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1930's Farmers Wife Quiltathon: Fabric Selection

I think this is one of the most fun parts of quilting is choosing all of the fabrics I'm going to use!  I have a hard time believing that I'm the only quilter out there that buys fabric just because it's pretty and not because I actually have a plan for how to use it.  But when I decide to ignore all of my WIPs and start a new quilt top, I can spend hours sifting through all of the drawers and stacks of fabric in my quilting closet.  Luckily for the 1930's Farmer's Wife most of my fabrics fell into my lap at the Denver Mart Quilt Show this last March.


I have a terrible habit of combing through the stalls of quilt shows on the last day of the show looking for awesome discounts and this last year I made out like a bandit!  Buy-One-Get-One yard cuts for $3, heck yes! I went a little crazy, but I found lots of pretty fabrics that happened to play well with one another. 

The fabric requirements given in The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt don't necessarily give measurements needed for all 99 blocks. (I couldn't find them, unless I just had idiot moment when reading!)  Over the course of 2018 I will be making all 99 blocks required to make a queen sized quilt top, and I've guessed a bit at the amount of fabric required to make all of those blocks.  

I've amassed 14 yards of fabrics along with a number of scrap pieces about an 1/8th of a yard, I'm assuming that will be more than enough! 


I've also decided to keep the color palate relatively simple, but I wanted a quilt that was somewhat quiet.  I feel that a lot of the quilts I made last year had loud colors and bold prints and I wanted a change in favor of something more approachable.  The little flower motif is on three of the fabrics in blue, purple, and green.  Maybe it's too repetitive, but for some reason I'm really attracted to this print. 


I also did not select many solid fabrics, all but three are prints.  This will lead to busy blocks but I'm planning on using solids for the back ground fabrics to help the eye focus on the blocks and not the quilt at large.  If you're going to put all of that work into each beautiful block, why not showcase them?


I have to admit that I'm rather nervous for this quiltathon to start. I'm behind schedule before we've even started!  Multiple broken pipes and a completely flooded house last month (first floor and an inch of standing water in the basement) has kept me from doing any form of quilting or blogging for that matter! 

We've all been living in our bedrooms for the last couple of weeks and moving into a hotel if in our near future!  The kids have been troopers even when Handsomepants and I announced our Christmas plans were canceled and we weren't getting a tree this year.  I only hope our insurance will be more accommodating so that I can have floors and drywall in two stories of my house by the end of January, fingers crossed!


And on top of all of that craziness, we have a little secret!  Starting June 2018, the Wahn family will now be party of 6!  The girls are excited and I've officially upgraded to a minivan (with heated seats!)

Despite all of the craziness in our lives right now, we have a lot to be grateful for with a roof over our heads, food on the table, and a growing family that we love!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and happy quilting!

- Rita

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.



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.)



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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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