Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Farmer's Wife Box

I've practically been inhaling Lori Holt's (Bee In My Bonnet) tutorials on how to graph blocks for The Farmer's Wife.
In fact, I think I am enjoying the drafting part as much as the sewing.
Lori's tutorials not only show you how to draft, but also include piecing instructions.

#9 Box
One of the nice things about piecing blocks is that many techniques work well.

In drafting, each square equals a 1/2"
As you can see the A/B square is 2-inches finished.
I like to use the technique where you cut both fabrics 7/8" larger than the finished size.
I cut each square 2 7/8" X 2 7/8"

Draw a line from corner to corner, and then sew 1/4" on each side.

Cut on the drawn line.

And you end up with a 2" half square triangle in two colors.

Each 2-inch section fit very nicely together.

What kind of technique do you like to use for making HST's?


Mary Grace McNamara said...

What a fun project you are working on Nedra! That is the way I do HST too...so easy and efficient!


Material Mary said...

You are really cruisin on these blocks. Met Lori yesterday. She is delightful. Her quilts are beautiful and she has a lot of talent.

Jackie said...

I like making my HST's a bit oversized and cutting them down. Well...I don't really like the cutting them down part but I do like more accurate HSTs to work with. Your blocks look wonderful!

Janet said...

I've used loads of techniques for hst's and I keep coming back to the method you use except when I have to do a ton in the same two colours. Then I'll do the drawn grid on the light fabric to cut apart later. I always do them a bit bigger for trimming.