Friday, June 5, 2015

Farm Girl Friday SAL - Canning Season Block

I pulled a random brown gingham to lay the block on for the photo - I like the combo!

I still have seven blocks to finish before I catch up to the current week's block on Farm Girl Vintage Sew-along, but that's OK with me - it's fun! The only "problem" I have is that it takes me forever to choose fabrics


I had planned to make the remainder of the blocks in 6-inch size, but the 3/4 inch squares specified in the cutting instructions made me laugh out loud, so I'm back to the 12-inch block!



My version is modified from the original pattern. I wanted to add space between the canning jars, so I adjusted the measurements. I had to do so much adjusting that I probably won't do that again.


My husband guessed "milk cans" when I asked if he could tell what they were, but I am still pleased with the way the block finished.


I finished piecing the quilt for my niece and am impatiently waiting for the backing to arrive - next week!


I would love to order more of this "kitschy" fabric used in some of the blocks, but I've lost the name from the selvedge.

Hope all of you have a great weekend!

UPDATE: I found my order, and the fabric is from the Yuwa collection: English Cottage Kitchen listed at Delta Patchwork.

11 comments:

  1. Hello Linda! Love your canning season block! I have to admit when it came to piecing this block together I was glad that I had chosen the 12" version when I saw those tiny measurements for the 6" block! I like the changes you have made and the fabrics are great! Your quilt is looking lovely too.... looking forward to seeing you put that together with the 'Road to Oklahoma' block on the back! Have a lovely weekend too! :) x

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words, Christine! :)

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  2. Love your canning block. My 12" came out okay but the 6" will have to be done over. I wonder if I even noticed the 3/4". Hummm. Anyway, nothing matched. People who commented on it said that they disregarded the instructions and pieced each can separately. Oh well, live and learn. I'm caught up on my blocks because of insomnia sewing. I'm going to have to stop that though because I don't think I see well enough to pick colors at night. Hope you have a great day! XO

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    1. Oh thank you Bev! I kind of ignored the instructions too, but it's because I modified the pattern. I need to try it as written I guess.
      I wondered how you had time to make all your blocks! I'll have to try getting up and sewing when I can't sleep - maybe I'll catch up then. ;)

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  3. I'm sewing the 6-inch blocks, and I didn't exactly laugh when I saw the 3/4-inch pieces (I think I use a rather unsavory word). I had to unpick a few times, but I eventually got it done. I don't think I would make another one that size though! What helped me was using my tiny tools, like my 28mm cutter and the small rulers, and of course the smallest stitch length on my machine. I can't remember which block, but I do know there is another one with pieces that small.

    Your blocks are wonderful and I also love your fabric choices. I like the changes you've made to the jars. I'm right there with you, fabric choices are taking FOREVER! I spend more time playing with stacks of fabric than I do sewing.

    Have a lovely weekend!

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  4. This is SO CUTE! I love kitchen-y things like this, and automatically imagine how well this would translate into placemats!

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  5. Haha... 3/4" block. That is funny - I would have gone to the 12" block in a heartbeat! Good decision. :-)

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  6. What beautiful patchwork Linda, the fabrics are just perfect for a country kitchen! xx

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  7. I can't stop thinking about this quilt. I do not quilt, as I have mentioned before, but I am wondering if, perhaps, I could attempt it on a smaller scale, as in the case of my aforementioned placemats. Something to think about.

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    1. Pattie, I think that is a fantastic idea. This was my first attempt at a "jar", and it is pretty simple. I'm going to try to get some suggestions together for you by next week and email you.

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