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Farm Girl Vintage

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

 

April/May Recap

Well I dropped the ball on my monthly report in April. I had meant to write the post, and the next thing I knew it was halfway through May! How time flies sometimes! 

Goose graduated preschool this month, and I promise that I didn't cry too much. How is it possible that my first born is going to be a kindergartner in August?!? M is no longer the shy little girl she used to be, those fabled Terrible Twos are in full swing, and Little Man cut 4 teeth! Handsomepants is also helping me revamp the laundry room by building a new surround for the utility sink. He's the best! 

But enough about the family, let's talk quilting! 

 

RESOLUTION: BLOGGING

The 2017 New Quilters Blog Hop ended 😭 It was hosted by name,name,and name, and was an absolute blast! I met so many wonderfully talented quilters out in the blogosphere. I also found many friends on Instagram (check them out for yourself), a platform that I'm relatively new to, and it immediately became my favorite social media site. I think my favorite part is being made jealous of everyone else's fabric and it keeps me motivated to create more.  If you're interested in seeing any of the other bloggers in my blog hop "hive" click here to see my introduction or just follow these links:

Samantha Dorn at Aqua Paisley Studio

Andrea Hokanson at Goofin' Off Around the Block

Emily Leachman at The Darling Dogwood

Vivian Gutierrez at Quilting With Vivian

 Nancy Bekedam at Grace and Peace Quilting

Kathy Bruckman at kathyskwiltsandmore

April Adams at JANDABendQuilts

Gail Sheppard at Quilting Gail

Amy Gerlich at AmyScrapSpot

Nicole Hannah at Handwrought Quilts

Barbara Bremner at Crazy Red Quilts

Gina Smith at Quilts and Cakes

Kara Zevchik at Sunshine Kwilts

Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs

Becca Fenstermaker at Pretty Piney

Gwen Sager at Tillalili

Wendy Tuma at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Overall in April and May I did alright with keeping up my blogging, I hope you all weren't too let down, although I realized that I did way more quilting than blogging! If you missed any of my previous posts, here's the links:

M's Bunny Backpack

The Picnic Quilt

 

RESOLUTION: FINISH 12 WIPS

I kind of moved backwards on this resolution. I did make progress on finishing some WIPs like A&H's Wedding Quilt and the Baby Cathedral Window Quilt.  But I did add some more WIPs to the pile, but I suppose that's the curse of a quilters, your work is never done and what a happy curse it is!

 

RESOLUTION: JOIN 3 QALS

The Quilters Planner QAL has been plugging along and fingers crossed I keep up the pace! I  plan on posting all blocks in their appropriate times, all 52 of them! 

April's Blocks

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I also kicked some serious butt on the Vintage Farmer Girls blocks, I have one block from the book left to make, and about 5 block spaces left in the layout I have planned. Lori Holt has some more blocks she's designed on her blog, and I'm still deciding which ones I want to incorporate into my quilt.

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The Blue Bird Flour fabric I'm thinking of incorporating somehow to give the quilt a more "authentic" feel  from when feed sacks were more commonly used for quilting fabric.

I am very excited about the Vintage Farmer Girl quilt, this one is mine and I've never made myself a quilt before. I'm thinking about a pink sashing and boarder with a dark binding, maybe black or blue, I don't know, and I still need to decide on a backing too. I think that means I need to go fabric shopping!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita

January 2017 Recap

Since I made and committed to my New Years resolutions, you can find those here, I thought it would be a good idea to follow each month with a recap of all the things I accomplished (or not) for that month.  So here's what happened in January:

 

Resolution: Blogging

My goal was to write a blog post per week. To help me with that goal, in my Quilter's Planner I scheduled time every Monday specifically for writing.  That's great and all, but I didn't post new content every Monday.  I did post three articles though if you include my first post of 2017 with my list of New Year's resolutions, the other two are here, and here.

If I really want to stick to this resolution, I need to step it up on my content ideas and creation, and stick to my calendar and scheduling.  I guess we'll see how well that goes in February's recap.

 

Resolution: Organize the Closet

RESOLUTION COMPLETE! Over the last week of January and into February I completely organized my quilting closet (post is here.)  What a breath of fresh air to have everything nice and neat and in its place, plus I'm done with a resolution!  Hooray for me!

 

Resolution: Join 3 QAL's

I am well on my way to completing this resolution.  I have officially joined 2 1/2 quilt-a-longs.  The first is the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner QAL.  I broke down and actually bought the planner, and I do not regret that decision.  It's an awesome planner (which is huge for me!), makes the QAL easier to complete, and I'm now eligible for the multiple giveaways offered every week and month. (Fingers crossed!)  Also, because of this QAL, I learned how to paper piece! This was a new technique for me an I am hooked!

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The second QAL is the Sewcial Bee Sampler by Maureen Cracknell.  I am super excited about the possiblities with this QAL.  It's shorter than the Quilter's Planner QAL with only 25 blocks, and I'm using a fat quarter stack from Cotton & Steele fabrics so this quilt should look more cohesive than the Quilter's Planner QAL since I've pledged to use scraps.

The 1/2 QAL is a full QAL that I've joined late, like almost a year late!  I borrowed Lori Holt's book Farm Girl Vintage from my mother in law.  My goal is to make one of every 6" block in the book, along with some of the larger 14" blocks to make an entire quilt top.  I think I'm going to have to make a few blocks from Lori's website to fill in some open spaces in the layout I designed, but I'm very excited about this quilt.  I'm using it as a skill builder, I'm being very meticulous with my piecing, more than I usual. I really want the points of my blocks to be spot on and the pride of this quilt.  These are just a few of the blocks I've made so far.

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Resolution: Make a Quilt by Hand

I'm off to a good start on this resolution.  Using a small fat quarter stash and a charm pack, as well as some templates from Love & Patchwork Quilting Magazine, I have chosen a pattern, color scheme, and started cutting and sewing.  If I stick to pace that I've been moving, I think I could be done with all my blocks by about June.  Thinking about it now, I'm not sure if I can complete this resolution in one year, but it never helps to be pessimistic. 

 

Resolution: Machine Binding

I'm not sure about this resolution, I haven't really done anything about building this skill since I haven't finished that many projects.  I need more practice before I can call this resolution complete.

 

Resolution: Finish 10 WIPs

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I have almost completed my first WIP!  I'm making a wedding quilt for some dear friends from college.  I feel a little bad that the quilt wasn't finished for their wedding (in September!) but I had a baby half way through piecing the top, so I don't feel that bad.  This is first quilt I've made with a center medallion.  It looks pretty cute and I'm pleased with the way it's turned out, but I have to admit that applique is not my cup of tea! Holy smokes is that tedious! So far I'm about half done with quilting it, I did some FMQ around the medallion then simple top stitching over the rest of the blocks.  

I've also been doing some small quilting that really has no place in my schedule but it's super fun and eating up my scraps.  Like I said earlier, I learned how to paper piece while constructing a block for the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner QAL, and I am in love with this new-to-me technique!  It does create some more waste than other quilting techniques, but the accuracy is on point! I've been piecing together 4" blocks for coasters.  I decided that I need a set of coasters after I made some Kitty Coasters for my awesome little sister for Christmas. 

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Besides all of the success' and short comings of January, this family has been busy! M broke her finger the day after Christmas and that was traumatic for everyone involved, (it is incredibly difficult to protect a broken finger on an 18 month old!)  Goose started back to preschool and I am actively procrastinating enrolling her into kindergarten (there is no way my baby is almost 5!)  Handsomepants got a promotion at work (I'm so proud!) and I have had a couple of exciting opportunities fall my way.  I have been invited to become an instructor at a local karate school and I surprised myself by becoming a Norwex consultant!  

So far 2017 has turned out to be pretty awesome (except for M's finger) and exciting.  I hope it stays that way! How has your first month been? Have you completed any of your New Year's resolutions? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita