Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along Week One

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing my first two blocks for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along headed up my Angie of Gnome Angel, Fat Quarter Shop, and Marti Michell!

This week we have three blocks to make...the first two have been introduced, and the next one will be introduced later this week. After this week there will be only two blocks to make a week.

This weeks blocks are #16, Bonnie (pictured left above), and #12, Becky (pictured on the right). My method is to choose fabrics, cut them out, and then lay out the blocks on block boards to make sure I like the fabric placement. 

Since this quilt along is making the blocks in order from easiest to hardest we will have some fast and fun blocks right at the beginning. I used traditional rotary cutting and machine piecing for both of these blocks. Since the pieces were standard sizes, there wasn't a need for templates. I loved making his one. If you have your book already, you might notice that I'm sticking to the colorways found in the original blocks fairly closely (at least for now).

I'm also sharing the back of the blocks today so you can see how I pressed the fabrics. When the blocks get a little trickier and the pieces a little smaller I will be pressing a lot of seams open. But for now, pressing to one side has been fine for accuracy.

 Block #12, Becky, was also a lot of fun to make. I had fun mixing up these colored fabrics!

 I also pressed the seams for this block to one side.

One thing I should mention is that I will definitely be spraying all of my fabrics with either Flatter or starch before piecing. I just spray lightly and iron before cutting. It really seems to help with accuracy. I'm not super particular about what I use. I love the light finish of Flatter and use it a lot. When I need "extra" I'll use a spray starch.

 I'll post the third block for this week after the tutorial has been posted, and then I'll probably just post once each week with my blocks.  For now, you can go to Angie's post if you need more information about the quilt along blocks for this week.

The tutorials will be a great help; however, they won't display any of the actual measurements due to copyright issues. If you still need a copy of the book, you can find it here: The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them    .

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Kath said...

Thanks for sharing your blocks and tips on making them. As a new quilter, I appreciate all the help I can get.

suemac said...

I am so excited about the new farmer's wife Qal. I made a lap size of the original farmer's wife. I like that we are starting with easy blocks.

Hildy said...

Love your blocks! I've made mine they were really fast. Since the book is hardly available now it's great that Angie included the measurement for the first blocks in her newsletter:-) Will you make all 99 blocks or a smaller quilt? I'm making two smaller instead of a big one (easier for me).

Cavie Family said...

Love, love, your blog and especially your video tutorials! I am a beginner who has made two lap size quilts. Do you think a beginner could handle this quilt along? If I can't afford to shell out money for all the fabric at once, is it wise to start just buying a little at a time? Are all the templates needed?

gailss said...

I love how your blocks came out and a good idea about searching before. I bet there will be many people doing these blocks and look forward to see your progress.... thanks Sherri

Alex T. said...

I've just come from the FWS linky party. Love your blocks and will have a look around your site's. Thanks.

Alex T. said...

I've just come from the FWS linky party. Love your blocks and will have a look around your site's. Thanks.

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