Saturday, January 10, 2015

Modernizing the FWQ: Episode 2

Enlarging the Simplest Blocks 

I have five blocks to share with you today.  Four use only squares and rectangles.

The fifth, a bonus block, uses the largest pieces in my quilt.  It's a great place to start.

I will be sharing with you the sizes to rotary cut the blocks which have been enlarged to finish at 12 inches.  For more information (and the amazing letters), please refer to the original FWQ book by Laurie Hird.

The first is FWQ block #4 Basket Weave
  • Dark Pink: four 2.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles
  • Light Pink:  four 2.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles
  • Background: four 2.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles

The second is FWQ block #48 Homeward Bound
  • Dark Purple: four 4.5 inch squares
  • Light Purple: four 2.5 inch squares
  • Background: one 4.5 inch square; four 2.5 inch squares; four 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles

The third is FWQ block #68 Postage Stamp (in the FWQ #19 Checkerboard style)
  • Dark Green:  five 2.5 inch squares
  • Light Green: five 2.5 inch squares
  • Dark Blue: four 2.5 inch squares
  • Light Blue:  four 2.5 inch squares
  • Background: sixteen 2.5 inch squares

The fourth is FWQ block #92 Streak of Lightning
  • Dark Blue: three 2.5 inch squares; eight 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles
  • Background: three 2.5 inch squares; seven 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles

The fifth (a bonus block) is FWQ #6 Big Dipper
  • Light Green: Two 7.5 inch squares*
  • Background: Two 7.5 inch squares*
*I put the hour glass blocks together using this method from Red Pepper Quilts so that they will finish individually at six inches.  

Click on the Modernizing the Farmer's Wife Quilt series link if you have missed any of the posts.  It will bring you to the introductory post with links to all of the episodes.  



  1. This is a great idea, Jasmine! I've always loved the Farmer's Wife quilts too, but I knew I wouldn't be making it. I don't have the book, mostly because I knew I'd never get around to making the quilt, but I've been interested in the letters too. I look forward to seeing your version.

  2. Great start and simple blocks to get started. The quick hourglass method from Red Pepper Quilts is great.

  3. You're doing a lovely job with this Jasmine. Can't wait to see it all finished!

  4. I agree, this is just such a great idea! I plan to use your instructions and follow along when I'm able to :) I will be late, but I just love this!

  5. What a great start! Love the bright colors!!

  6. Twice as large FW Blocks - genius! This will encourage more peeps to tackle these blocks :)

  7. Love this idea, Jasmine! And thank you for that tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts. . . I have made that block but of course I did it the hard way LOL The fabrics you are using are wonderful!


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