Monday, 11 April 2016

Farmer's Wife QAL blocks 59 and 60: Mary and Mary Gray

Welcome back for another Monday at the  Farmer's Wife Quilt Along.  This week starts with block 59, Mary (p.218, letter p.64) and I've made this the third in my aim for eight half- blocks following the twin sized quilt layout from the book (see this post for more info).  I played around with the colours of the smaller triangles to make the pattern slightly more effective in a half-block.  I pressed each  section seam open.


Fabric credits:
Blue Floral- reproduction fabric, gift from friend 

I am deliberately going back to my previous blocks and trying to use fabrics that have only been used maybe once or twice before in earlier blocks so that the quilt has some degree of balance in it's scrappiness.   This same combo was used in block 21, Carrie.   For Mary, I precut all the fabric pieces for this block before foundation paper piecing so the rotary cutting dimensions below are a little bigger than required to give you room to manoeuvre. 

Rotary Cutting Dimensions 
(cutting approx. ¼" larger for foundation piecing)
For the large triangles: cut (1) 4 ½" square; sub-cut square diagonally to yield 2 half square triangles.  Repeat for other colour way.
For the small triangles: cut (1)3 ¼" sub-cut square  across both diagonals to yield 4 quarter square triangles.  Repeat for for the required number of triangles needed in each colourway.

Top tips for this block
  • Pre-cut all pieces
  • Use a water based glue stick. I use Sewline, to stick the first piece of each section
  • Chain piece sections in pairs 
  •  pressed each  section seam open.

Block 60, Mary Gray ( p.219, letter p.69) is fun to piece although I prefer the square layout rather than the on point, but an interesting block nevertheless is quick to sew.  Chase is guest blogger for this block so take a visit to Quarter Inch Mark and take a look at her version here and read her detailed post about how she constructs her blocks.


Fabric credits:
Kona Bahama Blue
Moda, Mary-Jane Butters, Glamping, Blue daisies (out of print)
Pink bubble report print from Pretty Little Fabrics and Trims but maybe sold out now!

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Remember you can:
  • Hashtag  #fw1930sqal on Instagram and add photos to the Flickr group if you like to share there.  
  • For individual blocks, you can use #Maryblock and #MaryGrayblock on Instagram, Fat Quarter Shop and Angie are using these hash tags, #fw59Mary,  #fw60MaryGray - I'm using both hashtag systems.
  • You can also copy and paste links to any blog posts you do on these blocks in the comments and I'd love to visit and take a look. 
  Fiona from Poppy Makes is back for another guest blogger post next Monday.

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