Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along: Furrows Block

FGV-SewAlong-Button300x300So happy you are here. Today is our turn on the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along. I made the Furrows Block from Lori Holt of BeeInMyBonnet newest book “Farm Girl Vintage”.


I love the format of Lori’s book. It is really easy to follow and it has directions for a 6″ and a 12″ block, which I love!!


And just like that my Furrows Block is all finished. I had so much fun choosing fabrics for this block, as usual I decided to go with my favorite color scheme.

If you haven’t started your quilt yet it’s not too late. Here is the schedule for all the bloggers who are sewing along. Every Friday is, #farmgirlfridays on instagram. And if you sew along at the end you will have a great sampler quilt to enjoy.

Thank you for visiting and hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!!

Hexagon Making & Swap Gifts Made With Hexagons


It’s really getting to be Summer, so I am going to show you what I have been working on. I am currently making a needle book and decided to make it using hexagons. I am using this Fiskars Tool to make my hexagon papers. This is a size Large and it makes 3/4″ hexagons. (I ordered it on Amazon) Smaller than any I have ever made before, but it’s easier than I thought. I found some paper in a drawer that was a little thicker than regular paper, I think it is card stock and it works perfectly. You could really use any paper you like though. It really was no trouble to cut them, I did one at a time.


I will need 24 hexagons to make the needle book I am making. I will come back and show you the finished needle book when it is done.


Next, I thought I would share some hexagons I got in the mail from an instagram friend, Katie, she even added a hexagon with Virginia on it, how clever! This was for a #hexieswap that I joined. We were to make hexagons and a bag or pouch of some kind to store our hexagons in. I just love them, the color palette is so fresh and pretty. (Sadly I did not take pictures of what I sent to my partner on my camera and can’t figure out how to get them from my iPad to my computer, or I would show you.) I have learned my lesson.


Along with the hexagons this is what she sent me, a really cute zipper pouch with the cutest hexagon on the front, also in the same color palette.  It’s a great size to store lots of sewing things, I am going to use mine while traveling!!

This little drawstring bag came from a #makeyourplannercuterswap,  which was also on instagram. I am pretty sure Jennie has written about this swap here before. These little swaps are so fun and oh so addicting. Jessica did an adorable job making this, we all used Jeni Baker’s  Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial found here.


The last little bag made with a full side of hexagons is this Ellie Travel Case that is designed by Heidi of  Fabric Mutt, here is the link to make this case. It’s also super cute and made with darling fabric. It was from the same swap as the above bag. This case came from Alice all the way from the U.K. and I really love it.

I  wanted to highlight hexagons and how much fun they can be to make and use in gifts and many other projects. These projects weren’t originally designed with hexagons in mind but can be easily changed modified,  look how cute they turned out. I have some hexies to make so I will be back another day soon!!



WIP: Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Let me show you what I’ve been sewing! This is Lori Holt’s new book “Farm Girl Vintage“. It is featured on her blog beeinmybonnet. You can purchase it  at the Fat Quarter Shop.


I have been sewing along and trying very hard to keep up. These blocks are so cute and fun to make. Some of them are stretching my skills, which is a really good thing. The block I am currently working on has flying geese, learning some new techniques for this one. Love the PamKittyMorning fabric!

These are the first two blocks that I made. It’s a lot of fun  using such a variety of fabric and background fabric too.
FarmGirlVintage3 Then there are these two. I love the little girl from Tasha Noel’s line, The Simple Life by Riley Blake. I can’t wait until her new line, Vintage Market comes out. And for the bowl, of course, Farmdale Blossom by Alexander Henry is a favorite too (too bad it’s out of print and hard to find).

FarmGirlVintage4Here they are all together. Having fun and still stretching my skills. Perfect combination.

What are you sewing this spring?

A Sophie Beach Bag Progress

Because the weather is getting much nicer, I thought it would be the right time for me to make my own Sophie beach bag, (if you want to purchase a pattern it is available in our shop). I think the “Milk Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz”  is so cute that I thought I should use it for my new bag. I am also using a Moda Crossweave for the solid, it is sort of greenish gray! I think it goes perfectly with this fabric!


I quilted straight rows along the lines of the pin wheels without having to quilt each pin wheel individually. It is really simple and goes much faster. Not all my seams lined up perfectly but I am okay with that.


This is the whole outside of the bag completely sewn together. I am still working on quilting it, I am going to sew some lines on each panel vertically. That will give it the quilted look as well as hold the layers together. I forgot to mention that I used fusible fleece for this bag. Super easy to work with. It just requires a damp pressing cloth and then hold for 15 sec. Quick and easy.


These two last prints are what I will be using for the lining and the handles. The white for the lining and the green  for the handles. I don’t want to use something too light for the handles as they get a lot of use. Plus I think those little kitties and bunnies and flowers are so cute!!

Thank you for coming to see what I am sewing these days!! Trying to stay focused is getting a little more difficult since it is mostly sunny outside. I should finish this up so the next time I have an opportunity to go on a little trip it is all ready to take with me. Enjoy your day!!

Bags for Quilters: Handle and Strap Making

I have been making a new Penelope Purse using Daysail from Bonnie and Camille by Moda for the pieced part and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen  in Denim for the accents. I am really loving how this is turning out. Using the Essex Linen adds such a nice dimension to the purse, I feel.

Today I am going to talk about the handle/strap application that we use and why.

Penelope-Purse-1 This first photo shows the length of strap with the interfacing already fused and then it sewn lengthwise into a tube. We like to interface our handles and straps to give them that extra strength and body. The handle gets used so much that we don’t want it to become wrinkled up and flimsy. The interfacing is just wide enough to cover the length of the strap and cut to the width of it. Some of the longer handles/straps require piecing but that is not a problem, as we use fusible interfacing. Which Jennie spoke about in our last “Bags for Quilters” post.

Penelope-Purse-2 This is the strap after it is sewn, turned and pressed flat, the seam falls down the middle in the back. We like this application because then there is a neat, complete tube for your handle or strap. No folding or trying to get them even, and it just seems better to us.

Penelope-purse-7Now that the strap is sewn it is ready for the batting or flannel to be inserted in to it. (Use a larger safety-pin or bodkin to pull it through) they both work about the same. Batting is a good way to get a lot of padding without a lot of work. Sometimes we use two layers of flannel and this is about the same for thickness. I like the extra padding in the strap, because if you have ever filled a purse/bag really full you know how the handle or strap can cut into your shoulder. Well this is the reason for the extra padding, it is to make it more comfortable. I have even added three layers of flannel before, but one batting and one layer o flannel is usually sufficient. (Maybe for a larger bag that you will be filling up with heavy stuff you will want to have more thickness). The key is to make it so that it is comfortable for you!!

Penelope-Purse-5Here is the strap with the batting and the stitching lines sewn. Now it is nice and sturdy because it is interfaced and soft with the flannel or batting for comfort on your shoulder. It looks great with nice lines sewn down the sides, or like this one I sewed several lines. I like it!! It is ready to be added to the purse!!


Penelope-Purse-9 *I added this additional picture so you could see the tool better.* The picture above is showing the bone tool that I used to get nice rounded corners on my Penelope Purse. I used the rounder end and pushed it out until it was even and the way I wanted it to look. For sharper corners I use the other end, it works great for corners that need to be pushed out.

Now for the extras!! We are also hosting a casual sew along  of our Penelope Purse. (Which is on sale for $5.00 in our shop). We would love to have you join us. If you do, please share your pictures on Facebook or instagram with the hashtag penelopepurse. Or leave a link to your blog post in the comment section of this post and you will be entered for some giveaways along the way. Be sure to post your finished purse by April 10th. Have fun and enjoy sewing and then carrying your purse around.