#22 Cat – Farmers Wife 1930


Cat is block #22 of the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Quilt.

Cat’s corresponding letter goes through the first day of school and preparation. The enjoyment and fear of the next step in your life’s. I think this letter is fitting to the current time of year when we are closing the chapter on what happened in 2015 and what we anticipate for 2016.

I constructed Cat using the Marti Mitchell templates and a rotary cutter. I highly recommend using these templates as it made creating this block a lot easier.

For the benefit of constructing this block I have numbered each piece of the block in my pictures that represents the template number to be able to share how to construct the block.

I have chosen to create my Farmer’s Wife quilt using Liberty Tana Lawn

Why I chose these fabrics

I chose these fabrics to change and happiness with what lies ahead. The contrast between the blue and white creates a change but the floral continues the story through each fabric.

How to Construct Cat

-Cut out templates for Block #22 Cat as per the template CD or corresponding Marti Mitchell templates

-Following the instructions in the book cut the appropriate number of templates and colours.

-Iron each piece and layout in the block design.


– Start creating Cat by joining the 4 x C templates for each triangle. Start from the top left piece for Cat

– Chain piece each C piece starting with the leg C piece and building along the hypotenuse using a 1/4 inch seam and press seam. Continue for each C piece in the block


– Match each C Triangle with B piece – match seams together and pin to secure

– Sew using a 1/4 inch seam and press seam


-To complete the construction of your block work in 3 rows – Row 1 Take each block one at a time and match seams together and pin to secure

-Sew using a 1/4 inch seam and press seam, continue with the next block

-Repeat with Row 2 and 3. Pressing Seams to complete each row

-Take Row 1 and match seams with Row 2 – pin to secure and sew using a 1/4 inch seam and press seam

– Match seams with Row 3 – pin to secure and sew using a 1/4 inch seam and press seam

-Press entire block

-Congratulations you have completed Block #22 – Cat


The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.