Friday, January 31, 2020

Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along - Farm Girl Friday's - Week Fourteen!!


Hello there and welcome 
to Week 14 of the 





We are using my book 





And sewing with Farm Girl Vintage Fabric...



And making 2 Farm Girl Blocks each week:)


Our first Farm Girl Block for today is 
MAPLE LEAF
on page 90 of the book.
I love this simple little block for fall...







You can sew them up in all of
 the beautiful fall leaf colors...



And just like the Little Acorn Block 
they would be fabulous in the
 small Mix and Match Quilt 
on page 156 of the book.



A MAPLE LEAF BLOCK is a
 must have addition to any fall quilt...





And of course I used it in my
 October Skies Quilt
The setting for this one is
 on page 140 of the book.

It's the exact same setting as the
 sampler quilt on the cover but instead 
of using all of the 45 Farm Girl Blocks...
you just pop in the autumn themed
 Farm Girl Blocks for an 
amazing quilt to celebrate fall!


Speaking of fall...
the pattern for my large
 HARVEST BARN STAR 
is on page 171 of the book.

I know during our sew along we are only
 focusing on the 45 Farm Girl Blocks
 but as there are more projects 
in the book besides those blocks... 
I thought it would be fun to
 show a photo or two of them
 along the way:)


Our next Farm Girl Block is
 MILK COW 
on page 92 of the book.

For the cover quilt I made a brown cow...
just like our milk cows 
that we had growing up.
My favorite was named BOSS.

One of my earliest memories is of 
being out in the barn with my dad
 and watching him milk the cow.
I liked the sound of the milk 
as it went into the bucket:)


I thought it would be fun to make a
 6" black and white cow...



And give it a ride in the back of
 GRANDPA's TRUCK BLOCK
 from page 63 of the book:)


Now he can join 
WOOLLY SHEEP and HAPPY HORSE 
in the parade of 
"farm animals in the back of a truck"
if you missed the tutorial 
on how I did this.


I'll keep adding to my truck parade 
and show you more as I make progress:)



My design wall is filling up quickly
 with my Farm Girl Vintage projects...
I'm having so much fun that 
I don't want to stop!

I hope that you are having fun
 with this sew along as well:)

I'll be right back here 
next week with two more blocks!
xx
Lori

Monday, January 27, 2020

Vintage Housewife Sew Along - Week One - Baking Block!!



Hello and welcome to week one of the 

Today we are doing the
 Baking Block



If you have not downloaded the
 Sew Along Guide PDF 
so that you can "Bee Prepared"

My blog post telling you all about the 
guide and how to use it was 3 weeks ago...
if you need to refer back to it 

***NOTE***
When this sew along is over...
I'll add a list of links at the 
bottom of this post
 to each week's tutorials.
Just scroll down and click
on each one that you would like to read!


I'm sew excited to be using my 
brand new collection called 



And my latest set of 
Sew Simple Shapes:


We will be making the 
Vintage Housewife Quilt
74" x 82"

For week one of my 
Sew Simple Shapes Sew Alongs 
Cindy and I always do a video 
and I show you how
 to lay out your first block and
 how to do the bias tape strips.

to watch the video!!


If this is your first sew along 
with my applique method...
just know that once your block
 is ready for applique...
feel free to do your applique 
on your machine or by hand.

When I applique by machine 
I use a tiny zig-zag stitch and I 
match my thread to each applique piece.


When I do it by hand I also
 match the thread to my appliqu├ęs.
If you need a refresher on how
 I do it by hand
to watch my hand applique video
 during my previous sew along
 for my Granny's Garden Quilt.


Hopefully you have followed the 
Sew Along Guide cutting instructions 
and have your kit for the Baking Block
 all ready to go!
Just as a reminder here are 
all of the Sew Simple Shapes
 that you will need for this block:

J-6
J-7
J-8
J-10
J-19
Straight Bias Strips Needed
*From the Coral Gingham you will need
 2 - 1/4" prepared that measure 
10 1/4" long after pressing each end under
 to tuck behind the oven sides.

*From the Vivid Stripe you will need 
1 - 1/4" prepared that measures
 5 1/4" long after pressing each end under
 to tuck behind the pyrex dish.
*Also prepare one that is 3/4" long
 after ends are tucked under.
 Use this for the lid.

*From the Cayenne Clothespins you will need
 2 - 1/2" prepared that each measure
 6" long after the ends are pressed under.
Use these for the oven handles.


For the stove itself you will need to
 use your ruler and draw a 8 1/2" x 10"
 onto the Sew-In Interfacing 
and then pair it up with the fabric 
and sew directly on the line...
 just like you do with the Sew Simple Shapes. 



Be sure to follow the special instructions
 that I showed you in the video 
when making your Pyrex shape. 



After you have sewn everything 
it's time to shape and turn!
I covered the trimming and 
clipping cleavage as well as
 shaping in the video for you:)



After you have your shapes prepared...
do a quick satin stitch for the 
clock hands before you glue baste.

I used 3 strands of the red 
in my Bee Basics Aurifloss Box.
If you want to watch me do embroidery stitches...
to watch my 
Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along video 
Now you can go ahead and 
layout your block for glue basting 
just like I showed you in the video.
YaY!



I used 5 of the largest size
 in the package of my 
Barn Door Cute Little Buttons collection.

I also used the tiny size 
for the clock center.



But before you sew them on 
you will need to trim your block.
You may also choose waiting to
 sew your buttons 
on until after quilting.



This is what your block 
should look like before buttons...



And before borders!
It's sew cute!


For each block you will need 
2 - 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" 
border strips for each side.

You will also need 
2 -1 1/2" x 14 1/2" border strips 
for the top and the bottom.

Cutting for these strips 
is in the Sew Along Guide as well.


When I trim my blocks I first 
use the lines on the ruler to 
completely center my design.

Because I am right handed 
I trim the right side and top first...



Then I rotate my block and 
trim the remaining two sides.
If you are left handed just do the opposite!


My Baking Block is all trimmed...
Cute Little Buttons are sewn on 
and it's time to add the borders:)



I sew the side borders first and 
then add the top and bottom borders.
I press towards the borders.
You will do the same borders 
for all of the 8 square blocks
as we go along each week:)



YaY again!
My Baking Block is completed
 and I sure do love it!
I hope that you will have fun making yours:)


Because I mentioned Chicken Casserole 
in the video...
I thought I would share my 
Grandma's recipe with you.

Millie's Chicken Casserole
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup cooked carrots diced
  • cup cooked chicken diced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • cup rice cooked
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup crushed Ritz Crackers 
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook onion and celery in the butter until tender.
  •  Mix all ingredients together except the crackers.
  • Place in a 2 quart 'buttered' baking dish.
  • Sprinkle crushed crackers over top.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes
  • Serves 6
I hope you enjoy this vintage recipe...
you may want to add a jello salad 
on the menu for a true 
vintage housewife style meal:)


The block tutorial schedule is in the
 Sew Along Guide and next week 
we will be be right back in the
 kitchen doing some canning!

Please follow me on 
if you would like to see what
new things I am working on 
and all things 
Vintage Happy 2

Be sure to use the hashtag
when posting about your progress
 during this sew along:)


Because this quilt is all about the
 Vintage Housewife...
I've included a few vintage ads and photos 
to help celebrate all of our 
own special vintage housewives in our life.
Our mom's and grandma's 
and great grandma's...
they were the real tried and true
 vintage housewives:)

Scroll down and enjoy the photos and ads...
I'll be right back here next week
 with more vintage fun!
xx
Lori












***Links to each of the 
remaining weeks of this sew along:



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