Monday, October 10, 2011

FW Seasons

One of the reasons I decided to join in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along is because I knew it would stretch me to use a variety of quilting techniques.
One of my favorite parts in the learning curve so far has been following my friend Lori Holt (Bee In My Bonnet) as she taught us how to draft patterns on graph paper.
Drafting was useful in many of the patterns, but cannot be applied to all.

#77 Seasons
Some of the patterns require using the templates provided on the CD in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book.

From the CD you can print out all the templates.
!Remember to set your printer on "none" so they come out the correct size!
I keep the printed pages in a file folder.

For my first sample block using templates, I went with the easiest one I could find.
#77 Seasons has 3 common shapes.

Some of the patterns are more complicated.
I'll do those after I've had a little practice.

Once the pieces are cut out, I like laying the sections down on the mini design boards Lori taught us to make.
This provides an organized visual as we sew and press sections together.

One of the nice benefits of the templates are the notched edges, allowing easy line up and saves trimming once sewn.

All done!

10 comments:

Jackie said...

My book should arrive tomorrow! Did you know there was a Facebook page and Yahoo group too? As well as a Flickr group?

I liked seeing this post about templates as I had wondered how accurate they could be. Your block looks perfect!

Kris said...

Nedra - I love the idea of the mini design board!! And your quilt is coming along so nicely!! Enjoy!! Kris

Material Mary said...

Nedra, you are doing great with these blocks. Looking great!!
Mary

em's scrapbag said...

What a cute little block!

Kathie said...

great pictures, love seeing how you work.
oh I still need to make those block holders from Lori!
love those.
your block looks great.
Kathie

Nanette Merrill said...

Very smart. I haven't downloaded mine yet because the door to my cd slot is broken. Gotta have Dave fix that. This block came out so perfect.

Brenda said...

Love your blocks. I decided to paper piece mine.

Brenda said...

Love your blocks. I decided to paper piece mine.

Michele said...

Great block :-) Am I the only one not doing this yet?

Janet said...

Well done and I would have started with the easy one too.