Monday, March 25, 2019

Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along - Week Nine - Cow and Beehive Block!!

Well hello and welcome!!
It's the very last
 block tutorial in the

Today we will be doing the
 very last block...
Cow and Beehive!

Grab your 
 and let's get started:)

Grab your Farm Girl Vintage fabric
 pieces that you have cut for this block:)

Here are all of mine...ready to sew!
Sew Simple Shapes 
that you will need are:
H1 - 1
H4 - 3
H5 - 1
H10 - 1
H11 - 4
H12 - 1
H15 - 12
H17 - 1
H19 - 1
H27 - 1
H35 - 1
H36 - 2
H37 - 1
H38 - 2

You will need to cut your
 prepared bias strips 
into these lengths:
1/4" geen for flower stems- 
one 7 1/2" - three 6" and one 2 1/2"
(I forgot to put the 2 1/2" in the photo)

1/2" dk.teal for the beehive stand - 
one 10" and one 4 1/4" with both ends
 of that one pressed under 1/4"

Cut two 1/4" ones 
2" long for the beehive stand brackets

1/4" wide coral-
cut three 1" long strips and
 press one end under on each.

For the cat tail and legs...
use the strip that I had you cut 
on the bias for the 3/8" maker and
 curve the shape for the tail when pressing.

The legs are not curved but I 
used the same strip for those 
and each leg is cut 3" long 
with both end pressed under 1/4"

Before you sew your shapes...
take one of the H-38 pieces(a cow spot) 
 that you traced and draw a line up 
from the bottom about 3/4"...

Like this.
This line is a new sewing line 
for ONE of the cow spots.
This one goes across the top of her back:)

Here are my pieces after they
 have been sewn and trimmed.
The pieces on the mat are ones 
that have inner curves and cleavage
 areas that need to be 
clipped before turning.

Turn and shape all of your pieces 
using the point to point turner.
Make sure that your background 
linen edges are zig zagged or served.

Before I layed my pieces
 out for glue basting...
I embroidered the barn cats face!
I used 3 strands of Aurifloss for
 everything because his face is tiny:)

Also take note that I cut one end off 
of the H-10 Sew Simple Shape 
to use for the door on the beehive:)

When I laid out the udders...
 I pinned one leg down first and then 
the udder and the back leg on top.
I trimmed the large circle used
 for the udder down for less bulk.

Here's a close up of my barn kitty:)
You cam make your tail longer
 or're the boss 
of your own block!

This is where I put the spot on the cow...
the one that I had you 
mark a line on before sewing.

This block finishes at
 12" tall x 19" wide.
You will trim it down to 
12 1/2" x 19 1/2" 
when applique is complete.

When you are laying out your block...
do not let the pieces
 be wider than 18 1/2"...

Or taller than 11 1/2".

Once you have pinned everything down...
check your measurements one more time...

And it's time to use your Sue Glue!

Remove the pins...
lay your rulers on top with 
something heavy on top of that 
and let your glue dry 
for 10 to 15 minutes.

Trace your embroidery lines on and applique!

Fast forward and it's all done!
I used 3 strands of dark gray Aurifloss
 for the top of the beehive 
and the hens legs, eye and beak.

Embroider the hen's comb and wattle 
just like the others:)
I used the brown Aurifloss for the 
cows eyes and horns...
just like the goat block!

I used 2 of the Nutmeg colored
 tiny buttons for her nostrils:)

The 1/4" sized collection 
comes in this bag of 

I painted the lid of one of my 
original Cute Little Button jars
 yellow and put a few little 
packages in there to keep and use...cute!

I got so excited to add the buttons
that I almost for got to 
trim the block down first:)

You will need to trim this block to 
12 1/2" tall x 19 1/2" wide.
Take note...
that is 19 1/2" for this one 
which is 1" wider than
 the last two blocks...

so you will need to use 
a wide ruler for that part.

Now to sew on the rest of the
 buttons onto the flowers:)

Yippee and YeeHaw!!!

The last block is completed 
and you can now sew your last row together:)

It should measure 12 1/2" tall and be 55 1/2" wide just like the first two rows.

All of the tutorials are now completed 
and I have loved doing each 
and every one of them for you:)

Refer to your sew along guide 
where all of the measurements 
for putting the quilt together 
are there for your convenience.

Next week for the big finish 
I'll show you my quilt 
all quilted and bound!
I may just have a fun surprise
 for you as well:)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along - Week Eight - Mr. and Mrs. Farmer Block!!

Rise and Shine because 
it's time to make another block! 

We are using the

And Farm Girl Vintage fabric... 

To make the 
Farm Sweet Farm Quilt

if you are just joining us
 and need to download 
the sew along guide:)

For those of you who have 
been here from the beginning...
I'm sure that you have 
used the Sew Along Guide 
and cut each piece for the
 Mr. and Mrs. Farmer Block:)
Sew Simple Shapes 
that you need for this block:
H2 - 1
H3 - 1
H4 - 2
H7 - 1
H9 - 1
H10 - 4
H13 - 1
H14 - 4
H15 - 9
H30 - 1
H32 - 1
H33 - 2
H34 - 1
H36 - 2

Before you trace all of your
 Sew Simple Shapes 
that go with each piece...
take note that you will need to
 trace 2 of the H-14 (boots) 
in reverse so that Mr. and Mrs. Farmer 
have both a left and a right boot!

Mrs.Farmer has a short sleeved dress
 so you will need to mark them
 as the sewing line when you trace hers.
Use the lines on the 
H-33 Sew Simple Shape to mark them.

One more thing before you 
sew the H-2 (Mr. Farmer's head) ....
first sew the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
 brown print that I had you cut 
for this block on top of the 
2 1/2" x 3" piece and press 
the seam open for less bulk.
This is for the top of his hat!

Now you can lay your traced
 H-2 Sew Simple Shape 
on top like this and sew. 
The hat portion is about 1" tall.

After you have prepared your strips
 using the bias tape makers...
you will need to cut 
the following lengths of each one:

1/4" dk.teal for shovel handle- 
cut 6 1/2" long and press one end under.

1/4" coral for his suspenders- 
cut them 3" long and press one end under.

1/4" brown for his hat brim-
cut it 2 1/2" long and press each end under.

1/4" red for he apron straps-
cut them 1" long and press one end under.

3/8" ed for her waistband- 
cut it 3" long and press both ends under.

3/4" nutmeg shabby for their necks-
cut them 1" long.

Oh! I almost forgot the 
1/4" green flower stems!
cut them in the following:
6" - 5" - 4" and 3"

After you have sewn and trimmed...
and before turning...
 you will need to clip the 
cleavage areas in
 the boots...the heart...his hat
 and the flowers.

Also clip both of the under arms
 and her apron waistband.
Clip the tight inner curve of his jeans.

Don't let these scare you...
just clip and turn them like this 
 and press one leg at a time.

The back will lie nice and flat...

And the front will too!
Not as hard as you may think:)
You just made a pair of jeans
 for Mr. Farmer.

before you pin your pieces 
to the linen laid out
 onto your design board...
you will need to embroider their faces.

Trace using the light box 
and the pattern in your
 Sew Along Guide.
After sewing it...
I cut the end off of 
Sew Simple Shape H-10 
for the top bun in her hair.
You could choose brown or gray or
 dark gray for her hair 
if you don't want a blonde Mrs. Farmer.

About the heart...
I chose to embroider 1936 on mine 
for the year that my paternal
 grandparents Walt and Ida 
were married and
 started their farm.
Aren't they the cutest!!

I put the milk bucket in Mrs.Farmers hand because of this photo of my Grandma:)

You can choose to embroider 
a year or a date that has significance 
to you or leave it plain.
If you do this...
just draw it on first or type one
 to trace using your computer.

They have faces!
I used 3 strands of brown 
for the backstitch and 3 strands 
with two twists for french knot eyes:)

This block will finish at 
12" tall x 18" wide 
and you will trim it down to 
12 1/2" x 18 1/2" AFTER 
your applique is complete.

This means that when you are
 laying out your block...
use a ruler to make sure that 
the pieces go no wider that 17 1/2"...

And no taller than 11 1/2".
You don't want to cut off her hair...
or his hat...
or the soles of their boots 
when you are trimming up!

After pinning down each shape...
check your measurements one more time...

And then use your Sue Glue.

Now remove the pins and lay rollers 
and something heavy on top while they dry.

I almost forgot to show you that
 I like to put a blush on those cheeks:)
Who ever heard of a farmer without 
plenty of sun on their face?
I just use blush and a Q-tip to apply:)

Mr. Farmer says "Aww...shucks"

now stitch them down in your 
preferred applique method and 
finish up with the embroidered shovel
 and bucket handles...using 3 strands
 of dark gray Aurifloss.

The stripes on the bucket are
 done with 3 strands of red.

You will need to trim your block
 down to 12 1/2" x 18 1/2" 
I trimmed mine down exactly like I did 
with the tractor block in 
last weeks tutorial because they are 
both the exact same size.

After trimming it's time for the
 Cute Little Buttons!

Sewing buttons on Mr.Farmers shirt:)

Sewing buttons on Mrs.Farmers apron!

Flower centers are sewn on and
 Mr. and Mrs. are ready to be sewn into
 the quilt right after our last block 
is finished next week:)
Tune in then!

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