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The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: 55 Letters and the 111 Blocks They Inspired

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In 1922, the very popular 'The Farmer's Wife' magazine held a contest asking a simple question: 'Would you want your daughter to marry a farmer?' This title excerpts 55 of the top letters submitted to the magazine editors for the contest and has selected 111 traditional 6' quilt blocks and created a tribute quilt to the contest.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 30th 2009 by KP Books (first published 2009)
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I like all block dictionaries. I like them because I can always find a new block and each new block starts me on a fun creative spiral. The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: 55 Letters and the 111 Blocks they Inspired is no exception and it includes letters! I love letters even reading other people's letters!

The introduction is called The Changing American Culture of the 1920s and discusses "a time of political and technological changes." It is an interesting and tantalizing way to begin a quilt boo
I learned about this book by the quilt-alongs that it has inspired online and in various quilt guilds across the country, and finally picked it up a few weeks ago. The book consists of letters from farm wives answering the question "Would you have your daughter marry a farmer?" for a contest held by The Farmer's Wife magazine in 1922. The letters are a window onto the past, with many common themes resonating throughout the overwhelming consensus that yes, most farmer's wives would indeed hope fo ...more
I've scored this book higher here than I did on amazon. Mainly because my original review on amazon got a response from the author. Here is the exchange in its entirety:

"Measurements for templates PLEASE?!?!, March 14, 2012
By asuka0278

I was really really excited about making this quilt. Then I realized I had to use templates. I decided to give it a go anyway because I really want to do this quilt. I hate the templates. I don't like using them at all. I don't understand what is so hard about say
The book contains letters written to The Farmer's Wife magazine in 1922 saying why or why not they would want their daughters to marry a farmer. The reasons were interesting and still relevant today. There were only a few letters that had the slang of those days that reminded me of the times in which the letters were written. A lot of the women also had experience living in both the city and the farm life and though the city women look down on them, the women pity the city women for not having t ...more
Angela Keller
Wonderful book with letters from these women - any of them could have been my great grandmothers! I loved the stories and also it comes with a CD and templates for making a beautiful quilt in any size!
An interesting take on a book of sampler quilt patterns. It has been fun to pick up and read the letters. This makes me feel very American to be involved in this long standing textile tradition.

This is a fun and ongoing read. Pick it up here and there. It inspired me to buy the other books that I thought were like it. However, I"m disappointed in the other two as they do not have a companion CD with all the pattern templates.

This really gives you a good feel for the women and issues of that tim
So the quilt is nice enough; a sampler of traditional blocks. I wasn't really inspired to make it. But the letters are fantastic, and by far the best reason to read this book -- well written, and a fascinating glimpse into the lives of farm wives in the 1920s.
I enjoyed reading about the farmers wife's who lived in the 1920's and why they wished their daughters to marry farmers like they did.
And there are plenty of 6" block patterns to choose from if you enjoy traditional sampler quilts.
Heidi Schaap
Love this book. Not only beautiful quilt blocks, but very interesting to read the entries from a Farm journal essay contest, circa 1920. Inspiring read, inspiring quilt!
Autumn Kern
I am currently working on this quilt- the blocks are gorgeous, and the stories that go along with the blocks are wonderful, as well.
Charming. Comes with a CD with templates for all the blocks and assembly diagrams for four different quilt sizes.
My latest obsession!!! This is absolutely beautiful - 26 blocks done, 75 to go!! Love, love, love it.
A 2013 Christmas present from Nathan and Courtney.
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Mom is going to love this for her b-day present.
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