Welcome to the first day of a really fun year ahead. Today marks the start of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along. Back in June when I had the idea I thought it would be a great way for me to make a fabulous sampler quilt, learn some new techniques and share the journey with those that were interested. I never in a million years thought it would become what it has so far. Every day I’m blown away by how people are embracing this adventure and making it their own. I can’t wait to see where this year will take us!
Tomorrow will see the tutorials start and I’m a little nervous and excited to be sharing them with everyone. Because of the way we’ve organised the sew-along we’re starting with the easiest blocks first as a way of easing everyone into. If you can sew a quarter inch seam you’ve got the blocks for this week mastered. Normally we’ll only be sharing 2 blocks per week, but we thought this week we’d kick it off with a bang and so we’ll be covering 3 blocks.
I sent an email yesterday to those that had signed up to the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along Mailing List (you can click here to sign up if you’re interested in receiving those emails) and revealed the block we’ll be starting with. And here it is…
As you can see it’s all squares and rectangles – a dream to put together. I had fun making this one and I’m looking forward to sharing my version of the blocks with you each week. For those of you that want to sew-along but your book hasn’t arrived yet never fear! If you sign up to the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along Mailing List you’ll receive the PDF’s for the first 4 blocks we’ll be making which will provide everything you need to know to make the blocks.
For those of you that are going to be sewing along with me I really hope you have a fun time making the blocks and connecting with other quilters around the world that are making the blocks as well. I hope you enjoy reading the letters and connecting with the woman that have gone before us and noting that our lives, while more cluttered with technology, are not that different from theirs. We all have our burdens to carry, our dreams and hopes and our love of creating in common.
I want to take this moment to give a big shout out and thanks to the lovely team of people that have helped keep me sane the past couple of months while we work up to this point. (I hope you know who you are!) It’s been a life saver to know that there’s been people that I could turn to when things were crashing down on me and know that they had my back and were there to add their support in whatever way they could. I’d like to say that I won’t need you for the next year, but that would be a lie. I’m going to need you for a lifetime! Thank you for all you do!
I also want to thank Marti Michell and the fabulous Patti Bachelder. We would be no where if it wasn’t for the hours of work and support that these ladies, and the team at From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates, have put in behind the scenes. The work alone that goes into producing the conversion charts is amazing, but they’ve also put together videos specifically for this event to help people get the most out of their templates and sew-along experience. They’ve answered emails, worked hard helping people in the Facebook group and provided much need love and support. I have been moved to the core by the amazing generosity of spirit and the support that this team of people, on the other side of the world who didn’t know me from Adam when this started, have shown me in helping me to get this off the ground. I email Patti every day and Marti most days and those emails are one of the highlights of my day. Thank you so much for being part of this crazy idea and fabulous journey. Thank you for being a shining example of how we should all conduct ourselves, not just in this industry but in life.
I want to thank Kimberly and her team at Fat Quarter Shop. When I had the idea and approached them I thought they’d laugh me right out of town, but they didn’t. The embraced it, helped me get started and then let me realise a dream by putting together my own bundle for the event. It’s the faith and belief that Fat Quarter Shop have in supporting bloggers all over the world that allows a lot of us to continue to live our dreams and be able to provide you with fabulous content. While people may not like to see sponsorship on blogs, it’s that sponsorship that allows us to do what we do everyday and be here to support, entertain, teach and inspire you all.
I want to thank the 30 bloggers who’ve given up their time and blog space to help provide alternative view points on making this amazing quilt. I can’t wait to see the magic they create and I’d highly recommend that you go and bookmark (or follow) their blogs now so you don’t miss a thing. You can find all their details by clicking here.
Finally, a huge thanks to Laurie Aaron Hird for writing this book and for Fons + Porter/F+W for allowing us to host this sew-along. It’s not a small feat to write a book, and I for one am very appreciative of the time and dedication that’s been given to researching and collating these amazing letters and accompanying blocks. I can’t think of a better book to spend a year with right now.
So who’s ready to start sewing? If you need to know more about what’s happening you can click here to find out more about the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along.
FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON
- New to sewing? Click here for 12 great beginner projects to get you started and on your way to being addicted to fabrics.
- Looking for a way to carry your Farmer’s Wife blocks from the cutting table to the sewing machine or lounge (if you’re hand piecing), then click here to check out this tutorial for making design boards.
- While we’re talking handy DIY projects, why not click here to learn how to make a mini ironing board.
- If you’d like to record your memories as you make your quilt blocks, click here to see the block journal printables I’ve made to help you do so.
- If you’ve got a Sizzix and you’re looking for a fun and cute project click here for Kid Giddy’s Easy Mushroom Coaster and Hand Towel tutorials.
- If this statement “You have a great life … yet you feel desperately unfulfilled.” resonates with you, then you might want to click here to follow this 5 post blog series on how to get the most out of life.
COMMUNITY CORK BOARD
- Jackie Gillies (@jackiegillies) is asking those who can (and want to) to make and donate Tic Tac Toe blocks to help make quilts for women’s refuges in Australia. You can find out more by clicking here.
Want something included on the Community Cork Board, then why not drop me an email and if it’s applicable to the GnomeAngel community I’ll share it. It can be anything from a local fate, a charity raffle, a class you’re teaching, a pattern you’ve released, a sew-a-long you’re involved in to a community event that’s happening. Be sure to send me as much detail as you can and links to any applicable websites. Click here to email me.
- If you’d like to take a class with me, then why not check out my class list by clicking here or maybe you’d like to work with me to help promote your brand/business/store/product, click here to find out more about partnering with me.
- Entries are open in the 15th Annual Brother International Quilt Contest. You could win $2,400 worth of Brother quilting products and have your quilt displayed at the Tokyo International Quilt Festival in 2016. To find out more click here.