Here’s some answers to some of the questions I’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. How is this event being run?

A. Every Tuesday and Friday AEST I will post a block tutorial on GnomeAngel.com. I will also post information to social media (Instagram: @gnomeangel and GnomeAngel Facebook Page) and in the Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt Facebook Group on Tuesday’s and Friday’s AEST. I will include information in my weekly email newsletter, Gnome Gnews, which you can sign up to by clicking here.

I have developed a timeframe for getting the blocks done within the event timeframe that works on making 2 blocks a week with a 1 week break for Thanksgiving and a 4 week break for Christmas and New Year. You can either sew along with my timetable or make your own. To be eligible for prizes read the entry information which can be found by clicking here.

Q. Do I have to sew them in the order you’re doing them?

A. No, you can sew them in whatever order you like. To be eligible for prizes read the entry information which can be found by clicking here.

Q. Do I have to make all 111 blocks to win prizes?

A. No, you can sew as many or as few as you like. To be eligible for prizes read the entry information which can be found by clicking here.

Q. How can I win prizes?

A. This information on how to win prizes can be found by clicking here.

Q. Is there a list of all the block tutorials?

A. You can find the tutorial list by clicking here. Please note, this list is updated at the end of every month while the event is being run.

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.  Sharing is totally optional and you don’t have to to be a part of the sew-along. (Prize eligibility may require sharing on social media, for more details click here.)

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. *wink*

The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired by Laurie Aaron Hird

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

A. There is indeed, it’s #FW1920EPPSAL. 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 #FW5BatWing

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, page 245 onwards. However, the fabric requirements for the blocks are not specified.

The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired by Laurie Aaron Hird – available from: Shop GnomeAngelAmazon | Book Depository (Affiliate Links)

We have estimated that 50 Fat Quarters will be more than enough to complete this quilt.

Q. What fabrics were used to make the quilt on the cover of the book?

A. Good question, I have no idea. Sorry. You could contact the author and see if they have details about the fabrics.

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. At this stage I am unaware of any errata. If this changes I will publish links to the information on social media, this website and in my weekly newsletter.

Q. What does the quilt look like?

A. Here’s an image of the quilt in Art Gallery Fabrics done by Paper Pieces:

If you want to replicate this quilt Paper Pieces have provided a very hand chart on how to do it. You can download it by clicking here.

Q. Do I have to use specific fabrics?

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

Q. There’s Art Gallery Colour Master Boxes listed on the Paper Pieces site, do I need to use these?

A. No. You are not required to use any particular fabrics for this project. You can use what you like.

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

A. Yes. This is the book with the brown cover. (See image at start of this article.)

Q. I’ve started the 1930’s 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. If you would like to see tutorials on how to make the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt click here.

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 1920s 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. I will be using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) method to construct my blocks, however you can use any method you like. I will be using the Paper Pieces Complete Pack to make my quilt.

FYI – A couple of blocks are “baskets” and these will require applique to attach the handles. You can use whatever method you like for attaching the handles.

Q. Where in the world are the Paper Pieces templates and EPP papers made?

A. They’re all made in Paduch, Kentucky.

Q. What are the Paper Pieces EPP papers made from?

A. Good question! They’re made from recycled specialty card stock (I’d tell you the weight of the card stock but that’s proprietary information).

Q. What are the basic supplies I need to be able to English Paper Piece this quilt?

A. I have done a tutorial on how to English Paper Piece which includes a handy list of supplies that you need to be able to use this technique. You can find it by clicking here.

I’ve also done an article on what supplies you may need for Foundation Paper Piecing, Machine Piecing or Hand Stitching this project, you can find it by clicking here.

You can also buy supplies directly from Shop GnomeAngel by clicking here.

Q. Do I need to buy the Paper Pieces acrylic templates or the From Marti Michell templates?

A. No. However, there are no cutting instructions in the book. All the pieces are based on the provided templates which you’ll find on the book CD and you will need to print out. The acrylic templates are a great way to get accurate and sturdy templates without having to print and make templates. The templates are great if you like to fussy cut or you have trouble cutting accurately with thin cupboard or template plastic templates.

You could also use the Marti Michell templates which are able to be easily used with other projects, however these templates are not specific to this quilt and you will need the free conversion charts from Marti Michell to be able to work out which templates you need for which pieces. You can find out more about the templates and conversion charts by clicking here.

Q. Can I buy the Paper Pieces templates and EPP papers anywhere else in the world, like Australia or Europe?

A. Yes! If you’re in Australia you can buy directly from me by clicking here. At this stage I am unaware of any where in Europe that sells them. If you would like to find a store that stocks them near you, please contact Paper Pieces directly.

Paper Pieces also offers free shipping for domestic (US) order over $25 and free international shipping for orders over $75. See their website for more information.

Q. What’s the most economical way to buy the Paper Pieces Templates and EPP papers?

A. This is a two part answer:

  1. Purchasing the Complete Pack will save you 10% over purchasing the individual packs and templates or doing the auto-ship program. The acrylic templates are handy for fussy cutting or if you have issues with making and using homemade templates, however they are not compulsory for using the EPP papers. You will get free shipping with this option regardless of where you are in the world.
  2. The Autoship Program has free shipping for US customers, so if you wanted to pace your purchases this may be the better way to do it. (Remember, this product will not qualify international customers for free shipping so you’d be better off getting the complete pack.)

If you’re in Australia I also offer an auto-ship option and you can find it by clicking here.

Q. Does the Paper Pieces Complete Pack contain the book and/or fabrics?

A. No. The kit contains only the EPP papers. You can find out further details about the kit by clicking here.

Q. Can the Paper Pieces Templates and Papers be used again?

A. The templates are made from acrylic and can be used again and again and again. However the templates are specific to the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt (1920’s) and so may not be easily transferrable to other projects.

The EPP papers can be used again if you treat them carefully while making the quilt. Again, they are specific to this pattern and therefore may not be easily transferrable to other projects.

Q. How do you remove the papers from the quilt when we’re done?

A. It’s very simple and there’s a couple of ways to do it. We will cover this in the many tutorials that will be provided as part of the event.

Q. I’m using EPP as my method of construction and my blocks are finishing slightly bigger – help!

A. Don’t panic, it’s just the EPP papers adding a little bit of extra width to your seams. This is completely normal and will be rectified when the papers are removed.

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 this changes I will publish links to the information on social media, this website and in my weekly newsletter.

Q. Can this quilt be Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP)?

A. Yes. We’ve talked with the publisher and they have given us permission to share the links to two places where you can get free Foundation Paper Pieced patterns.

Please note: I did not produce these, I do not manage them and I have no contact to those that do. Please contact the administrators of both of these sites directly if you experience any issues.

Q. I have the Marti Michell templates, can I use these?

A. You totally can and Marti has already produced conversion charts to help you do this. You can find out all the information about it by clicking here.

Q. The template’s from the book print one to a page, is there a consolidated template printable somewhere I can use instead?

A. Yes, there is. Click here to access file.

Please note: I did not produce this file. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the file. I also do not have any relationship with the file sharing service so you sign up to it under your own freewill and decision making. I have not signed up to this service or used this file..

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

A. No. We will be using English Paper Piecing to make the blocks as they are shown in the book.

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 the publisher. You will find their details on the inside of your book. Please do not contact me, I’m unable to replace any of these items for you.

Q. I can’t start on the start date, 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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