Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Farmer's Wife—Week 10

Wow, has it really been 10 weeks already? And I have 23 blocks done, so I'm 3 blocks ahead!

Block #23, Country Farm. After seeing this post by Twin Fibers that pointed me toward paper-piecing templates for all the Farmer's Wife blocks, I decided to try paper-piecing for this one as well. And it worked out great! I had no trouble with the size being off, as many people have, so I think it's all about printing with no scaling. I think the biggest drawback of paper-piecing is that I have a hard time getting the fabric grain straight when I paper-piece. That means the print can be kind of wonky sometimes, like with the background piece on the far left. But other than that, I think paper-piecing for Farmer's Wife rocks, especially with the templates from the Yahoo group. As far as my fabric choices, the background here is a little busy, but I think it will look okay in the larger mix of blocks.

I didn't get to block #24 this week, but I did re-do block #21, Contrary Wife! I still can't believe this block gave me so many problems. Last week an anonymous commenter pointed out that the way I laid out my colors wasn't quite the same as in the book, and I think that definitely led to the "cock-eyed" problem I talked about. When I re-did it as it was in the book, problem solved! I am much, MUCH happier with this version of Contrary Wife. And glad it's finally done.

P.S. Don't forget to vote for my fabric design in the Connecting Threads contest! Click here to vote—it's the "Flourish" design, fourth row down. You can only vote once per email address, so if you've already voted, thank you again!


  1. Congrats on being ahead! I can't believe it's been 10 weeks either. Love all the blocks I'm seeing around blog-land.

  2. Wow, 10 weeks already? Where does the time go?? I really like your Country Farm block, and I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has grain troubles with paper piecing. :)

  3. Great blocks! Thanks for the tip for paper piecing, I think I might give it a try!

  4. I voted for you - I hadn't even heard about this Connecting Threads contest for fabric designs - I guess I missed that newsletter

  5. It's not called *contrary* wife for nothin' :-)

  6. I love your colour combos they look so beautiful. Well done for being ahead. I am up to my 5th block, so am very behind!

  7. I just joined the Yahoo group so I can get the paper piecing info. And just voted for your fabric design because it.is.amazing! I would SO (sew) buy that!

  8. I voted for your fabric -- love it!! And I'm inspired by your fearless use of yellow in your Farmer's Wife blocks. Gorgeous.

  9. I have voted for your fabric, it beautiful!

    Your blocks look lovely! I am so behind on the FWQAL. I'm hoping to catch up soon!

  10. voted for your print! it's really great!

  11. I voted for your design already. I am also having fun with the FWQAL. I have yet to do any paper piecing but this weekend I am going to have to bite the bullet. I need to redo Ribbons. By the time I finished with it I had trimmed off too much. I am having fun anyway.

  12. I feel a little silly, I just realized today that there was a CD for paper piecing the Farmer's Wife blocks!! Of course, I ordered it right away...now I'm just waiting for it to arrive. I LOVE to paper piece! I completely paper pieced every block in the Civil War Love Letter quilt (total 121 blocks) and I have 80 of the 121 blocks paper pieced in the Civil War Diary quilt. I think I only have 10 of the Farmer's Wife blocks done but I am going to wait for my CD to work on it again.
    Have a great day


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