I haven't made any Farmer's Wife blocks for a long time because I am having second thoughts about my blocks. After having made a few blocks, I really feel that I should use a plain background so the block designs would be easier to "read". I like the scrappy look but I still feel it would be nicer if I used a plain fabric in each of my blocks.
So I went back to the book to find how much background fabric I was needed but couldn't find any yardage anywhere, most probably because the quilt has not been made with just one background fabric. I had already bought my sashing and cornerstone fabric last summer. The sashing fabric is brown. So I decided I would order 4 different fabrics for the background, all Moda Bella solid: chocolate, hay, fig tree and parchment.
Now I need to start over my blocks since I will be doing them differently.