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Thread: The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Quilt

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    The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Quilt

    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
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    I'm here to trot along with you for this Roundup ..... yeeeeeeehawwwwwww!
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    wow..really...I would wait at least a year to make sure all the bugs are ironed out of the book/patterns first! Believe me there will be issues..there always is!

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    I'm in too! I didn't encounter any problems yet with book or patterns but I made 20 blocks so far so still 70 to go.
    If photo tuts are needed I'm willing to make them. Do I post them here in this thread?
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    wow..really...I would wait at least a year to make sure all the bugs are ironed out of the book/patterns first! Believe me there will be issues..there always is!
    Well, Good Morning Miss Merry Sunshine ... I'm sure if the Ladies had any problems during their Quilt-Along journey for the original FWS book, they'd be once bitten and quite shy to consider starting the FWSPC in the same fashion. There are several beautiful completed quilts as a result.

    I'm one of the Latecomers, following in their success, and now have 74 blocks completed with 37 to go. So far, I haven't had any problems with the pattern info. It's actually gone much smoother, than many simpler patterns have gone.

    So yes, I may have to eat my words yet for the FWS ..... and perhaps bow to your predictions during the FWSPC ........ though I have no red flags popping up to make me cautious of starting the FWSPC in January with the group.

    Actually quite frankly, I am enthused and excited and even energized to be part of the group. This time I'm thrilled to be in from the start!! So please, kindly step aside and not rain on the parade ... or perhaps better said, please don't rain on the "trail ride"!!!!


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    Time to party again, I am definitely in. Looking forward to another great sew along.

    (Can the quilt fairies pleaaasssee finish my ufo's so I don't feel guilty about starting another project !!!! I only have 3 to go)
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    I'm in too! I didn't encounter any problems yet with book or patterns but I made 20 blocks so far so still 70 to go.
    If photo tuts are needed I'm willing to make them. Do I post them here in this thread?

    Yeaaaaa for you Anael!!!!!!
    The ones that you have already shared with us, have done nothing but create more interest for me to be anxious to start in January. In fact, have helped spurn me on to complete the FWS before we saddle up and start down the new path of the FWSPC.

    Initially, I was hesitant as to whether I wanted to do the FWSPC, as what does a pony have to do with my life?? nor with children or grands of my own? Also, I was worried I'd just feel like I was doing the same old same old and might lose interest. Then, I got the book .... and I found my base fabric .... and started to build a unique stash just for the FWSPC .... and you shared your blocks with us. Then ................... OMG, my excitement, enthusiasm and energy for this project is abounding!!!!!!!!
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    QuiltE you just made my day
    I too thought it was the same old something but it's not as you've seen. I still have a few projects that need finishing before I go on with the FWPCS but I hope to have the UFO's out of the way in two weeks!
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    What? you mean we are supposed to finish up UFOs?
    Silly woman!!!! Wherever would you get that idea?

    You'll have lots of time to work on them, as we sit around the campfires doing our blocks that you've already finished up!! I know I'll be looking forward to your helpful hints and wisdom from blazing the trail ahead of us!!


    P.S. .... Glad that it "made your day"!!
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    Where did you post pics of your blocks? I would like to see what variety they have. Thanks.

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    Here's a link to the author/designer's blog and site, where you can find more info about the FWSPC and the original FWS. Plus, of course, how to order the book direct from Laurie.

    http://thefarmerswifequilt.blogspot.com/

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    Ok Everyone, This thread is for questions, answers, photos of fabric chosen for the project....members here curious about the project wanting to join.....

    This is not the thread for any blocks already done...Please don't misunderstand me....You have to remember that if the blocks start popping up..down the road they'll be asking which thread do I post my photos in?? We really need to keep it simple. No tutorials on the blocks. We will have our own instruction/discussion page starting JANUARY 3, 2012. Please forgive my scream.
    We are all excited about this new journey and there will be alot of questions and that's why this thread has started one month before the actual start of The FWSPC.
    Keep up your enthusiasm. Honchey

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    I am one of those that couldn't wait and started two months ago with the Yahoo Group. It has helped me so much to see some of the photos that a few other's have posted, but not too many have. I am watching this thread and hope it will be a bit more active. This is a fun quilt being that each block has an accompanying "history" of a child and their pony. I'm am still not sure what I will do with my finished blocks, but I sure am enjoying doing each one up to now. I have kept to one a week, but think I can more. Have this site bookmarked.... Thanks, Honchey

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    Anne (Honchey), thank you for undertaking this task. It's gonna be a long journey! As I mentioned on the "other" thread, I'm already discouraged after looking at Block 1. Set-in seams are going to kill me!
    "I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them." ~ Author Unknown but I agree!

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    Got my book yesterday. I love it. I am going to cowboy up and quit whining about the first block and all those dang blasted Y seams. Probably not right away,tho.

    Seriously,this is going to fun.
    Janie

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    After my journey with you all on the FWSQ, I am ready to saddle up the "pony" and ride the trail in good company again. Its making me feel a bit old; it has me looking for my first parade picture on my pony some 63 years ago. Wow!! how time can fly. Yes, I have other projects going, and finishing my FWQ slashing so I can get it basted on a long arm across the road from my house. Then I can hand quilt the blocks or sew it on my machine. What a wonderful idea I found on the QB that was an answer to the question I did not ask.

    Yes, the FWQ had me going in circles and was a challenge; but with the help of QB members doing it at the same time, the journey was fun and I learned many new things. "Y" seams are a challenge, but who really wants the same old, same old thing that you already know? I am collecting fabric in a box, thinking about the whole plan, and love, love, love the Pony Quilt book. Love the stories, love how she had done her patterns and Yes, I would recommend it for the stories alone. The patterns are an extra bonus. And I am ready to hear about her next book...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post
    Anne (Honchey), thank you for undertaking this task. It's gonna be a long journey! As I mentioned on the "other" thread, I'm already discouraged after looking at Block 1. Set-in seams are going to kill me!
    Hi Evie
    I was also a bit discouraged with block 1 but yesterday I found myself wanting to put my ufo's aside and work on something different so I dug out my fabric and made my first Pony Club block (just a test block reaaaaalllllly) and that first block went together like a dream. I was really impressed with how well it turned out. I used freezer paper templates and cut very carefully and within an hour it was finished.
    I also had my book spiral bound along with my Farmers Wife book and that has made it easier to study the blocks.
    Now back to those dang ufo's
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabelle View Post
    Hi Evie
    I was also a bit discouraged with block 1 but yesterday I found myself wanting to put my ufo's aside and work on something different so I dug out my fabric and made my first Pony Club block (just a test block reaaaaalllllly) and that first block went together like a dream. I was really impressed with how well it turned out. I used freezer paper templates and cut very carefully and within an hour it was finished.
    I also had my book spiral bound along with my Farmers Wife book and that has made it easier to study the blocks.
    Now back to those dang ufo's
    Yes, I'm in as well!!!! My hubby took my book to Staples and had it cut and spiral bound. It will be much easier to work with. He said it was $7.00 at Staples, and thinks it might be cheaper at FedX/Kinkos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Yes, I'm in as well!!!! My hubby took my book to Staples and had it cut and spiral bound. It will be much easier to work with. He said it was $7.00 at Staples, and thinks it might be cheaper at FedX/Kinkos.

    That sounds like a great idea. A new Staples has opened near my residence and I got a $20.00 coupon good this coming Monday only. I'll have to check it out to see if it's good on binding (might as well make this trek as easy as possible!). Thanks for the idea, since I don't really need any other "office" supplies.
    "I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them." ~ Author Unknown but I agree!

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    Hi JeanieG so happy to see that you are joining in on this fun project, I always enjoyed reading your comments and words of encouragement.
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post

    That sounds like a great idea. A new Staples has opened near my residence and I got a $20.00 coupon good this coming Monday only. I'll have to check it out to see if it's good on binding (might as well make this trek as easy as possible!). Thanks for the idea, since I don't really need any other "office" supplies.
    Lucky you with the "free" $20 purchase! Don't forget to get the extra paper that you'll need for printing all the PP patterns! And it'd be a good chance to get yourself a set of markers, pencil crayons and/or crayons for quilting, too! Oh I'll soon spend your extra $$ !!! It's always FUN to spend free moo-la!!!!!
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    Couldn't Wait!

    Quote Originally Posted by wendiq View Post
    I am one of those that couldn't wait and started two months ago with the Yahoo Group. It has helped me so much to see some of the photos that a few other's have posted, but not too many have. I am watching this thread and hope it will be a bit more active. This is a fun quilt being that each block has an accompanying "history" of a child and their pony. I'm am still not sure what I will do with my finished blocks, but I sure am enjoying doing each one up to now. I have kept to one a week, but think I can more. Have this site bookmarked.... Thanks, Honchey

    Hi Wendig, This group is a lively bunch...lots of interaction with each other... the other format is very different...Our block photos are posted with our comments...we don't have to go to another area to look at them. Many of the ladies here have become very close even if we are from different part of the world. Wow! We can consider ourselves an "international group" We really couldn't start earlier...many of us were still working on another project here... it would have been too confusing...for me anyway! Just like me, you will see that you'll find yourself here more than there down the road. I just happen to be partial to this site.

    Note: Laurie will be popping in every now and then to see how we are coming along after we are up and running in January, 1012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey View Post

    Note: Laurie will be popping in every now and then to see how we are coming along after we are up and running in January, 1012.
    Wow, how cool is that! I hope we get more people to join our group. It seems that just the original crew has signed up (Yeah! Love you guys!) I wonder how we can generate more interest???

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    Whooooooooooaaaa!!!!!
    But I'm not an original .... nor is JanieW ..... nor is SheilaH
    Who may become known as the Canadian Trio!
    (unless we can gather some extras??)


    What I really want to know ... does Honchey have a Reverse-Time Clock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Whooooooooooaaaa!!!!!
    But I'm not an original .... nor is JanieW ..... nor is SheilaH
    Who may become known as the Canadian Trio!
    (unless we can gather some extras??)

    What I really want to know ... does Honchey have a Reverse-Time Clock?
    Yes, but we KNOW you guys, because you have been visiting here and posting messages! I mean "new" people who have not visited before.

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