I really love the look of Cat who is Block 22 of Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt, shame she didn’t like me when it came to going together. I really struggled with this block and for no other reason than I think I’ve just been in a very bad mood all week and so doing the work on getting this together just did nothing to improve my mood. The lack of contrast in my coloured block really bugs me and I’m even more annoyed because I fussy cut fabric that I love and was saving for something special and it didn’t work. Maybe after a little Christmas break I’ll attempt this block again with something a little more high contrast. (Good news, only 2 more blocks to go before we break for the Festive Season!)
Thoughts on the Letter
This year saw our Little Man start at Daycare and it was the hardest thing I’ve had to do so far. I had to let him out of my sight and control and entrust him to someone else to look after so I could return to the workforce. I know that I’m not alone in having to do it, but at the time I felt like no one knew or understood just how hard it was for me to trust that others would look after him the way that we do. It turns out that going to Daycare has been so good for him and he’s taken to it like a duck to water. He loves the friends he’s made and his speech, which is delayed, has improved leaps and bounds. Knowing all the good that it does him I still struggle with having to have him attend daycare. I miss him and I know it’s silly, but I really enjoy spending time with him and I’m selfish because I want him all to myself for as long as possible. I’m so acutely aware that we’re not going to get this time again and I feel like I’ve already forgotten so much.
Tutorial: Block #22 “Cat”
- 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 B and From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set D.
- 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 from 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:
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.
- 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: 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 181. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart. I have used the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B and From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set D to cut the pieces required to make the block as shown in the book.
1. Making 22C with the Marti Michell Templates: Cut 3 x (1.5″ x 8″) of Fabric 1 (orange) and 1 x (1.5″ x 8″) of Fabric 2 (red) (Diagram 1 shows the strips). Match 1 Fabric 1 strip with 1 Fabric 2 strip, right sides together. Repeat with the remaining 2 strips of Fabric 1. Stack the two pairs of fabric strips on top of each other and cut 6 From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set D29. Diagram 1a shows the 6 lots of triangles cut from the strips.
Cut the pieces for 22A using From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B12. Cut the pieces for 22B using From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B13. (You can cut these pieces by cutting and stacking 3 x (2.5″ x 9″) pieces of Fabric 3.)
2. Cut all pieces required and lay them out as per the block Diagram 2. (With the exception of that one pesky 22C that’s managed to flip itself up the wrong way…)3. You can chain piece this step this entire block, however I will show you how to construct it one step at a time. Join 2 22C’s to make a half square triangle (in this case you join a red to an orange). Diagram 3 shows them joined.
4. Now you’ll want to join a 22C to the side of your half square triangle as per Diagram 4.
5. Once they’re joined and pressed you want to join another 22C to the other side, as per Diagram 5.
6. You’ll now have a large triangle made from your four small triangles. It’s time to join the four small triangles triangle to the large triangle to make a square. Diagram 6 will show you how they’re supposed to look. (Apologises for rotating the block in the photos, I was distracted by having HUBBY home while I worked (he’s normally at his day job while I’m working from home on weekday)!)7. Now it’s all down to joining the squares. You want to work from one side to the other and like everything, you can chain piece this step.
8. Once you’ve joined all the squares together to make rows you’ll join the rows together to complete your blog.
9. Meow baby, you’ve made Cat!
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along Blogger Line up
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.
02/12/2015: Sedef @ Down Grapevine Lane
04/12/2015: Janice @ Better Off Thread
09/12/2015: Kerry @ Kid Giddy
11/12/2015: Lisa @ Sweet Little Pretties
16/12/2015: Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts
18/12/2015: Kitty @ Night Quilter
CHRISTMAS BREAK – 19/12/2015 to 04/01/2016
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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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