|Farmer’s Wife Block 44 Iris pieced by Daydreams of Quilts.
Isn’t this a pretty block!? I love it. I used my Alphabitties to label different sections of this block for the purposes of this tutorial.
Tutorial Notes: Please refer to the diagram on the printed template sheet that you printed from your book’s CD. I used the lettered names of the pieces for this tutorial. I cut my pieces with a rotary cutter using the paper templates printed from the CD. I lines my quarter inch line on my ruler up on the solid template lines to cut an accurate quarter inch seam allowance. For multiples of the same piece I folded my fabrics to cut two or four at a time. U cut all the little notches on the corners of the templates as well to make it easier to match up the pieces.
|For this tutorial I have numbered the block sections as in the above photo.
- lay your pieces out on a work surface according to the diagram in your book ( have mine pointing to the left here – in the book it is pointing to the right)
- Sew Section 1: Sew G B and F pieces together and press seams to the darker fabric. Press after each seam.
|This is what you have after step 1 is complete. Section 1 is sewn together.
- Section 2: Sew pieces C, A and D together. Press seams to the darker fabric.
- Sew to section 1 being careful not to stretch bias edges.
|This is what you have after Step 2 is complete. Sections 1 and 2 are sewn together.
- Section 3: Sew E triangles together. Press seams to the darker fabric.
- Sew the E triangle units to H triangles.
- Sew both section 3 pieces to Section 1+2 piece and press seams to one side.
|After Step 3 is complete. The top half of your block is done.
- Working from the outside edge in sew the section 4 pieces.
- First sew P,O,K pieces and Q,N,L pieces together.
- Press seams towards the outer corner of the block (pieces L and K)
- Sew the P/O/K unit and Q/N/L unit to M pieces and press seams towards M
- Sew I pieces to M/P/O/K and M/Q/N/L units and press seams towards I
|This is what you have after Step 4 is complete. Now it is straightforward to finish the block.
- Sew Section 4 pieces to the center J piece. Press seams to the side in one direction
- Sew the top and bottom halves of the block together and press center seam open.
|A beautiful Iris block. I was able to grow lovely Iris’ in my garden when we lived in New Brunswick but have not had success so far in Alberta. Maybe I will try again this spring because the blooms are so beautiful.
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