Monday, 12 October 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL Blocks 9 & 10: Autumn and Ava

It's week 5 in the year of Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along.   My block is Autumn and Wynn of Zakka Art has sewn up Ava.  Block 9, Autumn (p.168, letter p.133).

Fabric credits:

Autumn is a straightforward block, it's only the size of the pieces that gets fiddly.  As usual, I precut all my pieces before foundation piecing each section. For the large rectangles and the larger squares, I cut using the rotary cutting instructions on the CD but I made my pieces ½" larger on each edge.  The dimensions for the remaining shapes are below:

Rotary Cutting for Foundation Paper Piecing
Small half square triangles: for each colour, cut (4) 2 ¼" squares, sub-cut each once diagonally to make 2 half square triangles from each square.
Large half square triangles: cut (2) 3 ½" squares, sub-cut each once diagonally to make 2 half square triangles from each square.
Centre tiny square: cut (1) 1 ½" square
Small rectangles: cut (4) 1 ½" x 2 ¼" rectangles

Top tips for this block
  • Have a strong contrast between the fabric used for the background and all the other fabrics used.
  • Use a water based glue stick- I use Sewline- to stick the first piece of each section
  • Chain piece where sections are repeated
  • Mark the centre of the outer long narrow sections (A and B) in the seam allowance before joining them onto the centre section to get good alignment.
The letter for Autumn is from a mother of four and her a precious half hour when her boys are either at school or busy and she has a little siesta, or nanna nap as I prefer to call it.   I think a lot of you know how much I love music and seek out new things to listen too.  British artist/.composer Max Richter has a new concept album called sleep: an eight hour lullaby to listen to whilst you prepare to sleep.  He did a special performance for BBC radio 3 at the Wellcome Collection where the audience had beds.  If you can listen to BBC appear radio, it's still available- all 8 hours- for the next 14 days. 

Block 10 is Ava (p.169, letter p.146),  Wynn has sewn a gorgeous block and shared some tips and her favourite hand sewing equipment in her post. She has an important point about flipping your templates which also applies to foundation piecing, something to remember for future blocks that don't have vertical, horizontal and diagonal symmetry.   Here's my version.

Fabric credits:
Windham Tiger Lily, Butterflies Brown
Atsuko Matsuyama, Ginham Ribbon Orange
Penny Rose Fabrics Hope Chest Blossom Yellow
  • Use the hashtags  Don't forget to use #fw1930sqal on Instagram and the Flickr group if you like to share there.  
  • For individual blocks, you can use #autumnblock and #avablock on Instagram. are using these hash tags, #fw9autumn,  #fw10ava, 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. 
  • I have a busy work day tomorrow so my usual short broadcast might not happen but I am hoping it will and it will be around 2.15-2.30pm GMT today indwell be available for 24 hours to replay before it disappears! Link will be in my twitter feed @verykb and I'll post on Instagram and twitter about 15 minutes before it goes out.   If I make it, I'll be talking about symmetry and accuracy.
Please note:  I have linked to my sponsors on items bought through them and elsewhere for anything that has come from other shops.

You can join the quilt-along at any time, all the posts are here for you to catch up with.  Back next Monday with Erin and blocks 11 and 12.   

sib blog


  1. I love the colour combinations of AVA and your fussy cutting, especially the small yellow squares :)

  2. Love your fabric choices for these Kerry. I'm always surprised at how much our color placement choices can change the entire look of a block.

  3. I just joined the group today. Received my book today and order fabric and the recommended fabric bundle of fat eighths. I originally was going to follow another Blogger from AU, but just to much overkill on information. This project on Kelly's Blog is easier to follow and she also provides critical information if a block pattern has an issue. This is going to be fun.

  4. Kerry you really organized this great! To be able to catch up I am downloading the .pdf file for when I am working on the block - maybe I won't have to print so much. VERY ORGANIZED!


Thank you for taking the time out to leave your thoughts, I do very much appreciate you stopping by! Blogger is not sending comments through by email at the moment so I'll reply in the comments.