Monday, 22 June 2015

Reviw - The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt
by Laurie Aaron Hird
Publisher: Fons & Porter
Pub. Date: June 12, 2015
ISBN: 978-1440241468
Pages: 272
Buy Link: Amazon


While some people might think quilting is just a hobby, actually, quilting has been used to make beddings, clothings and art wall hangings for years. The first known quilt dates back to 3400 B.C..

Now available in bookstores is the The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt from author and quilter Laurie Aaron Hird. The Farmer's Wife was a monthly women's magazine that was published from 1897 to 1939, when it was sold to Farm Journal - lasting until the 1970s. During the 1930s (The Great Depression), the magazine featured a inspiration column, titled "Letters From Our Farm Women." Each and every month, this column would publish letters from readers from around the country, which the letters would offer support and encouragement.

Laurie Aaron Hird shares 99 letters that appeared in The Farmer's Wife during the 1930s and along side each one, she has put together quilt blocks that has inspired by the letters. The book is split into sections, the first half featuring the letters & quilt blocks and the latter half showcasing the assembly for each quilt block, along with directions to make either a lap-size, twin-size, queen-size or a king-size quilt.

After the Wall Street stock market crash in 1929, the country entered the Great Depression, which was an extremely hard time for people, whom all struggled to provide for their families during this time. Each letter featured in this quilt book represents a part of history that shouldn't be forgotten and now can be shared with a new generation of readers & quilters!

While I've never quilted a single thing in my life (though I do know how to embroidery), I grew up around quilters (my mother & aunts), so I know anything and everything about quilting. I was well aware of the author's other book, The Farmer's Wife 1920's Sampler Quilt, which was one of the reasons why I wanted to review this book.

All the quilt patterns featured in the book and on the included CD are creative and colorful. Of course my favorite part of the book are all the letters, which gives you a glimpse of what life was like during the 1930s. Overall, I think this a great book to own for quilters or historical buffs alike.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

About the Author:

Laurie Aaron Hird has been quilting for over ten years and enjoys working with reproduction and 1930's fabrics. She and her family live on six acres in the country of southwestern Wisconsin, complete with animals, gardens, woods and an orchard.


  1. I noticed your kind review on the Amazon website. Thank you! I googled "Ramblings of a CAW and have enjoyed reading your blog. We, too, have home schooled our children. We began in 1983 and should finish in four or five more years. Whew! I also have another book (the 2nd) titled, The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Sampler Quilt--Letters From the Lucky Pony Winners of 1915 and 90 Blocks That Tell Their Stories. I would be happy to send a free copy to you. No review is expected. I just thought you and your daughters would enjoy reading the letters and looking at the photographs. If you are interested, I can be reached at Thank you.

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for stopping by my blog. I always get excited when a author of a book I reviewed leaves a comment. I don't have any kids, let alone have ever home schooled anybody. You might've of read one of the guest posts on blog or gotten me mixed up with another reviewer. Anyway, I'll contact you soon about reviewing the other book.




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