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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  1. I agree with Linda, I think the scraps, or a patterned fabric instead of the purple squares would look amazing. All versions are very appealing though.

    • Thanks, June. The purple doesn’t show up very well in the photos – it’s actually a much prettier purple than it looks. But I agree, more colours would give the eye more to look at.

  2. Beautiful – Farmers daughter, for one minute Rose I thought you were going to teach us the blocks in the Farmers Wife Quilt

    • Hi Irene. Wouldn’t dream of it. I don’t know what the copyright situation is on them, so wouldn’t dare.

  3. HI Rose, love this block and your idea about using scraps in place of the purple. I hope you make it and show us how beautiful it would be. Thanks for all your lovely designs. So helpful.

    • Thanks, Linda. I think that making this one will go on my to do list – but it may not be for a very long time!