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Farm Girl Fun – Week 4 – Canning Season & Chicken Foot Blocks

Hooray its Farm Girl Friday so here is a very quick post with last weeks Farm Girl blocks, on the table this week were Canning Season and Chicken Foot.

Farm Girl Vintage Book

Canning Season Block

I was really looking forward to the Canning Season block, I love the little stack of jars and its a great opportunity to show off a few of my favourite fabrics!

Canning Season Block - Farm Girl Vintage

For this block I used Moda Bonnie & Camille Grey Gingham for the jar lids. For the jars I used Moda Chloes Closet Cherries, Moda American Jane Green Spiky Flowers, Pam Kitty Garden Pink Flowers, Penny Rose Hope Chest Yellow FlowersFlower Sugar Cherry Polka Dot Rose in Blue and American Jane Navy Bandana. As always I used Makower Alisons Flowers Spaced Daisy as the background.

I quite fancy making this one in the 12 inch size for my kitchen, it would make a cute potholder!

Chicken Foot Block

As a Chicken keeper I love seeing chicken themed blocks pop up in the book and Chicken Foot is chicken themed block no.2!  I was expecting Chicken Foot (or as I really want to call it Chicken Feet!) to be a tricky block given it involves 20 half square triangles, with all those points to get spot on when sewing together I was expecting plenty of unpicking with this block but somehow I winged it and my seam ripper didn’t get any use. Well they do say chicken feet can bring good luck!

Chicken Foot Block

For this block I used Blue Spiky Flowers by American Jane,  Camellia Lattice Blooms by Robert Kaufman, Green Polka Dot Daisy by American Jane, Bonnie & Camille Yellow Dewdrop and as before Makower Alisons Flowers Spaced Daisy as the background.

Well thats all for week 4, I will be back next week with the next two blocks in the Sew-Along! Don’t forget if you fancy sewing along you can find Loris Farm Girl Vintage book here and a range of Farm Girl inspired fabrics here

Happy Sewing!

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Farm Girl Fun – Week 3 – Bake Day & Butter Churn

Farm Girl Friday took on a whole new meaning for me this Friday with lots of Fabulous Farm Girl Fabric Bundles being sent to their new homes. My poor rotary cutter needed a rest from from all things Farm Girl until this afternoon when I took an hour out from planting the garden for a spot of sewing!

Farm Girl Vintage Book

On the table this week were two kitchen themed blocks, Baking Day and Butter Churn. I thought Butter Churn was going to be a bit of a stinker of a block but it turned out to be quite straight forward which after last week I was quite thankful for!

Baking Day Block

A lovely simple block to start with and one where two pieces of fabric get to shine as the baking day bowls. My kitchen at home has a Pink, Red and Blue theme so I wanted my Baking Day Block to reflect that so I reached for the Flower Sugar and got stuck in!

Baking Day Block Farm Girl VIntage

For this block I used Moda Into the Woods Bark Cut for my wooden spoon. My pink bowl used Flower Sugar Tiny Flowers in Pink and for the larger bowl I used Flower Sugar Cherry Polka Dot Rose in Red with a stripe of Dashwood Studios Cross Stitch. Makower Alisons Flowers Spaced Daisy as the background.

Butter Churn Block

I loved having a “Butter” themed block this week as it happened to be the week that I made Butter for the very first time! I love a kitchen gadget and when I was at the supermarket I spotted a Chef N Butter Maker, intrigued I bought one, and a day later I had my first batch of butter. Homemade butter is so good, I took it to a friends house for dinner with some home made Focaccia and didn’t bring any of it home, a definite hit!

So back to my butter churn block I had noticed that there were quite a few posts on instagram saying how challenging it was so I was expecting a bit of a battle to get all the points to line up, but actually it turned out to be relatively straightforward once I got going. I did cheat slightly on the pinwheel section by making my half square triangles a little larger and then cutting them down to size but thats because I struggle with fiddly HSTs that end up a little wonky, cutting them to size results in perfect squares every time!

Butter Churn Block - Farm Girl VIntage

For this block I used Hope Leaves from the Penny Rose Hope Chest Collection, Blue Daisy Flower from Lecien Flower Sugar collection, Grey Gingham from Bonnie & Camille April Showers and as before Makower Alisons Flowers Spaced Daisy as the background.

Well thats all for this week, I will be back next week with the next two blocks in the Sew-Along! Don’t forget if you fancy sewing along you can find Loris Farm Girl Vintage book here and a range of Farm Girl inspired fabrics here

Happy Sewing!

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Farm Girl Fun – Week 2 – Autumn Star & Baby Chick

Hooray for Week 2 of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew A Long!

Farm Girl Vintage Book

This week we moved onto two blocks, Autumn Star and Baby Chick, both of these blocks required “background” fabrics to complete the block, which meant choosing a background fabric to set the tone of the quilt.  Lori has used coloured polka dots on white for the majority of her blocks in the book,  for the new blocks she is completing for the sew along she has so far used a variety of low volume fabrics for her blocks.

I ummed and ahhed over which fabric to use as my background fabric, I didn’t want to use a plain white as for me this is a fun scrappy quilt and I wanted a low volume print. My first thought was to use one of the Sevenberry Low Volume polka dot prints but since I used those for my Quilty Fun Christmas Quilt and I wanted this quilt to look a bit different I thought again. As I was having a rummage around Homemakery HQ I pulled out a bolt of Makower fabric from the Alisons Flowers Collection, it has sweet tiny scattered daisies in pink, blue and yellow on a white background and I thought that might just work as my Farm Girl Vintage background fabric. Now I have two blocks in it, I think I made the right choice, goodness knows I do love a floral!

Autumn Star Block

So last week I said I thought Apron Strings was a “challenging’ block, HA! I take it back, it was a walk in the park compared to the Autumn Star Block with its whopping 41 pieces, yes 41 pieces of fabric in a teeny 6 inch square. By the time I finished the back of this block was a myriad of seams (I wont show you that horror!).

Autumn Star Block - Farm Girl Vintage

Even though it was a bit of a pain to make and my block is far from perfect I do love the finished result and I think it would be gorgeous worked up in 12 inch blocks. The seams on the back wouldnt be so bulky either.

For this block I used Yellow: American Jane Two Toned Yellow Floral, Blue Gingham: Flower Sugar Blue Gingham Rose, Navy: Bonnie & Camille Daysail Navy Buoys, Pink: Pam Kitty Garden Pink Small Deco and Makower Alisons Flowers Spaced Daisy as the background.

Baby Chick Block

As a chicken keeper I was very excited to see two chicken themed blocks in Loris book and Baby Chick was the first of the blocks to come along and I love her!

Baby Chick Block - Farm Girl Vintage

For this block I used Mini Rose in Yellow from the Lecien Flower Sugar collection, Milk, Sugar & Flower in drops pink for the wing, a few scraps and Makower Alisons Flowers Spaced Daisy as the background. For the legs I hand stitched them using Dark Brown Perle cotton.

Baby Chick Block - Farm Girl Vintage

Well thats all for this week, I will be back next week with the next two blocks in the Sew-Along! Don’t forget if you fancy sewing along you can find Loris Farm Girl Vintage book here and a range of Farm Girl inspired fabrics here

Happy Sewing!

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Farm Girl Fun – Week One – Apron Strings!

If you caught my post last week you will have seen that I was getting ready for a six month sew-along to begin, known as Farm Girl Fridays! This week it all began when Lori released the first block for the Farm Girl Vintage Sew-A-Long on her blog! I admit I was a little thrown as I was all fired up to do two blocks a week, but as there are 45 blocks in this sew-along there was going to be one week where we only had one block to sew and this was that week!

Farm Girl Vintage Book

The first block in the book was Apron Strings, which is certainly one of the more challenging blocks in the books, mostly because it involved quite a lot of half square triangles and easy corner triangles. On their own they are fine but when you have four blocks of them sewn together and you have to make sure all the points line up perfectly, well, its definitely easier said than done.

So here is my first block….Apron Strings

Farm Girl Vintage - Apron Strings

I used some Lecien Flower Sugar, American Jane Fresh Air and a few scraps from my scrap bag.

Farm Girl Vintage - Apron Strings

Its certainly a bright and cheery block to start the Sew-along and I am already chomping at the bit to get started on next weeks blocks.

These are the fabrics I have picked out so far far my quilt, I have a lot of Red, Yellows and Blues so a few more pinks, greys and greens will be added in in due course, I love having them all lined up on my cutting table such a bright and inspiring bunch of fabrics!Farm Girl Vintage fabrics

Well thats all for this week, I will be back next weekend with the next two blocks in the Sew-Along! Don’t forget if you fancy sewing along you can find Loris Farm Girl Vintage book here and a range of Farm Girl inspired fabrics here

Happy Sewing!

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