February 13, 2018

Weeks 6 & 7: Bea, Becky, Belle and Betty | 2018 Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

Well! We're up to week 7 and it looks like I'm not going to be posting a new article every week, because I missed last week! But I'm sure you all didn't miss keeping up with Angie's block prompts and are ready for two more blocks.

We got into the B's last week, with Bea and Becky, blocks #11 and 12 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt book.  Links to my blog posts with the template conversion charts and tutorials for those blocks are given below.  This week we're making Belle and Betty, blocks #13 and 14.

** If you are making two blocks per week in the same order that I did, you will want Charts 11 and 12 to make Addie #1 and Margaret #57 with Millie #62 in the "Blocks Made in the Order of Tools Used" list on my blog.  You will also want Charts 13 and 14 for Aimee #2 and Nancy #76.  We came up with a new block that we called "Alta" and named after my mother. Remember, you will not be eligible for sew along prizes if you do not follow the order given in the book. **

Bea, Block #11

Use our Template Conversion Chart #37 for this block. We've got a great method for making the mirror image parallelograms with a template. 

Becky, Block #12

Becky was our first block -- Ready, Set, Sew! -- in the original sew along. We used the 6-inch Squaring Up ruler for Becky, also a handy tool for confirming the 6-1/2 unfinished block size for all your blocks.  Bonnie #16 is also on this conversion chart; we used Log Cabin Ruler #8037 to cut perfect-length strips. Click here to go to that blog post and our Template Conversion Chart #1

Belle, Block #13

Use our Template Conversion Chart #5 for this block. My blog post for Belle includes two ways to make this block without set-in seams and a discussion on Flying Geese units.

Betty, Block #14

The Betty block was a great opportunity for a discussion on swirl pressing the back of the block. Swirl pressing distributes the seam allowances and makes nice, flat intersections. We also streamed a short video on why I cut strips on the lengthwise grain and think you might like to, too, and included a discussion on making a seam guide. We used our Deluxe Corner Trimmer tool to illustrate -- you can do it without the tool, but since we have all the From Marti Michell tools on hand, they are our go-to tools for everything! Click here to go to that blog post and our Template Conversion Chart #3. Have fun making your Betty block! 

You'll find all the links for the blocks and our template conversion charts here on my blog.

And here's the link for Gnome Angel's tutorials -- you'll want to read both of our blogs so you don't miss anything!

Info about the From Marti Michell tools used to make the blocks is also on my blog.

If you have any questions about the sew along, the answers may be in Gnome Angel's sew along FAQs or the official Facebook page for the sew along.

If you are looking for our 1920s template conversion charts, that is an email program that we do about every six months. Complete information about those charts is here on my blog.

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