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A Vintage Farmgirl Story

I finally finished it!  If anyone followed my blog since 2016, then you may have seen these blocks come together.  If not, and you like short stories, I have shared some of mine here.

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Of Peas (and Carrots)

Did you know that if you google (yes, I’m using it as a verb…) “Peas and Carrots Poem”, you get about 352,000 results?   I’m not even sure how many page loads one would have to endure to get to the one that was at the bottom of the list.

The first page of the search results in a plethora of poetry and I was surprised to see that most of them were about love!  I guess I never paid much attention to the pairing in the past, and certainly didn’t think that the next block I chose to make from Farmgirl vintage was a thing you could find in the “Urban Dictionary”!  However,  if it means “goes well together”, then it is aptly named!   I really love this block and had fun pulling the perfect shades from my stash.

 

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Farmgirl Vintage: Peas and Carrots

 

I think I should design a quilt block called “Pickles and Ice Cream”?   As long as you eat the pickle first, the ice cream might still work out!

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Winter Stargazing

Stargazing in winter might seem ideal as you have more uninterrupted viewing hours.  However, shivering in a Kansas field doesn’t sound like best way to take in the stars.  I prefer to quilt! At least that hobby keeps us warm in the 60 degree winters…

Was anyone else part of the warm spell last week?  My kids were running around outside in sweatshirts complaining that they were hot.  Sigh.  It didn’t stay warm, so they are back inside, bouncing off the walls and each other.  We had to declare a moment of silence this evening for our sanity.

Last weekend was so productive!  Since the kids were enjoying an unseasonably warm day and my husband was working on a project, I was able to quilt.
(Pepper helped.)
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Making up for lost time I managed to longarm a Minecraft quilt for the school auction, create a log cabin paper piece pattern for my friend, and finish a few small blocks and projects.  I’m saving some of the other projects for later posts, so no pics, but you can see the Winter Star block from the Farmgirl Vintage book.

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One thing great about the Farmgirl patterns is that you rarely work with bias.  Take the star point for instance.  Instead of cutting parallelogram pieces on the bias, you start with a rectangle and sew two squares on, similar to creating quick half square triangles.    The bias is never exposed, so your block stays nice and squared up.   I love this!

If you only sew the desired line, you end up with triangle waste on each end.  However, if you are tricky you could create smaller half square triangle blocks for your next scrappy quilt by making a second seam line 1/2″ away from the first, and trim between the two stitch lines.  I really should do this more often!  They might be handy in scrappy or mini quilts.

I said no pictures, but I’d better share this mini that I finished from a BOM club my Mom has gifted me.  🙂  Prairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop has a fun Tiny Dresden BOM program that started this month.  The pattern is for hand applique dresden with embroidered sayings.  Of course, I love my machines, so tried to figure out how to beautifully finish this mini using a scanner, custom digitizing and embroidery, and longarm quilting. Alas, the buttons were too small, so I had to hand stitch those on!   In February, I will give a run down on how my experiment worked and what I would do differently next time.

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Out like a Lamb?

Today I am sharing the second block I have made from the Farmgirl vintage series.

A Lamb.

I couldn’t resist this one for my March post.  They say that if March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.  I sure hope we are not going to experience the flip side of that coin!

It is March 6th, and I am sitting in my office at 7 PM with 66 degree weather.  We have had the windows open all day!

I pulled the grass and the body fabric from grandma’s stash, but couldn’t resist using some little scraps of a modern print in the sheep face and ears.   The pattern calls for the head to be one large rectangle.  My pieces were too small, so I put together a four patch, then trimmed it to the correct size.  This will be a great way to use some of my smaller scraps in the construction. 

The legs are hand embroidered using a backstitch, and the eyes are a cross-stitch, just like the chick was in February.

What will the Farmgirl do in April?   I have an idea of the farming I might do in April…   I can hardly wait to get my hands dirty!

What are your suggestions?  I would love to hear from you!

Also,  did I mention that my mom liked the looks of my new pattern so much, she couldn’t resist ordering it during our visit to Prairie Point Quilt Shop last weekend!  She will probably have this one finished before me!