The Beginnings Quilt Along Block 5 - Farmer Jill

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Hey Everyone!

I had a feeling you all were ready to do a fun picture block. The piecing is easy on this one you just have to pay attention to center each of the rows. I am going to show you how to add sashing to your 9 Patch and Friendship Star row first because it employs the same technique as putting together the rows in the block does.

Have you ever seen a quilt with wavy edges? It happens a lot if the borders or sashing get stretched or if they are cut the wrong size to begin. If you are making borders for a quilt. You should measure the center of the quilt from bottom to top while it is laying flat. Make your borders that length. Sew the side borders on. Then measure your quilt in the center from the right to the left and make your top and bottom borders that length. It doesn't matter what size the quilt was supposed to be originally if your blocks are a slightly different size your borders might not be what the pattern says they should be use reality rather than the pattern in this case.

 Any time you are putting together a  sashing or a border you need to pin this way.

Put the sides on first. Find the center of your row or quilt and pin the center of the sashing or border. Then your ends. Then work between those pins. First the middle between the center of the row and the  end. Then the middle between those and so on... While you are working be careful not to stretch your sashing. Handle it carefully and don't wrench it around to avoid stretching it.

If you start from one side of the row and just start sewing on the sashing you will end up stretching it. You will have a ruffle when you are done or you will have a bunch of the sashing left hanging off the end which will mean that your sashing will be too short and the outer edges will be shorter than your row actually is... which will make it mound up in the middle like a hill ... we don't want ruffles or hills we want a flat quilt.

Please watch my video which I hope will illustrate this better. it is also the video for the block which is below.

 The Beginnings QAL (printable PDF)

Block 5 Farmer Jill (8” Finished)

For One Block (that is what you need for the quilt)

3 – 1 ½” by Width of Fabric Strips
                                2 – 32 ½” x 1 ½” sashing strips (for the friendship Star and Nine Patch row)
                                2 – 6 ½” x 1 ½” sashing strips (for the friendship Star and Nine Patch row)
                                2 – 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles (mark as piece A)
                                1 – 2 ½” x 1 ½” rectangle (mark as piece B)
                                2 – 4” x 1 ½” rectangles (mark as piece D)
1 – 2 ½” by Width of Fabric strip
                                2 – 5 “ x 2 ½” rectangles (mark as piece F)
                                1 – 3” x 2 ½” rectangle
                                                Subcut 2 – 3” x 1” rectangles (mark as piece C)
1 – 2 ½ x 1 ½”” rectangle of each Hat Fabric and Shirt Fabric (mark as piece B)
1 – 3 ½” x 1” rectangle Hat Fabric (mark as piece L)
2 – 3” x 1 ½”” rectangle Shirt Fabric (mark as piece E)
1 – 2” by Width of Fabric Strip of Overalls Fabric
2 – 2 ½” x 2” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece G)
2 – 1 ½” x 1” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece H)
2 – 1 ½” x 2” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece I)
1 – 4 ½” x 2” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece K)
1 – 1 ½” square of each Face Fabric and Overalls Pocket Fabric (mark as piece J)


  1. Using this diagram lay out your pieces in rows. I like to do this on my large square ruler so I can move the pieces around for sewing and ironing without getting the pieces out of order.
  2. Sew the ABA, CLC, DJD, EHBHE, IJI, and GBG rows together
  3.  Find the centers of the rows. Matching the centers (there are no seams to match) pin at the centers and the ends.Sew the ABA and CLC rows together.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the DJD and EHBHE rows.
  5. Repeat step 3 to sew the IJI row and K piece together
  6. Line up the Overalls pocket and the leg gap so that they are centered with each other. Sew the GBG and K piece together
  7. Line up the head and shirt sections by centering them and pinning. Sew the top two sections together. 

  8. Sew pieces F to the right and left side of the Overalls block.
  9. Line up the head, the overalls pocket, and the leg gap. Pin and sew the top and bottom of the block together.
    and you are done :) 
  I hope you love Farmer Jill!


Quilter's Planner Stickers for May

Monday, April 16, 2018

Free Planner Stickersfor the Quilter's Planner

Here are the new free stickers for May for the Quilter's Planner

Free Planner Stickers for the Quilter's Planner

I also made three premium sheets like I always do... I was obviously in a tropical mood.

Gotta love the mermaids... I don't know if you have notices but I try to give you diverse girls or make them so you can color them your own favorite shade :)

These make me happy but Emerald is my favorite :)
I hope you love them :)


Giveaway winner... sorry it is late

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hey Everyone,

I completely forgot to post about the giveaway winner for the pattern for the pajamas.. I only had 7 entries I wish I had 7 to giveaway because I totally would.

And a miracle happened... the random generator picked number one... here is proof

So the winner of the pajamas pattern is:
Thanks for the chance to win the pajama pattern. It is nice to have more inclusive sizing, right? I am following you through my Bloglovin' account.

Congratulations Natasha... I will be emailing :)


Free Tutorial for Self Binding Double Sided Napkins

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Hey Everyone,

I made some fun napkins for myself last week and some kind souls on Instagram asked for a tutorial so here it is for you :) This makes them super fast and easy and so cute with two of your favorite fabrics.
Self Binding Double Sided Napkins Tutorial

Double Sided Napkins (printable PDF)

All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise stated.
1 - 18" square of exterior fabric ( you can make it bigger if you want a bigger napkin)

1 - 16 1/2" square of interior fabric ( you can make it bigger as with above as long as the interior is  
                                                           1 1/2" smaller than the exterior)

  1. Fold to find the center of each of the four sides on the exterior and interior fabrics and mark by ironing a small crease or inserting a pin.
  2.  Place the exterior and interior fabric right sides together.
  3.  Pin the two squares together at the center of each of the four sides.
  4.  Pin gradually out from the center on each side to the right and left off the center pin until you have all 4 sides pinned. You will have open dog ears on each corner, but this is correct.
  5.  Starting 1/4" from one corner of the interior piece, and keeping the dog ear out of the way, stitch down one side ending 1/4" from the corner. Lift your presser foot and move the dog ear out of the way before continuing down the next side.  Repeat for three of the sides. On the fourth side leave 2"-3" in the center open for turning. 
  6. Press out toward the edges.
  7.  Fold on the diagonal (with the wrong sides showing) putting the raw edges together.
  8.  Place your ruler with the top edge on the fold and the right edge next to the end of the stitching. Mark along the right edge with a pencil. This is on the inside so it won't show as long as you don't use something that will bleed through. Repeat for all 4 corners. ** Don't get confused I switch fabrics here because my photos came out too dark. It started raining the day I was making the first batch.
  9.  Stitch on the marked lines.
  10.  Trim at 1/4" 
  11.  Turn out through the opening using a turning tool of some kind (I like chopsticks) and poke out your corners.
  12.  Press. The seams should fit nicely inside of the faux binding edge. Press the opening so that it mimics the faux binding.
  13.  Top Stitch 1/4" from the edge all the way around pivoting at the corners, and you are done.
Note: For a more professional finish when top stitching… Lengthen your stitches by .5. When you start out, pull your bobbin thread up through both layers do not back stitch. When ending leave long tails. Make knots in the thread close to the fabric and using a hand sewing needle pull the tails of the thread through to end between the layers of the napkin. The small knots will pop through to the inside if you give them a swift tug.

Hope you love my little tutorial.

Have fun and I will see you in a couple days!


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