If you've had your eyeballs open around blogland lately you will have noticed that everyone is joining in The Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. She's quite alluring, that saucy farmer's wife. And with all of the gorgeous blocks everyone has been making, I couldn't stop myself from joining. Not that I really wanted to stop myself. Sure, I have plenty of partially made quilts that really should be finished. But.....who cares? I sure don't, and I'm sure you don't either. So join in would ya? You know you want to!
I just picked up my book at Borders yesterday. It's $27.99, but I had a great coupon and got it for 1/2 price. I've seen it on Amazon for around $18.00, and many have found it at Joanne's and used their 50 % off coupon. The book comes with a cd for downloading the templates. While perusing flickr I found a wonderful link to download all of the templates by a fabulous gal named Liz. She's combined them all onto 15 pages which makes it so convenient. Thank you so much Liz!! Of course even with Liz's templates you'll need the book for block construction. The best thing about the book to me is the letters written by 1920's farmer's wives. They wrote into the magazine answering the question, "Would you want your daughter to marry a farmer?" The letters are so inspiring to read. And pretty funny, apparently Jazz music was considered quite inappropriate among the farmer's wives. Who knew Jazz was the gangsta' rap of 1922?
Block #1!! Woohoooo!
Well, I went through my stash and pulled some fat quarters. My goal is to use what I have. I really wanted a soft, cheerful, vintage cottage feel to my blocks. It's fun to rediscover fabrics that I forgot I had!
Like you chickens! I've only had you punks for about....6, 7, 8 years? But I'm happy to see you again! I've had some fabrics in bins under my bed so long it's a nice surprise when I open the bin; like someone sent me a gift. Is it sad that I feel like I'm receiving a gift from an imaginary friend when I rediscover fabrics that I apparently purchased myself years ago? Of course not.
Once again, hello floral stripes. I forgot you existed.
I don't know how long it will be before this quilt is finished, it may be a loooong time. My goal is to just finish a few blocks a week, along with the other quilts I'm working on. No rushing, just thoroughly enjoying the process. Let me know if you're making one too! I'd love to see your blocks! x