Farmer's Wife Quilt {the start of a new obsession}


If you've been around the quilting world or followed many quilting blogs for awhile, then you've certainly heard of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.  The inspiration behind this quilt (designed by author Laurie Aaron Hird) are letters written in 1922 in response to this question posed by The Farmer's Wife magazine:  "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?"  The magazine received 7,000 letters, the best of which are included in the book, along with the quilt blocks they inspired. I have seen so many beautiful versions of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt and admired them for years.  Fabric choice has held me back until I decided a few months ago that I wanted to make my sampler in all red and white fabrics.  So, the fabric collection began.  If I was out and happened across any red and white fat quarters, etc., I picked them up.  Wednesday night I was putting a new fat quarter into my red and white stash and realized there was no room left in this bin.

farmer's wife book and stashI took that as a clue that I needed to get started on my blocks!  I pulled fabrics for the first 7 or 8 blocks on Wednesday and then Thursday night I set out to make the first two.

Here is block #1 - Attic Windows.  LOVE!

FWQ Block 1

Block #2 - Autumn Tints - now I realize that these things are crazy addictive!!  So, I made a couple more :)FWQ Block 2

Block #3 - Basket - I'm not good at applique and knew that if I did needle turn I would never finish this block, so I quickly machine appliqued it to get it done.FMQ Block 3Block #4 - Basket Weave - I don't know if I can pick a favorite!

FWQ Block 4


That's 4 done and only 107 to go...oh my!  Wish me luck.  Maybe by this time next year I'll have them all done.