Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 18 - Spool and Bobbins Block!!

Well hello and thanks for
 tuning in to week 18 of the 

I have another vintage block
 from my grandma's pattern basket 
that I'm excited to share with you!

I'm using my 
Farm Girl Vintage 
fabric collection...

And Bee Backgrounds:)

For this block I used 3 different
 colors and a background ...
as well as a medium print...
or what some call low volume 
and what I call a "busy background"

The name on this block 
pattern page was 
"Double Cross" 
I chose to name mine
because that's what it looks like to me!

I have some of grandma's 
sewing supplies and tools...
and among them are 
vintage spools of thread and 
bobbins from her machine.

I also have several of her 
sewing containers that she kept them in.

I love the containers and 
their happy colors and vintage style.

This block is perfect to use
 2 1/2" squares from your stash.

I think it would be a 
super cute quilt with
 scrappy happy blocks 
of all different colors of
 spools and bobbins:) for the tutorial 
so let's get cutting!

From the background you
 will need to cut
14 - 2 1/2" squares

From the "busy background" 
you will need to cut
 4 - 2 1/2" squares

From the fabric for the spools
 you will need to cut 
6 - 2 1/2" squares

From the fabric for the thread 
you will need to cut 
1 - 4 1/2" square

For the bobbins 
you will need to cut
 4 - 2 1/2" squares

Start by adding an 
Easy Corner Triangle 
onto each corner of the thread square.

Sew the spool fabric square
 onto opposite corners first.

You can either draw a line
 from point to point or use the 
Seams Sew Easy Guide.

Trim the excess off and press seams open.

Now you can add the background squares
 onto the remaining two corners.
This segment should measure
 4 1/2" square at this point.

Now you have 4 
of each color of 2 1/2" squares 
left for a total of 12... 
and you have 12 
background squares left as well.

Pair a background square up 
with each color print and 
sew from corner to corner...

And make 12 half square triangles that measure 2 1/2" square each.

Now make two each of these segments.

You should have a total of 6 
that measure 
2 1/2" x 4 1/2" at this point.

Lay all of the segments out 
and sew them together into 3 rows....

Like this:)

Now join the 3 rows 
together to make your block!

This is the back of my block...
I pressed all of my seams open.

I remember playing underneath 
the quilting frames at grandma's house
 when I was a girl and 
too young to put stitches 
in the quilt that was
 the roof over my playhouse.

I was fascinated by the needles
 going up and down...up and down...
making tiny stitches. 
I loved watching the designs 
that the tiny stitches made 
on the back of the quilt.

Grandma let me play with her 
thread box and sewing containers
(if I was careful)
 and I remember stacking 
the spools into towers lol.

It was my job to thread the 
needles for grandma and my 
great aunts because
 "my eyes were young and 
can see better than ours"

should measure 8 1/2" square 
before we sew it into our quilt:)

Thanks for sewing vintage with me today!
I'll be back next week 
with another block to share.

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, 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

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