Thursday, March 29, 2018

Farmhouse Threads and Friends - Garden Mystery Quilt - Block 10

Good Morning to all!

Today is the day we get to debut our Olde Green Cupboard Block 10 for the Farmhouse Threads and Friends Garden Mystery Quilt!
We are so excited about the quilt this year....  I'm told we have close to 400 participating... with that great information I had to call my supplier and order more fabric.

Thanks to Everyone for Participating!!

Click on both links to print the complete pattern and full size template drawing. Be sure to print the template pattern in the horizontal setting for the correct sizing.


Kit Available: $14.00
(wool colors included in the kit may vary slightly, but we will do our best to make them look similar to the image above)

When we were children - living on a small farm - we had a HUGE garden... and I mean HUGE!  Plus a HUGE strawberry patch.  All summer we helped... from planting, weeding, dusting for bugs, turning the melons so they would ripen on all sides (tip-toe through the vines), digging up potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, shelling peas.... oh my gosh.. I could just cry remembering how much work it was!  Mom would plant marigold flowers all around the outer edge of the garden... she said it was to keep bugs away!  I'm not sure it worked very well... I can still remember Daddy giving each of us a coffee can with a small amount of gas in the bottom, pliers, and gloves.  We had the job of removing those nasty tomato worms from the plants.  Ugh!  In the can they would be tossed...only to be destroyed later! 

Then it would be time to help prepare all of the vegetables for canning.  I sure wish I had a $1.00 for every ear of corn I shucked and a penny for every snap bean and pea pod I touched!  

After canning, mom would count the jars on the kitchen counter and table.  She would say, 'Girls... we have 110 cans we need to listen for the jars to pop... help me to keep count"!   When they were totally cooled the vacuum inside would make the metal pop giving the jar a good seal.  We would eat those canned vegetables all year long until it was time to can more... all from our "Mystery Garden".   

Now that we're older... we would love to have a garden... but the sandy ground just doesn't do well with our growing.. plus it's so hot everything burns up. (although I am going to give a try with some tomato plants this year).   My husband teases me... he says I surely do NOT have a green thumb.  I seem to kill all the plants I get for the yard and house... so say a prayer for my future tomato plants.  If they grow well and harvest a few, I'll take pictures and show you!

Just think after our week... only two more to go!  If you haven't started downloading your FREE patterns, you still have time!  Did you see that word FREE????  Oh yes... so cool!  Plus each designer has block kits for you to purchase... or you can make the quilt blocks with your own fabric and wool... your choice!

February 2nd, Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

February 9th, Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

February 16th, Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

February 23rd, Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

March 2nd, Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

March 9th, Shawn York, The Rusty Crow

March 16th, Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

March 23rd, Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

March 30th, Joyce Weeks, Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.

April 6th, Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard

April 13th, Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus

April 20th, Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

April 27th, finishing instructions by Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

Please have fun with our block... hope it makes you smile and happy when you're "in the garden" !!!

             Gloria, Heather and Vicky

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We're Home...Wow, What a fun trip!

Wish You All Could Have Come...

We sure wish we could have taken each and everyone of you on our cruise to the western Caribbean with us... it was soooo much fun! We're home now and trying to catch up on everything. We're just now able to sit and tell you all about it. 

Many of us traveled to port Canaveral the night before to be sure we were all set and wouldn't have any late travel issues. So the night before we decided to gather together for a yummy meal. Of course keeping our group from being silly is joke! That's definitely one of the reasons we love this group so much... tee hee.

The next day we all boarded Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. It's the largest cruise ship at the moment. We heard someone is in the process of creating a larger one... wow, we can't imagine! This one has a outdoor courtyard park, a small town/shopping deck. Tons of restaurants, several theaters, many bars, pools, and so so much more! We had over 6,000 people on the ship, but we never felt like we were over crowded at any time. Royal Caribbean really does a wonderful job with their service and spaces. 

We were able to catch several of the shows they preform on the ship. The ice skating show was wonderful! It had many children's stories coming to life on one little ice rink. It was amazing to see the talent of these skaters and how they could all be on this rink without running into each other or the props! Jumps, twirls, etc... so, so good!

The next one we saw was the high diving/water show. Again the talent was tremendous. The way the pool's floor was shallow, then deep... it made for an amazing show. They also incorporated some aerial acrobatics and synchronized swimming. 

The first port we stopped at was Labadee, Haiti. It's a section of Haiti that Royal Caribbean leases from them and they have created a tropical paradise! So many fun excursions and the beaches there are breath taking! Many of our group loved to relax on the beach or in the shops. Some went on the LONGEST zip-line over water in the world. Others had fun parasailing. Like the adventuresome Lisa's.

The second port we stopped at was Folmouth, Jamaica... Look at this beautiful sun rise one of the girls took the day we arrived. So pretty, we had to share it with all of you!

Our last port was Cozumel, Mexico.
The water here was soooo blue! Just gorgeous!! Here they had fun tours of the ruins, caverns, of course shopping, and many private beaches that were perfect for families to relax and play at the same time. A few of us caught a catamaran to go snorkeling and chill at one of the beautiful beaches. 

Whenever we weren't having a blast at the ports, Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings was teaching us all several beautiful wool hand applique projects. We just love how she adds so many techniques in stitching to her classes. It's these techniques we can take and add to other projects we work on in the future. If you have never taken a class with her... we HIGHLY recommend it! You will leave a stronger stitcher because of her knowledge and willingness to share with all of us. Thank you Lisa for all you do! 

Sweet Karen Kuntz finished her wonderful star project... we found out this was her very first hand wool applique project ever!! What! Her work was not only fast, but beautiful... nice job Karen.. xoxo

We had 72 students that gathered with us during this trip. That number doesn't include any of the family or friends they brought along. This image shows the conference room we were set up in. So, so many wonderful ladies from all over the US and several from the UK. We loved getting to know you all and we look forward to our next adventures together!!

In the sewing room we always set up a section for shopping fun treasures. This time we had wonderful items from 
Primitive Gatherings
Vintage Blessing, and 
Olde Green Cupboard
Be sure to check out all their websites to see some of the goodies you can order too.
It's always a good idea to bring one carry-on or suitcase empty for ALL the goodies you end up going home with. Regardless if they come from shopping on your trips or all the free goodies we bless you with for coming. You will definitely need the extra space as you pack to go home. lol!! 

Speaking of the goodies we bring for you... here are a few fun images of our last night in the classroom. We had a fun game for some of the door prizes, plus since it was close to Easter... our ladies picked eggs from a box to receive their next surprises. Three of them chose special eggs and they won great bags gifted from Moda filled with Lisa Bongean's lines of fabric!! How exciting for them!! YEA!!  

Next we chose two names to win the door prize quilts we brought for giveaways.... AHHHH to see the expressions on these ladies made the trip even more fun! Congrats Ladies... xoxo
Everyone left with a door prize to let them know we love them and we were so glad they came to join us. 

We want to thank everyone who came and who helped make this trip such a great success! We couldn't have done it with out you!! 

We had so much fun on this trip, we already have our next cruise planned... here's an image of the ports we will be stopping at to tempt you to join us on the 2019 trip! Come on and join the fun!! More information about it by Clicking the image. xoxo

Sunday, March 25, 2018

We're off to ROME!!!!

Oh yes..... we are on another adventure and you are all invited!!!  Here is the flyer to give you all the information you need to get started registering for the cruise.

14 days - we leave from Miami and end in Rome!!!  Great daily rates.... $74 to $98 @ day!
You do NOT have to be a quilter/crafter... this great rate is for guests too!

This cruise will fill up fast!! DO NOT DELAY!!!

Email Gloria at:

Click on the registration form LINK below to download, print, read, fill out, and send in your registration payments to lock in your spots for the cruise.