Thursday, July 7, 2011

the FARMERS WIFE sampler Quilt Along

I have seen the Farmers Wife Quilt Along floating around in bloggy land a LOT lately. I was tempted to join in, but kinda kept forgetting.


Then my friend LORI text'd me the other day and asked if I wanted to join along with her?!

Of course! It was just the little nudge I needed.

So I promptly headed over to Amazon and bought the book. And with my Amazon Prime membership, shipping was free! Plus I had SWAG BUCKS saved up in the form of Amazon Gift Cards, so the book was free too! And the best part? It came in 2 days!

Loving the letters in this book

I almost didn't start making the blocks right away because I was so engrossed in reading the letters in the book. I LOVE the letters. {letters from 1920's farm wives} I've always wanted to live on a farm and be a farmers wife. So... these letters speak to me in a way...

But I finally sat down and started my first two blocks! So fun! I decided to make my Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt with the same scrap fabrics I'm using for my 2011 Scrappy Quilt. I plan on having a guest room when #2 moves out with two twin beds... These quilts will look perfect on those beds!

First two blocks in the Quilt Along

I knew right away that if I didn't get myself organized. I wouldn't follow thru with this project. So I hopped over to the FLICKR GROUP for the Quilt Along and read just a few posts to see if they had any tips for the templates.

I found this awesome LINK by LizQuilts on flickr. She's condensed all the templates found on the CD. What a peach! Thanks LizQuilts! I went to work organizing a little binder to keep all my Quilt Along templates and such in...

Binder for my Templates

Binder - LOVE this Farmers Wife

I enjoyed our beautiful sunshine yesterday and cut out ALL the templates. I had some left over sports card sheet protectors from my coupon binder and they worked perfectly to keep the templates organized.

Organized and Ready

Templates cut and ready to go


I also ran off a copy of the templates, just in case... I punched 3 holes in them and they're in the back of the binder.

I knew right away that I also wanted to keep a journal of sorts while sewing the blocks. So I'll be jotting down the date / time / weather / and a quick description of the fabrics I'm using, in the book. {I inherited a few cookbooks from my Great Aunt several years ago. She had written the dates and little notes about the recipes she made. I LOVE coming across a recipe that she's written notes on.}

Journaling as I go...

I feel a bit like a Farmers Wife, writing about the weather and such in my book. ;o)


The first two blocks I made are Block 1 and Block 2. But I've since decided that I'm going to set the blocks like the author Laurie Aaron Hird did. So now I'll be sewing my blocks according to this diagram in her book. Starting with the top row, left to right and so on... I'm super excited to be working on this project along with the Summer Bow Tie Quilt Along... Fun stuff!

The order I'll be making my blocks

Thanks so much to Angela and Amanda for starting this Quilt Along! And by the way,,,, if you've never visited their blogs... you should. Good Stuff!

I would love to know if you are already participating in the Quilt Along. And if you aren't??? You should!

the Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt - Quilt Along



39 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- I can't do the Farmer's Wife -- I have some wonky houses that need to be finished LOL!

Jewel said...

I just bought the book on Amazon this morning. I resisted as long as I could but gave in finally :)

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

You are so organized it is killing me! I am realizing it is an important quality when quilting, especially with a pattern. Looks like you will have fun!

Sherri said...

So glad you are joining in...it will be fun to see your blocks because your fabrics are GORGEOUS! Your organizational ideas are terrific, too (as always)!

Diane said...

I just decided today to join in as well.... I am away from home/machine for a couple weeks and cutting templates will feel like I am doing something quilty related.

Nedra said...

YOU and Lori and Nanette are making it so hard on me to resist joining in on the FW band wagon! I've pledged to work on my UFO's before starting anything new. Oh, what to do, what to do??

Kim Walus said...

I'm not sure if I have the time to join in on the fun but you definitely sold me on the book! I'm certainly tempted to participate. Yikes! What should i do? I'd have to clear a few plates. I'll have to think about it. Hope you are doing well. Hugs!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Oh I just love it Jodi. Your quilts are going to be so pretty. I can hardly wait to see them finished!

Cindy Lou said...

I started a few days ago....I'm going the paper piecing way instead of the templates. Thought I wouldn't last the 111 blocks if I did the templates. Looking forward to seeing your blocks throughout the year.

Deb said...

When you made your templates, did you get them laminated like Lizquilts suggested or did you copy on your printer using cardstock? I'm still trying to get a copy of them and finding that I don't have a program on my computer that makes pdf copies. I'm checking into using another computer to do it.

LOVE your blocks! I just joined the quilt-along after a friend gave me the book. I can't wait to get started. LOVE your organization, too!

Elly D said...

These blocks look delicious. I love the style of fabric you use for your projects. What line/designer are they from?
If I was already making a Dear Jane I would be tempted by this sampler.

Anne said...

Oh my...I think I have to stop reading you. I am trying to resist this project but you make it look sooooo good. Just the other day you talked me into the summer bowtie blocks.

Chris said...

Oh my goodness! Your blocks are realy cute, love the colors. I gave my friend the book for her birthday (Deb that commented above me) and have been watching the progress of other bloggers. I am sooooo tempted to join but just don't know how to fit in ONE MORE project! :) Hummm this is getting harder and harder to resist! :) BTW, the bow tie quilt is very tempting as well...especially when I saw all your cute flicker pictures!

"Lois Grebowski" said...

I so want to do this with my girls. How big are the blocks?

karenfae said...

I can see you are organized :) I am making this quilt too and there is a yahoo group also that a lot of the flickr group is also using - I haven't joined the flckr group but I did join the yahoo group.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Tina said...

I was so close to buying the book last might- had it in my Amazon cart, but deleted it. I knew if it was in the house I'd have to make some blocks, but I don't have time right now. An overdue wedding quilt is my top priority. The Farmer's Wife will have to wait. :(

Dianne said...

Everyone is doing it! Sheesh...I really would love to participate in this one, but I've got SOOOOO many other WIPs. I am enjoying drooling at everyone else's blocks, though!

Lynda said...

Looks like a lot of work and a lot of fun. Love the idea of writing in the margins and keeping track of all that information. Looking forward to watching your quilt grow.

Kelly O. said...

I am soooo not able to do this right now--but I'd like to someday. I actually thought of you when I flipped through the book at Barnes and Noble. It just seems like "you". love that you are writing in your book :)

Wendy P said...

This post was so helpful and inspiring! I just bought the book, but have not started. I was talking to a friend yesterday who has been debating getting the book, but now we are in!

Thanks so much for all the links and information!

Linda Cates said...

Thanks so much for the link to consolidate the templates! That is so helpful. I'm having fun with this and had only cut out 10 templates. Love your organization. Where did you get the picture of the Farmer's Wife for the cover of your notebook?

Judi said...

Was going to start this last weekend but got sidetracked by the scrappy bow tie 2011 quilt blocks. So many projects, so little time I will start soon and I love the way you have organised this and the idea for notes.

Heather said...

I just got my book in the mail this week!! So I am excited to start this quilt along as well. Thank you for ALL the great tips!! and for the link for the templates! I have them printing right now :-) Then I am going to take the sheets to Staples and get them laminated so that they will hopefully last longer. Where did you get the cute print out for the front of your binder? I need to make up a binder like yours now to!! :-) Its so great that there are so many people doing this and we can all learn from one another.

kitty said...

Oh I wished I hadn't come into your site today. *sigh* I bought this book just over a year ago when I was remarried and became a farmers wife. I thought what a great idea......then it went into the book shelf. Now, I just have to get started!!!!!

Thank you

Kathee

Patty@ Time to Boom said...

I love your colors so far. I admire how organized your are. Now you can just have fun with it.

Angela {fussycut} said...

I'm so glad you are joining our quilt-along! It has been so much fun, and I hope that you enjoy yourself. Your first blocks are beautiful, and I LOVE your organizer. I wish I had that!!

Ashley said...

I just LOVE your organization! I have been seeing this Quilt Along everywhere lately and I may have to join in too! Thanks for all the ideas for keeping the project organized and accessible!

Di~ said...

You are so! organized! Wow. My daughter wants to do this, BUT there are sure a lot of bad reviews on the book!?

Karamat said...

I love your binder!! What a great way to stay organized. I've had so much fun working on my blocks. Those little blocks get so addicting :)

Nicky said...

Great start - so glad to see another FW start up!

LizA. said...

I'm just catching up from back-to-back camping trips.

You are MOST welcome. I took the template sheets to Staples and laminated them before cutting out. A little bit of duct tape on the back also stops them from sliding around.

LizA. said...

I'm just catching up from back-to-back camping trips.

You are MOST welcome. I took the template sheets to Staples and laminated them before cutting out. A little bit of duct tape on the back also stops them from sliding around.

suemac said...

This is my second time around for the Farmer's Wife Quilt. I had a class about a year ago and made 50 blocks. I have eleven done and three more cut. It is so much fun. I have been posting pix on Flickr. I need to be more organized so I can find my templates more easily. I already had everything cut out.

Kristyne said...

Oh yeah! Another one hooked, tee hee. I started a few weeks ago and just love it. Even though I'm sewing all by my lonesome in my sewing room, it's a ton of fun to be part of a group - to see everyone's blocks and learn from others (major cool binder!)

I love your blocks. Haven't seen any others quite like them. So fresh and summery :) Look forward to seeing more!

Jean - Oksewnsew said...

I've had this book since right after it was published, got it for the letters more than anything. About 6 wks ago I decided I wanted to venture out and make all 111 blocks, doing in order they are printed. I picked the Grace prints by Moda to make as many as I can, may have to fill in with others, but at least they are started. Thanks for the link to the combined templates, boy they are a life saver..;o)

Material Girls said...

I jumped on board on this one too!! Love the way you organized, I shall be picking me up a new notebook for organizing my blocks. This is so much fun!
Nadine

Sherry from Ks. said...

I just found your blog today and love your new Farmer's Wife blocks with the beautiful fabric. I went right out and got some similar fabrics. Couldn't find TW at any of the shops here. Thanks for the pictures and encouraging me on to start this project. Keep the pics coming.

Kathy MacKie said...

I must get back to my FWQS and maybe this is the jump start I need, thanks.

Lydia W. said...

I just got my book, but I am sad that I don't have a Scribd account to get the condensed version of the templates. It sure would save a lot of paper.

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