The Farmers Daughter quilt block is classified as a five patch block and it is also known as Two Crosses. I’ve made it here as a 15″ square. I see a star when I look at it, but it doesn’t appear to have ‘star’ in any of its names.
Cutting requirements for the farmers daughter quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: eight white, five pink, four purple
3.7/8″ squares: four pink, four white
Making the farmers daughter quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a pink and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the pink and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five.
The central area is a nine patch unit made using five pink squares and four purple squares. In the outer frame there is a white square in each corner and in the middle of each edge. Across each corner there are two half square triangles placed so that the pink triangles form a butterfly shape across the corner.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.
For a quilt idea, I began by sewing together sixteen blocks in four rows of four. This is quite an interesting quilt with various grids and other designs showing up.
Just out of curiosity, I then tried the same layout but with white sashing to separate out the blocks. This allows the block design to stand out much better and gives quite a different quilt – I can’t quite decide which one I prefer. I think that if I made this quilt I might use scraps in place of the purple squares to give a lot more colour to the quilt.
Here’s the video:
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