July 4, 2016

Chart 58: Carrie, Block 21 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along, and Dimensional Carrie

Dimensional Carrie

Just as we finished making Carrie, I was reminded of the Dimensional Bow Tie block that we featured in Volume 2 of the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks, Product # 8343.

To make this version you need 5 squares the same size, 3 for the bow tie and 2 for the background. To make a Dimensional Carrie quilt block those squares needed to be:

   6 in. (the desired finished size of the block)
 - 1 in. (the finished size of the sashing)
= 5 in.  =  4 sections @ 1-1/4 in. each + 1/2 in. seam allowance

Now I have 2 Bow Tie blocks!

And we have 2 PDFs for you to download this week!  I couldn’t resist making a 6-inch finished size Dimensional Carrie block! If you own Set Q, you can make one, too, using square template Q-c and the instructions in our BONUS "Dimensional Carrie" PDF!

It is hard to see the dimensional part in the picture, but almost impossible to look at it in life and not put a finger there to touch it. Will I use them both and pass on a block between now and the end? Replace a previous block? Make a bigger quilt? Or just enjoy having made it and shared it with you?

What About an 8-1/2 inch Dimensional Carrie (Bow Tie)?

“Why knot?” she couldn’t resist saying. In fact, you may want to make the 8-1/2 inch version first, because the smaller the squares, the tighter the knot to make.

Start with 2-1/4 inch cut squares. (If you owns Set E, that is template E-34.) The sashing strips will be 2 inches wide cut, 1-1/2 inches finished. I haven’t decided on my fabric for the 8-1/2 inch blocks, but “Kaffe” is in the running — hence the cute 3-1/2 inch Bow Tie block  (which is one quarter of an 8-1/2 inch Carrie block) shown at the top of this article.

My Carrie Block

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

My Dimensional Carrie Block

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the PDF for the Dimensional Bow Tie technique:

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.


  1. Tried to download the Bonus PDF for the Carrie block #22. When I hit the blue download button it opens #6 April.

    1. Hi Christine, Thanks for the heads up! Try it now, I think it's fixed.