So, if you are playing along, last week was the official start of the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt sew along, with the release of 3 blocks and their tutorials. If you have missed any of the links, they were:
Number 12 – Becky
I’m not sure why, but these three simple blocks gave me a lot of false starts and a bit of drama. I initially started off by English Paper Piecing number 12, Becky.
However after English Paper Piecing the next two blocks, I wasn’t at all happy with how the edges and corners lined up. I carefully unstitched them, peeled the templates off the fabric, pressed it all and started again by machine. I am so much happier with the end results, despite their somewhat rough edges due to their traumatic birth.
Like all the other bloggers, I certainly have enjoyed reading along with the letters to match these three blocks. They speak of a time where priorities could be a little crowded, despite the tough times they were facing. Just like today in fact. Very few people have any spare time, most of us are over-committed, over-stressed and under-joyful. Aunt Maria’s letter, block 8, puts it so beautifully.
“… all we can do is to fill the day with work well done.”
In fact, that’s a recipe for happiness right there. The sort of satisfaction that allows you to sleep well each night, knowing that whatever the day brought, you did your best. Whether that is a simple job like weeding the garden, or running a billion dollar empire. I am so glad that I joined in this sew along, I love reading these letters and connecting to all these women. Although we are separated by women’s liberation, and possibly the iPhone, we have a lot more in common that I ever imagined.
What’s been your favourite letter so far?
If you are looking to keep up over the rest of the month, here are all the bloggers that are playing along.
29/09/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
30/09/2015:Lucy @ Charm About You & Melissa @ Oh How Sweet
01/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
02/10/2015: Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
06/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
07/10/2015: Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
08/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
09/10/2015: Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts & Sedef @ Down Grapevine Lane
13/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
14/10/2015: Melissa @ Ms Midge
15/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
16/10/2015: Erin @ Why Not Sew
20/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
21/10/2015: Nathalie @ Les Ouvrages de Nat
22/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
23/10/2015: Tina @ Emily Ann’s Closet
27/10/2015: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
28/10/2015: Rachel @ Wooden Spoon Quilts
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I would like to know ,if I have to add S.A.
to the measurements to the templates or is it included?
Hi Darlene, sorry for the delay in answering you, I only have intermittent access to my PC at the moment and I needed to look up my copy of the FW 1930’s Cd. It’s not clear which templates you are referring to, but it looks to me like that individual block/piecing templates have a seam allowance added to every piece as demonstrated by the dotted line. I printed out a page and measured it as a clear 1/4″ around each using my ruler. I also printed a page out from the Paper Piecing folder and all of those seem to have a dotted line showing a 1/4″ seam allowance also. If you are only looking at the folder named “Block Diagrams” then no, there is no seam allowance as all of those seem to be the block straight, measuring an exact 6″ when printed out. If you wanted to English Paper Piece any of your blocks, you could easily make a templates out of heavy paper/thin card by printing these out and cutting them up along the lines. Obviously as with all EPP, you would add you preferred seam allowance when cutting out. Hope that this helps you out!
Good day .
Thank you so much and I figured it out before you replied it was so much fun to do and I didn’t even paper pieced it😊…… Thank you once again
Thank you so much for your response.
I figured it out and I didn’t try paper piecing. It was such fun to try.
Thank you once again