I love it when I put out a cry for help and so many of you rally round to save me from myself. Did I ever get a lot of great suggestions for the precise creation of the Farmer's Wife blocks! If you get a chance, do read all the comments from yesterday's post. If you are like me, you will learn so much that will enhance the success of your blocks.
My Farmer's Wife issues were all about "scaling". Liz, from Liz Quilts created a pdf file of many of the Farmer's Wife templates combined on one sheet of paper (instead of one per page as printed from the cd that comes with the book). Brilliantly helpful. Only when I printed them out, I neglected to follow one very crucial piece of advice that she gave. When I printed the templates, I did not hit "None" for the scaling criteria. My default scaling was "Print to Fit", and yours probably is too. If you do not hit "None", your blocks will NOT come out the exact size you need to get the perfect 6 1/2 inch block. My blocks were coming out a quarter inch too small due to the fact that each of my templates was off by about an eighth of an inch.
Here they are with my too small block on top of the correct 6 1/2" one. You can see that it is just a wee bit too small. The question is, since the difference is so teensy, will I be able to use the half dozen or so too small blocks I have made in the finished quilt? Can I tease them so they fit? Maybe. But I can tell you that the rest of the blocks I make will be finishing at the proper 6 1/2" size!
My too small blocks would make adorable mug rugs...
Oh. A couple of you asked to see my ugly block that must die.
Lord have mercy. That is some ugly block. It was horrid to make, with all those fabrics coming to a point in the center of the block. And the color placement? I just don't know. A clown would like this block I bet.