|Farmers Wife Quilt Blocks # 5 - 8|
All started off well.
|Farmers Wife Quilt Block # 5 Bat Wing|
|Farmers Wife Quilt Block #6 Big Dipper|
The back of my work doesn't often look this neat. At this stage I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself!
Aah! When I turned the page and saw what # 7 was I started to make excuses to myself. I've always been in awe of this block and my resolution to make all the blocks in order nearly flew right out the window. I started telling myself "I haven't got time to make this one now" and "the light isn't good enough". Anyway, after a stern talking to, I did make the block.
|Farmers Wife Quilt Block # 7 Birds In The Air|
I dispensed with the templates and made 12 teeny, tiny 1"(finished) half square triangle blocks.
I starched the fabric well, made them oversized and trimmed them. These looked so cute!
I assembled the 4 sections and was just about to sew them together when I noticed I had done this to one of them!
What on earth happened here I shall never know, but at least I spotted it before I sewed the sections together.
Then it was time for block # 8. It didn't look too difficult, I ploughed on….
…..except, what on earth happened to the points on the flower? There was no seam allowance left, so they would be totally truncated when I joined the blocks together. I couldn't understand what I'd done wrong. I was tempted to leave it at is was. I was getting pretty tired of it at this point and wasn't sure that a second attempt would be any better than the first. I walked away and had a cup of tea. tea makes everything better, don't you think?
In the end I decided to paper piece this block.
i drew out the layout at the correct scale.
Then I photocopied it several times and cut it up into sections.
The paper piecing worked a lot better, although it was very time consuming in preparation time.
|Farmers Wife Quilt Block # 8 Bouquet|
Although I was totally fed up with all things Farmers Wife by the time I'd finished it, I actually like this version of the block, with a patterned background, much more than my first attempt.
So 8 blocks now complete, and put together, they look like this:
Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced