Happy Tuesday! I’m excited to be able to share a little more information about something I hinted at a couple weeks ago…the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel. This is going to be so much fun–there will be a couple of blocks a week with block tutorials and conversion charts from Marti Michell if you are interested in using templates for your blocks. There will be a big group of bloggers taking turns posting their progress each week, so there will be lots of quilty inspiration for this project.
I made the original Farmer’s Wife quilt from the author’s first book, The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired , a couple of years ago, and it is a favorite quilt of mine. I’m excited to be making this new quilt for a number of different reasons…
First, there really is something satisfying about working on a long-term project–taking it slow, and savoring the quilt making process over a long period of time. I do a lot of sewing that has to be done with deadlines, and working on a project like this is just so much fun and a real treat for me.
This new sew along begins next week, so you have some time to start thinking about what fabrics you’re going to use. I’ll be sharing a post tomorrow that will talk about fabric selection for this project (and for other long-term projects); I’ll also share what I’m going to use for my quilt. In the meantime, you can get all of the information about the sew along from Angie’s post here…and if you don’t have the book yet you can find it here: The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them
I look forward to sewing along with everyone…Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sigi G says
I just received this book from my children for my birthday! I've been enjoying all the wonderful letters in it, and admiring each block that goes with each letter. Looking forward to the Sew Along. I'm not sure how many blocks I'll make, but I know it will be fun :)!
So happy to see you'll be working on this one. I love your original FW quilt! Eager for the quilt along here, too! I've got my pile of fabric ready to go!
Judy Balek says
I too am looking forward to the slow process and enjoy each block. I am going to try and not get to caught up with having to keep up. I am going to hand piece mine and some weeks I may not get them both completed. I will enjoy watching yours come together love your first one.
Tracey Holzer says
Well…I saw a couple posts for this sew along and decided that since I already had the original book and the fabric in a tub sitting and waiting to get sewn into the quilt, that I would make the original quilt for the sew along. BUT then I ordered the 30's book, but I probably don't have enough fabric to make a quilt with. So, I'll probably end up just watching you girls sew this lovely quilt together like I did last time!!! 😉
Have you used the Marti templates and do you recommend them??
I am looking forward to the sew along too! What is your feeling in the templates? Do you use them?
I'll sew along but I'm still waiting for my book (lucky I'm good enough to finger the math out for the first 4 blocks which where already posted for the other FW sew along). Can't wait to see what fabrics you'll pick:-)
Suellen Dehnke says
I've got my book. Selected the fabrics. Printed out my paper piecing papers. Anxiously awaiting the 28th.
Would love to join along, and would purchase the book of course, but having to purchase Marti Michell's templates also would not be in my budget.
I'm counting on getting this book in a few weeks for my birthday 🙂 and plan to do the QAL. I've never done paper piecing, so I am hopeful that everyone's advice is just what I need to tackle the project. I plan on digging into my stash of 30's repro fabrics — seems like the perfect time to use them.
Rosemary B❤️ says
Oh so sweet
I have this book on my wish list1
I love the blocks so much
If I were going to buy fabric for this, what amount of different fabrics would I need?
Can't wait to get started!!