So when I was in the Cincinnati area a few months back for the International Quilt Festival, I stopped in at one of my favorite quilt shops, Cabin Arts. On a little shelf near their fireplace (how cute is that) a book called The Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt caught my eye. I flipped through it, and was smitten in short order.
The book is a compliation of letters that were inspired by a question posed in 1922 from “Farmers Wife” magazine: “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?” Laurie Aaron Hird culled over 40 of the more poignant responses, and assembled a collection of appropriate blocks. This is her version of this quilt:
(Her publishers apparently have a problem with her providing any larger of an image, but you get the idea.) 111 blocks set on point, and full of possibilities.
I was delayed getting started, due to a complete inability to settle on fabric choices. I did not want to replicate the above… too dark and brown for my taste much as I love the design. Some quilters are using 30s Reproduction fabrics (aka feedsack) and those projects look just delightful. For my taste, and existing stash, I settled on a sort of pastel-y, shabby chic look. The bulk of my fabrics are from Moda’s old Faded Memories collection by 3 Sisters.
Just today, I completed my first block… a rather tricky (for me) Cut Glass Dish. Only 110 more to go LOL!
This is a project I am working on on my lunchtime, sewing on my shiny black Singer 301 (c. 1949.) It just seemed appropriate to use this machine for this quilt LOL!
I LOVE 3 Sisters fabric…and I have that one you used in the three squares. 🙂
Oh cool! Maybe you can work it in somewhere in your FW LOL!
Hi, I think your colors will look great. I am almost finished with my Farmer’s Wife quilt. Our little group did the quilt with a monthly lecture (monthly for a year) and great helpful hints (our leaders converted everything on EQ so we could do as rotary cutting or paper piecing. I am called the “wild” wife as my colors are purples, bright greens, aquas/teal and a splash of orange and yellow. I’ve learned a lot; at times it was challenging. Happy sewing, Nana Lou
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