• Fran Dill

The Farm Chick Has Come Alive

So last night I got to attend a Lori Holt event in Scottsdale. Lori is in town for a quilt retreat which I am heart broken I can’t attend due to a prior Quilt Cart commitment. I did however get to see her trunk show last night. She had all of her quilt from her new Farm Girl Vintage 2 Book.

To say I was blown away is an understatement. Lori is so talented and what most people don’t understand is the possibilities from all of her books are endless! So let give you a little background about my obsession with Lori Holt and her wonderful books. When Lori’s first book Farm Girl Vintage came out I was working at my local quilt store. As soon as it arrived in the shop, I fell in love with it. I had already been following Lori’s blog and her other social media pages so I was already inspired with what she was doing with that book. I quickly started making some of the cute blocks from the book and started showing them to my friends. I realized I was not the only one obsessing about the Farm Girl blocks, there were quite a few ladies who were as passionate as I was with this book. So I asked the shop owner if we could start a Farm Girl Group at the shop. Soon we were meeting twice a month and I formed the Farm Chicks sewing group. We couldn’t get enough of Lori and her Farm Girl Blocks. Shortly after our group got started I heard about a Farm Girl Retreat in Utah. I called a few friends and asked if they wanted to go we me. So off we went to Logan Utah to a wonderful shop called My Girlfriends Quilt Shop. Kris and her staff were amazing and put on a wonderful event. Lori inspired us all weekend and kept the excitement of her book going by introducing a few new block at our retreat. I came home even more inspired to mix and match Lori’s blocks to create my own quilts. Our group was fun and the ladies were very inspired and creative. About a year later I has to retired from working at the quilt shop due to health reasons but that group has grown and is still going on to this day, just with a different facilitator. I always say when one door closes another one opens, and sure enough about 7 months later the Quilt Cart came to be. I have been approached several times to start another Farm Girl groups but I feel it would take too much time away from the Quilt Cart. However, after seeing Lori’s new quilts last night the Farm Chick came back to life! I had a hard time sleeping because I kept thinking of all the endless possibilities with Lori’s creations. Several ideas are swirling around in my crazy brain and I will be working on them to see how I can bring them to life. So stay tuned!

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