Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Sampler

So there's this huge quilt along on flickr right now called the Farmer's Wife quilt along. You make 80 billion traditional squares and at the end you have a big quilt with lots of patterns. I am probably the only person not in this quilt along because it hurts my head just thinking about it. But still...I felt left out.

Until I discovered something right up my alley--the Summer Sampler Series quilt along. It's just like Farmer's Wife, only for people with a.d.d. It's only 12 squares! Me likey.

Summer Sampler Series Badge
Today I made block number one, a "Star of Virginia" block. I used Kona solids and Farmdale for the center. 

Star of Virginia

This thing is flippin' huge! A three by four quilt seemed too tiny to have a point (I'm practical after all) so I enlarged the pattern by multiplying all measurements by 0.75. So this block is 22.5" square. I figure at least I'll have a quilt big enough to use now. Plus I kind of like making mondo blocks, especially after doing tiny things like mug rugs and doll quilts. It's a nice break. 

If you felt scared to try the Farmer's Wife quilt along, you should consider joining us for the Summer Sampler one. C'mon. You know you want to.


Leslie said...

you are right, i totally want to!!!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Love the farmdale. So pretty with those solids!

Rachel Hauser said...

I chose the Summer Sampler for the same reasons you did. But, I never thought of enlarging the blocks to fix the same problem (ie small quilt). You're a smart one. But, heh, I plan on adding some of my own blocks =).

Lynz said...

Shut uuuup, Jenn! I love the look of the farmer's wife (I may yet succumb - the book is on my Amazon wish list) but yeah; too wee, too time sensitive, too much bloody hard work. I've a lot on. This looks fab - but I really can't until I get some UFO's finished. I'm with ya on the Godzilla blocks, too! Love em loads!

Natasha said...

I am not doing the Farmers' one as it appears like every block has HSTs and I DO NOT like making them. I was thinking of the summer sampler but we are moving right now and I have enough going on. I love the look of the large ones you will be making.