Farmer's Wife: Month 1 blocks (1-9)

Dear Farmer's Wife clubbers,
For your reference, below are pictures of the first months 9 blocks along with notes and tips to hopefully aid in keeping the process enjoyable :) I've tried to include measurements to the rectangular and square templates so you can simply cut without the templates...however, you may wish to double check because I make mistakes too ;)

Block 1: Attic Windows
Note: I fussy cut my center block.
I pressed away from center.
#1 = 2 1/2" square

Block 2: Autumn Tints
Note: This block can be made without templates.
#5 Large (orange) squares = 3 3/4"
#4 Small (tan, green, gold) squares =  2"
I pressed to dark throughout.

Block 3: Basket
Note: You may need to trim a little length off the 2 handle ends to ensure 1/4" seam allowance is
available at the top of your handle. You can see I left about 1/2".  To applique the handle, I simply used light fusible web (Steam-a-seam or Heat-n-Bond lite both work well) and then simply used the blanket / buttonhole stitch on my machine to stitch around the edge. With a matching thread the stitches aren't even seen.
#9 = 2x31/2"
# 4= 2" square

Block 4: Basket Weave
Note: Instead of cutting 1 1/2 x 3 1/2"  pieces, consider cutting long strips (approx 16"), stitching the lengths together and then sub-cutting into 3 1/2" blocks. Saves time and tends to add accuracy!
I pressed all one way (to dark)

Block 5: Bat Wing
Note: For some reason I swapped the templates for this one and had to remake my block. I don't know if I was confused or if the templates look confusing...you may just want to look close before you begin.
"wings" I pressed to dark
Center strip I pressed to light.
#34 =  1 3/4" square

Block 6: Big Dipper
Note: I pressed to dark.

Block 7: Birds in the Air
Note: Be sure your seam allowance is accurate! For this block I personally needed to be sure my 1/4" was scant! Once I adjusted to scant 1/4", the block went together flawlessly.
I pressed the HST to the dark and then when I added the large tan triangles I pressed to the tan.

Block 8: Bouquet
Note: I also fussy cut the background so the pretty little designs looked nice! The seams in the "flowers" lay really nice if you press them open instead of to one side.

Block 9: Box
Note: I pressed to dark.
Center green square is 2 1/2"

Have fun!!!


Anonymous said...

ooooh, this is sooo exciting, I have wanted to get started on this quilt forever, I can't wait until tonight. Looks like you have done all the hard work for us...this is going to be so fun. Thanks Kate! M

Anonymous said...

What is the finished size of the block supposed to be for farmers wife? Are they 5.5 or 6. Thanks

Katie said...

pieced they should measure 6.5"
Finished in the quilt they will measure 6"

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