Hello and welcome to my second guest post for the Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along. Today's block is Crystal.
This was actually the first block I made way back in August! I have to admit that I jumped into the QAL (and the guest posts!) in a moment of madness, and then worried that I would have enough time with all my other commitments. So I made the 2 blocks I would be covering in posts first of all (just in case!).
Like every block I have made so far Crystal is English Paper Pieced. You can read more about my method and EPP tips here and here.
Crystal was made using fabrics I bought from Sew and Quilt's beautiful stand at the Festival of Quilts in these lovely soft pinks and mauves.
Once I had committed to the QAL I ordered some vintage fabric for my own shop and since then my blocks have become much more 'primary' coloured, and Crystal seems to stand out a little from the crowd.
With this in mind I chose the mauve fabric again for Coral (above) which I completed last week. I absolutely love this block! It looks so modern against the others and has inspired all sorts of quilt ideas in my head!
But then I went straight back to the primary colours for Carrie which I finished last night, (and I'm not sure about this one either - red's too dark?). I know some people have planned their fabrics and colours ahead, but I find that sort of thing very hard to do and too restraining.
But will I regret this if they don't all go together at the end? Let's have a look at my completed blocks so far...(apologies for photo - taken in December gloom in Scotland!)
What do you think? Have I got two separate quilts here? I could put Crystal aside (and Coral too?) and carry on with the brighter palette (I can easily re-make Crystal later), or I could make more pink/mauve blocks in the future to balance things out. Or do they all look fine together?
I would love to hear your thoughts, and also is this a problem you are experiencing with your own Farmer's Wife?
Meanwhile I have one more commission quilt to make and one more workshop to teach before I head off to Tenerife for a week's holiday with my sister. Jane is also doing the FW1930sQAL so we are planning a 'blockathon' in the sun!!