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Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Quilt: Block 36 – Flower Garden Path

Flower Garden Path is Block 36 of the Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt. I confess when I first saw this block I thought I would have to foundation paper piece it, however I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s a super simple block to make with the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. So, that’s what I did!

Block information

Block Number: 36

Block Name: Flower Path Garden

Where to Buy the Book: The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired by Laurie Aaron Hird – available from: Amazon | Book Depository (Affiliate Links)

Fabrics: Riley Blake Confetti Cottons in Riley Lime, Lilac, Orchid, Riley Purple and 1/4″ Black Stripe

Construction Method: From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates

From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates Used: Template Set B and Template Set N

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The blocks contained within this book can be constructed using 3 techniques: machine piecing, English Paper Piecing and Foundation Paper Piecing. I have constructed these blocks with a range of these techniques and the tutorials reflect this. The principles of construction do not change between blocks therefore you can use the information provided in the various block tutorials to make your blocks using whichever method you would like regardless of the specific method used in the tutorial. For basic introductory tutorials on the 2 alternative methods for constructing this block please see below.

Before You Sew

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 prerequisite of making this block that you have a copy of the book, The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired by Laurie Aaron Hird. Measurements can be found in this book and it’s associated media.

using from marti michell templates

The fabulous Marti Michell has developed a conversion system for using her Perfect Patchwork Templates and Rulers to replicate the pieces used in making these blocks. You can access these charts for free by signing up to her mailing list by clicking here.

Marti Michell also shows you how to cut using your ruler and the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates in the video below:

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.

The photos below show you the step progression of making this block. Please read the accompanying text before starting to make your block.

Block Assembly Steps

Using the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates

The following table show the Farmer’s Wife template and it’s corresponding From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Template.

Farmer’s Wife Template1319202544
FMM TemplateN-80N-79B-14B-12*A-2*
*indicates cutting is a modified version of the template

Tutorial images are labelled with the Farmer’s Wife Template number.

1: Cutting piece #44

  • True up one edge of your fabric.
  • Using your FMM template N-80 (or D-29) measure the strip width. [Please see tutorial picture “Step One” to see how this is done.] Place the template on your fabric and align the template’s square corner with the trued up edge of the fabric. Place your ruler behind the template. Slide the template up and down the cut edge to confirm your ruler is aligned.
  • Move the template and cut your strip width.
  • Using template A-2 align the longest side of the template (hypotenuse) along one side of your strip. [Please see tutorial picture “Step Two” to see how this is done.] Use the template to cut 2 – #44.

TIP: I used 2 rulers (as picture above) for this step. One ruler against the trued up edge of the fabric and the other behind the template. This allowed me to easily slide the template up and down the fabric while being confident it was still aligned with the cut edge.

2: Cut all block pieces

  • Use the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Template pieces to cut the remaining pieces of the block. [Please see tutorial picture “Step Three” for all pieces laid out.]
  • For piece #25 cut a rectangle that measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, alternatively you can cut a 1 1/2″ strip and use the B-12 template (same way A-2 is used for piece #44) on the strip to cut your rectangle.

3: Making the Birds in the Air Subunit

This block uses 4 Birds in the Air, the following steps show you how to make these:

  • Consists of 2 – #13 and 1 – #20
  • Join as per the tutorial pictures Step Four – Step Six

Pay careful attention to how the units are assembled within the block if you are using directional prints or fussy cutting.

4: Making the Flying Geese Subunit

This block uses 2 Flying Geese, the following steps show you how to make these:

  • Consists of 2 – #13 and 1 – #20
  • Join as per the tutorial pictures Step Seven

Pay careful attention to how the units are assembled within the block if you are using directional prints or fussy cutting.

5: Layout the Block Pieces

I always like to layout the block pieces to confirm that my assembly is going correctly. Once you’ve made your subunits I recommend laying the block pieces out again to confirm your construction is correct.

Step Eight shows my subunits and pieces laid out for assembly. Please note that I joined 4 sets of 2 – #13 to create half square triangles that form part of the larger triangle. (They can be seen either side of piece #25 in the picture.)

6: Assemble Rows

You’re now going to make the rows that form the large triangles in this block:

  • Row 1: Consists of 6 – #13 and 1 – #25
  • Row 2: Consists of 2 – #13 and 1 – Flying Geese
  • Row 3: 1 – #20
  • Join as per the tutorial pictures Step Nine

Tip: I pressed Row 1 side seams towards piece #25. I then pressed the seams in row 2 away from the Flying Geese unit. This meant that I could nest the seams when sewing the rows together. Seam pressing direction is indicated on the picture Step Nine with arrows.

7. Make Large Triangles

Join the rows in the following order:

  • Join Row 1 to Row 2 to make Row 1+2
  • Join Row 1+2 to Row 3 (#20)

Please see picture Step Ten for final assembly.

8. Add #44

  • Consists of 1 – #44 and 1 – Birds in the Air
  • Join as per the tutorial pictures Step Eleven

Tip: Press #44 away from the Birds in the Air subunit

9. Make Large Flying Geese

  • Assembling the 2 half subunits of this block is the same as making a Flying Geese unit.
  • Press seams towards piece #44

Please see picture Step Twelves for final assembly.

10. Complete Block

  • Join the two halves to complete the block