Friday, February 10, 2012

Farmer's Wife Information

A lot of you out there are picking up on the Farmer's Wife Quilt and I hope you are enjoying it as much as we are at Bright Hopes Quilting. Pearl has set aside two days each month for us to meet for a few hours with or without our sewing machines to work on this fun project.

The book includes a CD with all the templates and you pop it into your computer. There,you can print out whichever template you need; however, each template prints out on a separate page which is rather wasteful of paper. So Martha Pullen has consolidated all the templates used for EACH block onto one sheet as downloadable PDFs and you can find that here.

Keep in mind that many blocks use the same templates so you don't have to print out every block repeatedly......

Now, the blocks are all 6.5" but take on a large variety of designs; some are four patch, some 9 patch, and some are very easy while others rather complicated. They are scattered throughout the book, not done in any specific order and this is where Marti Michell steps into the picture!

She has organized all the various blocks into categories that use the same templates repeatedly. This way, you can make all of them at one time and move on to another set that uses a different selection of the templates.

By now, you probably are familiar with the Marti Michell templates that make the cutting and piecing of these blocks easier but are confused as to how to go about the whole process. She has made it possible to sign up for 10 bi-weekly newsletters delivered to your email box that break down all the blocks in the book that are similar. Here is from the Marti Michell website:

If you are not on our current mailing list and would like to receive the PDFs, send an email to and tell us you would like to sign up for our next round of mailings.

It may take several weeks or longer for your emails to begin arriving because they do it in batches... not one at a time. I sent in my request on Nov 15 and received my first post about four weeks ago. SO be patient.

Now, which set do you need to have on hand? Well, the short answer is NONE because you can print them out from the CD but having the MM templates on hand makes it easier. So theses are the "Sets" we are using: A, B, D, N and S.

Linda Kay has made this list that shows the "sets" used in each of Marti Michell's groupings:

FARMER’S WIFE – Marti Michell templates

CHART 1 Set B & N


CHART 3 Set B, D or N


CHART 5 Set B, A, Log Cabin Ruler #8038

CHART 6 Set B, A, C, N or D

CHART 7 Set A, B, N

CHART 8 Set B, N, D

CHART 9 Set A, B, C, N, O

CHART 10 Set M & S

We carry them all in the shop and can order any of the Marti Michell templates for other quilt designs, such as Storm at Sea.

Those templates will make a complicated design come out flawless.

If you are interested in joining us with the Farmer's Wife sit n sew, our next meeting is Monday, February 20, at 1:00pm. Some of us, are sewing, some of us are cutting out out next blocks and some of us are dithering over fabric selection. As for me, I find my stash of batiks make for a contemporary take on old favorite blocks. But, somehow, I never seem to have enough! Oh well, I know a place that has shelves of beautiful batiks!!!!

Oh yeah! Right HERE! at Bright Hopes!

Also, keep in mind that entering the GSQA show is about to end. If you are going to enter your quilt, you can download the forms here

And for all the good information, spider over to this link.

All entries must be received postmarked by Feb. 24 and must include a photograph. See you there!!

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