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.

What is a slap dash quilter?

Over the years I have made many cozy quilts. Some of them I have put heart and soul into and others I have just BARELY followed the directions on, hoping that luck would see me through.  All of these treasures have been adored by the recipients. These masterpieces have stood up to repeated use and washing.  So I ask (slightly sarcastically[or maybe not]) …from what dark place does the quilt world’s constant need for perfection come?

It’s all out there! The myriad rulers, grids, cutters, gadgets and machines are only a quilt shop away. Some of these items costing us upwards of (let’s face it when it’s the machine) the price of a small vehicle.  Yes, I do want them as much as the next quilter. Seriously? Who would not want a Viking Sapphire? I want them because I want to be the one who gets the oohs and ahhs. I want mine to be the wedding gift that they fight over in the divorce settlement. Do we need to pay the price to get the reaction though?

So, I am a slap dash quilter.

My seams are not always perfection. I’m not saying to leave in a seam that’s obviously going to pop but will the world end if it’s not a SCANT 1/4. Maybe it will, but I doubt it.  My colors are not always coordinated.  I quilt what I like not what I think will win me best in show.  If it’s got a flaw, I’m leaving it in. I hope that you leave some in, too.