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.
THAT 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!
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.
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!
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 Fourpeachesfabric.com 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 Fourpeachesfabric.com shop and leaving me a comment HERE telling me what you would purchase. 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 ( www.Teadoddles.com) 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:
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!