Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along

10 07 2011

Below is essentially the same message that I posted to the The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Yahoogroup, in response to Laurie Aaron Hird’s posting regarding the tutorial project that I’d approached her about. I’ve edited it a bit to address the wider audience that I get with my blog.


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Hello all,

I apologize for getting folks’ hopes up that instruction for The Farmer’s Wife blocks might be offered in a web-friendly manner. I just saw a gap and hoped to be able to fill it.
Hopefully, you all will be able to find instruction in places other than the Yahoogroup. For my part, I am disappointed, so I’m going to take a break on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt. I have to decide if I feel it’s worth the time to re-figure rotary cutting directions for only myself. In the meantime, I have a couple of Modern Quilt Guild Challenges due by September and not started yet(!), a Dear Jane in progress, a top to quilt with (hopefully) show worthy skill, and a Double Wedding Ring quilt to complete. I’m hoping to present the latter to my husband for Christmas, which means I need to get cracking!
There are those of who have contacted me outside of the Yahoogroup and Flickr group. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Thank you. If you’d like to continue corresponding with me, I’d love it. While I do have sewing groups outside of the internet, quilting is still very much about the community and camaraderie for me.
Meanwhile, good luck to all of you! I’ll continue to poke my nose in the Yahoogroup and on the Flickr group to see how folks are progressing. And, again, if anyone wants to correspond with me, feel free! Just because I’ll be quietly attending to other projects doesn’t mean that I want to be a loner 🙂
Jeanne
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I’m trying to not feel like the sour grape in the bunch or the rotten apple in the bushel, but I am very disappointed. I derive a great deal of enjoyment and personal satisfaction in helping my fellow quilters. Still, I do understand Laurie Hird’s desire to protect her copyright and intellectual property. I’m currently trying to keep this experience from changing me from a “quilter” into a “quitter”. I’m trying to put a good foot forward, but honestly, I’m finding it difficult.
So, yes, for at least a few weeks I’ll be taking a break from The Farmer’s Wife sampler. Still, I bought the book, and I feel driven to complete the quilt, if only in an effort to work through my disappointment. I’m already fairly certain that I’ll be changing my color palette from the bright color palette that most of my blocks thus far have been in and focus on a palette similar to the one below:
I’ve already decided that I have to find a silver metallic cotton to do a flange on the quilt, to remind myself that there is a silver lining to every situation. I’m still looking for one in this situation, but maybe by the time I complete this top, I’ll have figured that out.
Those of you who have offered me words of support and encouragement, thank you! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate them.
Now, I’m off to another day of work at the mall.
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