Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Block That Had Me Cussing...

Let me introduce you to this block. It's a Farmer's Wife block. It's an uncooperative block. I really extremely very much dislike this block. I almost gave up on the FWQAL because of this block. Number 18 Century of Progress. 10 seams that meet in the middle. This is the second one I made. I'm still mad at it!

I really made a mess of the first one. This is the first one. I ripped this one apart so many times that it really looked bad. I was having fits. I absolutely could not get my center seams to look good.


 I really didn't care for the lay out suggested in the book either. So weeks and weeks later I took another stab at it and made the block in the first picture. It's still not great. The seams are awful. But I am NOT making another. I couldn't skip it either. I want to make every block from the book. I guess I will just like some better than others.  I was hoping to really catch up with the quilt along. We'll see....


Here's block 17 Cat & Mice. This one was okay :)


I have 18 made now and I think the FWQAL will be up to 56 blocks by the end of January. Realistically I know I won't get that many made in a month but I'm going to keep working on it. Did any of you making these blocks have trouble with number 18?


Here's a sneak peak of something I'm working on for one of my dearest friends. An anniversary gift. She was married in Jamaica and her husband sent me a message asking if I could make this for her. I have a bunch more to do but I like the way it's coming together.

12 comments:

Michelle Chitty said...

I have not started my FW blocks yet. I know I won't catch up with the sew along! LOL Your blocks look great to me! I do plan on starting on mine in 2012 hopefully before this time next year! I just started picking out my fabric. I'm doing civil war prints I think! Happy Sewing!

Jackie said...

I've heard a lot of grumbling about this block. About getting everything to match and about the fabric placement. I'm not looking forward to it. I like how your fabric selection makes the placement of the fabric make much more sense than I've seen in other blocks. As far as the points go, you should be proud of this block. YOu really did a great job!

Amber @ Quilted Euphoria said...

You did a great job! I wouldn't have even attempted something like that...those kinds of blocks scare me! Really beautiful!

Carla said...

Can't picture you cussing my dear, but yes I have come close too!! I haven't tackled that one yet. Did you paper piece or use templates?

Katy Cameron said...

Ahh, I've not been playing along with the FWQAL, and seeing this, I think that may have been a good thing (or sewing machines might have learned to fly)

Love the sneak peek of what you're working on, looking forward to seeing what it turns into

Patchwork and Play said...

The anniversary block looks really cute! I have made this FW block! I think about 6 of my points meet! I figure in the whole scheme of things that's good enough for me!

Jacque. said...

Ya know, once you quilt it and wash it and it gets all crinkly and soft...you won't even notice. {grin}

Jacque. said...

oh...and the anniversary gift? Darling! Looking forward to seeing more!

Becca said...

I too was maybe not saying the kindest of words to and about my century of progress. I also seem to recall not caring for the color mine either.

I'm impressed you had the patience to try a second version.

Love the palm trees.

Jessica Christensen said...

Oh, I am woefully behind on my Farmer's Wife quilts. Yours is looking good!

Donna Becker said...

Erin, I laughed out loud when I read the title for this post!
That block you were struggling with looks like a corker. I tried to find it in my quilt books thinking there might be some instructions that would be helpful.
Nope.
Irritating, because I know I've seen it before. It might have been in a book I borrowed from the library that was about paper-piecing. Something that complicated usually shows up there.
For sure I wouldn't have the patience to hand-piece it. Your FW quilt is going to look amazing with or without that block!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Thanks, Donna, for trying to find it for me!

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