Farmer’s Wife Block 25 – Crystal

By Melissa LeRay FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop + Gnomeangel Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along! Today I’m going to walk you through block #25, Crystal.  This block completes my series of guest posts for this quilt along and I’m so excited that you’ve stopped by to see how its constructed.

For this block, the From Marti Michell templates aren’t the best fit.  The only (easy) way to get this block constructed is by paper piecing, and tough its not a technically challenging block to paper piece, the corners can be tricky to line up.  The CD at the back of the book provides you with the paper piecing templates, and they worked like a charm!

If you are using the few applicable Marti Michelle templates to construct block 25: Crystal, see here for the conversion chart.


(These are just *my* methods – none of these are essential/required for you) I starch all my fabrics using Soak : Flatter, and “press” more than I “iron”.  I use a straight stitch machine, with a very scant 1/4″ seam.  I sew with Aurifil 50 wt thread and a size 80 universal needle.


First things first is picking your fabric.  Because this design is visually complex, I thought it was necessary to have one fabric shine, with the other two supporting it, versus competing with it.  I also thought that whatever prints were used needed to be on the smaller scale, and without too much white space (other than the fabric I’m trying to showcase).

This block takes a little planning since there are 32 pieces.  With the paper piecing template, there is a mini block diagram.  I chose my fabrics and then colored in my blocks.  From there, I matched the paper piecing templates with those blocks and placed a color coordinated X on each piece.  Since the floral has a white background, I just left those pieces as is. FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Next I roughly cut out all of the templates and then organized them into white + red, white + green, and red + green so I could streamline my piecing. FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

And then start piecing! Because this is paper pieced, you are working from the paper’s right side, but the fabrics are place on the wrong side.  Refer to paper piecing tutorials online for help if you’re unfamiliar with the technique.

Here are all the different parts to the block, trimmed to size and place in their final orientation: FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Now we begin sewing these together. FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Once I was left with the groups, I think took out the papers, and from this point on, I pressed these seams open.  This does so much to help reduce bulk, which is a common problem when you’ve got a lot of pieces converging to single points. FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

The next step is to join them together in groups of two so you’re left with 4 pieces: FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

And one again, I pressed these seams open: FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Continuing along: FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Once again pressing the seams open: FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

And here’s the gorgeous final block (center seam pressed open as well): FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

I am so tickled with how this block turned out, and I am planning on turning it into a Christmas potholder! I hope this tutorial was helpful!

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.



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