La Passacaglia Quilt

I have been working on a la passacaglia quilt from the book Millefiori Quilts for quite some time now. I had taken a break from it to instead hand sew on my Diamond Hex quilt, and a big reason was lack of space to spread my big quilt out and see where I need to hand stitch the next section to.

I am hoping to solve this problem soon with a quilt wall which I ordered from Massdrop. If you’ve never heard of Massdrop it is an online community for enthusiasts that provides people across several communities—from audio and electronics to quilting and cooking—a place to connect with one another, discuss their favorite products and activities, and buy those products together. Since you are buying something with a bunch of other people, you get lower prices. I love the quilting section, and cannot wait for my quilt wall to arrive! Then I feel like I’ll finally have an area that I can figure out where each cog goes.

Diamond Hex Quilt progress

I’ve been making slow and steady progress on my diamond hex quilt. You can find the pattern here for $1. Since its hand sewing english paper piecing I work on it most evenings, stitching a hexagon or two a night while my husband paints and we watch tv and movies together. I’m up to 6 rows of 5 hexagons, but I’d like to finish somewhere around 8 rows (maybe 8×7) still trying to decide on that as I go. I am using all Cotton & Steel fabrics for the hexagons themselves, and then any low volume fabrics from my stash for my diamonds. I love the colors of the Cotton & Steel and they all really go so nicely together. I can’t tell you how excited I am about their Halloween collection coming out later this year! I have also run out of blank wall space for tacking quilts up as I work on them. I’m still researching the best way to make a quilt wall & what materials to use when you do not have wall space. I’ll let you know whatever I decide on, but would love to hear from any quilters on the subject.

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt

I have been wanting to purchase The Farmer’s Wife Quilt book ever since I learned that it came with a CD for printing out foundation piecing templates. When the book arrived I went ahead and picked out 20 different blocks to print, and I have them set aside in my studio so whenever I have a little free time I can make one block. I plan to sew up more then 20, but I felt like if I had them ready to go it would make it easier when I had some free time to just start sewing. I am only up to four blocks so far, but I’m not in any hurry with this quilt. In addition to the 99 quilt block patterns the book has a real letter for each block. The letters were originally published in The Farmer’s Wife magazine, and are so very charming! One of my favorite letters talks about a weenie roast they decided to throw as a way to entertain themselves. I like to read each letter before I start the corresponding block, but I may end up reading all the letters in an evening instead. Once you read one, its hard not to start another.

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