i joined up with the quilt along hoping that i’d meet a few people, get a little inspiration, and connect with a few like minded makers. i’ve already met a couple of people who have completely inspired me- fabric choices, different ways they’re thinking of the blocks, something as simple as how they’re putting the blocks together.
when someone in the group mentioned that if i didn’t make the block as it was in the book- then i wasn’t making the block- i thought to myself- THAT’S RIDICULOUS. i think i actually guffawed out loud. i wondered, who is someone else to tell you what your journey is? how can someone else decide what you’re creating? i was kind of bothered by that for a couple days. who needs that noise?
i feel comfortable thinking outside the box. guidelines are a suggestion. patterns- well, they give you the shapes, and you use them as you like. some people like being told what to do, and what to do next. i guess i’m not one of them. i like being given the foundation, and doing with it whatever i like. i like that when you make, you have the power to take the guideline and chuck it away if you want to. you get to decide. someone else does not define what is and what isn’t. someone else doesn’t look at what you do, and decide what it is.
the letters in this book left such a positive impression on me. i wanted to think of them when i look at this quilt. i wanted to see them. simplicity and less with more was my idea. everyday basic with little, bright spots of unexpected and happy. for that reason, i love what i’m making. i’ve done what i’m doing with intent. i’ve absolutely enjoyed making these blocks from the book. and if someone else looks at this, and thinks i didn’t hit the mark, or couldn’t follow directions- oh well. xoxox- k.
want inspiration for your own farmer’s wife quilt- check out my pinterest board. want to make your own? you can buy the ebook here. join a quilt along? there are two- very kerry berry is doing the blocks in order. gnomeangel is choosing an alternate order.
below- all my blocks, and a very scuffed up kitchen table.