"The perception that city dwellers had of farm women in the 1920s was generally not favorable. It was commonly believed that the farm wife was a drudge and a slave, miserable with her life, and anxious- if not determined- to see her daughter escape from the farm when she was grown. The Farmer's Wife, a popular women's magazine of the day, with 750,000 subscribers, believed that this was far from the truth.
In January 1922, the editors of the magazine asked their readers the following question: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?"
Laurie Aaron Hird, The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt
The book is a series of letters received from actual farm wives in answer to a contest held by the magazine. The author made a sampler quilt to accompany the letters, and my friend Mary Lou is teaching a class in which we make the same sampler quilt. Autumn and I are taking the class together along with a group of ladies from our quilt club. This month we tackled 11 blocks, and I enjoyed it immensely. Having finished the last of my first 11 blocks over the weekend, I can't wait for our next class.
My fabrics are Civil War reproduction fabrics, while Autumn chose to do hers in fabrics from the 1930s.
The blocks are as follows: 1. Kitchen Wood Box, 2. Postage Stamp, 3. Homeward Bound, 4. Churn Dash, 5. Streak of Lightening, 6. Contrary Wife, 7. Calico Puzzle, 8. Rainbow Flowers, 9. Autumn Tints, 10. Linoleum, 11. Basket Weave
Have a favorite?
Edited to add: I thought you might enjoy seeing Autumn's blocks, too!