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Quilt blocks for my Farm Life quilt, quilt block #2 is one of the blocks I designed to use in the quilt. Quilt block #4 was also used I just flipped it over for every other one.

 

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Quilt Block 2

 

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Quilt Block 4

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Dear Friends and Family

I’m excited to share with you a new fabric collection I designed! The name of the new collection is titled, “Farm Life,” which is the life I so happily live. I have been eagerly waiting to show you the designs but I wanted to get the quilts I designed to go with the collection completed first.

I would also like to share with you is the new way Spoonflower has created for you to order fabric! It is called Fill-A-Yard. I used Fill-A-Yard to help design my Farm Life quilt. With Fill-A-Yard you simply select a collection of fabric on Spoonflower then you select from 5 different Fill-A-Yard options and finally you select the type of fabric you would like to have the designs to be printed on. For my quilts, I used Vertical Split Yard and Horizontal Split Yard on Kona Cotton. This may sound complicated but I promise it is super simple.

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You can see how I used Fill-A-Yard on this quilt

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twin Quilt Pattern

The layout I chose to use with Fill-A-Yard

 

Like every summer this one has been a busy one. As you know my family lives on a small farm and the old proverb always applies each summer, you have to make hay while the sun shines. In addition, to literally making hay, there are lawns to mow, sometimes four hours to get it all done! Weeds, weeds and more weeds to pull. Berries to pick

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I designed this quilt using up left over fabric from the original quilt

and freeze so that as soon as the weather cools I can get jam done before it is time to pick and can pears and apples. This year we didn’t have a garden as my hubby and I were busy finishing his sister’s new house that he built for her. (That is a tease about my other design collection, I will be releasing soon.)

Farm Life is busy and hard work but I wouldn’t trade it for any other life. The awe it inspires when the tiny little things you planted and tended bear fruit. Your grandson wants to know if there is anything left to pick. It is true that home grown things taste so much better than store bought. When you have canned more than 40 pints of home grown and canned jam and your son gets bummed out because you run out of jam!

Other than family and farm life, I love to create surface designs and have Spoonflower print my designs into fabric. Then I can create quilts or maybe make clothes for my daughters, and once in a while I squeeze clothes in for myself. Sometimes I get to share them with you!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.

Here is a link to my Farm Life Collection:
https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lana_gordon_rast_/collections?filter=designed

Here is a link to my Spoonflower page:
https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lana_gordon_rast_

Here is a link to Spoonflower’s Fill-A-Yard:
https://www.spoonflower.com/fill-a-yard

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I decided it would be fun to take a couple of my tea towels and create a purse out of them.

I lined the inside with canvas I had on hand ( all a part of cleaning up and out my sewing room). The top of the purse was trimmed with the canvas as well.  It seemed to need a little fringe to dress it up.

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I decided it was high time I cleaned up my sewing room! I do like order and cleanliness, I really do. However, it would seem like there is a little devil in my room when I want to create a new design. It must make sure to pull out every scrap of fabric I have and scatter it about so that is not a bare spot in the room. Spools of thread scatter and scissors are buried some where underneath the piles. Sparks of creativity then seem to flow. I manage to get something sewn, not always am I happy with the results. This then goes in the pile of I will do something with it later. There is a pattern here, I can’t bear to throw out fabric!

If I make a quilt or pillow shams and there are scraps left, I know I will do something with it later. Later is here and I decided a good use for some of the scraps would be purses. Quite a few of them that I made lately I don’t have here to take pictures of and share with you. Our youngest daughter was home for the holidays taking a break from college and she felt it her duty to help me out by taking them with her.

 

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The purse pictured above is from scraps left over from making quilted pillow shams a couple of years ago. Yes I knew I wouldn’t let that go to waste! Success!

 

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The lace was left over too. However, I had to buy some grey fabric to line it with. It is a vicious circle huh!  I would like to only buy as much fabric as I need at a time, there is that devil again.

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I added inside pockets and magnetic snaps.

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Spoonflower is having a sale yeah!  Until 10 am EST Nov. 9 th. you can buy 2 fat Quarters for the price of one. Now is the time to stock up. Calendar tea towels from your favorite designer would be great gifts for yourself or to give to someone special. You can also buy fat quarters of other fabric from your favorite designer for a project you have been waiting to do.

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Here is my 2017 Tea Towel design at Spoonflower. I think it has a vintage feel to it. Of course I love the colors! Last year I designed my first tea towel calendar and it got such a great response I had to create one for 2017. Hope you like it.

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I have been sewing some of my tea towel designs. I decided to make tea towels for my grandson’s teacher. I thought it would be nice for her to have something to remember him with. Of course he is adorable and who could forget him! So I thought I would share with you the least expensive way to make my tea towels. I print the towels on Linen-Cotton fabric and I have four towels to a yard of fabric that way each towel is less expensive.  After you have ordered the tea towel fabric from my Spoonflower Shop , I always wash the fabric before cutting or sewing with a mild detergent, not using fabric softener but using 1/2 to 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse water. Fabric softener makes the towels less absorbent, white vinegar makes them soft but still absorbent.

I trim the selvage edge.Then I fold the fabric in half, press, cut along the pressed line. Some times the salvage edges are different widths. So please don’t just fold the fabric in half and cut. Remember measure twice and cut once.Then I have two towels still together that need to be cut apart. I then serge the edges flat. Fold the serged edge over to the wrong side of the fabric  press. Stitch along the edge of the serged edge. You now have a gift for someone special. 
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