I am officially a farmer’s wife! Well I’m actually married to a businessman, but I have finally made my first two blocks from the book.
I stole the color scheme from Kerri’s blog Lovely Little Handmades. She is the owner of the shop Sew Deerly Loved on Etsy, where I purchased all the beautiful fabric I am be using for this quilt (and where I’ve bought other beautiful fabric before). I love the red and aqua combo.
I was really afraid of starting this quilt. I had no idea where to start, and I certainly didn’t understand how to use the templates. Since I have EQ7 (and kind of know how to use it), I thought I’d buy the CD so I could easily print all the rotary cutting directions. They may be available online, but this just seemed easiest to me. So I contacted Laurie, the writer of the book, and she was the nicest person ever!!!! I had seen a few places that the CD was not compatible with the newer version of EQ7, but that’s not true. There were easy to follow directions on The Farmer’s Wife blog. I downloaded all the blocks and got started printing out the rotary cutting directions last night.
I tried to pick easier blocks to start out with. Some of the blocks I will not be able to make by rotary cutting and machine piecing, but hopefully I will be up to the challenge of trying templates or paper piecing after making the less complicated blocks. Also, I didn’t need to pin for any of these blocks!!! I just nested the seams and sewed. These are the best blocks I have ever made. They were a little over 6.5 inches so I just trimmed them up when I was done.
This one is #73 Rainbow Flowers:
This one is #2 Autumn Tints:
And another nice thing about Laurie, I also bought the new Pony Club book from her as a birthday present to my mom and she very sweetly inscribed the book. My mom is not a quilter, but she owned a pony and cart when she was a little girl, so I think she’ll enjoy reading the letters.
Thank you, Laurie!