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Farmer’s Wife Block 25 – Crystal

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com 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.

PREP:

(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.

LET’S BEGIN!

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.

Ohhowsweet.com 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.

Ohhowsweet.com 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:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Now we begin sewing these together.

Ohhowsweet.com 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.

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

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

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And one again, I pressed these seams open:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Continuing along:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

Once again pressing the seams open:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

And here’s the gorgeous final block (center seam pressed open as well):

Ohhowsweet.com 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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FAQ’s

The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.

#hashtag

The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and for this block its #fw25crystal

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Farmer’s Wife Block 50 – Lady

By Melissa LeRay

Farmers Wife Lady

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 #50, Lady.  Can you believe we’re already in our 4th month? For this block I used the From Marti Michell templates (specifically sets A, N and the Log Cabin Ruler for this block).  Can I just reiterate the beauty of the engineered corners.  It makes small piecing a breeze, and the blocks just WORK. If you’ve been on the fence about buying out these templates, I urge you to try them out.  Aside from not needing to print out each template from the CD (hello Macbook users), the usefulness in having far more accurately pieced blocks is worth the cost alone! If you don’t have these templates on hand, you can still follow the templates provided by the book and simply hand cut or rotary cut those pieces and continue on with this tutorial.

If you are using the Marti Michelle templates to construct block 50: Lady, see here for the conversion chart.

I’ll refer to these pieces by their color/shape going forward for simplicity of following along.

PREP:

(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.

LET’S BEGIN!

Starting with all of your pieces cut per the book template or the FMM templates, organize them into their final layout.  The trickiest part of this block is remembering that there are mirror images to contend with.

Farmers Wife Lady

Farmers Wife Lady

Begin by joining the two F pieces to create a half square triangle.  Make four of these:

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Next, with the remaining 4 F pieces, join them together with the two C pieces and two D pieces to form rectangles.  There will be two oriented this way, and two oriented the other way (see below photo for both orientations).

Farmers Wife Lady

When you’re done with that, you’ll have these pieces all made up:

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**Paying close attention to the orientation** (take my word for it! :) )of the half square triangles, add the E squares to the half square triangles:

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Next you’ll join the two different rectangle pieces:

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You’re in the home stretch!! Line up your nine pieces, paying attention to the orientation of the corner pieces:

Farmers Wife Lady

Piece these together, and you’re done! I wasn’t too in love with the lack of contrast from the prints I chose, so I whipped up a second block that I’ll use instead:

Farmers Wife Lady

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.

T2131_FW1930SQ_COV.indd

FAQ’s

The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.

#hashtag

The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and for this block its #fw50lady

Facebook Groups

The Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.

Flickr

The Flickr Group can be found by clicking here.

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Farmer’s Wife Block 47 – Joy

By Melissa LeRay

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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 #47, Joy.  Can you believe we’re already in our 4th month? For this block I used the From Marti Michell templates (specifically set D for this block) for the first time, and I’m kicking myself for waiting as long as I did to try them out.  If you are anything like me, you might have thought “do I really have a need for yet another quilting gadget?” as you look around your sewing space, taking note of all the unitaskers that are collecting dust. I learned that the very thing that I assumed was simply more work is the very thing that makes these templates invaluable.  Those corners.  The beauty of the engineered corners doesn’t show up when you’re piecing simple squares together. But when you are constructing blocks with triangles, parallelograms, etc, the brilliance comes out.  If you’ve been on the fence about buying out these templates, I urge you to try them out.  Aside from not needing to print out each template (hello Macbook users), the usefulness in having far more accurately pieced blocks is worth the cost alone! If you don’t have these templates on hand, you can still follow the templates provided by the book and simply hand cut or rotary cut those pieces and continue on with this tutorial.

If you are using the Marti Michelle templates to construct block 47: Joy, see here for the conversion chart.

I’ll refer to these pieces by their color/shape going forward for simplicity of following along.

PREP:

(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.

LET’S BEGIN!

Starting with all of your pieces cut per the book template or the FMM templates, organize them into their final layout.

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We’re going to begin by tackling the green parallelogram + striped triangles first.  It’s easiest if we break these into left and right sections, and work through all 4 edges this way.  Make sure you note that there are long and short sides to the parallelogram, and place them with the long sides facing upwards toward the edges of the block.

JPEG image-402DA3FF0A28-1Starting with the left side first, add the triangle on the right to the long side of the green piece.  See how perfectly those corners match up?  No more ripping out seams until you get your triangles to line up just perfectly.

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Sew along that long edge, and then press the seam open.

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Then add the left triangle to the short end, sew together and press open.

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You’ll repeat these same steps for the right group:

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Now you’ll join the left and right sections together, and then repeat for the other three edges.

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Next we’ll focus on joining the squares (but save the center most square for last) and then adding what will become the four corner triangles to those.  Make sure you keep in mind the original orientation:

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Here are all your pieces up to this point:

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And now we’ll finish off the block.  Laying everything back into its final orientation, we have this:

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We’re going to focus on the middle row of squares first, and then join the rest of the components:

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Starting with the upper section, you’ll lay the square pieced section on RST to the left triangular block.  Again you can see how nicely these pieces line up because of those engineered corners! {amazing!} Then lay the right triangular section RST to what you just pieced, and your entire upper section will be joined.  Repeat for the lower half.

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Now you’re left with the last two seams! So close to completion!

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With RST, lay the center square-pieced section on top of one of the large triangular sections and sew.  Follow up with the other side.  I found pinning helped to ensure that my seams lined up:

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After a good pressing and trimming to 6.5″ square, you are left with your final, beautiful block!

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  I thoroughly enjoyed putting this block together, and I can’t wait to catch up on the {cough} few I’m behind on!

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.

T2131_FW1930SQ_COV.indd

FAQ’s

The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.

#hashtag

The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and for this block its #fw47joy

Facebook Groups

The Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.

If you have a problem accessing either of these please let me know.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Voila!

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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:

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followed by cutting out our fabric:

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

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

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

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

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And you’re done!

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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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