Maggie’s First Dance

Hello everyone and, if this is your first visit, welcome to my blog Farmhouse Quilts! I am very excited to have been asked to be a participant in Jacquelynne Steves’ block of the month! It will be so much fun to sew along every month, AND to see everyone’s blocks. ( I always love seeing how different everybody’s quilt looks when they are all finished, don’t you?)block

Let me tell you a little bit about myself: I am the mom of four kids, ranging in age from 8 to 23. I have always loved being crafty and over the years have tried knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, and card-making. Then, about 15 years ago, when our third child was 1, I discovered quilting. I was hooked immediately! And let me tell you, with 3 kids ages 7 and under, there certainly was not a lot of time for a new hobby! But I just fell in love with the whole process, from the fabric, to the pattern, to the quilting, and yes, even the binding. It was wonderful to spend a few minutes each day or evening to “sneak away” to have some “me” time and create something special. Fast forward a few years and our kids are all older and in school or at jobs, but I still love to have that special time in my room to play with fabrics and to create something fun.

These are some pictures of my latest projects.

I have a terrible habit of starting something and then getting distracted and starting on something new. ( I call it ADOSOD….Attention Deficit Ooooh Shiny Object Disorder, except for me the shiny objects are quilt patterns 🙂 ) So in other words, you will see pictures of a project in progress and then you won’t hear or see anything else about it, because it has simply been replaced by something “shinier”. This is why quilt-alongs and BOM’s are so good for me! Every once in a while I am prompted to make another block and that keeps the interest going and then I manage to finish the project…YEAHH!


So for this Block of the Month I am not going to reveal my colors and fabrics just yet, but I will tell you that I will be using wool to make my flower appliques. I love working with wool, especially because I can work on projects while away from my sewing machine. I can’t wait to show you the blocks….they are going to be so cute!! By the way, if you have not signed up yet, it is not too late. Here is the link.

Jacquelynne is also holding  a give-away! Giveaway for April-Maggies First Dance Free BOMAll you have to do to enter is to leave me a response in the comment section telling me which quilter ( famous or not) you would most like to go fabric shopping with and why. At the end of the contest I will choose my favorite answer and announce the winner right here. ( This contest is open to EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE so make sure to enter!). Now for the fine print of the contest:

*The contest is now closed*

  • To enter, tell me in the comments which quilter you would most like to go fabric shopping with and why.
  • You must comment by 11:59 pm EDT on May 4th, 2016.
  • Your email MUST be included in your profile information or in your comment. If I choose your name and I cannot contact you, I will choose another name.
  • Giveaway is open to US and international readers.
  • Winner will be announced on my blog on or around May 10th, but will also be contacted by email.

There you have it. I hope to see you all back here in June for the very first block of Maggie’s First Dance! In the meanwhile I will just be blogging and quilting so please feel free to come  and visit before then!

And don’t forget to visit all the other featured bloggers as well!





147 thoughts on “Maggie’s First Dance

  1. Haha! This is easy . . . when Paula Nadelstern spoke at our guild meeting, her comment regarding fabric to me was, “Remember, when it comes to fabric, more is MORE!” LOL! Yeah, she’d be the one I’d take fabric shopping with me!! 🙂

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  2. Well, my grandmother Clara Newman was a quilter, and she died when I was four, but the memory of her quilts is my inspiration in all I do (naturally I love 30s reproductions!).. So I would love to shop for fabric with her! (and sit at her feet and learn more about her life and my father’s life). I am in the final piecing stages of a grandmother’s flower garden that is based on my memory of a similar quilt she made.


  3. I’d go shopping with anyone available who is an experienced quilter so I can learn from her. I’m just beginning to learn the names of the creative designers. I am so enthralled with the talent!!


  4. I would love to go fabric shopping with my Grandmother, I’m 57 and just starting to quilt, many years after losing my Grandmother. I remember Momma saving her sewing scraps for MawMaw & any clothes I had outgrown. MawMaw created all her quilts completely by hand, no internet, no computers or fancy machines. I can still look at one of my quilts she gave me & see many memories In the fabric scraps of my childhood clothes. I wonder what she would make of the options in fabrics that we have so readily available today – I do know that I would dearly treasure having such an opportunity.


  5. Sure I would go shopping with my sister in law, we share the same love for crafting and everything that’s typical (American) ^_^


  6. I’d LOVE to go shopping with either my Great Grandma Eunice, who was an amazing quilter & crocheter, but passed away before she could teach me to use a sewing machine, or Alex Anderson, because she never limits herself to one colorway or one design style … she does it all!!


  7. I would love to go fabric shopping with my mother again,. She has been gone since 1999 but we had fun crafting, sewing, and bouncing ideas off each other.


  8. I would love to go fabric shopping with my mother. She passed away 5 years ago and I just started quilting about a year and 1/2 ago. Just to be able to go shopping with her and then sitting down and creating a quilt with her would be awesome

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