Hello and welcome to the
Grab your book
Get out your Farm Girl Vintage Fabric...
And let's make some Farm Girl Blocks!
Our first Farm Girl Block today is
on page 103 of the book.
Because we lived in a small town
everybody knew everybody and
we all took care of each other
in times of need and celebrated
all the happy things together.
My grandma and her sisters would
often have on hand pieced baby quilts
made from their scraps from
piecing larger quilts.
(waste not want not)
They were ready to put on the frames
as soon as a new baby made an arrival.
Of course we would all quilt it
together and we would
have it done in no time.
That's just one of the things
that I loved about
being a small town girl:)
I took this photo on the very first day
of the photo shoot for the book...
I hung eight doll quilts on the line
and tried to get a good shot
between the wind bursts...
but this is one of my favorite!
You can see that the first one is
made with the New Baby Block.
The section about the
Doll Quilts and Pillows
begins on page 186 of the book.
Just look at these vintage doll beds!
I collected them over time
from thrift stores...
garage sales and antique shops.
It was so fun to place the quilts
onto each bed and even more fun to
add the pillows and sheets made with
Farm girl Vintage fabrics:)
I still love to play with dolls
and that's okay!!
Instructions for this doll quilt
are on page 191....
and here's a full shot of the quilt.
As I mentioned in the book...
I like to use flannel instead of
batting when I make doll quilts
because they lie on the beds better
and are easier for little hands
to wrap around dolls for easy snuggling:)
Make sure to pre-shrink the flannel
first because it shrinks more
than the fabric.
I had so much fun painting my
vintage doll beds with
using several of the colors.
The paint is a dream to work with
and matches my fabrics and
farm girl style decor perfectly.
All you need to do is simply make sure that
the surface is clean and dry before painting.
No sanding or stripping is needed at all!
I painted two coats on each bed:)
Here's a photo that I took on the morning
of the photo shoot while I waited
for Kimberly and the girls to arrive.
You can see stacks of painted doll beds
all ready to do their thing
when it was time!
Our photo shoots typically last 4-5 days:)
P.S. I always roll my quilts onto
pool noodles to keep them wrinkle free
for their close ups!
I have been getting several requests
to show items in my home
that I have painted with my
so I'm showing this piece this week.
It's a vintage locker that I've had for a while and have painted several colors.
I keep in my sewing room ...
And right now it's painted
in the color
I love the Farm Girl Paint so much
and I love these doll quilts!!!...
and so you will be seeing more
of both throughout the
rest of our sew along:)
Our next Farm Girl Block
for this week is
PEAS AND CARROTS
on page 104 from the book.
Because we had a large family ...
we of course grew A LOT of
peas and carrots in our large gardens.
I particularly loved to shell the peas
(and eat them lol)
and also loved pulling the carrots
from the ground when Dad said that
they were ready...
you didn't know how big they were
until you pulled them out
and I thought that was fun:)
I showed you the carrots that I made
in the photo above when I used them
with the Happy Horse block....
but I didn't have any peas ...
Or so I thought!
...until I realized that I did! LOL
A while ago I had crocheted
a little round ball
from each color of my Chunky Thread yarn
and so I grabbed the 3 greens
from this platter that they are
currently displayed on...
that's where they ended up because
I threw them there when I was finished. haha
I'll probably put them in a jar
or a vintage bowl or something
for display later but for right now
they remain on the platter.
I've recently started a new project
using 11 of my colors...
I have 26 colors so far.
Can you see the
Granny Square Pincushions?
I have a 3 part YouTube
tutorial for those...
Right now they are part of the
yarn wall in my sewing room:)
Here is my new project start...
it's a scarf right now as I
test out my pattern but then I will make the pattern as a blanket ...and there will be a crochet along!!
I will also have a YouTube tutorial for that. It will be called the
Ric-Rac Crochet Along
I will let you know when the date
for that has been finalized.
P.S. If you would like to watch
another crochet tutorial by me...
it's my Granny CIRCLE
and is also a 3 part.
Okay...back to quilting!
Remember this photo that I
showed you last week of my design wall?
I told you that I wanted to make a
few more 6" blocks for my sampler.
what I did instead was make
a few more 12" blocks
for my kitchen quilt.
I used my very first book
and made four of the
Cocoa Cups Blocks
from page 28 of that book.
For the sashing in-between I cut
2- 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"
1 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
and that made the block measure
12 1/2" square.
Then I sewed the 1 1/2" border strips
on just like all of the other blocks:)
Then I grabbed my
and sewed the Apple Block from
page 104 from that book.
But instead of using one print
for the apple...I cut
12 - 3 1/2" squares and sewed
them together first.
I love how both of these blocks
turned out and I think they will be
fun additions to my Kitchen Quilt!
Here is my photo that I am
showing this week from the first
It's the PLOW DAY QUILT
on page 96 0f that book.
It's made with the
Farm Girl Tractor Block and
lots of pinwheels that are
turning the soil!!
It's hanging out in the pasture
with the horses:)
That's it for this week...
thanks sew much for farming with me today
and I'll chat with you again next week
about more things on the farm!