Once I have everything soaking wet, I lay my squares in my bathtub to dry overnight.
Then I start my design process. Since my fabrics have miniature prints and the Farmer's Wife blocks are small in scale, I am going to keep my blocks simple by using a one color-scheme in each block.
For each block, I print the template sheet for that block from the CD that comes with the book. Then I measure each piece.
If I am able to use my Creative Grids Rulers without templates, I made the block that way - nice and easy.
If I can't figure out the math, I use Marti Michell's templates, which are so helpful!
And if it's super challenging, I will paper piece my blocks using Carol Doak's Foundation Paper. Once we get to paper piecing, I will show you how fun this is on Instagram (be sure to follow us @fatquartershop)
To start my blocks, I drew ten random blocks in Electric Quilt to get the feel of my blocks then I printed each block on color paper to follow as I piece.
I am very picky about my thread selection (no wonder I have a thread obsession!). Before I start every project, I match my thread to my fabric. I usually pick a color that is "in between" my light and dark fabrics. For this particular quilt, I chose Aurifil 2340.
As a fun teaser, here are my first few blocks.
I can't wait to see all of your blocks! Make sure to check back Monday, September 28, 2015 for the start of this Sew Along and don't forget to join our Facebook group and follow the #FQS1930FarmersWife on Instagram.