farm girl friday - raising chickens

It's time for Farm Girl Friday! Or for me, Farm Boy Friday. Farm Girl Vintage is the latest book by Lori Holt, and whole bunch of us chickens are sewing along with Lori. This week, I had a big challenge raising my baby chick block. I have a fear of embroidery! Oddly, when I was a kid I remember embroidering mushrooms on burlap. (It was the mid 1970's, so that makes it ok, right?) And when I started to quilt in 1999, I made Christmas stockings of flannel, embroidered with feather stitches, flowers and cross hatching. But then I was traumatized by a redwork project, and I couldn't get my stem stitch to look stem-ish. And, seriously, how does anybody really thread three plies of floss through a tiny needle?!

I knew that I needed to make the baby chick block because my grandfather built a chicken coop in the backyard of his city house. He raised Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns. Of course, my mother vividly remembers her favorite pet rooster, Whitey, who pecked her and then became confined to the barnyard. Now I know why I was afraid of the chickens and I stayed far away! I watched this short video about how to do a backstitch, did a practice piece and then finally stitched the chicken legs. I think he's pretty cute!

The Autumn Star block was fun to make (whew, no embroidery!) and I really love the contrast between the brighter Aloha Girl prints mixed with the more subdued Ambleside.  

The first three blocks make me so happy. This is exactly the look I wanted. Now maybe I'll cheat a little and get started on the blocks for next Friday!

Want to learn more about the sew along? You can join us! More details are on Lori Holt's blog and the Jolly Jabber blog, and be sure to use the hashtags #farmgirlfridays, #babychickblock and #autumnstarblock on social media so that everybody can see your blocks.


farm girl vintage sew along!

So have you all heard about Lori Holt's newest book and sew along, Farm Girl Vintage? It's just getting started today! Ok, so here's the scoop. Lori's new book has 45 block patterns that you can mix and match to create your own custom quilt, or you can make the sampler shown on the book cover. You can choose to make 6" or 12" blocks. And you know how I love a sampler quilt! I find them fun to sew because there's always a new block to work on, and you only need to make one of each. Sometimes with traditional quilts I get bored sewing the same block over and over and over and over...

Lots of quilters are already sewing up these cute blocks. For the sew along, we'll make 1 or 2 blocks each week, and we'll post them on social media using the hashtag #farmgirlfridays (and in my case, I've added #farmboyfridays!) I'm making the sampler quilt with 6" blocks.

But what fabric to use? I've been thinking about this for WEEKS. I had many different ideas - scrappy brights, 30's reproductions, Fig Tree, etc. I was making myself crazy. But Brenda Riddle's new Ambleside and Fig Tree's new Aloha Girl collections have been sitting right in front of me this whole time, and they mix together beautifully! (Thanks, Susan, for pointing out what should have been obvious to me!)

And here's this Friday's featured block - #apronstringsblock.

Each Friday, two bloggers will share a special block with us, and gradually, we'll work our way through all 45 blocks. For even more details on the sew along and a list of the participating bloggers, bookmark the Jolly Jabber blog here (you might even find me on the list for June!), and Lori Holt's blog here. Maybe you think that you'd like to make a block but aren't up to doing the whole quilt? Well, turn your block into a cute potholder using this nifty video tutorial. I hope you join us. It will be fun!