March 28, 2016

Chart 44, Viola and Nellie in the 1930s Farmer's Wife Sew Along

This is a 2 for 1 day!

Why you might ask? One answer is that now that you have had a couple of warm up sessions with strip techniques and checkerboard designs, you can turn out these 2 blocks in no time!  Another one says that while you are cutting 1-1/4 inch strips, you might as well cut a bunch. Besides, the more strips you cut and press and sew in one session, the more efficient you will be.

The real answer is these blocks look like twin sisters that don’t like to be separated but just don’t want to dress alike. Back in the 1930s they probably married brothers and lived on farms no more than ½ mile apart.

Happy strip piecing on 2 for 1 day!

My Blocks



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

In addition to our template conversion PDF download, you will want to read Gnome Angel's tutorials for these blocks.


  1. Marti,

    The download was for Block 6, April, not your Chart 44. Thank you so much for all you do!

  2. Hi Marti, I am really enjoying making the blocks and using the templates. Thank you for the excellent instructions. I would like to start setting the blocks now and have the correct template for the larger triangle. What size should I do the smaller triangle . I can't seem to find the templates for these on the CD.

    1. Hi Margot -- We were just talking about how it might be a good time to blog about setting triangles; great minds think alike, right? :) The short version is, the end-of-row "corner" triangles are half the size of the "side setting" triangles. So if you have a pattern for the large triangle, draw a line through the middle to divide it in half. That becomes your new seam line. Add 1/4 inch seam allowance on one side of that line and cut out your new pattern.

      Or you can rotary cut both sizes using one of our Diagonal Set Triangle Rulers. There are 2 small DST rulers; one has triangles for 3 to 9 inch finished blocks, the other for 2.5 to 10 inch blocks. More info about the rulers is on our website, and a video you can watch, too:

  3. Thanks heaps

  4. My nan's name was Nellie Viola and she was a farmer too. I have her sewing machine so guess I better make these blocks. 😊

    1. What a grand coincidence! 😊 Yes, you *have* to make these blocks!