Monday, June 17, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along...Vintagey Farm Girl Tractor Block Tutorial!...



Good morning cute people!
I hope you had a lovely weekend like I did.
We were able to spend some time
 at my parents little farm for
 a Fathers Day backyard BBQ with the whole family...
which is a large crowd!

Today I am posting the tractor block tutorial 
(for the label on the back of the quilt)
that I told you I designed in the beginning of 

I know it's not Wednesday...
 but I will be out of town for 
our normal day so I prepared this post for today
and you will have something fun to sew while I'm away:)

I will be teaching a 3 day workshop in Idaho at 
and I'm so excited!

Now onto the Vintagey Farm Girl Tractor block tutorial:)



Start by choosing your fabric.
I'm going to use this block for the label on my first quilty barn quilt.
And because the barns are all red ....
I chose to make a green tractor for a nice contrast on the back of the quilt:)


Cut a piece of green tractor fabric 6 1/2" x 16 1/2"


Subcut into;
1 - 2 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2  - 2 1/2" squares
1 - 3 1/2" x 9 1/2"
1 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
1 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 1 1/2" square



Cut a piece of yellow fabric 6 1/2" x 11"


Subcut into;
1 - 1 1/2" 10 1/2"
1 - 4 1/2" square
1 - 3 1/2" square
1 - 1 1/2" square


Cut gray fabric 4 1/2" x 8"



Subcut into;
1 - 1 1/2" x 7 1/2"
1 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"


Cut dark gray into 2 1/2" x 27" 
and 
1 1/2" x 31"


Subcut into;
2 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2"
2 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
2 - 1 1/2" 5 1/2"
2 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
8 - 1 1/2" squares


Cut a 5 1/2"x Width of Fabric strip from your background fabric.


Subcut into;
1 - 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
1 - 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 - 5 1/2" x 3 1/2"
5 - 2 1/2" squares
1 - 4 1/2" x 14 1/2"


Also cut 3 - 1 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips from the background.


Subcut into;
2 - 1 1/2" x 20 1/2"
2 - 1 1/2" x 18 1/2"
1 - 6 1/2"
2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
9 1 1/2" squares


Now that you are all cut...
lay out all pieces on your design board.
Don't worry if you don't know exactly what goes where...
I am going to plow you right through it!
We will construct the tractor in sections 
and then sew the sections together
to complete the block!


Let's begin with the top section pieces.
(white 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" and 4 1/2" x 14 1/2", white 1 1/2" square and green 1 1/2" x 4 1/2")


Sew an Easy Corner Triangle to the top of the smokestack like this.
Then sew it in-between the white rectangles.
Press towards the white.
Set aside.


Next is the front section of the tractor.
(gray 2 1/2" x 6 1/2", 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" white along with 2 white 1 1/2" squares)


Sew the Easy Corner Triangles onto the gray.
Trim, press and sew the white strip on the left.
Press towards the white and set aside.


Let's start building the main body of the tractor.
Start with the above pieces.
(2 1/2" x 10 1/2" green, 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" yellow, 1 1/2" yellow square and 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" white)


Sew the green and yellow together and press towards the yellow.
Now sew the Easy Corner Triangle onto the bottom left corner of the white.
Trim, press and sew to the green and yellow strips segment.
Press towards the green/yellow.


You will need both a green and a white 2 1/2" squares along with a white 1 1/2" square.
Construct the above segment and press towards the white.


Now place another white 2 1/2" square onto the bottom of
 the section like this and sew from corner to corner.
Trim and press towards triangle.
You have just formed the slanted tractor seat!



Now you will sew this section to the side of the
 green/yellow/white section like this.
You will need to stop sewing about 1" before you reach the end.
Don't worry!...
this is called a partial seam 
and you will finish it up in just a bit:)



For this next segment you will need the
 green 1 1/2" x 6 1/2", 2 1/2" square and the 3 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle.
Also grab a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" tire strip 
along with one 2 1/2" white square.


Sew Easy Corner Triangles onto
 each side of the tire top like this.
Trim and press toward the triangles.


You will sew another partial seam using the green strip onto the top of the tire.
Again, stop about 1" before you get to the end of the green strip like this.


Now sew the large green rectangle to the 
side of the tire top/green strip segment.
Press towards the large rectangle.


Sew these completed sections together like this.
Now we can begin finishing up those partial seams!


Start by finishing up the first one...


like this.
Press seam allowance away from the tractor seat.


Now finish up this partial seam...


like this!
Press seam allowance away from the tire...


like this:)


Now add the front of the tractor onto
 the end of the left side.
Press seam towards the gray.


Now you are ready to sew the top of the block to the middle of the block!


Press seam towards the top.
Let's keep plowing through to the bottom sections of the tractor:)


I'm sure you can figure out where the remaining pieces belong:)
These are all of the pieces for the bottom of the large tire.


Sew the easy corner triangles...


And join the section together.


Move on to the bottom center section...


Easy peasy!!!


Now for the last section...
The small tire.


Make the easy corner triangles...


And sew it together.


And now you can see that the 3 sections will fit perfectly together!


Just like this:)


Add the 1 1/2" x 20 1/2" strips to the top and
then the 1 1/2" x 18 1/2" strips to the sides.
The block will finish at 18" x 22".

I am now in the process of adding a steering wheel using a little embroidery...
and also doing the embroidered words on the block for the label.
Then I will be adding a cute pieced border around the whole block!
(a tutorial for the border to come as well)
I'll show my finished block
to you as soon as I can:) 



I thought you might like to see how I pressed all of my seams...


And that's the end of my 
Vintagey Farm Girl Tractor block tutorial for now...
please...please...please...
 tell me you love it as much as I do!

Have a vintagey tractor makin' kind of week!
xx
Lori

P.S. Of course you know...
 this means that only ONE tractor block is for the back of the barn quilt...
But we will be making a tractor quilt also!!!








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75 comments:

Christine M said...

Your tractor block is great Lori.

Podunkpretties said...

Love it! Thank you so much!

Kate said...

I love this block - it is brilliant!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Love it! Can a tractor be cute? hehe. Your's is! Great fabric choice as well. Thank you for the tutorial and photos too. I want to make this, I know my grandson would love it.

SoozeM said...

OMG I love love love LOVE LOVE *LOVE* it!! I am definitely making this for the FRONT of my barn quilt, it is way too nice for the back :) In fact my barn quilt may become a tractor quilt with a few barns (I am a bit behind with my barns LOL). Thank you so much I am so excited!!

Hmm I could make tractors and barns for my Dad, and chickens and barns for my Mum....

Gunilla said...

I LOVE the tractor block! Thank you soooo much for sharing this!!!!

Jacqueline said...

You are just talented beyond words and so generous to share these talents with us.

Thanks and YES I LOVE IT.

Lynn McIndoe said...

Lori- I love your tractor. It is perfect for the back. I made a table mat of the Bee block for an 82 year old friend named Bea, and I will be making a placemat for my 2 1/2 year old grandson with this tractor on it. He loves farm vehicles. Your label blocks are such fun blocks.

jabeybaby said...

I love this tractor block! Thank you so much for sharing this! I want to put it in my barn quilt, and my two year told me he wanted a tractor quilt.

Lizziebeth said...

That is so cute, makes me think of the song of, "ride on my big green tractor." LOL

Quilting Babcia said...

I LOVE this block! Going to figure out a setting where I can use this block on the front of my quilt! It's just too cute to be relegated to the back.

Candace said...

This is the cutest block ever. I have loved your barn blocks since I saw the first one and am now trying to catch up. I'm excited to do this one, too. I was thinking this morning that I am having a hard time catching up and I don't even have to think much. I don't know how you do it, to add in the creative thinking, math, and tutorials. Thank you for doing it for us.

Carla said...

I love the tractor block. It is so sweet.

Helen said...

That tractor is so cute! Just when I think you can't possibly come up with another cute block for this project you go ahead and do it! I can't wait to see the finished tractor.

Joyce said...

Just Adorable...my husband has a Kubota tractor so I just might have to make his orange! Would make a great pillow for his favorite chair!

Karen Walker said...

love the John Deere! It's gonna make a great post father's day gift pillow!! Thank you Lori!! :)

Vicki H said...

Fantastic!! I love it.

Melanie said...

Awesome!

Quayceetatter said...

Barns always have tractors!! Great Tutorial and Thank You!!!!

michelle said...

Is it alright that upon seeing a new post with a new block, I actually squealed??!! Oh boy. This is really cute. I can't wait to make it. I am thinking mine may go on the front, too--just like another gal above said...it is just fabulous!! Thanks, Lori! You just made my day!! (again!)

Sigrid said...

Lori - I love it as much as you do. My husband grew up on a dairy farm in B.C. and I always wanted to be on a farm. This Block is just ideal for the Barn Along Quilt. Thanks, for another wonderful tutorial.

Kristy said...

So fun and so cute! Looking forward to seeing the whole thing! Still working on the back of my row-along quilt. I am making squares to make a rainbow design on the back. Thanks for making these darling patterns and sharing them with us! We are blessed. K-

Cauleen said...

It's so cute! I absolutely love it!

Cauleen said...

Cute, cute, cute! I just love it!

Heather B said...

Oh I love this tractor!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I want to make a whole quilt of different colored tractors now for my dad!! He's probably on his tractor right now.

whimsical mama said...

:) I love it~! Thank you for being so generous with your patterns! You are truly talented! I will have to put this on my to do list. I also just purchased your mixing it up pattern and I want to make a cover for my kitchenaid! Wish me luck! ;)

Sandy D said...

Great Block. Mine is going to be Ford Blue as Hubby has all Ford tractors.

Kathy said...

How DO you do it?! You just keep coming up with the cutest things! Please don't stop :o)

Tammy said...

Love your tractor. My husband restored a johndeere that was the style of yours.. I will enjoy making this one!

Linda June said...

What a surprise! I love it.....so many ideas popped in my head. I'll work on this so that it will be ready when I finish your fun Quilty Barn, Silo, blocks. You have brought sunshine to my eyes for my quilting endeavors. Thank you so much!

Libby said...

Oh I just love the tractor block ~ Thank you, thank you, thank you ~ Here's a HUG for YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

corinne said...

I love this block. Every time I open your blog I am amazed. I will be also making the tractor quilt. Thank you

Marcia said...

A tractor block - how exciting! I am hooked on your patterns. Thanks so much for sharing - -

Ramona said...

I LOVE IT. My Dad was president of the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc. for years and I know this would be a perfect pillow for him.

Sherryl said...

A tractor! Awesome! Perfect! I love it so much. It is seriously making me giggle as I sit here at my computer. I must make a tractor block/quilt!

Sinta Renee said...

You are killing me! What a cute block-- I am going to have to make a barn just so I can make a tractor to go with it! Lori, you are the queen of cute!

Christina Recchio said...

Love your Tractor block, Lori!! I sew need to catch up on my barn blocks!!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

I agree! These are just wonderful.... you are one creative lady, Lori!!

Deb C. said...

I should have known....
How stinkin' cute it that block!!!
You are amazing. And thank you.

LJ said...

You just continue to amaze me! What an adorable block and your fabric choices are just the best. Thank you for all the wonderful blocks, tips, and tricks you share with us. Love,

Nanette Merrill said...

Whew. That was a lot of work to put together. I know about that stuff. What a cute tractor. Good for you.

Terri said...

At the Quilt Barn? The designer of the Barn Quilt Along? How fun! Love the tractor!
Hugs

Cynthia said...

I love it, so adorable!!! That post was a lot of work! Thank you :)

Wendy Kruskie said...

Yes I do love it. Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

Sasha said...

Seriously Lori!!! This is the cutest tractor ever!!! I don't know how you come up with all of these adorable blocks. I've been spending lots of time organizing my fabrics, so I'll be ready to join in on the next quilt along =D

Debbie Taylor said...

Just made the tractor block and it was so fun! This isn't going on the back of the quilt, it's going on the front! Love it Lori!

Debbie Taylor said...

Just made the tractor block. So much fun! Love it Lori!

Patty C. said...

This is a great block & tutorial!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Super cute and DH will love it! He restores antique John Deere Tractors, so I just have to say tractor and he will be all happy!

Caroline said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I hadn't heard of the QAL, I just saw a link to this tutorial through FatQuarterShop on FB. My first thought? "I want to play!!!" So cute, it made me squeal. :D

lauraluvsloons said...

I love it!

Joyful Mom said...

Your tractor block is so clever! What will you think of next?

The Village Queen said...

I don't even live anywhere near a farm and I love that tractor! So great! I want one... Thanks so much!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Just incredible Lori! Tractors just as I remember them.

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Lovely block, so cute! I think I'll have to make some blue ones!!

Tambra Vandal said...

That is a very nice block, I would love to give it a try....lots of tractors here where I live.

Christy said...

LOVE the tractor!! I can hardly wait to make one of my own.

Sandy said...

What a darling block...you are so gifted with your designs and so generous with your tutorials. I am catching up on the barn blocks and also gathering fabrics (from your lines) for the mixers quilt. Love everything you do...as I have said before! ;)

Bari Jo said...

Oh my goodness is this ever cute!!!!!

Katie Lewis said...

I cried with joy when I saw this block (I'm 4months pregnant it doesn't take much to cry lol) I'm using these blocks for my baby's quilt (first baby super excited!!) This block reminds me of my husband's fondest childhood memories of riding a ford tractor with his grandfather. So mine will be made blue and have FORD appliqued on it. ;D

thevanillayear.com said...

LOVE doesn't even begin to describe it! I'm going to have a tractor pull on the back of my quilty barns ... cannot wait to get home and start piecing! Thanks soooooo much Lori, for a SPLENDID pattern!
xox

Denise said...

LOVE the whole barn and tractor blocks. New quilt idea for farming hubby :)

Kayleen said...

How darling is that! You are so creative. I love it! I was never a farm girl, but I think that I need a tractpr quilt too.

Key Elements said...

Lori, You sew inspire me. I was up late last night making another barn, well tonight a tractor! How cute. Thank you for your farm girl quilt patterns. Can't wait for the chicken coop, hay stack, laundry line with quilts,windmill, corn field, scarecrow, planted fields, pastures and water well. :) Long wish list - so get busy. You are so generous with your ideas, you are much appreciated! Thanks.
JulesMcTool

Jan said...

Thanks for sharing your patterns----I love the tractor so much!!! I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin so this and the barns bring back memories.

Pots and Pins said...

Your tractor is more than adorable! I am going to have to make one, or ten, for me! Thanks so much for the tutorial, you are a mad genius with a heart of gold! xo, Nan

jlgwyn said...

How do you come up with all of these great blocks and the math that goes along with them? I have been following along since the Row Along, and copying your instructions into a Word document so I can save them and print them easily. Will you be putting all of these into regular, for-purchase patterns in the near future?

Maida Olsen said...

Lori I can't believe you are going to be here in Idaho. I hope to get over to the Quilt Barn to see you!!
Maida

Maida Olsen said...

Lori I can't believe you are going to be here in Idaho. I hope to get over to the Quilt Barn to see you!!
Maida

QuilterBee said...

Just when I thought it couldn't get any cuter! Lori, your creativity inspires me everyday!! ;0))))

trudie said...

I LOVE this block. Just clinched the idea to make this barn quilt for my hubby! Thank you so much!

Sarah said...

I need to go make this now. Maybe a wall hanging, then some table matts... Oh! A quilted pillow case for the boys! Thank you for doing this tutorial! I love it!

Helen L said...

what a fun tractor!! That sure took alot of figuring out to make!! I've got to get busy on my barns: I was born when my Dad was still a farmer, so I really love this barn-along!!
Also, Do you happen to know if the Fat quarter stack of your Bake Sale fabric has the plain coordinating fabrics in it too? I'm thinking it will make great pot holders and kitchen things for Christmas gifts!! Thanks so much!! H in Healdsburg

Lois said...

I love the tractor block but I will need to make it in red and black to fit our kind of tractors. Thanks. Will it be in the tutorials along the side?

Carla said...

I'm like Lois I'll have me mine Red. LOL no green allowed at my dad's place. Just ask my nephew. When he was 2 my dad had him saying Green is bad.
Thanks for sharing this cute tractor tutorial. I had to pin it for a future project.

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