Over the weekend I washed the paint chip quilt. I did have to pick off some fuzzies, but it looks so much better. I'm hoping the weather will cooperate enough this week that I can get some finish pictures and actually have a Friday Finish to write about. Since I got my Farmer's Wife blocks for this week done today I figured I'd share those as my beginning of the week post. Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting her annual hands to help challenge. Today she's hosting a link party of tips and tricks. The Wrench and Churn Dash blocks for this quilt are identical so I took pictures of my method for making churn dash blocks if you're only making one (or making lots of scrappy ones.)
The size of your block will determine the size of squares you start with. Since I'm making 6" blocks I started with 3" squares. Cut four 3" squares of each color. Mark two light squares diagonally for HSTs, and two light squares vertically down the middle. (Sorry I didn't take pictures of the HST part, but there's lots of tutorials out there for that.)
Sew 1/4" on each side of the line you marked.
Here's how it looks all sewn up. (Check out the new ruler I got this weekend. I've been trimming lots of 3.5" blocks lately and love that I won't have to reposition my ruler any more. Plus the tiny ruler is super cute!!!)
Cut on the line and press open. Trim to 2.5". (There is a bit of waste, but I found this easier than cutting rectangles and worrying about having everything facing the right direction.)
Cut a center square 2.5" and assemble block as shown. I'm thinking of using a bunch of charm squares in my stash to make a quilt of giant churn dashes. If I do that then I'll trim my pieces to 4.5" before assembly and my blocks will finish at 12".
#111 Wrench (aka churn dash)
My second block this weekend is #72 Railroad. I really love how this block looks. I'm already playing with it in EQ7 and thinking about making a full quilt featuring this block.
*It's official. I've made one quarter of the blocks for this quilt!