Monday, January 16, 2012

#97—Waste Not or Wasteful?

I completed block(s) 97 for the Farmer’s Wife Sampler over the weekend.  Boy was it a toughie!  I ended up with two, not so perfect, blocks.  The second one is wrinkly because it was shy of 6 1/2 inches, so I experimented with sizing spray after making the block to give it a boost.  Now it’s a tad too big and wrinkly!  But I’m still gonna use it!!!!


They are [maybe] mirror images—I’m not sure!  The first one I made is on the left.  I used freezer paper.  First I printed the templates and then traced them.  I adhered the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric and cut.  But when I put the pieces together, it was backwards.  So, I threw away the interior pieces and traced the templates again (the same way) and this time ironed them to the wrong side of the fabric.  When I cut, the block was backwards AGAIN!  That’s the wrinkly block on the right.

At this point I realized I had used solids for the interior of the first block and went ahead and pulled them out of the waste bin.  I just flipped them over and put it together and this time it was not backwards.  What gives????  I know some of the instructions in the Yahoo Group advise you to reverse the templates before you print, but I printed in EQ7 and I adhered the freezer paper to both sides. 

At this point I should tell you that I am pretty good at math.  I graduated from the Naval Academy about 15 years ago and I spent a few very long months learning ship engineering and everything you ever wanted to know about the steam cycle.  I affectionately called that class “Death By Pipes.”  Once I understood exactly why some engines used high octane fuel.  I have no idea why now.  The truth is, I am not very inventive or original when it comes to math.  If someone explains it, I understand, but I don’t do well figuring things out on my own. 

So someone, please throw me a bone!

Here are most of the blocks I’ve finished so far.  There are a couple that are going to go on the back not in this picture (they didn’t make the first string team!).



  1. Sorry, not too good in the math department myself. Your blocks are beautiful! I'm working on some right now, but I have along way to go to catch up with you. Keep on stitching!

  2. I love the fabrics you're using! So bright! I'm only on block 12... you're giving me hope.

  3. Jamie, some blocks are just a major pain no matter what you do. I felt bad for you, all that redoing and restitching.

  4. So pretty. I love your bright colors. Could you give me some pointers on how you did your spoonflower labels?

  5. Oh boy I can tell you I am not good in math. I always have ask. The fabrics you are using are so pretty. I have the book to make the quilt. But I have not attempted it yet. You are doing a great job.


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