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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 7 & 8 (Chicken Foot & Churn Dash)
by April Henry
Block 7 & 8 are both being featured today... Chicken Foot and Churn Dash are the two blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop! Block 7 has a number of pieces forming the "Chicken Foot"; it turns out so cute all sewn together in tiny detail. Block 8 is one of my all-time favorites because it's a thirties classic - the "Churn Dash". It sews together fairly simply and brings quick satisfaction. So, how did you all do? I'd say I spent a couple of hours (attempting those points!) on the Chicken Foot and about 30 minutes on the Churn Dash. Take your time, enjoy the process and gain some new skills as you sew another darling Farm Girl Vintage block by Lori Holt.
If you're just now joining us, we are continuing with our monthly Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop! Grab some fabric, get it prepared and cut and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing!
This month, Creative Grids coincidentally debuted their brand new Folded Corner Clipper ruler and it works much the same as the Mini Simpled Folded Corners ruler, except like all Creative Grids rulers, this one has the patented no-slip grip! It worked flawlessly! The Folded Corner Clipper Ruler not only sped up my sewing time (no drawing lines), but allowed me to keep sewing the half-square triangles without having to adjust or remove my Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide. I love being able to get those accurate seams, so this was a WIN! WIN! WIN!
Follow along with the photos below, making sure to press seams open when you can and being careful to be as exact with your cutting and alignments as possible.
BEFORE STITCHING Half-Square Triangles: You can either use the given squaring measurements on the ruler to align your squares, or you can carefully match the quarter inch seam allowance line from corner to corner as I did on my squares, trimming off the excess before stitching in place. Yes, that's trimming before sewing! Doing it this way (rather than drawing lines across from point to point) allows me to keep my Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide in place on the machine for HSTs and my scant seam allowance turned out just perfect!
Here are some fun photos from the Featherweight Shop Sew Along night! It is always so much fun to get together with these gals -- we eat dinner, have latte's (thanks, Carmon!) we share, we laugh, we learn and enjoy one another's company. If you aren't part of a group yet, be sure to check out the Featherweight Fellowship page for a gathering in your area -- or start one up and let us know! We get requests often for those looking for more Featherweight Friends.
Arlene is adding a touch of vintage Featherweight whimsy to her blocks and making them with the Singer Featherweight fabric, too!
Roxanne finished her Churn Dash block!
Lori chain piecing in action!
Sewing upstairs has proved to be a bit more roomy and easier to spread out.
Ruthie sewing on April's newly painted jade-ite green Featherweight!
Ruthie was very excited about her points all matching.
When we returned from our MSQCo Retreat last month we brought back a few souvenirs for the gals -- one of them being their Rhombus ruler.... which Lou is enjoying with her pretty fabric charms!
Yaaaay! Lori's block turned out so cute!
An evening of relaxing Featherweight Fellowship sewing many Farm Girl Vintage Blocks!
What about you? What fabrics and color combinations did you come up with for your two blocks? Be sure to upload your photos in the comments below for others to gain inspiration; we all truly enjoy seeing what you make, too!
Until next Featherweight Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along...
NOTE: Now that we are in the swing of things and becoming more familiar with Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage quilt block style, next we will continue sewing two blocks. Thus, we will feature the "Cool Threads" for Block 9 AND "Corn and Tomatoes" for Block 10. Have your pieces cut and ready and we will work on these together!