Blocks 21, 22, & 23 (Haystack, Teapot & Kitchen Window) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along
by April Henry
Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019
Spring is finally arriving, and we are so excited to add three more blocks to our stack of Farm Girl Vintage creations... Can you believe it?! With 23 blocks sewn we can refer to it as a stack now! For March we have: Haystack, Kettle's On (Teapot), and Kitchen Window.
Psssst! If you're just joining us and want to get in on the fun with a darling and perfect collage of farm girl fabric, then check out the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Kit. You'll have all the lovely fabrics you need to make this quilt from start to finish. You can get the book here, too!
Open your book to page 38 for this month, grab more fabric scraps, get it prepared and cut, and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing! Complete your blocks following along with the pattern, paying attention to a couple of tips in the photos below. Make sure to press your block seams open (when you can), being careful to be as exact with your cutting and alignments as possible.
Haystack Block 21
Ruthie and I decided to veer slightly from the pattern color suggestion for our Haystack block this month, because we live in hay country. Farmers and ranchers prepare for hay season in late spring and early summer and it is always so pretty to watch the field colors change from luscious green to a dry, honey wheat color. So, have fun with your fabric selection, too, as you decide on your block layout.
Ruthie's blocks for this month - Haystack (center left), Kettle's On Teapot and Kitchen Window (bottom)
Ruthie was away visiting grandparents this past week, so I decided to use her machine because it was already set up to sew. (Isn't her machine such a pretty pearly pink!? You can read more about how we had it specially painted just for her here.)
Because I was using a lighter-colored Featherweight, the clear Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide was my quarter-inch piecing choice. Click here for instructions on how to set your guide in the proper place, attach the original presser foot, align the fabric pieces against the edge of the guide, and enjoy quarter inch seams that match perfectly!
If you need to pin while using the seam guide, pinning is accomplished from left to right. These extremely thin glass-head pins are a must-have whenever I am piecing. They allow me to be most accurate with seam alignment because the pin conforms more to the seam. And, because they are so incredibly thin, I can work with the finest of fabrics.
Kettle's On Teapot Block 22
For the past few years I have been waiting to sew this block. Yes... years... and yes, this block.
After seeing this Kettle's On Teapot block displayed so cutely in a Spokane quilt shop (when the Farm Girl Vintage book first debuted a few years back), I knew I had to recreate it as close as I possibly could for how they had sewn it with their fabrics. I've been waiting for this month to arrive so I could finally use the light teal floral for my teapot fabric!
Kitchen Window (with curtains added) - Block 23
What about you!? What colors have you put together this month for your Farm Girl Vintage blocks? Let us know and feel free to post pictures in the comments below. Or join us on the Facebook group to share and enjoy more Featherweight Fellowship online!
Until next month's Featherweight Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along...
NOTE: We will continue sewing three blocks per month until we finish at the end of 2019. Thus, on April 25th, 2019, we will feature Block 24 Mama Hen, Block 25 Milking Day, and Block 26 Old Glory. Pace yourself and maybe do one block a week, then check back in next month, knowing we've been working on these together!