A month or two ago, one of my favorite sewing friends Amanda and I started chatting about the Farmer's Wife sampler quilt. Have you heard of it? It is the gorgeous sampler quilt and book written by Laurie Aaron Hird. It was inspired by letters from farmer's wives in the 1920's, and it is made of 111 6" blocks. Every block is made by templates, which are found on the CD in the back of the book. Please click HERE to visit Laurie's website and read more about it.
After realizing how much we both love the quilt, Amanda and I decided to host a quilt-a-long and make them together! This will be a nice, long project, and our goal is to make 2 blocks per week. It is a pretty big project to take on, so we figured a support group is necessary!
Here are just a couple reasons why I'm excited to make this quilt:
1- I love a good sampler, and this one is amazing. Though it is a very traditional quilt that is typically done in muted colors, I'm planning on using my favorite modern fabrics. I can't wait to see how they work in these blocks.
2- I've never had a long term quilt project. Once I get my mind set on something, I typically work on it constantly until it is done. This will be a nice change of pace for me.
3- I am working with my friend Amanda! She is such a talented artist, and I am so happy that we are making our quilts together. I am excited to see her fabric choices and how she approaches her block making.
Here are my two blocks for this week 1. I decided to make my blocks out of order, and I started with some simple one that are made of squares and half square triangles. I didn't have time to print out any templates, so I figured out the math and went from there. I'm a rule breaker, what can I say? ;)
I started with Block #9 - Box. I used Flea Market Fancy and Cosmo Cricket for this one. I'm not sure what the center fabric is, it was a cute scrap I found in my bin!
And my second block is #23 - Contrary Wife. This block is made of Heather Ross Dandelions, Joel Dewberry Woodgrain, and some more Cosmo Cricket.
A note about fabric choices- I am using the block diagrams in the book to choose my colors. For example, this the sample Contrary Wife block in the book:
There you go, the beginning of my new quilt and our new QAL! So what do you think, want to sew with us?? I hope that you will consider joining our QAL, I think that we are going to have so much fun. If you are going to sew with us, please know that you need to buy the book. We will not be teaching, just sharing our finished blocks. And we'll be cheering each other on, of course!! Please join our flickr group, and add your blocks so we can all see. And don't forget to head over to Amanda's and see her blocks!