August 1, 2016

Chart 62: Carol, Block #18 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

If you own Set C of the Perfect Patchwork Templates, you can use C-15 to cut the large square-on-point in Carol. Many of you also made the 1920s Farmer’s Wife Sampler blocks and the Set C pieces were used more frequently in that book than in this one.

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Comparing Sets A and B

Sets A and B contain the most frequently used pieces in basic patchwork. 12-inch or approximately 30 cm blocks are the most popular finished sizes, and 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 grid designs are also the most common.

The pieces in Sets A and B are exactly the same 7 shapes, just different sizes. Set A pieces are components of a 3-inch square and Set B of a 4-inch square. We like to say, “Anything you can make with Set A, you can make with Set B, it will just be bigger.’’

Volume 1 of the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks features 69 patchwork block designs. You can make most in 3 sizes each with Sets A and B.

For example (from the Vol. 1 Block Index on our website):

Comparing Sets C and D

Sets C and D are companion sets for Sets A and B. They contain components of 3-inch and 4-inch squares that are not used quite as frequently as those in Sets A and B. Most of the shapes are the same, but in Set C we included C-15, a square that sits on point in a 6-inch square, the equivalent of 4 3-inch squares. Set D, on the other hand, includes the Square Within a Square components for a 2-inch finished unit made with the D-28 square on point plus triangle D-29 to make the corners, the latter being a combination you have used frequently in the 1930s Farmer’s Wife Sampler blocks.

You can see more blocks that use Sets A and C or B and D in the block index on our website for Volume 2 of the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks. 

My Carol Block

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the Chart for cutting and making Carol:
Visit these other Farmer's Wife Sew Along blogs, too, for sewing tutorials and other info about the Starlight block:

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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