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The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

Updated on October 2, 2014

Letters from 1920s farm wives and the 111 blocks they inspired

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird is a quilting book and a history book, rolled into one. The first half of the book is the collection of letter with quilt block photos. It is also a book on philosophy where each letter is filled with homespun wisdom on being a farmer's wife. Even if you don't quilt, there is still the history and wisdom that would draw readers.

The second half of the book contains diagrams and instructions for all the blocks shown in the book. Each photo indicates a block number which indicates on what page the diagram is located. Once you get to the diagrams, there is an exploded diagram that shows block placement. On the side of the diagram is a list of pieces, how many to cut for each shape and what template to use. This book comes with a CD with printable templates.

While this may not be for inexperienced quilters in terms of all the steps to quilting, it is a great guide for learning. Check out the "My quilt blocks" lens that contains all the other information a beginner would need.

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired

Make sure you buy the book with the CD. The CD can be purchased separately but it's so much easier to get it at the same time.

 
The quilt block shown on this page is the Friendship Star and one of my favorites.
The quilt block shown on this page is the Friendship Star and one of my favorites.

Read a sample from the book

Sharing His Work, Pleasure and Problems - Pg 106 excerpt

From Mrs. J. M. V. Pocahontas County, Iowa

"If my daughter has truly found the right man in her farmer, she will have the best opportunity for ideal companionship. She can be his helpmate in every sense of the word, sharing his work, pleasures and problems, and justly earning a share of credit for his accomplishment. There will be long weeks of hard work and hours of discouragement but there will also be many days when relaxation will come with a knowledge of work well done, with pleasant visiting back and forth among neighbors, with book and magazines, community club meeting and lectures and entertainments, that will all make one's efforts seem worthwhile.

She will have the best place in the world to raise her children. They will have all out-doors to play and grow in. They will learn nature;s lesson naturally and normally, without acquiring wrong and oftentimes soul-blighting conceptions of life's wonders."

The quilt block shown on this page is the Friendship Star and one of my favorites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt certainly did come to the right hands with you, adding to the treasures you found from your Grandmother as well as your interest in historical times and quilting. That comment on "soul blighting" is straight forward and so true about simple country living with plenty of outdoors and fresh air to learn naturally along the way. A very nice and personal review by you!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great book.

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      resabi 6 years ago

      Quilts are such fascinating pieces of living history combined with genuine artistry. I love the blending of the art and the history. Thank you for sharing this. Blessed.

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      GiftsBonanza 7 years ago

      The quilts look beautiful - a great book for quilters (which unfortunately does not include me!)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Amazing. I sure enjoyed this read and love quilts. Sounds like a great book

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      Grandma-Marilyn 7 years ago

      Cool. I love keeping a craft going.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love historical quilts. This looks like a good book. Blessed by the quilting squidoo angel.

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star! The book looks amazing. So glad you reviewed it for us.

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      Very interesting. Congratulations on the purple star. I love quilts and I would love to be able to make one, one day.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congrats on your purple star. Very interesting lens.

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I love quilts.They have a special rich quality to them and I am amazed at the patience of the people how make them.Beautiful!

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Congrats on the Purple Star. I agree history is fascinating. It must have been an exciting day when you found the letters from your Great Grandmother.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love old quilts. Thanks for the informative lens.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always been fascinated by quilts and my family has a rich heritage of quilting. Unfortunately I lack the patience to make more than a quilted table runner or a doll quilt. Finally I realized that I was a quilt collector rather than a quilt maker.

      If you haven't read The Persian Pickle Club, I bet you would like it (about 1930s Kansas farm women and their quilt club).

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      @Sylvestermouse: However, keep the cats away. Cat tracks don't disappear.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This sounds like a fabulous book! I love the idea of a CD accompanying the book. I think all of my quilting books predate CD's. LOL BTW, that rotary cutter and Olfa Mat you have featured are absolute must haves for a quilter. It is truly a good thing that the mat is self-healing too. ROFLOL You wouldn't believe some of the tracks I have left on mine that fortunately simply went away.

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