Block # 18 – Carol
The fabric I have used is ‘Blessings’ by Moda, my thread for piecing is Rasant 50wt in a sandy beige colour. I am piecing on my older Janome 6129 Quilters Edition using a quarter-inch foot.
I printed the pattern on normal paper and I make sure to remove the paper pieces carefully after trimming the section to the dotted line. The patterns are all available on the CD-ROM that comes with the book, you’ll need a copy of the book to be able to make the block, no measurements are given in this tutorial.
This time I have only made Carol using the templates available from Marti Michell. I have been convinced of their worth and am really enjoying using them. For this block I used a triangle from Set N of the templates and a good rotary cutter and cutting mat. There are rotary cutting direction available as well. The Conversion Chart is found here.
None of my fabric choices have directional prints that will affect whether I choose to place my blocks on point or straight. This is a consideration for when you cut your pieces of fabric. (a friendly reminder)
The foundation paper piecing patterns that can be found on the CD with the book are mirror images of the completed blocks pictured in the book. Angie has a good explanation about this and how to print it mirror image on her blog, www.gnomeangel.com. If you would like to see a tutorial on Foundation Paper Piecing follow this link.
Carol – Using Marti Michelle templates
I used a small triangle from set N of Marti Michell’s templates and cut all the triangles needed for this block from the 2 contrasting fabrics. In all my blocks I am using the red fabric as the main colour with a contrast from the rest of the range.I find it easier to layout the sections as I sew them, that way I know I’m not going to have to find my unpicker. the I make sure I still have everything where it should be. Did I mention I’m not fond of unpicking?
After completing all four corner sections I sewed them to the centre square and it all gets a really good press with a bit of starch.
A couple of my points are not perfect but I’m OK with that. If it really annoys me then I will find the unpicker and redo that section.
Here are the dates for the next couple of months, I hope you are working well and keeping up with your Farmer’s Wife blocks. We are enjoying seeing them all as they appear on the Facebook group page.
04/08/2016: Raylee @ Sunflower Quilting
11/08/2016: Jemima @ Tied With a Ribbon
18/08/2016: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
25/08/2016: Janice @ Better Off Thread