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Show and Tell

August 23, 2011

In California, we always enjoy Indian Summer in August and September. Typically we get our warmest weather during this time and it also means the kids are heading back to school. For us at Prairie Queens it also means one thing….Show Time!!!

This year we will be hosting three booths at three different shows. The first two fall on the same weekend, September 24 and 25th. The first show is at The Morgan Hill Quilt Show, which runs in conjunction with Taste of Morgan Hill. The quilt show takes place in the Community Center where you can visit the booths and see a huge assortment of quilts from local artists.

The second show is Quilting in the Garden at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore. This will be our first time at the show and we are looking forward to this new venue!

Finally in October, we will have a booth at the Pacific International Quilt Show, October 13 – 16. This show takes place at the Santa Clara Valley Convention Center and is the biggest quilt show on the west coast. This year our booth will be extra special because we are making all brand new kits which no one has seen. The staff have diligently been working on the samples in secret and we are excited to unveil them to you at the show.

Speaking of special…April has been working on a fabulous quilt for a year now and it is a breathtaking sampler made from the Farmer’s Wife book by Laurie Hird. April has been hosting a group of 12 ladies every Monday night and they are all working on the same quilt but using a variety of different fabrics. Everyone is in different stages of completion but April’s is done!

There are many groups of ladies across blogland that are working on The Farmer’s Wife sampler.  It seems to have  gained a cult following in the last few months!   One group is even calling themselves The Real Farmer’s Wives…..taken from The Real Housewives titles. You can visit the Farmers Wife Quilt-a-Long at These ladies work for United Notions/Moda and became  interested in the book after seeing it fly off of the shelves in the warehouse.

There are a few different ways to go about piecing the blocks.  April’s group is using the Electric Quilt program to help with cutting instructions.  Eighty Nine of the blocks are traditionally pieced and twenty two are paper pieced.  Marty Mitchelle has also jumped into the ring and come up with instructions using her templates to help with the cutting process.  This information can be found at

There are a few other links that we thought you might find useful before you jump into the Farmer’s Wife and they include:  This is a yahoo group moderated by the author Laurie Hird. –   Nicole Reed and her daughter Sara are also working on their blocks. – There is an add-on CD available in the Farmer’s Wife book that can be used by Electric Quilt software.

Although it seems like a huge undertaking, this quilt was quite fun.  April enjoyed the process of selecting fabric for each block and she is now enjoying the fact that it is DONE!  We hope this inspires you in finding your inner “Farmer’s Wife” and take the leap into a fun project!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Novice Quilter permalink
    January 23, 2012 9:35 pm

    Love your shop, but I’d love to see more frequent updates to the blog and pictures of new fabric arrivals. Any chance we could see more of you in 2012?

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