Block 82 of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt is Pharlemia. Well this block put an end to our easy block run. This week I used the Marti Michell conversion chart to make this block and you can get the chart by clicking here. Using the conversion chart will alleviate the need to do y-seams and you just have to love that! I had some fun fussy cutting this block – it seems an age since I last got to play wiht the fabrics on one of these blocks and it was nice to get back to what I love.
Tutorial: Block #82 “Pharlemia”
- 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 Perfect Patchwork Templates Set B and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates Set D.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
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 by Laurie Aaron Hird – available from: Amazon | Pink Door Fabrics | Fat Quarter Shop | The Quilting Company | Interweave (Affiliate Links). Measurements, where applicable, 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.
Please note: Please read all instructions before starting the block.
1. Using the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates Set B and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates Set D cut the required pieces as per the conversion chart.
2. Place a D-29 triangle on a 1′′ wide strip, right sides together, aligning one leg with the edge of the strip. Sew in place. Stitch 7 more D-29 triangles to the strip in the same way. Press toward the strip (diagram 1, below).
3. Align a small ruler with the other leg of the D-29 triangle and cut across the strip to separate the units (diagram 2, above). Left side shows trimmed pieces, right side shows sew strip.
4. Place B-14 on a sewn unit. Align as shown on conversion chart and trim off the corner of the strip. Repeat for all sewn units. Diagram 3 shows trimmed units.
5. Add the trimmed units to another strip, as shown in diagram 4. Press toward the strip. Separate the units and trim again.
6. Align a small ruler with the bottom edge of the first strip in the sewn unit. Cut across the long strip to separate the units. (Diagram 5 shows right sides of the sewn and pressed strips.) Place B-14 on a sewn unit, aligning as shown on the conversion chart. Trim off the end of the second strip. (Diagram 6 shows the trimmed unit.)
7. Add another D-29 triangle to each trimmed unit from step 3, as shown. Press toward the D-29 triangle. (Diagram 6 shows units to join, diagram 7 shows two joined units.)
8. Join pairs of units made in step 7 to make 4 pieced units. Press the seams open.
8. Diagram 8 shows the four completed units with the remaining pieces to show the block layout.
8. Join pieces as shown in diagram 9.
8. Join pieces as shown in diagram 10.
8. Join the three sections to complete your version of Pharlemia.
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 – available from: Amazon | Pink Door Fabrics | Fat Quarter Shop | The Quilting Company | Interweave (Affiliate Links).
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