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From Marti Michell templates know a lot of tricks! The Belle block features the first “cut-away” cutting trick of this quilt, in step 1 of the template conversion sheet.
Modification to Eliminate Set-in SeamsIf you followed the first Farmer’s Wife conversions, you know I love to eliminate unnecessary seams. I always say, “If you can eliminate a seam, it is one less piece to cut, one less seam to sew, one less seam to press and” a class member usually breaks in at this point to say, “one less place to mess up!” And, of course any seam you can eliminate makes a quilt easier to quilt.
So, it is a surprise when I choose to add a couple of seams. I chose to divide the #13C squares in the book into four A-4 triangles and make 3 straight rows in the block rather than deal with several set-in corners.
Note: If you want to make your block in rows like I did, choose a print that won't be disrupted by the seam across the center of the "square" where the large light triangles meet. You'll see in the photo of my block (scroll down a bit) that I used a tone-on-tone print with a small scale pattern.
Fussy Cutting? If you want to fussy cut the #13C squares but you still don’t want set-in seams… can do! Divide all of the #13A squares on opposite corners of the block, make 4 big quarter-square triangle units, and join them into a 6-inch block.
Flying Geese UnitsIf you are modifying as we did, this will be the first block in this quilt with Flying Geese units. However, the next two blocks also have Flying Geese units. I hope you will be pleased with how easy exact-size pieces are to sew with our engineered corners. We call our Flying Geese the “no-waste, no gimmick” method of making Flying Geese. You just cut the three triangles and sew them together.
Are you familiar with this popular method for making Flying Geese? Using this method means cutting and discarding almost twice as much fabric as needed for each Flying Geese unit! It’s cheaper, and easier, to cut and sew three triangles rather than throw away four!
My Belle BlockClick the photo to see a larger version. Clink below to download the next template conversion chart:
for Block #13, Belle
Be sure to check out Angie's Belle tutorial at http://gnomeangel.com/belle-is-block-13-of-farmers-wife-1930s-sampler-quilt-2/
and stop by Ms Midge's blog to see how she made her Belle block:
I hope you're having fun making your blocks with From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates! This is just a reminder: Angie Wilson has all the details for the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along are here on her Gnome Angel blog. Angie will have a new block tutorial on her blog twice a week, and on the same days, at the same time, we'll be posting a new template conversion chart for you to download. Come back again soon!
And every week on Wednesdays and Fridays, a different blogger in the sew-along will be posting about making the same blocks we are, sharing lots of tips and favorite techniques.
Oct. 7: Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Oct. 8: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
Oct. 13: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
Oct. 14: Melissa @ Ms Midge
Oct. 15: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
Oct. 16: Erin @ Why Not Sew
Oct. 20: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
Oct. 21: Nathalie @ Les Ouvrages de Nat
Oct. 22: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
Oct. 23: Tina @ Emily Ann’s Closet
Oct.25: Angie @ GnomeAngel.com
Oct. 28: Rachel @ Wooden Spoon Quilts