Monday, May 20, 2013

Week 18!!! On The Rancher's Daughter Quilt Along(The Young Secretary Block Tutorial)

Happy Monday to Everyone!!
Can you believe we are on Week 18

It made me think of something I read last year.
Basically, if you work on something a little every day,
or every week, eventually it gets done.
Sometimes we think we have to have a big block of time, and then we will get whatever it is done. 
Often, it never does.
So every day....little by little ladies!

 Now the story...
I was a secretary at age 10!
Child abuse!
That's what I thought then, but of course today I am so thankful that that ole Rancher dad of mine,
knew a few more things than I did.

We had to walk home from school,
put in our 3 hours, before heading back home for supper at the ranch with dad.
We learned to file, work the mail room, send out direct mail, work with Grandma in the parts department,
answer phones, you name it.
By 16 I was doing payroll for dad's 4 companies, making my own money which was a good thing,
because he didn't believe in handing us anything.Even though he could have.
I saved up $850 bucks, and bought my first car all on my own. A 1971 Chevy Caprice.
I could beat my bro's Camero in a 1/4 mile race. in trouble for that too!

So now down to business.
I love the way this block turned out.
Cutting Instructions:
A Cut(12) 1½" X 1½" Squares (Green/Red Print)
B Cut (16) 1½" X 1½" Squares(Yellow Check)
C Cut (12) 1½" X 1½" Squares (Red)
D Cut (12) 1½" X 1½" Squares (Red and White Polka Dot)
E Cut (1) 2½" X 2½" Squares (Red Print)

Make your Half Square Triangle Units as follows:
(4) A/C Units
(4) A/D Units
(4) A/B Units
(4) C/B Units
(8) B/D Units
To layout the block the best way to keep these units straight is to use a post-it note and mark them:
Sew Rows 1 and 2 together.
Sew Rows 3 and 4 together.
Sew Rows 5 and 6 together.
Sew these rows together:
 Now sew horizontal rows together:
And there you have it!
Another Block done!!

In closing, a pic of baby Kash...
he's growing up...
Happy Little Boy!

Have a wonderful week my friends.


  1. Beautiful--love your fabric choices. Lots of work and HST's in one quilt block

  2. From the title of this post I was afraid the story might be very different. I don't know if I should admit that. : ) I like the way it turned out.
    What a pretty block.
    And what a happy little guy!!

  3. Wow!! Beautiful block...beautiful baby!! Well done, grandma!!:o))

  4. That's one gorgeous block and baby boy!

  5. I could never get a block that small so neat - it's lovely.
    I started working at age 14 although only Saturdays and holidays, not 3 hours a day! I worked at a guest house, mostly cooking and some cleaning. I stayed there until I was 18.
    Baby looks so sweet, I can't believe how fast he's growing!
    Teresa x

  6. These blocks really showcase this gorgeous fabric! Love the stories :-)

  7. Amazingly cute little block, wow!