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The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired Paperback – October 9, 2009
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The biggest problem with the book no where does it state the actual size of the template pieces. All 106 templates are one to a page and therefore, you need to waste paper and ink to print these out. Laurie and the publisher should get on board with today's quilter. With effort and patience you could locate these public domain blocks in BlockBase and print from there.
I would hesitate to purchase another one of Lauie's book without seeing it in person.
The CD is fine now thanks to suggestions from many people. It is not a program but just a file of the templates, one per page. Most of the blocks are very easy to redraft and that is what I am doing as I make the blocks. This is really a beautiful quilt and book. I do wish there was a file to print out ALL the templates on a few pages as this would save lots of paper. I also would have prefered the CD to include the full size diagrams of each block. That being said I would still highly recommend this book to any quilter.
With this book, I am with the laid back group. The book cover clearly states (maybe it didn't in previous additions?) that there is a CD with templates. I have experience with that, so when I got the CD and looked at the files, they were what I was expecting. Others say, "Well, there are no dimensions!" Well, it is explained in the front notes that the blocks are 6" blocks, so from there, I can get any dimension that I need. The instructions for the CD and templates explain how to use the templates and I have a ruler, so.... I guess as a new quilter I don't get what the fuss is about. Maybe I haven't quilted long enough to have higher expectations. I, in fact, appreciate that the templates are one to a page. I will trace off of these and keep the originals in a notebook. It just seems more organizationally sound to me to have one template per page. I have my own printer; most of you do as well, don't you? If Mrs. Hird had chosen to sell templates for these blocks, well, talk about added expense. And some of the dimensions would be so difficult to explain. I get lost in patterns that ask me to cut 15 2.5 by 8.5 inch strips, then cut 42 2.5 inch triangles using a specific angle cut ruler that I don't have. No, I'd rather have the template. There are some ellipsis in these patters that can only be done by pattern and maybe by paper piecing. I love paper piecing, don't you?Read more ›
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I bought this book for the quilt patterns, but I loved the letters from farmers' wives! I read every entry and thoroughly enjoyed their frankness and intelligence!Published 9 days ago by Betty Vukmanic
I did get this through another source, but I already opened the sealed CD packet in the back, so a return will be difficult - just leaving this review as an FYI. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Sylvia
Disappointed beyond words. Was really looking forward to doing this quilt. Went and purchased reproduction fabric for it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan M. LaRose
I thought I was getting a new book, but as I was looking through the book, there are ink marks someone made.Published 1 month ago by Pokey
Apparently this is a great book, as I haven't been able to get it back from family members. I've not laid eyes on it once in a couple of months.Published 1 month ago by tom74
Love the stories...and the blocks. History plus creativity equals a beautiful quilt.Published 2 months ago by Bev Collard
I received this book for Christmas, but had my eye on it for quite some time. Love the stories. I really enjoy the history behind things. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer