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!