The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird… And there’s a QAL!


Okay, so here’s the deal.  If I took all of the time I have thought about making a Farmer’s Wife quilt and actually put it to work, I’m pretty sure I could have made at least three of them by now.  And that’s saying something.

So, when the opportunity came around to review this book for Fons & Porter, I jumped.  I haven’t actually started the quilt yet, but, I am especially excited about this edition.  And, as an added bonus, there is a quilt along (QAL) that is beginning on September 28, 2015 that is being hosted by Gnome Angel, Fat Quarter Shop and Marti Michell.  But I will get to that party in a minute.

First, let’s start with The Farmer’s Wife quilt itself, just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about.  This is actually the third book from Laurie Aaron Hird based on a magazine from the early 1900’s surprisingly named The Farmer’s Wife.  It was an affordable periodical that covered a myriad of topics relevant to the lifestyle of the day.  The quilt blocks in the books are inspired by articles and letters published in the magazine at different points of the circulation.

This particular edition is set during the Great Depression, and includes 99 letters from women around the United States, each one accompanied by a block pattern.  The blocks in the book are all made from 1930’s reproduction fabrics and solids, and the blocks are a finished size of 6″x6″.  The letters are inspiring, the illustrations lovely, and the instructions perfect.  I especially am thrilled with the CD, which not only contains the templates for hand or machine sewing, but also foundation piecing.  Now I just have to decide if I am hand piecing or foundation piecing this one…

So, back to the QAL…  For more information about the QAL, be sure to click on the links listed above for Gnome Angel, Fat Quarter Shop and Marti Michell.  You can also join in on the fun on social media.  On Instagram, follow the hashtag #FQS1930FarmersWife.  On Facebook, click here to join the group.  I will also be sharing posts on this blog as the year progresses, and will be hosting Farmer’s Wife Fridays from October 2015 through October 2016 here at The Green Apricot studio.  Check the Upcoming Events button in the menu of this website for more information.

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