Book Review – The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

I got this book from Amazon several weeks ago. Have you seen this book?

The quilt is beautiful, made up in gorgeous fall colors. And it’s very easy to do, there is a CD included with the book, so you can print out your templates. What I really love is reading the letters.


In 1922 The Farmers Wife magazine asked their readers, “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?”

It seems city people had a perception of farmers wives as being work horses, dowdy, downtrodden, desperately seeking escape from her dungeon of a life! The response proved nothing was farther from the truth! Over 7000 of the magazine’s readers responded to the question, from their 750,000 subscribers and the tally said 94% of the women would indeed… want their daughter to marry a farmer!

In reading the letters, the farmers wives pitied the city women! 🙂 Cooped up in hot/cold city apartment, no money of her own except what her husband gave her, no fresh air, and lots of entertainment, but few ‘real’ things to do.

The farmers wives had the chicken and egg money, it was their own to keep. They did the work of taking care of the chickens and selling the eggs, that belonged to them. They spent their days doing ‘real’ things that directly impacted their family – cooking, gardening, planting, sewing, canning, preserving, and they worked hard. At the end of the day they were tired, but it was a good tired.

(I’m not saying anything against city women, I’m just reporting the point of view in the book) 🙂

Every letter is filled with joy and pride in her work and life. She worked alongside her husband, together they ran the farm, their business. The letters are full of pride in their children and how they are growing up. She wholeheartedly wished her daughter the same kind of life.

Add to that, the templates and directions for 111 quilt blocks…it’s a fascinating book. I hope you have the opportunity to get the book and that you enjoy it as much as I did.


7 Responses to “Book Review – The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt”

  1. May Britt Says:

    I ordered that book last week, and hope to find it in my mailbox today or tomorrow 🙂 Looking forward to read it.

  2. Peggy Says:

    Thanks for the mini book review. It is on my list! Simple living really appeals to me and I live so close to the cows :)…I’m a wannabe farmer’s wife ;).

  3. Suz K Says:

    Interesting to think how far we’ve come from what is really living, huh? This looks interesting – will have to add it to my Christmas list.

  4. Bente,norway Says:

    Hi, I`m reading this book now, and I like it!

  5. Jackie Says:

    It looks like it comes with a CD too! I’ve put this one on my wish list. Thank you!

  6. Violette Says:

    I love these types of books and will have to buy it. I have the 2 Civil War Diary books and the Dear Hannah books.

  7. Karen Says:

    We started using this book with great excitement in a monthly class!
    Wow! What a rude awakening to find that the templates DO NOT match up to make an accurate block! The ladies in my class (9 ladies in all) had the same question…
    How can you print a book to be sold to quilters, when obviously the construction of the blocks was not tested???
    We were all very frustrated to find that the CD was useless! Many had already made templates from the book (one gal had already made 50).
    Having EQ 6 & Blockbase, I then went to my computer & printed out nine of the blocks I could find easily & we went ahead and made several. As a shop owner, pattern & fabric designer, and history buff, I find it disconcerting to promote a book/class and have so many people disappointed.
    The jury is still out as to whether we will continue! Although the book is interesting as far as the history goes, it is expensive! Many of my customers feel ripped off!

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