Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along part 4…the grand finale!

Are you ready to wrap this project up? Have you finished  part 1,2, and 3?? Hahaha! No worries if you haven’t…just go back and work on those and then follow this last step to finish up your project! For those of you who missed the earlier parts, you can find them here:

part 1, material requirements and cutting instructions

part 2, embroidery patterns and instructions

part 3, putting together your blocks

Okay, for part 4 we are going to be sewing on some borders to finish up our project in style! Bear with me, this is a l…o…n…g… post with LOTS of pictures because I really want to explain the process I used!

I wanted to make this border a little interesting so made a faux mitered corner border that ends up looking like this:

To start, I decided I wanted to make my border with 3 strips of fabric in colors that complimented my blocks.  For mine I chose red, orange, and  a white print. You will choose colors that work well with your blocks of course ;). ( If you would rather just do 1 color that is just fine! Follow the measurements in the brackets below).

I auditioned some fabrics and decided on a final color and then cut my fabric as follows:

  1. for narrow border ( red in mine), cut 4~  1 inch by 22 inch long strips.
  2. for second border ( white print in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips.
  3. for third border ( orange in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips. ( For one solid border rather than 3 strips, cut 4~ 3 1/4 by 22 inch long strips, then follow the directions for attaching the border down below)

Sew your strips together and press your seams. ( I pressed mine all in the same direction, but I honestly don’t think it matters!) They should measure 3 1/4 inches wide.  Trim off your uneven ends or selvedges if needed but leave your border strips as long as possible for now! ( just so you know, your strips should be as long as the width of your quilt top, plus the width of 2 of your border strip measurements. In my case that was 14 plus 3 1/4 plus 3 1/4, which totals 20 1/2 inches, but I left mine longer on purpose). Anything extra will get trimmed off later and it’s much better to have too much, rather than not enough fabric!

In order to find your center for sewing, fold one of your border strips in half, and do the same to your quilt top, like this:

Now start pinning on  that center mark, and then pin your border strip all the way along your quilt top  like this:

Do the same thing on the opposite side:

Sew your borders on using a 1/4 inch seam and sew all the way from top to bottom. Press your borders away from the center of the quilt.

You will have “leftover” border at the top and bottom! Do NOT trim these!

Now it’s time to sew on the last 2 borders. This part is a little trickier. Find the centers again, of both your border and quilt. Pin the center mark.

Now you are going to pin this border, but this time you are going to STOP pinning when you get to the border that you have already sewn on:

I folded my top border back right at the “intersection” and then placed a pin so I knew where to stop sewing. So you are just going to sew this border to the quilt top, not onto the side borders at all.Sew and press to the outside again.It will end up looking like this.

Now to make the faux mitered corners you are going to fold your top border fabric at an angle underneath itself, like this:  You might have to fiddle a bit with it, but you want all your border strips to be at nice right angles to each other.

Press and pin when you are happy with the placement. Repeat this on all 4 corners.

Now you are going to sew these from the inside of the quilt to the outside with a very scant seam ( as close to the edge as you can get!), making sure to lock your stitches at the start and end. 20190521_11193920190521_112018

When you are done all 4 corners, you will have some left-over fabric on the back.

Trim that off ( careful! Don’t cut into your quilt!) so that just 1/4 inch remains. Repeat on all 4 corners. Press your quilt top one last time and now you are ready for quilting!

Well ladies, that concludes the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along! I am planning on finishing this sweet little project with some big-stitch hand quilting and will share my results when done. Please feel free to share your projects by sending me an email or by sharing in the FB group. And if any of the instructions are not clear, please ask!

Thanks for sewing along with me!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

Sweet little Spring sew-along part 3

Time for part 3 of our little sew-along…but no worries if you have not finished with part 2! Part 3 is very easy and straightforward and I thought I would make it available just in case anyone needed it already 😉

Last time you received your embroidery patterns and this week I’m just going to explain your next step. By the way, if you are just joining in, you can find the instructions for part 1 here, and part 2 here.

 

So if you have completed all your “homework” ( hahahaha!) you should now have 9 blocks…4 embroidered ones and 5 pieced ones.

Trim all your blocks to 5 inches square and decide which way you want to orient your embroidered blocks….if you are going to hang your quilt on the wall you probably want to have all your embroidery facing the same way. If you are going to use it on a table, you might want to face your embroidery outwards.

Now sew your blocks together. ( I used my walking foot for this step because my embroidery has batting behind it and this ensures that my fabric feeds through evenly).

I sewed mine together in rows ( top, middle, bottom) first, and then sewed the rows together and because I have batting behind my embroidered blocks I pressed my seams open (for less bulk later on when I’m quilting ).20190513_143828

I decided that my quilt will be used as a table topper so have all my appliques facing out.

There, all done for this week. That was easy, wasn’t it? Next week I will share how to finish this project up 😉

Until next time!

Monique

I have not forgotten!

Hello again, 

For those of you who have been patiently ( or maybe not so patiently!) waiting for the Farm Girl  sew along to start, I have not forgotten about you! But I needed to get my Christmas ornament out the door first ( deadline, you know 😉 ) and now I am all ready to jump in.

Okay, I have already showed you the fabrics I have chosen for my project:These are by Lori Holt,  and  Fat Quarter Shop has lots of varieties of fat quarter bundles, in case you are interested: Click here to see their offerings. But you can of course use your stash!

Seeing as no one seemed to have a strong opinion one way or another on what part of the pattern we should start with, I made an executive decision: We are going to start with the 6 inch extra blocks. The instructions for these are in the Farm Girl Vintage book and you can choose whichever blocks you prefer.One thing: The pieces in the 6 inch blocks get awfully tiny, so if you are a little worried about your precision piecing ( you are not alone, btw!), you might want to choose blocks with fewer pieces. Those will be easier to work with. And I highly recommend that you check every section and trim it, before moving onto the sewing of the next piece. And press your seams open. Man, I am being really bossy, aren’t I?! But I know from experience the issues I have had, and I really think these tips will make it easier for you!

Okay, back to what you need to do: You need to make 5 blocks all together, 4 for the left hand side border, and one for by the farmgirl’s feet. I think that a pictorial animal block will look best there, because it will seem that she has an animal at her feet, but it’s your quilt and you should use what you want 😉 .

I got started on my blocks a few days ago and they really work up pretty quickly. I think it took me longer to decide which blocks to make, than it took to make them. This is what I have made so far:

The baby chick block

capture.jpgIsn’t it so sweet? I am obviously a BIG gingham fan! I didn’t even realize it until the block was all done that all my fabrics were gingham…You can see that I already have batting behind this block. I prefer to embroider through the block and batting and I will just use the Quilt As You Go method so all my blocks will have batting before I sew my quilt together ( read more about that method in this tutorial: Farmhouse Quilts Quilt As You Go sew along).

The baby chick was super easy and fast to put together. I used my Alphabitties to keep all my pieces straight and then got right to work.

One thing that is helpful when you are sewing small pieces, and especially when those start on a diagonal, is to start on a scrap piece of fabric so that your fabric does not get pulled into your throat plate. So every time I have to start on a corner, I will sew on my scrap first and then continue with my actual piecing.

I also find it helpful to use starch AND to place a ruler or something heavy on my finished piece to encourage it to lie flat.

You will notice that my heart block is pretty wonky. I trimmed it up to the correct size as best as I could and then figured it would be okay once it got sewn into the block. And I think it looks just fine. I used brown Valdani thread to embroider the legs and used a small button, rather than an “x” for the eye ( The “x” makes him look dead, in my opinion, and I want an alive looking chick 😉 )

Here are the other blocks that I made:

The Maple Leaf…this one was really super simple and very fast. I decided to stay with one color family rather than go all scrappy like Lori’s example.

I also made the Spools block.

This block gave me trouble! My middle pieces were bigger than my top and bottom pieces so I had to do some major cheating and readjusting to get the pieces to fit. Some people might rip it all out and start over but that is not how I roll. One little trick that I used was to fold my pieces in HALF so that I could easily see where they should line up:

Then I pinned and sewed them together and did some major squaring up. The block is far from perfect, but we have already established that I don’t worry about perfection, right?!

 

Okay, those are all the blocks I  made this week….2 more to go and I am hoping to work on those this weekend ( It is supposed to be very chilly here this weekend…and yesterday we had the A/C on!! Crazy weather!). I hope that you have gotten a start on your blocks and if not, I hope you get a chance to work on some this weekend too. Please share your progress in the facebook group that I have organized  just for blog subscribers. You can find that group by clicking here: Farmhouse Quilts and Friends.  This will be a small, private group where you can share your photos of your projects, ask questions, and get to know other members. This group is for all of you, not just for those working on the Happy Farm Girl quilt. I will  share  tips and tutorials and patterns from around the web ( so very much like my old FB group, but on a much smaller scale!) I hope to see you there!

Okay, I’m off to do some sewing.

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

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Moving update and a few sewing tidbits!

A quick blog post to fill you in on what’s happening around here! Moving day is coming up quickly and I have been packing up a lot of my goodies already. We are very lucky that our move is paid for so we don’t have to do the packing ourselves, but those precious items whose safe-keeping I need to ensure are being packed by moi. image from Google I know that professional movers do an awesome job packing things up carefully, but did I share the story of my sewing machine in our previous move? No? Well, when the movers arrived they opened up the little side door in the truck, and there was my expensive sewing machine teetering in the doorway, on top of a pile of other stuff. I think I might have screamed….or at least sent that driver scurrying back to the truck to save my machine from falling. Enuf said. So last weekend I packed up my van WITH sewing machine and rotary cutters and rulers and took it up myself. My hubby joked that now he knows for sure that I will be moving ( and he is not wrong 😉 ).

After finding a safe spot for my things, I spent a little bit of time removing drapes and cleaning windows so that all my furniture and treasures can be moved in right away…why yes, I do have my priorities straight, why do you ask?!? Just kidding of course! The kids’ rooms are all cleaned and pretty much ready to go too, as are the downstairs rooms. All we have to do is move in the big furniture and then unpack. No biggie…..and I might just unpack my quilt stuff first…when  noone is looking of course. I am really hoping that I will be able to fit ALL my crafty supplies in this room. If I can’t, it means I have too much STUFF and I will have to donate some of it….eeeeeeekkkk! All kidding aside, I do intend to be super organized and neat in this space and am hoping to even get some kind of organizational system for that closet…that should help a lot. If you have any advice for me on what works well for you please share it in the comments!

When we returned home, I found the nicest surprise in the mail! A tea cozy made by a friend I met through my blog! teacozy made by DianeDiane is also a blogger ( you can find her at https://lookoutmountainquilter.com/) and she designed this herself! I think it is just perfect because I love mushrooms and gnomes and tea…..and do you see those little  quilts on the line? They really move! So thank you so much Diane! I will treasure this!

Well, that just about wraps up my news….please bear with me as we pack, move, and unpack. I really can’t wait to get back into the full swing of things with making fun little projects and sharing them here. Don’t forget that I will be revealing my Christmas ornament pattern right here on August 13th! I am also trying to come up with a new challenge for in the FB group ( which you can join here ), AND I want to do a sew-along featuring this adorable pattern by Lori Holt. http://shrsl.com/1316nIsn’t she adorable? You can find the pattern right here, but please note that you also need the book in order to have the patterns for the bowl, chicken, canning jars, and fruit! ( However, the book is awesome and you will love owning it!).

Alright, that really is all….have a great couple of weeks and I will talk to you all ‘from the other side’.

Happy creating!

Monique

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