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Contrary Wife

Contrary Wife is a very simple, easy block that I like. I thought I should put up something simple since it is getting into the time that school is getting out and I know that quilting time is cut short when the kids are home...not to mention vacations! I like this block because you can make some really interesting patterns from the way that the blocks are oriented in a quilt layout. We will be making this one 9" finished.

You will need 3 greens for this block: a very light, a medium and a dark.

Posted: June 1999

Sample Quilt Layouts

You need to cut as follows:

  1. Light: cut 2 4" squares
  2. Medium: cut 3 3-1/2" squares
  3. Dark: cut 2 3-1/2" squares; cut 2 4" squares

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of both the 4" Light squares; match right sides to right sides of same size dark squares; stitch 1/4" on either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal mark; press seams toward dark fabric; square up to 3-1/2".
  2. Create 2 rows as shown; press seams toward end squares.

  3. Create center row as show; press toward center squares.

  4. Join rows as shown below, pressing seams toward outer rows.
  5. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 9-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.

This is what your block might look like.

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