Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Farm Girl Pincushion Tutorial!

I love pincushions and as 
far as I'm concerned…
 I can never have too many:)

I thought it would
 be fun to show you
a few things that you can
make with some of my 
6" Farm Girl blocks…

so tonight I'm showing you the 
Farm Girl Pincushion 
that I just made.

Ready - Set - Sew!

First…You need to make a 6" Farm Girl block:)
This one happens to be Apronstrings…

from page 8 of my book 
I chose to use this block 
because we are
making it this week 
on our first

After you have sewn your block…
Cut 2 -7 1/2 squares 
to use for the back of your pincushion.
(I used 2 different fabrics, but they can be the same)

Fold them in half with 
wrong sides together like this…
and press.

Now place them together 
with folds towards the center...
and place block right side down
in the center.
Make sure the center seams of block
 line up with the folds where they 
meet in the middle like this.

Pin into place.

This is what the back looks like.

Stitch 1/4"all the way around
 the edge of your block…
and backstitch where the folds meet
 on the back to secure nicely.

This is what the back looks like
after the stitching.

Okay…now trim
 backing fabric edges even with block.
turn right side out yet.

Take a small ruler and measure in
1" on the corners.

Mark a line like this...

On all four corners of the back...

As well as the front.

Pinch corners up together like this
so that your marked line is straight...

and the seam allowances are opposite.

Stitch across on marked lines…
several times to secure:)
(the back lines should line up with
the front lines before stitching)

Trim off excess leaving about 1/4" seam allowance.

Your corners will look like this…
super cute…right?

after you have trimmed
all 4 corners…
turn it right side out like this:)

This is what the back 
or I guess I should say
now looks like.

I love how the corners are
 squared up nice and neatly!

Now for the stuffing:)

I just started to sew
 a small whip stitch
as I went along.

I stuffed it firmly
especially in the corners…
but I left a little room 
for the button in the center.

I chose a cute 1" aqua flower button.

I used Perle Cotton #5
for strength and a doll needle
because they are super long!
(these are from Hobby Lobby)

Then I chose a yellow button for the back
and double threaded my needle …
and knotted the end.
I inserted needle into one of the holes
making sure the button was exactly centered.

I came up to the front and into the bottom 
of the aqua button and back down 
into the other buttonhole.
Make sure it is centered on top as well.

Then I came back down into the 
other hole of the yellow button like this.

Then I cut off my needle so that
I could hand tie a knot.
I pushed down in the center
before tying it off securely
several times….

And trimmed off the ends like this.

You can see the button goes down
from the side view:)

And there you have it!
A pincushion perfect for any Farm Girl:)

I loaded mine up with pins

And put it on a vintagey stand
that I made with a thrifted
square glass dish and 
a short glass candle holder.

I love the way that it turned out
using my Apronstrings block…
and I can think of several other of
 my Farm Girl blocks that would make
a fun pincushion as well!

 I'll see you again 
on Friday morning…YeeHaw!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays - Bee Prepared!!!

My post today is all about
getting ready for our 
Bee Prepared
is my favorite motto
 when it comes to starting any project:)

We only have one week until 
officially begin and 
I'm sew super excited!

So let's talk about a few
Farm Girl Vintage
 things so that you can 
"Bee Prepared!"

This is the book we will
be using for this sew along.
If you don't have a copy yet…
to get one and join us!

If you are using 
Swiss Dots on white 
by Riley Blake
for your background
in any of your projects 
during the sew along…
they are back in stock!
if you need/want some:)

Remember that
 "you are the boss of your own quilt"

So you can chose to make 6" blocks

 for the 
6" Farm Girl Sampler
on the cover of the book
You will need 5 yards of background.

Or if you choose to 
make the 12" block's 
for the 12" sampler
in the book
(Scrappy Haystack Sampler)
The swiss dots would 
be cute there too and
 5 yards of background
 will work for the 
12" blocks for the 
Scrappy Haystack Sampler
 as well!

I just like to share with you
 my very favorites ...
and swiss dots just 
happen to be one of them!

You can use them 
as background in both 
the 6" and 12" block projects
 from my book as well ...
you decide!

And in other good news…
will be back in stock first thing
Monday morning…

I selected this special bundle 
to add to your own scrappy stash
when making projects
for the sew along.
I wanted you to see in person 
the kinds of prints that
I used for projects in my book
and to have the happy colors
that I love in your
own hands to use as well!

Bee Prepared by making sure 
that you have plenty of my
Bee in my Bonnet Design Boards
made and ready to go!
Click on these links for my tutorials;

Bee Prepared with your scrappy stash.
I know I've posted about 
how I buy, use and save my fabric 
to build my scrappy stash…
but it's worth taking a look at again
because I sewed my entire
Farm Girl Vintage book
using my scrappy stash.

Click on these links for my tutorials;

(That's all I have to say about that:)

Other exciting news!
In June
I will be teaching several
here in beautiful Utah …
hosted by the awesome 
Thimbles and Threads Quilt Shop

We have opened up
 a few more spots!!! 
for more info:)

Come sew with me 
and Miss Lucy!
(miss lucy is my red singer featherweight)

We will be working on 
Farm Girl projects…
and I will be designing
 a new Farm Girl block
(or maybe two)
exclusively for my workshop!


I will be doing a 
farm girl vintage trunk show 
on the first night
and the remaining days
will be spent sewing!
There will be a
super fun 
farm girl swag bag
 and lots of other giveaways 
fun games and prizes:)
I can't wait!!!!

Last but not least…
I wanted to share a new 
Farm Girl Vintage
YouTube video
with you.
to see how cute Kimberly is
and to see how she
turns "backing into binding!"

It's a really fun method 
to use with the
 Farm Kitchen Potholders
from my book.


Have a quilty kind of day 

P.S. Bee Prepared:)

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