Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Tutorial – Block 45 Jenny

Hi!  Today I’m guest blogging as part of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Quilt Along being hosted by Angie at GnomeAngel and The Fat Quarter Shop and I’ll be sharing how I made Block 45 Jenny.

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I’ve been using the Marti Michell templates to make many of the blocks so far.  They’re great and make sewing all these teeny pieces accurately so so easy.   I’m looking forward to working with them more during the quilt along but today I thought it would be fun to share an alternate way to piece Jenny using some simple rotary cut piecing.   Tonya from The Crafty Mummy is also doing a tutorial today and I know that she will have heaps of great hits and tips as well.   Tonya’s blocks are seriously adorable!

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The fabrics I’ve used are from Bonnie & Camille’s Hello Darling line for Moda Fabrics.  To make Jenny in the same style as the book you’ll need 3 different fabrics.   I recommend choosing non directional smaller print fabrics if you would like to use this method of piecing to make Jenny.

Now, because we all respect copyright and appreciate all the hard work Laurie Aaron Hird put in to making the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt and book I know you will understand that I can’t provide the the finished sizes for each unit (HST, QST, etc) in my method of making this block.  The good news is that if you’ve got the book and have sewn Coral (block 24) using the Rotary Cutting Instructions you have most of the information you need.  To make it nice and simple I’ll reference the Coral & Addie template letters (A, B, C, etc) as we work through the tutorial.

Using this alternate piecing method you’ll need:-

  • 4 – easy corner rectangles (the same size as Coral Rectangle A)
  • 4 – half square triangles  (the same size as Coral Square B)
  • 1 – quarter square triangle for the centre of the block (a square the same size as the long side of Coral Rectangle A, or,  Addie Square A)

Let’s start with the Easy Corner Rectangles.   Cut 4 rectangles the same size as Coral Rectangle A (Aqua) and 4 squares the same size as Coral Square B (Red).   Draw a diagonal line on the back of each square and then place the square on top of the rectangle with right sides together.   Tip: Make sure the diagonal line is oriented as shown in the picture below.

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Sew just beside the drawn line as shown.

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Using a rotary cut­ter trim away the excess fab­ric the from the edge of both pieces of fab­ric.  Leave a 1/4″ seam.

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Press towards the square (red) fabric and voila! you’re done.   Remember you will need to make 4.   If you have trouble getting these units to line up nicely check out my Flipping Flying Geese Tutorial.  The tutorial will show you a simple trick using a piece of cardboard which will make perfect easy corner rectangles a breeze!

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Next, lets tackle those quarter and half square triangle units.

To make the quarter square triangle unit you will need to cut 2 squares 1 1/2″ larger than the long side of Coral Rectangle A, or Addie Square A.    I’ve used the red print again and also a pink floral.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the fabrics and then place one square on top of the other.   Make sure the squares line up exactly – the picture below is shown to illustrate that rights sides are together.

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Sew 1/4″ away from the line on both sides.

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Using your rotary cutter and a ruler, cut along the drawn line.  Press towards the pink fabric.

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Draw another diagonal line on the back of one of the half square triangles you’ve just made and then place one on top of the other with right sides together.   Make sure the seams nest tightly together.SheQuiltsAlot-QST4

Sew 1/4″ away from the line on both sides again and then cut along the drawn line.  Trim to the same size as the long side of Coral Rectangle A, or, Addie Square A.

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You’ve probably noticed by now that you have a quarter square triangle left over.  My theory is that I’ll end up using it in another block in this quilt or, it could be the start of a very snazzy little coaster that’s perfect for a quick gift!

Follow the same method to make the half square triangles.  You will need to cut 2 squares 1″ larger than Coral Square B from each of the fabrics you used to make the easy corner rectangles (Aqua and Red).    Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the fabrics and then place one square on top of the other as shown.

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Sew 1/4″ away from the line on both sides.  Using your rotary cutter and a ruler cut along the drawn line.

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Press towards the aqua fabric and then trim each half square triangle to the same size as Coral Square B.   Each set will make 2 half square triangles, you’ll need a total of 4.

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You can now sew your block together.   I like to lay the block out next to my sewing machine just like the picture below and chain piece each row before joining all three together.

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Easy right!     If you run in to any trouble please don’t hesitate to flick me an email or pop a question on the Facebook group.   There are so many amazing people joining in with the quilt along that are so helpful and friendly.

So… how are you all doing with your blocks?   There are so many gorgeous blocks popping up on Instagram and Facebook, I love seeing them all.   If you’re like me I’m sure you can’t wait for the next one to be announced!    Next week’s line up is pretty awesome, make sure you check out:

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The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.

Happy quilting,

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