Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Farmer's/Chemist's Wife Continues

Autumn Tints
I'm starting to get the rhythm; finished the next three blocks in the Farmer's Wife quilt-along a full week early!  Now I need my readers' help to choose between some colors...

For the Autumn Tints block, I found this great purple print that really "makes" the block (IMHO).  The large squares are actually the wrong side of some fabric that I bought for another project and decided not to use.  The front is a geometric print that just didn't go with the rest of the project.


I haven't had much experience yet with triangles.  I need the practice -- the Otsego Lake quilts have several thousand of them!!  The Box block is all half-square triangles, so they were easy enough to do.  Some of the seams are a little funky, though.  On inspection, it looks like whenever I get to the end of a seam, the fabric swerves off course a bit.  I have no idea why.  Fixing the symptom without seeking a cure, I just went back and sewed in the opposite direction, which works pretty well if you are just making one or two blocks.  Definitely gotta figure this out, though.

Calico Puzzle
The sixth block was a Calico Puzzle.  I knew I wanted to use a pretty green print that I'd picked up in Michigan last summer at a chain store plus a pink solid to go with it.  After rooting around in the closet, I found a green print with little "blueberries" -- perfect for the Michigan connection.  Unfortunately, I neglected to square up the little squares after sewing the triangles, and the whole thing was a mess.. (duh!)  I couldn't square the block for the life of me.  I started ripping out seams, and decided I'd be better off just making another block.  Plus, I wasn't sure that I liked the greens together.  I decided to try a blue, to bring out the blue flowers in the print.

Fortunately, by now it had dawned on me what a fundamental mistake I'd made.  I squared these puppies up like crazy, and the block came out pretty well.  Of course, then I started wondering if I could go back and square up the offending square in the first block.  So I hauled it out of the trash, put it back together, and it looks pretty good, too. 

So which one should I use in the final quilt?  Now that I'm looking at them, I think I like the green one better.  A girl's got a right to change her mind!  Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. I like the green one better. I have the same problem with the seam veering off at the end when sewing triangles. I thought I should take that accuracy course you took with pieceful quilting...thanks for sharing Mary - I love to read your blog.