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!