September 5, 2016

Chart 67: Alice, Block 3 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

Before you start, make sure that you have the author's corrections file, which you can download from  Gnome Angel's blog about halfway down on the Sew Along FAQs page. However, you don't need the correction to make the block with our tools and techniques.

Alice is another 6-inch block designed on this popular diagonal set grid. Regardless of how you piece, all of the sub-units can be confirmed or perfected with Set A templates A-3, A-4 and A-6.

If a 6-inch block has 53 pieces, there is a good chance some of them are microscopic – my definition of a microscopic quilt piece is that there is more square area in the seam allowances than in the finished shape.

The bottom line is that we chose to simplify the microscopic triangles 3B and 3D by cutting squares instead. Then the squares can be folded and sewn in place (3B) to replace triangles or sewn into a bigger unit that is cut down (3D). 

The best part is that these 2 changes have resulted in eliminating all of the mirror-image pointed 3E, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3L, and 3M pieces and replacing them with nice even strips.

But, I digress even with these simplifications, you still don’t have time to read more! Alice beckons!

My Alice Block

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

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

Speaking of Down Grapevine Lane

One of my favorite things about going to Quilt Market is the chance to meet someone in person who I know only from working with them online or via telephone or email. In May, I met Sedef Imer, who is one of our Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along bloggers. Sedef had traveled from Australia to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the introduction of her new fabric line with Riley Blake, and one of the things I was doing there was showing my new line with Maywood Studios. We were happy to share a hug and a chatty hello!

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 just saw this post and I am so glad to have found it! It was so lovely to meet you in person also at quilt market also <3

    1. Hi Sedef -- I enjoyed meeting you, too! The best part of going to shows is the people we meet there. I'm so glad we had that chance. <3

  2. Marti, I just finished making Alice per your above instructions. Worked wonderfully, and loved being able to square up the sections, too. Thanks for all you do!

    1. Thank you, Margaret. We're glad you are finding the PDFs helpful. :)