October 1, 2015

Chart 2: Aunt in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew-along

Here is my Aunt block

This is the front and back, so you can see the pressing. Click the photo for a larger view.

Click to download your next PDF:
for Block 8, Aunt

Most of the blocks for the next 8 blog posts will use Template Set A. I hope you will be amazed at the versatility of patchwork designs you can make with just those 7 shapes.

In addition to our template conversion PDF download, you will want to read Gnome Angel's tutorials for these blocks.

A Few Notes About the From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Template Conversion Charts:

1. When we use color in the how-to diagrams, we are using the colors of the blocks in the book, not the colors in the blocks we made and photographed.

2. Our blocks may have a different number of fabrics or slight changes to eliminate seams, make them more template-friendly, etc. But we let you know if we have made a modification. Even though we are all following the same book and I love the idea of making the same quilt with people all around the world at the same time, we are also all making our own quilts.

3. Our templates include grainline arrows. For cutting the block pieces, the arrows should be placed on straight grain most of the time. We have written directly below the conversion chart at the top of the page if there are any pieces to be cut with a grainline override.

4. Please note the reference in the upper righthand corner of each PDF (FMM 2, for example). That is the numerical order of the block conversions, in case you want to file them that way.

BONUS! Square Within a Square Quilt Pattern

We love making Square Within a Square units. We think you will, too, when you cut the pieces with the engineered corners on our templates, so we are including a free scrap-friendly quilt pattern that is a fabulous example of using Square Within a Square units. You'll be surprised when the stars pop out after the last rows are added! Click here to download the complete three-page pattern. Enjoy! And scroll down for 2 more sizes of Square Within a Square that you can make with Set A!

Two More Sizes of Square Within a Square to Make 

with Set A

The Ramblin' Stars bonus quilt is made with 8-inch blocks and Set A. Because there are 3 complementary sizes of squares and triangles in Set A, you can also make 3-inch and 6-inch Square Within a Square units. You dan download the 3-page pattern here: Click here to download the 3-page pattern.

That's a built-in bonus! Go Set A! (Did you know the same square and triangle partners are available in 3 other sizes in Set B?)

P.S. We received a very nice comment from Cyndi at the same time we were updating some of the type in this article -- now her comment won't publish, so I've copy/pasted it below.
Thanks for the bonus! I've been working on a Rambling Stars with scraps and old denim and sharing my progress at Marti and Me Club meetings at Stitchin' Tree Quilts in Woodbine, Iowa. THANK YOU so much for taking part in this sew along, Marti! I wouldn't even attempt a Farmer's Wife Quilt without your template, now that I've been working with them for just over a year. You rock, Marti!!
Thank you, Cyndi, for taking the time to write such a nice note!



    1. Hi Janet -- If you are trying to print from your browser's preview, that may be the trouble. Be sure to download the file to your computer, and specify "letter" paper size in your printer specs. I hope that helps.

  2. I'm a newbie, who just started quilting recently. I visited a Quilt shop that sold your Perfect Patchwork Templates. I bought A & C sets, but can't figure out where to start using them. I've looked at your blog, but they don't seem to identify the quilts clearly by what Blocks they include, so I can find an easy one to start with. Any help I could get would be greatly appreciated. I'm very visual so videos would be very helpful. I did watch the Block A + B video. Thanks

    1. Hi Gail! Welcome to the quilt world! The shop where you bought your templates should be able to show you some block and quilt ideas for using them, especially if they also carry our books and patterns. And you can go to our online store and use the search button to search "Set A" and you will see many patterns in the return list. Then you can click on whatever you want to see and use your back button to go back to the search list. :)

      Also ask the store if they use our Block of the Month sampler quilt programs, and if they do, maybe they will be scheduling one this fall. Our BOMs are sold only to shops and many shops offer monthly BOM classes because they are great learning experiences for beginner quilters. The store can get our Set A BOM or choose from two or three other BOMs for Sets A and C (some of the blocks in the quilt are made with A, some with A and C combined).

      Have fun on your quilt journey! There is so much to explore -- patchwork, applique, techniques, quilt history, etc.