Good morning and Happy Monday to ya'll!
Today is the day for my annual
post that I do 2-3 weeks
before my sew alongs start:)
Let's chat about how you can
get organized and ready!
The sew along guide is available
for download...and the first thing
you will need to do is
to get your free copy!
The Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along
will start 3 weeks from today
and will go for 10 weeks.
The block schedule is on
page 1 of the guide.
I'll do a step by step tutorial
for each block.
As always ...I will also be doing
a video tutorial on week one.
to download the sew along button
and use it to post on
your blog and or on
to show that you have joined in!
Be sure to use the hashtag
when you post so that your post
will appear on that specific page.
That is where we will all see
that you are in the sew along
and can visit with others
who are doing it as well.
It's sew fun!
About the fabric.
We will be using my new
Farm Girl Vintage fabric to make the
Farm Sweet Farm Quilt.
I designed this quilt especially
for the fabric!
Quilt shops have had kits on pre-order
for several months now and hopefully
you have yours all ready for cutting.
If you are a quilt shop offering the kit...
please post about it on your
Facebook or Instagram feed
so that your followers will know:)
If you have not ordered a kit yet...
and don't know who has any left...
simply do a quick google search
by typing in "Farm Sweet Farm Quilt Kit"
and odds are you will find one:)
The fabric kit requirements are
listed on page 2 of the sew along guide
as well as all of the notions needed.
I'm sew excited about his new
farm girl adventure that we will
be experiencing together...
and I'm happy to be sewing with my
long awaited Farm Girl Vintage
I put little tractors on the selvedges...
because you know...I love tractors!!!
In addition to Farm Girl Vintage...
we will be using these new prints
that I've designed called "SHABBY"
These are the first 6 colors
in what will become
a much larger variety:)
The six colors are:
I super love Shabby and the texture
of the design really adds to the quilt
and compliment the prints well.
We will be using this
Riley Blake Designs
for the applique block backgrounds.
I LOVE this so much and have
used it for several projects!
All of my white prints
for the sheep...goose...hen...clouds
etc show up very nicely against it
and I love how it lends
an even more vintagey look
to the rest of the prints.
When I first started using it...
I was worried about shrinkage
so I zig-zagged the edges and prewashed it.
I found that it only had the same amount
of shrinkage as when you
prewash cotton fabric.
I don't prewash my cotton prints
so I decided not to prewash
my linen anymore either.
that choice is up to you!
We will be using my new set of
Sew Simple Shapes
for all of the applique blocks
in the quilt.
I'm so happy about this set...
it really has a lot of great shapes
in it that can be used for
so many other projects
besides the quilt and is a
great addition to your
sew simple shapes library!
Once you download your guide...
you will want to keep it
in a binder for easy use.
I always use a white 1" binder
that I usually pick up from Target.
I like the kind that have a place
that you can insert a page
on the front and the back
and also has a clear pocket
on the front and back cover insides.
I use sheet protectors
for each page of the guide.
I may have gone "a little crazy"
with the copy machine and
made a cover for my guide:)
I scanned the border fabric and
some of the 5" blocks...
a vintage apron pattern and a
photo of a vintage machine and
put them all together scrapbooking style:)
This is pretty much my thoughts
every day all day lol
PS. My mom thought that this girl
on the pattern looks just like I did
when I was a young farm girl
so that why I used her!
Here is the front inside pocket of my binder.
I just kept enlarging and copying stuff!!
It was fun to do a little
Farm Girl Vintage paper crafting:)
I also made a tall bookmark
to use in my binder:)
I enlarged and printed a copy of my
and backed it with kraft paper.
I shaped the top like a tag and
punched a hole for the
lace and vintage trim tie.
I also put a planner clip on top:)
I wish I had that vintage sewing machine.
And that apron...
and still looked like
that young farm girl lol!
I just thought I'd show you
what I did with my binder ...
just in case you are a paper crafter
and want to have a little fun with it too!
Okay now let's chat about the
inside pages of the sew along guide.
The main reason that I prepare
and release the guide this early
for you is so that you can
get all of your fabrics cut
and into individual kits
for each block.
In the guide...
each piece of fabric is detailed
with what size to cut...
how many to cut...
what Sew Simple Shape that piece
you are cutting goes with...
what block it goes into and
what it is used for in that block.
I also tell you what size to cut
your BIMB Sew-In Interfacing
and how many of each one to trace.
Also what size to cut your strips
for the bias tape makers as well.
Embroidery patterns are included
and also guideline on sewing the blocks
and borders together when it's time.
I also added a page for note taking...
isn't it cute?
You can copy off as many of
this page as you would like.
I am a note taker and like to keep
my notes together with my project.
I copied off several and put them
in the pocket of the
inside back cover for easy access.
I enlarged the invitation and
inserted it for the back cover:)
When I am cutting my blocks
for this quilt
(and literally every quilt that I make)...
I put each one on a 10" x 10"
design board and label it
so that I know what it is.
Then I stack the boards to keep them
safe and they are right there
exactly how I cut them when
it's time to sew that block.
Yes!...I have this many design boards
and Yes! I use them all!
I also use this size to lay out
small blocks next to my sewing machine
while I'm piecing it.
For larger blocks in the quilt
you will need to use my
large design boards that are 18" square.
Soon you will be able to
purchase my medium size (14" square)
all in Farm Girl Vintage prints!
I think they are a month or so out.
I have done several tutorials
on how I make my design boards
and even though they are now produced
and available for purchase
you could still make your own.
for my very first tutorial.
This is an example of what one
of the blocks already cut looks like.
This is the PIG BLOCK...
can you see the cute label?
These are all of the squares for the
5" Farmers Daughter Blocks.
I labeled them as well.
I am all cut and ready to go...
I'll be sewing my quilt
right along with you!
I use a DYMO labeler ...
and I love to label all the things lol
This is what the box looks like.
I got mine while shopping at
Office Depot a few years ago
but I'm sure DYMO label makers are sold
a lot of different places.
After you have cut everything...
save your leftovers for fun projects
via tutorials that I will be doing!!
Okay enough about cutting...
let's chat about the supplies.
If you have done my previous
Sew Simple Shape Sew Alongs...
there is nothing new and
you are good to go!
If you are new here...welcome!
I'll show you a pic of all things
listed in the guide just so
that you can have a visual.
We use these to trim up the
Farmers Daughter Blocks.
These are all by Clover.
Notice the 3/8" one looks different
and is called by a slightly
different name but still
works the same as the others.
Clover Point to Point Turner.
This is a must for shaping your pieces!!!
Bee in my Bonnet
This is just the right thickness
for my easy applique method.
Do not try to use super thin kind...
it's really hard to get a good shape
for your appliqués if you do.
I learned that early on:)
For embroidery only...not applique.
PS. Needle Minder not included lol
Each needle type is color coded
and on the back of the package
states which sewing task that
I use them for.
This is the sampler pack...
They also come in these
Nifty Needle tubes that are
color coded to match the needles
for easy identification.
This is the thread set that I use
for all of my applique.
I use it whether I'm doing
it by hand or machine.
I match my thread
to each applique piece.
More happy colors!!!
Both 100% cotton 50 wt. and 80 wt.
are inside this amazing collection.
I use a variety of sizes and
colors of my Cute Little Buttons.
These are jars number one, two and three.
I also have a new package out
of just the tiniest size...1/4"!
Sew super cute!!
I painted one of my jar lids yellow
and filled it with a few packages
of the new tiny ones:)
In the future my buttons will
no longer come in the jars...
but will come in packages
of the same color family in a
variety of sizes and designs.
Sue Daley Glue...
which I affectionately call Sue Glue!
You will need 10 yards of the
BEEHIVE color Lg. Vintage Trim Ric-Rac
for inside the binding of the quilt.
I'm going to show you something fun
to make with the spool when
the trim is gone!
Seams Sew Easy Guide is a HUGE help
when sewing all of the
Farmers Daughter Blocks
and sewing your applique blocks
and quilt top together.
to find out about it and
how to put it on your machine.
I use these Applique Pretty Pins
along with my large design boards
when preparing each block for applique.
I use my Cute Cuts Mats and
rulers for all cutting.
Easy Trace Light Box to trace on
all of your embroidery and
the windmill applique strips.
Here's a sneak peek of the cow!
This is one of the blocks in the quilt that
Kassidy (my daughter) made back in
September for Riley Blake Designs.
They hung in their
booth during fall quilt market.
It's super hard to get a good photo
at market because of the lighting
but here it is!!!
I cannot wait to
make this with you:)
Have fun with the guide...
and Bee Prepared for the 28th!!