Friday, July 24, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week 13!!!


Oh my Heck!
I've been waiting 
impatiently for this weeks
Farm Girl Friday:)

I'm having so much fun
with this sew along 
and following
 everyones progress and
 adorable blocks


So grab your copy of 
and let's get started!


First I want to show you
 what I did with my
 Milking Day 
block on page 45.


I love the scrappy squares that
makup the bottom of 
the milk can of this block...


And I used twelve 
6" blocks to make a small quilt 
using the County Fair setting
 on page 112
of the book.


But I also thought it would be
 fun to do another mash up!
I decided to work with
 this color palette
for todays blocks:)


Instead of cutting 
the "J" scrappy squares 
for the bottom of the can…
I cut 2 - 2" x 6 1/2" strips
and
2 - 2" x 9 1/2" strips


And sewed them around a 6" Mama Hen block...


And used that section for
 the bottom of a 12" Milking Day block!


I think Mama Hen looks super cute
on Milking Day…don't you?


And speaking of
 Mama Hen…
turn back to page 42
because she is our 
next block for this week:)


I made this large quilt for the book
also using my County Fair setting on 
page 112 of Farm Girl Vintage.


I'm not even kidding when I say that
 I could be happy sewing 
Mama Hen blocks every day!


So many different color and fabric combination:)


I decided to stay with my
 same color palette
and stitch another mash up 
Farm Girl block for you!

I'm making pillows
 from these two blocks
 and I'll be using the cute
 milk bottle print
 for the pillow backing:)



First I made a 6" Simple Star block
on page 61
of Farm girl Vintage


Then I cut a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip for the top
and a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip for the bottom.
I cut one more strip that measures
2 1/2" x 9 1/2"for the side.

These strips and blocks take the place of letters G,I,J and L
in the cutting instructions for the 12" Mama Hen block.
You don't need to cut
a wing (P) either.


The rest of the cutting is exactly the same as the book.


I just sewed the strips around the Simple Star 
and then finished the rest of the block
until I had these 3 sections 
and then sewed them together.


And here is my latest
 Farm Girl mash up block:)

Any 6" block will fit
 inside a 12" Mama Hen Block…


As well as the bottom 
of a 12" Milking Day block

YeeHaw!!!


Thanks so much for sewing with me
this week!

P.S.
I'm super happy to announce that 
Fat Quarter Shop will have a few of the companion farm girl PDF's
 ready for purchase early next week!
YeeHaw!!!
I know you have been waiting
 for them to be ready!


I will do an Instagram 
and a blog post 
the very minute that they 
are available….
 so stay tuned to both places!

Don't forget to visit this
weeks awesome guest bloggers!

xx
Lori









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Friday, July 17, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week Twelve!!!


Can you believe that we are
already 3 months into our sew along?
Time sure does fly 
when your having fun…right?


It still is not too late to join in
so grab your book 


Because we still have
 3 more months to go!
There are a lot of projects
 to plow through
in Farm Girl Vintage!


Our first block this week is 
on page 39 of the book and is called 
Kettle's On!

On every farm there is usually 
some kind of kettle warming on the stove…
and traditionally the call for
 "Kettle's On!" means it's time to
eat... sit for a spell ...
relax and visit:) 


So way back when I was making my
 6" Farm Girl blocks for my book…
(the sampler quilt on the cover)
I posted this photo as a sneak peek
on my Instagram... as I do a lot!

Anyhoo…
When I looked at it 
from this angle I thought
to myself…
Those cherries would be super cute
 on the front of that kettle!


My Pie Cherries block is on page 54
and we will be doing that block in a few months…
but for right now…
I'm using it to make another 
farm girl mash up block for our sew along:)


Except instead of Pie Cherries…
I made a pair of blueberries!
YeeHaw!!!
I sewed a 6" pie cherry block and 
put it into a 12" kettle block:)

Here's how I did it...


I made a 6" Pie Cherries block 
exactly as the cutting and instructions
on page 54 in my book... 
and switched out the reds for navy's
to make blueberries for my kettle block:)


I used the same fabric for the block background 
(A-B-C-D-E)
that I used for my kettle.
Then from that same aqua fabric
I cut 2 - 1" x 6 1/2"
and sewed to the top and bottom.
Then I cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips
and sewed to the sides.
Now it's the same size as 
the (H) section for the 12" kettle block.



I cut the rest of the
 Kettle's On block pieces
and stitched it up!



I added borders around the outside…
2- 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
and 
2- 2 1/2" x 16 1/2"


So that I can make 
another pillow for my kitchen:)

It will be so cute
 with my pillows from 
previous Farm Girl Friday's...
Baby Chick Pillow from week 2 
and my
Gingham Pillow from week 10.


Of course this means that any of my
 6" farm girl blocks will fit 
into my 12" Kettle's On block:)

How about a Mama Hen teapot…
or Fresh Pears or Farmhouse?

A whole quilt of 
6" blocks inside the 12" kettles
would be super cute!
That's another farm girl project
 that goes on my to do list:)


Okay…now onto our next block for this week
Kitchen Window
on page 41 in my book.

I wanted to include a block that looked 
similar to a window pane and sashings. 
It brings back sweet childhood memories
 of doing the dishes with my sisters.
We had a large window above our kitchen sink:)


 I would look out the window overlooking our back pasture
where we kept the sheep. 
Over to the left was the barn where we kept our
 milk cow "BOSS" and also our pigs.
The horses were back in the very farthest pasture
to the right.

(my brother Brian riding Tempest)

I loved watching out that window as I worked…
 and could often see
my dad on the tractor or my brothers
doing the "outside chores"
and couldn't wait until the dishes 
were done and I could get out there too!

I LOVED growing up on a farm:)


I designed this block to be another super scrap busting block.
I decided to make several 6" blocks using my
2 1/2" squares and my 1 1/2" strips baskets.
I grabbed a cute text background from my
 stash to use for all of the blocks.


I sewed four  2 1/2" squares together and
 then trimmed them to the size 
needed for the 6" block centers:)
That saves time so that I didn't need
 to trim them down individually!


This is a super simple and super fast 
block to make and in no time at all…
I had whipped up nine 6"
Kitchen Window blocks:)

I'm not finished yet…
I'm going to be making several more!

I think they would be cute as a small 
Harvest Tablerunner on page 124 in my book
and also as a fun quilt.

Then I got to thinking again... 


It would be fun to mix the 
12" size with the 6" size for another
 super fun scrappy happy farm girl quilt! 


I haven't decided on the setting yet
but I like how this is looking:)


Okay…
I guess thats it for me on 
this week's Farm Girl Friday's blocks,
I hope I gave you a few ideas to work with!

Don't forget to visit our guest bloggers
 to see what they have done too!
for the schedule:)

Have a super fun…
super scrappy…
super happy farm girl kind of day!
xx
Lori

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week Eleven!!!


Good morning cute people!
Today is Friday…
and you know what that means!


Time to grab your copy of


And turn to page 37:)


This is my farm girl block called 
Grandma's Quilt

I designed it to be a simple block
that looked like something that
grandma would have made with leftover
fabric from sewing clothes for her family:)

There are so many possibilities using this block
in so many ways…


But my machine has been a little lonely this week
and I didn't get a chance to whip up a 
Grandma's Quilt
project like I wanted to.
So I'm depending on all of you to
post your blocks on 
 in 
scrappy happy farm girl style!
Don't forget to use the hashtag
#GrandmasQuiltBlock
so that I can see it:)


Speaking of farm girl style…
Don't you just love this stack of 
a few of my farm girl vintage quilts
in the hayloft?

True farm girl style:)


Which leads us to our next block…
Haystack

I LOVE this block…
its simple and sweet and perfect for 
busting your stash:)

When posting your block
Please use the hashtag
#HaystackBlock 


I used my Haystack block as
 my starters and stoppers
project the entire time that 
I was sewing the quilts for my book.

I used my scrappy stash baskets...



Cut a bunch of scrappy
 strips and center squares...


Used my vintage muffin tin
 to separate the sizes
and put it next to my machine…
and started building Haystacks!


As my pile grew…
I stacked them into this
vintage Pyrex bowl:)


They eventually turned into
 the borders and alternate 
blocks for this quilt...


Scrappy Haystack Sampler
on page 132 of my book.


It's a nice queen size 
and I love how it looks on my bed:)


I used several 
12" farm girl blocks to alternate
between the haystack blocks...


If you are making my 
Scrappy Haystack Sampler too
here are just a few to choose from:)


There are 45 farm girl
 blocks total in my book:)
YeeHaw!


Thanks for visiting with me 
on this Farm Girl Friday!

Don't forget to visit
 this weeks guest bloggers…
for the schedule:)

Have a farm girl kind of day!
xx
Lori

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