Announcing the Fab Farm Sew Along

I am so excited to invite you to follow me along while I sew this fabulous new pattern from Elizabeth Hartman, Fab Farm. My newest grandniece arrives in June, and this will be her quilt. To keep me moving and make sure the quilt is done in a timely manner, I decided to have a sew along. 3 months to make a quilt, is very doable, so let’s take a look at what’s going to happen.

Prior Elizabeth Hartman Quilts

Now, this will be the 4th Elizabeth Hartman pattern I will make, and the 5th quilt, as I made two Fancy Forrest. I have a system that works fairly well for me, and I will share it with you. I love the that it will be such a fun quilt for the baby as she grows, with animals to see and noises to make and quilting designs to follow.

The two quilts on the left are for the other grandnieces, so I thought having another in this family will be fun. Each quilt has its unique interpretation, but looking at these, I will mimic the outer border in the new quilt (note to self!). Both of theirs were batiks, but this one is not going to be, unless I change my mind.

What You Need to Know

The Sew Along (SAL) begins April 17th and ends July 17th with a parade of quilts. We will make one block a week (unless you are doing the large quilt, then you would make 4). You will have a 4 week break between the last block and the parade of quilts, so plenty of time to make up a block or two. Also, you can work ahead, if you need advice on a block, let me know.

This is for fun and to keep us motivated. No pressure for anyone, play along now or play along in the future. I will keep an updated list of connections to blog posts in each post, so you can always find all the information.

Elizabeth Hartman Kaufman Portrait Solid Coordinates used in her quilt

The Fabric Requirements

In the coming weeks, I will give you more information on fabric. For now, you can begin to think about using your stash or purchase fabric for the quilt. I mostly work with scraps, because, these quilts use small amounts and I usually have something that works. For my first quilt, Fancy Forrest, I bought some FQs which I was also able to use for a second quilt. You will want a background, a dark solid detail (eyes, noses, etc). As I normally do, I will wait for binding and backing until the top has taken some shape. There is a retreat in April and a quilt show, so I may purchase those during one of the upcoming trips. Please see the chart above for fabric requirements.

The Schedule

Here’s the schedule. If you want to pick a block and co-host with me on a particular week, I would be thrilled, please email me if you are interested.

Monday, April 17, 2023Fabric Selection
Monday, April 24, 2023Block 1 Strawberry
Monday, May 1, 2023Block 2 Horse
Monday, May 8, 2023Block 3 Goat
Monday, May 15, 2023Block 4 Cow
Monday, May 22, 2023Block 5 Chicken
Monday, May 29, 2023Block 6 Bee
Monday, June 5, 2023Block 7 Pig
Monday, June 12, 2023Block 8 Sheep
Monday, June 19, 2023Block 9 Short Sunflower
Monday, June 26, 2023Block 10 Tall Sunflower
Monday, July 17, 2023Parade of Quilts

Pattern and Kits Available

Elizabeth Hartman’s Kauffman Paintbox Portraits used in her quilt

I am listing some links for patterns and kits. They are affiliate links, so a little comes to me (no additional cost to you) to support the costs of running the blog.

Coming Up on My Blog

Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd
Winter Twist/TGIFF on 3/30-4/1
Diatom Row 2
Fab Farm SAL Begins (4/17)

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  1. lynn Bourgeois
    March 19, 2023 / 8:41 AM

    Your sew along sounds like so much fun. I checked out the possibility of getting the pattern here in Canada, and the cost os $48.00. That puts it out of the realm of possibility for me.

  2. March 19, 2023 / 9:45 AM

    Have fun with your quilt and the sew along, Kathleen!!

  3. March 19, 2023 / 11:31 AM

    I love this pattern, and I’m glad you are offering the sew along!

  4. March 19, 2023 / 6:44 PM

    If I can get the pattern while I’m on vacation, I’ll be sewing along with you.

  5. March 20, 2023 / 12:36 AM

    I won’t be sewing with you, but I will be following along in spirit! What a great project, Kathleen! 🙂

  6. March 20, 2023 / 6:01 AM

    I saw this pattern and wanted to make it for my granddaughter. I showed her this one and Elizabeth’s “Puppies “ quilt and my granddaughter picked the puppies quilt. She loves dogs…and the quilt is coming together nicely. I can’t wait to watch you sew this one though…’s adorable!

  7. March 20, 2023 / 7:19 AM

    Sewing with friends is the very best! What a great idea to keep you on track with this adorable, but pretty involved, pattern. It’s going to be a terrific quilt. Lucky grand-niece!

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