On May 1, I joined my first every sew along, the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along led by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet. I\’ve posted updates along the way and shared with you the joy I found while sewing along. Several of the blocks took me back to memories of my days as a farm girl in rural Minnesota, and that was a real treat. The quilting friendships I made through social media have become a treasure. What a delight to share this journey with you and with other quilters who were equally carried away by this sew along. Beyond all of that, as a quilter and sewist, this sew along challenged me to creatively use up my stash and sew up some very unique block designs!
At my recent fall quilt retreat I was able to set the blocks together and add my borders. I feel so fortunate to finish this quilt among my best sewing friends. As an added bonus, they helped me chose my final border. All along, I had imagined the quilt should be bordered by a red or green print. But in the end, this orange print just won the day!
As it turns out, 3 blocks did not make it into my quilt. I just was not happy with my Gingham Block (totally operator error I am sure). And two other blocks seemed like color misses on my part, so I made them into cute little zippered pouches using the instructions in Lori\’s Quilty Zip Pocket Tutorial. Now let me tell you, these were too much fun!!
I\’ve included pictures of my finished top, along with the final weeks of individual blocks. Here’s hoping you get carried away quilting often!
|My sweet daughter (& hiding husband) running around the yard, helping me find good photo spots.|