Mother’s Dream is Block 58 of the Farmer’s Wife 1920’s Sampler Quilt. I had originally planned to put the lightest fabric on the outside of this block but I had an auto-pilot moment and cut it for the strips and centre instead. I’m not unhappy about this little accident as it gives the block a lot of contrast and impact against the other blocks I’ve already made. Another good lesson in the power of placement and colour value.
Block Number: 58
Block Name: Mother’s Dream
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 A
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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
- I pressed my with a mixture of open and to the side.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used Wonderfil Konfetti Cotton 50wt in Pale Grey (KT906) thread for piecing.
- I used From Marti Michell Patchwork Templates Set A
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- I used a design board to layout my pieces while I worked. Click here for a tutorial on how to make your own.
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
- 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 Template||7||12||59||60|
Tutorial images are labelled with the Farmer’s Wife Template number.
1: Cut Piece #59
- From the 2 fabrics you’ll be using for piece #59 in this block cut 2 strips that measure !2″ in length and A-6 template in height, as shown in tutorial picture STEP ONE.
- Sew strips together. Press.
- Use template A-3 to cut 4 squares from your sewn together strips, as shown in tutorial picture STEP TWO.
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.]
3: Make the Outer Triangles
- Join 2 – #12 to the outside of the strip square as shown in tutorial picture STEP FOUR. Press. Repeat to make 2.
- Join 1 – #7 to the top of this unit as shown in tutorial picture STEP FIVE. Press. Repeat to make 2.
4. Make the Inner Row
- Join 2 – #7, 2 – strip squares and 1 – #60 to complete the inner row as shown in tutorial picture STEP SIX. Press.
5. Complete Block
- Join the triangles to the inner row to complete the block.