I don’t consider myself to be very artistic, but I do follow directions well. I think that may be why I love quilting so much. I really want to be an artistic person, but I just don’t have that gene. My sister got that one. Once I discovered quilting, I found that I could follow the directions for a pattern, add my own twist by choosing fabrics, and as long as I stuck with a particular fabric line it was a no fail piece of artwork. Plus, as a bonus, I could curl up with the finished product at the end of the day.
One of my most recent projects is called Farm Girl Vintage. I has blocks filled with everything I love. There are traditional blocks mixed with canning jars, mixing bowls, red barns, and fall leaves. Quilters always say that their favorite quilt is the one they are currently working on, but this time I really think it’s true.
I bought the book several months ago after seeing some adorable blocks on Instagram.
Then I started collecting vintage fabrics. Specialty quilt shops are my favorite places to go for quilting fabric. When I first started sewing, I couldn’t understand why anyone would pay the price at a quilt store, rather than the local Jo-Ann. I finally get it. The quality of the material is so much better and the fabric lines are coordinated to go together. It’s a no-fail way to select fabric you know will go together.
Today I finished my pumpkin block.
Last week I whipped out a maple leaf block.
The Baking Day block was the reason I bought the book in the first place. I fell in love with this adorable block and knew I had to make the quilt.
One by one, the blocks are getting done. It’s going to be a big project and take a lot of time to complete. I’ve never tried a Sampler Quilt before, so it will be an artistic adventure.
It’s hard to decide which block I like the best!
If you are interested in the book, you can find it at local quilt shops or on Amazon (although it’s not available in Prime). I’d say this is a more advanced quilt, but if you can follow directions and sew a straight line, you can do it!