Announcing the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along: Learn to sew the 99 Blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird's book The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt" with Angie Wilson of, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here:

The day has finally come where I can share the news I’ve been sitting on since May… Starting Monday 28th September Fat Quarter Shop, Marti Michell and I will be hosting the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along. The sew-along will run for a year and over that time you’ll get to make some amazing blocks that will test and stretch your skill set and at the end of it all you’ll have a fabulous quilt.

Over the course of the year Marti and I, along with 25 Guest Bloggers, will share with you various ways of making the blocks in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird.

You will need to purchase this book to be able to participate in the sew-along as no measurements or paper piecing templates will be provided as part of this sew-along.

Marti will be providing free conversion charts with cutting and sewing tips to help you make the blocks using her fabulous From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. I’m really excited about this because I’ve been using Marti‘s templates to make my version of Lucy Kingwell’s Smitten and they’ve given me so much confidence and added more depth to my patchwork skills.

The book provides foundation paper pieced patterns and cutting and piecing instructions for all 99 blocks, but we’ll be showing you a variety of ways to make the blocks so that you can learn, stretch and cement your skills. We’ll be covering everything from hand stitching, machine piecing, english paper piecing, paper piecing, fussy cutting and more.

The goal of this sew-along is to help you build your patchwork skill set and try things you’ve not done before. There’s 99 Blocks in the book, you can do as many or as few as you would like – it’s totally up to you.

I will be posting a block tutorial every Tuesday and Thursday (Australian time). Marti will be posting the conversion charts every Tuesday and Thursday (US time). You’ll find the information on our respective blogs, but don’t worry there will be links every where so you’ll be able to find it easily.

Our Guest Bloggers will be posting their tutorials on Wednesdays and Fridays (their time). At the beginning of each Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along Month (around the 28th of each month, US time) the Fat Quarter Shop will be posting a round-up of what blocks we’ll be covering and which bloggers will be showcasing their work that month so you can get a hint of what’s to come.

Instead of working through the book from front to back, Marti has grouped the blocks so that we can concentrate on making the blocks that use similar techniques and templates together. We’ll be starting with the easiest blocks in the book and working our way up to the more complex, with a few surprises thrown in a long the way to keep you on your toes.

Don’t worry if you fall behind, we’ll be stopping along the way to let you catch your breath and get caught up.

We’ve also broken the year up into quarters so that at the beginning of each quarter you’ll get a list of the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can use to help make the blocks. The brilliant thing about the templates is that you can use them for more than just making this quilt, which is something not a lot of other templates can say! They’re also really great for those of us that have a weakness for fussy cutting. The templates will be used in conjunction with the conversion charts that Marti will be releasing as part of this sew-along.

The Fat Quarter Shop also let me go a little bit nuts in their store and curate my very own bundle that you can purchase to use to make your Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt. I was so thrilled to be able to wave the Aussie flag and so I’ve selected a lot of the Ella Blue’s Ella Basics range which has such a great selection of prints from their Australian designers. (Plus it meant I got to put a kangaroo in there as well!) I’ve let my inner girl out to play on this one too and I’ve selected some fabulous fabrics from Pam Kitty Fog City with a couple of little surprises in there as well. (I have such a weak spot for cherries and roses!) It’s a great rainbow of awesome and I really hope you’ll love working with them as much as I will. Even if you don’t use all the fabrics in your sample quilt, they’re a great range of stash builder basics so you just know they’ll be useful across all your projects.

We’ve worked really hard to bring you a selection of bloggers, some new and some established, to help you see the unlimited possibilities in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt. All of us will be working with different styles of fabrics, bringing different aesthetics and different skills to the project. We’ll be announcing the bloggers and introducing you to them over the coming weeks to give you a bit more of a reason to join us.

Each Sunday I’ll be hosting a link up so that you can come back here and share your work. You’ll also be able to share it across social media using the hashtag #FQS1930FarmersWife. You can also tag it with #FQSfun to share your amazing work with other Fat Quarter Shop fans. There’s also a Facebook Group (click here to join) that you can join to share and connect with others participating in the sew-along.

There’s going to be prizes and maybe a swap or two along the way to keep things exciting and help with the motivation. Sound like fun? I can’t wait! It’s a minor miracle I’ve made it this far along without exploding from the nerves, excitement and joy of it all!

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along: Learn to sew the 99 Blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird's book The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt" with Angie Wilson of, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here:

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along in a nutsell:

When: Starts 28th September

Monthly Overview: Fat Quarter Shop Blog, around the 28th of each month (US Time).

Block Tutorials by GnomeAngel: Every Tuesday and Thursday (Australian Time) on

From Marti Michell Template Conversion Charts: Marti Michell’s blog, every Tuesday and Thursday (US Time).

Guest Bloggers: Every Wednesday and Friday (their time).

Link Up: Sunday at (Australian Time).

Facebook Group:  Join the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Facebook Group by clicking here.

FAQ’s: You can find answers to some of the questions that we’re being asked by clicking here.

Book: The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them bLaurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.

Fabric Bundle: 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Sew Along Fat Quarter Bundle Curated by Angie of Gnome Angel

From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates will be available on the Fat Quarter Shop website shortly.

Map showing participants: Click here to add your location marker to the map. (Make sure not to add any personal information as it’s viewable by the public! Password to add your marker is “quilt” – without the ” ” marks.)

Mailing List: If you’d like to get all the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along news straight to your inbox then click this link to join The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along mailing list. (Your details will not be shared with any third party businesses and will only be used to share information directly related to the sew-along.)

You can grab the sew-along button here and share with everyone that you’re participating in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along. Just copy and past the code below.

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In a lovely coincidence the fabulous Kerry (of Very Kerry Berry) will be hosting a Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Quilt-along as well over the same period. You know the saying “the more the merrier”? Well in this case it’s an understatement. This is one of those amazing situations where you can get twice the sew/quilt-along for your buck and you can participate, learn, share and connect across both sew/quilt-alongs. If you’d like to learn more about Kerry’s quilt-along please click here. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things that Kerry will be making, sharing and doing over the next 12 months!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me via my contact page, leave a comment or track me down on social media.

So, who’s with me?

While you wait for your book, fabrics and the sew-along to start why not join the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Facebook Group and get to know each other before we get started! (Click here to join.)

PS. Monday’s Fun Things to Click On will be back next Monday!

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  1. I’ve never done a quilt along but can’t wait to get started. My sister and I both have the book and we are sharing the 50 fat quarters. We are planning to add other fabrics from our stashes as we go along. We both think we want to make twin size. So excited!

  2. I saw people posting about this on Instagram, and I have wanted to make a sampler quilt like this for so long! I just ordered the book.

  3. Count me in! I’m waiting (oh-so-patiently) for Amazon to deliver my book. With luck (and perseverance) I’ll be blogging my own progress as we go. Now to figure out what fabrics to use, and what to do about borders…

  4. Angie I am so impressed. Quilting is such a beautiful art and one I haven’t even tried to master. It seems so daunting! Proud of how your hard work has turned into such beautiful rewards such as this collaboration. You go girl!

  5. How fun! And what a cool surprise Angie. I am so tempted and will probably buy the book, pull the fabric and fizzle out…lol. I have many of Marti’s wonderful sets. They do make for great piecing. In any event I will enjoy following along from behind my pile of ufos!!

  6. I’m in, this will be good to help me with cutting out etc. I have procrastinate for a week, as I’ll be moving house at some point but Ill cope with that!!
    And I can use up some of my stash for this or maybe my Alison Glass collection oh the decisions!

  7. I’ve been wanting to do this quilt for so long now and have been collecting flower sugar fabric for years. After reading through these posts I see I may have the wrong/old book however I already have these templates for Lucy’s Smitten quilt. Perhaps this is the push I need but looks like I need to go and buy a book! Looking forward to it.

    • Hi Susie! Marti’s released a blog post about all the template sets that the quilt will use and you can find it by clicking here. The Template set for Smitten isn’t needed for this project, which is a shame but also a great excuse to expand your collection. 😉 You don’t need the templates to make the quilt and we’ll be showing a variety of ways to make the blocks, the templates are just a handy tool for cutting and accuracy if you need it. 🙂

  8. Hi thanks for your quick reply. The book I’ve got is “The Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt”. It’s by Laurie AAron Hird. It came with a CD with the full sized templates for all 111 blocks plus there’s 42 letters from the 1922 Farmers Wife contest. I bought it on Amazon UK. Is this the same that you are doing.

    • Hi Margaret, Unfortunately it sounds like you’ve got the first book in the series. This is the latest and there’s a picture of the cover of the book at the top of this blog post. There’s only 99 blocks in this book (they’re not repeated from either of the other books) and the letters are from the 1930’s. Hope this clears it up. 🙂

  9. Darn it I only just bought the Farmers Wife 1930’s Sampler book last year. Is it the same as the one being used in this sew along ??

  10. Will there be any video tutorials for us newbies ? I am excited about these beautiful blocks but my 2 friends and I afraid I will be in over our heads. Farm girl vintage is stumping us but we are trying and having fun

    • Hi Wendy, I’m not sure whether there will be any video tutorials as we’re still finalising everything. I can say this however, if you participate and keep the great attitude you’ve got for the Farm Girl Vintage I’m positive you’ll have fun, learn something and end up with blocks you love. 🙂

  11. I will be buying the book real soon too. This will be my very first quilt along and I can’t wait to start. I look forward to learning so much and having fun.

    • I’m so excited for you Virginia! I hope you really enjoy it! If you need anything, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do to help. 🙂

  12. I’ll be sewing along with you my friend. Your tutorials will be a Godsend I’m sure. I will be getting the book before the end of September and I have fabrics in mind already. I bought them without a plan but they will be perfect for this quilt. 🙂

    • I’m so glad you’re going to be coming along on the adventure. I can’t wait to see what you do (not only with this but with everything you do). I hope my tutorials help – I probably should get around to starting to make them 😉

  13. Angie, this sounds like fun.

    I must be missing something with regards to the templates/free conversion…. what’s that about?


    • Good question… so the book gives all the pieces that need to be cut to make the blocks. These pieces can be cut using the book templates or you can use the Marti Michell acrylic templates to cut the blocks with greater accuracy and they have the marking points for stitching (both hand and machine). Because the templates are not made specifically for the book the conversion chart shows you which Marti Michell template works for which book template. Does that make sense?

  14. I’m thinking of joining you! Do you know if your bundle from FQShop will have enough fabric so I can make these big enough for a king-sized quilt?

    • Hi Grace, there’s no fabric requirements in the book for the blocks (or if there is I haven’t found it!). The bundle is made up of 50 fat quarters which should be enough to make all the blocks as they’re only 6.5″ unfinished. You would just need to make sure you cut to make the most of the fat quarters. (Probably not great if you want to fussy cut the blocks.) You’ll need additional fabric for the setting of the blocks, the border, binding and backing and those details are in the book. Hope this helps.

  15. Hello, my name is Annabelle, does it cost anything to join? I purchased the book in 2010 and have about 20 blocks made. I am doing it 1850’s repro fabrics, but found it hard to use the CD with the book so I have been using graph paper to make them. I would love to follow along!

    • Hi Annabelle, it doesn’t cost anything to join. However, I think you might have the first book in the series. This sew-along will be using, “The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt”. The blocks are different from the first book, however they can be mix and matched with the first book. This book also comes with a cd that includes paper piecing templates for all the blocks. 🙂

  16. Hurrah! I’m so glad this was your big secret. I’ve had this book for at least a year and have done nothing more than move the templates from the CD to my computer. This is the kick in the pants I need to finally make this quilt!

    • Hi Colleen 🙂 I just wanted to check with you that we’re talking about the same book. This is the third book, “The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt”, that came out in June? You can still sew along with us, we won’t be covering any of the blocks in any of the other books but you can certainly mix and match blocks from those books with these ones or use this sew-along to keep motivated. 🙂

  17. Just ordered the book, while I am not on Facebook for personal reasons, hope to sew along with all you for the next year….this sounds like so much fun and a good learning experience….thank you

  18. Hi … Wow I am very excited about this sew-a-long. I do have a question: Will the fabric bundle be available to purchase from Australia. Postage from America isn’t cheap.



    • Hi Sandy! Unfortunately this bundle is only available through Fat Quarter Shop, however there may be something I can organise with a local fabric store. Leave it with me. 🙂

      • Thanks for your quick reply.. That would be GREAT if we can order it from Australia.

  19. Oh thanks for giving me a kick in the proverbial! I started hand piecing these little blocks yonks ago … I’ve done about 30 already and plan on doing the entire set by hand … this sew along might just get this (ginormous) baby done! Exciting! Ps this news would have been hard to hold onto since May – congratulations on the partnership and I look forward to sewing along with you 🙂

    • Hi Serena! I think you might have the first book in the series. This is her next instalment and none of the blocks repeat across the two so we’ll be covering a different set of blocks but you could still use the sew-along as motivation or grab the next book and mix and match blocks. 🙂

  20. I am so totally in. Will it be hand pieced ? I bought the book quite a few years ago and always pull it out and wonder where to start. I have also been collecting 30s material for this project, to quite timely. So cool!

    • Hi Peggy, I think you may have gotten the first in the series, this book was released in June this year. The book shows how to hand piece it, but all the bloggers involved will be showing other techniques to use to both machine and hand piece. The book comes with 99 paper piecing templates.

      • I was thinking the same thing by looking at the cover you have on your site. Either way, I am in! Looking forward to it!

  21. Will you be posting a list of yardage needed if we would like to select our own fabrics or does the book include the needed list?

    • Hi Sue – you totally can. This is open to everyone. If you’re on Instagram or Facebook (or both) you can share your progress there if you like, or you can just follow along at your own pace. 🙂

  22. Eek!!!!im so excited!!! I’m glad it’s the end of Sept., that gives me a bit of time to finish up a few projects on my ‘to finish’ list first! This is going to be so fun!!!

  23. Eeeek! I can’t wait. My book will be here Monday! I’m so excited for your bundle at FQS! Those Ella Blu Basics are the best! ???

    • This is all online, correct? It does not involve any local shops or sewing get-togethers, is that right? Thank you!