Monday, August 29, 2011

back in the saddle

The farm and I have been away from each other for a week or two now, so I was very happy to spend some quality time working on a few blocks this weekend.

Country Path 2
Block # 24 Country Path

This week, I took a hint from twin fibers who pointed me in the direction of paper piecing templates for all of the Farmers Wife blocks.  I had seen Lee mention this in her FW post last week.  On Yahoo there is a Farmers Wife Sampler group that has the templates for all the Farmers Wife blocks, so I decided why not give it a try!  

Now, I don't know that I will piece all the blocks this way, but for this weeks blocks, I'm a huge huge fan.  Don't compare this block too closely to the block in the book, because I messed up the color order!  It took until about half way through block #26 before I got the hang of the whole mirror image thing with paper piecing.  I'm still happy with this block, so I'm not going to change it.  

Cups and Saucers 2
Block #25 Cups and Saucers

I don't know what it is about this block, but I just really like it.  Again, I paper pieced this block, with no worries about the mirror image thing, as its the same frontwards as it is backwards.  I used some Amy Butler Love fabric that I received from the lovely DeeRoo G in the DQS 11, and some American Jane pin dot fabric I picked up from my LQS for $5 a yard!

Cut Glass Dish 2
Block #26 Cut Glass Dish

Again, don't compare this block to the book, because its not the same either!  My triangles are pointing in the wrong direction.  I think as I was piecing tiny minuscule triangle 40 our of 48 that I figured out if I turn the paper over and plan where my colors should go, magically things work out better!  D'Oh.  I was really happy with how this block turned out though.  I used some Riley Blake and Alexander Henry Heath in Metal, and some random fabric I had laying around from Joanns.  

Again, I don't think I will paper piece all the blocks from here out, but you can bet when I come across these 90 bazillion tiny triangles I will be heading towards the paper piecing templates.  Not in a million years could I have gotten all those points to line up just so piecing them regularly.  

FWQAL Blocks 1-26

Here are blocks 1-26.  Almost 1/4 of the way done!!  That's exciting and very very intimidating at the same time, as there's a whole lotta blocks left to make!


  1. They all look great together and those points look perfect!

  2. Yay!!! Paper piecing sure does make things precise, doesn't it? The mirror image bit always throws me off, though. :) I really love your blocks this week, especially the Cups & Saucers block - that AB fabric really makes it pop!!

  3. Oh my! The blocks look very impressive altogether like that but individually they look so scary!