Farmer's Wife 1930's: April, No.6
This block was a bit of a trial. I'm still getting back into the swing of working small, and realizing I need to be consistent. I'm used to piecing with the mind set of "work a little big, and cut down or trim when done." These blocks do not work that way. They are precise, and will teach you to be that way if you want them to come out right. I'll show you how that works.
One portion of the block was a tough nut to figure out so I paper pieced those 4 identical pieces. The rest I cut with an accurate ruler.
I have a stack of plastic trays from IKEA, and I find they are super handy for laying out small pieces. They nest, and can keep blocks from going astray.
I use a bit of electrical tape on my sewing machine bed as a seam guide. I was being too frugal with my 1/4" seam, and this block section came out too big. That may seem inconsequential, but it was a lot for this small block. I trimmed, but not to the exact size I should have. I was still thinking "wiggle room" to trim at the end.
Block done, pressed, and weighted under the tray to make it very flat as it cooled.
If you look at it critically, the middle and bottom section ware done last. By that time I had made sure I was sewing exact 1/4" seams. The top section is slightly too big, but I decided to call it a day. I trimmed it about 1/16" on all sides, and figured lesson learned. No one besides me would ever see that once it was quilted, and no use sucking the joy out of the day.
No. 7 is entirely paper pieced. Oh, Joy! Thankfully I love paper piecing now. (wink, wink)
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Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.