Late last night, in a moment of wine-infused impulsiveness, I pulled out my little storage box of scraps and blocks for the Farmer's Wife QAL, oiled up my 1947 Singer Featherweight, and made a couple of blocks.
These are my first foray back into the FWQAL in three weeks -- and made without the lovely reliability of my Janome, on which I have finally mastered the scant 1/4" seam.
I can almost, but not quite, get a consistent seam on the Featherweight. I am using a clear 1/4" foot, and it just isn't quite as controlled as I would like. It has worked just fine for the construction of a quilt top like this one, pieced entirely on the Featherweight:
But in detailed little blocks like those in the Farmer's Wife sampler, every little smidge off a 1/4" matters...and before you know it, points are swallowed, corners misalign, and the farmer's wife is in tears.
Well, nothing that dramatic happened, but some further tweaking is definitely in order if I'm going to keep piecing FWQAL blocks on the Featherweight.
But, for now, at least I have a little something to add to the pile (38 blocks in total). Here, in all their imperfect glory, are block 12, Broken Sugar Bowl:
and block 15, Buzzard's Roost
I had to re-do several seams, several times, so these blocks are not pretty from the back...but, in their defense, they do measure 6.5" square, so they are entirely usable for this project (despite some blunted points and imperfect joins...).
And they immortalize a crazy, busy, productive, unusual, Janome-less time in my life.
Happy farming, everyone.