Yes, my darlings, I have indeed drunk the Kool-Aid and will be joining the Farmer’s Wife 30’s sew/quilt-along. But with a bit of a modern spin. I’ve chosen a color palette with a soft grey background, complimented by lots of the Pam Kitty Garden and Fog City lines. There are a wide smattering of other fabrics, as well. It lies, like my usual aesthetic, somewhere between vintage and modern. Many of the prints are vintage-style, but the whole is something more in keeping with today. Toward that end, Star, of Starlit Quilts on Etsy is helping me create a curated bundle of 50 fat eighths – one for me, and one for anybody who wants to create their own Foggy Kitty Farmer’s Wife. I’ll share pictures of the bundle when I get it from Star, I promise!
If this is new to you, the Farmer’s Wife books merge vintage quilt blocks with letters from the women who read the magazine. Most of the Quilting Universe seems to have gotten on the bandwagon with the first book. I missed that bus. This time, I should have all my supplies in time to be with it from the beginning. There are actually two concurrent sew-alongs, and I’ll link to both. The first, being cat-herded by Angie of Gnome Angel, will include multiple guest bloggers as well as instructions for using Marti Mitchell’s templates. I’m not sure what method I’ll be using. It’s entirely possible that I’ll use templates for some blocks and paper piece others. Only time will tell. The other is based out of the UK. Kerry of VeryKerryBerry is hosting, again with guest bloggers along the way. You’ll find both buttons in my sidebar, and I recommend you visit, read, joing FB groups or whatever you’d like to do to feel part of the community. It’s easier to tackle a huge project like this if you’ve got company, right?
And, finally, I’ll TRY to post my own finished blocks on Fridays. They’ll be tagged “Farmer’s Wife Friday” and likely will carry the following badge:
That is my own grandmother, Mildred, in the photo. A true Farmer’s Wife, though I don’t know if she ever read the magazine. She was not, to my knowledge, a quilter. But she had two Singer treadle machines, taught her daughters to sew, and therefore is the very reason that I know how to sew. So, hat’s off to Grandma Mildred, and this quilt will be in her honor.