I have decided to join a Sew Along!! It is The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along that is being organised by Gnome Angel using the book ‘The Farmer’s Wife’ 1930s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. You can see details here if you are interested in joining! The aim is to make a total of 99 blocks over the next year – 2 each week.
I decided to do this for a number of reasons:
- I love to read and the book is full of ‘inspiring letters from the women of the Great Depression’
- I have always been in awe of women of yesteryear – the way they used everything and created beauty from within with so little. We take so much for granted as we sit in our designated sewing areas with our modern machines and tools. I love that this is an opportunity to reflect on this and to feel a oneness with these women as we, the women of today, create the blocks ‘that honour them’
- I love the idea of women all over the world sharing this experience – the facebook page that was set up for the Sew Along now has 3, 894 members!!
- I love to learn and see this as a great learning experience.
- I liked the idea of having a big project broken down into achievable steps – especially when someone else has done it for me
- I love that it is bringing together quilters of all ages. levels of experience and languages
- I have never made a quilt for ME – I have gifted all of my quilts – who knows, I might just keep this one!
The fabric choice for the Sew Along is a personal one – some are making the quilt using one designers range, others are using mixed fabrics from their stash, some are going ‘modern’ and some are using 1930’s reproduction fabrics.
I decided that I wanted to go with the 1930 reproduction fabrics as I really want to immerse myself into the ‘feel’ of the era .
I have some ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sink’ from RJR Fabrics
Some ‘Feedsack’ by Sarah Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics
and some ‘old New Fabric Collection 30’s’ from Lecien
Then a friend decided to ‘destash’ 40 x 7″ 30s squares
and I added some Moda ‘Bella Solids 30’s’
I will add some more solids as more blocks are made.
I will share my progress as I go. I will be aiming to keep up with the two blocks every week so wish me luck!
Until next time