Good morning and welcome to
Week Ten of the
We are using my latest book
Farm Girl Vintage Fabric
And making 2 Farm Girl Blocks per week:)
The first Farm Girl Block
for today is
on page 67 of the book.
This block is included in the small
Mix and Match Quilt
that I made for my kitchen.
Ya'll know how much I love kitchen quilts
and so I am making another one
but this time I am using 12" blocks
and adding some of the
kitchen themed blocks from a
few of my other books.
First I made the
BAKING DAY Block
from my first
You can find it on page 13 of that book:)
Next I made the KETTLE'S ON Block
from the first book as well...
it's on page 39.
And then from my book
I made the CAKE Block.
In all three of these blocks I used
my new fabric collection
and the chicken tracks print from
Farm Girl Vintage for the background.
Shown in this photo above are some of
the corals and pinks in the collection:)
I love how Farm Girl Vintage and
Vintage Happy 2
go together just like
"peas and carrots"
So far I have 9 - of the 12" blocks
sewn for my new kitchen quilt...
I'll be adding 6 more for a total of
15 because I'll be using the
Mix and Match setting on page 156
for this quilt too.
I won't be using any of the alternate
Mix and Match Blocks...
just all 15 different kitchen blocks.
I'm going to continue to make some of
them from my other books as I get time...
I'll show you each block as I sew them.
I'll keep you updated here on my blog
during the sew along posts.
It's going to be a fun one!
The next Farm Girl Block for this week is
on page 70 of the book.
I know I've told you before LOL
but flower quilts are another of
my favorites to make because
I love sewing flower blocks just as much
as I love planting and growing actual flowers!
Of course I used this block in the
Beekeepers Garden Quilt from the book!!
I want to show you something fun
that I did with Happy Flowers Block
using just a bit of simple quilty math:)
To start off...
I cut a 6" Happy Flowers Block and also a
6" Cheerful Tulips from page 28.
These flowers are so easy and fun to
make using my scrappy stash baskets.
This is a photo of my baskets from my
Scrappy Project Planner.
In there is where I explain my entire
process of how I sew from these baskets
each and every time that I sew!
Making these flower blocks is no exception.
When you are making scrappy flowers...
or any scrappy block really...
a tip for making them even faster
is in the cutting.
I like to cut a bunch of backgrounds only
for each block and put them a design board.
I then put a sticky note on it saying
what block it's for...
what size block and how many.
For instance my sticky note might say:
4 - 6" Happy Flowers Backgrounds
Then I just need to grab out of my
scrappy baskets the green prints
and cut all of the leaves...
add then add them onto the design board
with the cut backgrounds and then
add the stems as well.
I cut the flowers themselves very last...
making sure that I use a lot of
different happy colors for variety ...
and add them to the design boards too.
I stack the boards on top of each other
and put them next to my machine
for sewing when I get a few
extra minutes here and there.
(photo above is when I am cutting
and prepping several blocks at once...
I do that with both appliquéd and pieced blocks)
You may be surprised how efficient
this method of cutting several first
and then sewing is...
I use it all the time and it
has worked well for me over the years.
here is the something fun that I
wanted to show you about the
Happy Flowers Block...
and the Cheerful Tulips block as well.
Because all three varieties of
individual flowers measure the same size...
which is half the block...
you can switch it up and
sew them together like this!
By simply splitting up the tulips
and sewing them to one of the
happy flowers you have 2 new flower blocks:)
Because I love sewing these little
flowers I've added more along with some
6" Bright Zinnias to make
another scrappy flower quilt.
I cut some 6 1/2" squares from my
red gingham and laid them out with
the flower blocks onto my design wall
to audition for alternate blocks ...
I like it but I don't know if I LOVE it yet.
I may try one of my larger ginghams
to see how that looks instead.
I've got plenty of time to decide
as I go along because
I'll be adding more
Happy Flower - Cheerful Tulips - and
Bright Zinnia Blocks
as well as 6" Pretty Dahlias
from the book too.
I'll show you my progress on these as I go along as well:)
I hope you all are having fun making your
Farm Girl Blocks
I love seeing them on my
keep posting them...they are so fun!
I'll be right back here next week with more Farm Girl Fun!!