January 4, 2018

Week 1: 2018 Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

It's block day! I've been reading the questions and comments in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along Facebook Group and am so happy to see that some quilters who didn't finish their quilt during the first sew along have come back. We love it when people work on their UFO's (unfinished objects) and get finished quilts onto beds, into exhibits or gift boxes, and/or on display to help a worthy cause. I have a friend who has pledged not to start a new quilt until she has finished what she's started, a worthy new year's resolution!

It's Time to Start Making 2 Blocks a Week...

This week's blocks are Addie #1 and Aimee #2 if you're working in numerical order and following the rules for contest prizes. Be sure to download the errata sheet and make note of Aimee's diagram error in the book. Aimee isn't template friendly, so I made a came up with a different block that I named Alta, after my mother, and then Richy Lainson, Jr., shared his Aimee block made with templates so I made Aimee, too! You can see our Aimee blocks and make yours with templates, too, by clicking here.

If you're just starting to plow the fabric field as you plan your Farmer's Wife quilt, you might get some ideas about picking fabrics for your quilt from the article I wrote about how I pulled mine. I think it's a fun way to get started on a scrap quilt whether you're going scrappy or using a controlled palette, buying new fabric or pulling from your stash. Thinking about 99 blocks and selecting fabrics for them can feel overwhelming, but you can start the way I start a lot of my quilts, with a small palette. Make a bunch of blocks with those fabrics and then take a few fabrics out and put new ones in. You'll get the idea when you see the photos in the article. I hope it inspires you! If you want to make Caroline #20, early, just save her for the week when she comes up in the nubmerical list.  (It's a Set A block.) You're starting the new year with a very productive week!

What Happened to Week 2?!

We missed it! Alice, Block #3 and Ann, Block #4 are next in line in the book.  Our template conversion chart #67 for Alice has a nifty triangle trick to make the small triangle easier to sew.

Ann, Block #4, isn't a template-friendly block. Use your favorite technique to make this block.

** If you are making two blocks per week in the same order that I did, you will want Charts 3 and 4 to make Betty #14 and Caroline #20 in the "Blocks Made in the Order of Tools Used" list on my blog. Remember, you will not be eligible for sew along prizes if you do not follow the order given in the book. **

You'll find all the links for the blocks here on my blog.

And here's the link for Gnome Angel's tutorials -- you'll want to read both of our blogs so you don't miss anything!

Info about the From Marti Michell tools used to make the blocks is also on my blog.

If you have any questions about the sew along, the answers may be in Gnome Angel's sew along FAQs or the official Facebook page for the sew along.

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