We’re kicking off the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-Along with Block 12, “Becky”. It’s a really simple block that’s great for practising using your rotary cutter and ruler skills. I’ve machine pieced this block because it’s so simple and quick.
The key to this block is to ensure you accurately cut and that you’re using a true 1/4″ seam. Now I have a confession – I don’t check my 1/4″ seam when I’m sewing for myself. I figure I’m going to be consistently “off” on all my blocks and so it doesn’t matter to me if the blocks are 1/4″ smaller or bigger as it’ll work itself out at the end. However, if I’m sewing for someone else I make sure to set my 1/4″ seam correctly. That’s all changed since starting this project. I now check my seam before starting and set my machine accordingly. It’s my top tip for making this block. (If you’d like some tips on how to check your seam is set correctly, then click here.)
Thoughts on the Letter
We were married in 2005, which in many ways seems like just yesterday but when I read this letter I so easily identified with Emancipated. It’s so easy to get lost in the every day and lose focus of each other in the worries of our lives. I loved this little reminder to “live a glorious, full life“. I also loved that Emancipated extended the reminder to include friends as well as family. I find I get so focused on just surviving at times that I can go weeks without touching base with the people that I love and it’s something I’d like to change about myself. This week I’m using this letter to help me focus on reconnecting with the ones I love.
Tutorial: Block #12 “Becky”
- 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 6.5″ Squaring Up Ruler.
- 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
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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 171. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart.
2. Join 12C to 12D = 12C12D.
3. Join 12E to 12B = 12E12B.
4. Join 12F to 12F = 12F12F.
5. Join 12E12B to 12F12F = 12E12B12F12F.
6. Join 12E12B12F12F to 12C12D – make sure to secure in place when joining by pinning if needed. I use Clover Wonder Clips instead of pins.
7. Join 12G to the bottom of A.
8. Join 12A to B.
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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