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1930's Farmer's Wife Quiltathon

Last year I watched social media blew up with images and quilt-a-longs from the Farmer's Wife quilt books.  I've had the 1930's Farmer's Wife on my shelf for a while now, and I've decided it's now or never to do something of my own.  Because I'm a procrastinator at heart, I've decided to organize something a little less official than a full blown quilt-a-long, but will also keep me accountable, so this is a quiltathon.  33 weeks of piecing and posting all 99 blocks presented in the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.

This is going to be a quilt for my family, and I am so excited about it because I have given away almost every quilt I have made, and now my own kiddos will have a beautiful, full sized quilt to snuggle under together on the couch.  I also need to make some quilts for the family so that I can convince Handsomepants to build me a quilt ladder for our living room.

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How It Works

This quiltathon will start January 1 and end in December 2018.  

Every week I will be releasing between 2 and 3 posts.  Every post will have a quick how-to on block assembly and a little something on the block's accompanying letter.

The quiltathon will primarily be held on Instagram, so follow along and post your own blocks using the hashtag #PQCfarmerswife.  There will be monthly updates on the blog, so you can check in at the end of the month to see what blocks were covered. (The quiltathon is in no way hosted or endorsed by Instagram.)

 

Prerequisites 

A copy of the The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt.  I will be demonstrating the construction of some of the blocks, but I will not be providing the templates or paper piecing patterns. Those are included with the book and can be printed from the CD provided.  Just make sure that when you print you're set to print at 100% scale, otherwise you'll end up with different sized blocks.  Blocks should be 6 1/2 x 6 1/2", unfinished.

Fabric requirements might be different for everyone depending on what size quilt you choose to make, and whether you place your blocks on point or not.  Requirements for background fabrics, batting, and backing fabrics are all provided in the book, but I will share with you the number of blocks needed for each size so that you can plan ahead how many blocks you need for the size you want.

 

Lap Size: 32 blocks

Twin Size: 84 blocks

Queen Size: 99 blocks

King Size: 126 blocks, there are only 99 patterns in the book, so you will have to repeat 27 blocks.

 

The Schedule

I'm organizing this quiltathon in a semi-chronological manner.  All of the blocks in the book are identified by a title, a woman's name, month, and the year their corresponding letter was published.  I've arranged all of the blocks according to the month and year the letters were published.

This organizational method distributes between 8 and 10 blocks into each month, with the exceptions of May and June, which will give use a little break with only 6 blocks those months.  We'll skip around the book throughout the year, but it was important to go month-to-month so that the blocks match up with some other fun tid-bits I'll be including with every post.

January

  • Aunt - 1933
  • Mother - 1933  
  • Tirzah - 1934
  • Dinah - 1934
  • Joy - 1935
  • Malvina - 1935
  • Ava - 1936
  • Peony - 1938

February 

  • Sylvia - 1931
  • Grandma - 1931
  • Katherine - 1931
  • Anne - 1933
  • Doris - 1933
  • Aime - 1934
  • Nellie - 1935
  • Caroline - 1936
  • Lucy - 1938

March

  • Patience - 1930
  • Mrs. Morgan - 1931
  • Eva - 1931
  • Betty - 1933
  • Becky - 1934
  • Mrs. Smith - 1935
  • Tracy - 1938
  • Flora - 1938
  • Jenny - 1939

April

  • Nan - 1930
  • Marcella - 1932
  • Mrs. Fay - 1934
  • Monette - 1935
  • Old Maid - 1936
  • Jewel - 1937
  • Carol - 1937
  • Mollie - 1937
  • May - 1938
  • Autumn - 1939

May

  • Mrs. Thomas - 1932
  • Prudence - 1932
  • Poppy - 1933
  • Primrose - 1936
  • Blossom - 1938

June

  • Judy - 1930
  • Augusta - 1931
  • Widow - 1932
  • Bonnie - 1934
  • Mrs. Taft - 1935
  • Grandmother - 1937

July

  • Lily - 1930
  • Fern - 1932
  • Caroline - 1933
  • Rosemary - 1933
  • Ann - 1935
  • Mrs. Brown - 1936
  • Mary Gray - 1937
  • Alice - 1937
  • Hope - 1938

August

  • Mary - 1930
  • Pharlemia - 1934
  • Lola - 1935
  • Mrs. Anderson - 1935
  • Georgia - 1935
  • Bride - 1936
  • Ruby - 1936
  • Fannie - 1936
  • Sonnie - 1937
  • Posy - 1938

September

  • Dolly - 1933
  • Golda - 1933
  • Sara - 1935
  • Susannah - 1935
  • Margaret - 1935
  • September - 1935
  • Farmer's Wife - 1937
  • Patricia - 1937

October

  • Mrs. Lloyd - 1930
  • Addie - 1930
  • April - 1933
  • Em - 1934
  • Geneva - 1934
  • Sarah - 1936
  • Coral - 1936
  • Charlotte - 1937
  • Viola - 1937

November

  • Iris - 1932
  • Mrs. Keller - 1932
  • Lady - 1932
  • Magnolia - 1933
  • Starlight - 1934
  • Crystal - 1936
  • Granny - 1937
  • Heather - 1938

December

  • Milly - 1931
  • Nancy - 1933
  • Daffodil - 1935
  • Bea - 1935
  • Belle - 1935
  • Martha - 1937
  • Carrie - 1937
  • Priscilla - 1938

If you're hopping on board with me, start planning your fabric choices now and order your own copy of 1930's The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird.  

Remember, the Istagram hashtag is #PQCfarmerswife so you can show off your blocks and see what others are up to!  I look forward to it!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita