Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along Week One

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing my first two blocks for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along headed up my Angie of Gnome Angel, Fat Quarter Shop, and Marti Michell!

This week we have three blocks to make...the first two have been introduced, and the next one will be introduced later this week. After this week there will be only two blocks to make a week.

This weeks blocks are #16, Bonnie (pictured left above), and #12, Becky (pictured on the right). My method is to choose fabrics, cut them out, and then lay out the blocks on block boards to make sure I like the fabric placement. 

Since this quilt along is making the blocks in order from easiest to hardest we will have some fast and fun blocks right at the beginning. I used traditional rotary cutting and machine piecing for both of these blocks. Since the pieces were standard sizes, there wasn't a need for templates. I loved making his one. If you have your book already, you might notice that I'm sticking to the colorways found in the original blocks fairly closely (at least for now).

I'm also sharing the back of the blocks today so you can see how I pressed the fabrics. When the blocks get a little trickier and the pieces a little smaller I will be pressing a lot of seams open. But for now, pressing to one side has been fine for accuracy.

 Block #12, Becky, was also a lot of fun to make. I had fun mixing up these colored fabrics!

 I also pressed the seams for this block to one side.

One thing I should mention is that I will definitely be spraying all of my fabrics with either Flatter or starch before piecing. I just spray lightly and iron before cutting. It really seems to help with accuracy. I'm not super particular about what I use. I love the light finish of Flatter and use it a lot. When I need "extra" I'll use a spray starch.

 I'll post the third block for this week after the tutorial has been posted, and then I'll probably just post once each week with my blocks.  For now, you can go to Angie's post if you need more information about the quilt along blocks for this week.

The tutorials will be a great help; however, they won't display any of the actual measurements due to copyright issues. If you still need a copy of the book, you can find it here: The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them    .

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Bella Solids Moda Match Maker Tool

Happy Monday! Happy last week of September, too (can you believe it)?! Today I just have to share a new tool for quilters that arrived on my doorstep this morning. It's the brand new Bella Solids Moda Match Maker, and it's amazing!

This handy dandy tool measures 2 3/4" wide, 5 1/4" tall, and 6" long. Inside is a dream come true for quilters...

 This easy to store box contains every Bella solid on a card...the screw you see on the front of the box holds everything in place...

 and the color swatch cards easily flip out so you can easily use them to match colors.

 What is even better is that  the back of the card has all of the information you need...sku number and color name...to make it easy for ordering. There is also a great space with several lines for notes in case you want to note which projects you've used a specific color for to have for future reference.

 I've used Moda Bella color boards for a few years, but this tool is going to be so much more useful. I love the fact that it is so compact and easy to store, too!

They will be available at the end of October. Ask your local quilt shop to order one in for you...or sign up to be notified when they are in stock here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Giveaway

Happy Saturday! Today I have a sponsor giveaway from Jodie of the super fun on-line fabric shop, Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Jodie is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her shop...before I give you the details on the giveaway here are some fun things you might want to look at in the shop...

Something new in her shop is this sweet 1930's collection, Storybook Vacation by Windham...such sweet prints! 

For the princess in your life, here is a darling new collection from Northcott called Little Princess--and for the little prince in your life...another new Northcott collection arriving in November is called Little Knights Quest.

And...for Halloween...here's a Candy Corn Fat Quarter Bundle...perfect for your Halloween sewing!

 To enter the giveaway...visit Fort Worth Fabric Studio...look around...then come back here and leave a comment mentioning your favorite item or coming soon item!

For a second entry...sign up for the Fort Worth Fabric Studio email list...the entry box is in the upper right hand corner. Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you've signed up.  That's all...good luck! The giveaway will stay open through Monday night, and I'll announce a winner next Wednesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by...good luck with the giveaway!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Today I have a couple of favorites...and a sneak peek of a favorite!

 Just this week I received my Cozy Cottage 2016 Calendar by Lori Holt. It's a delightful calendar with beautiful photography and some fun projects. There will also be a blog tour I'll be taking part in later this fall with projects from the calendar!

Earlier in the summer I posted about the much anticipated quilt book, the Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety: Presented by The American Folk Art Museum. I wasn't able to make it to this amazing display of quilts when it was displayed in New York City, but the book is absolutely wonderful! I'm so happy I preordered it and was happily surprised when it arrived the other day.  

There are gorgeous pictures of the original quilt show and then beautiful flat shot photos of each and every quilt...it's a dreamy book of inspiration for quilters!

The book includes historical information and 350 pages of beautiful pages and photos...I'm hoping to read every word...

but things are about to get very busy here because just over 60 pounds of fabric arrived the other day...I can't share just yet, though.

Hope you're all set for a quilting weekend...thanks so much for stopping by!

PS From now through September 27th, there are over 500 Craftsy classes on sale for $20 and under...go here to see the choices!
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Splash of Color Blog Tour

Happy Thursday! Today is my day on the Splash of Color Blog Tour! My friend (and blog sponsor) Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works wrote a beautiful book, Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-white Quilts, and I am happy to be able to share a little bit about it today (read on to the end for a chance to win an e-copy of her book)!

Jackie's book is a beautifully done book with colorful quilts that are a delight to look at. One of my favorite quilts is called "Climbing Mountains."

I love Jackie's version of "Climbing Mountains with the bright colors, low-volume backgrounds, and the mix of black and white!

 Jackie also shared with me an alternate version of this quilt made by her friend Roberta...it's fun to see the difference with darker backgrounds and gorgeous solids!

Jackie's book has 13 different projects in different sizes, and they all feature bright colors mixed with black and white prints...the designs are traditional and modern--her book is a real visual treat! The projects range from beginner to more advanced, so there is something for every level of quilter.

You can see even more images of the quilts in the book here on Jackie's web site. Below is a full list of the other book reviews (visit these blogs on the dates listed to see more of the quilts and have more chances to win an e-book).

Wednesday, September 23

Jackie Kunkel - Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog

Kate Colleran - Seams Like a Dream  -  http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/

Pat Sloan -  Pat Sloan Blog - http://blog.patsloan.com

Thursday, September 24

Shelly Pagliai - Prairie Moon Quilts - http://prairiemoonquilts.com/?page_id=2

Friday, September 25

Faith Jones - Fresh Lemons Quilts - http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com

Jenny Wilding Cardon - Martingale - http://blog.shopmartingale.com

Saturday, September 26

Vicki Welsh - Field Trips In Fiber - http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com

Pam Viera- McGinnis - Pam Kitty Morning - http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com

Sunday, September 27

Pat Wys - Silver Thimble Quilt Co.  - http://www.silverthimblequilt.com/blog/

Sharon McConnell - Color Girl Quilts - http://colorgirlquilts.com/blog

Monday, September 28

Julie Sefton - Me and My Quilts - Exploring the Possibilities - http://quiltdivajulie.blogspot.com

Victoria Findlay Wolfe - Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts -  http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 29

Caroline Critchfield - Sew Can She - http://www.sewcanshe.com

Amy Ellis - Amy’s Creative Side - http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/

Now...for the e-book giveaway:
Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win an e-copy of Jackie's book. Head over to Jackie's web site and sign up for her newsletter for a second chance (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the home page for the newsletter link)...come back here to comment and let me know you've done that...good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Best Tips for Choosing Fabric for a Quilt

Happy Wednesday! Today's post is all about fabric...specifically choosing fabric for a special project.

I'm really looking forward to quilting along with the Farmer's Wife 1930's quilt

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew Along

Happy Tuesday! I'm excited to be able to share a little more information about something I hinted at a couple weeks ago...the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel. This is going to be so much fun--there will be a couple of blocks a week with block tutorials and conversion charts from Marti Michell if you are interested in using templates for your blocks. There will be a big group of bloggers taking turns posting their progress each week, so there will be lots of quilty inspiration for this project.

I made the original Farmer's Wife quilt from the author's first book, The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired , a couple of years ago, and it is a favorite quilt of mine. I'm excited to be making this new quilt for a number of different reasons...

First, there really is something satisfying about working on a long-term project--taking it slow, and savoring the quilt making process over a long period of time. I do a lot of sewing that has to be done with deadlines, and working on a project like this is just so much fun and a real treat for me.

My first Farmer's Wife Quilt, before quilting. I made this quilt using Fig Tree scraps from my stash.

This new sew along begins next week, so you have some time to start thinking about what fabrics you're going to use. I'll be sharing a post tomorrow that will talk about fabric selection for this project (and for other long-term projects); I'll also share what I'm going to use for my quilt. In the meantime, you can get all of the information about the sew along from Angie's post here...and if you don't have the book yet you can find it here: The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them   .


I look forward to sewing along with everyone...Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Little Finishes and Scrap Management

Happy Monday! I had just a little sewing time over the weekend...but it was enough for a small finish and some scrap management! I've been trying to get a handle on my scraps...I love them so much and want to be sure I use them!

These fabrics might look familiar, but they're not from the older Fig Tree fabric collection Strawberry Fields...they are from the upcoming Fig Tree collection Strawberry Fields Revisited...more on that later...

I did some simple machine quilting on my Mini Vintage Tulip quilt and even got the binding made and ready to be hand stitched...I'll share the finished mini on our parade October 1st. Remember if you've made or are making this quilt, Michelle and I would love to have you join in the parade!

I used 3 1/2" squares to make little pockets for the dowel so I can hang this up as soon as it is finished!

Now...back to the scraps...I had some pretty small pieces of Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree and Company from market quilts I made a couple of weeks ago. By small I mean strips about 1 1/2" wide by 3, 5, and 7 inches in length. I just couldn't bear to thrown them out and have something in mind for them, so Saturday I sewed the bits and pieces together and now have the start of a project...

I'm not sure when I'll get back to these, but at least they are ready to go!

I'm so in love with the new Strawberry Fields Revisited...all of my favorites from the first collection are back...and there are some fun new prints as well. Joanna has been posting pictures of the fabrics and some of the new quilts on her Instagram, and as soon as she does the full reveal of the projects I worked on I'll share them with you.

It was definitely a quality weekend in the sewing room...just a little bit of time spent equaled a lot of fun!  Hope you got to sew this weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Red and Green Quilt Sampler Blocks

Happy Friday! It's finally starting to feel a little "fallish" here in my corner of the world...morning lows in the 60's signal the end of the hundred and teens for us...hopefully our 6-7 months of beautiful weather is here to stay.

With fall ever-so-readily approaching I've been pushing myself not only to get caught up on things that have needed my attention but also to get a little more organized for the crazy fall market sewing soon to come. So since the next installment of my Mystery Red and Green quilt blocks  came the other day (a block of the month quilt I've been doing from Fig Tree), I decided to tackle this work in progress first.

 Block one for this month was this 16" finished pineapple block. I love the sweet simplicity of this block!

 And block two was a fast and fun Bear Paw. I used a mix of scrappy backgrounds for this one.

 My month seven blocks are complete; I thought there were just nine months for this project, but I re-read the pattern and realized there are still three months to go.

With such a wonderful assortment of blocks already I am getting just a little excited to see this quilt come together. Patience just has never been one of my strong points!

 What are you doing to celebrate the change of seasons? And...is it too early to bring out the fall decor...wondering if I should wait until it's officially fall next week...or wait another week until the calendar turns to October?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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