Sunday, 26 May 2013

All about the Farmers Wife Quilt.

Over the last few years, people have been talking about making a Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt. 
I must confess I didn't know anything about it until fairly recently, so have been doing a bit of research. So, what is a Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt?

In 1922 'The Farmer's Wife' magazine asked their readers: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?"

The magazine at the time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in a book (see below), along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired.

The book "The Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt" by Laurie Aaron Hird is available on Amazon (& other booksellers)

In it she describes the history of the quilt and shows the blocks. It is well worth a look.

Now, anyone that knows me knows that I always like to "do my own thing" so I have set myself a challenge! How many different blocks can I make using a basic 9 patch block?
(My own Farmers Wife Quilt)!

Each individual square is 2 1/2" giving a 6" finished block.

Well, I have made a start, and here are some of the blocks I have made so far..........

My note book where I draw out the blocks

Fruit Basket

Union Jack

Blue Shading  (Folds)

Shoo fly


Hour Glass



Maple leaf

Christmas Wreath

Thanks for looking......!


  1. Gorgeous! Love how you designed each square blue shading is my favourite!
    Lisette x

  2. Doing a Christmas one now. Thanks for the feedback (and kind comments) Lisette! I am going to try the blue shaded one with Christmas fabrics, so I will let you know how I get on x