Monday, 15 August 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along Blocks 93 and 94, Starlight and Susannah

Moving ever closer to the end goal of 99 blocks in the Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL. and here are blocks 93 and 94.    Starlight, (p.252, letter p.72)  is a straightforward block to foundation piece.



Fabric Credits
Kona Candy Green
Toychest Florals Pink Pressed Flowers
Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka, Kitchen print (blue colour way) from Lighthearted
Lecien blue pinhead dot

I rotary cut the squares, half-square triangles and rectangles for the large green triangles using the dimensions below.  For the outer shapes, I used freezer paper templates to pre-cut the shapes before foundation paper piecing - see here and here for the technique.

Rotary Cutting 
These are for foundation piecing so are cut larger than needed.  Quantities given are for foundation piecing the whole block  but you can try the nine patch and strip piecing method above for some parts of the sections.
  • Blue squares: cut (4) 2 ¼" squares
  • Green square (these will be trimmed to the pointed shape during the piecing process) : cut (4) 2 ¼" squares
  • Centre square: cut (1) 2 ¼" square.  To fussy cut, trim to exact square size plus ¼" seam allowances
  • Half-square triangles : cut (4) 1 ¾" squares; subcut each square in half along the diagonal to yield 8 HSTs in total
  • Green triangles: cut (4) 2 ¼" x 3" rectangles (these will be trimmed to the pointed shape during the piecing process)
Top Tips for Foundation Piecing this Block
  • Pre cut all pieces
  • Use a water based glue stick e.g. Sewline, to stick the first piece of fabric on each section
  • Chain piece where possible
  • Use an index card or a Dritz seam guide to fold the paper back when trimming excess
  • Nest Seams where possible
  • Press section seams to the side
Block 94, Susannah, (p.253, letter p110) is a delight to piece.  It can be foundation pieced or rotary cut- I chose the latter technique for this one.

Violet scattered floral- unknown repro
Blue Grid- gift from a friend

{For both blocks, I link to sponsor shops for fabric bought from them and elsewhere for other fabrics}
This block is so dynamic on point, I really like it!  Fiona from Poppy Makes is guest posting with thoughts on this block and the quilt along, click here to visit. 
I have a further new nine-patch blocks for  my collection.





Charise returns for her final time as a guest blogger next Monday.  See you Monday x 
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1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous, Kerry! I think your Starlight block is my favorite of all of them. The little pint of blueberries in the center is precious!

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