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.