Week 1 – Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along

So here we are at the start of the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along!! Wheeeee!


The email for the first week has been sent out (you can get on the list here – note, you won’t get the email that’s already been sent, you’ll get the next one. The first email can be read online at that link, though, so you won’t miss anything.)

Angie at Gnome Angel has just gone live with her very first tutorial.

The Facebook group is very close to breaking free of the internet and stomping through downtown NYC à la Godzilla, it’s so big.

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts joins in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

I have received all my fabric, which is loosely a collection of Pat Bravo’s Artisan collection, with some additional Art Gallery Fabrics and a few rogue additions. It is very un-1930s, but that’s all part of the fun in my opinion, seeing how different we can all make the blocks look.

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts joins in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

I have my templates, thanks to the wonderful crew at From Marti Michell.

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts joins in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

My plan for my quilt is different to that shown in the book, where the blocks are laid out on point. I just didn’t feel like doing that.


I’ve had this photo pinned for a while to my Pinterest account, and I love the tiles grouped in sets of four.

Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts joins in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

Photo courtesy of Rebel Walls

Some of them are clearly four small individual tiles, while some come together to form a larger design that looks like a large tile. I thought the blocks in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s book were very similar – some would stand on their own, others would form a new design when joined in four. So this is the layout I’m going with – I guess we’ll see how it turns out!

As I am sewing four of each block, I won’t need to make all 99 designs in the book to complete my quilt. I’ll only need to choose 36 blocks and sew 4 of each:


Borders and sashing are yet to be decided on (if at all) – but I have plenty of time over the year to consider this.


So, are you joining in on the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along? If so, what are your plans for your layout – traditional or a little crazy, like me? I’m sure we’re going to have a ball, regardless!


Happy sewing and see you next time!

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5 thoughts on “Week 1 – Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along”

  1. I love your layout idea. I’m still toying with the idea of joining. I have the book but not the templates so it’s not looking good. I suppose I could paper piece them but you know how that’s likely to go. ;)

  2. It seems to me a very demanding work, but knowing your skills I have no doubt that you will make a great job.
    I will follow with interest and I might be inspired…..


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