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Blocks 24, 25 & 26 (Hen, Milking Day & Old Glory Flag) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

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Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019

For our geographic area, we have officially entered what many locals call the "mud season" - that time of year when the weather can't decide to pour down rain to the point of flooding or grace us with a warm sunny afternoon.  In this time of weather flip flop, and when I need a sewing break from rubber galoshes and weeding, these Farm Girl Vintage one-by-one blocks are perfect for keeping my interest and excited about the "what do I get to sew next?!"  For April we get to sew: the Hen, Milk Can and an Old Glory flag.

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 42 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.

Hen Block 24

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Speaking of "flip-flop", I flip-flopped over the color selection for this month's Hen block.  I couldn't decide whether to make the hen look more "natural" with traditional hen colors or throw in a slightly mint accent for the wing.  I opted for the mint wing.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Let's get started with the red comb atop the little hen's head.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

You can either draw a line and sew corner to corner on the line, or you can skip that step and use the Creative Grids Corner Clipper ruler.   It sure goes faster!  Just be sure to measure twice, cut once so you cut along the correct edge.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Click here for instructions on how to set your Featherweight Accurate Seam guide in the proper place.  Then, attach the original presser foot, align the fabric pieces against the edge of the guide, and enjoy quarter inch seams that match perfectly!

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Once you sew your unit sets together, I strongly encourage you to square your pieces according to the measurements that Lori provides in her pattern.  You can see in my little pieced unit above that in spite of sewing carefully and accurately, I still needed to trim it up slightly all the way around.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Pressing seams open for these teeny tiny seams helps with accuracy as well.  I then pin on both sides of the seam to help with proper seam alignment. Pinning is best accomplished from left to right. These extremely thin glass-head pins are very helpful and one of my favorite notions.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

I just love working with these thirties reproduction prints.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Oops!  I got sew excited, I left out a strip of fabric!  It's good to always have a Seam Ripper handy.... This is a good time to re-watch the seam ripper tutorial we posted a few months ago on a previous Farm Girl Vintage block.

You can order your Seam-Fix Seam Ripper here.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Milk Can Block 25

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

I thoroughly enjoyed selecting fabrics for this block because of all the pretty colors!  It was fun to pull out some of my special stash of reproduction thirties fabrics.

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Press those seams open when you can.  Then pin on both sides of the seam for accurate sewing.
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Pieces can be very tiny, so it is important to sew accurately.  A scant 1/4" inch seam has worked best for me when constructing these blocks.
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Note:  The top part of my can unit set was placed upside down in image above while I was laying out the center section.  Correct placement for top of can is how it was sewn together in the photo below - with the smaller grey strip on the top.
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Old Glory Flag - Block 25

Wendy and I had a fun discussion about "blues" the other day.  We talked about the different shades of blue and how some can be harder to find and bring together.  I chose what I call a "medium-blue" from several of my reproduction prints and really liked the contrast with the various red and yellow prints in the block.  It really pops all the colors!

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
The four star points were quick and easy to chain piece.
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Sew the 9-patch together, add your stripes, top and bottom and you're all finished! 
Repeating this block a few times would make a lovely table runner, 4th of July quilt or even a Quilt of Valor.
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Don't forget to square up your block!
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Here are some photos from our local #featherweightfellowship group that gathers!  Everyone can bring whatever project they're currently working on once a month.  Five of us usually work on the Farm Girl Vintage blocks and three others have other lovely projects under their Featherweight needles!
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Rebekah is continuing to work on her Square-in-a-Square blocks; I'm so excited to see her bring this one together!

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet - Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop
Look at Wendy's cute fussy cutting yellow star with the cherry in the center!  And, do you notice how the blue shades make the blocks look totally different for flag style?  Color is fun! 

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!


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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 May 30th, 2019, we will feature Block 27 Old Red Barn, Block 28 Out To Pasture, and Block 29 Patchwork Pumpkin. Pace yourself and maybe do one block a week, then check back in next month, knowing we've been working on these together!

 

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