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Addie is Block 1 of Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt

Here’s the 1 you’ve all been waiting for in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt! (See what I did there?) I really love this version of Addie with the little bunny in the middle. There’s something so sublimely perfect about Lizzy House’s Lovely Hunt that made it the best choice for this block. The print is so lush with detail that you even get little surprises of print in the tiny little triangles. I love a good star block and the added detail of the split triangles in this block make it all the more special.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

Tutorial: Block #1 “Addie”

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

General Information

If you’d like to know “My Top 10 Beginners Patchworking Tools” you can find them by clicking here.

Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the book, The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them. Measurements can be found in this book and it’s associated media.

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)

On Point Blocks

Please note I am not doing my blocks on-point. If you are fussy cutting your blocks please be mindful of your fabric placement so that the motif will sit correctly if you decide to put your blocks on-point.

Conversion Chart

You can find the From Marti Michell Patchwork Template Conversion Charts by clicking here.

Helpful Links & Videos

Marti Michell shows you how to cut using your ruler and templates:

For another video on this template set click here.

How to Make the Block

General advice:

  • Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
  • Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
  • You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
  • When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
  • Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.

Please note: This tutorial shows how to use the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A to make this block. Parallelograms are directional. Unless you are working with hand dyes or most batiks, you cannot turn them over to point the “other” direction. These point to the upper right. Please read all instructions before starting the block.

1. Cutting 1D with the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A: From your 2 fabrics cut two strips of 1¼” x 7″ pieces of each fabric (As per diagram 1). For greater stability (less chance of stretching) cut them on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvage).

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com1a. Take one strip of each fabric and place right sides together. Repeat with the remaining fabric strips. Stack strips on top of each other (as per diagram 2).

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com2. Position template A-7 on the strips as shown in diagram 2. Cut out template. Rotate template and cut remaining shapes from the strips as per diagram 2a.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com3. The beauty of using the Marti Michell templates is that you can chain piece the triangles because you’ve paired them up in the cutting. Line up the triangles as per diagram 3. I lined them up with the right angles facing up. You can then run them through the sewing machine in order and stitch them all in one go. (As per the black lines in diagram 3a.) These triangles will be referred to as A7 in the tutorial.

4. Use your rotary cutter and ruler to cut all remaining pieces required for the block as per the instructions in the book. Cutting instructions can be found on the disc that came with the book. Block directions are located on page 160. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart. I have used the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A and accompanying conversion chart to cut all my pieces for this block.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com5. Join A7 to the right side of 1C. Repeat for all 4 1C units.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com6. Repeat for the left side, join the remaining A7 to the 1C. Repeat for all 4 1C units.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com7. Join 1B to the top row middle unit. Join the first middle row until to 1A. Join 1B to the bottom row middle unit. (As per diagram 7a.)

8. Join 1B to the top row middle unit. Join the last middle row until to 1A. Join 1B to the bottom row middle unit. (As per diagram 8.)

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com9. Join the top row to the middle row.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com10. Join the bottom row to the rest of the block as per diagram 10a.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com11. Bam! You just made Addie.

Accompanying Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Block Tutorial

When I hosted the 2015 Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-Along I had some blogging friends jump in and make the blocks and share their thoughts, tips, tricks and alternative fabric choices with everyone. These tutorials provided a great way for participants to find some new bloggers to follow, learn more about the craft we all love and get some alternative ideas for fabrics and colours.

You can find this blocks accompanying tutorial here*: Cat @ Cat + Vee

*Please note: Where possible I will link to the accompanying tutorial, however given the time that has elapsed since the first event in some cases the tutorial may be missing. In this case I will link to the blogger directly so that you can check out their work.

Book Details

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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)

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Comments

  1. This was really the first block I’ve made because it was the first from the other sew-along and it’s the ‘main’ block in one of my quilts the block all the other blocks need to play nice with. And can I say itß It’s my favorite!