Honestly, I cannot keep track of what week this is for Farmer's Wife block posts. I have decided to just go ahead and post my progress whenever I have something to show for it. Somehow I managed to finish seven blocks this week. My sister Andrea has been to my house for a visit and we sewed together in the unfinished studio. She put together an entire quilt top made of vintage sheets! Check out her blog, I am sure she will post on her fabulous project.
I did have a problem with one of my Farmer's Wife blocks, Number 103 "Whirlwind". I am using the Marti Michell templates and pdf instructions that Marti sends out through her website. I struggled so with this block, and still am not sure if I was just being dense about following the instructions, or if there was something actually wrong with the instructions.
I think the diagram (to the left of the block) is incorrect. Isn't the angle of the cut (along the hypotenuse) reversed? I followed the directions exactly, but to my way of thinking, the trapezoids were unusable, as the angle where you nipped it off with the triangle template was wrong. I ended up ditching those pieces and making flying geese and sewing my sides together with partial seams.
I must have just misunderstood the directions, but if anyone else had issues with this block, using Marti's instructions, let me know. I will probably be hitting my forehead and saying "duh" when someone explains it to me.