Sometimes it makes sense to look for a different way to get the same visual result. That kicked in for me when I saw pieces 65B, H and G being used to make a square corner.
We hope you will enjoy our two-unit technique that eliminated all those tiny pieces in the center. Of course, it does include the "A" word, albeit less than 9 inches of appliqué stitching!
We prepared the Nine Patch for appliqué by turning under the edges a scant 1/4-inch and centering a piece of SoftFuse™ on the wrong side. After fusing the square in place, we hand stitched around the Nine Patch to complete the block. Click here to download a PDF with more detailed instructions for "Soft Edge - No Raw Edge - Fusible Appliqué" using SoftFuse™.
My Mother Block
Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the Chart for cutting and making Mother:
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.