I have so far completed about 46 blocks of the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler. Homemaker is on the back burner currently until I can produce a reasonable block.
Hill & Valley
I made 4 strips of sashing, larger than required and then trimmed each strip as I added the sashing.
Making the sashing
Sashing is made of 2 inch cream strips with some touches of colour.
Place the cream strip below the colour strip and make a cut like below.
Pin well together and stitch.
Then place the cream strip on top of the colour strip and cut along the line.
Now put both coloured and cream strips together.
Stitch and iron flat.
Now do the same with another colour.
Cut together to make sure that cutting lines match.
The curvier the edge the more pins you will need to ensure the seam lies flat when stitched.
Iron the sashing well before sewing to the blocks.
Add sashing to blocks.
Pin one strip to the top of one block and stitch.
Trim excess off.
Stitch sashing to the next block.
Continue adding strips and trimming.
The border is 3 1/2 inches wide. Cut 5 x 4 inch squares and make a cut across each of them.
Cut now a narrow strip in a coloured fabric by placing the piece of fabric as per picture below.
Cut along each line on the sides.
Do the same for all squares.
Pin and stitch together.
Trim to 3 1/2 inches.
Place the squares around the border and sew to strips of fabric 3 1/2 wide.
Stitch the border to the assembled blocks.
Make a quilt sandwich. I used calico for the backing and cotton batting.
Pin all three layers together.
Quilt the sandwich. I stipple quilted it.
Mount on canvas
My canvas is 90 x 70 cm (about 35.4 in x 27.5 in) and as you can see in the photo, the quilt is quite a bit larger so it wraps really well around the frame. Unfortunately some of the border stripes can’t be seen. Too late for me but you could make sure that in your border you add the little stripes closer to the blocks so they show.
After carefully placing the quilt over the canvas making sure it is centred (my quilt wasn’t perfectly square so on some areas there is more border showing than in others), staple the quilt well all around the frame.
Start stapling on opposite sides first.
Then staple in between the existing staples.
And then each corner.
I was going to add some fabric border around the frame but I’m undecided.
And now that it is finished, I am not sure it will work well as a bed head.
This is the sixth and last block. It is constructed in the same way as my first free form mini quilt.
The block is constructed like a log cabin block.
Cut the strips of fabric with a pair of scissors or with a rotary cutter without using a ruler. Start with a small rectangle for the centre. Use strips made of different colours to build the block around the centre. The strips can be one single colour or the strip can be made of different colours joined together.
Keep adding strips of fabric until your block can be squared to 10 inches.
The sides of the block may get very wavy as you keep sewing. To straighten a wavy strip, you need to place the side of the block on top of the new strip of fabric, pin it, and cut around the edge of the block on the fabric below (see picture).You will end up with a wavy strip of fabric as per picture below.
To add the wavy strip to the side of the block, pin it in place matching the inside and outside waves really well. It can be tricky to start.
When you’re done with the block, square it to 10 1/2 inches.
So we have now a set of 6 blocks. Next time we will add the sashing and a border ready to mount on canvas.
3 easy projects to do in one day!