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Grandma is Block 39 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

Oh Grandma, how you schooled me in the ways of triangles. I had fun with this block but I must admit to being a little bit over triangles. But that’s ok because I know that the pain will be worth it in the end. I must also confess that I’m struggling a bit with only sewing my stash, my fingers are itching to get more fabrics and that’s never a good sign. Let’s see if I can stick to my stash only plan.

Thoughts on the Letter

I often wonder if I’ll get the blessing of being able to look back when I’m 82 at my life and see how things turned out. Sitting here, close to 40 and I look back and marvel at how far I’ve come from where I thought I would be by this age and how much happier I am because of the things the didn’t turn out like I’d planned or hoped. I also wonder if I’ll have the blessing of being able to go and live with my family when I no longer have company in the house. It’s amazing really how much our lives have changed on the surface, but at the core it’s still the fundamental things that matter; love, to work productively with your hands and family (and not necessarily in that order).

Tutorial: Block #39 “Grandma”

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

For another video on this template set click here.

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.
  • 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 198. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart. I have used the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B to cut the pieces required to make the block as shown in the book.

1. Using the block diagram on page 198 to work out which fabrics will be Fabric 1 (green), Fabric 2 (red) and Fabric 3 (cream). Place Fabric 2 and Fabric 3 right sides together and cut the following: 2 x (1.5″ x 10.5″) and 1 x (2.5″ x 3.5″). Cut the following from Fabric 1: 1 x (1.5″ x 8″) and 1 x (2.5″ x 3.5″). Diagram 1 shows these pieces.  Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

2. Place the 2 pairs of 1.5″ x 10.5″ rectangles on top of each other. and cut 5 sets of From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B14 (as shown in Diagram 2). From Fabric 1 strip of 1.5″ x 8″ cut 4 From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B14 (as shown in Diagram 2). Stack all 2.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles and cut 2 From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B13 (as shown in Diagram 2).

Tip: If you follow the conversion chart Marti Michell explains how to sew the triangle sets you need without separating them once you’ve cut them. However, I needed to see the block laid out so I knew I was doing it correctly. Work with whatever method suits your skill set.

3. Layout your pieces as per the block diagram in the book on page 198. Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

4. Join together the pairs of 39B as per Diagram 4. You can chain piece this step.

5. Join the four triangle pairs in the middle of your block to make squares, as per Diagram 5. You can chain piece this step.Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com6. Join the top two squares together. Join the bottom two squares together. You can chain piece this step. If needed, see Diagram 6 for clarification.Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com7. Join the 2 rows of squares as per Diagram 7 to make the large square in the middle of the block. Be mindful of not cutting off your points. Check out step 8 of the Block 20 Caroline Tutorial for the “floating pin” trick on how to ensure you get your points lined upFarmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

8. Next we’ll join the set of three 39B triangles. Starting with the Fabric 2 triangles, join it to the Fabric 3 triangles. You can chain piece this step.Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

9. Now join the remaining Fabric 1 triangle to the others as per diagram 9. You can chain piece this step.Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

10. Time for the fun bit. You’re going to join the set of 3 triangles to the sides of your centre square. Remember to use the floating pin technique to line up that point and pin everything in place. (Diagram 10 shows how I pinned.) Repeat for all 4 sides of the square.Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - Learn to make the blocks with Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

11. I have to apologise as I missed getting a photo of how I pinned the final 4 corners in place. However, the key to remember here is to line the seams up and not cut off your points. I’ll confess, I unpicked a couple of these corners and they’re still not perfect, but it’ll work itself out in the quilt. Give it a press and hey presto you’ve got Grandma!

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along Blogger Line up for Month 2

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.

29/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

30/10/2015: Peta @ She Quilts Alot & Tonya @ The Crafty Mummy

03/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

05/11/2015: Cat @ Cat + Vee

05/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

06/11/2015: Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts

10/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

11/11/2015: Nadra @ Ellis and Higgs

12/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

13/11/2015: Raylee @ Sunflower Quilting & Sherri @ A Quilting Life

17/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

18/11/2015: Jemima @ Tied with a Ribbon

19/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

20/11/2015: Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins

24/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

25/11/2015: Cassie @ Cassandra Madge & Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts

26/11/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell

27/11/2015: Lisa @ In the Boon Docks & Anita @ Daydreams of 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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Comments

  1. You are a life saver. I’ve tried this block twice without your tutorial. Wish I’d looked first. Your examples saved the day.