eBook also available: Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler QuiltThe latest block in the sampler is the Lola Block and it is my turn to share a tutorial with you so here goes. The Lola block is number 52 in the book and you can find it on page 211. You will find it shared on social media using the hashtag #FW52Lola.
CuttingThe pieces are cut according to the book (I can’t share exact sizes with you) and if you’re using Marti’s templates, you can use her chart to work out which templates to use. Find the link to the Conversion Chart in Marti’s blog post here. The pieces for this block are deceptively simple. I used the acrylic template from Set A to cut the triangles, then used a 6.5″ quilt ruler to cut the squares and rectangles. I cut mine slightly larger than required then trimmed them using the millimetre measurements suggested in Marti Michell’s notes. My pieces are a mixture of light blue, yellow and green with my signature rainbow stripes.
PiecingThis block is like a smaller square in the middle which gets turned on pointe when the triangles are added to make a larger square. I started with the centre squares. Join them in pairs, pressing the seams towards the same coloured piece – mine are pressed towards the blue squares. Then join the pairs using the seams to nest them together for a super accurate centre seam. Read more about nesting seams here. While I was at the sewing machine, I also joined two small yellow squares the ends of each of two striped rectangle pieces. Once you’ve pressed the seams, add the last two rainbow striped rectangles to opposite sides of the inner squares. At this point, I pressed the seams of the yellow squares towards the rainbow pieces, and the other rainbow rectangles seams away from the inner squares so that these seams would nest together as I joined the three “rows” of the square together. Finally, add two triangles to opposite sides of your square. The notched corners from the MM templates will make these triangles super simple to line up. Press the seams. Then add the last two triangles to the other two sides. A final press and you’re all done!
- Take care with the cutting step. With such small pieces, any inaccuracy will seem larger once you start piecing.
- Use a very scant quarter inch seam – again because of the small pieces.
- I used feature fabric in the rectangle pieces but you could fussy cut something cute into one of the central squares – or all of them!
- If you want a bigger feature piece, you could add it in one or more of the triangle pieces.