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Farm Girl Vintage Finished Quilt + BONUS! Scalloped Border Step-by-Step

  Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 - Finished Quilt with Scalloped Border At the end of February, the borders and sashing were pieced, the quilt top was finally assembled and delivered to the local longarm quilter for a small bit of custom quilting.  Two years to the month and here we are... the Farm Girl Vintage Sampler quilt is completely finished!  We started in March 2018, and two years later in March 2020, it's all sewn, quilted and bound.  Isn't it exciting!?  This quilt is probably the most time-laborious project I've ever sewn, and it's certainly the most tedious...


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Final Quilt Top - Finishing the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 - Sewing the Top Together Last month we finished up by having all of our sashing and border pieces cut and ready.  How nice it was to have everything prepared, because the quilt top sewed together so much faster than I anticipated.   There are quite a few tips and hints in our final* installment of the Featherweight Shop Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and let's finish this! * I just dropped off the quilt top yesterday to have it quilted, but as soon as I finish the...


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Preparations for Sashing, Borders & More - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 This month took lots of turns.  And, when you're a slow sewist like me... well, that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for getting extra sewing finished.  Nevertheless, I was determined to accomplish as much as possible.  After much discussion and deliberation (and persuasion from Ruthie), I decided that my quilt will have 64 blocks rather than the original 48.  No worries... you can continue as planned, but there were just so many blocks I wanted to add, it was extremely difficult to pick and choose.  Thus, it was easier to make the quilt...


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Blocks 42, 43, 44 & 45 (Water Turn, Welcome, Winter Star & Woolly Sheep) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 Where did October go!? Well, as many of you know, we made the trek across country to the great state of Texas to participate in the International Quilt Market and Festival for 2019. As such, our Sew Along blog post was slightly delayed so that I could finish the blocks and photograph a few of the steps and tips for this month. We have four blocks this month, which is a bit more than usual, but we can do this -- we are nearly finished! Psssst! If you're just joining us and want to...


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Blocks 39, 40 & 41 (Sunday Morning, Sunny Sunflower, & Tumbleweed) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 Wait, the Sunday Morning finished block in the photo below doesn't quite match the block in the book...?  Well, as the saying goes, "If you can't hide it, feature it!"  Technically speaking, all three blocks sewed together beautifully, with points matching and appropriate finished sizes, but Sunday Morning didn't quite finish as planned.  Nevertheless, once I realized my error, I decided to just keep sewing, frame it in and make a sewing life lesson out of it, even still. What's that other saying...?  "Do as I say, not as I do?"  Yes, that's it......


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Blocks 36, 37, & 38 (Simple, Spring & Summer Star Blocks) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 This is the month of stars!  Perfect timing as we often get to view the stars and gorgeous constellations on late summer nights.  The Henry family was in Missouri this month during the Sew Along, but we are continuing with three gorgeous star blocks as we approach the finish line for our Farm Girl Vintage Sampler quilt.  Simple, Spring & Summer are our featured blocks this month.  The biggest take away while sewing these was squaring up each unit as you stitched each section of your block.  It made a world of difference for...


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Blocks 33, 34, & 35 (Postage Stamp, Scrappy Maple, & Scrappy Strawberry) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 Hello!  And, how has your summer been?  Ours has been flying by... especially since we had such a late spring, the extremely warm summer weather is now suddenly upon us and it's already the middle of July!  Thankfully, the warmer weather outside affords us time to cool off inside all the while being productive by continuing to sew our Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  I've been able to do quite a bit of cutting ahead and it feels great to just sew the next block because it's all set and ready.  And, it makes me...


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Blocks 30, 31 & 32 (Peas & Carrots, Pie Cherries & Pinwheels) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

  Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 This has been a very exciting Farm Girl Vintage month!  First, I must tell you, that we were in McCall, Idaho from June 3rd through June 7th for an entire week of Featherweights and Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage!  I know -- it was hard to believe myself, but it's true... Ruthie, Wendy, and I, along with nearly 50 other quilters and their Featherweights, were all sewing blocks under the tutelage of Lori Holt herself!  We even received a few sneak peek blocks for her Farm Girl Vintage 2 book coming out in...


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Featherweight Maintenance & Lori Holt Retreat - McCall, Idaho 2019

The Featherweight camaraderie was exhilarating with non-stop learning! Featherweight History, an all-day Featherweight Maintenance Workshop, along with day after day of one-on-one personal Featherweight assistance and exploration.... and then Lori Holt brought us all her Farm Girl Vintage treats and inspiration!


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Blocks 27, 28 & 29 (Old Red Barn, Out to Pasture & Patchwork Pumpkin) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 May 2019 was a month I have been waiting for for quite a long time - nearly 4 years to be exact. You see, it was in 2015 when the Farm Girl Vintage book first came out and when I saw all the blocks displayed in a Spokane quilt shop.  The barn block they had hanging on a cute little line was made with this darling red fabric, but sadly the shop didn't have any left.  The store clerk was so sweet, though... she went digging in the shop's scraps to give me all...


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

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...


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Blocks 21, 22, & 23 (Haystack, Teapot & Kitchen Window) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

  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...


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Blocks 18, 19, & 20 (Furrows, Gingham & Grandma's Quilt) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 This month we are sewing Blocks 18, 19 & 20 with our featured blocks for February: Furrows, Gingham & Grandma's Quilt. Wow! After this month, we will have 20 finished blocks -- isn't that exciting?! 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! So, go ahead...


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Blocks 15, 16 & 17 (Farmhouse, Feed & Seed and Pears) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

January 2019, Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along We are very excited to be starting 2019 with the continuation of our Featherweight Shop's Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!  If you're just now joining us, welcome!  We began the sew along in 2018 doing one block at a time so that new quilters could learn before we picked up speed.  So, you'll have plenty of time to catch up and finish by the end of this year along with us.  Simply jump in now at Blocks 15, 16 & 17 with our featured blocks for January: Farmhouse, Feed and Seed, and Fresh...


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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Blocks 13 & 14 (Egg Basket & Farm Fresh Flower)

Blocks 13 & 14 are our featured blocks for December - Egg Basket and Farm Fresh Flower blocks! The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues, even in December amidst the holiday hustle and bustle.... This was indeed the Christmas season, yet a few of us Featherweight Shop diehards still got together to work on our blocks.  We waited until after our big annual sale, but we had fun discussing that when we increase to three blocks per month (starting in January), that means we are half way through with sewing our quilt top! Both Ruthie...


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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Blocks 11 & 12 (Country Crossroads & Crops)

Block 11 & 12 are our featured blocks for November - Country Crossroads and Crops blocks!  The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues.... After laying out all my blocks I noticed that mine are needing a bit more pops of red for balance.  Thus, I decided to incorporate some red 30s prints for the Country Crossroads block.   But, when it came to constructing my Crops block, I ended up grabbing the little white corner square pieces from the wrong pile creating some assymetrical crops. Can you see my errors?  I decided to keep them...


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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Block 9 & 10 (Cool Threads & Corn and Tomatoes)

  Block 9 & 10 are our featured blocks this month - Cool Threads and Corn & Tomatoes!  The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues; block 9 was a lot of fun to be creative with the thread spools!  Ruthie had the idea of using a light brown fabric print for wooden spools and I liked it so much I decided to copy her design.  Block 10 was the perfect block to add some bright red color and coordinate with the yellow, being creative with the various vintage style prints.  If you're just now joining...


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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 7 & 8 (Chicken Foot & Churn Dash)

  Block 7 & 8 are both being featured this month... 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...


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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 6 (Canning Season)

Block 6 is here...Canning Season, of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop!  This block features six canning jars -- just in time for late summer canning season.  What about you?  Are you canning peaches yet? 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 I am experimenting with a new corner cutting (literally) technique using the "Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler" and I really, really like...


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Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 5 (Butter Churn)

We are already on Block 5, Butter Churn, of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop! 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 Lori Holt shows us a fun and efficient way to sew flying geese.  Follow along with her instructions, making sure to press seams open when you can and being careful to be as exact with your alignments as possible.    I wasn't...