I have a work trip next week. This is the same state committee for the Biology End Of Course exam that I have served on for the last four years. It involves traveling to Jacksonville and staying in a hotel for most of the week. The days are full of reading and editing test questions, but the nights are open for sewing. Last year I finished off the blocks for Mai Tai Sunrise. The year before that I worked on Dear Jane Blocks. This year I am planning on doing some Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks.
This is going to be a solid sampler quilt, and I have plenty of solids to get started, but I also wanted to use them for the back of last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler. My Farmer's Wife 1930s book still hasn't arrived, but I have the original version with plenty of quilt blocks to keep me busy. So far I have kept up with the gnomeangel blocks as she started with the easy ones that I can do without a book. I ordered the Marti Mitchell templates too, or at least the ones that I could get on Amazon with free prime shipping. I tried them on this block and it worked pretty well. I don't like the idea of using lots of paper templates, but I do enjoy my easy angle ruler, so maybe the template sets will be the best of both worlds? Time will tell.
So this morning I tackled the stack and cut 100 10.5 inch squares of solid fabric. I think that will be enough for the back that I have in mind. The rest of the scraps are now liberated and ready to be used in the sampler quilt.
Here are the blocks I've gotten done so far. The colors are anything goes as long as it is solid. Even though I have enough, I still couldn't resist hopping onto the Connecting Threads website this morning and widening up my selection. Solids are always nice to have on hand after all. There is something strangely exhilarating about a new project. Maybe its the shopping?