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Farmer Girl Vintage Quilt: Progress!

This is a picture of 39 6" blocks from the Vintage Farmer Girl pattern book by Lori Holt.  I've been following her on social media and on her blog for a couple of years now, and I love how she has the ability to create in me a yearning for country life through her designs.  When we were house hunting I couldn't convince Handsomepants that we should move out to no man's land.  He works downtown and didn't want his commute to be longer than an hour, so inconsiderate of him! (Just and FYI, that was said in sarcasm!)

So since I am relegated to all of the conveniences of city life, I'll just have to satisfy my inner country girl by making this quilt and imagine that our patio is actually a wide open field where I can't even hang my quilts after washing them because the HOA wont allow it.

There are a few more blocks I need to create before I finalize my lay out, like the tractor, barn, and farm house, and a few more 6" blocks.  I only have to finish the sheep block and I will have made all 6" blocks in the book!  And then I'm planning on adding about 4 more 6" blocks that Lori has available for download from her blog.  I haven't quite decided which ones to download, but I'm leaning towards a tree to put next to the farm house, a cow, and some flower blocks.

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Handsomepants laughed at me when I came home from the grocery store with a bag of Bluebird Flour, he knew I had bought it because of the packaging (that's how I buy my spaghetti sauce too). I thought it would be a nice, vintage type addition to the quilt.  Size-wise it's not compatible with 6"blocks, but I'm going to fit it in somehow, either by forgoing sashing around it, or adding it as a "patch" to the backing.

I still need to decided on the color and style of sashing too.  The layout is going to be strait, not on point, and I still need to decide on the feel of the quilt.  If I make it into a winter quilt with flannel for backing, the sashing is going to be solid and colorful.  If I make a summer quilt, the sashing is going to be white with a fun binding.  I can't quite decided, and it might just come down to what additional fabrics are on sale because I don't have enough fabric for a backing in my stash.  

What are your suggestions?

Happy Quilting!

- Rita

 

Granny Square Quilt

Granny Squares are some of my favorite quilt blocks.  They're a classic that calls to mind snuggling under well-loved, almost ragged quilts at Grandmas' house over summer break.  A Granny Square quilt has been on my Quilting Bucket list for a while, and I finally got around to piecing one.  

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A few years ago I made out like a bandit at Denver's Quilt Show after spending an entire day combing through bargain and clearance bins.  One of the finds I made as a plastic bag of 400 3" squares for $2.  Great price for precuts!  I used those squares as the foundation for the Granny Squares Quilt top. and an old sheet because I'm on a budget!

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When I designed the blocks, I cheated a bit.  Traditionally Granny Square blocks use half squares triangles for the background fabric.  I used only squares and rectangles and set the blocks on point so that piecing would be fast and easy.  This quilt top measures 88 x 106" and is just shy of a true king sized quilt, so I wanted to use as little thread, fabric and time as possible.  

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Unfortunately I have the habit of piecing together quilt tops and the Granny Squares Quilt is no exception.  I don't have a batting large enough for it, so I'm saving up my monthly quilting budget to buy one. Hopefully I should have enough by October.  I feel like a little kid saving up my allowance.  But actually quilting this beast is going to be an adventure! I'm planning on top stitching 2 1/2" lines to mirror the Granny Squares.

However, I am hoping that once the quilt is finished, that it will be a nice hint to Handsomepants that we should upgrade our bed.  I don't necessarily need a king, but the double mattress that I've had since I started high school is starting to get a little worn.

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Goose always helps me stage my quilts, she's such a help!

Goose always helps me stage my quilts, she's such a help!

If you're interested in making your own Granny Squares quilt, you can download the pattern HERE.

Remember to share yours in Instagram with #posterityquiltco

Happy Quilting!

- Rita

June Recap

* Life got so crazy that I'm posting this 2 weeks into August! Sorry


June was an awesome month in the Wahn household.  Summer is in full swing, the garden beds are bursting, the girls practically live in the baby pool, and my days are split between play time and quilting.  Unfortunately for Handsomepants, work has been crazy.  June not only means the end of the fiscal quarter, but also the end of the fiscal year (he's a financial reporter for the state) and the state went live with an incredibly glitchy new computing system which has just compounded the normal stress of meeting work deadlines. I don't know how he likes his job, but he does, and I'm thankful for that.

I've also gotten lots of quilting done this month!  I've been able to get lots done and actually start preparing for a big, little something I'm thinking about launching in September, but I'll keep you posted on that as we get closer to launching!

 

Resolution: Blogging

I'll admit that I may have overstepped my initial New Years resolution to publish a blog post every week.  That's a goal that is overly ambitious  so I'm changing my resolution to publishing a post every other week. Two quality posts a month is a more realistic goal to work with my daily schedule, be a present mother, and sleep at night.  That being said, here are the links to June's posts in case you missed any of them.  

"Independence Day" Quilt Pattern

 

RESOLUTION: QAL's

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The Quilter's Planner QAL treated me very well this month.  I made the community spotlight on Angie's blog over that GnomeAngle again!  And I won the monthly drawing - woohoo!  Deanne over at Stitches Quilting sponsored May's giveaway, a generous $100 gift card!  It very quickly burned a hole in my pocket when I picked up two fat quarter bundles (Arbor Blossom by Nadra Ridgeway and Posy Garden by Carina Gardner both for Riley Blake), a new Olfa cutting mat, and some fork pins (which are amazing!).  And because Deanna is so awesome, she also sent me a mini charm pack of Bitter Sweet by Sue Daley Designs for Riley Blake.

52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner

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I'll admit that i missed this one this month!  Good thing there are no penalties for falling behind!

 

Resolution: Finish WIPs

Bust! Instead of trying to finish one of the many quilts awaiting quilting or binding, I decided to start a new project.  It's what I do people, don't hold my character flaws against me!

A couple of years ago at a quilt fair in Denver I waited until the last moment to to buy fabrics, and I made out like a bandit snagging up super deep discounts.  One of the things I bought was a bag of precut 3" squares for $1!  The fabrics were all calicoes or gingham, and to be honest, not all of the patterns appealed to me, but it was a $1!

I dug out the bag and grabbed an old white sheet and started making Granny Squares.  I have another post coming up about it, so keep tuned for that!

I did restart a baby quilt though! A good friend is having her second baby and I transferred a couple of embroidery patterns onto negative space on the quilt top that I'm going to use instead of a free motion quilt pattern.  I wanted a sweet, floral feel for the quilt, and nothing beats vintage embroidery for that!

 

I'll talk about why July was such a bust for me in the July Recap post, but I hope that August is just as productive in quilting that June was!

Hope you guys have all been having a great summer!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita

"Sprinkles on Top" Block Pattern

This is just a mock up I made of the "Sprinkles on Top" block.  I have an actual quilt top in the making, but I was so excited about the block I wrote this post without finishing it first.

This is just a mock up I made of the "Sprinkles on Top" block.  I have an actual quilt top in the making, but I was so excited about the block I wrote this post without finishing it first.

Earlier this year I took part in the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Yvonne, Leanne, and Beth.  It was an awesome experience and a great to discover and be discovered by other new bloggers.  Earlier this month I received an email from Yvonne that she had sent around to those who took place in the NQB Blog Hop, that announced a rebranding of Quilt-Pro Systems, a quilt designing software developer.  

The company was looking for about 100 block designers for a collaborative project called Block Party.  I thought this was an awesome opportunity to make connection in the quilting world.  I had zero experience designing blocks, but I gave it a shot.  And I missed.  My submission wasn't selected for publication, but I had a lot of fun anyway.  And for you, my lovely readers, that means you get a free block design!  

 

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  • Five white 4 1/2" squares
  • Eight white 3" squares
  • Four dark blue 4 1/2" squares
  • Four teal 3/4" squares
  • Two red 2" squares

These are all of the pieces needed to create the Sprinkles on Top block laid out in their proper locations. 

* Remember to use a 1/4" seam allowance.

STEP 1

On all of the red, teal and 3" white squares mark a line from corner to corner.  These are going to guide your stitches when you piece these square onto the larger white squares.

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STEP 2

Place one teal square right-side down on one white square and piece together along the marked line made in Step One.

Cut excess fabric off from the corner side of the stitches, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press seams open.

 

STEP 3

Place a red square right-side down onto of the teal corner you created in Step 2 and piece together along the marked line made in Step One.

Cut excess fabric off from the corner side of the stitches, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press seams open.

 

This is what your finished square should look like.  If you need to, use a ruler and square up to measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  I don't think you should need to square up, but as you can see from the picture, not all blocks turnout perfect.

Repeat this process to make 4 squares.

  

 

STEP 4

Place a 3" white square in a dark blue square and piece together along the marked line made in Step One.

Cut excess fabric off from the corner side of the stitches, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press seams open.

 

Repeat this process on the opposite corner of the dark blue square so that you have a square like the one in the picture.

Repeat this process to make 4 squares.

 

Lay out all of your squares and piece them together. Press seams open and square up your block if necessary.  Your finished block should measure 12 1/2 x 12 1/2" when finished.

If you couldn't tell, it's play off of a Friendship Star, nothing too fancy, but I've lately been into quilts that show off negative space and I tried to keep that in mind when I thought of this block.

What do you guys think of the "Sprinkles on Top" block? Try it out for yourself, I'd love to see your versions!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita

Independence Day Quilt Pattern

At the beginning of the year, I had made a series of New Year's resolutions that were selected in order to increase my skills in quilting.  All of my life I had been mediocre at everything I tried, a jack of all trades, master of none.  But quilting has been the only hobby I actually stuck to longer than a year, and it's something I plan to master.  One of the ways in which I wanted to stretch my abilities was to write my own quilt pattern.  This would challenge my creativity, help me master the art of quilty math, and would be a pretty legit thing to have on my "resume".  So without further ado, here's "Independence Day."

I've always really admired flag quilts.  The variety and colors are beautiful, and the scrappy fabrics and long tradition of flag quilts gives you a feeling of historical continuity.  Looking at those quilts gives me a sense of national pride and connection that all of their creators must share.  Binge watching Netflix documentaries on the Civil War and the World Wars helps too.  

I wanted something quick and easy, so "Independence Day" is an over sized, modern take on the American flag.  The lines of top stitching are 3" apart.  I didn't want the quilting to distract from the pattern, and sometimes I find that are quilted with a tight pattern are stiff and not as comfy-snuggly as I like a quilt to be.  I thought a snuggly patriotic quilt was appropriate, it should feel like a hug from friends, family, summer nights, bare feet, fireflies, and clean sheets.  It should feel like home.

I think this beauty will make a nice addition to our fireworks viewing this year too!

I will say that I have a new found appreciation for pattern writing.  In the future I'll plan better instead of just diving right in with piecing and making it up as I go.  That's how I usually quilt, but I learned a lot about the importance of organization.  Thank you Robert Kaufman Fabrics for your Quilter's Friend QuiltCalc, you saved me from several headaches!

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I also have a new found respect for those bloggers who regularly create pdf downloads, they are way more involved in creating them than I had anticipated.  I'm sorry to all of those blogger's whose downloads I abused and underappreciated in the past.  

You can download the pattern HERE

M helped me take pictures and decided she was tired after about 3 pictures.  I had to take the rest while she took a nap that afternoon!

M helped me take pictures and decided she was tired after about 3 pictures.  I had to take the rest while she took a nap that afternoon!

Do you like what you see? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita