It all starts here… are you ready?

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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…

Famer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

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.

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7 Comments

  1. Pauline September 29, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Just finished lunch. Going upstairs to my sewing room and begin my block…wish me luck!

  2. Kerry - Kid Giddy September 29, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Hi Angie – Thanks so much for all your hard work behind the scenes for this sew along, for including me, and also for sharing my mushroom tutorial. xoxoxo

  3. Marti Michell September 28, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    We feel the same way, Angie! We love your dedication to this project and all that it entails, and we’re so appreciative of the “template love” you and other sewists have shown us already. It’s inspiring! You put together a great group, including the 3000+ members of the Facebook group! We’re happy to be here with everyone and look forward to sharing the fun with all the other quilters as everyone’s block collections grow over the coming months. 🙂 <3

  4. Hildy September 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Just signed up for the newsletter and I’m so looking forward to the sew-along it’ll be great fun:-)

  5. Pauline September 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Love your block. Now to pick & choose , such fun! Pauline

  6. Cathy September 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Yep, I’m ready! I enjoyed reading your “thank yous” and shout outs to those who are involved with this project! WOW!!It takes a village! I did the Becky block last night – I just couldn’t wait! and I truly loved the letter that went along with it. hits home still today!! looking forward to a fun year

  7. Rachel September 28, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Hooray!! I’m so ready! Let’s get this party started!! Thanks to everyone who has been working so hard behind the scenes, especially you Angie!!