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Aug 28, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: The Farmer's Wife is back!

Aug 28, 2011
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30 end of day
#30 End of Day

It's been over a month since I've posted about the Farmer's Wife QAL.  That's because I hit a mental road block.  After I attempted this block....

34 Flock
#34 Flock

which tested my patience with tiny HSTs and ended up being completely not square.  I was frustrated.  I didn't know how I would complete any of the more complicated and intricate blocks if I couldn't get #34 Flock right.

.....so I pull the whole project to the side....

Then, thankgoodness for Michelle of City House Studio, who blogged about joining a group for the FWQAL where there were paper piecing templates.  Ah ha!  That was my answer!  No better way to get perfect points every time.  Thank you so much Michelle!

39 Friendship
#39 Friendship with a little improv
So I started with some easier blocks to remind myself how to paper piece (until now, I'd only done one circle of geese for our Bee).  Sweet.  Don't mind the improv on the Friendship block.  After I'd paper pieced the whole thing, I realized I forgot to check the scaling on my printer.

A lot easier in my opinion.  Not necessarily less time consuming, but overall less frustration so far.

And no cutting 12 triangles from templates.
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9 comments:

  1. Awesome! So glad to hear you're back in the swing of all things farmer's-wife :) Good for you for keeping at it!

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  2. Hooray for paper piecing! I'm glad it's working for you!
    I'm doing some "easier" ones first, too -- before I tackle the really complicated paper piecing blocks.
    LOVE your Friendship block, AnneMarie!

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  3. Ginette (ginette.vallieres@rogers.com)August 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Glad you joined us in the group. Your blocks look great! I will be starting mine in a couple of weeks with 4 other friends. Will post pictures to the group soon! Welcome back!!

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  4. Love it, AnneMarie! This farmer's wife need the paper piecing, too! :)

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  5. I really like the "improv" block! A good way of turning around a problem.

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  6. Ah, yes, it must have been you who first introduced me to the FWQA. (I know it was through a blog I follow) Anyway, did I tell you that it led me to the most perfect gift for my sister's wedding next summer?

    When I found the book for the FWQ, I came across the Civil War Love Letters Quilt book: 121 6-inch squares. Love letters! My sis is getting married! Civil war! She an her beloved are Civil War reenactors! Even better? My mom and I are collaborating on the project. What fun!

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  7. I am working on the FW blocks, also. I am ending up doing most of them by paperpiecing. Love your blocks!

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  8. Great blocks! I've yet to get back on track for the FWQAL...life has it's way of changing time lines.

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  9. I had heard some other comments about the "templates" in the book/cd not being put together just right and had also decided that my piece will be "The Farmers Daughter" cause I was one in my earlier days and a rebel to boot. I think some of the blocks in the book are just butt ugly and refuse to waste my time with them. So I am cherry picking them out of the book and adding a few of my own choosing to make a twin size for my guest bedroom. PPiecing is not one of my favorite things to do but this project may change my mind by the time I am done! LOL I am going to seek out the Yahoo Group City House mentioned...GOOD LUCK to you, hope to see more!!

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