Wednesday, 30 September 2015

It's a Change

My focus is shifting.

Last year I had this urge to share more; I have been writing a personal/family blog for a couple years now but I was throwing myself into my craft (quilting) more and more and I wanted to share what I was doing and learn from others.  I took a lot of time to keep both blogs going and quite honestly, I seemed to be more focused on my blog devoted to quilting.  I guess I started this blog mostly because I didn't want to bore my friends and family with my sewing obsession so I kept them separate.

These days I am writing less.  I want to take focus away from my online presence and actually get some projects done.  I cringe when I think of all the time I have spent trying to tweak both blogs.  I don't regret what I have learned but I wish I took more time to write or sew instead of reading blogs and changing the "look" of both sites.  In the end, I seem to have less blog posts than before.  Oh well... moving forward.

What I am going to do is merge both blogs together.

Glenroy Farm Family Chronicles

The Farmhouse Quilter

I have worked hard on my Farmhouse Quilter blog and I love the title.  I like to think of myself as a quilter and my work is done in my farmhouse, which I love... it is part of me.  It is my place of work, sleep, eat, relax... it is my space.  I share it with my husband, children and extended family but I spend the most time there.  Here.

So there you have it; I am moving forward with this change.  I hope many of you enjoy what I share, whether it's my current quilting projects, thoughts about life on our farm, what our children are up to or my own opinions on what's happening in my life.

I share my blog via Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin but you can also receive my blog posts in your inbox.

Have a great day!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Fabri-Quilt New Block Design: Square Sky

Square Sky Block

This summer I signed on to participate in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.  We were challenged to design a quilt block using a collection of fabric from Fabri-Quilt, called "Watermelon Summer".  We were asked to use a minimum of three of the fabrics in our design.  I played with the fabric for a few days (don't all quilters "play" with fabric?) and decided to use what I was drawn to... the blue colour palette.

I pulled out my graph paper, pencil, eraser and pencil crayons - I am not tech savvy in my design technique but I was very happy with how easy and pretty it turned out on graph paper.  This block is perfect for a beginner quilter but also perfect for when you are using fabric you want to show off (especially for the centre square).

Instructions for the Square Sky Block design:

Choose 4 fat-eighths of fabric.  I think this design looks good when all fabrics are from the same colour family plus a white but none of this is necessary.  Choose what you love!


Centre Block (lapis blue):  1 - 6.5" x 6.5"
Corner Squares (white): 4 - 3.5" x 3.5"
Rectangles: 4 - 2" x 6.5" (aqua)
                   4 - 2" x 6.5" (turquoise)

Putting It Altogether:

Set your stitch length to 2.5 when piecing this block.

1.  Begin with the 2" x 6.5" rectangles, right sides together, sew along the long edge of the rectangles: 1/4 inch seam allowance is best.  This will make 4 units:

Press seam allowance towards darker fabric.

Just a little side note:  I love using starch when piecing my quilts...
it makes sewing so much easier!
 2.  When I sew a block together, I like to see what I need to do and this block is easy to visualize how it should be put together.
Sew two rectangle units to the sides of the lapis blue square.  Sew two white squares to the ends of each of the remaining rectangle units.

Press towards the large lapis blue square and towards the white for each unit.  This makes it easy to match up seams in the final stage.

Another little side note:
I was moving along quite quickly sewing this block together (it is simple) but then realized I made a mistake... no sewing project is complete without pulling out the seam-ripper.  

3.  Sew all three units together.  It should look just like this when finished:

I love it when my seams line up so nicely.

I made another block with what fabric I had left and I altered it slightly.  In the end, I liked the version on the left better than my original, on the right.  Either way, this block is a great, quick block that shows the fabric nicely.

Block:  Square Sky

I would like to thank the four hosts of our blog hop:
Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl 
Stephanie of Late Night Quilter
Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination

I am also sending a big HELLO out to my fellow block designers that are also sharing today:

Lastly, head on over to Inspired By Fabric for their giveaways and full information on all of the new block designs this week and the beautiful fabric we were fortunate to work with from Fabri-Quilt.