November 20, 2014

Fabric Sale! Half off too!!

There's still time to order your Poppa's Tree Farm quilt pattern and have it made by the time Santa arrives!
Here's Poppa's Tree Farm made with Bonnie and Camille's past fabric line Marmalade.  
Marmalade is hard to find now...but,
wouldn't this be fun!  
Trees in this adorable Blake Riley Christmas fabric
 with red checkered pinwheels
 or polka dot pinwheels
or pink polka dot pinwheels...
 
or bright green pinwheels...
 or this blue for pinwheels...
and the tree trunks in a gray check
or gray polka dot!
My friend Bev is having an awesome fabric sale!  
Half off  on yardage!  All the fabric samples you see here i found in her shop!!
Go visit Bev's blog HERE to get the sales scoop!!
Need Poppa's Tree Farm quilt pattern?  
Find purchase options HERE ...pattern is only 6!

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.

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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 ...click 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!  

Join our Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Facebook page HERE...see if my Classes might interest you!

October 16, 2014

Free!

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

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On the 'other hand'....here'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!

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