Awhile ago, I was looking on Amazon and saw a new quilt book called, Farmer’s Wife By Laurie Aaron Hird. I put it on my wish list hoping that someday, I might purchase it.
Being a farmer’s wife and admirer of sampler quilts, I thought the book might be something I would like. Well, Kelli bought it for me for my birthday. I was real happy but after looking carefully at the quilt, it looked pretty overwhelming….there are 101 different blocks in the quilt and some even have inset seams…something I don’t know if I am ready to tackle!
Looking more carefully at the book, it was inspired bya 1922 contest in the Farmer’s Wife magazine. Readers were supposed to write in answering the following question: “If you had a daughter of marriagable age, would you, in light of you own experience (as a farmer’s wife), want her to many a farmer?” The book features written responses from farm wives along with quilt blocks that were inspired by those responses.
I read one response and started crying. Growing up a farmer’s daughter and becoming a farmer’s wife, I could really relate to the letter. The farming life is both a blessing and a curse….and it’s not something you can do a little bit. It isn’t just a job, it’s a life….a life for the whole family. Most days, I love it. Most days, I wouldn’t trade it for anything…but their are days, that are difficult.
After reading one letter in the book, I am hooked. Although I don’t want to tackle any inset seams….I’m thinking I might give it a try. Although making 101 different blocks seems monumental….I think it might be fun. It will be a quilt to remember. Now I am trying to calculate how many blocks I have to do in a month to finish it in a year….it might just have to be a two year project :)
Ironically, my daughter Kelli, who gave me the book has been dating a farmer for almost two years. So would I advise her to marry a farmer? Yes…I would.