Thursday, January 15, 2015

Modernizing the FWQ: Episode 6

Enlarging Blocks Divided into Fifths

I have four blocks to share with you today which include some of the blocks from the book divided into fifths.  I have enlarged the block itself to finish at 10 inches. A one inch finished border can be added to make them up to a 12 inch finished block.

I am including the sizes to rotary cut the enlarged blocks which finish at 10 inches.  For more information (and to read the special letters), refer to the original FWQ book by Laurie Hird.

The first is FWQ block #32 Farmer's Daughter
  • Dark Pink: four 3 inch* squares; five 2.5 inch squares
  • Light Pink: four 2.5 inch squares
  • Background:  four 3 inch* squares; eight 2.5 inch squares

The second is FWQ block #33 Farmer's Puzzle (altered to use both the light and dark blue)
  • Light Blue: one 2.5 x 10.5 inch rectangle, two 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles
  • Dark Blue: eight 3 inch* squares
  • Background: eight 3 inch* squares

The third is #50 Honey's Choice (in green, because that is my Honey's favorite color)
  • Light Green: four 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles
  • Dark Green: eight 3 inch* squares
  • Background: eight 3 inch* squares; one 2.5 inch square

The fourth is FWQ block #101 Wedding Ring (altered to use only the dark and light purple)
  • Dark Purple:  two 3 inch* squares; four 2.5 inch squares
  • Light Purple:  six 3 inch* squares
  • Background: eight 3 inch* squares; five 2.5 inch squares
Here are all four blocks, together again with a border to make them finish at 12 inches.  That is the size I want all of my blocks to finish in this sampler.

I really like the way the light colored fabrics frame the blocks and seem to continue the design.  (It makes me really excited to get the borders around the rest of my blocks.  These four will end up with two borders.)
  • Border: two 1.5 x 10.5 inch rectangles; two 1.5 x 12.5 inch rectangles
*All of the 3 inch cut squares were used to make HST blocks using this method.  (Tutorial by Jeni of In Color Order.)

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



  1. The borders really do frame out these blocks very nicely. Do you think you will alternate to the dark colors for the second border or use the light color again?

  2. Your blocks are lovely! I enjoy your blog very much. I made your cover for the Tiara (I have a HQ Sweet 16) and it is awesome.

  3. These are gorgeous, the fabric colours are really lovely. Great work!


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