March 14, 2016

Chart 42: Cutting Rectangles and April, Block 6 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

April is the first Log Cabin Ruler block in the quilt. I know it doesn’t look like a Log Cabin block, but it is very conducive to cutting with the Log Cabin Ruler because of the strip techniques used in the block.

If you didn’t read the last blog, Chart #41 for Blossom, please go back, as I wrote there in detail about using Log Cabin Rulers to cut strip technique blocks. The #8037 ruler with 3/4-inch finished strips is perfect for April's small squares. At the same time, the companion 1-1/2 inch finished squares in April can also be easily cut with the Log Cabin Ruler.

Even though there are endless variations of Log Cabin quilts, the usefulness of the Log Cabin Rulers are not limited to Log Cabin quilts. So, to emphasize the versatility of the ruler, check out this list of all the ways you will use one ruler in the April block.

1. Measure 1-1/4 inch cut strip widths when cutting “the Marti way.” (Step 1 on the PDF chart, similar to cutting the Marti Way in previous charts.)

2. Turn the strips and the ruler and cut strips to length. The illustration shows cutting b strips (step 5 on the PDF chart.)

3. Confirm proper width of sewn strips for the Nine Patch sub-units. (Step 3)
4. Measure and cut the crosscut units for the Nine Patch sub-units. (Also step 3)
5. As an option, cut small a Squares to replace small triangles. (Step 4)
6. Cut the larger squares in April with A on the wide strip of the #8037 Log Cabin Ruler.

April Fools!

Be careful or this block will surprise you. Just when you think you are almost done, you realize there are 2 different Nine Patch units.

However, no April Fools' joke, just another template trick, when we show you how to “double-cut” A-7 if you choose to cut the tiny triangles instead of the option of cutting squares to replace the triangles.

My April Block

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the Chart for cutting and making April:

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

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.


  1. Hi Marti! I use an Ipad, and I don't think I have a downloads folder (?!), so I can't see the chart. I usually take a picture of the chart and it gets into my photoalbum, that way I can keep it. Thank you again MartI for all the work you are putting into this, bringing us the conversion charts, I'd be lost without them!

    1. Hi Gunilla, The easiest way to do it on an iPad is to click on the "Download" link when you get the "No Preview" message. You will get the option of opening it in iBooks, which should be on your iPad. The icon is an orange square with a white open book. Click "open in iBooks" and it will be saved in your iBooks library. Then whenever you click on iBooks, you will automatically see the PDFs you've saved there. You can save all of our PDF conversion charts into your iBooks library, and you can print PDFs from iBooks to a wireless printer. You can also use iBooks on a Mac. I hope this helps. :)

  2. Is there any reason not to use template #81 from the "N" set, instead of double cutting the #7 triangles?

    1. For this specific application, N-81 is 1/16 too small, and the double-cut on #7 is just right -- but you might make N-81 work by fudging the seams. Good eye, though, we love that you see how versatile the templates can be and how different sets can work together! Thanks for being a template user. :)

  3. Would love to win your templates to add to my stash.