Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along! Today I am making block #56 – Marcella.
For all the background information on this Sew Along, head over to Angie’s (GnomeAngel).
For the Marti Michell Conversion Chart for this block, head over to Marti’s blog.
This Sew Along is sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop (where I bought my fabric for this block).
Marcella is a relatively simple block and can be either paper pieced, made from the book’s templates, or made with the assistance of a Marti Michell template. I decided to use the latter method.
I started out choosing three fabrics that had adequate contrast, and then cut the required blocks (as outlined in Marti’s Conversion Chart).
As an aside, I still love this super-versatile navy Pat Bravo Artisan fabric so much (even after staring at it for almost a year). It’s true love.
I used my template to cut my first 6 triangles:
Then I cut the final two triangles from the soon-to-be-waste fabric on my main block:
Next task is to create the HST units:
Then add the wings:
Marti gives instructions on how to join the side portions to the main body of the block. As you can see by the perforations below, I managed to sew it on the wrong side and had to unpick. Sigh.
When sewing this seam, pay attention to where it crosses the seams on the central triangle. If you can manage to land your seam a millimetre to the right of the intersection of the triangle seams, you triangle point will be spot on.
Once both wings have been sewn on and pressed (I pressed toward the inner strip) your block is complete.
Those who are regulars around here will know that I’ve been exploring using these blocks in a four-square layout. While I didn’t get around to sewing four of these blocks, through the wonders of modern technology I can show you what a Marcella four-square would look like, depending on how you orientate your blocks:
The last one is my favourite.
And now, because I am a dork and never know when enough is enough, I went ahead and made up some 16-squares as well. You’re welcome 😉
Awesome right? Marcella has plenty of tricks up her sleeve!
Thanks for joining me on my stop on the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sew Along. If you’d like to stay in touch, please do sign up for my free quilting email course, I’d love to have you along.
Last, but not least, here are the details for this month’s FW tutorials:
|28/06/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
30/06/2016: Tina @ Emily Ann’s Closet
07/07/2016: Rachel @ Wooden Spoon Quilts
14/07/2016: Peta @ She Quilts Alot
21/07/2016: Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts <<<—- You are 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.