Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 1 (Apron Strings)
by April Henry
Today is the beginning of our Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop! The gals were eagerly anticipating this gathering after all packages were ric-rac tied and shipped because today we are featuring the start of a new quilt - some of us for the very first time.
Awww, sweet Wendy... She's already settling in and becoming comfortable with quilt-making that she's beginning to teach and help others... we love it!
The nice thing about Lori Holt's books and patterns is that scrappy prints and fabrics work so well. Today's block, "Apron Strings", was ideal for pulling a lot of random prints together and selecting the best ones to match the block design.
Lori is quickly becoming a natural. She grabbed a charm pack with a wide array of colors and her first block came together beautifully!
Not only is this Shari's first quilt, but this was her first day on the job. She had quite a day of learning, and it was so sweet to see her join in at the end of the workday to be with all of us for the Featherweight Shop Sew Along, too!
This is Ruthie setting her seams and giving her block the final press using the Quilter's Pressing Fleece (best wool ironing surface ever... seriously, don't know how I survived pressing blocks prior to having one)!
Joy is our little sewcial quilter and is on the home stretch for finishing a quilt she started with her mom (Wendy). And because this is a Featherweight Fellowship, all projects are welcome - we love sewcial quilting!
Ruthie -- my fabric coordinator natural! She loves going into our fabric stash and pulling from all the various prints to match and/or design layouts of her own. She is so good at it, that I usually just tell her to find something for me, too. Didn't she do a beautiful job?! I love it when she sews -- she's so incredibly talented and it delights her daddy's heart, too.
Following the color sequence and layout in the book, we each selected various prints and colors to coordinate. Ruthie's and my prints were similar but the unique personality of each quilter became evident as the blocks were completed. We enjoyed putting them all together at the end and marveling at each other's finished work!
What about you? What fabrics and color combinations did you come up with for today's first block? Be sure to upload your photos in the comments below for others to gain inspiration; we all truly enjoy seeing what you make, too!