October 1st, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s – Week 1

by Julie Hirt

As impatient as I felt, this week came pretty quickly.  Here are my first three blocks.

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I’ll be adding a couple extra blocks per week (in the future) so I have enough for the King size. I’ll get the extra block  patterns from the first Farmer’s Wife book because I don’t want any duplicates.

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The Bonnie is my favorite of the three.  At least for now.

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I’ll be in Florida next week so I’m a little nervous about falling behind.  It’s early in the Sew Along so I’m still really excited – hopefully that keeps me in gear!

Here are the fabrics used in the first three blocks.  This post talks about the two Kona solid collections I’m using.  And I finally decided on the background color – Moda Bella Solids in Porcelain.  It’s a nice off white that isn’t too warm.

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This is a year long sew along so there’s still plenty of time to join.  The book may be on back-order (demand was pretty crazy for a bit) but you can catch up!  Check out Gnome Angel for details.




September 23rd, 2015

Instagram Giveaway!

by Julie Hirt



To thank everyone for the follows and sharing their inspiring pictures on Instagram, I’m giving a away a new Tula Pink Coloring Book.  Photo credits to Fat Quarter Shop – the book will also be purchased and shipped from there.

To Enter:

  • Follow me @juliehirt on Instagram
  • Like this photo in my feed
  • Tag some friends!

Winner will be announced Saturday.




September 7th, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Sew Along

by Julie Hirt

I’m in!  I was trying to hold back from joining* but I caved and am super excited!

*I’m terrible at sew alongs, especially year long stints.  I’m just now finishing up my Gypsy Wife quilt after 19 months.


I already own the original Farmer’s Wife and the Farmer’s Wife Pony Club. I love those books and the stories are fantastic – but the actual making of one of these?  Kind of scary.  With so many people joining in this sew along on Instagram, I think it will push me along.  The sew along will also help by providing a variety of piecing techniques and options.

Today is Labor Day and I saw Craftsy was having a big sale. I’ve been stalking fabrics trying to decide what to use for this.  I knew I wanted to try something a little outside typical fabric choice (brighter colors, small prints) and I’ve decided to go solid. This is a first for me!



I purchased fat quarter bundles in both the Modern Movement and Modern Expressions.  These are Kona solids – the collections are exclusive to Craftsy, if you’re looking to buy.



I know I can’t go wrong with these.  I love all the color and can’t wait to play with combinations.



Thinking about joining?   Follow Angie at Gnome AngelFAQ is here.  The announcement with additional info here.

The sew along doesn’t start until September 28th so you have plenty of time to pick up the book and get your fabrics in order!

Are you participating?






August 31st, 2015

Gypsy Girl Mini Hexie Quilt

by Julie Hirt

According to my Instagram feed I’ve these hexies pieced, and unfinished, since June of 2014. Oops.

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This was my first English Paper Piecing project and I worked on it sporadically for a year.

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Note to self:  Hole punch the paper – it’s much easier to remove.

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The back looked a mess.

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Quilted Using:
Aurifil 50 wt Baby Pink (2423)
Aurifil 50 wt Light Turquoise (5006)
Aurifil 50 wt Spring Green (1231)

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This was hand pieced and I originally wanted to hand quilt it.  Hand quilting is just plain daunting to me (even on something this small). Since it’s been sitting around for over a year I decided to machine quilt.

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The backing is a vintage sheet cut from my stash.

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I used a charm pack cut into 2.5″ squares. My hexagon sides are 1″ and stitched together it’s about a 19″ square, trimmed.

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This is the first time I’ve added flange and I’m in love. Will definitely be doing this on regular quilts in the future.

Hexies: Gypsy Girl by Moda (charm pack cut into 2.5″ squares)
Flange Binding: Hello Petal, Dots in Cuddle by Aneela Hoey
Binding: Del Hi, Chandelier Ocean by Valori Wells

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Now that I know exactly what I can get out of a charm pack, I’ll be doing this again. I love mini quilts and use them as table toppers, under centerpieces and as wall hangings.



August 20th, 2015

Color Weave – Quilt Tutorial

by Julie Hirt

Wanted to share with you a tutorial I have posted over at Moda Bake Shop.

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This is considered an ‘easy’ pattern and comes together quickly.  The blocks are pretty large and it’s easy to make a variety of sizes:

Crib: 12 blocks – 4 blocks wide, 3 rows (38″ x 51″)
Toddler Throw: 18 blocks – 5 blocks wide, 3 rows (47.5″ x 51″)
Throw:  24 blocks – 6 blocks wide, 4 rows (57″ x 68″)
Twin: 35 blocks – 7 blocks wide, 5 rows (66.5″ x 85″)
Full/Double: 40 blocks – 8 blocks wide, 5 rows (76″ x  85″)
Extra Long Twin:  42 blocks – 7 blocks wide, 6 rows (66.5″ x 102″)

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The fabric is Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two and I love the color and prints in this line.

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If you happen to make a version, please share with me!

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You can find the pattern here at Moda Bake Shop.



August 11th, 2015

Hexie Tiles – Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

by Julie Hirt

I’ve been seeing a ton of Art Deco style tiles showing up in my Instagram feed lately and decided to make a paper piecing in one of the designs.



The above is what I consider an advanced layout – you will need to know how to sew Y seams to assemble.


The organized rows are what I consider a basic layout and you can assemble these without Y seams!

It’s really fun to play around with the placement:

hexies1 hexies hexies2

Just changing up the background could make a huge difference too!

This pattern is FREE through Saturday on my Craftsy site, then it will cost $1.  The pattern includes 2 sizes:  3″ hexie walls and 2″ hexie walls. Which makes approximately 6″ and 4.5″ hexagons.

If you make one be sure to tag me on Instagram @juliehirt



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