A new project

Lovely morning view from New Hampshire!

It's been a whirlwind of a summer, but I'm finally getting back into the sewing swing of things.

I'm sorry I haven't posted at all this summer, but with the wedding and everything it's just been a little crazy. But when Ann and I went to the quilt show in New Hampshire and picked up some AMAZING scraps from Keepsake Quilting, well, I just had to break out my copy of The Farmer's Wife Pony Club and take a stab at some of the beautiful blocks in there!

Some of the pieces laid out.

It's actually a lot of fun, and a nice mix of challenging and simple. Most of it uses templates, though there are a few blocks that include paper piecing instructions. I was never one for templates, mostly because I think it just takes forever, but with how pretty the blocks are turning out I think I'm going to have to bite my tongue!

Laid out on the wall. (A Beauty)

I'm trying to stick to the original color scheme from the book. I don't want it to be too flashy because I'd like to use it on my bed, but I also love how the original quilt used such unique fabrics that fit so well with the theme of each block.

All sewed together!

I'm also super happy with how I managed to get some of the pieces to come together. It's probably a bad thing to say, but I've never been one for fussy cutting. I just don't feel like I have the eye to put anything together that's that unique. But when I picked that zodiac fabric for this block I saw cut after cut I could make to make it turn out so neat. And I think it did!

The second block came together nicely too! (A Dandy)

I also really enjoy reading the letters. It's just such a change from today's writing to see these letters, and the little pictures the children included of them with their ponies. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge horse woman, and seeing these children with their ponies just absolutely brightens my day.

All the beautimous batiks! (Alabama)

Not to mention, I'm so pumped that I got all this fabric for so cheap. It was an amazing deal--fill up a plastic bag about the size of a paperback for $5. As much fabric as you could stuff. Dang, I'm wishing I went back for more now, they had so much fabric!

That's about it for the quilting side of things, but I'm about to put up a super exciting contest for all of you!


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