Fab Farm Sew Along – Making the Top

Welcome to Making the Top of the Fab Farm Sew Along. Its hard to believe but we are finally ready to put the quilt together. There are a few layouts in the book and really, you can arrange your quilt anyway you like. I’ll share my layout (the same as the picture below) and the small change I made to my quilt, which I think is a good one. Lastly, welcome to my grandniece, Maeve, who arrived yesterday as I finished the binding on her quilt – a week late – maybe she needed the quilt to be done?

Cutting the Sashing and Borders

If like me you waited, the instructions for cutting the fabric for sashing and borders for the small quilt is on page 3 and the large quilt is on page 9. My change was to increase the size of the sashing and border strips. As I was only making the smaller quilt, I had plenty of leftover background and it would still fit on a the backing that I had.

Here is what I did: I decided to make my sashing 2 1/2″ rather than the 1 1/2″. I also made the Border strips 3 1/2″ rather than 2 1/2″. This just gives a little more spaces between the blocks and makes the quilt top finish a tiny bit bigger.

Making The Quilt Top

Elizabeth Hartmann ©2023

You can see the large quilt is made of 4 of the small quilts. The construction is consistent no matter what version you make. The first two blocks in each row get a sashing piece. Then the rows are joined together. If you look for the chicken above, you will see that it is in all 3 positions in its rows. I did not figure out how many options, but you definitely have some.

Hint #1: Check your block sizes (if you haven’t already)


I found my blocks were reasonably close in size and only one or two needed some minor adjusments.


Hint #2: Add sashing to the bottom of the blocks once you have laid them out the way you want.

As I added sashing, I acted like it was a border and measured through the center of the assembled vertical row. It all worked out splendidly. Repeat the same process for the borders.

Hint #3: Treat vertical sashing as though it is a border, by measuring through the center.

Hint #4: Add an extra pin or clip at the top and bottom of a row to help stabilize the seam.

When I work on long seams, I like all the help I can get. This extra clip or pin on the horizontal seam gives you a way to keep some stability as you remove the one on the seam you are sewing. I do this on the top and bottom of seams.

I won’t go into my quilting choices, but will save that for the final parade of quilts posts. As you will see, I used a cloud motif, and I was very pleased with that.

The Finished Top

This quilt was so much fun to make and I am so glad that it is ready for the little one, when she comes home.

I love this backing that I found, sheep, rabbits, bees, flowers, trees, chickens and birds – so many wonderful things for darling Maeve to look at. Also, I bought this when shopping with my bee sister Rose of Something Rosemade and that ads to the fun of the backing.

Linky Party

The linky party is open for all the blocks, so, please link up any block you would like here.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


The Schedule

Here’s the schedule including co-hosts. You can begin at any time and find the posts here or on this page.

DateBlock
Monday, April 3, 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
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts co-host
Monday, May 29, 2023Block 6 Bee
Monday, June 5, 2023Block 7 Pig
Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting co-host
Monday, June 12, 2023Block 8 Sheep
Monday, June 19, 2023Block 9 & 10 Sunflowers
Monday, June 26, 2023Assembling the Top
Monday, July 17, 2023Parade of Quilts

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Coming Up on My Blog

Fab Farm SAL – Assembling Fab Farm (6/26)
Rainbow Neighbourhood Finish
Fab Farm Quilt Top Party (7/16)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (7/22)
Diatom Finish

Linking Up

Monday Musings
Midweek Makers
Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup

Fabric Stash

In the negative zone with this quilt! 
Fabric in this month: 0.5 (two fat quarters for a little project)
Fabric out this month: 4.5
Fabric in this year: 38.75
Fabric out this year: 45.75
NET Fabric: -7.0 yards!

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11 Comments

  1. Laurel
    June 26, 2023 / 7:11 AM

    The quilt is adorable! I love your color selection and placement of the blocks! It’s been fun watching it come together!

  2. June 26, 2023 / 8:07 AM

    What a darling finish Kathleen and so perfect for that new grand-niece! I love the colors you used, and that backing is so cute.
    I love the name Maeve. 🙂

  3. June 26, 2023 / 8:08 AM

    Your quilt turned out really well, and I like the quilting. Your tips are good. I kept my sashing as according to the directions – didn’t think about increasing the size – great idea!

  4. June 26, 2023 / 9:01 AM

    Sweet quilt finish, Kathleen, and a wonderful gift!!

  5. June 26, 2023 / 9:29 AM

    Your finished quilt is darling. I love Elizabeth’s quilt designs but I am not a fan of making them. The cloud quilting design was perfect for the quilt. Congratulations of being in negative territory on the fabric front. I quit figuring mine several months ago when my long arm was out for repairs. It’s time I figure out my ins and outs since my last report.

  6. June 26, 2023 / 9:46 AM

    The backing is absolutely perfect! It does sound like Maeve knew the exact right time to arrive, and I hope she gets lots of use and love out of this special quilt you made her.

  7. Chrisknits
    June 26, 2023 / 1:31 PM

    How cute is that quilt!!! I love the backing you found, it’s perfect!

  8. Vicki in MN
    June 27, 2023 / 7:44 AM

    I really do like the look better with the larger sashing to space out those adorable animals. Congrats on Maeve!!

  9. inquiringquilter
    June 29, 2023 / 1:14 PM

    Such a super cute quilt! Can’t wait for the big reveal. That cloud motif you used for quilting is super perfect! Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss. I hope you’ll also share the finished quilt!

  10. July 1, 2023 / 6:15 PM

    I LOVE it, Kathleen!! One day, I will get mine started…I hope! LOL Thanks for sharing with us at MM!

  11. July 7, 2023 / 12:03 PM

    Hi Kathleen, your quilt is wonderful. Thanks for those useful sahing and borders tips.

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