Sunday, November 8, 2015

My Finished Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

Finishing My Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt!

Farm Girl Sampler Quilt   made by Susie's Sunroom

At Bee In My Bonnet Blog

Yippeee!  I finished sewing my  Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt this past week!

What are the ingredients for making this fun quilt ...and having a marvelous time  sewing , learning and improving my techniques ?

The Book:  Farm Girl Vintage   by Lori Holt   at  Bee In My Bonnet blog


****   This book is excellent... with exceptional directions and diagrams !        I highly                                      recommend it!****                Thank you, Amy!!

                     My Fabric:    

Fat Quarter bundles of 30's Playtime Favorites  and Aunt Graces's Classics

Kona Cotton   Snow  -  background
Line Dried  Flowery Check in Shamrock for outer border
Back and Binding-  Canopy  Rose  by Timeless Treasures  "the pink/rose checks"Happy Go Lucky    Bonnie and Camille   Moda
Aunt Grace Classics    Judie Rothermel  
Aunt Grace Christmas  Judie Rothermel  
Hannah Bella   by Robyn Pandolph  SSI
DS Quilts Collections    Denyse Schmidt
Lazy Daisy Baskets Small    Darlene Zimmerman  Robert Kaufman
Paula Barnes  Marcus Fabrics
Mirabelle  Fig Tree & Co.    Moda    charm packGinghams  from my stash

   Stash  ***   anything that reminds me of 1930's fabrics, small flowery prints, or  make- me- happy prints!   ( I am not excluding anything that makes me smile!)  And I am "finding" charm packs I have hoarded  lovingly stored away!
Batting-  Warm and Natural

Happy Note:  The binding and backing gingham fabrics are a "SCORE !" for me....
Shortly after I learned to sew bags and totes, I went to a fabric store and found a great deal... I bought a whole bolt of this rose colored Timeless Treasures gingham.  I didn't realize how much fabric 11 yards is!!!!  I have looked at that bolt for years and years ... and finally found a good way to use a lot of it!!

How to do it:

 Read the book,   Sew two blocks a week, and look at everyone's beautiful and creative blocks on  Instagram!  #FarmGirlFridays    Measure carefully,  cut wisely and mix up all the fabrics!!

The Result:

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt   by  Susie's Sunroom
a 59 " x 73 1/2 " quilt

Quilt Stats:          Size  59 " wide  by 73 1/2 " tall
                          Flying Geese:   102 in the border
                          48 blocks at 6 " square size
                          Thread:  Aurifil # 2026    Cream
                          Quilting:  FMQ in the outer border
      I used a basic leaf and stem design in the wide outer border,  for texture
      I used a large zig zag stitch for quilting in the sashes around all of the blocks and the flying geese borders  ( using my walking foot)

And here is the Back of my quilt:

The Backside of my Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt
These barns are also in the book!!

I decided to make the back "another mini quilt" from more of the Vintage Farm Girl patterns!
I made two each of the larger (14 inch) barn blocks... Silo Barn and Quilty Barn,  and added animals to each barn (6 inch size).    I just love this design!  The 9 patches were so fun to make for the borders.

** Animal block notes:   The Pig is a newer design, not in the book, but avail at the Fat Quarter Shop  {here}
                                   This  patchwork cow is designed by The Patchsmith, and is avail at The Patchsmith Pattern Shop  {here}

How fun to use black gingham in this sashing!!  (on the back)

I also made a British Union Jack block...   and put that on the front of the quilt.  (It is another The Patchsmith design. )

 Union Jack block by The Patchsmith   available {here }

"Hey Mom!  I found a thread here!"  

I got a great tip from my friend, Geta, from Geta's Quilting Studio {here}:
Use washable magic markers to mark the design for your FMQ.  (Test it first!!)
This gave me some more confidence to try to do the free motion quilting in the outer borders.

You can see the FMQ  Leaf and Stems on the border.  And the zig zag stitches
 in the sashings

I am lucky to have the room  to put a few tables, plus my ironing board, together to create a larger surface to keep my quilt level while sewing.  This is how it looked:

After washing the quilt  ...  it left a nice crinkly texture to the border !  I thought this design would fit in nicely with a Farm  themed quilt!

The borders were FMQ with a leaf and stem pattern

I'll close with more photos of the quilt.


 Lori Holt has already created a Barn Cat to add to the farm.  You know I'll want to make that!  

" There must be a cat SOMEWHERE in this quilt...." 

I will miss making the weekly blocks from this Sew Along.  And,  I will definitely make more projects from this book! 
That's what I call a successful project!

Linking up at:       Can I Get A Whoop Whoop!  @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict    and
                         And Sew We Craft Together  @ And Sew We Craft      and
                           Fabric Frenzy Friday  @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio    and
                          Sew Darn Crafty  @  Sew Many Ways    and  

I'm off to my sewing room!


  1. Well done! I love the barn blocks with animals on the back. My blocks are done, but I have not sewn them together yet. Congrats on the spectacular finish!

  2. Wow this looks awesome ! What a lovely keepsake.

  3. I absolutely LOVE it! Well done for finishing it - your FMQ is fabulous!

  4. Such an awesome quilt from top to bottom, apron strings to wooly sheep and front to back. You did a fantastic job on it!

  5. Oh Susie! I am just about having kittens over here, I love your quilt so much! It's really two fantastic quilts in one! You did an excellent job with everything! Bravo to you for such a great accomplishment!

  6. Wow! Susie! This quilt is so beautiful! I LOVE it! I can't believe you made the barns for the back of the quilt. How incredible! Well done, my friend. I use washable markers for quilting too. I also use clover pens for the dark fabrics, they iron off very easily. And yes! Your posts would not be perfect without Whiskers :)


  7. This is so stunning.Well done its beautiful.

  8. I just stumbled onto a photo of your quilt on Instagram and popped over to your blog to read more about your quilt. It really is one of the prettiest Farm Girl Vintage Samplers I've seen. I've had my book since it was released but wasn't able to participate in the sew along. I'm starting mine in January and you've given me a great imspiration.


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