This is the third block for this week and it’s one of my favourites. I love the on-point square in the middle as it’s perfect for showing off your fussy cutting skills. I’m a sucker for fussy cutting and you’re going to see I plan on using it in all my blocks. These traditional blocks are a great way to have fun honing your fussy cutting skills as they provide great opportunities for working with squares and rectangles.
I really hope you love this block as much as I do. It’s the next level up on the patchwork scale of complexity from Becky and Bonnie, but it’s so simple to do that once you’ve done it once you’ll want to do it again and again. (There’s a link in the instructions to a really great quilt block you can make that uses the techniques in this block to great effect!)
Thoughts on the Letter
This letter from Aunt Maria reminded me of a verse that my Father used to (and still does on occasion) say to me all the time as I was growing up; “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34). Both Aunt Maria, Matthew and my Dad are right, you need to focus on getting through it one day at a time. Some days you won’t need to focus as hard as other days, but within us we all have the strength to shoulder our burdens and make it to the next day. It’s a hard lesson to learn and one I find myself struggling to remember – both when I think my troubles are too overwhelming and when I’m busy wishing the days away in the hope of some big event coming up. I found this lesson really resonated with me at the moment as I’m juggling so many different responsibilities, priorities and commitments. If I focus on what I’m doing today to build for tomorrow then tomorrow will take care of itself.
Tutorial: Block #8 “Aunt”
- I pressed my seams open.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used 50wt Aurifil #2600 (Dove) thread for piecing.
- I used the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- Fabrics shown in the tutorial are from the Gnome Angel Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Bundle on Fat Quarter Shop.
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.
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.
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:
BLOCK CONSTRUCTION PDF
The Author and Publisher have made available a PDF file of the block rotary cutting instruction and construction details as provided for in the book to assist those that are waiting on their books to be delivered. You can download this block by clicking here.
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How to Make the Block
- 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.
1. Use your rotary cutter and ruler to cut all 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 167. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart.
2. Join the top right 8B to 8A. If you’re using the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A you will be able to just line the pieces perfectly only the edge. If you’ve cut your pieces as per the templates in the book you will have to line up the bottom edge of the triangle so that there is a quarter inch of the triangle extending past the square.
You can fold your square in half and finger crease the fold to make a centre line, this will make it easier to line up the point of the triangle. (Rita (of Red Pepper Quilts) has a tutorial on making an Economy Block that uses this same principle and may help you see this method in action.) You will use this same technique for all four triangles.
3. Join the lower left 8B to 8A.
4. Join the lower right 8B to 8A. This is where the beauty of the engineered corners of the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A comes in handy. If you’ve used the templates you can just line up the corners. (See diagram 4A.) If you’re not using the templates you would use the same method as shown in step 2.
5. Join the top left 8B to 8A.
6. The next stage of this block construction can go really quickly as you’ll be able to chain piece. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it.
Join the top right 8D to 8C. Join middle right 8C to 8A. Join bottom right 8D to 8C.
7. Again you’ll be able to chain piece this step. Join the top left 8D to 8C. Join middle left 8C to 8A. Join bottom left 8D to 8C.
8. Now that you have your 3 rows you’ll want to join the top row (1) to the middle row (2) and then the bottom row (3) to the middle and top row. The process is the same for each row.
Tip: Use your pins to line up the seams. The impact from this block is the square that is formed in the middle. Be mindful of not cutting off your triangle points. If you have to use your seam ripper, do it. It’s worth getting right with this block.
9. Press the final seam and step back to admire your completed block.
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along Blogger Line up for Month 1
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along Official Bloggers will be posting their tips, tricks and tutorials for the blocks as they are released. You’ll be able to find them at the following links.
29/09/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
01/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
02/10/2015: Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
06/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
07/10/2015: Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
08/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
13/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
14/10/2015: Melissa @ Ms Midge
15/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
16/10/2015: Erin @ Why Not Sew
20/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
21/10/2015: Nathalie @ Les Ouvrages de Nat
22/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
23/10/2015: Tina @ Emily Ann’s Closet
27/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
28/10/2015: Rachel @ Wooden Spoon Quilts
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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 for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.
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