Monday, 18 July 2016

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along, blocks 85 and 86, Primrose and Priscilla

Welcome back to another Monday in the Farmer's Wife quilt-along.   I've just had a very busy work week and I'm coming into family birthday season with my husband and my daughter so time for blocks has been a little limited.  I made block 85, Primrose (p.244, letter p.26) as a half-block for the quilt layout (Queen or Twin) that I'm following from the book.  Jo Greene of Life in Lists is back with a guest post on this block so see a full size version of Priscilla here.

Fabric Credits
Kona Bahama Blue
Unknown repro feedback print

I made the next block, 86, Priscilla (p.245, letter 44) last year when I first reviewed The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt book .  I simplified the block slightly taking out the extra half square triangles in the centre square - although you could leave these in and make more of a feature with them using different colours.  There are Y-seams in this block but as the sections are larger they are more manageable than many of the other Y-seam blocks.  I have a this detailed Y-seam tutorial here.  The  majority of pieces are best cut out using the freezer paper template method.

Fabric Credits
Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka, Lighthearted Circles
Unknown 1930s repro purple floral

{For both blocks, I link to sponsor shops for fabric bought from them and elsewhere for other fabrics}

The yellow lines show where I removed lines so instead of A1, A2, As there was just A1 and A2, (same for B).  the rest of the block is sewn together as described on the CD and I've marked the Y seam points with stars.  This is actually a great block to gain confidence with Y seams.  Sew the A1 to C2 seam together first before sewing the long seams either side and then repeat when joining section D.

Rotary Cutting 
These are for foundation piecing so are cut larger than needed with any exceptions noted below.
  • A1, B1: cut (1) 2 ¼" square; sub-cut square in half along the diagonal to yield 2HSTs
For all other shapes, I used the freezer paper template method

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
  • Follow the Y seam method here, including marking where the Y seam intersections are
Here are a further two nine-patch blocks to add to my seventeen so far.  I've got a layout in mind now inspired by a 1930s quilt, I'll share soon.

  • You can share your farmer's wife quilt blocks with the hashtags #fw1930sqal and for these blocks either #Primroseblock or #Priscillablock as well as #fw85Primrose, #fw86Priscilla
  • If you want me to take a look at your blocks, tag me on Instagram, I'm @verykerryberry or comment here and paste in a link to your blog
  • There's a Flickr group you can add to here.  All my Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks can be seen in this album and my 9-patch blocks in this album. 
Charise is back as guest blogger next week and I know she has a Y-seams tutorial planned as block 87 is a tricky one!  


  1. You know, as much as I love your FW blocks, I am becoming truly smitten by your 9-patches as well! What size 9-patches are you making, and do you have a plan in mind for what you'll do with all of them?

    1. Hi Rebecca

      The original stimulus for these can be seen here: They are 6” finished so 2 1/2” squares. Not sure what size quilt it will be but I’ll follow the same layout as the original inspiration and I’ve got a border idea to

  2. I have to agree! The 9 patch with the gingham is just delightful!


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