Union Jack quilt squares inspired by Barbie; fabric porn for the Farmer’s Wife Sew-along

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This month’s bundle of Liberty is heavy on the pinks.  So three of the new Union Jacks are pink and pretty, just like Barbie!

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So many of the Liberty prints have little animals in them.  I love the little peacocks in the strips.  They remind me of the trace-your-hand turkeys we made in elementary school.

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Little love birds.  Or pigeons.  Or turtle doves?  Anyhoo, at least I got them all right side up!

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The stripes in this block have little folk art people in them.  And now I see a rabbit.  I don’t think any of the little folk are standing on their heads.

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As you know, I am paper piecing the blocks.  The centers of the blocks look lumpy in the pictures because the papers are still in the outer quadrants.  Fear not, the blocks all lay flat when the papers are removed.

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Fifteen Union Jacks to date, and what an assorted lot they are!  And now for something completely different…

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The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along is only one week away!  I have convinced a friend to join me in this journey. I plan to paper piece my quilt, and my friend has never tried it.  This week we are having a little sewing session so she can get familiar with that process.  I’ll be curious to see if she chooses to use that method for her quilt.

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Here are my fabrics for the sew-along.  Bright and cheerful, just like me.  And if you have a problem with that, let’s step outside.

More Union Jack flags mean…more Liberty of London fabric!

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Variety is the spice of life, so I am feeling very spicy.  If I had to choose one fabric only to use for the rest of my life?  Well that would be cruel, but I would definitely choose Liberty Tana Lawn.

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Picking the fabrics to combine in each block has been helping curb my innate desire to make sure everything matches perfectly.

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The hardest part of this project is trying to NOT plan ahead.  I want to wait until I have all the blocks to choose the fabric and style of the sashing.  But I’m getting impatient.

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Five blocks a month, until I have a total of…I don’t know yet.  I have not yet even calculated how big I want to make this.

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Seeing each block individually makes me think I want this on my bed.  King size.  At least that will give me a long time to work on it.  I really enjoy working on foundation paper pieced projects.

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The obsessive part of me craves the perfection that can be achieved with paper piecing.  And it is so easy!  I took some pictures while I was working on these blocks.

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Sew, press, cut, add fabric and repeat.  Easy and stunning!

We’ll talk soon, I’m off on an adventure.

Anglophile alert! Union Jack quilt squares and Liberty Tana Lawn fabric, all in one convenient place!

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How much do I love all things English?  Other than mushy peas, I’m in pretty deep.  I love the humor, the TV shows, chips, crisps, you name it.  And it is well documented that I LOVE Liberty fabrics.

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I even joined a club.  Westwood Acres (http://www.westwoodacresfabric.com) has a Liberty of London Tana Lawn club!  Each month they send a bundle of 10 beautiful pieces in fat quarters, eighths or sixteenths.  So I thought and I thought until my thinker was sore.

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I remembered an online magazine I bought a while back, issue #10 of Fat Quarterly magazine (http://www.fatquarterly.com)  There it was, the perfect quilt for small cuts of fabric, appropriately named Jumping Jacks.  I can’t think of a more perfect match!

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I decided I would pair up each month’s fabrics, choosing one for the triangle “background” and one for the wide stripes.  I chose a solid Kona white for the narrow stripes.  Even the prints that I don’t instantly love are turning out beautifully in these blocks!

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There are brights and lights, mostly traditional with some flair thrown in.  I am so excited to use all the diverse prints to make a quilt that can only be one-of-a-kind!  I have not yet decided what I will do for the sashing on this quilt.  I am sure some inspiration will come along as the months progress.

The blocks are foundation paper pieced.  It is such a great way to make perfect blocks every time.  When I post the next set of blocks, I will flip some over so you can get a good view of the paper piecing.  With only five blocks to make each month, I should be able to keep up with this project while still working on everything else that tickles my fancy!

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Anybody have a favorite?

I actually cut my Liberty fabric! Lo and behold, a dress sprang forth!

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I can’t possibly be the only one who hesitates to cut into beautiful Liberty of London yardage.  But I did buy it to sew it into something.

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I chose a wonderful pattern by Sis Boom, the Lucy Halter Dress.  I am in love with the Sis Boom pattern line for a couple of reasons – they give excellent sizing advice, and they include cutting lines for different cup sizes!  The patterns are also technically well written.  I love that I can fit these to my body type.

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The Tana Lawn fabric by Liberty is absolutely amazing to work with.  It has the softest hand and perfect grain lines.  And it goes well with my hair.  Since we are planning another trip to London, I decided it was okay to use it since I can buy more next time!

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This pose was my rather lame version of the Big Fig Newton.  I put this in here just to see if my mom is reading my blog.  Every photo session from my junior and senior high years has a Big Fig pose in it.  I could usually elicit a “stop that!” and maybe a choice word from my mother.

I was so tickled with this dress that I cut into another chunk of my Liberty lawn.  I’m sure you’re waiting with bated breath to see that one.  Meanwhile, here is a gratuitous puppy picture.

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I made little Miss Dorito a Minion outfit/jammies.  Way too big as you can see.  She wouldn’t move for awhile, and when she did, with her first footsteps she walked right out of it.