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!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 14 - Front Yard Flower Block!!

Good morning and welcome 
to episode 14 in the 
Vintage Block Along

I'm sharing another vintage 
block pattern from my 
grandma's pattern basket today!

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage Fabric 
and sewing many different blocks
 in several different sizes...
and then putting them all together
 at the end in one big amazing
 Vintage Block Along Sampler Quilt!

 I'm going to be 
showing you how to make this block...
that I am calling
 "Front Yard Flower"
And here is my explanation why!

I showed this photo of grandma's 
little farmhouse early on
 in this series.

What you can't see is that
 the color of the roof is pink.
Yes I said pink!
 ...not a super bright pink but almost
 the color of a vintage looking
 faded red brick.

Later after an addition to the house...
she added the same color of 
pink shudders to the windows.
Grandma loved a clean cut 
and pretty front yard flower garden.

When I was young I would 
often find her working in the
 flower beds and would stop and help.

As she got older and could not 
do it for herself we 
(all of us including my cousins 
and dad and uncles) 
would plant her front yard 
flower garden
 for her every spring.
We would weed it for her and
 "move the hose" 
several times a day 
to keep them watered:)

Grandma was very particular 
about what flowers she used.
She believed that annuals were a
 "front yard flower" 
because they were bright and showy 
all through spring, 
summer and into fall...
while perennials belonged in the 
side and back yard because 
even though they are beautiful 
they have a very short blooming time...
often only lasting 2-3 weeks.

Grandma most often planted red flowers ...
she liked the way that they looked
 against the white house and
 also complimented the
 pink roof and shutters.
For some reason she did not
 like to plant yellow flowers.

Every spring she would plan 
which kind of annual to plant
 and then plant that same one 
very heavily so that they really
 filled in nice and put on a good show!

Most of the time she planted petunias...
very popular for our region
 and easy to keep up.

Even though we only 
NEED ONE BLOCK for our quilt...
I made two blocks because
 I want to talk a little 
about fabric selection.

Because grandma liked "showy" red flowers
 for her front yard that's
 what I made first.
Then I made another just to
 mix it up a little.
In my workshops...
I often like to sew the same block 
with different colors and tones just to
 show what a difference that 
fabric selection can make 
to the feel and look of the block. 

I loved this little block 
and it was fun to re-draft it 
from templates to rotary cutting 
and machine piecing.

From the background fabric
 you will need to cut:
16 - 2 " squares

From this fabric cut:
8 - 2" x 3 1/2"

From this one cut:
2 - 1 1/4" x 2"
2 - 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"

For the flower center cut:
1 - 2" square

From this fabric cut:
4 - 2" squares

And finally...
from this one cut:
4 - 2" squares

Start by sewing the strips
 around the flower center...

Like this.
It should measure
 3 1/2" square at this point.

Now it's time for the
 Easy Corner Triangles.
Mark your lines from point to point
 onto each background square 
or use the 

Sew easy corner triangles 
onto the petals like this.
Take note that each set of four 
are going the opposite directions.
Trim and press...

And then sew the petals
 together like this.
Each segment should measure
 3 1/2" at this point.

Now sew the four patch sections together...

Like this!!!
They should also measure
 3 1/2" square.

Now it's time to sew
 the sections together:)
Sew three rows and then sew
 those rows together just like
 you do with a nine patch.

It should measure 9 1/2" square 
BEFORE you sew it into your quilt.

I love how all of these fabrics
 and colors work together 
to make a very strong "showy" block.

I also love to mix up strong colors
 with medium to light colors
 for a super good contrast.

I chose a medium tone scaled print 
for the entire flower...
with strong colors surrounding 
it and in the center. 

Doing this always makes the pattern 
in the block really pop!

It's also fun to give one 
more of a scrappy look...
kind of like a wildflower...
while the other looks more uniform...
clean cut and showy.
That's just how grandma liked
 her front yard flower garden:)

I adore both versions...
and since
 "you are the boss of your own quilt"  
you get to decide what kind of 
that you want to plant!

Thanks for sewing vintage with me today...
and studying about
 fabric selection and also learning 
a little bit more about my grandma.

I'll be back next week 
for another one of grandma's blocks!

 P.S. If you are just joining us 
and want to sew vintage blocks with us...
click on each block 
that we have already sewn
 for the tutorial:

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