September 19, 2016

Chart 69: Carolina, Block #19 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

Carolina must hold the record for the number of different shapes in one quilt block. It is very unusual to find 60-degree equilateral triangles (19H), Spike triangles (19D), right triangles (19C), a square (19B), rectangles (19A), kites (19G), and a couple of mirror image irregular triangles (19E and 19F) that I can’t identify, all in one block!

Have you read the letter on page 74 associated with the Carolina block? It is so-so-so true! "Things weren't what they used to be." Isn’t it interesting how that message can be applied so easily to the quilt world, too? So, while Carolina is more template-friendly than it looks, it is also quite easy to cut the non-template friendly pieces using the paper patterns and small rulers.

Interestingly, we have a brand new 60-degree corner trimmer that is an equilateral triangle complete with our engineered corners. It also has markings for cutting triangles that will have 1-1/2 inch finished edges just like the eight #19H triangles needed for this block. If you have one of our new corner trimmers, you could use it to cut the 19H triangles.

The corner trimmer is also a great One-derful One Patch template. It's perfect for cutting 1- to 3-inch 60-degree triangles in 1/2-inch increments, and for eliminating dog ears on ruler-cut equilateral triangles, too.

I’m not suggesting that you buy the 60° Corner Trimmer to make this one block, but if you keep a From Marti Michell Wish List (and we hope you do!), you might want to list the 60° Corner Trimmer, Product #8298, $5 USD.

We used Spike from the Multi Size Peaky & Spike template set to cut 19D. Don't forget to trim the corners at the bottom of Spike.

My Carolina Block

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

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