The second block we’re tackling in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-Along is Block 16, “Bonnie”. This block follows on from the first block we completed, “Becky”, in that it’s all squares and rectangles which is perfect for rotary cutting with your ruler. I machine pieced this block and it came together really quickly.
The impact in this block comes from the strong lines created by accurate piecing. The key here is to spend the time lining up the two important seams. You can either pin or use clover clips to keep your pieces together while joining. If you’re inclined to you could even use glue to baste the pieces together prior to joining. It’s well worth paying attention to your accuracy here – if you have to unpick, do it, you’ll be thankful later. If you find that your seams won’t line up it’s better to be a little short one end and over a little at the other end then to have them line up perfectly and have the seam off. You can always fudge the difference later on, trust me. (But if you’re any more than 1/8″ short/long I’d recommend unpicking and testing to make sure your seam allowance is an accurate 1/4″.)
Thoughts on the Letter
This is one of my favourite letters in the book because it really reflects my world view (or the world view I aspire to). It’s such a beautiful analogy and speaks to both the time and the spirit of the woman. In this day and age of modern building materials it’s hard to imagine the impact that wood drying out would have. However the message that we should practice love and kindness is ageless and one that we need to hear more and more in this day and age.
I love that Lovingkindness points out that we are in control of how we respond to the events in our lives and that our choice should be to respond with love and kindness. It’s so easy sometimes to get caught up in the fast pace of life and just react without thinking, but if we take a moment to slow down and remind ourselves that we’re in control of our response, and to choose compassion, humility and generosity then our lives will be so much richer because of it.
Tutorial: Block #16 “Bonnie”
- 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 and From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates 3/4″ to 1 1/2″ Log Cabin 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 175. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart.
2. Join 16A to 16C = 1.
3. Join 16C to 16D = 2.
4. Join 1 to 2 = 3 make sure to secure in place when joining by pinning if needed. I use Clover Wonder Clips instead of pins.
5. Join 16B to 3 = 4.
6. Join 16B to 16D = 5.
7. Join 4 to 5 – make sure to secure in place when joining by pinning if needed. I used pins for this step.
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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