Monday, 28 March 2016

Farmer's Wife QAL Blocks 55 & 56: Malvina & Marcella

Welcome back to another Monday and two more farmer's wife blocks in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along .  Erica from Crafty Blossom returns with a guest post for block 55, Malvina (p.214, letter p.121).  I did this block as a half-block hence it is a triangle rather than a square.  I plan to make a queen quilt following the layout suggested by Laurie in the book and I will need eight half-blocks, this is my second.

Fabric credits:

Block 56, Marcella ( p.215, letter p.80) is a straightforward block with only two sections to join together if you are foundation paper piecing.   I pre-cut my fabric so the piecing was quick to do.  I used this fabric selection before on block 23 Charlotte and I liked it so much this seemed like a good chance to repeat and echo it in the finished quilt.

Fabric credits:
Riley Blake Ardently Austen- Text Black
Penny Rose Fabrics Hope Chest Blossom Yellow
Penny Rose Fabrics Hope Chest Blossom Teal
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Rotary Cutting Dimensions 
Half Square Triangles: cut (1) 3 ½" square in cream, (2) in yellow and (1) in teal.  Sub-cut each square in half diagonally to make 2 half square triangles from each square (2 cream, 4 yellow, 2 teal) 
Centre Strip; cut (1) 3" x 10" rectangle in cream

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 to the paper
  • Chain piece sections where possible
  • Press the joining seam towards the centre strip
There's a sweet little reminiscence of childhood tea parties to read in the farmer's wife letter on page 80.

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 #Malvinablock and #Marcellablock on Instagram, Fat Quarter Shop and Angie are using these hash tags, #fw55malvina,  #fw56marcella, 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 or tag me on Instagram and I'd love to visit and take a look. 
Jo from My Bear Paw is back as guest blogger next Monday.

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