Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along FAQ

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 GnomeAngel.com, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here: http://gnomeangel.com/farmers-wife-1930s-sampler-quilt-sew-along/

Here’s some answers to some of the questions we’ve been getting. If your question isn’t answered here, why not send me an email and I’ll add it to the list!

Q. Is there a list that has all the blocks and order in which they were released?

Funny you should ask, there is in deed. You can find it by clicking here. Or you can find it in the following place on the site:

 

Just go to the menu, roll your mouse over the heading that says “Sewalongs + Events” then look for “Farmer’s Wife QAL” and the secondary menu will drop down and you can see a page called “block tutorials” this is the page you’re looking for.

It may help to book mark the block list page to help you find them when you need them.

Q. I don’t have a blog, can I still participate?

A. Totally! This is open to everyone. I’ll be encouraging people to share their progress via Instagram and Facebook if they’re on those mediums, but this isn’t compulsory. There’s a Flickr group (click here to join) if you’d like to share your blocks this way. Sharing is totally optional and you don’t have to to be a part of the sew-along.

Q. I’m waiting for my book to arrive, can I start later?

A. Absolutely! You can start whenever you want. There’s no race and no pressure. Work to your own timetable. The tutorials will remain here for as long as they’re needed and I continue to pay my hosting fees.

There’s now an eBook for Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt and you can click here to purchase it… just in case you can’t wait any longer.

Q. Is there a hashtag for this sew-along?

A. There is indeed, it’s #FQS1930FarmersWife. Search the hashtag on social media to connect to those that are doing the sew-along, it’s a great way to make new friends!

If you want to be block specific you can also hashtag your blocks with their name and number in the following format #FW<number><name> for example #FW13Belle

Q. What are the fabric requirements?

A. All of the fabric requirement information for setting the blocks, borders, backing and binding can be found in the book. However, the fabric requirements for the blocks are not specified.

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 Paperback – Click here to purchase eBook (affiliate link).

With permission from the publisher we’re able to post the fabric requirements for the construction of the quilt.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide details on how much fabric is used in the construction of the blocks. The bundle from Fat Quarter Shop contains 50 fat quarters which is believed to be more than enough to complete all the blocks required for the King Size quilt.

LAP SIZE QUILT 50″x59″

  • Uses 32 Blocks
  • 1.5 yards (1.4m) setting fabric
  • 1.25 yards (1.1m) border and binding
  • 3.75 yard (3.4m) backing fabric
  • 56″ x 65″ (142.2cm x 165.1cm) batting

TWIN SIZE QUILT 78″x95″

  • Uses 84 blocks
  • 3.5 yards (3.2m) setting fabric
  • 2.25 yards (2m) border and binding
  • 7 yard (6.4m) backing fabric
  • 84″ x 101″ (213.4cm x 256.5cm) batting

QUEEN SIZE QUILT 86″x103″

  • Uses 99 blocks
  • 4 yards (3.6m) setting fabric
  • 2.5 yards (2.2m) border and binding
  • 7 2/3 yard (7m) backing fabric
  • 92″ x 109″ (233.7cm x 276.9cm) batting

KING SIZE QUILT 103″x103″

  • Uses 126 blocks
  • 5 yards (4.6m) setting fabric
  • 2.75 yards (2.3m) border and binding
  • 9.5 yard (8.7m) backing fabric
  • 109″ x 109″ (276.9cm x 276.9cm) batting

Please check your books and confirm the details are correct – these are provided as guides only and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information provided.

Q. Are there any corrections for the book yet?

A. Writing a book is a massive job and authors and publishers do their best to ensure everything contained in the book is accurate, however sometimes mistakes happen (we’re all human after all) and corrections need to be published. You can download the corrections by clicking this link.

Q. What does the quilt look like?

A. Here’s an image courtesy of Laurie Aaron Hird’s website (which you can find by clicking here):

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 GnomeAngel.com, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here: http://gnomeangel.com/farmers-wife-1930s-sampler-quilt-sew-along/
Image courtesy of Laurie Aaron Hird.

Q. Do I have to use 1930s Reproduction fabrics?

A. No. This is about making a quilt that represents who you are. Use the fabrics you love.

Q. Is this the first Farmer’s Wife book?

A. No, this is the 3rd based on letters from the 1930s.

Q. I’ve started the first Farmer’s Wife, can I do this one as well?

A. You totally can! In fact it’s a great way to use the blocks you’ve already made and mix and match across both books. However we will not be showing you how to make the blocks in the first book.

Q. Where can I find all the information in one handy place?

A. You can click here to find all the information about the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew-along.

Q. What size are the blocks?

A. The blocks are 6″ finished, or 6.5″ unfinished.

Q. Will it be hand pieced?

A. It’s totally up to you. The book gives instructions for hand piecing and it also includes paper piecing templates for all 99 blocks. The sew-along will show you a variety of techniques (where possible) for making the blocks including machine piecing, using templates and fussy cutting.

Q. Can this quilt be done as Quilt As You Go (QAYG)?

A. It most likely could be, however we will not be showing you how to make the quilt with this method. If I come across an explanation of how you could do it I will post a link to it here.

Q. Where can I get a list of the Marti Michell templates?

A. You can find the list of templates that you can use to make the blocks by clicking here.

Q. Is there somewhere where I can find all the links to buy the templates without having to look around?

A. Not yet, but we’re working on it. In the meantime here’s a handy link list of the must-have template sets for the sew-along so you don’t have to go hunting for them:

Q. Do I need the templates from Marti Michell to make the blocks?

A. No, the templates are merely a tool for you to use to help with more accurate cutting and piecing. The templates are not specific to this quilt and can be used for a variety of projects in addition to this quilt.

Q. Are the templates only for use with The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt book?

A. No, these templates can be used with the first Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt book and they can be used on their own or to help with other quilt patterns. The possibilities for using these templates are endless.

Q. What are you converting with the conversion charts?

A. The book provides instructions for the types of pieces you need to cut to make the blocks, the conversion chart shows which piece is equivalent to which template so that you know which template to use to cut the pieces.

Q. Will we be making the blocks differently to the way the book shows?

A. Yes, but you’ll still end up with the same block. We’ll be showing you a number of techniques, where possible, to help you make your blocks in the easiest fashion for you. It’s up to you which method you use to make your blocks.

Q. Is the book available electronically?

A. Yes!!! The book is now in eBook format and available exclusively through the Publishers website. You can click here to purchase it. (Affiliate link)

Q. I got my book but the CD is broken, can I get a replacement?

A Yes, to obtain a free replacement of your broken Farmer’s Wife Sampler CD, contact: Tim.deBord@fwmedia.com or call (800) 258-0929 and ask for Tim deBord.

Q. How can I see the geographical spread of people who are participating in the sew-along?

A. I’ve set up a map that you can add your own marker to and show people where in the world you are and connect with those in your area.

Please do not include personal information or pin your actual home address. (I’d hate for anyone to steal your fabric stash!)

You’ll need the password to enter your pin, it’s “quilt” (without ” ” markers).

Click here to see the map.

One of our FB Group members put together these handy steps on how to add a pin:

  1. First click on the link provided above.
  2. Then click on See Map.
  3. Click on the black striped box in upper left corner of map.
  4. Click on +ADD.
  5. Type in password: quilt
  6. Choose marker color.
  7. Click on Use current location.
  8. Click on Hide Street Address and then click Submit to save to map.

Q. Is there a Flickr Group?

A. There is indeed and you can join it by clicking here. We’ll be posting block photos to the group once the sew-along kicks off on 28 September 2015.

Q. I can’t start on the 28th September, can I start later?

A. Absolutely! You can start whenever you want. There’s no race and no pressure. Work to your own timetable. The tutorials will remain here for as long as they’re needed and I continue to pay my hosting fees.

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