Monday, 14 March 2016

Farmer's Wife QAL Blocks 51 and 52: Lily & Lola

This week we are looking at blocks 51 and 52 in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along.  Block 51, Lily (p.210, letter p.34) and Charise is back with a guest post on this block and some very pretty fabric choices.   If you plan to follow the quilt layout suggested in the book, you could consider Lily as a half-block option for the top or bottom edges - see this post for more info.   Here's my version- I know it looks weird in this format, like something is missing!  It took ages and was tricky- there are a lot of sections even though I only did half of the block!  I pressed each  section seam open.

Fabric credits:
Judie Rotherham, Grace in a pickle (Yellow)

In contrast, block 52( p.211, letter p.15) is quick to sew.  I pre-cut larger pieces (dimensions below) and foundation pieced.

Fabric credits:
Kona Carnation
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Rotary Cutting Dimensions 
(cutting approx. ¼" larger for foundation piecing)
A1, B1, A3, B3: cut (4) 1 ½" squares
A2, B2, C3, D3: cut (4) 1 ½" x 3 ¾" rectangles
C1, C2, D1, D2: cut (4) 2 ¼" squares (2 each in contrasting colours)
A4, B4, E1, F1: cut (2) 4 ¼" squares squares; sub-cut each square diagonally to make a total of 4 half square triangles

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 
  • Add triangles E and F without paper.  It helps to find the centre of the diagonal of each triangle and make a finger press crease so it can be centred with the 4-patch square the middle as it joins on to the block.  Trim the blocks to 6 ½" after both half-square triangles have been added. 

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 #Lilyblock and #Lolablock on Instagram, Fat Quarter Shop and Angie are using these hash tags, #fw51lily,  #fw52lola, 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 as guest blogger next Monday.

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  1. Kerry - You are doing such a great job on this QAL. So easy to follow! Hats off to you! Love these blocks. Bright and colorful


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