Farmers Daughter Quilt Block

Farmers daughter quilt block

Farmers daughter quilt block

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




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Farmers daughter quilt block layout

Farmers daughter quilt block layout

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.

Basic farmers daughter quilt idea

Basic farmers daughter quilt idea

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.

Farmers daughter quilt with sashing

Farmers daughter quilt with sashing

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.

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Vegetable Patch Quilt Pattern

Vegetable patch quilt in red

Vegetable patch quilt in red

Vegetable patch quilt in blue

Vegetable patch quilt in blue

The Vegetable Patch quilt is one that I designed for Fabric Freedom to showcase that range of their fabrics.  It’s a delightful range, with quirky designs on fresh and modern colours.   There are three colour options and I’m showing you the instructions for the blue quilt here, but offering the kits in both blue or red for this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the vegetable patch quilt

Rabbit fabric:  nine 6.1/2″ squares, sixteen 2.1/2″ squares

Daisy fabric:  six 6.7/8″ squares, two 7.1/4″ squares

Cloud fabric:  two 6.7/8″ squares, one 7.1/4″ square, two 2.1/2″ lengths of 38.1/2″, two 2.1/2″ lengths of 42.1/2″

Nestbox fabric:  four 6.7/8″ squares, one 7.1/4″ square

Checked fabric:  forty rectangles 2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the vegetable patch quilt

Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place a daisy square right sides together with either a cloud or a nestbox square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 6.1/2″ squares.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

In order to make the quarter square triangle units, cut all the 7.1/4″ squares along both diagonals to make four triangles from each square.

Sew the triangles in pairs

Sew the triangles in pairs

Place two daisy triangles together with a nestbox and a cloud triangle to form a square.  Note that the two daisy triangles are opposite each other and the nestbox and cloud triangles are opposite each other.

Sew the triangles together in pairs and then sew the pairs together.  You need four of these.

Assembling the vegetable patch quilt

Layout without sashing

Layout without sashing

I’m showing you the layout here without the sashing because I think it’s clearer for you to see how the squares are arranged – and also because they fit on my display board better.

There’s a rabbit fabric square in each corner and five of them arranged in a cross in the middle of the quilt.  The quarter square triangles are placed in the middle of each edge, with the nestbox triangle always on the outside edge of the quilt.  The four daisy/cloud half square triangles are placed around the central cross with the cloud triangle nearest the cross.  There are two daisy/nestbox half square triangles along each edge.  These are placed so that the nestbox triangle is on the outside.

First three rows

First three rows

Add the sashing strips to the layout before you begin to sew everything together.  There are four sashing strips in the checked fabric between each pair of squares.  There are no sashing strips at either end of the rows.

Rows 4 and 5

Rows 4 and 5

Sew the squares and sashing strips together across each row.

I have a confession to make here – because I’d laid the rows out as you see in the photos, I happily began to sew the rows to each other without any sashing between the rows.  What a lot of unpicking I had to do!

Add sashing between the rows

Add sashing between the rows

So, don’t forget the sashing between the rows!  These are made using five sashing strips with four cornerstone squares in rabbit fabric.  You need to make four of these rows so that you can sew one between each row, but not at the top above row one or at the bottom below row five.

You now have nine rows including the sashing rows.  Sew the rows to each other, taking care to match the cornerstone squares in the sashing rows with the sashing strips above and below them.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Finally for the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the cloud fabric.  Sew the 38.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom and the 42.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

Quilting in the central square

Quilting in the central square

That completes the vegetable patch quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Unusually for me, I have already completed the quilting (many times!).  I have left the marker lines in so that you can see more clearly what I have done.  I was trying to emphasis the overall design by following the diamonds created within the design.  In the central square I marked the midpoint of each edge of the square and then joined these points to make a diamond shape.  I quilted this with two lines of straight line quilting about 1/4″ to 1/2″ apart.

Quilting across the corner squares

Quilting across the corner squares

I continued this theme by putting double lines of quilting to follow first the cloud diamond and then the daisy diamond.  Finally I quilted double lines across the corner squares.  You may prefer a different quilting design altogether, but that’s the one that I chose – it’s simple to do and helps the quilt design.

Last week I complained about the weather and this week the weather has been stunning – it’s been a real delight to get out in the garden and feel the warmth!

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