February 20, 2017

Chart #90: Card Trick, our Substitute for Fern, Block #34 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along

If you have made all of the blocks we have written about, you have 95 as needed for the layout in the book. But if you have skipped a few or are making a bigger quilt or using a different layout, or want to replace a block, I think you will enjoy Card Trick.

Fern is not easily converted to templates. If you want to make Fern you can true-up units after piecing or paper piecing with your From Marti Michell templates. The center square should be the exact size of template C-15 and the corner units should match template A-2 triangles. When pieced, 34D and 34F should match our template A-6.

The 8-1/2 inch Block Mystery Quilt

In case you missed Post 89 (February 13, 2017) Sonnie (Block #92), Sonnie was the 12th block we converted to 8-1/2 inches for you. Post #89 also includes the unveiling of the mystery quilt wallhanging.

My Card Trick Block

You may recall that I mentioned my book "Quilting for People Who Still Don't Have Time to Quilt" in Post #80 (Widow, Block 99). On page 74 in that book, we introduced a strip technique for the popular overlapping coloration of the block that Jeff Gutcheon named Card Trick in 1973.

Add this block to your quilt and let people guess which block could not be included in an actual 1930s sampler quilt!

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the PDF for cutting and making Card Trick with Set B:

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



Are you ready for a new Sew Along?

Gnome Angel invited us to participate in a three-month sew along to make Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone quilt -- you can use the same templates you used for the Farmer's Wife blocks!  Click here for more information.


  1. Am I doing something wrong? The chart #90 link isn't working for me. Brings me to "6April" FFM42

  2. Sorry about that, Jackie. The link has been fixed in this blog post and tested, so it should work fine now.