OK, back to the Flickr group. I found this and this and this. Beautiful, right? I read the comments...paper piecing! YES! Got some templates to paper piece the block in 8ths...sat down, knocked out another quarter block...but just before I sewed the 8ths to each other I tore the paper off so I could press my seams open. (They just seemed so bulky when the paper was attached...I'm not so hot on bulky...) It turns out, this was not the right move either...I mean, it was a significant improvement, but not quite there. Plus, my fabrics were switched...I know it shouldn't matter, but I wanted to switch them back.
I tried 2 more times...and 2 more times I made sucky blocks!! Well, the 3rd mess isn't quite so bad - the pieces seem to match up better now that the paper has been torn off...that's probably not a good sign either but I might stitch them together and see what happens. (P.S. paper piecing is hard!)
I got so fed up, that I threw away my messes before I could even take photos to show you. Then I felt bad, took them out of the garbage, and got some pictures. Chris thinks I should just do a different block...or take a break from sewing...(huh?) But now this farmer's wife has pissed me off! I must be able to conquer this damn block!!!! Part of me wants to keep working on it until I get it right. But logically, I know Chris is right. So I packed up all things relating to my new frienemy and put them on the side. For today I will be quilting the quilt that I have been quilting for weeks. (Seriously, I must get that finished soon...it's a birthday present for a little girl...her birthday was a month ago! YIKES!) Happy 4th everyone!!