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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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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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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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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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My husband bought a couple of solid wood doors at an auction for $1.00 each. He had some extra time last week and turned one into a headboard for our quest bedroom. I had originally painted it a brighter white but that was too white so I found some off white paint to tone it down. It seem to work better with the off white and sets off the cabinet I had painted several years back. You can see my husband screwed the door to the wall, then trimmed around it.  I don’t think anyone would guess it was a door to begin with.DSC03497DSC03559

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I have been having  fun quilting pillow shams! You can also see them at my shop on Etsy. The pillow shams are quilted on both sides. I am going to start on a quilt that coordinates with them, I can’t wait to get that done.

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I have been having a great time designing tea towels! I hadn’t thought that much about designing tea towels, then I designed the 2016 calendar tea towel. That got such a great response that I thought I had missed the boat. At any rate I had a ball designing the towels and I had them printed , I got them hemmed and now I am putting them on my Etsy Shop. I thought I would share some of them with you. There are a total of 8 designs in this collection of tea towels, each set has two different designs. A total of 4 sets.DSC03172

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Lots of fresh clean white for your shabby chic bedroom. This bedroom collection reminds me of a country cottage. Freshly laundered bedding that makes you want to curl up, read a good novel and let the cares of the day disappear! This is truly a one of a kind bedding collection.
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I wanted to share with you the bedding collection I just finished. The fabric is from my collection “Roaring Twenties”. I purchased the top and bottom sheet then trimmed the top sheet with my fabric. I have been searching every where to find 100% cotton fabric that is wide enough to make my own sheets. If anyone out there knows of a good place to purchase sheet quality fabric 100% cotton please let me know.

This bedding set can be purchased at: Zibbet.com

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Roaring Twenties Queen size bedding set

Roaring Twenties Queen size bedding set

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