Friday, September 23, 2016

CUTE TINS - New Quilty Storage!!

I'm sew excited to show you a new product
that I've designed to help 
make your quilty/crafty storage cute!

to see them in action!

They're called 
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet:)

There are six total....
each with a different design.

Inside the red tin comes a
 set of 12 notecards with 
cute envelopes to match!

They're perfect for gifts or
 writing a special note 
to a friend and sending
 it by snail mail:)

What a fun surprise!

There are so many ways 
that you can use them...
I LOVE cute storage:)

I know that I'll personally
 be using these a lot 
for gifts this holiday season.
if you want a little bit 
of cute storage too!

To celebrate the release of my new tins...
My awesome publishers at 
Fat Quarter Shop
have matching 
Bee Happy Screen Savers 
for you to use on your 
phone and computer!

to go to the 
 where you can 
download them for 


(Thank you Kimberly...
you're the best:)

I hope you have sew much fun
 with my new Cute Tins!!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Cozy Christmas Sew Along - Week Six - Block Six!!

Good morning cute people!
Today we are almost halfway through our 
Cozy Christmas Sew Along:)

But even though we are
 already halfway into this...
it's super easy if 
you are just starting now:)

First you will 
need the free pattern:
to download it

Then you will need the 
Cozy Christmas 
Sew Simple Shapes

to get a them:)

We are using 
Cozy Christmas fabric 
to make the quilt...
you can check with your
 favorite quilt shop 
to purchase the kit!

I took this screen shot 
on my iPhone to show you 
the right side bar of my blog roll.

You can see that I have 
each week of our sew along 
to click on and view
 so that you won't miss anything!

Each weeks tutorial 
will remain on my blog 
and I will keep adding 
each week as we go along.

Simply scroll down and 
click on the week 
that you would like to view.

Obviously you are 
on my blog right now...
and if you look to the right 
and cannot sew the right sidebar...
 that means you are 
using your cell phone
 and will need to scroll down
 and click on
"view web version"

With all of that being said...
Let's get started with block six!


Here are my fabric choices
 for the appliqués:)

to download the 
cutting guide 
for each shape...

And cut your fabric 
and interfacing.

Cut a 5" long piece of 
ric-rac for the stocking trim.

I'm using the mint and pink 
little bells print
 for the border on this block:)

Trace all of your shapes 
onto the interfacing.

Measure in 3/4" from the 
bottom of the stocking cuff 
and mark a line.

Top stitch the ric-rac 
into place on the line
 before you sew the 
interfacing and fabric together.

Stitch on your marked lines and
 trim an approximate
 1/4" seam allowance.

For the stocking piece...
 I left the top open for turning 
since the raw edge will be
 tucked underneath the cuff.

Cut an "X" in the interfacing on
 the other 3 pieces for turning:)

Clip the inside curve in the 
stocking seam allowance 
so that when you turn it 
right side out 
through the top opening...
it will lie flat after 
shaping and pressing...

Like this:)

Place your stocking 
onto the background 
by measuring 3/4" 
up from the bottom...

And 1 1/2" from the
 right side edge.

Now place the cuff by
 measuring 3/4" 
down from the top edge.

Place the heel and toe pieces 
over the stocking 
and pin into place for appliqué.

After applique...
embroider the hanging loop!
I used all 6 strands and 
a backstitch...and my 
 for matching the colors:) 

After embroidery...
sew the little bells inner border:)

Then sew and layout your flying geese and 
half square triangles to form 
the pieced star border!

I just love pieced 
scrappy borders...don't you?

And now your 
is complete and ready 
to add to your quilt.

You can of course...
sew the two top rows together now 
or save that until we are finished
 with all of the blocks.

This is sew fun!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Farm Girl Friday - Farm Girl Vintage " Hauling Day" Block Tutorial!!!

I want to show you something fun that 
we did for our 
Farm Girl Vintage Retreat 
last week.
This is my Farm Girl Tractor 
(without embroidery yet)

The pattern for the tractor block
 is on page 82 in my book

We just celebrated 1 year of 
playing with my book!
I've had so much fun doing
 Farm Girl Fridays and Farm Girl Retreat/Workshops:)

I designed the Cake block and
 did a tutorial here as well.
 to bake a Farm Girl Layer Cake!

Today let's continue the celebration by making the tractor trailer! 

I used the same fabrics for my trailer that I used for the tractor:)

When I made my tractor...
 I made 3 small tire units instead of one - 
 so that I had two extra to use for the trailer.
Background for Trailer: 
(after tire units)
A- Cut 1- 6 1/2" square
B- Cut 1 - 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
C- Cut 1 - 4 1/2" x 10 1/2"
D- Cut 1 - 3 1/2" x 22 1/2"
E- Cut 1 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
F- Cut 4 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
G- Cut 1 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Then I cut a 1 1/2" x 22 1/2" 
for trailer bed
I cut a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" 
for trailer hitch.

*NOTE - If you are making the quilt with 3 tractors 
you will need about 3 1/2 yards of background fabric.
My background is 
Riley Blake Swiss Dots in Red:)

First step is to sew the "G" background 
piece to the hitch like this:)

Now assemble the bottom section of the trailer like this:)

You will need to make 3 different Farm Girl Blocks
 from the book to fit onto your trailer.
Make them in the 6" size! 
There are so many 
Farm Girl blocks to choose from
 when deciding what your 
tractors will be hauling...
but I thought it would be fun for this tutorial 
to whip up 3 Haystack Blocks
 from page 38 in the book...

So that this tractor would be 
"Hauling Hay"!!!
Something we did every season
 on our small farm:)
After making three 
6" Farm Girl blocks of your choice...
sew the top section of the 
trailer block together like this.

Add piece "C":)

Sew the top to the bottom...

and hitch your trailer to your tractor and
 get ready to haul some cute farm girl stuff!

Here are a few of the 
super cute tractors 
made at our retreat...

A Happy Farm Girl...
 and another tractor and...
 6" blocks getting ready to be hauled!

Looky at this quilt!
Super cute Farm Girl 
 hauling happening here:)

This is my friend Judy's quilt that 
she made from 3 Hauling Day Blocks:)


I hope you enjoyed my super easy new Farm Girl Friday tutorial and that it's inspired you to make your own Hauling Day quilt:) 

I can't wait to see what your Farm Girl Tractors are hauling on my 

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P.S. We also made some mash-up blocks from last years Farm Girl Fridays!

The top one is my 
6" Patchwork Pumpkin 
block mashed up with the 
heart from my
 6" Baby Chick block:)

The bottom photo is my 
12" Patchwork Pumpkin 
mashed up with my
 6" Simple Star block:)
All patterns are in my 
Farm Girl Vintage 
book of course!

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