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A Story of Quilt Blocks and Books


“I really like the farm,” wrote Mrs. G.B.S. of Saline County, Missouri in 1922, “and I had reasonably be often known as a farm girl than by another title.” When Laurie Aaron Hird stumbled onto a set of letters from Nineteen Twenties farm ladies, she was charmed. All of the letters answered a query posed by The Farmer’s Spouse journal: “Would you will have your daughter marry a farmer?” The letters — all clear-eyed, heartfelt, valuing each the independence and pleasure of farm life — answered the query with a sure, and impressed a legacy of the Farmer’s Spouse sampler quilt and quilt books.

The Starting of an Concept

Laurie Aaron Hird was no stranger to each the onerous work and the fun of residing a family-centered life within the nation. She and her husband reside in rural Wisconsin, the place they raised 11 kids, she says “on a 6½ acre farmette full with an enormous, previous farmhouse, a bit ‘used-to- be’ farmhand home, woods, pasture, and gardens.”

farmer's wife sampler quilt
Laurie Aaron Hird

One spring, Laurie developed a foot harm that compelled her to spend much more time idle than she would love. “I prayed that the Lord would give me one thing to do whereas I sat in my chair pouting.” An thought blossomed when she discovered a duplicate of Rosemary Younger’s The Civil Warfare Diary Quilt. It dropped at thoughts these great letters she’d discovered years earlier than.

Laurie Begins the Farmer’s Spouse Sampler Quilt

“I started by totally hand-piecing my quilts,” says Laurie. “I’ve improved my machine piecing abilities previously few years, however for accuracy, I nonetheless want stitching by hand.” Hand piecing additionally allowed her to take a seat in the lounge together with her household, and stitch within the evenings. This was her solely time to work on the quilt, as seven kids nonetheless lived at house, 5 of whom she was homeschooling.

“The Bible Sampler Quilt” • 84½" x 108½" • 2016 • Quilted by Peg Ries
The Bible Sampler Quilt • 84½” x 108½” • 2016 • Quilted by Peg Ries

One in every of Laurie’s favourite quilt blocks is named Linoleum. “It speaks to the hopes and desires of farm wives,” she says. “We take easy ground coverings as a right, however for the ladies who had solely tough, hard-to-clean boards on their kitchen flooring, linoleum needed to be a beautiful invention.”

Good for Each Quilter

When The Farmer’s Spouse Sampler Quilt was revealed in 2009, it turned a surprising finest vendor. The quilt itself is breathtaking, and the sampler side appeals to each skilled and newbie quilters. “I imagine that there isn’t a higher solution to be taught quilting than by making a sampler quilt,” says Laurie.

farmer's wife sampler quilt
The Farmer’s Spouse Pony Membership Sampler Quilt • 2011 • Quilted by Nell Coons | Photograph courtesy of Laurie Aaron Hird

However the attract of this quilt is greater than that. The voices in these letters ring so clearly, that you just really feel as if the ladies writing them. Sure currents run by means of the letters that resonate as we speak: true partnership with their husbands, the ambiguous impacts of latest know-how and social modifications, a want for pleasure and wonder, and love of household, the pure world, and God.

Recognition Grows

Laurie didn’t anticipate so many similarities. “One girl mentions spending a lot time together with her new radio that she is changing into unaware of the happenings in her neighborhood. These days, many people may simply substitute ‘web’ for ‘radio,’ and know precisely what she means!”

Preserving the title of the block is necessary to Laurie, as is the standard template-friendly, as a result of it helps us bear in mind. “The theme of my books is remembrance — remembering each previous and almost forgotten quilt patterns, and previous and almost forgotten letters.” Need extra inspiration from Laurie Aaron Hird? Take a look at her different quilt books: The Farmer’s Spouse Nineteen Thirties Sampler Quilt and The Farmer’s Spouse Sampler Quilt Coloring eBook: Colour 70 Basic Quilt Designs from Your Favourite Sampler Assortment.


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