February 6, 2017

Chart 88: Pharlemia, Block 82 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Sew Along


Pharlemia, the Mystery Block

Look at this block and there is only the slightest trace of familiar patchwork. You  certainly do not  see a template-friendly face looking back! How will we make it?

Then you see the name and she is even more exotic and mysterious. But after a few months and a closer look, she becomes quite template friendly. We think you will like how she adapted to templates.

Fortunately, we were able to get one picture of a very lovely Pharlemia before she slipped away into the night. Yes, we have a picture! We know she was here! But Pharlemia has disappeared! We've looked for her, to no avail. Where could she be?

    • hiding in the studio?

    • jumped to her death in a waste basket?

    • caught up by batting that is now sewn in a quilt?

Unfortunately, Pharlemia remains the aloof mystery block that will not be part of my quilt.

My Missing Pharlemia Block

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the Chart for cutting and making Pharlemia:

Visit these other Farmer's Wife Sew Along blogs, too, for sewing tutorials and other info about the Pharlemia block:



Are you ready for a new Sew Along?

Gnome Angel invited us to participate in a three-month sew along to make Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone quilt -- you can use the same templates you used for the Farmer's Wife blocks!  Click here for more information.

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.


  1. Thank you so very much! This will be a great help for me on this block. Cheers!

  2. Marti, I say it again, you are a genius! Thank you for this conversion Chart. It worked wonderfully.

  3. What a hoot! Thanks for today's chuckle.... I'll be anticipating it again when I get to block no. 82. Who hasn't suffered the frustration of losing a block 82 blocks into a 99 block quilt?! ;-)