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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!

15 replies
  1. Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth D. says:

    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. 🙂

  2. suemac
    suemac says:

    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.

  3. Kristie
    Kristie says:

    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

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    i love the block. i have just started the farmers wife quilt. I am having to use the templets and i have used some paper piecing i received fro a class i am taking once a month. i ordered the cd for paper piecing this quilt. can i use this cd if i do not have EQ6?


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