Friday, February 12, 2016

Farmer's Wife Block 23 Tutorial: Charlotte

Hello! I'm back with my second tutorial for the Farmer's Wife 1930's quilt along sponsored by Angie of Gnome Angel, the Fat Quarter Shop, and Marti Michell!



 While I've fallen a little bit behind in my block making, this tutorial was just 


what I needed to get me back on track! Pulling out these blocks and seeing the beautiful fabric and designs was very motivating!

 Okay...here is the tutorial! While this block has a lot of pieces, it actually goes together very easily. For me the secret is always cutting my pieces and laying them out as shown in the book. The grey print on the left will actually be my background for half of the block while the print on cream on the right will be the other background. I was a little nervous about contrast with this one, but I loved these fabrics together!



 I placed all of the parts and pieces just as shown in the book. I needed two small designer boards initially to get them all to fit.

Marti Michell has template instructions for this block that make the cutting very easy if you have sets M and S. I only had set S, so I used those templates for some of my cutting and made freezer paper templates for the rest of the pieces. (You can see my freezer paper template tutorial here).



 Begin by sewing 23B (background) to the 23A print pieces. I did quite a bit of chain piecing with this block...and saved a little time in doing so.



 At this time you can also sew a 23E print triangle to one side of each 23A background triangle.



 Next sew the other 23E print triangle to the other side. I pressed out toward the print triangles.



 At thins point it might help to lay out your block pieces again to make sure you have everything in order. With so many pieces it is easy to get things mixed up!



 Sew the 23D background squares to one of the flying geese units from the previous step as shown.



 Next, sew the other flying geese unit to the 23A/23B unit as shown.



 Then sew the flying geese unit with the square attached to the flying geese attached to the 23A/23B section. You're almost there...



Add background triangles 23C to one side. Press out toward the background triangles.



 Add the triangle to the other side and the two half-units of this block are complete.



 Finally, sew the two half units together. I pressed this long center seam open.



 And there you have it! Block 23, Charlotte is now ready to add to your collection!



 My next tutorial for this quilt along is just a few short weeks away, and I'm hoping to get caught up with a few of the blocks before that!




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. (Compulsory inclusion for this sponsored blog post).


 Thanks so much for stopping by!


6 comments:

Hildy said...

I love your blocks the colors and fabrics are great! I'm still 3 blocks short but hopefully this weekend;-)

em's scrapbag said...

Beautiful blocks. Love your fabric choices!

Little Quiltsong said...

Love your blocks! For now, I'm marking down the sequencing of easiest to hardest in these blocks as posted by Gnome Angel, for when I'm ready to start on them. Love seeing all the beautiful blocks being built.

Mine-rSewFun said...

I adore your colors Sherri!

Kristy said...

Your blocks are so pretty; I love your fabrics! I bought the book and started to make the blocks, then got stuck on number 3 (I think). I just could not make it come out correctly. Come to find out there was errors on that particular block. But now I just can't seem to get my mojo back to keep going with them. Yours may inspire me.

lnfol said...

Great tutorial. I have been wondering what to do when I don't have all the MM templates. I tried clicking on "(You can see my freezer paper template tutorial here)." and I didn't have a link...it is my computer??
thanks again

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