Becky is Block 12 of Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt

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

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”

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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.

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:

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 them by clicking here.

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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.

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.

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

4. Join 12F to 12F = 12F12F.

5. Join 12E12B to 12F12F = 12E12B12F12F.

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

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.

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

7. Join 12G to the bottom of A.

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

8. Join 12A to B.

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

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

30/09/2015:Lucy @ Charm About You & Melissa @ Oh How Sweet

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

09/10/2015: Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts & Sedef @ Down Grapevine Lane

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

Blog posts will be published as per the timezone of the blogger. Why not subscribe to their blogs via their mailing list or a blog reader such as Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss a post!

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 for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.

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4 Comments

  1. Mindy Hulst September 29, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Angie I just want to express my extreme gratitude to you, the other bloggers and the FB administration team for this now extremely huge 1930’sFW QAL. First of all I joined because I’m a new quilter and I thought this would be a great and fun learning experience for me. As I watched this group grow to over 3000 since I joined in the very beginning I also watched all chaos and confusion and repeatedly asked questions grow too as I was almost to the point that this was no fun anymore and I almost left the group to work through the book on my own. As I sat and contemplated that for the past few days I decided that that wouldn’t be fair to you and your team. You have given me the most amazing gift in the form of you all sharing your gifts so that I may learn. So a big huge Thank You to you all, I will continue to do this with you but on the sidelines I will also be sending up prayers for you all daily so that you may all be blessed with Peace and an extreme amount of Patience and that the levels of frustrations are low. Now please go take what your region calls a “lie down” after the extremely rude text woke you from sleep. Thanks again, Mindy

    1. GnomeAngel October 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Awww Mindy, you are the exact reason why I wanted to do this sew-along. I wanted to share and learn with people who were doing just the same as me. I’ve not been sewing long (a couple of years) and I know how much I want to grow in this craft and so I thought this would be a great way for me to connect with others, share and grow. Thank you for your prayers – they’re needed! Some days more than others. 😉 The group is getting a rhythm to it now and I’m confident that over the coming year it will settle down. I’m seeing a lot more people sharing answers to some of the more common questions so it’s taking pressure off and seeing all the amazing blocks is reward in and off itself. I hope you have fun and I can’t wait to see your blocks. If there’s ever anything missing from the tutorials or you’d like to know more be sure to let me know and I’ll share what I can find. 🙂 <3

  2. Suesews Too September 29, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Angie, I can so relate to your thoughts on the letter for this block. You have put into words what I have been struggling with, merely just surviving day by day, losing touch with friends and family. We get so caught up in our everyday lives, working, running kids around, and sewing gets thrown in there somewhere, that the enjoyment disappears, and it all becomes a big chore. Sewing included! However, having just come back from a family holiday, I feel renewed, just from taking a step away everything, as well as sewing. Thank you for taking on this huge project, I’m now looking forward to reading your posts and completing the blocks every week.

    1. GnomeAngel October 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks so much Sue. You’re right, there’s value in recharging. I’m looking forward to having a break over Christmas and just reconnecting with family and friends. Life is moving so fast these days I’m worried I’m missing all the important stuff while I work on things that seem important now. I can’t wait to see the blocks you make, thanks for coming on this journey with me!