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March 2017

“Happy Campers” – Free Pattern

Here it is - the "Happy Campers" block for all of you girls who love camping like we do ;)!

This is a really fun block to make – I loved picking out fabrics for the grass and flowers (and curtains. too). In case you're wondering, my husband vetoed the pink polka dot curtains for our real camper – they're just not cricket for when he takes the camper with the guys J! But, at least I got to use them here, and I did make some really pretty curtains for our camper with Flower Sugar fabric!

You can download the PDF block diagram and templates for "Happy Camper" HERE!

I hope you enjoy this pattern girls! And, if you make it, I hope you'll send me a picture or tag me on Instagram so I can see your fun little campers!

TTFN,

Kelly

P.S. Here are a few tips to make sewing these blocks a little easier:

1.     The dark black lines on the templates are your sewing lines, so do not cut your templates or fabric on these. The lighter, outside gray lines are the cutting lines.

2.    Take your time in neatly cutting out your templates and fabric (it will make all of the difference). I like to use freezer paper templates for accuracy – see my "Vintage Apron Pattern" for details.

3.    Study the diagram and break the block down into sections to sew.

4.    Many of these patterns have "wonky" angles and they were originally designed for a larger sized block for Kate's and my Farm Girl quilts, making them much more challenging in these smaller versions. So, just have fun with these and don't worry about perfection (I promise they'll still be super cute ;).


“Garden Thyme” Block – Free Pattern

Yay! It's here :) - the Garden Thyme block that was the most requested (second to the apron pattern) by you lovely ladies.

First, I want to thank you all for liking and requesting these patterns. It makes my heart smile that you would want to include something I've drawn and sewn in your very own quilts. Really, thank you.

And, second, let me say that I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to get these patterns to you all – like many of you, I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma and homemaker, and my sewing time is limited. And, I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier, but a big thank you to the "Happy Flowers" quilt book for giving me the idea to simply share the templates and block diagrams.

Otherwise, it might be another year or two before I had the chance to cut, sew, take step by step photos, and write all of these patterns.

Without further ado, you can download the PDF pattern templates and block diagram for "Garden Thyme" HERE!

I hope you enjoy this pattern – and if you make it, I hope you'll e-mail me a picture or tag me on Instagram so that I can see your darling blocks!

TTFN,

Kelly

P.S. Here are a few tips to make sewing these blocks a little easier:

1.    The dark black lines on the templates are your sewing lines, so do not cut your templates or fabric on these. The lighter, outside gray lines are the cutting lines.

2.    Take your time in neatly cutting out your templates and fabric (it will make all of the difference). I like to use freezer paper templates for accuracy – see my "Vintage Apron Pattern" for details.

3.    Study the diagram and break the block down into sections to sew.

4.    Many of these patterns have "wonky" angles and they were originally designed for a larger sized block for Kate's and my Farm Girl quilts, making them much more challenging in these smaller versions. So, just have fun with these and don't worry about perfection (I promise they'll still be super cute ;).


Vintage Tea Towels

I'm super excited to show you girls my very first set of hand embroidered, vintage tea towels!

Here are my two favorites

-probably because I love baking and sewing so much ;)

And, here is the whole set

-really, truly, I do love them all! I just fell in love with this little cutie patootie vintage girl, and her ever faithful birdie companion.

I tried a new stitch for me with these – the stem stitch - instead of using the standard back stitch, and I got a lot of practice with French knots and lazy daisy stitches. They're not even close to perfect, but my stitching improved a lot as I went along!

I knew they would, I mean I really thought they would, and it turns out

they really do make my heart smile while I'm drying the dishes!

I can't wait to look through my vintage patterns and start our next set ;).

TTFN,

Kelly


Celebrating Oscar Night – Foodie Style

We love the movies, and we love to cook! So, every year, we celebrate Oscar Night, foodie style ;). 

We love going to restaurants, trying new things, and then trying to replicate them at home! So, this year, we decided to try making Escargot (guessing as best we could from the flavors we tasted at Le Fou Frog on our Valentine's Date)

They used tomato instead of lemon, and we loved it – ours turned out, well, almost as good! And we were super excited for our son to get to try them (he's a bit of a foodie, too).

My husband worked on the Steak Au Poirvre with a Brandy Sauce, while I worked on the rest

And, his steak truly was a little taste of heaven.   As was the Souffle Au Chocolat I baked us for dessert

We watched the Red Carpet special while we cleaned up the kitchen

and finished just in time to sit down, relax, and enjoy the Oscars

(and a bit of tracing Dresden petals and centers for me ;)!

We were really rooting for Viggo Mortenson – we thought he did an incredible job in the movie "Captain Fantastic" – which was our favorite of all of the Oscar Nominees this year (though we still haven't had the chance to see La La Land)!

Great food, great show – it was a night to remember ;).

TTFN,

Kelly

PS  To keep it simple, we choose a few of the more complicated French recipes (the escargot, steak au proivre, and soufflé in this case, and then add in some simple things we cook all the time (roasted asparagus, baked potatoes, bread)!  It also helps to keep the dishes down to a minimum ;)


Welcome Spring!!!

I had such a good time sewing this fun little spring pillow! Spring is my favorite season of the year, and I'd love to have a pair of pink polka dot wellies just like these ;)

The pattern is by Kimberbell Designs. I made it a little larger, and opted for lace instead of ric rac, and I made yo yo flowers instead of using buttons. Oh how I love this little pillow ;)! Here's to hoping this warm welcome will bring spring to us a little early!

TTFN,

Kelly


A Super Sweet Valentine’s Date

My husband plans the most wonderful Valentine's Dates for us, and this year was no exception. He planned a weekend away for us in Kansas City. We started off with a trip to browse at Barnes & Noble (one of our favorite things)

Then, after browsing and buying a few books and some Godiva Chocolate for later, we headed into the city.

We checked into our hotel (The President's Hotel built in 1926, and recently restored – it's truly a beautiful, historic place)

We dressed for dinner, and headed to Le Fou Frog, a French restaurant we'd been wanting to try!

We are foodies to the core (French food being among our favorites) and Le Fou Frog did not disappoint! Among the highlights was our first time trying Escargot

I never thought I'd say this, but seriously – snails are delicious!

Even better than the food though, was this man's company

Oh, this man – he makes me laugh and feel all giddy inside, even after all these years

The weather was so nice, we got to eat outside (which is truly a treat for Valentine's Day in Missouri ;)!

Oh, and we also got to try Foie Gras

Not my favorite, but my husband loved it with his steak! We were stuffed and running late for the show, so we got dessert to go and headed to the Kansas City Music Hall to see The Phantom of the Opera.

We love going to plays and musicals, and have been to several, but this is our very first "Playbill" – how cool is that?

The show was amazing,

and my husband even gave me his jacket to keep me warm

Then, we walked back to the hotel for dessert

(that we ate with coffee stirrers from the room-because we didn't have any silverware ;)! And, a surprise

bottle of champagne waiting for us in the room!

To my incredible husband,

to my best friend and always my one and only Valentine – from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU!

Nobody makes me smile

like you!

TTFN,

Kelly