Block 81 of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt is Peony. I’d love to tell you that I found a super easy way to piece Peony and I’m going to rock your world today by sharing it – but I didn’t. In fact, I attempted two different versions of Peony to try and find a way to make the piecing easier and I failed both times. My nerves are playing havoc with my sewing at the moment and it didn’t help that Peony’s foundation paper pieced pattern includes y-seams and partial seams.
Long story short, both my Peony’s are in the trash. Instead, I’ve provided you with a super simple alternative that takes inspiration from Peony but allows you a quick patchwork block to break up the unrelenting complexity that has become the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt. I’m determined to add this block to my quilt so when I return from Quilt Market I will provide a tutorial on how to make your own English Paper Piecing templates from the pattern in the book and then provide step-by-step photos on how to EPP the block together. (Hopefully by then my hands will have stopped shaking from nerves!)
For those that want to Foundation Paper Piece the block I have provided the cutting sizes for your pieces below. As always Marti Michell has provided a chart for this block and in this instance she’s also provide an alternate version. You can get the chart by clicking here.