Friday, June 24, 2016

Midweek Mosaic (a wee bit late)

Summer is officially here!

The heat is here too!

I think that this would be a good time to 
work on small projects.
Or even embroidery.

I hope your weekend is fun and refreshing!
(I used PicMonkey for this photo)

... and you dream in sherbet!

(I purchased one of these bundles from Fig Tree & Co.
I will be thinking of ways to use it... along with the possibilities in
the little downloadable booklet that FT and Co just published).

Here is a little Flashback Friday for you!
This was Strawberry Fields I.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Picnics and Such

I had a chance to 
finish up this quilt...
I had all the blocks done... a few months ago but it got set aside!

It's a pattern called Picnic Petals by Whole Cloth Quilts.
I just loved making this Flowering Snowball styled quilt.
I can see doing it again... king size!

Another picnic quilt... 

Here is another quilt top I finished using Little Ruby
called Vintage Baskets. The pattern is by Cotton Way (Bonnie)

This fabric is a collection of the sweetest little prints that
Bonnie and Camille could come up with yet!
I already want more Little Ruby... before it's all gone!

I actually have a little finishing up to do.
on the cherries... and then decide on a border. 
I was thinking of a print from the Bonnie and Camille group Vintage Picnic
Any ideas???

Here is my Fig Tree Frivols quilt that I finished up...

I love Strawberry Fields Revisited just as much as I did the first 
edition of Strawberry Fields!

I also want to say that I am miffed about losing my photo editor. 
I have always used Piccasa but now that is gone... and please tell me that I am jusy
 left with
Google Photo!

What do you use?
Please lead me to a good program that is user friendly!
I need help!

This is a group that I recently cut into... a Holiday line by Kate Spain.

It has really unusual prints/colors in this group...
but that makes it fun.

I will be returning to this one... but I wanted to dive into a summer
project right now.

I am using Farmhouse fabric to make Summerville!


Image of Summerville pattern- PDF pattern 192

I took one last photo of this quilt. Chicken Feed
using Thimble Blossoms fabrics.

I gave it away last weekend along with another quilt...
birthday quilts for a couple of women .in my extended family.

I can't keep them all can I?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Anniversary Celebration!

It's a very special birthday 
we get to celebrate today!
It's going to be a big 
party... and you are invited
to join in!

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop is
hosting the anniversary celebration 

If you remember Lori's last anniversary celebration....
for her Quilt Fun book...
she created a sweet birthday cake pattern
 to share with us.
year she has created a
another pattern ... and it's her gift to you

It will go great with last year's
free celebration layercake pattern!

Lori has a full tutorial on the Bee In My Bonnet blog today!

The Fat Quarter Shop has a very fun post to
 share with you too.
You can find it here.

And there's more!
Lori has another FGVcompanion pattern pattern 
available today... and you're going to love it!

I couldn't resist making the 1st anniversary of Quilty Fun
cake pattern to go along with my pillow...
and now that I made it... I want to make the
layercake pattern in the 6" size that is also 
part of the free pattern today!

Which now has me thinking...
"what about the Mix It Up pattern by 
Bee In My Bonnet"?!?
I need mixers to go with the cake don't I?

Thank you Lori for all the
 inspiration this past year with Farm Girl Vintage!

(if you don't own a copy of the book... you should get one... and today the Fat Quarter Shop has them on sale)!

Here is a list of other bloggers 
who are joining the opportunity to celebrate Lori

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry

Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

Erin from Why Not Sew?

Kelly from Kelbysews

Debbie from Happy Little Cottage

Renee from Sewn with Grace

(ME) Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Lisa from In the Boondocks

Dana from Old Red Barn Co.

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Kim from Persimon Dreams

Marni from Haberdashery Fun

Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sherri and Kim's Sew Along: Come Watch

I am excited to show you a fun little project that I worked on!

I got to play along (at home) with 
 the Fat Quarter Shop's newest
video that they made with
and now you can too!

Sometimes you just need a new pincushion as a little accent

in your sewing space! 
I grabbed some scraps from a project I was just working on.

And a little bit of my measure tape twill that I had on hand...
and in no time at all...

I have a cute summer pincushion to brighten up my work area!

And since I was working on a Frivol.. 
SherriI had a fun little bonus in the
which was suppose to be a quilt label 
but for our purposes...
it makes a nice backing for the pincushion!
 Don't you agree?

What are you working on?
Do you have some scraps you are savoring?

Well, join in the fun with the Fat Quarter Shop and Sherri
because I guarantee that even though this seems like 
a done-it-a-million-times project...

Sherri has more than one tip and trick 
to share with us!

And who doesn't want to watch Sherri 
in action anyway? 

It was nice to see her and Kim and listen to them...
so HERE is the link to the video.
Or you can just scroll down and tap the play button.

You can hop over to Fat Quarter Shop to see their blog post here.

And then you will wonder where you can get some of the twill tape they were using...
(hint: you will be able to find it at FQS)Fat Quarter Shop 5 yard Twill RibbonFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Seriously cute!

Here is a list of other bloggers who are making Sherri's pincushion:

Kitty from Night Quilter

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Jessee from Art School Dropout

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset

Michele from Island Life Quilts

Angie from Gnome Angel

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion (me)

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Monday, June 6, 2016

One Block + A Wedding

New fabric to play with!

I had a very busy wedding weekend and only managed to visit my sewing room this morning!

I am starting to play with Brenda Riddle's Bespoke Blooms fabric group! 
It is the sweetest fabric group just like you would expect from Acorn Quilt Company
The pattern I am using is also from AQC called Blissful.

The blocks are set on point... I am anxious to see how it gives them a 
different look! (Are you turning your heads to see how it would look)?

So, the wedding...

This beautiful ceremony was at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.
It might be a destination wedding location for a lot of people...
but we are lucky enough to live minutes away...
so it was not only an amazing venue but
a place that is dear to my heart as well.

Cara is a wonderful DIL and perfect addition to our family...
however it doesn't seem like she is new to the family at all.
They have all known each other since they were 

Here is a group photo...
the men in my life!

A sweet photo of Evie wearing her great aunt's flower girl dress
circa 1955.

Here are the other girls that make my boys happy.

I have one more "family photo" to share today...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Renew, Inspire, Create

Something new

I wanted to share a little bit about a person I have fun following and chatting with
on Instagram.
You can finder @ etericson

I asked her a few questions so you could have a chance to get to know her also...
(if you don't know her already)!

She claims that she can't survive without piecing vintage inspired 
quilts, embroidery, or applique on a daily basis. 
She says: 
... "as many can relate, it's my ticket to quilty sanity"... 

Erica says that IG has been a great influence: the sharing of so many creative makers
 and enjoying all the different styles/techniques...
it makes her heart triple beat!!!

She calls her sewing room, affectionately  the "Ivory Tower", 

When I asked Erica to share a little bit about herself she said that 

she is a Californian (since 1955) i.e. beach girl and a hiker.
 She is a mom to 4 amazing boy-men and she is a retired ultrasound tech. 
She is a fabric hoarder and a quiltaholic, adores stitcheries and vintage fabric with a passion.
At one point in the 70's she even made a  "meager" living selling clothing made from vintage fabrics!

Her home is in Fallbrook CA. with her family and four dogs.

Here is a photo of her and her DIL.
She lives a outdoorsy lifestyle... which is a nice balance to her
indoorsy creative life.

I can relate to this all too well!

But when she recently popped up
announcing that she is going to be holding a
quilters getaway... I was super impressed.
The woman is fearless... 
she jumped in and has created not just a retreat...
but something new, and fresh...

I have been hosting a quilt retreat for over 10 years... so again, I can relate all too well
with the time and effort she is putting into creating, in her words,  

"not just a retreat, but a refreshment of spirit so that we can focus on renewing ourselves, be inspired by like minded friends, and create to our hearts content".

The first of her camps will be held in Sonoma, California.

It will be next year, in September of 2017, the 7th thru the 10th.

Erica said that after attending many retreats and 
feeling a bit wrung out at the end, she felt compelled to offer something different and fresh...
more of a holistic approach to quilt "retreats".

I want to quote Erica here...

"Quilters Revival is about just that... Not a retreat, but a refreshment of spirit so that we can focus on renewing ourselves, be inspired by like minded friends, and create to our hears content".

Please take a look at her beautiful website to read more about the 

And today there is an exciting newsflash to share!

Lori Holt, yes, THEE Lori Holt, aka Bee In My Bonnet, aka Farmgirl-Vintage-Lori
will be coming to teach at the retreat!

So, let me see,
that's 3 nights
4 days
a gorgeous location
delicious and healthy meals
luxurious accommodations
beautiful views

all in one very reasonable price.

Erica told me that she is planning these
Quilters Revival camps to be nomadic in nature 
and will include many different locations in the future.

"The goal of each one is to pamper, refresh, encourage, and delight in our creativity", she says.

You can see why
Renew, Inspire, Create is her mantra!
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