Farmer’s Daughter Quilt Block

Farmer’s Daughter Quilt Block

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The Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block is a 5-patch block that makes a star-like pattern around a central 9-patch. The Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block pattern is made up of simple squares and half square triangles typically using three colors.Depending on color choices, the 4 outer squares can sometimes give the illusion of a 3-D visual effect.

The block is listed in Jinny Beyer's book, The Quilter's Album of Blocks and Borders, and is also known by the following names: Corner Posts, Flying Birds, Miller's Daughter, and Rolling Star. In the 1930's, the same design was presented by Nancy Cabot under the name Two Crosses. The Four X Star is identical in construction but differs in its coloring.

In light of the block's design history, it's easy to see how color/fabric choices can give it an entirely new look. Even though it's clearly a traditional design, it still translates well into modern quilts.

Block Construction

Image of the Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block Pattern
Exploded version of the Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block

Pattern Download

Coloring Sheets

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Click the image above to download the cutting charts to make a 10" block.