The Farmer's Wife magazine was published from 1893 to 1939 by Webb Publishing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. It offered a glimpse into the lives of farm women, including wonderful recipes along with ads for the newest gadgets and appliances available at the time.
If you're fortunate, you might find copies available through Etsy or eBay, but another place for find some of the information that lay within its covers is in some of the reprinted cookbooks you can still purchase.
This is my copy of The Farmer's Wife cookbook. I really enjoy the recipes, which are wholesome (although not always healthy by today's standards) and simple. An example is an article reprinted from the magazine stating that one should be generous with butter when inviting guests for a meal.
I happen to subscribe to that philosophy, favoring natural over manufactured any day. I'm the same way about sugar in our home. Sugar in moderation is better for our bodies than the artificial stuff as far as I'm concerned. Enough about food. Let's get to the main subject of my post!
Perhaps you've seen this book online or on other quilting sites. I purchased my copy months ago and have been content to read the letters (from the 1920s) contained within. The blocks in this quilt are really beautiful, and Laurie Hird (the author) has assembled quite a collection of information to accompany the blocks. She has also included instructions and templates to recreate each of the blocks.
You can also go to Laurie's website to see samples from the cd, samples from her book, and a sneak peek at her upcoming book, The Farmer's Wife Pony Club quilt! (Something else I'll need to add to my list!)
Last week, I read about a Farmer's Wife Quilt Along through Jodi of Pleasant Home blog. You can click on her link for more information - as well as a free download for all the templates to make the quilt blocks. (These do not take the place of the instructions and information available in the book, but it's a place to download all the templates at one time instead of block by block from the cd that comes with the book.) Thanks a million to Jodi's friend, Lori who made the templates available in one place!
Let me know if you're going to tackle this project. It would be fun to start our own little quilt along in the fall if there's enough interest.