Hello to my dear fellow bloggers,
As you know, for the past month, we have been doing a sow-a-long finding blocks from The Farmer's Wife book. Unfortunately, the author, Laurie Hird, emailed me telling me that she felt that my blog violated her copyright. She insisted that I stop referring to her book and stop posting cutting instructions. She thinks people will stop buying her book because of this sow-a-long. As you know, I am a lawyer and did my own legal research. I also consulted with a copyright lawyer. We do not think our sow-a-long violates her copyright. However, this is supposed to be fun. I'm not looking to get involved in a lawsuit. I have an elderly mother in a nursing home and just do not want to spend the energy to fight. SO, based on her insistence, we are now going to do something a little different!
First off, we are still sowing along! This will be the Barrister's Sow-A-Long (a friend had suggested the Rancher's Husband or Farmer's Ex-Wife!). I will continue to post cutting instructions and pictures of 6 blocks a month, on the first and third Wednesday of the month. We will still make 72 blocks by year's end, which you can set in any manner you choose. They will be fabulous. Your blocks are already amazing. I am still going to do a linky-thing or find some way for everyone to share their progress.
Secondly, the blocks can be found in many other sources, not just in her book. They are public domain blocks and have been published for years. I will give you the name of the blocks, still give cutting instructions, and post pictures, but will not refer to any pages from her book. However, they will be blocks which can be found in a variety of places. You can use any of your books to find them.
Third, my good friend, Bonnie Hunter, and I are going to collaborate on this project. You will be able to find my sow-a-long on both our blogs!
I can't tell you how sorry I am about this. I was so excited to have so many of you follow my blog for my sow-a-long. I am so flattered~! I'm terribly disappointed. And extremely sorry if you feel that I have misled you or somehow let you down. I sincerely hope that you will continue to stay with me and sow along with our group. This was not my fault. But do not despair...
SO, that being said, there will be 3 new blocks on Wednesday March 7th. BE READY!!! No slacking off. NO excuses. I know you are all caught up and excited to work on this quilt. I am, too, and am still looking forward to hearing from everyone.
Wednesday March 7th is the day!! See you then!!!
Love to you all,