I did it: I joined the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Quilt Along. And it's so. Much. Fun. Last year, Amanda and Angela started a quilt along for Laurie Hird's sampler quilt. I hemmed and hawed and enjoyed the flickr group, wishing for a bit more time to sew so I could join in.
When Karyn started talking about getting a Toronto group going, I couldn't resist the urge to join the quilt along any further. Along with several friends, we've started a real-life support group and, so far, it's been a blast.
The only downside of the Farmer's Wife quilt along? It's too much fun, really: I can't get anything else done.
I've abandoned all other sewing projects to spend time picking out fabrics, cutting tiny pieces, sewing them together in adorable little blocks. I haven't written a blog post in forever because every bit of spare time (rare these days) is spent with my scrap bin and Farmer's Wife book. This is supposed to be a year-long project (and, truthfully, at the pace I finish it probably will be), but I can't imagine not wanting to work on these blocks over the next few months.
I've been following Amanda's lead and using only fabric scraps for my blocks. It has been a great way to get my overflowing bin under control, plus it's giving me the opportunity to try new colour palettes in every block. The end quilt will be scrappy and very colourful and unlike any quilt I've made before. I'm pretty excited about it, and can't wait to see how it turns out.