My final block for this QAL! And the first one I have failed to get ready on time, thanks to a total technology failure while I was away from home for the weekend. Best laid plans and all that.
Once again, I hand pieced this block - it's become by far my favourite method for putting these often counterintuitively designed blocks together, as you can make sure that things are working out as you go along and correct any mistakes before they become terminal. And since the sewing is so fiddly for all of these blocks, it really hardly takes any longer than machine sewing, and has been far less frustrating than my couple of machine pieced blocks. In fact, the whole experience (and look) of hand sewing these blocks, rather than my usual go-to of english paper piecing, has persuaded me that my next full quilt is definitely going to be a hand pieced one. Will it incorporate these blocks? I'm not sure, to be honest. I love the Farmers Wife books, and I love reading about and creating each and every block in the book as individuals, but I have to confess that I have yet to see a finished layout that I absolutely love and feel like I cannot live without in my life.
My attempts to come up with a variation on the layout theme have improved the possibilities slightly - I played with the size of the templates for each block, resulting in the possibilities of a bit more of a random sampler than the usual regimented one. However, I'm still not sure it's true love. I do love making these blocks so much though! Maybe I need to shrink some down and make frustratingly teeny weeny farmers wife block pincushions or something.
And so, although I'm not totally convinced there will ever be a completed FW1930s quilt in my life, this QAL has been just the thing I needed to force me out of my complete sewing rut over the past year (YEAR!) since we moved house, and a reminder that actually picking up a needle and thread and hand sewing one tiny block at a time is a perfectly appropriate way to get a quilt sewn - there's no need to wait until that hypothetical day when I have hours and hours available and the space to set up a sewing machine and crank out an entire quilt in one sitting.
Note to self: sew more, it's good for your soul.