques.
If you want to have a peek at the FB group search for "the Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Sew-Along".
Enjoy your last bits of summer. Here in the Pacific Northwest hinterlands we have had the driest summer on record...as well as the hottest. I am astounded that it is the middle of August already. I blink and another month has gone by! Enjoy each day as much as you can....Fall is right around the corner!