When I had the idea to run a year long sew-along my immediate thoughts turned to who could I bring along for the ride with me. I mean, we all know it’s no fun without some good friends to share it with. I was lucky enough to be able to ask some of my favourite bloggers if they’d like to spend a year making an amazing quilt with me and I was so shocked when they said yes.
Every Tuesday and Thursday (Australian Time) starting Tuesday 29th September I’ll be sharing the blocks and the associated tutorial. Blocks will not be done in order of their appearance in The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird, instead we’ve grouped them from “easiest” to “not-so-easiest”.
On Wednesday and Friday one of these amazing bloggers will be sharing their take on the blocks. I’m so excited to see what they make. Each and every one of them has a distinct style and will bring a unique set of skills to making these traditional blocks. I can’t wait to learn from some of the best bloggers I know and I’m so thrilled that they’ll be sharing with you too.
Every Sunday I’ll be hosting a link party where I’ll be encouraging everyone to link up and share their blocks that they’ve made for that week. Not only will sew-along participants be sharing, but so will some of our fabulous bloggers. You see, just like me, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make this quilt and so a lot of them will be participating on the weeks they’re not hosting a tutorial. How exciting is that?!?
Don’t forget you can find out more about The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along by clicking here. You can also see some of the answers to the frequently asked questions by clicking here.
So, before I bore you all to death with how mind-blowing amazing I think it all is let me introduce the fabulous bloggers that will be keeping me company over the coming year.
In alphabetical order the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along Bloggers are:
Alyce Blyth @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Never one to go for the easy way of life, I answer to the names designer, author of DIY Block Design, quilter, and blogger (as well as mummy, wife, and English sensei)! I love quilt maths and am passionate about teaching others to do the same. And I am very excited to use my extensive Kate Spain stash to make my Farmer’s Wife 1930s quilt!
Cassandra Madge @ Cassandra Madge
I am a quilter and crafter, having been sewing from my mother’s knee. Passionate about colour and design, I love exploring the fusion of pattern and stitch through quilting.
Cat Demack @ cat & vee
I am a maker from Brisbane, Australia. I am a little obsessed with fussy-cutting and believe you can never have too many colours or prints in one project! My aesthetic is bright, colourful and happy. cat&vee is a tiny business I share with my great friend Vanita – we love to create fun designs to bring a touch of happy to each of our homes and yours.
Debbie Homick @ Happy Little Cottage
Hi!! I am Debbie from Happy Little Cottage. I’m making the world a cuter place one stitch at a time. I’m also a mom, daughter, sister, friend. Flip flop wearer, coffee snob, puppy lover, happy dancer and knitter. I live in a happy little cottage in northeast Ohio and can’t wait to sew along with all of you!
Erin @ Why Not Sew?
I love quilting! My favorite fabrics are 1930s repros, calicoes, cute Japanese prints and most things aqua! I love vintage! My favorite vintage things to collect are sewing notions and Pyrex. I try to sew everyday even if only a few stitches. I always have a pile of WIPs and I’m okay with that! I love our quilting community. It makes sewing and quilting that much more enjoyable!
Gemma Jackson @ Pretty Bobbins
My name is Gemma and I live in Canberra, Australia with my three kids, husband and two cats. I love colour and most of my quilts are improvisational and quilted to death. I mostly make original quilts so it will be fun change to follow the Farmer’s Wife patterns.
Janice Ryan @ Better Off Thread
Janice has been a long-time addict of all things fabric and sewing. She began her career designing and sewing costumes for theatre, and she holds a master of fine arts in costume design from Carnegie Mellion University. The birth of her children (and the creation of her first baby quilt) took her in a new direction, where she discovered her love of quilting. Janice is co-author of The Modern Medallion Workbook released by C&T publishing in Spring 2015 and she teaches classes at Sew Modern, in Los Angeles. You can find tips, patterns, and tutorials on her blog betteroffthread.com.
Jemima Flendt @ Tied with a Ribbon
Since I can remember I have always been around fabrics and crafts. Tied with a Ribbon has been my way to pursue this love. I have been running Quilting and Sewing classes, Retreats and Workshops as well as contributing to many publications here in Australia and Internationally with projects over the past few years. I have created my own range of Quilting and sewing patterns as it is a great buzz to encourage others to develop a love for sewing and stitching.
Jess Frost @ Elven Garden Quilts
I am an Australian mum of three kids who works in a lab and at a fabric shop by day, and quilts at night. I started quilting about 4 years ago, and have become completely obsessed! I’m a teacher, designer, blogger and Bernina ambassador and have had quilts published in several publications including numerous quilts in Australia’s Quilters Companion, a quilt in the Quiltcon 2015 magazine, and also American magazine Modern Patchwork. I’m obsessed with free motion quilting, and have several FMQ video tutorials available on my YouTube channel.
Jodi Godfrey @ Tales of Cloth
After a lifetime of trying to paint, draw, and play piano, I finally found a medium that speaks my language. I love to tell stories through quilts, about my own life, and the lives of old quilters.
Kerry Goulder @ Kid Giddy
Kerry loves designing fun, modern and unique sewing patterns. Kerry is a Licensed Designer with Sizzix, and authored her first book Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist. When she’s not sewing, she loves spending time with her family in Maine, running, and is training for her third degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.
Kitty Wilkin @ Night Quilter
I’m a stay at home mom of three littles, wife, sewist of quilts and other beautiful things, knitter, gardener, yogi, and all in all lover of life. With three little kids, my only sewing time is after bedtime. Thus the Night Quilter was born. This blog is all about my stitching: both quilting and knitting projects, as well as the creation of my own patterns and any other inspiration I find along the way.
Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts
My introduction to quilting consisted of a quick fling with a coin quilt in 2009. The chemistry couldn’t be denied and soon developed into a very serious sewing relationship that has endured until today. I now love spending all my spare time sewing, writing quilt patterns and publishing tutorials on my blog.
Lisa Johnson @ In The Boon Docks
Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, veteran, and artist. In a rural area of West Virginia, USA, my family and I, live with 3 dogs, 7 chickens, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer. I love to blog, blog hop, swap, sew, quilt, crochet, knit, and just about any DIY project. I am a fabric hoarder and Aurifil thread lover!
Lisa Matley @ Sweet Little Pretties
Sweet Little Pretties is written by Creative Blogger, Lisa, who shares her love of all crafts, baking, making and everyday fun inbetween. With a passion for fabric there is always a project in the works.
Lucy Brennan @ Charm About You
A girl who became a loving wife and mother to three little ‘uns. Quilting has brought me tranquillity and joy. I can often be found pouring everything into my sewing. I am mischievous and gleeful, with eclectic taste and a desire to stitch everything! I enjoy sharing my evolving journey.
Melissa Gottliebsen @ Ms Midge
I’m Melissa, aka Midge! I’m a quilter, amongst other things, and can usually be found taking the 10 steps between dining table and sewing room, whilst listening to music pouring out of my tv. I like to think I’m a contemporary quilter, but that can get lost in translation!
Melissa LeRay @ Oh, How Sweet
I’m a recent transplant to California from Atlanta, and a newly minted SAHM. I funnel what’s left of my frazzled, sleep deprived energy from raising two toddler-dictators into sewing and quilting. When I’m not sewing I’m either changing diapers, watching Elmo, or coming up with creative ideas to avoid the chores so I can get back to sewing.
Nadra Ridgeway @ ellis & higgs
Nadra is a sewing pattern and fabric designer who lives on a beautiful old farm in a small village in Germany. She runs a shop and studio where she sells her handcrafted accessories and textiles, favorite fabrics and sewing notions.
Nathalie Delarge @ Les Ouvrages de Nat
I’m french, 49, married, mom of two grown up boys still-at-home-college-students. I’m a dentist, still working as one! My practice is only 3 minutes walk away from home which allows me to come back home sometimes during the day and work on my second job : e-shop owner and blogger. I have been quilting for 21 years, discovered machine piecing and quilting about 15 years ago through the internet. I have been using Marti’s templates from the beginning of my quilting journey and in 2012 I got the great chance to meet her and her husband Richard. Since then, my life changed ! I created the e-shop and haven’t stopped teaching and initiating people to using the templates! (Classes, online videos, tutorials, etc) It always amazes me how great, easy, fast and mostly fun this templates and rulers are. I even participate to quilt shows since 2012, about twice a year. In September, we hold a booth at the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace with Marti and Richard joining us for the 4 days which is both a great honor and great fun. My english comes from 4 years spent in Dallas, TX during high school, back in the 80’s.
Peta Peace @ She Quilts Alot
I really do quilt a lot! I’ve been making and creating for over 14 years now and love it just as much now as I did when I started. I live in beautiful Brisbane, Australia and can not wait to get started on this sew-along. It’s going to be awesome.
Rachel McCormack @ wooden spoon quilts
I live in Hamilton, New Zealand with my husband and three children. Seven years ago mum helped me make my first quilt and I’ve been hooked ever since. I quilt from our dining room table, it’s the perfect spot to keep an eye on the children and make sure dinner isn’t burning.
Raylee Bielenberg @ Sunflower Quilting
I write about the things I get up to as a professional quilter and the fun I have quilting for others and fitting in some sewing and quilting for me as well.
Renee Lange @ Sewn With Grace
I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t creating. I love to quilt, sew and knit. I have a passion for Jesus and all things pretty!
Tina Egner @ OneLittlePooh
My shop name is Emily Ann’s Kloset and I am known through Instagram as EmilyAnnsKloset.
It’s a fabulous list, isn’t it? There’s some bloggers I know really well and some bloggers I’m just starting to fall in love with. I can’t wait for the 28th September to roll around and get to see their amazing work at the same time you do.
You can find out more about The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along by clicking here. You can also see some of the answers to the frequently asked questions by clicking here.