Friday, July 31, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week 14!!! - New Companion Patterns Too!!!

Good morning cute people!
Today is not only the last day of July…
but it's also week 14 of our
sew along…and I'm having so much fun:)

So grab your book and let's get started:)
If you need a copy…

Turn to page 48 where you will find 
the instructions for our first block
Old Red Barn

Even though I already put two other barn blocks in the book…
they were larger and I needed to 
add a 6" and 12" size to play with and
 also for the sampler quilt!

I chose to use a quarter square triangle block
 for the door to imitate the "X" on a traditional barn door:)

In the book I show you my easy peasy method
 for making these quarter square triangles.
 It's my favorite way and always scrappy fun!

Next block up is 
Old Glory
on page 47
You know that I am proud to be an American
 through and through and so of course
 my Farm Girl book would not
 be the same without Old Glory…
farming is rooted deep 
in our American heritage:)

So today I have a
big surprise for you:)
Even though you already have 
a good amount of  
Farm Girl blocks in
 the book to play with…
(45 total to be exact)
I have a few more to 
add to the pile 
if you want them!

Meet Penny Pig!
I designed this new block last month
(along with several others)
for my students in my three consecutive 
Farm Girl Vintage workshops last month.

We had so much sew much fun 
with these new companion blocks
and I had so many requests for patterns 
from those of you who did not attend
my workshops.

So this week we have two of them ready
(Penny Pig is the first)
as a PDF pattern available at
Fat Quarter Shop
if you would like to make Penny
and add her to your Farm Girl Vintage block collection!

I have given cutting instructions for Penny in 
both 6" and 12" sizes just like in the book:)

Here is the second companion pattern that 
I designed for my workshops…
 Apple Picking!

I made this Apple Picking quilt that finishes
at 48 1/2" square
which is a perfect size 
for the farm table
in my kitchen this fall!
and of course
 I used red gingham for the border!

The pattern is for the quilt…
the 3 different apple blocks…
in both 6" and 12" sizes:) 

if you want to pick some apples!

These are Kimberly's 6" blocks
for this weeks Farm Girl Friday.
She made them with my current fabric collection

When you add yours to social media-
please use the hashtags
to join in on the fun and
so that we can see them!


Of course Kimberly also made a 6"


I can't wait to see yours!

to see this weeks schedule to visit 
our cute guest bloggers!

P.S. I want to show you the quilt
that I made using Penny Pig and
 3 other Farm Girl Blocks from my book:)

I used my Farmhouse Lane setting
on page 128 of my book.
Instead of making nine 12" Farmhouse blocks…
I made nine 12" Penny Pig blocks.
Then in place of the six
 tree blocks in-between the houses…

I used 6" Sunny Sunflower blocks
and 6" crops blocks.
When you sew these together they 
measure exactly the same size as the trees:)

This is a progress photo 
in my studio back when I was 
 auditioning the placement of the blocks.
You can see that my book is opened 
to the Farmhouse Lane quilt page for reference…
along with other 
random quilty things in the background:)

I made sixteen of my 6" Apronstrings blocks 
and made the rows in-between the pigs and flowers
instead of the sixteen Welcome blocks
that I used in the Farmhouse Lane quilt.

All borders and sashing measurements 
are exactly the same as in the book…
nothing different at all…
just substituted different blocks.

Here it is right before quilting...

And here it is after
 the cute swirly quilting 
(but no binding yet)
at one of my workshops.
I'm peeking at you
 from behind the quilt
 along with my super
 cute quilty peep Shanna:)

I have several more companion blocks
 and patterns to be released 
after each of my 
Farm Girl Vintage Workshops 
this year and I can't wait 
to show you 
each and every one of them!

I'll have all info about them 
on my friday blog posts here...
and as always
I always have lots and lots 
of sneak peeks on my

I hope you enjoyed 
this weeks episode of 
Tune in next week 
for more down home fun!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week 13!!!

Oh my Heck!
I've been waiting 
impatiently for this weeks
Farm Girl Friday:)

I'm having so much fun
with this sew along 
and following
 everyones progress and
 adorable blocks

So grab your copy of 
and let's get started!

First I want to show you
 what I did with my
 Milking Day 
block on page 45.

I love the scrappy squares that
makup the bottom of 
the milk can of this block...

And I used twelve 
6" blocks to make a small quilt 
using the County Fair setting
 on page 112
of the book.

But I also thought it would be
 fun to do another mash up!
I decided to work with
 this color palette
for todays blocks:)

Instead of cutting 
the "J" scrappy squares 
for the bottom of the can…
I cut 2 - 2" x 6 1/2" strips
2 - 2" x 9 1/2" strips

And sewed them around a 6" Mama Hen block...

And used that section for
 the bottom of a 12" Milking Day block!

I think Mama Hen looks super cute
on Milking Day…don't you?

And speaking of
 Mama Hen…
turn back to page 42
because she is our 
next block for this week:)

I made this large quilt for the book
also using my County Fair setting on 
page 112 of Farm Girl Vintage.

I'm not even kidding when I say that
 I could be happy sewing 
Mama Hen blocks every day!

So many different color and fabric combination:)

I decided to stay with my
 same color palette
and stitch another mash up 
Farm Girl block for you!

I'm making pillows
 from these two blocks
 and I'll be using the cute
 milk bottle print
 for the pillow backing:)

First I made a 6" Simple Star block
on page 61
of Farm girl Vintage

Then I cut a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip for the top
and a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip for the bottom.
I cut one more strip that measures
2 1/2" x 9 1/2"for the side.

These strips and blocks take the place of letters G,I,J and L
in the cutting instructions for the 12" Mama Hen block.
You don't need to cut
a wing (P) either.

The rest of the cutting is exactly the same as the book.

I just sewed the strips around the Simple Star 
and then finished the rest of the block
until I had these 3 sections 
and then sewed them together.

And here is my latest
 Farm Girl mash up block:)

Any 6" block will fit
 inside a 12" Mama Hen Block…

As well as the bottom 
of a 12" Milking Day block


Thanks so much for sewing with me
this week!

I'm super happy to announce that 
Fat Quarter Shop will have a few of the companion farm girl PDF's
 ready for purchase early next week!
I know you have been waiting
 for them to be ready!

I will do an Instagram 
and a blog post 
the very minute that they 
are available….
 so stay tuned to both places!

Don't forget to visit this
weeks awesome guest bloggers!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Farm Girl Friday - Week Twelve!!!

Can you believe that we are
already 3 months into our sew along?
Time sure does fly 
when your having fun…right?

It still is not too late to join in
so grab your book 

Because we still have
 3 more months to go!
There are a lot of projects
 to plow through
in Farm Girl Vintage!

Our first block this week is 
on page 39 of the book and is called 
Kettle's On!

On every farm there is usually 
some kind of kettle warming on the stove…
and traditionally the call for
 "Kettle's On!" means it's time to
eat... sit for a spell ...
relax and visit:) 

So way back when I was making my
 6" Farm Girl blocks for my book…
(the sampler quilt on the cover)
I posted this photo as a sneak peek
on my Instagram... as I do a lot!

When I looked at it 
from this angle I thought
to myself…
Those cherries would be super cute
 on the front of that kettle!

My Pie Cherries block is on page 54
and we will be doing that block in a few months…
but for right now…
I'm using it to make another 
farm girl mash up block for our sew along:)

Except instead of Pie Cherries…
I made a pair of blueberries!
I sewed a 6" pie cherry block and 
put it into a 12" kettle block:)

Here's how I did it...

I made a 6" Pie Cherries block 
exactly as the cutting and instructions
on page 54 in my book... 
and switched out the reds for navy's
to make blueberries for my kettle block:)

I used the same fabric for the block background 
that I used for my kettle.
Then from that same aqua fabric
I cut 2 - 1" x 6 1/2"
and sewed to the top and bottom.
Then I cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips
and sewed to the sides.
Now it's the same size as 
the (H) section for the 12" kettle block.

I cut the rest of the
 Kettle's On block pieces
and stitched it up!

I added borders around the outside…
2- 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
2- 2 1/2" x 16 1/2"

So that I can make 
another pillow for my kitchen:)

It will be so cute
 with my pillows from 
previous Farm Girl Friday's...
Baby Chick Pillow from week 2 
and my
Gingham Pillow from week 10.

Of course this means that any of my
 6" farm girl blocks will fit 
into my 12" Kettle's On block:)

How about a Mama Hen teapot…
or Fresh Pears or Farmhouse?

A whole quilt of 
6" blocks inside the 12" kettles
would be super cute!
That's another farm girl project
 that goes on my to do list:)

Okay…now onto our next block for this week
Kitchen Window
on page 41 in my book.

I wanted to include a block that looked 
similar to a window pane and sashings. 
It brings back sweet childhood memories
 of doing the dishes with my sisters.
We had a large window above our kitchen sink:)

 I would look out the window overlooking our back pasture
where we kept the sheep. 
Over to the left was the barn where we kept our
 milk cow "BOSS" and also our pigs.
The horses were back in the very farthest pasture
to the right.

(my brother Brian riding Tempest)

I loved watching out that window as I worked…
 and could often see
my dad on the tractor or my brothers
doing the "outside chores"
and couldn't wait until the dishes 
were done and I could get out there too!

I LOVED growing up on a farm:)

I designed this block to be another super scrap busting block.
I decided to make several 6" blocks using my
2 1/2" squares and my 1 1/2" strips baskets.
I grabbed a cute text background from my
 stash to use for all of the blocks.

I sewed four  2 1/2" squares together and
 then trimmed them to the size 
needed for the 6" block centers:)
That saves time so that I didn't need
 to trim them down individually!

This is a super simple and super fast 
block to make and in no time at all…
I had whipped up nine 6"
Kitchen Window blocks:)

I'm not finished yet…
I'm going to be making several more!

I think they would be cute as a small 
Harvest Tablerunner on page 124 in my book
and also as a fun quilt.

Then I got to thinking again... 

It would be fun to mix the 
12" size with the 6" size for another
 super fun scrappy happy farm girl quilt! 

I haven't decided on the setting yet
but I like how this is looking:)

I guess thats it for me on 
this week's Farm Girl Friday's blocks,
I hope I gave you a few ideas to work with!

Don't forget to visit our guest bloggers
 to see what they have done too!
for the schedule:)

Have a super fun…
super scrappy…
super happy farm girl kind of day!

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