Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930s Corrections Warning! : Block 3 Alice

A little heads-up to those of you who have already started the Farmer's Wife 1930s quilt along.  The official start if next Wednesday and we will be working our way through the blocks in alphabetical/numerical order.  Block 3,Alice, has a few errata and I wanted to flag this up now. 

The main problem is with the templates. Some of the templates do not have true right angles where they should e.g. 3A, 3C, 3G, 3H and as they are, they will not fit together.  Jo Avery who is a guest blogger for this quilt along is English Paper Piecing the blocks using the templates noticed this when her sections would not jigsaw together.   There is also an error on the cutting instructions, on piece #3E  you need to cut 2 not 4.  The foundation paper piecing instructions are correct- I've already made this block.  Do remember if you are foundation piecing, that the order of how a section is sewn can be open to interpretation, there were sections that I would've sewn in a different order but that is a personal preference, it varies for each sewer and they all work in the order that is written on the pattern pieces.

The author, Laurie Aaron Hird, is sorting out corrections with the publishers.  She is hugely apologetic and is currently checking all the templates and working out a permanent method of making any corrections  available, meanwhile, she has sent me her personal correct copy of the templates and as a temporary solution you can print a copy of this:
I've just added these to my Google Drive so if there are any problems my email link is in the right sidebar.  It needs to be printed at 100%, not scaled down and as a point of reference the 3D triangle shorter sides measure ½" and the long sides of the rectangle 3A measures 2 ⅛" (seam lines, not including seam allowances).  So far, Laurie has not come across any other problems with the templates.  There is an errata page here, do check it before you start any blocks!

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  1. Thanks for the update. I'm looking forward to starting!

  2. Kerry, is there a distinction between paper piecing and foundation paper piecing, or are those just two different names for the same technique? I always thought that your paper pieced blocks were made with a foundation paper, sewn upside down along the printed lines on the paper, but I saw a tutorial with freezer paper templates yesterday that was also called paper piecing and that got me TOTALLY confused!

    1. That's a good question! The terms get used interchangeably which leads to confusion between foundation piecing, freezer paper piecing and English paper piecing too! Freezer paper piecing is really a template piecing method but it does get called paper piecing, foundation paper piecing is like you say- sewing through the paper and fabric with the paper side on top. English paper piecing is a mosaic piecing method where the fabric is wrapped around individual paper templates and usually hand sewn together.


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