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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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Jul 24, 2011 JayeL rated it liked it
Shelves: quilt, own, 2013
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
Sep 20, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
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
Mar 19, 2017 Jec rated it did not like it
although there was a nice variety of blocks, i gave this only 1 star because of the lack of directions or at least cutting measurements. that was a real disservice to quilters buying this book. i would think twice before purchase and get it from the library instead to enjoy it.
Jan 09, 2013 Asuka0278 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 26, 2011 Mel rated it liked it
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
Kimberly Snyder
Oct 22, 2016 Kimberly Snyder rated it liked it
While this was fun to read, and I loved the stories famers' wives had to share in the 30's, this quilt was way outside of my range. There were no measurements or cutting templates or anything. I found a website with some cutting instructions for these blocks, but it just isn't worth it. Way too complicated. I'll be looking for another sampler to work on.

One sad thing about the stories: the top three entries from the essay contest weren't included in this book!! What a disappointment!! I want to
Dec 13, 2013 Tkjtwmr rated it liked it
Although not a "page turner", this was an interesting book. The wives made very compelling arguments for having their daughters' marry farmers. Real embrace of technology here. I would think, that for the most part, these were well-educated and fairly prosperous farmer's wives. The articulation of the letters was amazing. It was fun to see which quilt blocks were assigned to each wife. I am going to mark a few of my favourites and hopefully use my scraps to make some up into a lap quilt.
Miz Mockingbird
Oct 12, 2016 Miz Mockingbird rated it really liked it
I'm not a quilter, so both block patterns and illustrative CD mean little to me. The letters themselves, written by country women in the throes of the 1930s Great Depression, are always interesting and often inspiring. They provide a thumping depression-check for any country girl feeling oppressed by poverty and the times.
Oct 12, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
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.
Angela Keller
Feb 11, 2014 Angela Keller rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 05, 2013 Joan54 rated it really liked it
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.
Autumn Kern
Mar 16, 2012 Autumn Kern rated it it was amazing
I am currently working on this quilt- the blocks are gorgeous, and the stories that go along with the blocks are wonderful, as well.
Jan 14, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: quilting
A 2013 Christmas present from Nathan and Courtney.
Heidi Schaap
Jul 14, 2011 Heidi Schaap rated it it was amazing
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!
Kaleena Menke
Dec 14, 2009 Kaleena Menke marked it as to-read
Mom is going to love this for her b-day present.
Jan 16, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quilting
Charming. Comes with a CD with templates for all the blocks and assembly diagrams for four different quilt sizes.
Apr 07, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
My latest obsession!!! This is absolutely beautiful - 26 blocks done, 75 to go!! Love, love, love it.
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