Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bass Lake... Get Ready, Here We Come!

I have been pretty quiet over here on the blog!
I can assure you that I have been busy....

I have been getting prepared for the upcoming annual retreat
I host.
This is Pine Needles Quilt Camp 10th year!
My partner Virginia and I have a lot of fun putting this together 
each year. 
It's held at Bass Lake, CA.
We start on Friday morning and go through until Sunday evening!

Do you want to see some of the fun things that have
made up for this years' quilt camp?

Party Favors galore!

Trail mix deluxe!
This comes with a discount coupon for long arm quilting!

Next we will be channeling our inner Girl Scout with 
S'more kits...
perhaps to enjoy after Show and Tell aka "campfire stories".

I put together party poppers...
which are filled with a fun little project.

Our local quilt shop put together little fabric bits of
Pam Kitty Morning fabrics that include a $5 off coupon.

The store owner will also be hosting a "after hours"
shopping with cookies for the campers over the weekend.

I also made lanyards for everyone.

Ouch Pouch kit
(tutorial found on A Spoon Full of Sugar)

This little camper block will make a great label for 
a project... but I made mine into a make-up bag.
(because I need make-up when I go camping)!

This quilt is my inspiration for our main project at the retreat.
I found the instructions for making individual sprout blocks on
Tracey Jay blog. It was a must after I saw that Homespun Quilt Magazine
had this quilt in their current issue., called Cutting Garden 

It was made by a friend of Tracey's at Poppy Print blog.
Please go to her blog to read her story!

The color placement was so fun on this scrappy version!
There are a lot of  "stem" quilts out there... 
by Fig Tree and Co. and also
Cluck Cluck Sew... but the scrappy look 
of this one is just so fun.
Since Tracey Jay has a free tutorial/instructions, 
I thought it would
be a fun project for our retreat. 
It reminds me of the flora and fauna 
I would see when hiking.

More photos of Sprouts...

There will also be instructions for making a "camping pillowcase".

A friend of mine embroidered this 
Camping Rules project.

This is in a 20 x 24 frame. It's pretty big!
The first rule is... take time to relax!
Which we will be doing also!

Friday, October 2, 2015

What Did I Do in September?

I haven't taken a look back to see what I accomplished in the previous month in
a while, so I thought today would be a good time to do that.

This is a sew along... that got staled. 
I plan on returning to it this month.

The pattern is Viola, and I am anxious to return to
this project... I am working with such fun bright Kaffe fabrics.
It's different for me, but I am liking it so far.

My Welded quilt got completed.
I love these fabrics and it was a fun pattern to make.

This is one of three mini projects that I am working on to "share" at my retreat coming 
up this month.

This is also a project that I had started to "share" at my retreat. I am 
happy to say that I am much farther along with it... I just need a little
bit of time to do the last bit, and hopefully I will get to it this weekend.

More fussing for the retreat: I did make 45 lanyards
and put together prizes.

This next month I have some Bee keeping to do!
As in... catching up with my sewing Bee, the Bees Knees, 
on the blocks I haven't gotten off my table yet!

I will feel better when that gets done.

I also have some Farm Girl blocks to make... 
how about you?

But before any of that... I have some birthday celebrating to do!
Yesterday was the day... but tonight is the birthday bash and
the rest of the weekend I have house guests... so 
I am looking forward to it all!

What they don't know tonight....
I have a pop quiz for them.
I have a list of 10 questions...
"about me".
The person who gets the most correct answers gets a gift from me!
It's all friends and family... it shouldn't be too hard for them!
Or could it???

Monday, September 28, 2015

Welded Giveaway Winner and a Field Trip too!

Time to announce the giveaway winner today!

Welded winner:

Is Sue!

She was lucky  #25 

Sue said...

My favorite is STUDIO SKETCHBOOK :-D

Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful fabric Sinta !

Just inside the front doors...

This quilt (above), called Nonni's Garden is what you first see when you walk inside.

I found a spot for a couple of quilts at the computer desk.

 I squeezed in a Schnibble quilt over the dictionary!

Next we go down the hallway...

 I found a spot for my Fig Tree quilt.

And here is my sweet Bee In My Bonnet quilt!

In the children's  area I found a spot for some more Schnibble quilts...
 one made out of American Jane fabrics... and of course, more Fig Tree!

I put up 14 quilts in all.

and then the last look before I left!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Welded: A Quilt Pattern and a Giveaway

That's the name of the pattern... but I'm calling my quilt...

Sweet As Honey!
(because that is the fabric line)

Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics have teamed up and have
a pattern to share with you!
Here is a link 
to a special video they created too!

They asked me along with several other bloggers to play along and make
this quilt (or version of) Welded!
Fat Quarter Shop has a kit available
 for their quilt is you would like 
to see it please go here.

The link for the backing is here

Welded Quilt KitFeaturing Artisan By Pat Bravo

I chose my own fabric to make the Welded quilt.
At first I thought I would just make a wall hanging or some pillows for fall using the
pattern as a guide. But I really liked the pattern, so I 
whipped up the Welded quilt.
It was fun and fast to put together.

Buzz into Spring with Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics:

This is a very fun fabric collection by Bonnie Christine.

I first saw it back in the Spring... and the collection has
a great Spring colorway.
When I knew I was going to be a part of this 
Art Gallery Fabrics promotion...
I knew that I had to go back and pick the Sweet As Honey
Fall colorway!

Sweet as Honey Fabric| Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics:

I am so glad I was able to play with this luscious group!
I now have a special fall quilt... just for me!

Here is my little photo shoot of Welded:

Seriously... I know you have to love these
fabrics and the pattern too!
I showed a quilt and pillows I made back in the spring using 
Art Gallery Fabrics...
and working with this fabric, once again has me falling in love with the
feel of their fabrics. 
And I swear...I don't know why but they 
just don't wrinkle like other fabrics do. 

So... would you like to enter into a giveaway???
Fat Quarter Shop will give the winner a fat quarter bundle of
Art Gallery Fabrics... winner's choice!

   Flourish Cultivate Fat Quarter BundleBonnie Christine for Art Gallery FabricsPaperie Fat Quarter BundleAmy Sinibaldi for Limited Edition of Art Gallery Fabrics

Ambrosial Fantasia Fat Quarter BundleSara Lawson for Art Gallery FabricsDress Me for the Playground Fat Quarter BundleWee Gallery for Dear Stella Fabrics

Just go over to Fat Quarter Shop and have 
a look at the AGF  fat quarter bundles... 

and let me know which one is your favorite
 group and designer!

I will pick a winner on Monday morning!

You can find the links to these bloggers 
who are sharing their projects
 today over at Fat Quarter Shop!

John of Quilt Dad
Kitty of Night Quilter
Michele-Renee of Quilt Matters
Christina of Sometimes Crafter
Sinta of Pink Pin Cushion
Svetlana of Sotak Handmade
Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
Caroline of Sew Caroline
Riane of Vessel Quilts
Megan of Quilt Story
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N Quilt

and one last picture.....

Friday, September 18, 2015

My LItle Sprouts

I am making headway on my Scrappy Sprouts quilt! I hope to have it
 finished. this weekend. The pattern was by Tracey Jay but it's going to have a change up
to resemble the one from Homespun Magazine.

I am feverishly working on my upcoming retreat! It's only three weeks away.
These things I am working on will be projects at the retreat.

This is a travel-sized pillowcase. I have made one of these for each member in my family but this pattern was new to me... by Kim at FQS in conjunction with Riley Blake.

I had to add this into our little group of projects...

It's just 6 1/2" but it could be so many things!
I found it originally here.
A camping potholder, a little addition of fabric on the side would turn it into
a perfect mug rug. I think it would be a great label for our retreat quilt project...
but most of all... I want to make it into a make-up bag!

I haven't shared photos  Evie lately and next to no photos of Elsea...
(my little sprouts)
Here is Evie when we were at the County fair over Labor Day weekend.

Is that not the look of sheer bliss?

And Else turned 5 months old this week!
She is just a sweet little cuddle bug!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Midweek Mosaic: Opinions?

I have pinned these on Pinterest...

I can certainly see how these are quaint and have charm... but 
could you, would you do this?

And if you could... could you with one of your own quilts?
I could NOT love this more!:

Hmm, maybe there are more important things to think about...
I'm not sure I am sold on the style.

Crown & Crumpet Tea Room in San Francisco.  Went here with my nieces a couple summers ago-a little girl's dream!:
 would totally go to a place like this and sit on fun upholstered sofas
Quilted or otherwise!