Thursday, May 16, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 17 - Potluck Block!!

Well hello again!
I'm so happy to be back 
and to continue the

As I told you in my last post 
I knew that I would have to
 take a break because of the 
photo shoot for my next book
 called Farm Girl Vintage 2!

Above is the cover quilt...
and the photo was taken 
on the back deck off of my kitchen:)

Every photo shoot for my books 
always take place at my house 
because I like to set up and style 
all of the photos and use 
vintage props from the 
decor around my home.

However in this shot above 
we went over to my other mom's house
 (Mr.Honey's mom)
 to get a picture of all 45 blocks
  on her clothesline.
She still hangs her 
laundry there every Monday:)

This is another shot 
taken on my back deck...
some of the doll quilts in the book.
There is a whole section 
in the book for these and I love them!

I have other projects in the book
 besides a whole lot of quilts 
and these Farm Girl Pin Pillows 
are just one of them:)

Kimberly and the girls were here
 for the week and we took photos
 for about 10 hours every day.

On the last day she did a live video
 from my kitchen and showed each
 and every quilt block...
every quilt and every project
 in the book and chatted about each one.
to watch the video and to 
see them all up close and personal!

The book will be out this September
 and I'm super excited about it. 
Now that all of the sewing is completed 
and pictures are taken 
I can once again get back to my 
weekly tutorials for the 
Vintage Block Along:)

I have another block to share with you
 from Grandma's pattern basket.

This is a fun block to make and it comes together very easily once it's broken down into segments.

I'm calling this block POTLUCK 
because every quilting bee day
 at Grandma's house...
we all brought a potluck dish
 to share at lunchtime.

I love the old recipe books...
they have all the best potluck dishes!

Of course all of the potluck 
dishes were brought in Pyrex...

Or in Tupperware:)

I'm continuing to use my 
Farm Girl Vintage fabric...

along with Bee Backgrounds:)

I redrafted this vintage block
 so that it could be 
rotary cut and machine pieced 
in my method that I love.
 Potluck finishes at 18" x 18"

Here is the cutting for one block:

Background- Cut 24 - 3 1/2" squares
Cut 4 - 3 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangles

Red - Cut 1 - 6 1/2" square
Cut 8 - 3 1/2" squares

Teal - Cut 12 - 3 1/2" squares

Gray - Cut 4 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles

Before we go on I thought you 
might want to sew this
 little vintage to mixer 
turned pincushion up close!

I have a fun collection of 
vintage kitchen toys and I 
love to use them in my sewing room.

I placed my Farm Girl Vintage pin bowl
 in place of the mixing bowl 
and added a vintage spool of thread
 on the post at the top.

I keep my pretty pins in there
 and a pair of my Bee Basics scissors.
Easy peasy and fun!

Okay let's get started on the block.
Grab the red 3 1/2" squares and
 8 of the background 3 1/2" squares.

Place them right sides together 
and sew from point to point diaginally.
Either mark a line or use the 
Seams Sew Easy Guide

Trim the excess leaving an 
approximate 1/4" seam allowance
 and press open for a total of
 8 - 3 1/2" half square triangles.
Set them aside for later.

Now grab the rectangles...

And sew them together like this.

We are going to add 
easy corner triangles 
onto each corner.

Sew these two on the 
opposite corners first...

And then add the other two like this.
You should have 4 segments
 measuring 6 1/2" square.
Set them aside.

Next you will use the 
4 remaining teal 3 1/2" squares
 to sew an easy corner triangle 
onto each corner of the
 red 6 1/2" square.
Remember to sew opposite corners first...
trim them and press open before you 
can add the last two corners.

You should have one of these 
segments measuring 6 1/2" square.

Now you will need to make 
4 of these segments using the 
8 half square triangles and the
 8 remaining background squares.

You should have 4 of them now 
and they should measure 6 1/2" square.

Now lay out all nine segments
 onto your design board like this.

Sew the block together by sewing 
3 rows and then sew 
those 3 rows together...
just like sewing a nine patch block.

I also pressed my seams open
 when joining all of the segments
 together to make the block 
and used my Double Pins when seams
 needed to line up perfectly.

Here is the back of my block.

measures 18 1/2" square
 at this point...
and will measure 18" square 
after we sew it into our quilt.

I'm still not finished 
sharing blocks with you...
so we will continue for a while yet...
But if I had to guess 
I'd say we are halfway through:)

If you are just joining us...
here is the list of the 
Vintage Blocks that we have done so far.

Click on each one 
to go to that tutorial:

8. Humble
15. Memory

Thursday, April 11, 2019

NEW Book!!!...Introducing FARM GIRL VINTAGE 2!!

I am sew excited because
 it's time that I can finally
 announce what all of the
 "secret sewing" 
that has been going on is all about!

Introducing my next book

If you want to see all of the 
quilts and projects inside my new book

It's a perfect companion to
 my first 

When I did this first book 
I had so much fun with it 
and I knew right then and there 
that I would eventually do 
another one when the timing was right.

One of the things that I wanted to do
 for it was to design a fabric 
collection specifically for the book 
and so now you know another reason 
for my current fabric collection
 Farm Girl Vintage

I made sure that there is
 a wide variety of prints...

In many of my happy vintage colors...

That reminded me of fabrics 
my grandma and her sisters
 made their quilts from.

I love this collection and I can
 tell you that I have used it for
 literally every project in the book...

And I've used my 
Bee Backgrounds
 prints throughout as well.

A little info about the book...
will be spiral bound 
just like my other books.

It has over 200 pages and 
will be released in September.
There are 45 Farm Girl Blocks 
in the book along with several 
other projects and new 
Mix and Match settings 
for you to play with!

The blocks also come in two sizes...
6" and 12" and can be used 
with all of my other books 
with the same size blocks:)

There are 50 blocks in the cover quilt
 and because there are 45 in the book 
I doubled up on five of them.

 I did that for this simple reason...
  I am hoping for the sew along 
that you will choose 5 blocks 
from my first book 
to pop into those 5 spots!

I said sew along:)

There will be an epic sew along 
and we will be bringing back
You can pre-order your copy 
from the publishers if 
you would like by clicking 

with all that being said 
I know today is Thursday and 
I have no vintage block for you:(

The photography for the book 
is taking place here in my home
 just like all or my other books...
and that will be in a few weeks.

As you can imagine...
I am super duper busy still sewing
 and getting everything ready for 
Kimberly and the girls to get here 
so I will have to skip a few 
Vintage Block Along 
posts until photography is over.

I pinky promise that the
will resume immediately afterwards!

Thanks so much in advance
 for your understanding ...
I appreciate all of your kindness 
and support that you always give to me
 and my designing schedule! 
In the meantime I will 
keep in touch with you via
and let you know everything that is
 going on here and show you pictures 
of the photo shoot as well!
Chat with you later...

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