Here’s a cure for the common quilt…a sampler quilt book with 99 unusual quilt block patterns and so much more. Forgive me for gushing, but this book is truly blowing me away! The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird (Fons & Porter/F+W, 2015; $28.99) is flying off bookstore shelves and I totally understand why. The combination of great quilt blocks, clear quilt setting instructions, and unbelievably moving letters written by farm women during the Great Depression makes this a must-have book for any quilter’s library.
A word of warning: this is not a fast, easy collection of quilt blocks, nor would a quilt made with these blocks be a fast, easy project. Most of the blocks are pieced from template-cut patches, old-school style. And that’s part of the beauty of this book. Not only do we get a glimpse of the daily lives of quilters in the 1930s, we have an opportunity to join them in the kind of patchwork they may well have worked on, using feed sack fabrics or any other cloth that came to hand. This book gives a fully immersive experience, and I can’t wait to dig into my 1930s repro stash and lose myself in the process.
Best news of all…the book and its accompanying pattern disc are on sale in our online shop, for even less than you’d pay on Amazon! Visit QuiltAndSewShop.com to check out this super thrifty deal. You can bet those farm ladies would approve!
The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt gets two big thumbs up from me. Now I’m off to sort through my 30s repros!