I really loved making this block. I’m such a fab of the square on point that to have five of them to make just made me happy. I’m so in love with the focal print, Joel Dewberry’s Atrium Cumulus in Fuchsia, it’s the perfect pink colour. Pink is such a funny colour for me. I don’t like it in many other things, but I have a massive stash of it when it comes to fabrics. It’s strange. Do you have that with your stash? I really like purple, but it’s one of the smallest sections of my stash and one colour I don’t tend to use a lot of. Same as red, I was married in red and yet it’s something I rarely use. Weird. But enough navel gazing, on with the block!
Thoughts on the Letter
I feel like Suggestion is sending me a special message this week. I often find myself looking at a lot of things in their not-so-best light and it’s one of the things I’d like to change about myself. There’s so much good in the world and so many amazing people that it seems like such a waste to spend time focusing on the negatives and not rejoicing in the positives. It seems like this is a good time of year to be getting this reminder. A perfect time to add it to my resolutions list; “Find the best light.”
Tutorial: Block #67 “Mrs Brown”
- 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 226. 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. Cut all pieces required and lay them out as per the block Diagram 1. 2. Join the corner large triangles (67C) to make 4 squares as per Diagram 2. You can chain piece this step.
3. Next we’ll make the square-in-a-square units. I like to chain piece this step by doing opposite sides at once, as per Diagram 3.
4. Repeat for the remaining sides of the 67A squares to complete the units as per Diagram 4.
5. Join the squares together to make 3 rows, as per Diagram 5. You can chain piece this step.
6. Join the top row to the middle row. Join the bottom row to the middle row to complete the block. You’ve just made the unsinkable Mrs Brown!
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.
08/01/2016: Lucy @ Charm About You
13/01/2016: Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
20/01/2016: Jess @ The Elven Garden
22/01/2016: Melissa @ Ms Midge
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!
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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