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The Farmers Wife Quilt

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired
Have you seen the book, The Farmers Wife?  I pulled this description off of Amazon

In 1922, The Farmer's Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?" The magazine at that time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in this book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired.
Laurie Aaron Hird provides everything you need to be inspired and create your own sampler quilt:
  • 111 six-inch quilt blocks, with construction diagrams for piecing the blocks and template cutting directions
  • Complete instruction for making a sampler quilt in any traditional size: lap, twin, queen or king
  • CD with easy-to-print, full-sized templates for all 111 blocks, and printable quilt construction diagrams
  • 42 letters from the 1922 Farmer's Wife contest to give you a priceless glimpse into our country's past
I signed up for a class doing this, using templates from Marty Michele.  Well you make 6-1/2 " blocks and it takes while!  No strip piecing, no rotary cutting.  I tried the templates but that wasn't my cup of tea, so since the book came with a cd that has each of the templates that you can print out, I opted to go that way.

It's slow going!

I'm doing my blocks in bright batiks and I'm thinking about a dark purple for sashing...  I'll keep you posted!  

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