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Harvest on the Farm

"To those that work in acres, not in hours!"


Living in rural, prairie Canada, we are surrounded by farm and agricultural land. Many of our dearest friends, including us, make our living in this industry.


So I jumped at the chance to release the Cow Doll sewing and embroidery machine patterns, and the brand new Doll Overall clothing patterns sewn up in the new Barn Quilts fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs.

I love the neutrals and rich colors in this line. The denim tone on tone called Sister's Choice, has to be one of my favorite prints.

I decided to feature this print in the Cow Doll's Overalls. Isn't is just so cute! I couldn't resist using the patchwork prints to fussy cut and make actual "patches" for the dolls knees and a working pocket for his wheat!

I used the neutral animal print as the main print for the doll's dress. What a great color called parchment that really lets the accents of red shine. I even made a red felt flower that she tucked behind her ear. What a sweetie!


The Cow Dolls are both from the same pattern (they have optional horn buds, detailed hooves, snout and more). I always get requests from farm family and friends who want their own Cow Doll for the holiday season. So today, I am excited to share that the patterns are now available and YOU can create your very own Cow Doll yourself. YAY! If you have never made a Modern Rag Doll before, I am happy to teach you how. All you need is a sewing machine and beginner level sewing skills. I walk you through each step of the process in the fully illustrated, step by step pattern and share tips and tricks on our FREE Educational Inspired Doll Making Facebook Group.


Feel free to insert a giggle here... If you know me, you know I often get inspired with ideas while in the process of working with gorgeous fabric. So, when inspiration strikes, I knew I HAD to sew the Cow Dolls their very own Barn Quilt. I made a simple 6" - 9 patch star for the Doll Barn. I asked a local maker to cut me a wood backing and frame for my block. Using Spray n Bond Permanent Fusible Adhesive, I stretched and attached the block over the 6 inch wood square and then fit the frame overtop.


I just LOVE how it turned out! This week I am going to show you how I made this simple Barn Star Doll Quilt on the Bee Sew Inspired IGTV. Please join me there and let's have some fun together.



If you are interested in learning more about the art and business of Modern Rag Doll Making, consider joining the mailing list for the Modern Rag Doll Membership - launching this Fall!!!


Cow Doll Patterns:




Fabrics & Supplies:

Barn Quilts fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs.


Wool-Blend Felt by Benzie Designs

(use code "BEESEWINSPIRED" at checkout for 10% off your first order)


Thermoweb Products