Friday, May 1, 2015

YeeHaw!! - Farm Girl Friday is Here!!!

Today is our very first
 Farm Girl Friday:)
I'm so excited:)

out there cute people!
Are you ready 
to sew with this
 "vintage" farm girl?

Grab your book…

if you don't have one yet:)

Get out your 
 rotary cutter and rulers…

Your design boards…

Choose some farmin' fabric...

from your scrappy happy stash
and lets get started!


Turn to page 8
of Farm Girl Vintage
because we're starting 
with my
Farm Girl block:)

I designed this 
vintage looking block
to use up scrappy leftovers.
It looks complicated 
because of the angles…
but is super easy 
to put together using 
my method in the book.

It's a block that's
 easy to choose
the fabric and colors for
because somehow the 
look just makes it 
even more charming:) 

I made the large table runner 
in the book using the 12" blocks…
and I love it!

I want to make a large 
Apronstrings quilt as well:)

But for this week…
I settled for one
 6" Apronstrings 
and one
 12" Apronstrings.

I made a 6" block using my
newest upcoming fabric collection
for Riley Blake Designs…

 I'm going to make another
Farm Girl Sampler
just like the one on the cover
using 6" blocks of course…
and also my new fabric:)
I'll be showing my blocks 
every Friday.

Modern Mini's 
will be here in June.
(click here to be notified)

For my 12" block... 
I sewed it and 
quilted it like this...

Then I cut
 2 - 2 1/2" WOF strips
and sewed them together 
to prepare my binding.
If you'd like to
 see how I bind…
to go to my tutorial:)

It was an easy block to sew…
 then quilt and bind…
and now I have a cute
on my front room side table:)

I also used my 
Apronstrings block
and made a cute little 
Farm Girl Pincushion:)
for my step by step tutorial.

What You Need To Do -
I want to see your block!
As soon as you get yours sewn,
post it on your 
favorite social media

any of them 
all of them!
You will need to
 use the hashtag
and of course
so that we can all see
and join in on the
 farm girl happiness.

It makes me so giddy
 to know that we are
 all sewing the same block
together this week... 
and sewing it 
Farm Girl Vintage style:)

(I may or may not have just happy danced:) 
P.S. Yes…it was farm girl vintage style too!

Let's talk about 
how our sew along will work
from here on out.
Every week we will sew 
2 Farm Girl blocks.

We are going in order
 that they are in my book ...
which is alphabetical.

There are 45 Farm Girls blocks…
this is only a few.
You can choose to
 make whatever you want
from my blocks.

Just sew one ...
 or you can sew 
as many your heart desires:) 
The main thing is to
 *have fun
*learn something new
*meet new friends
*bee happy

(You may come down with 
a bad case of 
Farm Girl Fever ... 
 because the blocks are addicting)

I said it in my 
and I said it in 
 Farm Girl Vintage too:)

"You are the boss 
of your own quilt!"
it's my quilty quote motto 
and that's how 
this sew along will go.

However ...
I will be throwing in
 lots of suggestions ...
several tutorials...
 and different ways to use 
my farm girl blocks.

And of course
a few fun surprises 
along the way!

In addition…
we have 45 bloggers 
lined up that will be
"Sewing and Telling"
about one specific
 Farm Girl block 
that they chose to spotlight
during our sew along.
to see the schedule of blocks
and the list of our
 awesome guest bloggers!

Today's guest is 
Cindy Cloward…
who happens to be 
my friend as well
as the owner of 
Riley Blake Designs.
to see her Apronstrings!

And as always…
don't forget to tune into the 
to see Kimberly and the Girls.
They are sewing 
Farm Girl blocks as well!

Thanks so much for joining me
on the very first
Farm Girl Friday.

I hope you have fun today
 sewing up your very own 
Apronstrings blocks.

I can't wait to see them!

Tune in next Friday 
for week two:)

P.S. YeeHaw!!!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Farm Girl Pincushion Tutorial!

I love pincushions and as 
far as I'm concerned…
 I can never have too many:)

I thought it would
 be fun to show you
a few things that you can
make with some of my 
6" Farm Girl blocks…

so tonight I'm showing you the 
Farm Girl Pincushion 
that I just made.

Ready - Set - Sew!

First…You need to make a 6" Farm Girl block:)
This one happens to be Apronstrings…

from page 8 of my book 
I chose to use this block 
because we are
making it this week 
on our first

After you have sewn your block…
Cut 2 -7 1/2 squares 
to use for the back of your pincushion.
(I used 2 different fabrics, but they can be the same)

Fold them in half with 
wrong sides together like this…
and press.

Now place them together 
with folds towards the center...
and place block right side down
in the center.
Make sure the center seams of block
 line up with the folds where they 
meet in the middle like this.

Pin into place.

This is what the back looks like.

Stitch 1/4"all the way around
 the edge of your block…
and backstitch where the folds meet
 on the back to secure nicely.

This is what the back looks like
after the stitching.

Okay…now trim
 backing fabric edges even with block.
turn right side out yet.

Take a small ruler and measure in
1" on the corners.

Mark a line like this...

On all four corners of the back...

As well as the front.

Pinch corners up together like this
so that your marked line is straight...

and the seam allowances are opposite.

Stitch across on marked lines…
several times to secure:)
(the back lines should line up with
the front lines before stitching)

Trim off excess leaving about 1/4" seam allowance.

Your corners will look like this…
super cute…right?

after you have trimmed
all 4 corners…
turn it right side out like this:)

This is what the back 
or I guess I should say
now looks like.

I love how the corners are
 squared up nice and neatly!

Now for the stuffing:)

I just started to sew
 a small whip stitch
as I went along.

I stuffed it firmly
especially in the corners…
but I left a little room 
for the button in the center.

I chose a cute 1" aqua flower button.

I used Perle Cotton #5
for strength and a doll needle
because they are super long!
(these are from Hobby Lobby)

Then I chose a yellow button for the back
and double threaded my needle …
and knotted the end.
I inserted needle into one of the holes
making sure the button was exactly centered.

I came up to the front and into the bottom 
of the aqua button and back down 
into the other buttonhole.
Make sure it is centered on top as well.

Then I came back down into the 
other hole of the yellow button like this.

Then I cut off my needle so that
I could hand tie a knot.
I pushed down in the center
before tying it off securely
several times….

And trimmed off the ends like this.

You can see the button goes down
from the side view:)

And there you have it!
A pincushion perfect for any Farm Girl:)

I loaded mine up with pins

And put it on a vintagey stand
that I made with a thrifted
square glass dish and 
a short glass candle holder.

I love the way that it turned out
using my Apronstrings block…
and I can think of several other of
 my Farm Girl blocks that would make
a fun pincushion as well!

 I'll see you again 
on Friday morning…YeeHaw!

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