Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird

I'm a terrible quilter, but it doesn't matter if you can barely thread a needle, because The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird is not your typical 'quilting for dummies' book.  In fact, it's really not a quilting book at all.  If you're looking for a detailed how-to guide with illustrations and step-by-step instructions, the library has tons of them, but that's not what this is.

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt is 99 quilt blocks, each paired with an excerpt from a letter written in the 1930's to The Farmer's Wife magazine.  These letters describe the everyday lives and memories of women of all ages living through the Great Depression.  These strong, capable women didn't have an easy time of it, but the faith and hope and resourcefulness that sustained their lives in a really dark time in our history. Their words provide a window into the past, and also some food for thought for the present and future.

And should you be inspired to pick up a needle and thread, there are basic instructions and patterns included in the book and a supplemental CD.  I'd recommend novice quilters pick up a few other books to supplement, though.

Virginia Beach Public Library has a large selection of books on crafts and sewing, including many on quilting. 

If you'd like to read more about the experiences of people in the Great Depression, try Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression or Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression.

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