Looking for a fun, long-term quilting project? Do you enjoy quilting along with other talented, inspirational quilters? Have an overflowing scrap bin and searching for a great way to put a dent in it?
Not familiar with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt? It’s made from patterns contained in a book of the same name written by Laurie Ann Hird. The book contains templates and patterns for 111 6″ quilt blocks, each accompanied by a letter written by a true farmer’s wife in response to the question, “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?” The blocks range from simple to complex, and many quilters are enjoying the content of the letters just as much as the challenge of making the quilt itself.
The quilt-along (hosted over on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along Flickr group, which has rapidly grown to 493 members!) is a VERY flexible program. You can move as fast (or as slow) as you like. You can tackle the blocks in any order you choose. The organizers have chosen to set the pace at 2 blocks per week, but no one’s going to hold you to it.
Here at FQHQ, both Katy and I have decided to jump into the fray. Here are my first six blocks, mixing up some prints from Kate Spain’s upcoming Terrain line for Moda with some of my other favorites. I guess I’m going for a kind of “flora + fauna” theme. I have to say, Terrain complements SO many of my other favorite fabric lines beautifully. Think Central Park was big? I predict Terrain is going to be HUGE!
And here are Katy’s. I’m green with envy of her quilt already, even if she’s only 3.6% done with it so far. That classy lady is using Liberty fabrics as the basis for her design, and if her first six blocks are any indication, it’s going to be a stunner.
Quilt-along organizer Amanda is going for an eclectic, scrappy mix for her blocks. Her philosophy for this quilt is to do her blocks in “whatever colors I feel like sewing with that day.” I LOVE that approach! And, because of Amanda’s keen eye for pattern and color, her “random” blocks just seem to belong together.
Photo by Amanda / msmcporkchopquilts
Fellow QAL organizer Angela is also going with a scrappy assortment of her most favorite fabrics for her blocks. I would describe Angela’s style as bright, clean, and sophisticated, and I think her quilt is going to showcase that style beautifully.
Photo by Angela – fussycut
Even if you have no interest in quilting along, the Flickr group is full of some SERIOUS eye candy. Here is a collection of some of our favorite blocks from the first two weeks of the quilt-along:
1. Farmer’s wife quilt-along, 2. FWQAL week 2 blocks, 3. Farmer’s Wife QAL – Block 23, 4. FWQA- Block 2,
5. Farmers Wife 1 Attic Windows, 6. Bat Wing, 7. FWQA- Block 26, 8. Farmer’s Wife QAL [week 1],
9. Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long – Block 3, 10. farmer’s wife sampler, block 2, 11. Farmers Wife 39 Friendship, 12. Block 1 – attic windows,
13. Farmer’s Wife #2, 14. Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long – Block 2, 15. FWQA- Block 1, 16. FWQAL #90 Storm Signal
We’re especially fond of Lynne’s (Lynne @ Lilys Quilts) fabric selections for her Farmer’s Wife quilt. She’s motoring along and is already WAY ahead of schedule! (It’s addictive, I tell you.)
Photo by Lynne @ Lilys Quilts