Kick off to the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew Along!

By Melissa LeRay

I am so excited to be a part of the fabulously talented team of bloggers that are participating in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew Along, hosted by Angie of @gnomeangel and Fat Quarter Shop.  You can follow along with me on Instagram at @ohhowsweetco!

We are sewing our way through every block in the book, starting with the easiest and working our way up to the more challenging blocks.  I was equally excited and petrified to go first. *gulp*

So let’s get started, shall we?

I’m going to show you how to make blocks 12 and 16.  These are very simple blocks to make, and require no techniques besides cutting straight lines and sewing straight lines.  I’m going to start by showing you a few basic tips, and then will show you the entire process of block 12, and then will follow with block 16 so as not to confuse anyone :)

First things first – have you picked your fabric yet?  I’m planning on using exclusively Hello Darling by Bonnie + Camille


After you’ve printed out your templates, measure the 1″ line provided to be sure you didn’t accidentally scale it up/down or check the dreaded “scale to fit” button.

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt, Block 12 – Becky:

Because this block was so simple, I opted to just cut out the pieces to use as my templates (as opposed to paper piecing, etc). Alternatively, you could measure each piece and just cut out the corresponding block size because they are all perfect rectangles/squares.  (Just be sure to include the seam allowance in your cutting, as the templates already account for.). I note directly on the pattern pieces which ones are to be cut multiples, if any.


Now I’ve got all my pieces cut to size, and laid out to be sure I have the proper placement.


Next, I’ve laid out the pieces just like the book shows, as this will be my order of piecing the blocks together.  I’ll start by sewing C to D, E to B, and F1 to F2.


I’ve pressed all my seams and now I’m ready to sew the F piece to the EB piece.


At this point I’ll join the CD piece to the FEB piece:


And then we’ve almost completed the block by adding the skinny rectangle G on the bottom


and finally adding piece A to all of that, giving you your beautiful completed block:





The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt, Block 16 – Bonnie:

Just like for block 12, we’ll begin by cutting out our templates, and you can see here where I’ve noted which ones will be cut more than once:


followed by cutting out our fabric:


We’ll begin this block by joining pieces A to C, C to D, and B to D as follows:


Next we’ll join the CD piece to the AC piece:


Now you’ll add the lone B piece to the CD/AC block:


And finally, you’ll join the BD piece to the lower section:


And you’re done!


I’m so excited to see everyone’s blocks, and don’t forget to use our hashtag #FQS1930FarmersWife so we can see all your progress!

Also, if you haven’t already joined, The Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.

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.

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt

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