Well hello there! We’re getting to the business end of the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Sew Along – not many blocks left now. This is my last tutorial for the series.
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).
This block is #70, Mrs Lloyd. It’s a great block – very interesting to look at but still quick to piece and sew.
I went with my rotary blade to make this one. No templates. No FPP. It came together in a jiffy and without a problem.
You will need to choose three fabrics to make this block.
Then open up both the rotary instructions from the Farmer’s Wife book CD, and Marti Michell’s Template Conversion Chart for Block #70.
The block is made with 9 smaller units – 1 x nine patch, 4 x four patches, 4 x flying geese.
I used Marti’s Template Conversion Chart instructions to make both the nine patch and the four patches. I followed the cutting, pressing and sewing instructions to the letter and they turned out perfectly.
For my flying geese, I decided to piece them the traditional way. I made them oversized and then trimmed them back to give accurate blocks.
First I started with 4 centre rectangles and 8 squares (for the “wings”).
The dimensions I used are based on the rotary instructions within the Farmer’s Wife book (the CD). If you read those instructions, these measurements will make sense:
Rectangle: Square C + 1″ (short edge) by Square C + 2-1/2″ (long edge)
Square: Square C + 1″
Draw a diagonal line on the back of all the squares, then line up one square (right sides together) with one side of a rectangle:
Sew along the line, trim the seam a quarter inch past the line and then press the flap open.
Now do the same with the other side of the centre rectangle with another square:
Trim the seam again:
Then press the flap open:
Trim your units back to measure Square C + 1/2″ (short edge) by Square C + 2″ (long edge)
(Why this strange way of giving the measurements? Because when we guest bloggers signed up for the Sew Along, we agreed not to give away details that would enable people to make the blocks without purchasing the book. After all, it would be crazy for an author to agree to a Sew Along that gave away all the patterns for free!)
Now you’ll have all 9 of the units needed to sew your block:
I sewed the top and bottom rows together first, and pressed the seams outward.
Then I sewed the middle row together, and pressed the seams inward.
Then sew the top and bottom rows to the middle, nesting the seams, and voilà:
What a striking little block!
I have been toying with the idea of making a four-square version of the quilt, and this is what #70 Mrs Lloyd would look like in a four-square arrangement:
I hope you’ve enjoyed making this block. To join in the Sew Along (it’s never too late!) you can find the book here:
Here’s a list of the other tutorials in the Sew Along this month:
02/02/2016: Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts <—— You are here!
09/02/2017: Lisa @ In the Boon Docks
16/02/2017: Tonya @ The Crafty Mummy
23/02/2017: Janice @ Better Off Thread