Today I am sharing with you my second block, Blossom, on the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife sew-a-long hosted by the lovely Angie of GnomeAngel, the Fat Quarter Shop and Marti Mitchel.
Each block comes with a letter and I must tell you that today I have had an awful day. You know those days where you just feel overwhelmed by life? To get through the day I broke it down into segments and just got on with it. Sadly sleeping in a cave was not an option… After finishing Blossom (which is actually a very quick and easy block) I read the letter and it was one of those moments. “This morning I was discouraged and blue; tonight I am happy and hopeful.” I’m sure that by the end of today I will be happy and hopeful – if all else fails hugging my lovely kiddos will help!!
Just in case you haven’t come across the book before, here are all the details. 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.
Blossom is my second block for the sew-a-long but the fourth that I’ve made. What I’ve realised is that precision is really important with the Farmer’s Wife blocks.
Remember that itty-bitty block I made because I decided to wing it first time around? With Blossom I followed the instructions preciously, which is super important as there is a correction to this block.
You can find all of the block corrections (including Blossom) HERE.
I used the wonderful Marti Mitchel templates that I had (S100 and N80), cut out one of the corrected paper templates (don’t forget to add seam allowance!!) and cut the large rectangle with my ruler. I actually found that I sped up the process by cutting 1.75″ strips which I then cut into the large triangles (piece 15A). This saved me fabric and time
I also think that you need to be super organised for these blocks so I used my portable design board (wadding stapled-gunned to a cork board) to keep everything lined up. This way I could keep everything in the right spot whilst travelling between the ironing board and the sewing machine.
Whilst I found this block quite easy, it is still small and fiddly so I highly recommend that you press your seams open. I even starched my block (I NEVER starch!) which is why it is a little wrinkly but at least the seams are staying open I may have drowned it with starch… I didn’t realise how much comes out in one spray – such a starch newby!
I lost one point with this block but I’m OK with that. Considering the size of the HSTs and that you cut them into triangles first and sew on the bias… I think I did OK. I’ve seen a sneak peek of Angie’s versions of Blossom and I’m excited to see everyone else’s fabric choices. I am sticking to my orange and blue palette but I was sorely tempted to mix it up and go fluro with this block for some reason.
Be sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers sharing their 1930’s Farmer’s Wife blocks this month!
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along Official Bloggers will be posting their tips, tricks and tutorials for the blocks as they are released. You’ll be able to find them at the following links.
01/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
02/03/2016: Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts
03/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
04/03/2016: Raylee @ Sunflower Quilting
08/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
09/03/2016: Rachel @ Family Ever After
10/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
11/03/2016: Me! Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins
15/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
16/03/2016: Cassie @ Cassandra Madge & Sherri @ A Quilting Life
17/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
18/03/2016: Lisa @ In The Boon Docks
22/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
23/03/2016: Raylee @ Sunflower Quilting & Sedef @ Down Grapevine Lane
24/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
25/03/2016: Janice @ Better Off Thread & Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts
29/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
30/03/2016: Kerry @ Kid Giddy
31/03/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
01/04/2016: Lisa @ Sweet Little Pretties
05/04/2016: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com & Marti @ Marti Michell
06/04/2016: Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts