Cassie’s 1930’s farm has begun

Farmer's Wife 1930's Cassandra Madge


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

Number 16 – Bonnie

Number 8 – Aunt


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.


FW16_Bonnie_CassandraMadge FW8_Aunt_CassandraMadge


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 @

30/09/2015:Lucy @ Charm About You & Melissa @ Oh How Sweet

01/10/2015: Angie @

02/10/2015: Jodi @ Tales of Cloth

06/10/2015: Angie @

07/10/2015: Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts

08/10/2015: Angie @

09/10/2015: Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts & Sedef @ Down Grapevine Lane

13/10/2015: Angie @

14/10/2015: Melissa @ Ms Midge

15/10/2015: Angie @

16/10/2015: Erin @ Why Not Sew

20/10/2015: Angie @

21/10/2015: Nathalie @ Les Ouvrages de Nat

22/10/2015: Angie @

23/10/2015: Tina @ Emily Ann’s Closet

27/10/2015: Angie @

28/10/2015: Rachel @ Wooden Spoon QuiltsHappy Crafting - Cassie.

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4 Responses

  1. Darlene

    Good day/evening.
    I would like to know ,if I have to add S.A.
    to the measurements to the templates or is it included?

    • Cassandra

      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!

      • Darlene

        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

  2. Darlene

    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

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