November 9, 2014

Sunday Farming Blocks

My newest farm blocks...and a few tips on piecing their buds and petals.  
 Tulip Block #96
 Bouquet Block #8
Flower Pot Block #37

All the flower blocks are assembled in a similar manner.  Each 'flower' is divided into a right and left section.

 Flower Blocks #96 and #8 have a triangle sewn to the top and side of the 'bud' template. An additional triangle is sewn separately to the 'petal' template. 

I recommend laying out all the fabric pieces to see how your block will come together.  My photo examples below are for Block #8

Starting with the right section of the flower, begin by lining up the 'bud' template with the top triangle. Sew together and press towards the dark.  When piecing the left bud template with its top triangle, press to the light....this creates opposing seams.  

Add the side triangle.  Finger press both the side triangle and bud template to determine the center.  Sew together, press towards the dark and set aside.

Finger press the 'petal' template with its coordinating triangle and sew together.  Press towards the triangle.  Sew the petal unit to the bud unit shown above.
Repeat this process for the other half of the flower.  
Sew each flower half unit together
 Press the final seam open
Block #96 is constructed almost the same.  The flower petal unit is just a bit different.  Watch your pressing to create opposing seams.

The pictures below represent Block #37.  
Notice there are no side triangles sewn to the bud templates. Refer to the photo in the Farmer's Wife Sampler book page 164. Sew your smallest triangle to the top of each bud template. Press them for opposing seams. Stitch the 2 bud sections together and press the seam open. 

Sew the medium size triangles to the pink petals templates. 
The angles of the templates and triangles can be confusing. Lay them out first and then turn them right sides together and sew. 

 Now it's time to sew the bud to the petal units...with a 'pivot'.  Notice my pencil line through the seam of the petal unit.  This is a quarter inch mark.  Line this up with the appropriate angle of the bud unit.  It may look wrong as the angles are in opposition.

(in the photo below i have already sewn one petal section and am adding in the second)
Pin into place.
Begin sewing but when you reach the pinned spot, STOP with your needle down.  Lift the presser foot and pivot, adjusting the fabric.
 You will have something that looks like this below.  Make sure you adjust the fabrics so no tucks are created.  The tuck you see in the photo is just above the sewing line and not stitched into the seam.
The seam will naturally want to be pressed away from the bud.

Add in the remaining triangles to complete the flower portion of Block #37

If you are interested in my modern piecing methods to make The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt HERE

October 25, 2014

Growing Pumpkins on the Farm~~

Since we are in the midst of a remodel and all my festive decorations are packed for god knows how long....This is my only Halloween/Thanksgiving purchase.  Sad...
Feeling in the mood the other day...i snapped this pic with my small unquilted and a bit wrinkled (that's for you Bev) Farmer's Wife table-topper/runner...  
 ...and my hooked Pumpkin nest.  Momma Pumpkin is keeping her 'seedlings' warm.  (See my hooked nest post HERE )

On to more important items....

Below is block #30 from the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt using my instructional lessons from Class 9.  In my instructions, one will end up with enough pieces to make 2 blocks.  One pieced together as shown in the 
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book...

and the second block can be made by turning the half square triangles from the outer edge of the block as shown above, to the center of the block, shown below...creating a completely new look.
 If you are using my instructions to make your Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt...reserve this block above for a future class.

Learn more about my Classes HERE 

October 23, 2014

More from 'The Blue Farm Collection'

Busy plowing and a bit of weeding (seam ripping) today. 

This series of blocks come from Class Three of the Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes.  Two more blocks will complete this class.

 Using modern rotary cutting and piecing techniques!

Click HERE to read what other quilters are saying about my Classes!  

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October 16, 2014


Two patterns in one!
Start out making this Candy Corn Pumpkin runner...

...and turn the left over pieced scraps into Candy Corn Pinwheels!
Find these free patterns on my Craftsy Pattern Store 
and download instantly!

October 11, 2014

Hands down, my least favorite part of quilting is...

...trimming half square triangles. 
Alas, it must be done.  Accuracy is important when piecing small units together.  If you missed my trimming tutorial, you'll find it HERE

On the 'other hand''s some news...Jane's online fabric shop is closing.  :/  
Jane has been plowing through her farm (farmer's wife blocks using my instructional classes) and has some lovely FW starter kits for sale.  
Sweet huh?
Here's a look at Jane's crop of blocks made with the 'Flour Sugar' fabric bundle above.
Visit Jane's online shop today...when it's all gone, it's all gone.  So best hurry for some great deals!  Jane sells on Etsy and Ebay. 
Have a Happy Day!

October 3, 2014

The Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Class 10 is now available!

Class 10 is now available through my Craftsy Pattern Store HERE, my Etsy Shop HERE or for a direct email option, visit my blog link HERE

Here's a excerpt from my published Class 10 description:
CLASS 10 JUMPS AHEAD and gives specific directions for sewing your blocks together. 
With the completion of Class 9, you will have 91 blocks finished. Now is a good time to begin laying out your blocks, picking out sashing, cornerstone, setting triangles and border fabric. 

In the back of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book, fabric requirements are given for only 2 fabrics; muslin and brown. It does not offer a break down of individual amounts for sashing, cornerstones, setting triangles, border and binding. 

Class 10 provides individual fabric requirements for the sashing, cornerstones, setting triangles, border and binding. It also includes helpful suggestions for picking out your final fabrics and laying your blocks out successfully.

With the completion of Class 9, many are anxious to sew blocks together. If your quilt is truly scrappy, this is the perfect time to pick out your final fabrics.  HOWEVER, if you are using a specific line of fabrics, you may want to purchase Class 10 now and buy the final fabrics ahead of time.  You never know how long a particular line of fabric will be i'm sure we have all experienced!  Lol
hApPy FaRmInG!!

Need the book?  Click HERE for more info on how you can make The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

October 1, 2014

Pressing, Trimming, Fudging...

Here's a tutorial for any quilter...but specifically for those taking my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes.  

Before trimming a Half Square Triangle, line up the diagonal line of the ruler with the diagonal seam of the hst.   The outer left hand side line and bottom line of the ruler should be directly ON TOP of the fabric.  
This will help with accuracy for the desired half square triangle size.   In this case 1-1/2".
 After sewing the hst to a loose triangle, i 'heat set' my seams first before pressing them to one side.  This is an important step.  It allows one to line up the edges of the two pieces to ensure they are both square and straight.  Then carefully press the seam to one side without distorting the unit.
 When sewing units together that have 'points',  make sure the seam is pressed to the side that allows the intersection to show.  Stitch directly through the intersection.  You can see below my needle is just about to stitch through the intersection.  In doing so, am confident i have not cut off my 'point'.  
 Another helpful tip when stitching pieces together.  You may have 'tails' that stick out beyond the seam allowance.  My needle below is almost to the loose triangle 'tail' that is underneath my presser foot.  
 Maintaining a 1/4" seam allowance, my needle should stitch exactly where the 'tail' ends.
I don't recommend pressing all the seams open.  Sometimes seams are easier pressed to one side allowing them  to 'nestle' up against each other making it easier for seams to line up.  However, in the picture below where lots of seams intersect and create bulk, it is perfectly fine to open up that last seam to distribute the bulk.
 One more tip on squaring up a unit.  None of us are perfect...i certainly am not as you can tell by the picture below.  

This unit should measure 3-1/2".  I place the diagonal line of the ruler on top of the diagonal seam line. I also line up the opposite diagonal line through the half square triangle units.  Now i trim the right side and the top of the unit.  Flip the unit around, line up the ruler again and trim the other side.   Watch out not to trim more than a quarter inch next to the half square triangles.  That is your seam allowance.   Take a look at the top left hst.  See the white tip of the triangle?  The 1/4" ruler line is just below the tip.  I'm going to avoid trimming that area because when i stitch it into another unit, i don't want to cut off that point.  
 That's where pressing can help.  Before i trim this block, i might go back and repress to see if i can square up this block a bit more before i take the cutter to it.  Be careful not to distort the block too much with excessive pressing which can create waviness.  
I hope this has been helpful.  When working with small 6-1/2" blocks as in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt....Pressing, Trimming and a bit of 'Fudging' go along way.  
To learn more about my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes, click HERE


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