Farm Girl Vintage Blocks, Sampler Quilts, What's on the Design Wall

Farm Girl Vintage, Part III

I am not a farm girl but I am strangely in love with Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage quilt block book. I recently finished 3 more blocks from her book.

There are 45 blocks in the book, arranged in alphabetical order, and I have finished 9 different blocks so far (3 of the blocks I made two of, so I actually have 12 in total completed). Here is a link to my most recent previous post:  Farm Girl Vintage, Part II and Recent Audiobook Delights.

I am working through the blocks in alphabetical order. Here are the latest blocks I’ve completed:

Chicken Foot Block


Churn Dash Block


Cool Threads Block


I am having a blast selecting from my pull of fabrics (see post Farm Girl Vintage, Part I) for this project as in the example below when I prepared fabrics for the Cool Threads Block:


Technically this post would be part of my What’s on the Design Wall series/category of posts, so here are the blocks on the small design wall in my studio (in a future post I will share a photo of all the blocks up on the large design wall in my hallway):


9 blocks down, 36 more to go! If you want to see a photo of most of the blocks, the Fat Quarter Shop blog has a posting on Farm Girl Vintage Sewing Along – scroll down to the “Farm Girl Vintage Schedule” section.

(No need to panic for me if you read my recent post Quilt Studio Archaeology and Purge, Part III which focused on my “Fat Quarter Pathology”. I was not on the Fat Quarter Shop website to shop for more fat quarters, it was just a resource I found to see all the blocks posted on the web in one spot!)


Here is an update on my most recent The Library Stack post.

One of my blogging buddies @Handmade Habit had a post with a wonderful sounding  book suggestion – Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, edited by Ann Hood. I reserved it at my beloved local public library and picked it up the other day along with a couple additional books for my mega stack:


This book is an anthology of inspirational knitting related short stories by popular authors and included stories by two of my favorite authors: Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett. The book also includes a couple knitting patterns.

One of the early stories in the anthology is by Elizabeth Berg and she shares this passage that I feel embodies the core sentiments that are the foundation of handmade gift giving:

I made this for you. 

I thought of you while I made it.

I guess I kind of love you.

A book already in the stack was the fabulous book by Mary Randolph Carter – A Perfectly Kept House in the Sign of a Misspent Life. I am a notoriously neat housekeeper (and trained Terry the Quilting Husband to be so too), occasionally to the borders of OCD-levels of neatness. I have learned to chill over the years (in a future post I will share The Napkin Story) and the book is further supporting my ongoing progress on being more balanced.

I love this quote in the book by Dame Rose Macaulay:

At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.

I still have a lot of the rest library stack to get through – warm up the kettle!


Feature photo credit: Paul Kearley, free

23 thoughts on “Farm Girl Vintage, Part III”

  1. Great way to use up your scraps! I got a chuckle out of you going through the blocks in alphabetical order…I would do the same! Must follow step by step process in order, well sometimes anyway!

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  2. I like the colors you are using for these fun blocks. One of my favorite blocks, just as a block style, is the churndash. I’ve used it in lots of quilts over the years. But those thread spools are super cute!

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  3. Love the quilt progresstion.

    I could probably use some tips from you about keeping a house notorariously neat! I too think “perfect” isn’t the solution, but I tend to go the other direction and am too laid back about the whole house keeping thing. (Thus my need for KonMari!) I think maybe we could balance each other out. LOL.

    I sill like your library stack! Do you go to the library on a regular day each week?

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments! I do not go every week (could you imagine how big a stack I would have – to the ceiling) but sometimes I go frequently if I have movies to return (you only get a 7 day lending period on movies). I am much better than I was when I was first married – I used to stay up late at night cleaning when I would get obsessed!

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  4. You are sure having fun with this project and these fabrics/colors. Way to go. Thanks for the chicken foot block. Once upon a time a long time ago I started a poultry sampler. The plan was to make a block of every pattern with a poultry name–I am adding chicken foot! And someday I may even finish it.

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  5. Again, I love your blocks and fabric choices. I am always attracted to the brighter colors but for some reason pick the subdued colors for mine. Wish I went more to your colors. The Chicken Foot block is especially pretty. Cannot wait to see more coming.

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  6. What beautiful blocks, Tierney. 🙂 They are all very lovely, and I really like the ‘chicken foot.’ I like the mix of pattern and diagonal lines on that one! Wonderful to read you’re enjoying the book (thanks so much for the shout out!). That passage by Berg really does capture the feeling of giving a handmade gift, as you write – it’s a labour of love. And I agree with the other passage; there is nothing like creating a livable, cozy home. Happy reading (and decorating!). 🙂

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