Monday, 25 January 2016

Farmer's Wife QAL Blocks 37 and 38: Georgia and Golda

We're on blocks 37 and 38 this week in the Farmer's Wife 1930s quilt-along.   Block 37, Georgia is a straightforward block made up of squares and half square triangles (p.196, letter p.132):

Fabric credits:
Blue floral, gift from a friend

Although it looks as though you could rotary cut and piece the squares and triangles without using a foundation pattern the precise measurements are a little fiddly.  So as usual I pre-cut all the pieces adding my usual generous rotary cutting measurements for foundation paper piecing.  These create seam allowances larger than ¼" so that your fabric pieces are larger than needed- if you like more wriggle room, cut even bigger!  I chose fabrics with a very similar colour scheme to the original.

Rotary Cutting for Foundation Paper Piecing
Squares: cut (9) 2" squares in blue, (8) 2" squares in yellow and (4) 2" squares in pink
Triangles: cut (2) 2" squares in blue and subcut diagonally to make 4 half square triangles in total.  repeat the same quantities in pink.

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
  • Follow the order on the foundation pattern, the seams will nest together when joined
The finished block is not unlike a little picnic blanket which links nicely with the farmer's wife letter  (p. 132) reminiscing over meals eaten outside.

Block 38 Golda (p.195, letter p.98) is a little trickier.  Hannah from Quirky Hannah is guest blogger for this block.  Here's mine:

Fabric credits:
Kona Buttercup
Marcus Brothers Circle of Friends Green Flower
Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics Red Dotty Blossoms

I foundation pieced this block and it was a little tricky; those small angle tapering points are always hard with this technique and getting all the points to meet up on the outer sections needed careful pinning.  I'll be sharing my tips on this block on my Periscope session today which you can catch afterwards for 24 hours- see the links below.
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 #georgiablock and #goldablock on Instagram, Fat Quarter Shop and Angie are using these hash tags, #fw37Georgia,  #fw38Golda, 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. 
  • You are welcome to watch and join in the chat on Periscope at 2.30pm GMT today, I'm  It will 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.  
Please note:  I have linked to my sponsors on items bought through them and elsewhere for anything that has come from other shops.

Melinda from Quirky Granola Girl will be joining me as guest blogger next Monday.

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  1. I love the colours you've used in these blocks!

  2. Both blocks are lovely but oh, Golda ~ extra lovely!


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