Hello and welcome to "In The Boon Docks", my home in blogland, as an Official Blogger for the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Sew Along! This weeks block is #30 Em. Angie's tutorial of Gnome Angel Em is Block 30 of Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt - GnomeAngel. Without Angie there would be no sew along, she is an expert organizer besides her other career success'! I have to admit I love this block and hate it. I picked out a few seams putting it together. I used the Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) method to piece the block with its many little tiny squares and half square triangles. Lining up everything at the end proved to be a bit difficult for me but I won the battle in the end and I am quite pleased with my block.
A few tips that may help you with this block.
First, recently I found using a 11 needle in the machine helpful when sewing FPP blocks with a stitch length of 1.6. Next, it makes it much easier to sew the FPP pieces together if the fabric is small enough to handle and big enough to do your HSTs. Mine were about 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" after checking that your pieces are large enough cut multiple ones at a time. Cut one strip at a time and then cut them up to your correct size. Keeps down on the waste of fabric.
After you sew your sections together fold the seam papers over if you have stitches above the seam line (above) carefully use your seam ripper to cut them (below). Then remove the seam line paper. This will reduce the bulk.
I sewed my pieces into two sections to attach in the center after ironing. As you can see the section is wanting to roll before it is ironed.
Use your long tweezers to hold open the seam as you iron. This keeps you from burning your fingers. Yes, I need a new ironing mat! Iron your seams open. This will help the bulk and lay flat.
Printed Fabrics - Quilted Garden, Lynette Anderson Designs, RJR Fabrics Solid Fabrics - Putting Green, Cotton Supreme Solids, RJR Fabrics. Thread - Aurifil 50 wt. #2310
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If you are using the MM templetes the conversion chart is From Marti Michell Quilting Blog: Chart 43: Emma, our version of Em, Block #30 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along
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