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.

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

Patterns and Kits Available

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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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My Favorite Tools

Pins with Numbers & Arrows
Annies Soft and Stable Foam Stabilizer
By Annie’s Clear Vinyl
Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
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Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Clearly Perfect Angles
Slotted Triangle Trimmer