Wednesday, February 15, 2012

IF it's the second Wednesday in February, it must be Sow-A-Long day!!

Good morning my fellow Sowers!!!!
Today is the second Wednesday of February so we are going to start on the SECOND set of Farmer's Wife blocks, part of our Sow-A-Long.  I hope that no one has fallen behind yet...vbg!!   These next three blocks are quick and easy.  I'm anxious to see some pictures. Only Janet O (roguequilter) has sent me pictures---she's using old men's shirts, which I love. Remember they finish at 6", 6-1/2" unf.


MED. FABRIC:                    CUT (2) 2" SQUARES
DARK FABRIC:                  CUT (2) 2" SQUARES
MED. FABRIC:                   CUT (2) 3-1/2" SQUARES

I made two of them:


BLOCK FIVE: (BOX, BLOCK 9) p. 80, 136

BACKGROUND FABRIC:  cut (4) 3" squares
MED DARK FABRIC:         cut (4) 3" squares
                                               cut (1) 2-1/2" square

This block consists of 8 half square triangles.  You can piece them in any number of different ways. I've given directions for the easiest: place one dark/one light fabric right sides together. Draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4" on both sides of diagonal. Cut apart and square up to 2-1/2" unf.
You can also use the easy angle ruler: cut strips 2-1/2" wide, place right sides together and line up ruler at 2" f. line and cut apart and sew.
Or you can use triangle paper. Finished size of each hst is 2"!!

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BLOCK SIX:  (Calico puzzle, block 16) p. 118, 143

Light fabric: cut (2) 3" squares
Med. fabric; cut (2) 3" squares
                    cut (1) 2-1/2" square
dark fabric:  cut (4) 2-1/2" squares

This block has 4 half square triangles, which finish at 2".  You can make them using any of your favorite methods as mentioned above.

Hope you have fun. Email if you have any questions...

Thanks for all the cards and letter about my mom. She is doing a little better. She's supposed to be moved to a skilled nursing facility today so I guess that mean's she's out of danger. She still has a long recovery ahead but she's a very strong woman and was very active, so I'm optimistic.

And lest you think I've not seen my darling grandson, think again. He's the highlight of my week! I'm going to pick him up today, but this is from last weekend when my husband was giving him spice drops, cut precisely in half!!  What a doll!

Hope everyone has a great week. Thanks for blogging along with me and for sharing your comments. I love it!!!
Next installment:  March 7 (Wednesday), then March 21 (third Wednesday).


  1. Yippee! Can't wait to start chopping up more shirts. I actually just put a few more thrift store finds in the washing machine this morning. Found some wonderful colors yesterday!
    I see you make an occasional double and that has given me an idea. When I like a block enough I think I will make a duplicate, but in red and green shirts. Then I will have enough blocks for a Christmas lap quilt come the end of the year.

    1. that's a great idea to make your favorite blocks from reds and greens and have a Christmas quilt! :)

  2. I've been bit! I've gotta use this box -- this HUGE BOX --- of shirt parts that Bonnie M sent me for my birthday -- it's collars, yokes, and sleeves! I can tackle that mess into submission while making this quilt at the same time. But my background? CHEDDAR SOLID! WHOoot!

  3. Randy, love these simple blocks!! so fun. What do you think about us commenting on the corresponding post when we finish the blocks, so we can click on the comments and see each others blocks? Just a thought!

  4. Randy, Love your blocks. I haven't even looked at mine since I sent you the pics of the ones I have done....still trying to clean my quilt room. It's become more of a reorganize than a clean. I'm making headway though. Thought you might be interested in this...
    It's a tutorial on making small design boards and they work great for these FW blocks. Really easy to make too. I just looked at Janet O's blocks. I love them done in the plaid fun!

  5. Yay!! Just finished these 3 blocks - love them!

  6. this is just the push I needed to get back to my blocks! Thanks Randy. I'll be sewing right along with you.
    Reading this post was a bit "scary"!! Our lives seem to be going in exactly the same direction with mom's and having a darling grandson to light up our lives! Sure is a small world sometimes.

  7. Hi Randy,
    This is Laurie Aaron Hird, the author of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. I want to send an email to you, but I can't get it to work on this site. Will you kindly email me instead? The address is: Thank you!

  8. Just found your site and the Farmer's Wife Sow-Along from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog. Fun! Already 2 weeks behind, but thanks to Amazon Prime, I should have the book in 2 days. Just enough time to root through my stash...

  9. I've seen this book talked abotu before in blog land and have seen a few groups do a sew along but have never been tempted to join.... until maybe now! :) Good luck getting a show and tell set up. I've never set up a flicker group before but know that, that is a popular way for quilters to share photos - you don't have to have a blog to share a photo, just upload to flicker. Just an idea.

    Can't wait to see others progress and what fabrics they are using.

    Love from Indiana! ~bonnie

  10. I am so happy that you are engaged with Farmer's Wife and will definately follow very closely. I enjoyed Bonnie's post today and hope she contributes to the fun. I just love it! Thank you so much.

  11. If you want to make your life a little easier regarding the Farmer's Wife, EQ does have a companion software with the rotary cutting instructions. The only thing is that you must have EQ 5 or 6 to be able to work with it. That's what I've been using. For some of the blocks, you will be dealing in 16th and will have to use templates. I do know that Marti Michell does have templates sets that are for the Farmer's Wife quilt. Not sure what the sets are, just read about it somewhere. Have fun making the quilt! Cheers!

  12. I think I will do this, using 30's repos and feedsacks type fabrics, in honor of my GRANDMOTHER who set up housekeeping in 1917 as a young bride out on the Colorado praire.

  13. Love that you are doing this quilt. Several of my friends and I have just started them and are excited to hear that we can follow along with your group. So far, I have 6 blocks done, but will catch up with the ones you are doing. Happy to sow along with all of you. Hope we can see everyone's blocks as we go along. Thanks for offering it.

  14. I found your "Sow Along" when reading Bonnie's post -- and I was hooked! I dug through my scraps and finish the six February blocks today. Thanks a million for the inspiration. Here's a link to a picture of my blocks -- (hope it works).

  15. Randy, hi I linked here from Quiltville; I want to join The Farmer's Wife brigade BUT all I Have are x's in squares where the pictures should be. Do you know how I can turn them into pics?

  16. I have the book, and almost started before. Maybe this time I can keep up! Thanks for the inspiration to try again.

  17. I know this is probably a silly question but if I were to start by using Layer Cakes how many should I start with to be safe??

  18. Oh I made my six blocks today and now I can leisurely follow along with you. Thank you so much for doing all the hard bits for us.
    Have you started a flicker group yet? Wish I could tell you how it is done, but let us know and we'll join in.

    Happy Sewing

  19. Hi Randy, I made my six blocks on the weekend. I enjoyed gently selecting the fabrics and making the lovely blocks. I decided to make the quilt in homespun and flannel fabrics. A solid cheddar is the linking fabric but won't be appearing in all the blocks. Thanks for the SOW-ALONG. Are you having a linky party as well?

  20. Thanks for hosting, looking forward to following along with the group.

  21. Thanks for the link up! This quilt project is a birthday gift to myself (well the book is). I will be playing catch up, but should be there by the end of March! I can be found at
    if anyone wants to stop by and check out my other projects. ;)

    1. Where did you find the link-up? I am really looking forward to what choices others are making. The idea to do it in Christmas fabrics is a great one. Oh, do I see two in my future?

  22. Hi
    I am a french quilter and I began to sew the FWS at the beginning of this year. My first blocks were the first ones of the book (not very origninal, isn't it ?) and now I have decided to follow your project too. You can see my blocks in my flick'r gallery .(
    I find it very motivating to see somebody else sewing the same quilt.
    Hugs from France

  23. I hope I am not to late to start making the blocks. Saw this posted on Bonnie's Quiltville site, so I will get caught up. Thanks Anne

  24. I hope I am not to late to start making the blocks. Saw this posted on Bonnie's Quiltville site, so I will get caught up. Thanks Anne

  25. I made my first six blocks today and if you want to see them take a look at my blog: I'll continue to post pictures as I make the blocks.
    Thanks, Randy!

  26. Could you give me instructions about how to add the Farmer's Wife logo to my blogger? Thanks, Judy Bowers
    My email:;

  27. Thank you Randy for organizing so much fun. I started a little late but it gave me the perfect excuse to spend and entire day in my studio! :-) You can see my first six Sow-A-Long blocks at;postID=6450441715689083113.
    Can't wait until March 7!

  28. Working...working....loving it!!! Thanks! It's Bonnie's fault...btw...hehehe! thanks Bonnie! I've never been happier!

  29. Got these three done this am moving on up. Shirley

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