Monday, October 5, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along: The top is pieced!

On May 1, I joined my first every sew along, the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along led by  Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.  I've posted updates along the way and shared with you the joy I found while sewing along.  Several of the blocks took me back to memories of my days as a farm girl in rural Minnesota, and that was a real treat.  The quilting friendships I made through social media have become a treasure. What a delight to share this journey with you and with other quilters who were equally carried away by this sew along.  Beyond all of that, as a quilter and sewist, this sew along challenged me to creatively use up my stash and sew up some very unique block designs!  

At my recent fall quilt retreat I was able to set the blocks together and add my borders.  I feel so fortunate to finish this quilt among my best sewing friends.  As an added bonus, they helped me chose my final border.  All along, I had imagined the quilt should be bordered by a red or green print.  But in the end, this orange print just won the day!

As it turns out, 3 blocks did not make it into my quilt.  I just was not happy with my Gingham Block (totally operator error I am sure).  And two other blocks seemed like color misses on my part, so I made them into cute little zippered pouches using the instructions in Lori's Quilty Zip Pocket Tutorial.  Now let me tell you, these were too much fun!!

I've included pictures of my finished top, along with the final weeks of individual blocks. Here’s hoping you get carried away quilting often!


My sweet daughter (& hiding husband) running around the yard, helping me find good photo spots.

Week 16: Peas & Carrots Block, Pie Cherries Block


Week  17: Postage Stamp Block, Pinwheels Block


Week 18: Scrappy Strawberry Block, Scrappy Maple Leaf Block


Week 19: Simple Star Block, Spring Star Block


Week 20: Summer Star Block, Sunday Morning Block


Week 21: Sunny Sunflower Block, Tumbleweed Block


Week 22: Welcome Block, Water Turn Block


Week 23: Winter Star Block, Woolly Sheep Block



  1. It turned out great and the border is perfect!

  2. I was so smitten with your quilt I posted to the wrong page. Love your quilt and the orange border is perfect.

    1. Thank you for the kind words and for the giggle this morning!

  3. I was so smitten with your quilt I posted to the wrong page. Love your quilt and the orange border is perfect.

  4. love this quilt! do you have a pattern?

    1. The pattern is from the book Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. :)

  5. hola me encanto su trabajo como adquirir los patrones gracias

  6. I've seen several versions of these blocks on instagram, but your finished quilt is by far the prettiest. I love the fabrics you chose. I'd never go for so much orange and black, but everything comes together perfectly and the finished quilt is just darling.


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