September 26, 2016

Chart 70: Prudence, Block 87 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along

With just a glance at the pattern pieces for Prudence, it is obvious they are NOT template friendly! Well, look more closely. You may be surprised to see Prudence actually has the same basic grid design as Eva (Post 49) and Nancy and Sara as discussed first in Post 16.

This is the diagonal grid they share:

Why not Simplify?

We replaced some complicated sewing by using template cutting tricks to modify a From Marti Michell A-1 square to replace the 87E and 87F pieces. Then we added simple fusible appliqué, as we have in several other blocks, for 87C.

Piece 87A is our triangle template N-81. We cut 4 more contrasting N-81 triangles to make and complete a nine patch center unit.

Here are the 9 sub-units. See our PDF for instructions.

My Prudence Block

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

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