Sunday, September 27, 2015

On hiatus for a bit.....

Due to a family emergency, I will not be able to post for awhile. This will give you all a chance to get caught up, or work ahead if you like!  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Week 5

We are now in our second month of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along.

This is week 5! (I couldn't help but think of Ryan Seacrest saying "This IS Week 5, of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along"!) Ahhh, my television mind is always working.  For those of you who don't know me, my husband and I run a television production company.  My husband is a Director and Editor.  I run the office from home, while he travels on location every week.

Alas, Week 5!

We are working from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book: and are completing blocks 9 and 10 out of 48.

Every year, the month of September  brings forth the annual Farm Aid concert, which my husband is fortunate enough to be involved in. Farm Aid helps keep family farmers on the land by providing Family Farm Disaster Funds, Grant Programs, and overall, helping family farmers thrive.

The annual Farm Aid Concert is this weekend, September 19, in Chicago, and this year is the 30th Anniversary!  Farm Aid 30 will be streamed live at starting at 2:30pm CST.  The webcast, Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s, will feature artist performances and stories from family farmers and eaters across the country.

Here are the two blocks for Week 5:  In honor of family farmers,

Block 9:   Crops Block, page 23 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

Block 10: Farm Fresh Flower Block, page 26 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

We do have a Flickr group, where you can post pictures of your completed blocks!  Here is the link: Flickr - Farm Girl Vintage Group.  There is also a discussion area on the Flickr page! You can even start your own discussion!

Until next week! Support your local farmers!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Week 4

You have made it to Week 4! Give yourself a pat on the back!

This week, you will have completed 8 blocks out of 46.  As a reminder, there are 46 unique blocks, however, you will end up with a total of 48 blocks to make an 8 x 6 block quilt, as on the cover of

Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book,    which we are working from. Included in the 46 unique blocks, is the downloadable  Penny Pig block, from Fat Quarter Shop.

Here are the two blocks for Week 4:

Block 7 of 46:  Old Glory Block, page 47 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

In honor of Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Rememberance, I have selected Old Glory, in memory of the 2977 souls lost on September 11, 2001.

Block 8 of 46:  Pie Cherries Block, page 54-55 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

Cherries, I love cherries, cherry pie, cherry juice, cherry turnovers, anything cherry!

On the home front here in California, a little update.  My dining room table is now a dining room table. It does not have any quilting items on it! In fact, there is not one piece of fabric, not a sewing machine or two or three, nor any supplies in the living area at all, for the first time in 3 years!  Our house is now on the market!  I had to pack up all of my fabric, boo hoo, but on the plus side ~ I can actually walk in my studio now.

I hope  you are having fun with the quilt along.  I really enjoy the process of picking out fabric from my charm pack stash. Auditioning fabrics is sew much fun!

What is your favorite part of the quilt along; selecting fabric, cutting, piecing, ironing?  Are you fabric swapping with your friendship group?
We do have a Flickr group, where you can post pictures of your completed blocks!  Here is the link: Flickr - Farm Girl Vintage Group.  There is also a discussion area on the Flickr page!

Happy piecing and have a great week!



Thursday, September 3, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along!

It has been sew exciting to see the participation in this quilt along. By the end of this week, you will have completed 6 blocks. This week we are working on blocks 5 and 6, of 46 unique blocks.  By the end of the quilt along, you may end up with more than 46 blocks.  If you look at the cover quilt of Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book, you will see that she uses 4 of the same star blocks for her corner blocks.  We, however, have added the additional Penny Pig Block download to our quilt along, which could go in place of one of the corner star blocks. So, actually, we will end up with a total of 48 blocks, of which 46 are unique.

We do have a Flickr group, where you can post pictures of your completed blocks!  Here is the link: Flickr - Farm Girl Vintage Group.  I love seeing everyone's blocks!

Here are the two blocks for this week: Week 3

As we say good bye to Summer, we also welcome the cooler days of Autumn! I love the golden glow of an autumnal sunset!  The leaves are beginning to change, the sun sets 1 minute earlier each day, the kids are back in school, but I do miss Summer. I'll miss Movie Monday's with my friends at the outdoor theater mostly! Before we know it, Winter will be here, so enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather!  Quilt on!

Block 5 of 46: Summer Star Block, pg. 63 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

Block 6 of 46:  Autumn Star Block, pg, 9 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

Happy fun selecting your fabrics for these two blocks, and don't forget to post your finished blocks to our Flickr - Farm Girl Vintage Group!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along!

This Quilt-Along was started because my friendship group fell in love with Lori Holt's new book, Farm Girl Vintage.  We decided to do an online quilt along, as it is a way for us to do something together and  to keep in touch during times that we actually can't meet at the clubhouse together. It's also a way for a couple of our friends to keep in touch from out of state. If you found this page, welcome, and please join us!

This past weekend, a few of our friends were able to meet up and piece together the blocks from Week 1, The Old Red Barn & Patchwork Pumpkin, while the remaining members of our friendship group pieced their blocks from the comfort of their homes, all the while texting and sending pics of our progress back and forth through the GroupMe app.

We do have a Flickr group!  Here is the link: Flickr - Farm Girl Vintage Group, to post your finished blocks.

This week is Week 2 of our Quilt Along:

Block 3 of 46:  Baby Chick Block, pg. 10-12 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

I chose this block for Week 2, because by next spring I will be able to have chickens on our property, as we will be living in Arkansas. I love to bake, and there is nothing like a fresh egg out of the coop! 

For this block, there is a tiny bit of embroidery that needs to be done after you have finished piecing the block.  The legs can be backstitched with three strands of floss, and for the eye you can do either a cross-stitch, or perhaps a french knot.  This is handwork that can be saved for later, if you want.  I like to sit outside on a nice day with the dogs by my side with some hand stitching.

Block 4 of 46: Kettle's On! Block pg. 39-40 of the Farm Girl Vintage book:

With the upcoming Fall and Winter season, I will love bringing out my kettle to enjoy a cup of tea or two, or maybe some hot chocolate. There is just something about a kettle whistle! If you are interested in the design of a tea kettle and it's place in modern times, and a bit of history, CBS Sunday Morning aired a very nice segment that you can watch here:

Farm Girl Vintage quilters, we are well on our way now!  We are glad to have you aboard the quilt along.  Tell your friends, as it's not too late for them to join in!

See you next Friday! Week 3 will be posted Friday at 12 am!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of our Farm Girl Vintage quilt-along.  Are you ready?  Here we go!

We are working from the Farm Girl Vintage book, by Lori Holt, available at,, and other online retailers.

We will start off our Farm Girl Vintage  quilt-along by finishing, yes finishing, because we want to stay on track, two blocks this week! In the future, depending on the pace of our group, we will step it up, finishing 3-4 blocks per week.

Here are the first two blocks of our quilt~along:

Block 1 of 46 (Week 1): Old Red Barn Block, pg. 48-49

I have chosen the Old Red Barn Block as the first block, because I am permanently moving to the countryside in just a few short weeks.  For me, this block represents a new beginning in our family's life, moving from the city to the country.  Although we won't have a barn on our property, there are many barns along the country roads that are just breathtaking!

Block 2 of 46 (Week 1): Patchwork Pumpkin Block, pg. 51-52

The second block I have chosen for Week 1, is the Patchwork Pumpkin Block, and that is because we are coming up on the Autumn and Fall season.  This block calls for  30 different scrappy squares for the pumpkin, but really, it can be as many different squares as you like or as little, but hey, I bet you do have 30 different orange 2.5 inch squares in your stash somewhere!  Perhaps members of your friendship group would be interested in a fabric swap? Hint, hint.

Have you decided which size blocks you are going to make, 6 or 12 inches?  I am choosing the smaller scaled 6 inch block.

So, there you have it! Week 1 has started! Happy piecing, and I look forward to seeing your progress and finished blocks on our flickr group:  Flickr - Farm Girl Vintage Group

Monday, August 17, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Introduction

Welcome to the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along!  My friendship group, also known as the Clubhouse Quilters, have overwhelmingly decided to have an online quilt-along using blocks and patterns in Lori Holt's new book, Farm Girl Vintage.  Normally, we meet once a month, or more, at the clubhouse as a group to sew for the day, but within the last year two ladies have moved out of state, including me! This is something that we can all still do together and share our progress online, even miles apart, so if you have stumbled upon this website, jump on in and join us!

Every Friday, at midnight, there will be a new post containing blocks for the week. We will begin with two blocks per week, and see how the group is able to keep up. There are a total of 45 blocks, plus a downloadable bonus block, Penny Pig, ( ) available at Fat Quarter Shop.

This week, you should be pulling fabric from your stash, or shopping for new fabric, which is always fun!  You will also need plenty of background fabric.  I have chosen Kona Snow as my background fabric. It's readily available should I run out.  For this project, I have purchased 5 yards, and if there is any left over, bonus for the next project in Lori's book!

Of course, you will also need the Farm Girl Vintage book, which is availbale at or, and other online retailers.

There are a variety of  quilts in the Farm Girl Vintage book to choose from, however for the purpose of this quilt along we will be piecing the Farm Girl Sampler Quilt on page 134, which is the book's cover photo quilt.  You may choose either a 6 inch block or a 12 inch block size for your Farm Girl Sampler Quilt.

Happy fabric hunting, and we will see you back here on Friday for our first two blocks of the quilt along!