Monday, February 25, 2019

Farm Sweet Farm - Week Five - Chicken Coop and Windmill Block!!

Well hi there!
It's good to see you again...
thanks for stopping by!
It's week Six in the 

We are using the 

And my new 
Farm Girl Vintage 
fabric collection...

To make the 
Farm Sweet Farm Quilt!

Today's tutorial is for the 
Chicken Coop and Windmill Block:)

For this block we are piecing 
the background to applique
 the shapes onto...
but let's prepare the shapes first
 so that they are ready to go!
Sew Simple Shapes needed:
10 - H4
4 - H15
1 - H22
7 - H31
1 - H36

You will need to cut a 
7" and a 4 1/2" piece 
from your spool for the flower stems.

I also had you cut
 2 - 5/8" x WOF strips 
from the Steel Shabby print....

Run them through the 
1/4" bias tape maker...
these are for the windmill:)

Trace your shapes onto the 
interfacing and pair them up
 with the fabric that 
they belong to and sew!
The hen and baby chicks overlap 
into the barn block so 
we will do them next week:)

After trimming you will need to
 clip the cleavage areas 
in the flower shape before turning.

Turn and shape all of your appliqués:)

Trace the swirls onto the 
3 Cinnamon circles because you will
 want to embroider those
 before you applique:)
You can choose to do yours in
 Nutmeg for a subtle look...

or in the white like this.
I used 3 strands and a backstitch:)

Set your shapes aside and 
let's piece the background.

The piecing diagram is 
on page 13 of the guide.

You will need to sew an 
Easy Corner Triangle 
to form the top of the chicken coop.

Draw a line from corner to corner
 on the linen square like this.
Normally you would do this 
on the wrong side of the fabric 
but there is no wrong or right side
 to linen because it is a woven fabric...
not a printed fabric:) 

Place it on one end of the red print
 and sew on your marked line.
Keep in mind to place it so that the
 line is going the right direction...

So that when you trim off 
the seam allowance...

And press it...

And lay it back out it looks like this:)

Now you can sew the pieces together.

Use an accurate 1/4"seam allowance...
easy peasy!!

Now we are ready to lay out the appliqués.
One more thing first though....
We are not trimming down the
 background of this block because 
this is the size it will 
need to be before sewing it 
into the quilt 
(14 1/2" x 24 1/2" at this point)

You may carefully want to do a zig zag
 around the edges of the linen only...
being careful not to "fold in"
 any of the edges when doing so.
DO NOT serge these edges.

Tape together pages 24 and 25 
of the guide on the dotted line 
where it says.

Tape these pages to your 
and line up your fabric with 
the outline of the chicken coop.

Now you can see through it 
to glue baste the strips.
Do these 3 strips first.
Trim them so that they end 
in the middle of where the 
side strips will be 
so that they will cover those raw edges.

On the bottom strip...
just clip when you get to the
 chicken coop on the right side.

None of the edges on these
 1/4" wide bias strips 
will be pressed under.

Now do the "X" ones next. 
trimming so that the side strips
 will cover the raw edges.

Now lay down your side strips.

On the bottom left...
you can trim it about 1 1/2" up 
from the bottom if you would like
 because the log will cover that raw edge:)

I used 2 large design boards like this
 for pinning my appliqués:) 
Lay out the circles for the 
stack of firewood starting on the
 bottom row on the left and just
 put them next to each other.
Make sure that you measure up
 1/4" from the bottom so that when
 you sew the blocks together
 you will NOT sew over the bottom
 of the stack of firewood:)

The flowers are easy peasy... 
the leaf on the left side is 
3/4" for the edge.

Here's a close up of the windmill blades.

Keep in mind that you will be
 sewing a 1/2" Cute Little Button 
in the center and you want
 that button to cover the
 inside points of each blade.

Just for easy reference...
the top blade edge measures 
about 4 3/4" from the fabric edge:)

After you have Sue glued
 everything down...
it's time for the rulers
 and heavy objects 
while the glue dries:)

All ready for applique!
But maybe one more thing first...

I asked you to cut 
2 - 1" x WOF strips
 for the roof of the barn
Included with that is enough 
to also be used for
 the roof of the chicken coop as well.
If you want to get a little ahead you can run those strips through the 1/2" bias tape maker...

And add your chicken coop roof now.
Press one end
 under and then glue baste
 it on top of the chicken coop.

Now you can applique it down 
at the same time you do
 the rest of the block:) forward 
to a few days later and
 it's all appliquéd! 

After I finished my block...
I decided not to sew the 
buttons on yet until I've 
joined it to the barn block.
Then I'll do both blocks
 at the same time.

That's it for this week...
join me next week 
for a barn raising!


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