Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block Pattern

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Skill Level: Beginner

Our Farmer's Daughter quilt block uses connector corners to quickly create perfect points. For the beginning quilter that means no bias edges to deal with!

It makes the block quick to whip up for the experienced quilter. And a good candidate for a quilting bee or guild block swap!

This basic block design is very popular. At the end of this page, you'll find nine different variations to try for yourself.

Let's get started!

The Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block tutorial begins here

General Instructions

These abbreviations are used in this tutorial:

  • SA- seam allowance
  • BAC - background fabric
  • RST - right sides together

Seam allowances (SA) are 1/4" and are pressed toward the darker fabric unless otherwise instructed.

Open toe applique foot

In the tutorial you'll see that I switch presser feet. I prefer an open toe applique foot for my connector corners and a foot with a guide for standard piecing. 

It's important to use what works best for YOU!

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Step 1: Cutting the Farmer's Daughter patches

Farmer's Daughter quilt block designFarmer's Daughter design

Sample Size: 7½" finished / 8" unfinished

Grid: 5x5

Attribution: Ladies Art Company

AKA: Two Crosses (Nancy Cabot)

Design Type: Uneven 9-patch, large center, star

For this three fabric block you'll want to have enough contrast between the medium and background fabric so that your star points show.

Remember that YOU are the designer. While I've stitched the sample up with a light background, you can always substitute in a darker one if it suits your needs better.

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Cutting Chart for a
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block

~ Traditional Piecing ~

Patch Fabric Qty Finished Block Size
5 " 7 1/2" 10 "
1, 4 Med 13 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” 2” x 2” 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
2 Dark 4 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” 2” x 2” 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
3 BAC 4 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” 2” x 5” 2 1/2” x 6 1/2”
5 BAC 4 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” 2” x 2” 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Unfinished Block Size 5 1/2" 8" 10 1/2"
Grid Size 1" 1 1/2" 2"
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Step 2: Creating the units for our Farmer's Daughter

We'll need two different pieced units to complete our Farmer's Daughter.

Farmer's Daughter quilt block - 9 patch center

Nine Patch

Make 1

With RST sew a #1 to a #2. Repeat for a total of 3 pairs as shown below. Press SA toward the darker #2.

Begin sewing the #1 and #2 patches together

Sew a #1 to each of two of the pairs and a #2 to the final pair so that the fabrics alternate as shown above. Press these subunits again with the SA toward the #2s.

With RST, stitch the subunits together, pinning if it helps keeps the edges and seams aligned.

Stitch the subunits together.My favorite quarter inch presser foot with a guide is used for this stitching.

Press again with the SA toward the center of the 9-patch.

It's finished.

The finished center nine patch.

Star Points

Make 4

Farmer's Daughter quilt block - star points

We'll use the connector corners to construct the star points. It's a simple technique that allows us to work with just squares and rectangles. No bias edges involved!

If you have one, switch to an open toe applique foot—it's much easier to see the line to stitch on.

On the back side of the eight #4 squares make a diagonal line with a pencil.  I like using a mechanical pencil for this because this line is always fine and uniform.

Mark a diagonal line on the backs of all eight #4sThe lines need only be dark enough for YOU to see.

With RST, position a #4 with one side of a #3. Stitch on the line. Repeat for all four #3s.

Add a #4 to each #3Using this open toe foot provides an unobstructed view of the sewing line.

Add a #4 to the opposite side of the #3. On one long edge the lines bisect the corner; on the opposite long edge the lines point towards the center of the patch. Stitch, repeating until all four #3s have two #4 patches attached.

Sew a second #4 to each #3

Press the units flat.

Now you have a choice to make. You can either trim away the excess of both fabrics between the seam line and the corner (below center row, left) or trim away just the excess of the #4 fabric (below center row, right). Either way leave behind a quarter inch SA.

Press the #4 patches open and towards the corner.

Options for trimming away the excess fabric to reduce bulk.

Repeat for a total of four star point units (above, bottom row).

Step 3: Assemble the Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block

Switch back to your favorite quarter inch presser foot to complete the rest of the sewing.

Arrange all your pieced and cut units into rows as shown below.

Arrange the patches into rows

With RST, stitch the units into rows. You may want to pin match the connector corners to the seam lines in the nine-patch.

Units are sewn into rowsSA are pressed toward the nine-patch in the center, and toward the corner squares in the top and bottom rows.

And finally stitch the rows together. I did pin to keep the star points lined up with the 9-patch seams...just to be sure! :D

The finished Farmer's Daughter quilt blockThe finished Farmer's Daughter quilt block!

Give your Farmer's Daughter a final press and it's ready for a quilt.

Common Variations 
on the Farmer's Daughter Design

Farmer's Daughter - the bare bones of the block design

As promised in the introduction, there are quite a few variations on the basic design of our Farmer's Daughter quilt block. The 'bones' of the design are shown to the left.

These are some of the variations.

Domino quilt block design

The Domino

Connector corners (CC) simplify the construction of this one, too!

E-Z quilt block design

The E-Z Quilt Block

Our two-patch side units are now a single cut rectangle.

Churn Dasher block design

Churn Dasher

Click here for instructions.

Father's Choice quilt block design

Father's Choice

A slight variation on the Churn Dasher with the addition of a third fabric.

Nine Patch Star

The Nine Patch Star

Sometimes you've got to wonder where the block names come from. This just doesn't look like a star...but I do like the effect.

Rolling Star quilt block design

The Rolling Star

Again, CCs is the technique of choice to simplify the construction of the side units.

Sisters Choice

Sister's Choice

Another block very close to the Churn Dasher.

Souvenir quilt block design

Souvenir Quilt Block

The open center square is a nice frame for embroidery of applique, or possibly even a smaller pieced block.

Click here for the instructions.

Star and Cross quilt block design

The Star and Cross

To simplify the piecing, cut a rectangle of the background fabric for the very center instead of three separate square patches.

Now, that's a lot of design potential to pull out of a basic design, isn't it!

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