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Farmer’s Wife Block 25 – Crystal

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 #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:

Ohhowsweet.com FQS Farmers Wife 25 Crystal

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:

Farmers Wife Lady

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:

Farmers Wife Lady

**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:

Farmers Wife Lady

Next you’ll join the two different rectangle pieces:

Farmers Wife Lady

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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Great Granny Twist : A modified OHSZippedCase!

By Melissa LeRay

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Fat Quarter Shop is at it again, and this time they’re hosting a blog tour to show off ways we can adapt the blocks in Great Granny Squared by Lori Holt (@beeinmybonnet on IG) in different, unexpected ways.  I’m super excited to show you mine! With a little bit of Bonnie + Camille Vintage Picnic in my hands, I knew exactly what I wanted to make – a modified OHSZippedCase!  This one was made selfishly for ME! Can you believe that after the many I’ve made, I’ve yet to keep one for myself?

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How is this modified?  I made two vinyl zipped pouches instead of the original one, and to incorporate a full great granny square block (made from 2.5″ squares) I increased the size of the pouch.  To view my original tutorial, click here, or keep reading to see how I modified it to create the one shown here.

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Let’s get started.

Materials:
You’ll need a mini charm pack or 16 2.5″ squares
A half yard of your background/lining fabric of choice
A fat eighth of accent fabric (to go around inner zippers and under thread holders)
70″ bias binding
13″ x 18″ piece of Pellon Flex Foam 2-sided fusible, or Annie’s Soft and Stable (this is unfusible, fyi)
Two 10.5″ zippers (You can use 12″ zippers, and cut down to 11″ if needed)
One 30″ zipper
3 pieces of 1/4″ elastic, each cut to 2″ long
5″ x WOF SF 101 or other light/mid weight fusible interfacing
Two pieces of vinyl, each cut to 8″ x 12″

All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Finished Dimensions: open – 12″ x 18″; closed – 12″ x 8.5″

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Sundance Dresden Pillow

By Melissa LeRay

 

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Hi friends!  I’m excited to show you the fun pillow I just finished.  Fat Quarter Shop has a great PDF pattern for the Sundance Dresden Pillow, and its a breeze to whip up.  The whole pillow came together in an afternoon – super quick for a pillow with this much detail!  The pillow finishes right at 16″ and is a nice sweet-spot size to go on a couch or bed.

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I used some of my favorite Leah Duncan Meadow by Art Gallery. Using the specialty Dresden 18 degree ruler with pieced together rectangles has your individual Dresden units created in minutes.  Once the Dresden pieces are sewn together, this is appliqued down (by machine or hand) and then quilted!  SUPER FAST!

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I chose to do a grid quilting pattern, and love the final result!

For the pillow back, I chose to insert an invisible zipper at the bottom (this method also eliminates the need for binding – which is always a plus in my book) and a single piece of Leah Duncan Meadow fabric for the back.

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If you want to create one yourself, Fat Quarter Shop already has kits available here.  They’ve also created a very helpful video to walk you through each step as well, and you can view it here.  I hope you’ll make one of these as well – I’m always looking for super quick projects, and this would be fun to use fussy cut prints as well, or customize for the seasons.

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Be sure to search the #sundancedresden tag to see all the gorgeous pillows!

Zipped Sewing Travel Case Tutorial #ohszippedcase

By Melissa LeRay

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At long last, here is the promised zipped sewing travel case tutorial!  I am so in love with this little case,  I hope you will be too!  There are so many ways to customize this, and I would love to see how you make it your own.  Please tag me @ohhowsweetco and use the #ohszippedcase so we can all gape in awe and amazement at your handiwork! xoxo

***Edited to add:  Please use bias binding instead of straight grain binding.  I think I must’ve had a bad experience with it previously, but now bias binding is all I use for anything with rounded edges!***

zipped case tutorial:

finished dimensions (open): 10.5″ x 15″
finished dimensions (closed):  7″ x 10.5″

supplies needed:
1/2 yard linen or other heavy-ish weight fabric
FQ accent fabric
FQ binding fabric
*FQ or other detail work for the front cover, if desired

12″ zipper (10″ may work IF it is at least 10.5″) for vinyl pocket
26″ zipper for perimeter

12″ x 12″ piece of light weight vinyl (I used 8 gauge)

FQ of Annie’s Soft and Stable (or thick sew in/fusible interfacing)

1/2yd light weight fusible interfacing

10″ piece of 1/4″ elastic

1 package 1/4″ Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II (photo below) or other heat fused strips (not a sponsored tutorial.)

1/4″ seams unless stated otherwise

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Click here for the PDF tutorial: OHS zipped case

 

Please feel free to email me at Melissa@ohhowsweet.com or message me on Instagram @ohhowsweetco if you need any help or have any questions!

Lastly, please tag me and #ohszippedcase so I can see what you’ve made! xoxo