One last family outing

Last week we had a lovely family outing to a place called Hopewell Furnace. My husband and I like to seek out new and interesting places to visit, and most of the time our 4 kids are good sports about coming along and indulging my motherly need for family time. Hopewell Furnace is a national historic site and was an “iron plantation” back in the 1800’s. Over 800 wooded acres  plus buildings cover the site and we highly recommend a visit!

These are some of the photos of the spectacular scenery, the buildings, and the artifacts ( and some of our sweet kids).

We enjoyed the beautiful setting, the great buildings, and the super friendly staff. I would LOVE to live on a property just like this! I was already imagining quilts draped over the fences, and a little tea house on site ( hey, a girl can dream, right?!). I was regretting the fact that I had not brought a quilt to put in my photos ( although Max the horse might have given it a nibble or two!), but unfortunately I didn’t have a new quilt finished.

Four Peaches Fabric LogoTHAT didn’t happen until the next day when I finally finished the quilt that Wendy at Four Peaches Fabric Shop had so kindly sent me the fabric and the pattern for!fabric choices and pattern

It’s a good thing Wendy is such a patient person, because there were lots of other projects and family times that got in the way! But now it’s all finished and I am super happy with the way it turned out! I quilted it very simply with a walking foot and just quilted  in the ditch ( not super exciting, but the fabric is so bright and happy that I didn’t want to take away from it with some fancy quilting design!)

Here it is in its full glory:

I just love how it turned out! The seafoam green color is so unusual, and the FQ’s used for the blocks have very interesting  designs and colors. ( I am told they are by an Australian designer, so for you Aussies these may seem like perfectly normal, everyday designs! 😀 By the way, Wendy has put together some FQ bundles of this fabric for an awesome price, so if you would like to purchase some, make sure to check it out by clicking here.orange_you_happy_collection_20170811111256

Okay, now if you can recall that far back, I did share that Wendy would be giving away a bundle of these FQ’s, as well as the pattern, to one lucky reader of my blog! And that time has finally arrived!FullSizeRender (16)

This is what one lucky reader will win! All you have to do to enter is ONE of the following:

  • Visit Wendy’s shop at and sign up for her newsletter OR
  • Visit her Facebook page and “like” the page.
  • Then come back here and leave me a comment telling me which you did.

Please note that this giveaway is open to US residents ONLY!


for my international followers, here is your opportunity: You have a chance to win this downloadable pattern from Four Peaches Fabric by visiting the shop and leaving me a comment HERE telling me what you would purchase.spool_flowers_1024x1024 I will close this contest Friday, August 25th at 11:59pm EST.

One final thing to share in this post…as you probably know, my friend Kristie ( and I have started a FREE Christmas ornament sew-along. You can read more details in this post. Kristie just released her first design on Monday and it is SO cute! Here is my version of Kristie’s pattern:Pattern by, made by Farmhouse Quilts

Isn’t he adorable?! I think I might have to make a whole garland of gnomes!

My design will be coming out on the 28th of August. Joining in is fun and easy. Just join our email list on our blogs so you will be notified when a new pattern comes out, and you can join our Facebook group where everyone is invited to post photos of their finished ornaments!

Until next time, happy creating!


55 thoughts on “One last family outing

  1. Hi, Monique. It’s Glenda Martinet. I liked Four Peaches on Facebook. Wish me luck. Love the photos although I think I only see three kids not four. Unless your oldest son is to your left in the photo. Also love to take trips with the family. I always have them write a postcard to themselves about our week end. They roll there eyes now but I know they will enjoy them later and will have great memories. Take care.

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  2. Hi! Monique, Looks like a wonderful family adventure! I liked the FB page and went to sign up for the newsletter, I did, and even though i told myself 10 minutes and out…so I’ve left after nearly an hour! I lost myself. Wendy Carly’s “shop” is wonderful. Thank you!

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  3. Thank you for sharing the cool photos. Don’t you think the rug in the photo would make a great quilt? The quilt you made is so pretty. I love the fresh colors, especially the green. I visited Wendy’s site and signed up for her newsletter. I really like her fabrics.

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  4. I love the fabrics in the quilt. I visited and follow the facebook page and signed up for the newsletter. I am also excited about the Christmas ornament sew along.

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  5. I visited the fourpeaches site and signed up for her newsletter. Looks like a great place with lots of great stuff. Love the quilt you made….and those colors are yummy! Thanks for the giveaway. Please choose me!! lol!

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  6. Its lovely to be able to get away with close family. I am hoping that we will be able to do this sometime in Sept (keeping fingers crossed) for a few days. Your family are gorgeous. That quilt is just awesome and I really love Harry. Take care.

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  7. The quilt is just lovely! The fabric designs add interest in the designs and make you want to look closely to see what’s next. Just joined Wendy’s Facebook group. I’m feeling right at home as I, too, love coffee!!

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  8. Hi Monique 😃 so inspired by your completed quilt, and love your outing snaps 😃 I would definitely have to purchase the spool flowers pattern first, sewing friends definitely are the best 😁

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  9. Looks like a fun trip! I love these fabrics and the pattern! I’ve subscribed to the newsletter and I think I’ll have to order the Spool Flowers pattern first!

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  10. I’ve been looking for new groups to become a part of as I recently started quilting and I love it. I think being a part of these groups will help me find ideas of quilts to make. And I look forward to shopping from your website as well because I like the Fabrics that you have.
    Thank you!

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  11. Checked out the products, and oh my there are some gorgeous collections of fabrics that I’ve never seen! What a wonderful store ❤️

    As an Aussie, I’d totally get the spool garden pattern, gumnut fabrics and the Dutch collection.


  12. HI I’m following four peaches on her Facebook page. The fabrics are sweet. I love to appliqué, can’t get enough of it! Hopping I win the pattern of the spinal withe flowers! I’d live to find out how to get it.
    Loving all that you post in your page. I’m sew glad I was told about your page. Wishing I would have learned how to blog like you. I want to be you when I grow up lol. Still praying I grow younger instead of older. Senior citizen here😭 But I can stay young making quilts!


  13. I LIKE orange fabric! It is difficult to find shades of blue, green & yellows to go with it, but I like the colors you chose! And, I think polka dot fabric is cute & whimsical! (Sometimes I see a 1/2 yard cut of polka dot fabric at a quilt shop, and have no idea what I’ll do with it, but I buy it anyways, just b/c I like it!) 🙂

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