The Summer is flying by and it is time for another Grandma Town Block of the Month. This month is a bonus double block called barnyard featuring a barn and grain silo. Even though this quilt is called Grandma Town, I would be remiss if I did not include some memories of my Grandpa. He was a short, tough guy who wore OshKosh Overalls and used a red bandanna as a hankerchief. I would get to help with the chores and followed Grandpa around as we fed the animals and took care of the farm.
We would get ground corn from the grainery and Grandpa would hand me a galvanized bucket to scoop out the feed and take it to the cows and pigs.
My brother and sisters and I often played in the barn. I would also help Grandpa milk the cows on a little wooden 3 legged stool. We even threw the hay bales down from the loft down to the wagon.
Both of these blocks combine to make a jumbo double block for the center of the quilt. You will only need one of these jumbo blocks.
Are you sewing along? If you are, post it on Instagram and tag me @lorimillerdesigns and #GrandmaTownBOM so I can see what lovely things you are stitching up. A comprehensive pattern and directions for the Barnyard block along with the whole BOM is currently in development.
Grandma Town Block of the Month
If you are new to the Grandma Town BOM, this row by row quilt was a labor of love to celebrate my Iowa roots. I spent my childhood visiting my Grandparents on their farm just west of Des Moines in Earlham, Iowa. It is especially a tribute to my dear Grandma.
When my sisters, brother and I were little and my parents would drive us to my grandparents farm, my brother would yell, “We are going to Grandma Town!”. It was a loving tribute that stuck. This little quilt is full of those reminders of the farm and of Grandma, who loved to garden and loved to cook. Each block is a sweet memory of my youth growing up on that country farm.
I hope you will find some shared love for your family, a cherished farm or your own grandma in my quilt. You can make all of these sweet blocks or pick and choose the blocks you like the most to make something special for yourself or a dear loved one.
Released Blocks – 2015
FEB Block 1 – Forget Me Not Flower
MAR Block 2 – Sewing Machine
APR Block 3 – Nine Patch and Color Block Rows
MAY Block 4 – Ear of Corn
JUN Block 5 – Sweet Hearts
JUL Block 6 – Canning Jar