November 9, 2014

Sunday Farming Blocks...Class 11

My newest farm blocks...and a few tips on piecing their buds and petals.  
 Tulip Block #96
 Bouquet Block #8
Flower Pot Block #37

All the flower blocks are assembled in a similar manner.  Each 'flower' is divided into a right and left section.

 Flower Blocks #96 and #8 have a triangle sewn to the top and side of the 'bud' template. An additional triangle is sewn separately to the 'petal' template. 

I recommend laying out all the fabric pieces to see how your block will come together.  My photo examples below are for Block #8

Starting with the right section of the flower, begin by lining up the 'bud' template with the top triangle. Sew together and press towards the dark.  When piecing the left bud template with its top triangle, press to the light....this creates opposing seams.  

Add the side triangle.  Finger press both the side triangle and bud template to determine the center.  Sew together, press towards the dark and set aside.

Finger press the 'petal' template with its coordinating triangle and sew together.  Press towards the triangle.  Sew the petal unit to the bud unit shown above.
Repeat this process for the other half of the flower.  
Sew each flower half unit together
 Press the final seam open
Block #96 is constructed almost the same.  The flower petal unit is just a bit different.  Watch your pressing to create opposing seams.

The pictures below represent Block #37.  
Notice there are no side triangles sewn to the bud templates. Refer to the photo in the Farmer's Wife Sampler book page 164. Sew your smallest triangle to the top of each bud template. Press them for opposing seams. Stitch the 2 bud sections together and press the seam open. 

Sew the medium size triangles to the pink petals templates. 
The angles of the templates and triangles can be confusing. Lay them out first and then turn them right sides together and sew. 

 Now it's time to sew the bud to the petal units...with a 'pivot'.  Notice my pencil line through the seam of the petal unit.  This is a quarter inch mark.  Line this up with the appropriate angle of the bud unit.  It may look wrong as the angles are in opposition.

(in the photo below i have already sewn one petal section and am adding in the second)
Pin into place.
Begin sewing but when you reach the pinned spot, STOP with your needle down.  Lift the presser foot and pivot, adjusting the fabric.
 You will have something that looks like this below.  Make sure you adjust the fabrics so no tucks are created.  The tuck you see in the photo is just above the sewing line and not stitched into the seam.
The seam will naturally want to be pressed away from the bud.

Add in the remaining triangles to complete the flower portion of Block #37

If you are interested in my modern piecing methods to make The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt HERE


  1. Clever chickiedee! love the fabrics.

  2. Oh!!! you make it look so easy! (I typically go to great lengths to avoid Y seams) Thanks :)



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