May 30, 2016

Chart 53: Judy, Block #48 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along


Judy, or Jud-ay, Jud-ay, Jud-ay – People of certain generations simply can’t just say Judy once. If you're thinking about Clark Gable, you are way off base! And you might be surprised to know that Cary Grand said he never said “Jud-ay, Jud-ay, Jud-ay.”  He claimed that people have searched every movie he ever made and cannot find him saying that on film. It is believed that it started with a celebrity impersonator named Larry Storch. You can read the story here: http://www.carygrant.net/articles/judy.htm

In fact, when I hear or read the name Judy, I think of childhood memories of playing in the timber, riding ponies, or playing in the hay-mows on the farm. I’ve mentioned Judy in an earlier blog. She was my best friend from crawling age all through high school. Our family farm homes were only ¼ mile apart. I could talk all day about the fun we had growing up on Iowa farms, but…back to quilting!

Judy is just like last week’s Doris, except with a 4-patch center. They really could have been a 2-in-1 day pair of blocks.

If you liked the bonus Spike's Windmill quilt last week, you would probably really love Scrappy Sedona Star, one of our large patterns. The Scrappy Sedona Star was the first quilt I made using the “stack six fat quarters, cut all the pieces for the block  and rotate” technique. The only name I could find for the block in any book was the Elongated Eight-Pointed Star. It is just like Judy and Doris except even easier! The center square is just a square. The wide variety of arranging and setting the blocks into full-size quilts is what makes the pattern so much fun!

Can you believe all these quilts are made with the same Elongated Star block design?  I love this block!


Some of the quilts are made with 9-inch blocks and some have 12-inch blocks. Here's a picture of the pattern cover. It's our product # 8016.


Oh yes -- The reason it is called Scrappy Sedona Star is that Audrey Waite and Dee Lynn, who at the time ran a wonderful summer retreat called “Quilting in the Pines” in Flagstaff, AZ., saw my brand new quilt top at Quilt Market, loved it and wanted me to teach at the next retreat. When I told them the name, Audrey who lives in Sedona, politely suggested that she thought Scrappy Sedona Star sounded like a lot more fun! I wholeheartedly agreed! We're so proud that, over the years, our Scrappy Sedona Star pattern has helped a lot of quilters make friends with Peaky and Spike.

My Judy Block


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

Visit these other Farmer's Wife Sew Along blogs, too, for sewing tutorials and other info about the Judy block:

http://gnomeangel.com

http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/blog/






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.


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