A CLOUD OF QUILT PATTERNS: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PATTERN IN BLOG FORM UPDATES & ADDITIONS BY BARBARA BRACKMAN

Monday, January 7, 2019

Farmer's Wife---How many blocks ever made?


Did anyone ever make this block?
This is a question pattern historian Cuesta Benberry and I used to ask each other. Some designs seem so obscure that we were thrilled to come across an actual quilt in the pattern. 

I don't recall ever seeing this one made into a quilt, however.

It's BlockBase #4088
Best known as Farmer's Wife.

It's interesting but hard to construct, and as you might
guess by the seam lines, it's filed in BlockBase under Miscellaneous. I looked at
it as a pieced block.

I recently found the original source. In 1912 the Farmer's Wife from St. Paul, Minnesota  showed a sketch of "A New Quilt Pattern" by Mrs. H. L Miller. This pattern was designed expressly for this magazine from which it takes its name." The Farmer's Wife  would send you a pattern for a dime.

I was pleased to find the source of the pattern and the name. The periodical published many quilt patterns over the years.

I squared up the sketch but it still looks obscure, probably all appliqued.

Eveline Foland drew a variation for the Kansas City Star and her pattern, all appliqued, does look do-able.

Carlie Sexton offered a pattern at the same time. She
seems to have made up at least one block.

Have you ever seen a vintage block or quilt in the pattern?

Recently Sue Daley re-drew it and actually stitched a block!

Sue sells plastic templates for a pieced version.
https://www.suedaleyblog.com/its-a-classic-kinda-day-farmers-wife/

Or print it out in BlockBase any size. Here's a sheet with an 8" pattern.


UPDATE: Margaret wrote me a note telling me Jen Kingwell has done a whole quilt, also sells the pattern and templates.



5 comments:

  1. I've never seen an antique version and I'm guessing they didn't make many dimes on this one.

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  2. Wow, an amazing block. I can't imagine many full size quilts were made using this as a one block quilt. Thank you for the interesting blocks and the research into their history.

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  3. شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر

    شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر شركة المثالية هي افضل شركة تنظيف بالخبر يمكنكم التواصل معها للحصول علي افضل خدمات تنظيف المنازل والشقق والفلل والبيوت والمجالس والكنب والسجاد والموكيت والمفروشات بجودة عالية ومواصفات قياسية حيث تعد شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر اولي الشركات التي التي تخصصت في مجالل التنظيف بالخبر ولديها خبرة كبيرة وعمالة ماهرة وادوات تنظيف حديثة وطاقم عمالة مدرب علي اعلي مستوى فلا تترددوا في الاتصال بشركة المثالية للتنظيف بالخبر وسوف تحصلون علي افضل الخدمات المنزلية من نظافة ومكافحة حشرات بارخص الاسعار

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