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Book Review – The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

October 18, 2009

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.

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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) ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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A Very Cool Book!

December 11, 2008

fusebook.jpgI recently received a book in the mail, Fuse It and Be Done! by Barbara Campbell and Yolanda Fundora. You may recall the September issue of Cotton Spice had a Sunflower fusing project done by Yolanda. It’s gorgeous and so are the projects in this book.ย  There are 23 projects in the book… WOW! And besides the projects there is a very thorough primer on fusing. If you’re unfamiliar with all the new products on the shelves of your quilt shop, don’t worry. Barbara and Yolanda hold your hand all the way through with clear, simple directions, diagrams and photographs. It just couldn’t be easier.

The projects cover all skill levels, so don’t think this book isn’t for you. It is! And one of the coolest things – it has a CD in the back with all the templates and artwork.ย  Just slide in the CD and print out what you need. No more trips to the copy store, or trying to hold the book still on your home copier while it takes forever to copy/print. This is high tech, ladies! ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbara and Yolanda have collaborated on more than a few books and they are alwaysย  fun. You can see a few of the projects in Fuse It and Be Done! by going to their website Love In Stitches Click on the picture of the book.

Ok, I know you want your own copy. Well, I have a deal for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a 40% off sale at MyCraftivityShop.com on that book and ANY other book now through Sunday the 14th. Use code MYC40DEC, to save on your order. That is a super cool deal, and right before Christmas… this is a wonderful opportunity to finish up that gift list. But you’ve got to do it by the 14th, so don’t forget!

Ok… I’m off to go fuse something!