Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along FAQ

Here’s some answers to some of the questions we’ve been getting. If your question isn’t answered here, why not send me an email and I’ll add it to the list!

Q. How is this event being run?

A. Every Monday and Friday AEST I will post a block prompt in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Facebook Group. These prompts will act as a guide to assist you with managing the block construction in a year.

Q. How can I win prizes?

A. Where possible*, each month of the event I will be offering you the chance to win prizes. To do this you just have to post a photo of at least one of the blocks made during that month into the correct album in the Facebook Group. You have from 12:01am on the first day of the month to 11:59pm on the last day of the month to post the photo into the correct album.

*Where possible means where I’m able to organise a business to donate a prize. It may or may not happen. I will keep everyone updated in the FB Group about the status of prizes as I get them organised.

Q. Is there a list of all the block tutorials?

A. Funny you should ask, there is in deed. You can find it by clicking here.

It may help to bookmark the block list page to help you find them when you need them.

Q. I don’t have a blog, can I still participate?

A. Totally! This is open to everyone. I’ll be encouraging people to share their progress via Instagram and Facebook if they’re on those mediums, but this isn’t compulsory.  Sharing is totally optional and you don’t have to to be a part of the sew-along.

Q. I’m waiting for my book to arrive, can I start later?

A. Absolutely! You can start whenever you want. There’s no race and no pressure. Work to your own timetable. The tutorials will remain here for as long as they’re needed and I continue to pay my hosting fees.

There’s now an eBook for Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt and you can click here to purchase it… just in case you can’t wait any longer.

Q. Is there a hashtag for this sew-along?

A. There is indeed, it’s #AYearwith1930FarmersWife. Search the hashtag on social media to connect to those that are doing the sew-along, it’s a great way to make new friends!

If you want to be block specific you can also hashtag your blocks with their name and number in the following format #FW<number><name> for example #FW13Belle

Q. What are the fabric requirements?

A. All of the fabric requirement information for setting the blocks, borders, backing and binding can be found in the book. However, the fabric requirements for the blocks are not specified.

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird – available from: Amazon | Pink Door Fabrics | Fat Quarter Shop | The Quilting Company | Interweave (Affiliate Links)

With permission from the publisher we’re able to post the fabric requirements for the construction of the quilt.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide details on how much fabric is used in the construction of the blocks. The bundle from Fat Quarter Shop contains 50 fat quarters which is believed to be more than enough to complete all the blocks required for the King Size quilt.


  • Uses 32 Blocks
  • 1.5 yards (1.4m) setting fabric
  • 1.25 yards (1.1m) border and binding
  • 3.75 yard (3.4m) backing fabric
  • 56″ x 65″ (142.2cm x 165.1cm) batting


  • Uses 84 blocks
  • 3.5 yards (3.2m) setting fabric
  • 2.25 yards (2m) border and binding
  • 7 yard (6.4m) backing fabric
  • 84″ x 101″ (213.4cm x 256.5cm) batting


  • Uses 99 blocks
  • 4 yards (3.6m) setting fabric
  • 2.5 yards (2.2m) border and binding
  • 7 2/3 yard (7m) backing fabric
  • 92″ x 109″ (233.7cm x 276.9cm) batting


  • Uses 126 blocks
  • 5 yards (4.6m) setting fabric
  • 2.75 yards (2.3m) border and binding
  • 9.5 yard (8.7m) backing fabric
  • 109″ x 109″ (276.9cm x 276.9cm) batting

Please check your books and confirm the details are correct – these are provided as guides only and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information provided.

Q. Are there any corrections for the book yet?

A. Writing a book is a massive job and authors and publishers do their best to ensure everything contained in the book is accurate, however sometimes mistakes happen (we’re all human after all) and corrections need to be published. You can download the corrections by clicking this link.

Q. What does the quilt look like?

A. Here’s an image courtesy of Laurie Aaron Hird’s website (which you can find by clicking here):

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along: Learn to sew the 99 Blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird's book The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt" with Angie Wilson of, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here:

Image courtesy of Laurie Aaron Hird.

Q. Do I have to use 1930s Reproduction fabrics?

A. No. This is about making a quilt that represents who you are. Use the fabrics you love.

Q. Is this the first Farmer’s Wife book?

A. No, this is the 3rd based on letters from the 1930s.

Q. I’ve started the first Farmer’s Wife, can I do this one as well?

A. You totally can! In fact it’s a great way to use the blocks you’ve already made and mix and match across both books. However we will not be showing you how to make the blocks in the first book.

Q. Where can I find all the information in one handy place?

A. You can click here to find all the information about the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew-along.

Q. What size are the blocks?

A. The blocks are 6″ finished, or 6.5″ unfinished.

Q. Will it be hand pieced?

A. It’s totally up to you. The book gives instructions for hand piecing and it also includes paper piecing templates for all 99 blocks. The sew-along will show you a variety of techniques (where possible) for making the blocks including machine piecing, using templates and fussy cutting.

Q. Can this quilt be done as Quilt As You Go (QAYG)?

A. It most likely could be, however we will not be showing you how to make the quilt with this method. If I come across an explanation of how you could do it I will post a link to it here.

Q. Can this quilt be Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP)?

A. It totally can and you can find the FPP patterns on the disc that came with your book.

Q. Where can I find the Foundation Paper Pieced Patterns?

A. All of the FPP patterns can be found on the disc that came with your book. They are in a separate folder. The patterns will be on the disc. If you are having any problems accessing this information you will need to contact the publisher. Contact details for the publisher can be found in your book.

Q. Where can I get a list of the Marti Michell templates?

A. You can find the list of templates that you can use to make the blocks by clicking here.

Q. Is there a list of all the conversion charts in one handy place?

A. Why yes there is and you can find them by clicking here.

Q. Is there somewhere where I can find all the links to buy the templates without having to look around?

A. Not yet, but we’re working on it. In the meantime here’s a handy link list of the must-have template sets for the sew-along so you don’t have to go hunting for them:

Q. Do I need the templates from Marti Michell to make the blocks?

A. No, the templates are merely a tool for you to use to help with more accurate cutting and piecing. The templates are not specific to this quilt and can be used for a variety of projects in addition to this quilt.

Q. Are the templates only for use with The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt book?

A. No, these templates can be used with the first Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt book and they can be used on their own or to help with other quilt patterns. The possibilities for using these templates are endless.

Q. What are you converting with the conversion charts?

A. The book provides instructions for the types of pieces you need to cut to make the blocks, the conversion chart shows which piece is equivalent to which template so that you know which template to use to cut the pieces.

Q. Will we be making the blocks differently to the way the book shows?

A. Yesk. We’ll be showing you a number of techniques, where possible, to help you make your blocks in the easiest fashion for you. It’s up to you which method you use to make your blocks. In some case we’ll be providing a completely different block as a substitute for the blocks that we didn’t want to make. It’s up to you which block you make.

Q. Is the book available electronically?

A. Yes!!! The book is now in eBook format and available exclusively through the Publishers website. You can click here to purchase it. (Affiliate link)

Q. I got my book but the CD is broken, can I get a replacement?

A Yes, to obtain a free replacement of your broken Farmer’s Wife Sampler CD, contact: or call (800) 258-0929 and ask for Tim deBord.

Q. I can’t start on the start date, can I start later?

A. Absolutely! You can start whenever you want. There’s no race and no pressure. Work to your own timetable. The tutorials will remain here for as long as they’re needed and I continue to pay my hosting fees.

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