Over the past 9 months I have been joining in with thousands of other sewers around the world making blocks from The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s sampler by Laurie Aaron Hird.  T2131_FW1930SQ_COV.inddThis has been a learning curve for me as I had not used the templates From Marti Michell before starting this project. As one of the blogs invloved with the Sew A Long I thought, right, let’s give these a go.

I will say I am a fan of the templates now.  I thought oh they take too long to cut out the pieces but you can cut multiple layers at a time. I thought, surely a simple rotary cut triangle is good enough, oh those shapes were so much easier to go together and the trimmed corners mean less bulk in the seams.  And the best thing, once you have the pieces cut (and I got faster at that too) the block goes together so quickly and accurately.  Winning all around!

As I write there are over 7 thousand members in the Facebook group for this sew along, if everyone makes their quilt in part or in full, we are going to see some fantastic projects.  I have enjoyed watching the progress of the blocks as they are made in all the variety of fabric choices.

I am a little envious of those who are further advanced with making their blocks, there are 99 of them.  I have a few to go, quite a few. The Facebook groups has been a place of encouragement as members seek to choose the right fabric and combinations for each block, then as they challenge themselves to make each block and stretch their sewing skills.

It has been lovely to see the collaboration and team work which goes into making something like this work and keep going. I want to personally thank Angie for her organizational skills and the drive to make this work and be a wonderful experience for all the people involved.  FarmersWife1930sBanner-200px

As the organiser of the sew along Angie has been busier than anyone and if you wish to know more about the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Sew Along please visit Angie’s website, Gnomeangel.com .

Some of my blocks so far76 Nancy FPP #66 T Mrs Anderson finished-viola-block-98-paper-piecingSee you soon with more blocks

Raylee