|Farmer's Wife Block 19 - Carolina (paper-pieced and patched)
This week’s blocks for the Very Kerry Berry sew-along were:
Block 19 – Carolina. I had tried to paper-piece this block before and it didn’t work out due to the eight inset ‘Y’ seams. So this time I paper-pieced most of the block except for the ‘Y’ seams which I hand-stitched. It worked perfectly. And to save you any hassle I've briefly laid out how I did it ........
1. Firstly – and most importantly - do not stitch into the seam allowance at all for this block.
2. Paper-piece the five individual sections (A, B, C, D and E). Then join the sections by machine-stitching the straight seams only and hand stitching the curved sections. What this means is you join section A and B together by machine stitching only the straight A7/A1/A2 to the B4/B1/B2 seam.
|Machine stitch only the straight seams.
Fold B3 and B5 paper out of the way and pin A5 to B3 and A9 to B5 as shown.
|Fold the paper out of the way on both the back and front
Then it is a simple case of hand stitching A9 to B5 and the A5 to B3 (two 'Y' seams).
|Hand stitching your 'Y' seams is an easy and painless process
Press carefully before moving on to your next seam:
|Spot the 'Y' seam? Your block won't lay flat until all sections are sewn together.
And that is how I came to construct a block with eight 'Y' seams without using my seam ripper once!
|Section A and B - two 'Y' seams done only six to go!
3. Repeat this project to join section D to B by machine-stitching the B1/D1 seam segment only. Hand-stitch D3 to B4 and B2 to D5.
4. Join section C to A by machine-stitching only along the straight A7/A1/A2 to C2/C1/C4 seam and then hand stitch A10 to C3 and A4 to C5.
5. Finally join section E to section C by machine-stitching just C1 to E1. Then hand stitch C2 to E5 and C4 to E3.
Block 20 – Caroline. This block has been covered already when it came up on the Gnome Angel sew-along. To recap – I patched it using half-square-triangles. It is one of my favourite blocks.
|Farmer's Wife Block 20 - Caroline (patched)
For the Gnome Angel sew-along there were just two blocks this week:
Block 46 – Jewel. I didn’t like the look of this block in the book and I wasn’t sure it would make it into my finished quilt. I do not like optical illusion blocks – I don’t know why – I just don’t. I made this block using some of my favourite scrappy fabric and machine paper-piecing. It went together well. But I don’t like it. I am certain now that this block won’t be in the finished quilt.
Block 90 – Sara. I paper-pieced this block in two fabrics and I love the result. It is one of the versatile blocks that can be sashed straight or on-point. Notes in my journal read “I cut fabric into squares and triangles before starting so that paper0piecing was quick (one hour)”.