February 10, 2016

How to Trim Big Blocks

Trimming large quilt blocks can be tricky if you don't have a ruler that fits the block size.
Visit my recent Craftsy Blog Post and learn a simple method using tools already on hand.
How to trim up a 10" block using a 6" ruler.  

Big Block quilts are easy and fun!! Here's my latest pattern called Easy as Pie!

I saw a recent fabric line I think would be perfect for Easy as Pie! OlieandEvie has it in her shop. 

Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille Fat Quarter Bundle 
Includes 40 Fat Quarters, which = 3 Easy as Pie! quilts!  That's only $35 in fabric for each quilt top!

Easy as Pie! quilt top can be made in a day!  zip zip!  Perfect picnic quilt, graduation gift, or brighten up your own home!

February 9, 2016

Broom Pattern available for download

Many have asked if i would offer my broom pictorial as an easy pdf download.

Tonight i took my rather lengthy blog post and condensed it into an 8 page pdf for $2.00  The blog pictorial is 23 pages long!  phew!

Of course you can make brooms for free by viewing my post!  But if you'd like to download it, you will find it for sale on blog.
 Click on 'More Patterns' found on the right sidebar and scroll down below the Easy as Pie! pattern. 
The broom pattern is also available on Craftsy and Etsy.

February 7, 2016

Sweeping through Super Bowl Sunday With my Free Broom Pattern!

Ready, Set, HUT!

Cutting instructions for One Broom
I cut some pieces larger than necessary and trim at the end.
Cut (2) 1-1/4" x 2-1/2"
Cut (2) 1-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Cut (2) 3/4" squares
Cut (1) 1-1/4" x 3"
Broom Handle:
Cut (1) 1" x 5-1/4"
Broom Band:
Cut (1) 3/4" x 1"
Bristle Band:
Cut (1) 3/4" x 2"
Broom Bristles:
Cut (1) 1-1/4" x 2"
Cut (1) 1-3/4" x 2"

Sew the broom band to one end of the broom handle.  
I chain piece when i can...Press towards the band.

With right sides together sew a 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" background rectangle to both sides of the broom handle.
Once both background sides are stitched onto the broom handle, press toward the handle.  I do this to create a little extra poof to handle!
The broom handle part is finished, set aside.

Draw diagonal lines on the wrong side of each 3/4" squares. Right sides together, place each on opposite corners of the 1-1/4" x 2" broom bristle as shown below. Sew directly on the drawn lines.  Flip and press.  I do not trim behind the corner triangles.  *A new sharp needle helps when sewing these tiny squares.

Sew the bristle band to the bottom of the unit above and press towards the band

Right sides together, sew the larger broom bristle piece to the bottom of the unit from step 4.
Notice in the picture below how close i need to stitch to the pressed bristle band.  
Press seam towards band.  Both seams will overlap.  Again, this creates a little fullness in the band.

Trim the top of the broom without trimming into the corner triangles.  Just even it up.

Then trim the bottom edge.

Finger press both the broom handle and the broom bristle piece to determine the centers.  With right sides together match the centers, pin and sew the handle to the broom.  *I take a larger basting stitch first to make sure i have the centers even.  Then I stitch into place.  Press this seam open

Add the final background 1-1/4" x 3" piece to the top of the broom stick.

Press well.  I love Best Press

 Now for the trimming.  The completed 'unfinished' broom block will measure 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" when trimmed.

Once the right side has been trimmed, turn the broom and trim the opposite side.  Again, line the 1" ruler mark on the broom handle and the 2-1/2" line should rest on the previously trimmed edge.

Lastly, trim the top of the broom so the entire length of the broom block measures 8-1/2".  This completes this cute little broom!

I decided to make enough brooms to border my 9 snowmen.  This required 4 extra 2-1/2" unfinished blocks...typically placed in each corner.  I decided to place mine a bit differently as shown in a few pictures below.

For my 2-1/2" blocks, i cut (4) 1-1/2" squares out of a variety of handle fabrics and (4) 1-1/2" background squares.

First i made a 4-patch with handle fabrics.  I drew diagonal lines on each background squares and created corner triangles in each corner of the 4-patch.  *Press each corner triangle before adding the next one.  I did not trim the excess fabric.

I placed 2 of the small blocks between a couple brooms and 2 on opposite corners of the quilt.

Of course, i would love to see what you do!  
Please share my tutorial with all your quilting Friends, On your Blog, Pinterest, Instagram...
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If you'd like a pdf download for the brooms, it is available for $2, Click Here for details.

If you are looking for the free snowman instructions from Lori Holt, you will find it by clicking HERE and scrolling to the very bottom to the very first picture posted.  The first 6 or 7 of Lori's pictures include the cutting and piecing for her cute little snowman block. 


February 5, 2016

Having you been building snowmen?

Frosty and brooms are finally put together!  

I'll be sharing cutting and piecing instructions for the brooms later this weekend...right here. 

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February 1, 2016

Happy February!!

Start your month out yummy!

 My snowmen had to take a little unexpected break these past couple weeks.  Offering Free Farmer's Wife classes in January kept me hopping! 

Two more brooms to go...and i'll stitch this cuteness together!  

Since my sweetest little Lucky Dog is no longer sitting by my side helping me with my quilting...especially with my Farmer's Wife quilts...

i've had to settle for Ms. Pig Popper to keep me company.
No replacement for my Lucky...but what a great toy!!!  I'm going to order a couple 'Love Poppers'...a Valentine gift for my sons! Lol!


January 31, 2016

Final day to receive a Free Farmer's Wife Class!

Thank you to all who have jumped on their tractors this month! 
Today is the last day to receive a free class...
click over to my January 1st blog post for details!

Join us on Facebook!  So much inspiration and wonderful farms cropping up all over the world!!  Come take a look! 
Even if you are not farming, you are welcome to join our Facebook group and download all the free tutorials found on our site!

Happy Farming!

January 29, 2016

2 days left to receive a Free January Farmer's Wife class!

With the purchase of one or more Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes, you will receive a class for free! 

                            Details on my January 1st post

Learn how to precision piece!

Make all these great blocks in Civil War colors...

Or in traditional Blue, white with a bit of golden browns....

How about bold and colorful...

or sweet and soft?

The classes are detailed and include many black, white and color illustrations

Follow us on Facebook for more inspiration!
Get your free January Class before the end of the month!!


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