I have such a sweet spot for bunnies that it seemed a shame not to include them in my Farmer’s Wife. This block provided just the opportunity and I had so much fun using 3 of my favourite designers in this block; Lizzy House, Alison Glass and Tula Pink. I love the movement that the angled rectangles provide, it almost reminds me of the movement of a pinwheel in the breeze.
Thoughts on the Letter
I feel like Laurie Aaron Hird is sending me a message this week as this is another letter that’s really hitting home. We’re coming into Christmas and it’s traditionally a time when we would travel to be with family. However this year we’re facing a hard decision of whether to travel and spend the money to be with family, or stay home, work and save our pennies. It’s a hard decision for me as I long to be with my family. I’m very fortunate that this is the longest I have ever gone without physically being with my parents and it’s only coming up on a year since last we were together. I know that in the scheme of things this isn’t a huge problem, that there’s people in the world battling bigger issues than I could ever comprehend, but for our little family being able to be with family when we can is a huge blessing and helps me to recharge. But as Thrifty says in her letter, you need to earn the money before you spend it and valuing the work that goes into earning that money is a lesson we all need to learn. I guess this year I’ll be learning the value in hard work, good financial management and making short term sacrifices for long term gain. I’d kinda wished Santa had just brought me more Heather Ross fabric instead of this lesson though… *wink*
Tutorial: Block #94 “Susannah”
- 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 A.
- 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: This tutorial shows how to use the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A to cut out the block pieces 94A. If you are not using the Mart Michell templates you will find the template for cutting this shape in the information included with your book.
1. You can do 2 methods for making the 94B blocks; you can cut out the squares individually (great for fussy cutting) or you can strip piece them. I’m going to show you the strip piecing method that is covered in the conversion charts. To do it this way you need to cut 1 strip of 2″ x 8″ for the fabric to be the blue squares and 1 strip of 2″ x 8″ fabric to be the dark pink squares.
2. Sew these two strips together down one of the longest sides, as pictured in diagram 2.
3. Cut the strip in to for 2″ segments (as pictures in diagram 3). These are your squares.
4. Cutting 94A with the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A: Choose the fabric you wish to use for piece 94A and cut 2 – 2″ x 6″ strips. (As pictured in diagram 4)
5. Stack these strips on top of each other, right sides (print) facing up on all pieces. Take the time to line the pieces up as accurately as possible. To cut your first shapes lining up the template on your stack of stripes as per diagram 5.
Pay careful attention to the direction of the template. I remembered the direction by thinking that the right angle corner was on the bottom of the strips on the left side. See diagram 5 for assistance. (Note: For the purposes of this tutorial I have put a pieces of what paper under my template so you can easily see it against the fabric.) Diagram 5a shows how the strips will look once cut.
6. Use the template to cut the remaining pieces. Pay careful attention to the direction of the template. I remembered the direction by thinking that the right angle corner was on the top of the strips on the right side. See diagram 6 for assistance. (Note: For the purposes of this tutorial I have put a pieces of what paper under my template so you can easily see it against the fabric.) Diagram 6a shows how the strips will look once cut.
7. Use your rotary cutter and ruler to cut all remaining 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 253. You can also use the cutting instructions on the conversion chart. I have used the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A and accompanying conversion chart to cut all my pieces for this block.
8. Join 94C to 94A as per diagram 8. This step can be chain pieced to make all 4 rectangle units that make up this block. Diagram 8 shows how to line up the engineered corners of your pieces if you’re using the From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A templates to cut your pieces.
Tip: For this tutorial I’m going to be showing you how it would come together if you chain piece each step. You could chain piece the entire block if you feel comfortable doing so.
9. Join Unit A to Unit B (as per diagram 9a). This step can be chain pieced to make all 4 square units that make up this block.
10. Join Unit C to Unit D, join Unit E to Unit F (as per diagram 10a). This step can be chain pieced to make the 2 rows that make up this block.
11. Join the top row to the bottom row. Pay careful attention to lining up the middle seam (indicated by the arrow in diagram 8a).
Tip: It’s important at this point to pay attention to the angled seams to line up the middle triangles correctly. Take your time and if you need to unpick. (It took me 3 goes to get it to a point I was happy with!)
12. Rock on! You just made Susannah!
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
20/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
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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