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Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Quilt: Block 57 – Morning

Morning is Block 57 of the Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt. This block has been modified to reduce seams. I’m not sure what the value is in doing piecing of the same fabrics as outlined with this block so I’m very happy to be able to make the block with less seams, cutting and bulk. This block also made me have to pay attention to the pieces as I assembled, so be sure to read through the tutorial before starting.

Block information

Block Number: 57

Block Name: Morning

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: From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set B and From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates 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.

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 Template113192025
FMM TemplateB-12N-80*N-79B-14N/A
*indicates cutting is a modified version of the template

Piece #25 is not needed as the middle section of this block has been modified.

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

Before You Begin

The cutting and piecing for this block has been streamlined to reduce seams and bulk but give you the same appearance as the block in the book. To help you reconcile how this works I’ve put together the following table to help you understand the new cutting.

PieceColourAmountFMM Template
1Dark Purple1Alternate Piece 1 (2.5″ x 5.6″)
13Medium Purple8N-80
13Medium Purple4Alternate Piece 3 (B-14)
19Light Purple4N-79
20Light Purple8B-14
25Dark Purple2Alternate Piece 2 (B-12)
For alternate piecing see tutorial process steps.

1: Cut Alternate Piece 1 and Alternate Piece 2

This streamlined cutting will remove seams between #1, (2) #20 and (2) #25.

2: Cut all pieces

Use the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates to cut the pieces of the block. [Please see tutorial picture “STEP THREE” for all pieces laid out.]

Please note: Alternate Piece 3 removes the need for 8 – #13 as they are replaced with 4 – FMM B-14.

3: Make the Middle Square

  • Join 2 – #13 and 1 – Alternate Piece 2 as shown in tutorial picture STEP FOUR. Press. Repeat to make 2.
  • Join these to Alternate Piece 1 as shown in tutorial picture STEP FIVE. Press.

4. Make the Corner Triangles

  • Each corner triangle unit will consist of 1 – #19. 1 – #13, 1 – Alternate Piece 3 and 2 – #20 as shown in tutorial picture STEP SIX.
  • Join 1 – #13 to 1 – #19 as shown in tutorial picture STEP SEVEN. Press.
  • Join this to Alternate Piece 3 as shown in tutorial picture STEP EIGHT. Press.
  • Join the 2 – #20 to each side as shown in tutorial picture STEP NINE. Press.
  • Repeat to make 4.

5. Complete Block

  • Join the triangles to the middle square to complete the block.