October 5, 2015

More Farm Girl Vintage Blocks...Winter Star and Wooly Sheep

The Farm Girl Vintage sew along
is almost finished.
All over blogland, people are posting
their progress and finishing their quilts!
It's been sew exciting, hasn't it?

Today I'm sharing two more of my blocks.
In the true spirit of "nearly finished"
may I present my Wooly Sheep block?

{I have not yet embroidered the skinny little legs.}

I decided to make my lamb grey and white.
I love his sweet little gingham face.
And that little tail is hilarious!

He is just so fluffy and chubby looking!

I am really fond of the grassy green that I used,
one of the last bits of that piece from
Fresh Air, by American Jane.

I think a whole flock of these would be an adorable
baby quilt - for either a boy or a girl.
Counting sheep puts little ones to sleep!

The other block is quite different...
a touch of elegance called Winter Star.
I used the same gray print for the sheep body,
in the inner star points, but it's got a whole new vibe.

I am truly in love with this beauty!
I enjoyed making it, every step of the way.

It was a bit of a challenge to line up
the little pieces just right.

I think the colors are just right for wintertime...
icy blue, frosty white, and cardinal red.

This is definitely one of my favorite blocks
from the book...but when I take them all out to create my quilt,
I'm sure I'll find lots more "favorites" all over again.

Come back soon to see my last Farm Girl Vintage block!
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September 29, 2015

Sunday Morning, Sunny Sunflower, Tumbleweed and Water Turn Blocks - Farm Girl Vintage

Hello, Friends!
We're coming to the conclusion of the 

This week the last two blocks are being featured.
I can't believe it, but...I have actually made
every block in the series.
There are a few I haven't shared yet,
but I will eventually post about those, too.

For this edition, allow me to introduce four fun blocks.

{Well, at least three of them were fun.}

First, here's the block named Sunday Morning.

This is such a pretty block.
Never mind that I lost a couple of points in the center somehow.
Sundays are all about relaxation, right?

If this block grew up to be a mug rug,
it would be fun to use this little red cocotte for some oatmeal
on a Sunday morning.

{I just learned that word...cocotte. I'm going to use it at least once a week. 
The word, not the thing.}

The next block might just be the most understated beauty
in the book, in my humble opinion...Sunny Sunflower.

This block was truly a pleasure to make,
and I can really see myself making a bunch of the 12" blocks someday,
for a larger project like a table runner or a quilt.

I really adore this flower...ever since I bought a big bunch
of cut sunflowers for my sister, as a housewarming present.
She was living in New Jersey, 
and I found the sunflowers at a local farm stand. 
They looked fabulous on her new kitchen island, in a simple white pitcher. 
It was a long time ago...maybe 20 years...
before I ever knew about blogging, or I would have had a photo to share.

That's okay...this block reminds me of that day whenever I see it.
Isn't that what a great quilt is all about?

As much as I loved making the sunflower...ahem...
the Tumbleweed block was not so much a joy.
Maybe I was tired, but I found this one a bit tricky.

It turned out fine, but there is a little note in the margin
of my book, reminding me that there are plenty of other
cute blocks that are more fun to construct.

{It actually says, "Not as enjoyable to sew...not sure why."}

I made a note for every block in the book...whether I loved it, liked it, or whatever I thought about making more of them.
The Tumbleweed block came out very nicely...
so I'm glad that's over!

The last block for today's post is called 
Water Turn.
I think this is a new block to me, and it's really pretty.

I kind of wish I had not put red and orange together
in my block, but sometimes it's good to just try a new thing.

I like the "open" feeling of this block,
with lots of background fabric in it.

You get a lot of practice making Flying Geese
for this block. I am growing to love those FG's more and more.

Come back soon for some more Farm Girl Vintage blocks...
only a few more to go!

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September 26, 2015

Oh, My Stars - Simple Star, Spring Star, and Summer Star

OK, I admit it...I'm starstruck!
The Farm Girl Vintage book is filled with magical star blocks.
I've got some new ones to share today.

It's always good to start out simple, right?
The Simple Star is truly a basic block,
but it comes out so differently, depending on the fabrics selected.
For mine, I selected a gray and green palette...
a bit of a modern departure from my other blocks.

I really LOVE the lime green with the gray,
and the tiny dash of red is just right.

Could those wee little strawberries be any sweeter???

The next block is called Spring Star.
This is a new block to me, and I love how complex it appears,
but the construction is very easy.

I liked the palette in the book, so I copied it.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

I bought some new bowls to use in my blog posts as props.
Don't they look pretty with these colorful fabrics?

{They also come in handy keeping my little scraps close at hand.}

After the Spring Star comes, of course, Summer Star.

Something really fun happened, as I was stitching this block.
I use my little mini design boards that I learned to make
from this Lori Holt YouTube video.
Now I know why it's called a "design board"...
I found some alternate block designs that I'll have to try someday!

Here's how the block would look without adding the little white corners
to the outer corner squares.
Oh, I was soooo tempted to leave out 16 tiny pieces!

And here's what it looks like, if the hourglass segments are rotated.
The square surrounding the navy blue center is yellow now.

Enough daydreaming...
I stitched up the block as written, in the end,
and it's as lovely as a summer evening.

Now that I'm down to the last few blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage
sew along, I reverted to my earlier palette of primary colors,
with a pop of navy blue.

I'm glad now that I stuck to the original design for this block,
but someday I'll play around with the alternate ideas.
Come back soon for more sewing inspiration!

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September 25, 2015

Scrappy Stuff - Farm Girl Vintage

Hello, Friends!
I've got some more blocks to show you,

Now that autumn is on its way,
the leaves are starting to fade and fall.
The Scrappy Maple Leaf block is a sweet way
to make this lovely season last and last.

I spent a lot of time choosing my fabrics for this simple little block.
I love how it looks....a wee bit rustic,
lying beside some fall dishes.

Or sophisticated, posing on a crystal plate.

Wouldn't it make a pretty mug rug for this yellow bowl?

The next block featured in the Farm Girl Vintage book is
Scrappy Strawberry.
The one in the book was pink, but I prefer a juicy red berry myself.

I have more reds than greens, but I still had to repeat my fabrics.
"Use twenty-two different scrappy fabrics," said the instructions.
I'm still giggling.

{Oh, wait. I probably have that many in my stash...somewhere.
But I'm not going to all that trouble to find them.}

Strawberries always look better on a pretty dish, right?

Come back soon for more blocks, fresh from the farm!

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