Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Best of the Valley Quilt Show

Today, we found ourselves on a stroll through the Best of the Valley Quilt Show in the town of Lindsay California.  

the reverse applique in this award winning quilt was done by my friend Molly Hamilton Yao
The show was full of great looking quilts, and there were several local guilds in attendance.  The building was spacious and had good lighting so we could really enjoy the tiny details; things like hand quilting, and applique.  

Here are a few photographs that I took today at the show.  Enjoy!

**You can click on the images to get a BIGGER view.

this quilt was one of my favorites
I love 30's repro fabric. they're so sunny and bright
the yo-yo and origami fabric flowers really made this quilt stand out
I LOVE my chickens so I had to grab this shot
this double wedding ring was hand appliqued very nicely

this quilt would be great to have at Christmas
this is a Judy Neimeyer pattern. SO pretty and complex.
I love this Nancy Rink designed quilt pattern too
baltimores are my absolute favorite quilts

I have been a quilter for more then a decade, and I have collected cotton fabric for more than two decades.  I hope to get my sewing room established soon so I can get back at it.  

Do you quilt or sew?  What are your hobbies?  Please comment and share. 

Have a GREAT week ahead

Friday, March 28, 2014

The FARMGIRL FRIDAY blog hop #151 & 150th Anniversary Winner Announced!

Welcome back to the 151st Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! Boy howdy you've all been so busy!

We are so happy today because we FINALLY get to announce the winner of our 150th Blog Hop Celebration GIVEAWAY!   Are you ready?

 Our hand-picked winner of the whole kit and caboodle is Solar Bizzi from looms4izzi blog! 


You won the mother lode of farmgirl goodies!

Please check out her delightful blog. She's a chicken keeping, weaving, gardening, crocheting and knitting farmgirl!

From Deb you get the spring issue of MaryJanesFarm Magazine, one large Farm Girl T-shirt, a bandana, three packets of organic seeds, a pair of sturdy work gloves, and a $25.00 Gift Card for Tractor Supply Co.

TWO fabulous homemade ( with love ) farmgirl aprons. The cute little western number in red is from me (Heidi Gonzales) and this lovely Heirloom Apron below is one of Dolly's own designs inspired by an apron her grandmother Cora wore.

As if that weren't enough, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed made you some of her homemade Sugar Scrub. Perfect for relaxing after a nice day of farmgirlin'! 

 On behalf of all of your Farmgirl Friday Hostesses we thank everyone for your continued participation in our weekly farmgirl hop! Just keep doin' what you do... We love it and you! 

Deb, Heidi, Dolly and Debbie~

 Heidi of My Simple Country Living 
and White Wolf Summit Farmgirl Blog
Dolly of Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking
Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed 
and me of course!

You don't have to live on a farm to join this hop!

 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters 

Brag a little ( or a lot ) about your farmgirl talents! Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals, quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea! Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends! 

 Enter up to three entries per hop! 

Let's get H-O-P-P-I-N-G!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Celebrate the 150th FARMGIRL FRIDAY hop blogiversary

It's a PARTY.  Please join us in celebration of the 150th edition of the best weekly FARMGIRL shin-dig on the web... 

the FARMGIRL FRIDAY blog hop

It's our blogiversary!!!  Yaay!

In honor of this fun event, we are hosting a little farmgirl giveaway on our blogs.  I will let Deb of Dandelion House, our fearless leader tell you all the details:

"Can you believe it? Today marks 150 weeks for the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!
Where does the time go?  I know exactly where it goes! We farmgirls mark time by the seasons. Planting season, breeding season, fresh egg season, farm baby season, growing season, and harvest season. And somehow in between we manage to raise families, nurture friendships, craft, run businesses, go glamping, volunteer, work, and spend time with our elders. And it's time well spent in my book! When we follow our heart we are always right where we should be.

Heidi, Debbie Dolly and I are so grateful that your hearts lead you here to our humble little Farmgirl  " roundup " every Friday! 
You are the friendliest, kindest and most talented group of farmgirls in blog land and we count you among our dearest friends.
We've been chomping at the bit for weeks to tell you about our


We're giving away the FARM! 

 Each one of us is adding to the GIVEAWAY goodies bag so be sure to visit all of our blogs to enter to win the whole kit and caboodle!

Let's get on with it shall we? I'll go first!
  I love to take my farmgirl shopping at the local Tractor Supply Co. so I went on a little shopping spree with my farmgirl friends in mind! 

My first item is a $25.00 Gift Card to none other than the Tractor Supply Co.! If you don't have one near you, you can shop online!

Every homegrown farmgirl needs a pretty pink T-shirt to start a new season of farmgirl'n!
I got a large so you would have room to grow!

There's a good chance you'll work up a healthy sweat while you're doin' chores in your new sturdy work-gloves so I tucked in a pretty pink bandanna for you to wipe your brow with!


What farmgirl doesn't love sunflowers? You'll love seeing these pretty ORGANIC sunflowers ( and pole beans that are hidden behind the sunflower packet ) in your garden!

The Spring issue of MaryJanesFarm magazine is choc full of farmgirl take homes and inspiration! It's a must-have for every farmgirl at heart.
But wait! There's more!

 Farmgirl Heidi is adding one of her latest farmgirl apron designs to the goodies bag too! Her western retro pin-up girl fabric just whistles farmgirl doesn't it?

 Farmgirl Dolly is whipping up an apron exactly like this one ( fabric is a surprise ). It's inspired by an apron her grandmother wore. It's practical and pretty designed by Dolly for everyday farmgirl work inside or out! 

Farmgirl Debbie ( Farmgirl Unleashed ) is giving away some of her homemade farmgirl body products! Her
Wake me up Sugar Scrub pictured above is one of three items she's tossing in the Farmgirl Goodie Bag. 

Boy howdy! That's a lot of FARMGIRL GOODIES! 

One comment on all four blogs gives you 4 chances to win the whole lot!


It's still Farmgirl Friday so don't forget to enter your posts and 
HAPPY SPRING from all of your Farmgirl Friday hostesses!"

That's all there is to it.  After you leave a comment HERE on my blog please GO TO EACH of my farm sister's blogs below and leave comments there to, to complete your entry for the whole shebang!

Farmgirl Friday creator Deb of Deborah Jean's Dandelion HouseDolly of Hibiscus House family of blogs Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed  

Don't forget to LINK UP as soon as you've secured your four entries from all of our blogs!!!