Sunday, August 2, 2015

Milk, Sugar & Flower Giveaway!

Jen and I have been super busy ordering fabrics for the shop and I think you'll love what's coming! We are getting fabric in every day this week! So, since I have no other news, I thought it would be a great idea to tell you that we are starting the first of the giveaways that we have planned! For our first Giveaway, we thought you would love a chance to win some of the Milk, Sugar & Flower fabric we have in the shop. I think the colors are luscious. 
Win a fat quarter of EACH of the fabrics shown! There are six fat quarters for a total of 1 and 1/2 yards of fabric! To enter, just go to our Etsy shop HERE and take a look. Then come back and leave a comment telling us what fabric you like best and what fabrics you would like us to stock. We will soon have pre-orders up in the shop as well as be stocking the new lines. And, we are still doing the free fat quarter with each yard purchased! There will be more fabric added every day. Jennifer and I want you to have fun and win some fabric! We will announce a winner next Sunday! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I'm SOOO Busy and Nothing Looks Like It's Done....

Hey guys! I've hardly had time to read what you've been doing. I missed you so much that I decided to stay up tonight and get caught up. Jennifer and I have been working on getting fabric ordered and getting the shop set up and on some projects I've had in the works for a while. I'm still working on the antique quilt top. It sheds thread everywhere but it's going to look great when I'm done. Have you seen Art Gallery fabrics? Here's a collage of some of their fabric that we are getting from them next week:
And we're getting all of Lori Holt's new line. It's not coming out until December but we are drafting a pre-order plan so that people can pre-pay in monthly installments and have it shipped to them on the day it comes out. We're going to have several options. Her lines sell out so quickly. Anyway, it's called Calico Days and it has cherries, little chicks and is just adorable!
We will also have Bloom & Bliss in the shop by Monday or Tuesday. I like every single fabric in this line.
So, that's enough about fabric. I know you love it too or I wouldn't do two posts in a row about it. Also, I write about what I'm doing and this is what I'm doing right now. Lola is holding her own but she isn't walking very well and I'm still carrying her around a lot. She's getting a bath tomorrow. I'm so afraid she will be hurt and I'm thinking it will be a tricky process. It wears me out and breaks my heart. Why do dogs have to get old so quickly? Well, I'm off to read blogs and then go to bed. I hope you'll visit the Etsy shop from time to time and see what we have added! Love you guys! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some Really Good News and FREE Fat Quarters!

Good morning everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend! I haven't been posting in the last few days because I've been so busy. My really good news is that I now have a partner in the fabric shop! Her name is Jennifer and I'll be posting more about her in the future. To celebrate, we are giving away a FREE FAT QUARTER for every yard of regularly priced fabric you buy! And, our prices are below suggested retail.
We have some fabric in right now and we have a lot more coming! There are some great new lines that I can't wait for you to see! Look at this from Milk, Sugar & Flower!

I know you probably have your favorite places to shop for fabric but I would love to have you stop by the shop and see if there is anything there that you like. Little Joys is our Christmas line. It is so cute!
Some of the fabrics aren't marked with the free fat offer but I'm going to do that today, as well as put together some bundles. We have some great new solids that are high thread count because I do not like the flimsy texture of some of the solids I've seen. We also have some of the Hope Chest 20's feedsack reproductions from Penny Rose. 

So stop by the shop HERE when you can and claim your free fat quarters (there is no limit-buy 4 yards, get 4 fat quarters, etc.). I'll be writing about Jennifer soon so that you can get to know her. She's awesome! Have a wonderful Sunday! XO from Bev

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cozy Afternoon BOM Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who entered! I love reading your comments and knowing what fabrics you are using to make your quilts! Won't it be fun to see the finished quilts! The winner of the Cozy Afternoon BOM pattern giveaway is: Kupton52. I do not know her name (sadly). I've looked everywhere. I do, however, have her email so I'll let her know. She said

"I'm doing all 3 versions of her quilt....for the applique I'm using older Thimbleberries....greens, burgundies and golds; for the pieced version I'm using the Laurel Burch cat panel in blues; and for the embroidered version I'm using pastel 30's repro prints. I just discovered her site and love it."

Here's what she won:

Jacquelynne will send her pattern this week. Please check back with us on August 10th for the next Giveaway and the FREE Block Four pattern! There are only 5 blocks in the quilt and then the finish! Quick and easy but really cute!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Check Out Another FREE Tutorial!

I have picked a winner of the July Giveaway for the Cozy Afternoon Giveaway but Jacquelynne doesn't want us to announce until she gets all the winners in from all of the blogs that were participating in the Giveaway. She has to check all of the winners to make sure there is no duplication of winners. So, as soon as she gives me the word, I'll announce it! I hope everyone is having fun making their blocks. They are really fun! And speaking of fun, look at this beauty:
I just love it! This is a free tutorial from Podunk Pretties! She has great instructions and has beautiful photographs of each step. I thought of it when I ran across a couple of charm packs and was debating about keeping them or listing them, and I remembered this quilt pattern! So if you want to find some beautiful free tutorials, head over to Podunk HERE! Tell her Bev sent you! Have a happy Sunday! XO from Bev

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Last Day to Enter Giveaway and Big News Coming!

Hello! Hope you're having a great weekend! Don't forget that this is the last day to enter the Cozy Afternoon BOM Giveaway! You can enter HERE if you haven't already. The prize is a group of three patterns from Jacquelynne Steves and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment. You can also pick up the first 3 FREE BOM blocks! They are fun and easy and you can still catch up. Take a look-it's a beautiful little quilt.

I've been super busy and will have some big news next week! I'm trying, among other projects, to get this quilt top together so I can try to sell it.

It's the result of a decision to use some of my scrap strips. I like the way the blocks came out. Wish the photo was better. I used only 4 colors and that makes joining the blocks tricky to put together without colors touching. I've devised a chart though. The colors are bright and fun in "real-life". Lola is doing better on her new medication. She is walking more but she wants to be carried and lifted. My shoulders and neck are so sore. Every time I pick her up, she goes limp. Also, because for a while she couldn't get up, I started giving her water in a cup that I brought to her. Now she won't drink out of her water bowl. I have become her slave (not that I wasn't before). I can't wait for you to hear what I've been working on! Now go enter the Giveaway and I'll announce the winner tomorrow! XO from Bev

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Don't Forget to Enter the FREE Giveaway and Pick Up Your FREE Patterns!

Hey guys! Just wanted to remind you that there is a giveaway on the blog right now for a free pattern set from Jacquelynne Steves! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the Giveaway blog post and tell me what colors you will use to make your FREE BOM from Jacquelynne called Cozy Afternoon. You can find all the info HERE. A winner will be chosen on July 20th. This is what you win:

You can also get the first 3 block patterns and instructions for the FREE BOM at Jacquelynne's site. Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter because the pattern prize is digital! Lola and I are on the way to the vet. Say a little prayer for us! XO from Bev

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lola Update and Adventures with NutriSystems

Good morning! Lola seems to be doing better! She's walking a lot more although I'm still carrying her around. The vet says that our goal is to keep her comfortable and give her a "quality of life". I don't want to make her suffer but (I can tell you this because we're friends), I can't bear the thought of losing her. Here she is with her vet!
She can't go to the groomer or get a bath until her scapula adjusts so she's starting to look like a street dog. She's on some new meds that seem to really be helping. She is walking some so I'm not having to carry her so much. I've told you guys over and over how poor I am, especially with Lola's medical my friend who knows that I can hardly buy groceries, brought me a bag full of the NutriSystems food that she bought but didn't like. I can honestly tell you that, if there is an Apocalypse and this was all the food I had, I might not eat it! Seriously, I am a food addict and I cannot eat this stuff. There are some breakfast bars that are edible, but barely. Soooo, my point is that potatoes and eggs are cheap and good. I have a ton of amazing recipes I found on Pinterest. This one is my favorite so far:

Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes. When I saw this recipe, I heard angels sing! Slice potatoes into very thin slices. Place them in a Ziplock bag and add 3 TBS olive oil, 1 TBS Italian seasoning (I used a packet of dry Italian dressing mix-you can get 3 TBS from one package) and salt. Shake it up so that the potatoes are covered and spread out on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, until lightly brown. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes! Yum! If you have any good recipes using eggs or potatoes, let me know! Have a great day! XO from Bev

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cozy Afternoon FREE BOM - BLOCK 3 and a Giveaway!

It's here!! Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 3 AND a Giveaway! The Cozy Afternoon quilt is from fabric and quilt designer Jacquelynne Steves! It's a versatile, easy and fun quilt that includes 3 ways to finish your blocks. You can piece them using a plain fabric square in the middle, applique them or embroider them. Jacquelynne provides a video tutorial for the two stitches that are used for the easy embroidery so it's a great chance to learn! This BOM goes for 5 months and includes the pattern for each block, plus the border and finishing instructions that are given at the end. Imagine curling up in front of the fire with this quilt, a good book and a cup of tea or giving it to a family member or special friend. Perfect!

This month, you get the free pattern for Block 3. Here's my Block Three:

I photographed my block on the floral fabric that I am going to use for the border and the large setting squares just so you could see where I got my color inspiration. I decided to use raw edge applique for my blocks. I did embroider the little antenna on the butterfly and I appliqued the leaves.

How cute is this little tea cup!  If you haven't already signed up, it isn't too late! Click on Jacquelynne's link and you will get all 3 patterns if you need them. These blocks stitch up quickly so you should be able to easily catch up!

To get your block pattern, j
ust visit Jacquelynne's website HERE, enter your email and click to sign up. That's it! Jacquelynne is also the editor of a gorgeous emagazine and it's FREE too! You can sign up for it while you're there. And, just when you thought you couldn't take any more FREE fun, there's more! Just leave a comment on my blog and tell me which colors you are using in your blocks and you will be entered to win these beautiful free patterns that you can only get directly from Jacquelynne! Make a quilt, pillow or table runner. I'd love to make the table runner in wool.
 Because these are electronic patterns, my blog friends from all over the world can enter! Jacquelynne will send the patterns to the winner during the week of July 20th. The giveaway is open until July 19th. The winner will receive the free patterns the next week directly from Jacquelynne. The ONLY way you can get these patterns is to enter the giveaway on my blog and on the blogs of the other quilters who are hosting the giveaway and showing you their versions of the blocks! Here's a list of participating bloggers. Be sure to visit them to see how they are doing their Cozy Afternoon blocks.

A Quilt and a Prayer
Lily Pad Quilting   
Red Letter Quilts
The Crafty Quilter

Kathy's Quilts         
Pretty good fun for a Monday! Hope you enter! Cheery wave from Bev

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday in the Sewing Room and a Lola Update

Well, it's been a busy week. Lola went back to the vet and had her x-rays. She also got some new medication. I got "the talk" about Lola's age (almost 16) and her quality of life. I feel like a horrible person but I am not ready to deal with that without a fight. Her new meds seem to be helping quite a bit. She's still limping but she is getting up to walk short distances. The big problem is the large mass in her stomach. She's too old and not in good enough shape undergo surgery. We are seeing how the new meds do and she goes back this week. Please keep praying for us! I am way behind on Farm Girl Fridays so here are some catch up blocks:

This is called Grandma's Quilt Block. These blocks are all 6 inches.
This is the Feed and Seed block.
Here's the Furrows block.
And the Haystack block. Tomorrow the new Jacqueline Stephens block of the month comes out and there will be a giveaway so please stop back. Hope your weekend is wonderful! XO from Bev