Friday, August 22, 2014

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along


I am participating in a new Quilt Along beginning September 4, 2014 for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.  I have had this book for some time, and have not sewn even one block (although I look at the book frequently and see other people post absolutely gorgeous pictures of their finished quilts online).  This will be my first time actually committing to a quilt along.  I am excited to learn new methods for rotary cutting and piecing these blocks -- and I am really, really, going to try to make a large quilt (all 111 blocks)!  I might need some encouragement and I will most surely need a supply Diet Dr. Pepper and chocolate ... 

Here is more information if you would care to join in.  Karen Walker of is my contact for this quilt along.  She says:
This group was created for quilters who would like to tackle Laurie Aaron Hird's book 'The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt'. The book is designed using templates and hand piecing methods....we will NOT be using those methods in this group. We will be using modern rotary cutting and piecing techniques provided by Karen M. Walker of laugh yourself into Stitches*. There are 12 lessons in all and each lesson costs $8.50. Included in Karen's 12 Classes or 'lessons' are time saving quilting techniques and additional quilt patterns to make smaller quilts with your Farmer's Wife blocks if you choose not to make all 111. You do not have to commit to all 12 Classes. For more information about Karen's classes, visit her blog here: or join the Facebook group established to make the Farmer's Wife Quilt using Karen's instructions.  The sew-along begins September 4th.
 Karen's modern piecing techniques include The Magic 8, Paper Piecing, Triple Triangles and much more!  The class will strengthen one's piecing techniques; take the intimidation out of making 6 1/2" blocks and enhance one's quilting skills.  Designed for a Strong beginner with competent skills in cutting, stitching a quarter inch seam allowance, competent understanding of quilt terms and the desire to learn.
Here are some Farmer's Wife quilt photos to peak your interest that I found on the web ... and believe me there are THOUSANDS of photos of completed quilts and individual blocks.  
Bev Bryan Farmer's Wife Quilt
Camille Roskelley Farmer's Wife Quilt
This makes me want to use Miss Kate fabric and scraps from previous Bonnie and Camille lines
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
using Fig Tree fabrics
Vanessa Goertzen's quilt using Bonnie & Camille fabrics
You can make yours as scrappy or as organized as you would like.  I am having a hard time deciding which fabrics to use for my quilt .... any suggestions?

Persimmon by Basic Grey

Atelier by 3 Sisters
Vintage Farmhouse Collection by Kim Diehl
If I used this fabric line, I could get really creative on my finished project and applique
one of Kim's designs on my border, and being the fabric hoarder that I am it won't be a problem
coming up with other prints of Kim's fabrics for more variety. 
Madison Collection by Anna Griffin
(How about this pooled with some magnificent Minick & Simpson reds and blues?)
Or .... maybe I should just make 6 or 7 quilts so I can use all of the fabric lines I have that this would be gorgeous in!  (I know, like I have nothing else to do right)?  Which fabric line would you use?   

Once again, if you are interested in joining this quilt along, view Karen's blog at, the facebook group or email Karen at


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shop Update

I can't believe a month has passed since I have updated my blog.  The last time I wrote was just prior to my Open House in Idaho.  Congratulations to Vicky Sauer who was the winner of the Hands of Time print that was the big give away.  I must also express many thank to all of you who helped make the Open House a success -- Jasmine and my grandkids, Janeale, Debbie, Barb, Shannon, Diana, Tiffany, and Danielle.  You all played a large part in the success of the Open House and I could not have done it without you. 

I had great intentions for posts following the Open House and new items continue to arrive ... but the past few weeks have provided some health setbacks with surgery and complications ensuing.  I am, however, doing a little better every day and am determined to get that energy back.  I so long to be able to get my customer quilting caught up and do some sewing. 

So, without further adieu, let's get caught up on what's happening at Olie & Evie.

Miss Kate precuts
The precuts arrived just prior to the fabric line which came in this week.  As the fat eighth bundles have already sold out, I am getting ready to do cut a few custom fat quarter and fat eighth bundles.  If you are interested let me know now, this fabric is already flying out the door.

Miss Kate yardage
(I have the coordinating solids too)
In addition, this weekend the kits for Sunday Bows will be finished!
Kits will contain the exact fabric pictured in Bonnie's pattern.

Fat Quarter Style by It's Sew Emma

I'm kind of a fat quarter junkie and decided to order this new book and see what it had to offer.  I'm hooked!  This is a fantastic book to add to your collection.  It contains patterns for 12 different projects using fat quarters.  I think the best part is that it provides Fabric Requirements, Cutting Instructions and Quilt Layouts for 4 different size quilts for each pattern (Crib, Twin Lap and Queen).  How awesome is that!  Great instructions and beautiful photos throughout the book. 
A few other miscellaneous precuts that have arrived are pictured here.
One For You, One For Me Batiks
(Yes, you read that right I ordered these precuts in Batiks and have both Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes in stock)

Figures Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Fat Quarter Bundles

I have more eye candy to share in the next day or two of additional arrivals and a fantastic Quilt Revival Class to share with you.