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.
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.
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, 2023||Fabric Selection|
|Monday, April 24, 2023||Block 1 Strawberry|
|Monday, May 1, 2023||Block 2 Horse|
|Monday, May 8, 2023||Block 3 Goat|
|Monday, May 15, 2023||Block 4 Cow|
|Monday, May 22, 2023||Block 5 Chicken|
|Monday, May 29, 2023||Block 6 Bee|
|Monday, June 5, 2023||Block 7 Pig|
|Monday, June 12, 2023||Block 8 Sheep|
|Monday, June 19, 2023||Block 9 Short Sunflower|
|Monday, June 26, 2023||Block 10 Tall Sunflower|
|Monday, July 17, 2023||Parade of Quilts|
Pattern and Kits Available
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.
- Amazon: Fab Farm pattern
- Annie’s: Fab Farm Pattern
- Fat Quarter Shop: Fab Farm Pattern
- Fat Quarter Shop: Fab Farm Quilt Kit (currently scheduled for July)
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)
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.
Have fun with your quilt and the sew along, Kathleen!!
I love this pattern, and I’m glad you are offering the sew along!
It will be fun to see the quilt come together!!
If I can get the pattern while I’m on vacation, I’ll be sewing along with you.
I won’t be sewing with you, but I will be following along in spirit! What a great project, Kathleen! 🙂
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…..it’s adorable!
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!