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Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Quilt: Block 50 – Honey’s Choice

Honey’s Choice is Block 50 of the Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt. I’m such a sucker for a good pinwheel and this block has 4 of them. This is a super simple block to make and a great lesson in foundational patchworking with the making of half square triangles and pinwheels.

Block information

Block Number: 50

Block Name: Honey’s Choice

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 S

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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.

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 Template343538
FMM TemplateS-99S-98xS-100
*indicates cutting is a modified version of the template

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

1: Cut all block pieces

  • Use the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Template pieces to cut the pieces of the block. [Please see tutorial picture “Step One” for all pieces laid out.]

2: Make Half Square Triangles

  • Join 2 – #38 to create a half square triangle (HST). Repeat to make 16.

Tip: I pressed all my HST seams open to reduce bulk in the seams of the pinwheels.

3: Making the Pinwheels

  • Join 2 rows of HSTs to make a pinwheel unit. Repeat to make 4.
  • Join as per the tutorial pictures Step Three – Step Four
  • Join 2 – #35 and 1 – #34 to form the middle row of the block.

Tip: To help nest seams I pressed these seams in the direction of the arrows. When joining the 2 rows of HSTs I pressed that seam open.

4: Assemble Rows

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

  • Row 1: Consists of 2 – Pinwheel Units and 1 – #35
  • Row 2: Consists of 2 – #35 and 1 – #34
  • Row 3: Consists of 2 – Pinwheel Units and 1 – #35
  • Join as per the tutorial pictures Step Five

Tip: I pressed Row 1 and Row 2 middle seams towards piece #35. I then pressed the seams in row 2 away from #34. This meant that I could nest the seams when sewing the rows together. Seam pressing direction is indicated on the picture Step Five with arrows.

5. Complete Block

  • Join the rows to complete the block