I am making 8" blocks (finished) from Laurie Hird's second book The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Sampler.
I used (foundation) paper-piecing for the first block, Dakota Star, but worked from templates for the remaining ones.
|Dakota Star, foundation paper pieced|
My palette is drawn largely from Ruby Star prints and assorted Echino fabrics, combined with Denyse Schmidt's "Chicopee" and some other odds and ends.
I couldn't tell you why this book is so much harder to find than Hird's first Farmer's Wife sampler book.
As a side note, I just discovered that spiral-bound copies of Pony Club are available through Laurie's website and on the US Amazon site. Mine has a conventional binding, but I think spiral binding is a great idea for a book like this!
I found a copy of Pony Club at the Creativ Festival last month, and now that I'm working on the blocks I can report that I love it. The blocks are intricate, many are challenging, but I am thrilled to be working (mostly) with templates again.
Is that odd? Templates!!!! But it's true: I love cutting the wee little pieces and fitting them together. I love the lack of measurement and rulers. As mentioned in the book, pre-rotary cutter quilt block designs weren't tied to easy measurements -- any odd fraction of an inch is do-able when working with templates . Of course, I'm neither a luddite nor a masochist: I print the templates from my computer onto card stock, cut them out (with scissors) and then rotary cut freehand around the templates.
I actually have a few more blocks done than I'm able to share today (12 at the time of writing). I am simply behind on documentation, but do want to say that I'm sooooo happy to be working on a sampler again -- and that I can recommend Pony Club! It has been well worth the wait and the search.