Farmer’s Wife 1930’s – Betty and Caroline

Welcome to the end of week 2 of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt sew along. For tutorials on these lovely triangle heavy blocks, check out the following links

Betty (14):

06/10/2015: Angie @

07/10/2015: Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts

Caroline (20):

08/10/2015: Angie @

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


These blocks change a LOT depending on your fabric and value choices. You can get some great ideas on colour placement and how it affects the appearance of the block – what “pops” out at you so to speak, by looking at the albums for these blocks in the Facebook group for the sew along. Don’t forget to put your blocks in there as well to share with everyone!


Betty’s album 

Caroline’s album



For Betty I followed the placement from the book pretty closely, using one of my Pam Kitty Morning bundle prints with red and pink solids. I love the way the florals pop out, although I think it’s not the most exciting fabric placement idea, it works for me.




Caroline was much more challenging, as there are so many elements going on in this block. Hourglasses, pinwheels, and there is an odd shaped elongated pinwheel in the middle of the block also that could be really brought out with the right fabric choices. This block was fairly easy to construct using my Marti Michell templates, however I did nest and spin the seams instead of pressing them open, which was a lot of fun. I think a tutorial on spinning seams is definitely on my to-do list. For some reason, despite my best efforts, the pinwheel block ended up a little smaller than the hourglass. However the whole block measures roughly right, so I’m going to let it be. I’m afraid it’s not going to be my favourite block out of the quilt.


I can’t believe how addictive these little blocks are, and how much fun I am having making them. Simple sewing, done in an hour, and then I go back to whatever project I’m supposed to be working on! How about you? How’s your little farm going?


 Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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