Hello and Welcome...We are about to embark on a journey that will take us through to a time where many of us can only imagine. Laurie Arron Hird has made it possible for us to experience these times...Children selling subscriptions...The prize?? A real life pony. Read the book...sew the blocks...the prize??? A quilt of your very own. Make a family heirloom. Follow us on a new journey to the old west...The Farmer's Wife Pony Club !
Below, a brief description of the book given with the author's permission.
The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Sampler Quilt--Letters From the Lucky Pony Winners of 1915 and 90 Blocks That Tell Their Stories, by Laurie Aaron Hird; release date: July 2011
In 1907 the Webb Publishing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, created The Farmer's Wife Pony Club. Children were invited to join and compete for prizes by selling subscriptions to The Farmer's Wife magazine. The grand prize was a Shetland pony with a saddle, bridle, and often a carriage. To satisfy skeptics who doubted a child would, indeed, receive a pony, they asked the winners to send photographs of themselves with their ponies. Thankfully, many children also sent thank you letters along with their photographs. These endearing, poignant, and sometimes hilarious letters provide a unique window into the lives of children in rural America in the early 1900s.
As a tribute to these Lucky Pony Winners, Laurie Aaron Hird has taken 90 traditional 8" blocks and designed a queen-size quilt in their memory.
All levels of experience sewer/quilters are welcome. All advice and support given is appreciated and will be graciously received.
There is no sign up required. Do these blocks at your own pace. There are no quilt police here.
We will be doing 2 blocks a week in numerical order, 1 &2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and so on until all the blocks are done.
Most Importantly you need to have the book. The book comes with a cd that contains paperpiecing patterns, rotary cutting instructions, templates for handpiecing.
There will be two threads a week for this Quilt-Along.
I will be posting the two threads on Tuesday evenings.
Mark your calendars... Startup is Tuesday, January 3. 2012
We will be using this thread for all communication until we start Jan 3, 2012. To avoid any confusion please do not post any new threads. Use the above titled thread. The original FWS Quilt-Along is still active and will be an on-going thread on it's own. The FWS Pony Club will be referred to as The FWS PC.
This is the place and time to ask any questions. If I'm not available for for any reason I'm sure there will be someone on the board qualified to answer.
The books are available at www.quilterswarehouse.com & www.amazon.com as well as thru Laurie herself. It seems Laurie will also be on the Sewing with Nancy segment which will be on PBS starting January 1, 2012. Now to get ready for the Roundup!
As the activity progresses and new threads are added, we will collect the links under this tag: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tags/the farmer's wife pony club quilt-along.html