Friday, July 3, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week Ten! ...

Good morning!
It's time for another episode of 
Farm Girl Fridays!

Today we are talking about my 
Gingham Block

This was one of the 
very first blocks to design
for the book…
gingham is classic farm girl style
and you all know how much I love my gingham:)

Someday I'll be making a big quilt 
just from my gingham blocks
but for right now…
I'm happy with my gingham runner!

I love how it looks on my table.
I made the centerpieces by painting 
4 large tomato sauce cans and 
then wrapping them in burlap and lace.
I put a vintage milk bottle in each can
and put daisies in each one.
A simple farm girl style project!

Instructions for my Gingham block
are on page 36 of my book
Farm Girl Vintage
If you want to join our sew along
to grab a copy and get started!

I decided to make a cute little project
starting with the 12" Gingham block:)

A tip about choosing fabric for this block
is that you need to make sure that 
 there is plenty of contrast between
the two colors…
otherwise you will lose the gingham look:)

I started out by cutting 
the squares for the block
and then cut a few more to add an extra row
Making it a 14" block instead...
because I wanted to make a pillow and 
I already had a pillow form that size:)

After quilting…
I chose these two cute prints by my friend 
Pam's Pam Kitty Garden Collection
for the envelope pillow back.

I often use this method for the back of my pillows because
its easy to take the pillow form out

And turn them into wall art!
These photos are from my book 
and it includes instructions on 
exactly how I do the back of my pillows:)

I chose to use red for the binding.
I think it finished super cute and
 was super fast and simple to make!

I can also use it as a 
cute little table topper 

in my farm girl kitchen...

Or insert the pillow form and 
have a super cute pillow!

Every farm girl kitchen 
should have a gingham pillow:)

Next farm girl block 
for this week is on page 35 and is my 
Furrows Block
Another classic and super simple one.
I chose to make scrappy flying geese
and name the block Furrows
to represent the look of a pasture after
 it's just been plowed and ready for planting!

Last night I decided to whip up a few 12" Furrows blocks.
I grabbed my 3 1/2" scrappy stash basket
and quickly cut some geese:)

Chain pieced them...

And soon they were ready to be sewn into
(background is Swiss Dots by Riley Blake in Navy)

I made 9 blocks and laid them out on the floor
for placement auditions.
Each block represents a plowed pasture.
I turned each block a different direction and 
now I have 9 scrappy happy acres 
plowed and ready for planting!

I could easily add more blocks to this quilt
but I just may stop here because a 
36" square quilt would be a super cute table topper!

Thanks for joining me for week ten
of my Farm Girl Fridays Sew Along...

to see the schedule and to
 visit this weeks guest bloggers!

Now go put on some 
gingham and plow your fields!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week Nine!

Good morning cute people!

Welcome to week nine of 
Farm Girl Fridays:)

We have sewn 15
 Farm Girl blocks so far
and number 16 block is 

"Feed and Seed"

and turn to page 30
for the pattern and instructions for 
both the 6" and 12" Feed and Seed block. 

I made so many quilts for my book
 and I just had to include a scrappy quilt
 with red gingham sashing.
After all...that just says Farm Girl!

I knew that my 
Feed and Seed block would 
be the perfect choice
and look great against my
 favorite red solid for the background.

The red gingham sashing is from
 one of my older fabric collections
called Polka Dot Stitches:)

I used a good mix of 
scrappy happy prints and colors...

And made 9 blocks
 for this quilt!

If you are wondering which setting I used…
turn to the Table of Contents on page 3 in my book.
In the section titled
"Mix and Match Setting Quilts"…
you will see listed the different settings
 that you can use to make your own unique quilts
 by putting in whichever of my 
45 farm girl blocks your heart desires:)

"You are the BOSS 
of your own QUILT!"

I used the Square Dance Setting 
on page 118 for this one:)

This quilt looks great in my kitchen!
Very Farm Girl Vintage:)

Next up is my block called
"Fresh Pears"

I LOVE pears!
We have a pear tree in our cottage garden
and I always look forward to
the end of summer when they are in season.

Our tree gives us plenty of 
pears to eat fresh
 and to bottle as well:)

I made a big stack of 12" blocks
because I am making a few pear projects:)

I made 16 total because I need 12 to make the 
County Fair Quilt Setting on page 112...

And I'm using the remaining 4 to make
 a pillow for the bench in my kitchen:)

I haven't decided how I'm setting the
 blocks for the pillow yet
but I'm sure that when I finish it 
I will be posting lots of pics on my

Thank you so much for 
joining me for this weeks episode:)

I am once again away at one of my 
Farm Girl Vintage Workshop/Retreats
but I prepared my post early 
just for you today.

I hope you are visiting the
 guest bloggers that
are posting each weeks blocks…
they are all making
 super cute blocks and projects!

and go see the schedule to visit.

Have a super fun 
Farm Girl Vintage kind of day!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week Eight!

Hello cute people!
Today is week eight of 
Farm Girl Friday's

If you are just joining us…
for my very first blog post about
our Sew Along:)

Every week we are sewing two blocks
from my latest book
Farm Girl Vintage

if you want to join us!!!

For this weeks blocks we are starting with
Farm Fresh Flower
Cutting and sewing instructions 
are on page 26.

This block is one of 
the easiest in the book to make.
Easy cutting…
Easy layout…
Easy construction:)

It would make a super cute 
super simple quilt.
Looky how fun it would be to add
borders around each block
and then just sew all
 of the blocks together!

I really like how a border 
 frames the flower.

Well I'll just go ahead and add that 
to my ever growing list 
of scrappy Farm Girl projects:)

So onto our next block…
on page 27 -29

Here are a few of the blocks on my design board 
back when I was making the quilt…

That turned into this one.
Farmhouse Lane
on page 128:)

This is during the inside photo shoot.
We just hung up the quilt and I was
deciding what I wanted with it for the photo.

I chose to put some of 
my green depression glass:)

I also like how cute and tiny the 
6" Farmhouse block is…

The perfect size for little mini quilts
or my Farm Kitchen Potholders
on page 120.

When sewing this weeks blocks
please use the hashtags

 to see the schedule of
 this weeks guest bloggers:)

Thank you so much for sewing along with me!
Right now I'm at my second week of 
Farm Girl Vintage Workshop/Retreat
but once again…
I pre-posted this for you 
just to keep us on schedule!

Until next Friday…
Have a Farm Girl kind of day!

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