Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Sheep

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Lily with Sheep Block

I definitely have the best blog readers ever!  Not only do you all leave supportive comments for Lily, but when I mentioned having a hard time coming up with a simple to sew sheep, Sharon sent me an email and a picture of her 1980s quilt with a simple sheep block!

Sharon's Sheep Block

 

Sharon didn’t have the designer’s name for the original block. I drafted it to suit our purposes, as a 14″ finished block.

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Here is a comparable pattern that will work with our sew along.  Simply cut your fabric to the sizes shown in this layout.

Sheep Block

The resulting block is so cute.  We are going to add button eyes like this after we quilt.

When I posted the picture on Instagram, Synnove recognized it as a Debbie Mumm pattern from “Quick Country Quilting” from 1992.  The pattern is called “Flock of Sheep” and the blocks are 8″.  Sharon remembers sewing her quilt in the 1980s so maybe they are similar patterns or the book had a couple of editions?  Anyway, I hope my modifications make it ok to use the block for this purpose.

The reason we wanted to include a sheep block for the Farmer Boy book is because there is a chapter where Almanzo betters his father and brother who keep telling him that they are going to beat him no matter how fast he works.  They are shearing the sheep and he is carrying the wool to the second floor in the barn.  He catches on and realizes why they will beat him so he sneaks a sheep up to the second floor before it is sheared.  At the end, he beats them.  All the wool is upstairs and they have one more sheep to shear.  Lily thought it was very funny.

I hope you have fun making block 8 in our sew along!  Now, back to reading On the Banks of Plum Creek.

 

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Almanzo’s Pumpkin

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Almanzo's Pumpkin Block

 

Lily has finished Farmer Boy!  She enjoyed it but not as much as the stories about Laura so she is happy to be reading On the Banks of Plum Creek now. I am excited because this book introduces Nellie Olsen and I know she will be amused by her antics.

Last time I mentioned that the next block was going to take a bit of design work.  Well, this isn’t it!  Lily would like to sew a sheep block after a funny story that she read about in Farmer Boy.  However, I am having a hard time designing a sheep block that is a simple sew.  I told her I would work on it in a bit but meanwhile, we are carrying on.  In Farmer Boy, Almanzo’s milk fed pumpkin takes first place at the fair.  Lily decided that it would be fun to have a pumpkin block, which is oh so much easier.  This is Block 7 in the sew along. I think we are going to make about 20 blocks for a 4 x 5 layout after reading all 9 of the novels.  We are starting the 4th book now.

Pumpkin Block

 

To create this 14″ finished pumpkin block, cut the following:

Out of background fabric:

A:  2″ x 14 1/2″

B:  Cut two 3″ x 6 1/2″

E:  Cut four 3 1/2″ squares

Out of stem fabric:

C:  2 1/2″ 3″

Out of pumpkin fabric:

D:  10 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Sew the B pieces to either side of C.  Press.  Attach piece A and set aside.

Sewing Pumpkin Block

Place the four squares of background fabric at the four corners of the pumpkin and draw a diagonal line from point to point and stitch along the line as Lily is doing in this picture. Trim 1/4″ to the outside of the stitching line and press.  Now attach the top of the block to the bottom.

Pumpkin BlockAs usual, Lily chose all her own fabrics. I like the background print because Almanzo grows corn and it looks like corn to me.

Lily sewingOne more picture of my little seamstress!  I hope you are having fun sewing along. I read Lily all of your comments and she is enjoying all the support and encouragement (and praise!)

 

 

 

Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone

Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone Cover by Amy Friend

I have been intending to sew and share this new paper piecing pattern for the past few weeks but life has been so busy! I really enjoyed sewing up these blocks.  I used Violet Craft’s new fabric, Brambleberry Ridge for Michael Miller, for the background of the block. It reminds me of the seagulls that are always swooping over head at the beach.  The cone material is also a Michael Miller fabric called Dot ‘n Square in Citron.  The ice cream is BasicGrey’s Grunge in brown and vanilla.

Soft Serve Ice Cream Cones by Amy Friend

It would be fun to make these in many different fabric “flavors”!  If you would like to sew some in your favorite flavors, you can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop and Etsy shop.

Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone by Amy Friend

I hope you are enjoying your summer time!
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Wet Suit Bag Tutorial

Wet Suit Bag Tutorial by Amy Friend

 

You can find my free tutorial for this Wet Suit Bag on the Therm O Web blog today. It is fully lined with vinyl coated fabric so that you can toss your wet bathing suit in it, zip the bag, and throw it into your larger tote to bring home without getting everything soaked. The bathing suit is a simple and fun applique. Enjoy!

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Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Barn Block

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Barn Block

Lily is finishing up reading the third book in the Little House series, Farmer Boy.  It’s about Almanzo’s childhood.  Almanzo becomes Laura’s husband years later.  Lily would prefer to hop to the next book and read more about Mary, Laura, Ma, Pa and baby Carrie.  But she does enjoy the stories about animals of which are plenty in this book.  Almanzo lives on a big farm and there are three large barns.  So, we started with a barn!

The block is my adaptation of Iowa Barns found in 5,500 Quilt Block Designs.  Lily chose her own fabrics again and did all the sewing. I did the cutting from templates.

You can download the templates here. Again, you will need to lay the template pieces out so that they make sense when looking at the diagram provided.  Sometimes this will mean that the letters will be upside down or on their sides.  Cut with the templates right side up on the fabric, also right side up.

Lily with Barn Block

 

I hope you enjoy sewing your own barn!  Lily has an idea for the next block that is going to really put me to work designing.  It’s not likely that it will be ready for at least a week because I have some quilting I have to get done.  So, it’s a good time to catch up on your blocks and reading!

 

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Maple Leaf

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Maple Leaf BlockI love it, I wasn’t producing new block patterns quickly enough for a little girl named Caitlyn, so she decided to enlist her mom’s help and come up with another block for Little House in the Big Woods!  I love her enthusiasm!  She emailed Lily asking if she would like to sew the block too.  It’s a Maple Leaf block to go along with the Sugar Snow chapter.  As it turns out, Lily is reading the third book now, Farmer Boy, and there is a chapter on sugaring down the sap and making maple syrup.  Like so many of the blocks, it will suit multiple books.

Caitlyn’s mom, Tiffany, has provided a pdf with directions to make this block if you’d like to join us!  Download it here. See Caitlyn’s beautiful block here.

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If you are sewing along and come up with a great block idea like Caitlyn did, please feel free to share it with me so I can share it with others!  Thank you for your contribution to the sew along Caitlyn.

Lily is ready to work on her first Farmer Boy block this week. We’ll be making a barn. Check back!

Indelible Footprint Quilt Top

Indelible Footprint Quilt Top by Amy Friend

I was thrilled to be invited to join the Indelible Blog Hop celebrating the Indelible collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. This collection captivates me. I love the doily prints, the text, so much about it!

Indelible Footprint by Amy Friend

My quilt top was made using a Fat Quarter bundle of the Subtle Watermarks colorway. I was inspired by a Moroccan floor tile design to create this hexagonal pattern. That’s also how my quilt top got it’s name. I have heard people speak of leaving “indelible footprints,” meaning footprints that can’t be erased, or a lasting impression.  Since the fabric collection is named Indelible and the pattern is that of flooring, it works!

Indelible Footprint by Amy Friend

I used my Sizzix Bigz Pro Hexagon Die with 5″ Sides. I was able to cut 4 large hexagons from each fat quarter though my design only requires 3. I cut additional hexagons from the Mystic Grey Pure Elements Solid. Then I cut partial hexagons from Moonlight Pure Elements Solids. I trimmed away the corners of each hexagon and added the Moonlight sections which create the pattern.

Indelible Footprint by Amy Friend

The hexagons were joined on my machine using Y seams. This was my first Y seam intensive project and it gave me lots of practice!  It just involves starting and stopping a precise 1/4″ from the edge of each hexie. It is a little slow going but very doable.

I am not sure yet how I plan to quilt this top but I will share it again once I decide!

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You can read more about the blog hop and the other contributors here.

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A Couple of Contests!

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The Fat Quarter Shop is having a fun and easy contest.  Have you seen their cute “Sew What?” tshirts?  All you need to do is take a selfie of you wearing the tshirt share it to win prizes.  The contest begins today, July 8, 2014 and to enter, all you have to do is take an awesome selfie with your Sew What shirt, hashtag  it #sewwhatselfie, and tag@fatquartershop on FacebookTwitterInstagram and/or Google+. Wherever you post, that will count as one entry, and they will find your posts by the #sewwhatselfie hashtag!

Two winners will be chosen every month from July through September and the winners will receive a $100 Fat Quarter Shop gift card.
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The Fat Quarter Shop sent me a tshirt so here you go…my selfie!  If I can do it, so can you!  Full details can be found here.

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ThermOWeb is having a fun summer contest with cash and adhesive prizes!  This contest is focused more toward paper crafters than fabric but I know I have some readers who fall into that category and would love to try it out.  Find all the details here.

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Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Pet and Patty

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Pet and Patty Block
Lily has just finished sewing block 4 of the sew along; the second block for the second book in the series, Little House on the Prairie. She is now moving on to Farmer Boy but we reserve the right to add a block from any book we feel like at the end if we decide that we need another block or two!

Lily really loves horses so she wanted to make Pet and Patty, the Ingalls’ horses.  I found this horse as a part of a block called Winner’s Circle in the book 5,500 Quilt Block Designs.  I adapted it to remove the outer borders and enlarged it to a 14″ finished block.  I would normally paper piece a block like this but decided to use templates to make it more like what Lily expects.  When you are cutting your fabric from the templates, please look at the block layout diagram so that you orient your templates properly.  This means that the letter on the pattern piece will not always be right side up, sometimes to the side, etc.  Look at the diagram for placement.  Cut with your fabric right side up and templates right side up.

Pet and Patty Block

You will need a horse color, a mane/tail color and background color.  I loved Lily’s choices for the horse body and mane.  When we were looking for a background fabric as soon as she saw the birds, I knew there would be no changing her mind. I think it makes it a little busy with the tail but I can see how an 8 year old girl would fall for the bird print.  It’s awfully sweet!

Pet and Patty Block

I was worried that it would be hard to sew this block with Lily but it went together really smoothly after I precut all the pieces for her.  We talked about, “which piece do you think goes next?” so she understood how the block was being constructed.

You can download the templates and block layout diagram here.

Thanks for sewing along!  I started a Flickr group if you would like to add your blocks there.  If you post them on Instagram make sure you tag me so I see!  I am @duringquiettime.

 

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Mary’s Nine Patch

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Mary's Nine Patch

Well, Lily just finished reading the second book in the series, Little House on the Prairie. While she was reading, she took great interest in the fact that Mary was busily working on a Nine Patch quilt. She asked what a Nine Patch looked like and decided to make one and name this block, Mary’s Nine Patch. Laura worked on a Nine Patch in the story too but not as diligently as Mary so we agreed that it should be named after just Mary.

Mary's Nine Patch

This is a great beginner block which makes it perfect for this sew along. I asked Lily to choose two small scale prints, one that was darker and one that was lighter. We cut the nine patch squares 2 1/2″ each and assembled them first. Then we added two 2 1/2″ borders to bring it up to 14 1/2″ unfinished like the other blocks.

Lily sewing

We chose subtle borders so that the nine patch is really the focus. It will also help balance the quilt if some of the blocks are busier.

Lily has her heart set on also making a horse block for this quilt. That one is going to be a bit trickier and will require more patience from mommy. We’ll be back with that one next. Meanwhile, I am trying to get a bit of my own sewing done here and there. I am working on a project with Indelible for Art Gallery that I hope to share with you soon.