Farmer’s Wife Tips and Techniques

We all know the book is just templates on a CD.  I am okay with templates but I would appreciate an alternate method to cutting out my teeny bits and pieces. Since this quilt isn’t brand new, I reckoned the internet would be the best place to find easier construction techniques.

Now we can certainly print out and cut out the templates. Get some old cereal boxes and paste the templates to the cardboard to make them sturdier. This is all well and good. Your farmers wife ancestors would be proud of you but we have easier and more efficient ways of working here!

First up is the Template Compilation!  It’s 15 pages long but it’s every template in the book! (WHAT!? You talkin’ crazy!) I know what you’re thinking. I already have all the templates. Yes, you do. The CD has them. However, the CD has them printed multiple times for each block which if you printed them all is a whopping 106 sheets of paper. It gets better with the second technique … just wait.

The next idea I have to share is that you can print out that template compilation on freezer paper! Cut your freezer paper into 8.5 x  11 sheets and print on the paper side of the sheets. Now you have templates that don’t wiggle when you cut around them. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is when you have a 4 patch that you’re squaring up and the templates are all wibbly wobbly.

The third idea is From Marti Michell‘s templates which work with all the blocks but the genius of the plan is that she’s come up with alternate construction techniques for nearly all the blocks to eliminate seams and make life easier. Click the link to find out how to sign up for the PDFs.

I’m a farmer’s daughter!

Heh. I may be from Indiana but my dad was not a farmer. However! That slight flaw will not keep me from creating a Farmer’s Wife quilt.  Have you seen these? Talk about gorgeous!

This all came about when my MIL told me she and a couple friends were kicking around the idea. I asked what the rules were. She just looked at me like “what do we need rules for.” There can’t be a quilt along without rules! We all need to be held accountable and if I’m doing it then I may as well make the rules. (Notice there was no actual time between her telling me and my becoming part of the project for her to actually ASK if I wanted to be a part of it?)

At this point I sat down to write the email. We will be making 4 blocks a month which means it’s a 2 year project. Officially the first thing in my life that I have planned 2 years in advance.  Heck, babies only take 9 months so this is a big deal.
Here’s my progress so far! They are 16. Calico Puzzle, 21. Contrary Wife, 70. Prairie Queen, and 72. Railroad.