Monday, 26 October 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Catch Up

Thank you so much for all your kind words on my previous post, it's so lovely to be back blogging again!  As I promised here's a little snippet of what I've been up to whilst I was away.  My main focus of stitching has all been around Farm Girl Vintage and it doesn't seem possible that it was back in April when I started my sampler quilt, what I do know is that every little stitch has been so much fun!

Here's my progress so far..... 31 blocks made......

I've also hung some of my blocks up in the shop..... I was so nervous doing this, because it would mean that my 1/4" seams would be laid bare for all to see, rather than sandwiched inside a completed quilt.
There is so much I love about Lori's book, the incredibly clear instructions, the mass of different projects and also the range in style of blocks available for you to choose.... there's a super mix of traditional style quilt blocks like these ones ....

..... mixed in with her unique and instantly recognisable fun blocks like these.....
The apple block was a little substitution I made.  The fabrics I've used are in the main 1930's reproductions, with a few of Lori's own fabrics mixed in plus a couple of others from my stash which I used for fussy cutting.  The background is a pretty Sevenberry pin dot.

It's hard to say which block so far is my favourite, but I'm very in love with the Patchwork Pumpkin Block...

I've also been having some Quilty Fun (Lori's first book) .... and a couple of weekends ago, I made the Fall Leaves mini quilt using the orange patchwork panel from Modern Mini's, along the with a polka dot from Fig Tree's Farmhouse collection and that scrummy binding fabric is from Ayumi Mill's stunning Lighthearted collection.

So I still have 17 blocks to make to complete my Sampler Quilt, but obviously I'm already planning ahead and as I am sure you have all heard....... there's a new Quilt Along starting in January using Lori's gorgeous new collection Calico Days, of which we will be stocking the complete range!

Here's a little preview of the loveliness due in January......
The Bloom Quilt that Lori has designed, (which will be available as a free pattern) comprises of a wonderful collection of appliqued blocks, which are made using templates designed specifically for it.  We do of course have them in stock HERE.

Sounds like fun doesn't it...... in the meanwhile though, I am very happy to keep myself busy with my sampler quilt and it's a done deal that I will be returning to Farm Girl Vintage for future projects again and again!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

I have so much to tell you!

Oh my goodness doesn't time fly when you're having fun.  How are you all?  Sorry I've not blogged for a while, I didn't intend on having quite such a long break, but I'm so happy to be back and I have so much to share!

For those of you follow me on Instagram and Facebook know, Pretty Fabrics and Trims now has its very own dedicated space.  

Since opening our website in 2012 we based ourselves in Mum's house, slowly and steadily increasing our stock as our business grew.  However earlier this year, the realisation hit, that we had definitely outgrown the space available and it became evident that new premises were required.  After a long search and couple of false starts, we finally found a lovely light and airy space which felt just right.  To be honest it was harder finding a new home for all our lovelies than it has ever been finding a new house!  

It was very much all hands on deck, with lots of painting to be done, shelves to be built (more shelves to be ordered as we couldn't quite believe just how much fabric we had!), fabric bolts to be labeled, fabric to be cut............. Mum and I certainly couldn't have managed this all alone, so thank you to all our family who helped!

Finally, on the 26th September, we got up very early, hung up the bunting and then rather quietly opened the doors......


So we're now three weeks in and we're rather thrilled with how it's looking.......we still haven't got over the excitement of having all our goodies in one place!  Oh and the smell, do you know what I mean,... that smell of fabric...sigh!!!

I must emphasise however that whilst it is a delight to embark on this next step of our business journey, Mum and I will never forget our much appreciated online customers and friends, which is why our bricks and mortar shop open hours are limited to enable us to maintain the very high custom service standards that we always endeavour to provide.  You can find our shop opening hours and address HERE and we hope that if you are in the area that you will pop in and say hello!

As you can imagine, my sewing time has been limited, but I have managed to squeeze in a few makes which I share more photo's of next time. 

It's very lovely to be back!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Farm Girl Vintage..... Yee Ha!

Last week, we had a very exciting delivery of Lori Holt books, her first one 'Quilty Fun' and her brand new one 'Farm Girl Vintage'.  As regular readers of my blog will know I am a HUGE Lori Holt fan.  Her fun colourful quilting blocks are a joy to piece and her clear instructions turn what you may think to be a difficult block, in to something easily achievable!  Now before I had time to blog all about them, the books sold out, do not fear however, we have more on order due late next week! (Please do get in touch if you would like to reserve one)

I thought, just in case you were not familiar with her books, it would be nice to show again some of the projects that I've made from the Quilty Fun book.....

and here's the 'Have yourself a Christmas Quilty Fun' nearly complete quilt top I made as part of Lori's Christmas QAL on Instagram.  It's waiting patiently for its borders to be added (I have a certain fabric in mind that I want to use which is due to arrive in the next month or so from this years Christmas fabric deliveries...sad I know and sorry that I've mentioned the C word in April!!!!!) and then I plan on hand quilting it, so fingers crossed it will be finished in time for this Christmas! (eek sorry the C word again) 

So I am sure that there is no surprise that when Lori announced that there was going to be a Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along, she had me at hello!  So this week, I started pulling my fabrics in readiness.....
Amongst lots of over things, I'm going to make the sampler quilt on the front cover and I want it to be as bright, cheery and colourful as the one shown.

Indeed Lori's use of colour and fabrics throughout the book is simply you want to take a peek......
(I can see Poppy's Dolls bed finding a new purpose when's she's finished with it!)
So here's what I've pulled so far, there's a mix of 30's repros, polka dots, stripes, gingham and pretty ditsy florals.....some of my favourites... there's Pam Kitty, Bonnie and Camille, Judie Rothermel, Sevenberry and of course Lori's own fabrics!  This is the starting point, as I know I'll probably add to it from my stash, plus I know there are new fabrics coming in, including some from Lori's new collection 'Modern Mini's' that will have to be included...

Some of you have been kind enough to email me asking what fabrics I was going to be using for my quilt and whether they were going to be available on the website as bundles.  So after much deliberation, Mum and decided the best way to do this would be to put them together as colour themed Fat Quarter bundles, so that you can add to your existing stash...... here's what they look like.....

and you can find them on the website HERE.  (Edited ~ I subsequently changed my mind with navy bundle and switched the polka dot for a rather fabulous navy and white print by America Jane...soooo many pretty fabrics!) I don't know about you, but I am so excited to get started!  I'll be posting my blocks as I make them on Instagram and I'll do regular updates on here, oh  and I almost forgot, if you're quilting along with Lori, don't forget to use the hashtag  #farmgirlfridays so that she can see.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Tilda Brick Quilt Number Two

Possibly one of the most loved quilts in our house is the brick quilt I made back HERE, however, I can not tell you how many disputes there have been over who gets to snuggle under it!  I therefore decided many months ago, in order to maintain peace and harmony within the family, to make another.

Using a mix of pretty Tilda fabrics and following THIS METHOD, I pieced the top together way back in October last year and then I ashamed to say,  it sat in my sewing room waiting patiently for me to finish it.  After yet another squabble, I finally picked it up again a few weeks ago, sandwiched it, quilted it, stitched the binding and then before you could say 'Jack Robinson' it was swiftly nabbed for snuggling duties! With the Easter holidays over and having restored a little order, I thought it was about time it had it's photo taken.......

The fabrics in the main were from the Tilda collections Happiness is Homemade and Tiny Treasures, with a few of my favourites thrown in for good measure!  For the binding, which did of course have to be stripy, I used Kitchen Stripe Blue.  I backed it using Sally Brown, I LOVE this fabric (I had to join two lengths together as it wasn't quite wide enough)... but an alternative choice where a join would not be necessary would have been one of our wider Stof Ginghams or Stripes or this pretty polka dot by Gutermann.

I can honestly say, this is such a fun quilt to make and speaking from my own personal experience is perfect as a beginners project!  If you would like to have a go at making one and would like to use the same fabrics as me, Mum and I have put together a limited number of quilt top packs on the website HERE.  In addition to this you'll need to add your choice of binding fabric, backing fabric and wadding (if you were wondering, I used this one).  Don't forget you can find my 'How I made my original Brick Quilt' blog post HERE and there are also some handy step by step instructions for the different stages of quilt making on my Quilt Along blog page HERE.

Thank you as always for visiting and happy stitching!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Obsessing....... over stitching a log cabin quilt

It started back in January, when I saw the new Tilda catalogue and inside there was the most gorgeous log cabin quilt, stitched in Apple Bloom....

Then, whilst perusing on Instagram, it seemed that so many of my favourite quilters were making log cabins.  By the way, how fun is Instagram, if you're on there make sure you come and say hello, I'm 

So obviously you know where this is going, it was inevitable....right?  

So, Friday evening I started to pull some fabrics, the starting point being some Cath Kidston Cowboy fabric I've been hoarding..... from this I fussy cut twelve 2 1/2" squares. I then pulled some blenders, mostly 'mini' size pieces from the website... (I chose a sweet mix of Pam Kitty, Bonnie and Camille, American Jane, Tilda and Lecien)...grabbed my Rotary cutter and from these started cutting 1 1/2" strips, a couple from each of the pieces.  

'a little happy note' ~  a traditional log cabin quilt normally has a light and dark side, however I decided to throw caution to the wind and against my usual 'need to plan' mentality went scrappy....

Unlike the Tilda log cabin, where all the pieces are precut to the correct size, I went for the easy peasy strip piecing method.....this is what I did....

I grabbed a strip at random and placed it right side to right side along the top of the centre square.  I then stitched it in place using 1/4" seams.

Using the edge of the cowboy square as a guide, I trimmed away the excess, returning the excess strip back to the pile to be used again on a later block.
 I then pressed the seam directing the seam allowance to the darker fabric.
 I then grabbed a second strip at random and moving clockwise, placed this right side to right side along the right hand and stitched in place.......
 I then cut away the excess and pressed to the darker fabric (can you see the theme going here)
 I repeated this process for the third strip along the bottom edge.....

 and the 4th strip on the left hand edge...
 and then continued round and round until I pieced 8 strips rotating in a clockwise direction as shown below

I ended up with a 6 1/2 square block.  In total I made 12 blocks, which I layed out in 4 rows of 3. To these I added some sashing using Architextures in Navy Blue,  I cut these 2" wide and firstly added these vertically either side of the blocks to form rows and then horizontally in between to join the rows.

I decided to add a couple of borders, for the first one I used Sevenberry Polka Dot in Navy which was cut at 1 1/2" wide and then a further Architextures which was cut at 2" wide.  

To finish, I layered the quilt using this wadding and for the backing a piece of the cowboy fabric in blue, which incidently is a lovely brushed cotton..... so snuggly!  I crosshatch quilted and for the binding I used a stripe from the Oh Clemintine collection.  (If you're new to quilting, there's lots more information on borders, layering, quilting and binding on my 'quilt along' page which you can find here)

This little quilt has been gifted to my brother and sister in law and is destined for a very special new arrival due this exciting..... but I'm sure you're all wondering have I got my obsession for log cabin quilts out of my system.... only time will tell!

Quilt Stats

Fabric ~ Cath Kidston Cowboy and a jolly selection of blenders from my website Pretty Fabrics and Trims
Pattern ~ Traditional Log Cabin given 'a little happy' twist.
Size ~ 29" x 36 1/2"

If you fancy making the Tilda Log Cabin quilt,  pop over to the Tilda blog where you'll find full cutting and piecing instructions and you can find the Apple Bloom fabric to make it on our website here.
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