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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

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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May'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

Hello 2017! Resolutions and To Do's

What a crazy year 2016 was! For me and mine it was a great year with big changes: we bought a house, had a baby, Goose is rocking preschool, and Handsomepants made some improvements in his office and therefore his career. I'll never understand accounting , but I'm glad he enjoys it. Despite some little hick ups like a miserable drive to Wisconsin for the holidays (Wisconsin was great, the drive was not) and M breaking a finger the day after Christmas, this last year was awesome Like everyone in the world I've made some New Years resolutions, and I hope to actually follow through with them. 

Rita's 2017 Quilting Resolutions

  • publish one blog post a week
  • organize my quilting closet (achieved 2/7/2017)
  • join and complete three quilt-a-longs
  • make a quilt completely hand sewn from start to finish
  • perfect the art of machine binding
  • finish 10 WIP's

 

1. Blogging

The first is consistent writing.  Writing a blog post takes way more preparation and work than I had anticipated when I first started this blog.  But knowing that I have 1 or 2 readers (Hi Mom!) gives me a sense of accountability to someone other than myself.  It doesn't allow me to get lazy.  All the other resolutions don't have the same level of accountability so I've come up with an action plan for actually following through with them.

 

2. Organize the Quilt Closet

Since we moved, Handsomepants asked if I could keep my quilting contained, instead of spread all throughout the house.  I laid claim to the entire closet under the basement stairs to store all of my quilting stuff.  All of my things have been unpacked but haven't been organized.  When we moved I took an extensive inventory of all of my quilting supplies, and we somehow ended up with an extra dresser so I'm planning on using that for fabric storage.  With such a chore, I'm determined to get it right the first time and to do so I'm going to designate an entire weekend to organizing the closet.

 

3. Join 3 QAL's

I've never done a quilt-a-long before but they always look so fun. The first one I've decided to join the Quilter's Planner QAL hosted by Angie at Gnomeangle.  It's a 52 week QAL with a block a week.  I'm afraid I'm cheating a bit on this QAL since I've decided not to buy the Quilter's Planner, but with a tight budget this year it's a bit out of the question.  That does disqualify me from prizes, but not from participation.  I like the idea of being part of a community, both in the blogsphere and on Instagram, where you post the weekly blocks in the QAL.  I haven't decided which other quilt-a-longs I want to take part in, but I'll keep you posted on those when they come up.

 

4. Make a Quilt Completely by Hand

This is something that's actually on my Dream Quilt List.  Hand quilting is something that can seem arduous and in a world of instant gratification and the vast variety of amazing sewing machines, quilting and piecing can be done in a flash.  It's easy to prefer faster methods of quilting, especially when you're excited to use all the yummy fabrics you bought the week before or when you have a deadline for birthdays, graduations, and baby showers.  Hand sewn quilts aren't very common any more and I love the look and feel of them.  To help with my first resolution of consistent blogging, I think this is a project I'll keep you updated on throughout the year.  

 

5. Perfect Machine Binding / 6. Finish 10 wips

I have to admit that binding a quilt is not my favorite part of the creative process. Neither is quilting if I'm going to be completely honest, but it's an absolute thrill to piece the tops of quilts. I think that's probably why I have so many WIP's on my to-do list.  I get distracted or bored as soon as I baste a quilt.  Since I have so many WIP's I'm going to concentrate on using the binding foot for my sewing machine to perfectly bind the half-made quilts waiting for me.  I know that some of the WIP's are only unfinished because I gave up on the binding.  So this year I resolve to practice and perfect my least favorite aspect of quilt making.

I'm not particularly excited about the binding resolution I've committed to, but it will improve my quilting skills.  I think that's what New Year's resolutions are all about, improving yourself.  It only makes sense that I should try to improve my skills so that my quilts aren't sub-par since I give almost every quilt away as a gift.  I want every stitch to be perfectly placed so that the recipients of my quilts know how much time and thought I put into a gift for them.

What are your New Year's resolutions? Do you have skills you want to improve or projects you want to finish? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita