June 20, 2016

Chart 56: Augusta, Block 7 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

What Do Augusta and Long Skinny Sashing Stars
Have in Common?

One of the things I say a lot about our templates and tools is, 'The more you use them, the more you love them!" And the more you realize new ways they can help you cut better and sew more accurately. Avoiding seam rippers is such a good thing!

Having said that, you may still wonder why I’m talking about the Long Skinny Sashing Star Set. Well, if I hadn’t developed the Long Skinny Sashing Star Set (#8232) and the octagon frame layout you can create for 6-, 9- or 12-inch finished blocks, I might not have ever seen the easy solution for cutting and sewing the “X” sub-units in Augusta.

While I’m talking about it, I can’t stop without showing our favorite teenage boy quilt or a guy "who is still a teenager at heart" quilt. Pattern #8532 Long Skinny Smashing Sashings.

The triangles in Augusta do not have the same angles as the Long Skinny Sashing Stars Set, in fact, the “X” unit in Augusta is just another version of the famous “Peaky and Spike” triangles. However, it includes a cut-away trick to get the long triangles on the side with Peaky angles at both ends.  It is the sewing technique in the “X” triangles for Augusta that is the same as the units that make the octagon frame in "Let the Good Times Roll" shown above.

All of the rest of the pieces in Augusta are very straight forward pieces from Set B and Set D.

My Augusta Block

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

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. so who won the peaky spike rulers?

    1. Susan did. We updated that post to let everyone know. Susan contacted us the same day the contest closed and her new quilting toys were off to Australia soon after. :)

    2. http://frommartimichell.blogspot.com/2016/06/chart-54-poppy-block-83-and-our-pippa.html