Farmers Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Comes To Life In Red And White

Scraps Are Perfect As You Need Very Little For Each Block.

What fun to try the kind of patchwork women did in the 30’s, who were using feed sack fabrics or any other cloth that came to hand. Put your own twist on each of the Farmers Wife 1930’s blocks. The obvious choice is vintage fabrics or repros, however unexpected results often come out of monochrome choices and all the more exciting for it.



Scraps are perfect for this project since you only need a little bit for each block. It will be scrappy as it would have been at the time. Some large designs or spaced out prints can get lost when cut so small. While many 1930s reproduction prints have the advantage of being small scale designs, too many repro florals can lack contrast.

Farmers wife 1930s sampler quilt red and white


Beautiful in a mix of red and white, Amber, from A Little Bit Biased started with a dozen or so of fat quarters and then added more for variety.

Famers Wife 1930s quilt block


Using a mix of small scale prints and solids in light and dark, together with fresh white sashing, bring the unusual blocks to life. The quilt is stitched in the ditch, with hand quilting around each piece, as well as the dashboard lines in the border, to keep an antique feel.

red and white quilts sampler quilt blocks


Most of the blocks are pieced from template-cut patches, old-school style. And that’s just part of the beauty of the Farmers Wife 1930’s Samplers Quilt book.



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