Saturday, October 31, 2020

Farmer's Wife 1930s: Bea, No. 11

Farmer's Wife 1930s:
Bea, No. 11

This week has flown by. I've hustled to get customer quilts out the door, and also a quilt pieced for one of our sons. The Civil War blocks have been fun, and there's a lot of crossover between those blocks and these. But the Civil War blocks are 8", and the Farmer's Wife blocks are 6". You can feel the difference when there's so many little pieces to fit together.

Also, approaching a new block pattern every time you sit down to sew requires concentration. The need for accuracy as you scale down makes you pay close attention to your basic skill set: fabric prep, cutting, handling the fabric, sewing a proper seam, and how and even when to press. All have been scrutinized, and tweaked in the past weeks. It makes me want to try some even smaller blocks still. I guess it's like the limbo. 

I'm far more comfortable with paperless paper piecing, and haven't forgotten I promised a mini tutorial. I decided not to use one of the FW 1930s patterns as I didn't want to get into a copyright problem. So I've been working on another little project with which to show it. I'll try to get it in the next post. 

This block is one of my favorites so far with the flowers in the basket. It wasn't planned that way, but I ran out of the dotted fabric once I had brought it home to sew. The white fabric with the little bouquets happened to be sitting on my table, and reminded me of vintage table cloth designs. It was the right scale, and looked like it was made just for this block. That's a win-win for me!

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.


Linda Swanekamp said...

I am not sure why. I am being obsessed with sewing 1 /2" unfinished squares into borders for my last 2 quilts (small). When I had to sew some pocket quilts with 4 patches of 2.5" squares for a quilt package, they seem ginormous to me. Understand the small block pull. Now, if I could just do it accurately like your lovely block.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I like the orange and green together, but that polka print is awesome.