Its official, I've caught the Farmers Wife fever thats been going around blogger land. I bought the book last week and have been itching to get sewing and finally last night I sat down at my machine and went to town.
This first block "Attic Windows" gave me a little trouble, however it was completely my doing. I was so adamant against using those templates, that I thought "I'll just measure the dimensions and cut things out that way" now this works very well for the squares and rectangles, but the pattern pieces snip off the corners of the triangles, I guess to save you the hassle of snipping corners however this completely threw me off when I tried cutting out my triangles without using the templates. So there I sat for about a half an hour trying to figure out why this darn block wasn't going together properly! After the second round with the seam ripper a light bulb went off and I figured out my error. I had cut the triangles too small, and surprise surprise, things weren't working right. Lesson learned. Embrace the templates (at least for the triangles and odd shapes). After I came to this conclusion, it was smooth sailing!
Block 3: Basket.
Block 4: Basket Weave
Block 6: Big Dipper
As you can see, I am embracing the scrappiness...I'm hoping that I can keep it controlled, so it doesn't look like a big mess of fabric spit up when all is said and done...111 is a lot of scrappy blocks! I didn't really plan it, but it kind of just happened that I'm trying to use grey as a constant through out most of the blocks as sort of a background color, or somewhere in the block.
I just love piecing these little blocks, I, like others dont have much "formal" quilting training with traditional precise piecing like this, so its nice to get some experience, and such a wide variety of blocks to make! I want to get started on another little project tonight, but part of me is saying "oh just make a few more of these blocks instead..." it's official, I'm addicted.