My parents have always said that I was born in the wrong century. My fascination with all things from the 1800′s and early 1900′s has been a lifelong love affair. In my high school years, I dabbled (because I had time then) in hide tanning, cheese making, soap making, crocheting, sewing, quilting, cross-stitching, smoking meats, canning, and the list goes on. If it had been done during the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I was there.
For my birthday this year, I got The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book. Having always loved quilts, the name of this one caught my eye. The book has letters from farmer’s wives to the editor of the Farmer’s Wife Magazine from the early 1920′s answering the question, “Would you want your daughter to marry a farmer?”
At that time being a farmer’s wife was as negative a thing as being a slave in early years. They were pretty much one and the same, at least according to all the “city girls”.
Each letter, there are over 60 of them, corresponds with 2 quilt squares. The back of the book has the patterns for the squares.
Yes, you guessed it. I’ve decided to make this quilt. Of course, this will be a very long in progress project. There are 111 6-inch blocks. Tiny little things if you ask me.
I’ve forced myself to not read ahead, so I’ve only read the letters that correspond with the blocks that I have made or am in the process of making. A fun little treasure chest and when I’m done hunting and playing, a queen size quilt will emerge! (in about 2 or 3 years probably, after all I am a true farmer’s wife and the spring season is upon us!)
Before things have gotten really busy I was able to make 12 squares. If any of you ladies would like to join me, you can find more information about the book here. I will warn you, the book is not the best as far as quilting instructions go. If you’ve never made a quilt before, I don’t recommend it. It takes into assumption that you “know” certain things like how to put the blocks together, seam allowances, etc. And there are no measurements or roto-cutting instructions. It’s templates that you copy and trace on your fabrics.
I still love the patterns and can’t wait to see it completed. I’m using scraps and new fabrics for mine.
Here’s a picture of all the blocks that I have completed so far. (don’t look too closely, nothing has been squared off yet)
How about you? Do you have a certain time in history that sings to your soul?