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Farmer’s wife quilt sampler

My plan: making a Queen size quilt using the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler book. I’ve never made a quilt that large or with so many complicated blocks with small pieces. The thought of quilting it at the end is pretty daunting. I’ll be looking at quilt as you go type of methods. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to share it.

If you run into problems or would like to share your ideas, progress, and the like, there is a Yahoo group on the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler and a Facebook page called Let’s make a Farmer’s wife quilt you can join.

There is also a Flickr group with lots of pictures.

The project can be done totally out of scraps. The blocks are 6 in x 6 in.

I’m piecing by machine and cutting with a rotary cutter using templates printed on paper only when absolutely necessary. I am using a template chart (pdf) I downloaded from the Yahoo group. The file lists all templates and the rotary cutter substitution. I also use an Australian quilting ruler called Westalee which helps cutting more accurately.

Attic Windows

Autumn Tints


Basket Wave

Big Dipper

Birds in the Air




Broken Dishes

Broken Sugar Bowl


Butterfly at the Crossroads

What to do with 5 inch squares: tutorials and patterns

 Charm pack quilt tutorial  Charm pack back of quilt tutorial
 Tote bag  Charm squares and embroidery tote bag
Disappearing nine patch quilt  Disappearing nine patch variation quilt top
Patchwork bunting Tote bag
Patchwork beach bag

Gadget slipcovers and bags: tutorials and patterns

 iPad slipcover with wrap around pocket  iPad slipcase with pocket
 iPhone slipcover  Laptop slipcover with straps

Patchwork beach bag using 5 inch charm squares

Patchwork beach bag tutorial

Thanks to ReannaLily Designs for the free beach bag pattern (pdf).

I decided to use Fandango by Kate Spain charm square pack to make this bag. Therefore I had to adapt some of the measurements.

The final dimensions of my bag are: 23 in L x 11 3/4 in H x 14 1/4 W, big enough for 2 king size towels and all the swimming gear.

I also had to redraw the sides of the bag because when I printed the pattern on an A4 piece of paper the pattern was too small. I’m not sure what I did wrong.

You will need 40 charm squares to make this bag.

Sew the charms as per picture with 5 charms across x 8 charms long.

I made the rest of the bag following ReannaLily’s free beach bag pattern (pdf) tutorial.

For the sides of the bag I took advantage of the lovely fabric pattern and I stitched along the lines in a free motion manner.

Gathered handles


  • 2 strips 2 1/2 x 27 inches (I used different fabric for front and back of handles)
  • 2 strips 2 3/4 x 34 inches

Fusible interfacing

  • 2 strips 2 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches
Draw a line along the 2 3/4 in strips of fabric. This is where you will be gathering the fabric using a baste stitch. Check my Kid’s draughtman’s pouch tutorial for details on how to make this type of handle.

Apply interfacing to the other strip of fabric.

Stitch both strips of fabric right sides together.

Turn inside out and apply ribbon through the middle of the strip.

Attach the handles following the free beach bag pattern (pdf) instructions.

The bag is family size.

The charm squares are arranged in a way that the bag is a different colour each side: reddish and bluish.

Patchwork name bunting with charm squares tutorial


  • 4 charm squares for each letter*
  • strip of fabric 1 1/2 yard long x 1 1/2 inches (for a 5 letter name, adjust for longer names adding 11 1/2 inches per extra letter
  • light fusible interfacing
  • fabric for the triangles back
  • variegated thread
  • contrast fabric for the letters
  • Heat’n Bond double sided fusible interfacing for the letters

* Triangles are cut on the centre of the square. Additional triangles can be stitched using the cuttings from 2 squares. I made 2 bunting with 5 letters each using 20 charm squares.

Place the charm square together.

Stitch together.

Iron with seams open.

Cut into triangles:

  • Base of triangle is 8 1/2 (4 1/4 each side of the seam)
  • Height of triangle is 9 1/2 inches

Keep each side of the triangle after cutting to make additional triangles. Pin through the middle, stitch and iron with the seams open.


Pick a thick font and print. Outline, with the letters from the reverse, on Heat’n Bond interface and iron to the back of the fabric. Cut letters out.

Iron on each triangle according to instructions.

Cut light fusible interfacing the same size as the triangles and iron to the back. The interfacing will act also as stabiliser for the appliqued letters


Stitch around each letter using a variegated thread using the stitch of choice. I used blanket stitch.

Back of the triangles

Cut a triangle in some matching fabric the same size as the front triangle.

Stitch front and back right sides together.

Trim the pointy end of the triangle before turning inside out.

Turn inside out and push the corner out with a pointy blunt instrument.

Iron well.

Trim the top of each triangle.

Top stitch around the sides of the triangle, excluding the top, leaving 1/4 seam allowance.

Fold the strip of fabric by 1/2 inch on each side and iron. Then fold again and iron.

Fold the strip in half and place the middle triangle on the line aligned with the central seam. Pin in place. Pin all triangles in place leaving a 3 inch gap between them. Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

To hang, fold the strip sides by 1 1/2 inch and stitch to make a loop for hanging on a hook.