Summer Time Blog Hop

Welcome to our day on the Summer Time Blog Hop!  We are so excited to have you here and we hope that you enjoy our recipe and pattern!

Out here in Southern California our summers can be HOT so we love to include cool, refreshing foods with our meals.  This sweet and tangy fruit salad is a great addition to any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is soooo yummy we even have it for dessert sometime.

We mix mangos, kiwis, and blueberries together and top with a delicious lime syrup and sprinkling of crystalized ginger.  Check out Stacy’s blog for the recipe card.
Lime Ginger Syrup

Refreshing Summer Fruit Salad


The pattern we have featured today is just as sweet as our tasty fruit salad!  A juicy summer strawberry needle keep to hold all of your needles and pins, perfect for those summertime road trips.
Strawberry Needle Keep

Inside of Needle Keep


Here is the link for the pattern…

Strawberry Needle Keep

A huge “thank you” to Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for organizing this Blog Hop and allowing us to be a part of it!  Hope you enjoy our pattern and recipe and have a SWEET summer!

Barn Quilt Sew Along

Have you heard?! Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations is doing a “Where the Cows Come Home” sew along!  We are so excited to see everyone’s blocks as they go along, oops, I mean “sew along!”

Well, we have been dreaming of an all cotton version of this quilt since we wrote the book and we thought this was the perfect excuse and opportunity to make it happen.  If you aren’t familiar with the quilt, the original is wool applique on pieced cotton backgrounds.  We have wanted to show that no matter what you love to work with you can make this quilt!  If you have experience with applique, the pattern can easily be adapted to your favorite method.

Kathy had a fun time auditioning some of her favorite fabrics for Block One, “The Milking Parlor.”
Barn Sew Along

She mixed some new gorgeous yarn dyed Diamond Textiles with some sweet little prints from her stash.  Here is the finished background with her pull for the barn…
Barn Sew Along

And the big reveal!
Barn Sew Along

Didn’t it turn out great?!  Now, it’s your turn!  If you’d like to share your blocks, we’d love to see them!  And make sure you stop by Paulette’s blog for all the details on the stitch along.

Pi Day

Well, you always knew that we loved to sew and bake but did you also know that we love math and science over here at Cardiff Farms?  So today we can combine our love of math and baking for Pi (3.14) Day by making a pie!  We thought the fresh strawberry pie recipe that Crabapple Hill provided for the Spring Thyme Blog Hop sounded like the perfect way to celebrate.  You can find their recipe HERE.


We made our favorite gluten-free pie crust for the fresh berries…

Gluten Free Pie Crust

1 1/4 cup Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup palm shortening

1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar

3-5 tbs cold water

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and sea salt.  Using a fork or pastry blender cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add the vinegar and water and mix gently until the mixture just forms a dough. (Be careful not to over mix or it will become tough.)  Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper sprinkled with a bit of extra flour.  Carefully remove the rolled dough and lay over your pie plate.  Gently press into the surface and trim the edges to fit.

For this pie you will need to pre-bake the crust.  Cover the bottom of the crust with a layer of parchment and fill with beans so that it will hold its shape.  Bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 deg.  Remove the beans and parchment paper and return to the oven for 10 min or until golden brown.  Cool completely and then fill using the Strawberry Pie Recipe from Crabapple Hill.  Enjoy!!
Strawberry Pie

Happy Pi Day!

Spring Thyme Blog Hop

Today is our day on the Spring Thyme Blog Hop sponsored by Stacy of Buttermilk Basin and Kathy has prepared a special pattern and yummy recipe for everyone!  We know a lot of you are stuck in the cold right now so we are hoping to send a little sunshine your way.  Spring is already in full swing here at Cardiff Farms, the SoCal sunshine has brought out bits of color in every corner of the garden.

Look at these bright and cheerful calendulas…

Fragrant lavender…

Delicate orchids…
Orchid 2

And last but not least this tiny patch of petite forget me nots…

Forget Me Nots

These sweet little flowers are what inspired today’s project!
Forget Me Nots 1

Forget Me Nots 2

A cute little forget me not pin cushion!
Pin Cushion 1
Pin Cushion

The complete instructions and templates are available to print out at the end of this post.  Here is a picture showing how to place your Ric-rac if you choose to add it on…
Ric rac placement

And here is our recipe for mouth watering blueberry torte…
Blueberry Torte Recipe Card

We featured this recipe a few years ago but it’s just too good not to mention again.  This is a favorite among all of the men in our house and is often requested for birthdays instead of cake.

Remember don’t bake the crust until filled!
Pie Crust

Once cooled, top with blueberries and enjoy!
Finished Torte

Now we have a little confession to make… we cheated a little and opened up our favorite can of Comstock Blueberry Pie Filling for the topping.  I don’t think the boys will mind and it can remain our little secret. wink, wink.

Click on the green “Download” to get your pin cushion pattern…


Pin A Posy

Have you seen the new issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (April 2015)?  We’re inside!  Kathy designed the adorable “Pin a Posy” pincushion on page 58.  This little pincushion is sure to brighten any sewing room and would make a great gift for someone special.

Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Pin A Posy in APQ

We are also offering kits to complete this project in our online store.  (Link in the sidebar)  They contain everything you need to make this cute pinkeep.

Pin-a-Posy Kit

If you hop on over to our Facebook page we are giving away one of these kits to a lucky Facebook fan and there’s still time to enter if you haven’t done so already!

Another exciting feature in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting are the instructions for this year’s Quilt-Along.  There are three different options all featuring four-patches.  We missed out on last year’s quilt-along so we are super excited to be a part of it for 2015.  We picked fabric from Lisa Bongean’s new “Snowman Gatherings II” line.  We have so many exciting things going on this year that we are hoping if we start making our four patches now, we might be done by Christmas!  Are you going to quilt-along?  Make sure you use the social media hashtag #APQQuiltalong so that everyone can see your progress!
Quilt-along 1

We have even more exciting news… we will be participating in Buttermilk Basin’s Spring Bloghop!  If you followed along for the Christmas bloghop you know that this was super fun!  We sure are looking forward to all of the beautiful Spring posts from many talented designers.  Make sure you mark your calendar for March 1st!


Buttermilk Basin

A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop

This is our first time ever participating in a blog hop and we are so excited!  We had so much fun planning and preparing, we hope you like what we have in store!  If you haven’t been following along so far make sure you check out Buttermilk Basin’s Blog for all the details… you can click on the “Primitive Christmas Blog Hop” Button on the right hand side.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here at the Cottage at Cardiff Farms!  Decorations are going up and we’ve finally had a bit of cold weather this past week which has been perfect for making our extra special spiced tea.  Whenever a chill is in the air we fill a pot on the stove with this simple recipe.  The sweet and spicy aroma fills the house and warms the heart.

It is best served piping hot and in the company of good friends…
Spiced Tea Ingredients
Yummy Spiced Tea

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy…
Spiced Tea Recipe Card

And, Kathy created this beautiful little hand stitched mug mat to go with your cup of tea…
Noel Mug Mat

Isn’t it just the perfect little Christmas mat!?  While trying to find a way to make a template for the specialized writing we wanted on it, we stumbled upon THIS entry from Sweet P’s Blog.  How is it that we have never heard of using Glad Press n’ Seal for transfers!?  To say that this has completely changed our whole world of hand stitching is an understatement.  Be ready for some exciting brand new designs inspired by this technique.  But, for now, here is a quick demo with the Noel Mug Mat…
Glad Press and Seal 1

Glad Press and Seal 2

For the complete pattern and template for the Noel Mug Mat, click on “Download” below…

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out Blackberry Primitives tomorrow, it’s their day on the blog hop.  Thank you Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for this wonderful opportunity!  Merry Christmas from the Cottage at Cardiff Farms!

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A Much Needed Break

About 2 weeks ago we took a much needed vacation…  You probably didn’t notice that we were gone because I am fairly inconsistent (slight understatement) when it comes to blogging and updating social media, (still trying to work on that!)  Anyway, Kathy and Mr. Cardiff Farms and my family and I spent the week in Montana for some rest and relaxation.  It was so good to take some time off and just “breath” for a little bit.

I wanted to share some pictures from our wonderful trip, hope you enjoy them!

On the first day, we took a trip to the local trout hatchery which also happens to be at the source of Spring Creek.  Spring Creek runs through Lewistown, MT and is fed by a pristine natural spring that bubbles right out of the ground!

Montana July 2014

Montana July 2014

The kids had a blast feeding the fish!

Montana July 2014

Montana July 2014

The next day we drove to see Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.  It was very crowded but did not disappoint.
Montana July 2014

For the rest of the trip, we enjoyed Lewistown and had some fun in Spring Creek.
Montana July 2014

I even learned how to flyfish!
Montana July 2014

The locals came by to say “Hello.”
Montana July 2014

Montana July 2014

And how can you not relax when you are staying right next to a beautiful rushing creek that you can hear from your windows 24 hours a day?  I wish we could have bottled that sound and brought it back with us.
Montana July 2014

Montana July 2014

What a great trip!  We all can’t wait to go back.

We have been busy since we got back though!  Make sure you check out our new online store.  I added a link up at the top right of the blog.  So far we have “Cottage Keepsakes” available and some cute zinnia pin cushion kits.  We will be adding more so check back often.

Have a great day!!

First-ever Facebook Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago we did our first-ever Facebook giveaway.  We gave one lucky winner a copy of our new pincushion book “More Cottage Keepsakes” and a cute little kit for the July pin cushion “Burst of Americana.”
July Giveaway

We wrote down all of the participant’s names and had one of our little helpers draw from a hat (or a glass bowl.)  Congratulations to Louise Warren, our first Facebook winner!
July Winner

We were so excited at the response to it all and had so much fun looking through all the comments that we decided we should make it a monthly thing!!  So make sure to “Like” us on Facebook so you can follow our page and participate in the next giveaway in August!

Catching Up

Well, I guess it’s time to dust off the old blog and catch all of you up with what we’ve been doing.  I can’t believe the last post was from before market, it seems like it was soooo long ago cause we have been soooo busy!  Let’s see, where do I begin, I guess Market would be a good place.

This year’s Spring Quilt Market was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It was my first time visiting Pittsburgh and I was pleasantly surprised at what a beautiful city it is.  For those of you that have never been there, it is surrounded by three rivers, The Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio and beyond that is lush green forest.  I didn’t really get any good pictures of the city because it was pretty cold and rainy the whole time we were there, but it seemed like a neat place.

Market was fun and BUSY as usual.  This year we were in the most amazing location. We were next door to Primitive Gatherings and Laundry Basket Quilts and two booths away from Moda Fabrics, and if you don’t know, all three of those are pretty much “Quilt Market Royalty!”  We were also next door to some other California girls you might know, Joan with “Bits and Pieces by Joan,” Cathy with “Heart to Hand,” and Suzanne with “Suzanne’s Art House,” they made Market super fun!  We had our own little So Cal aisle.

“Here are some pictures of our booth… it’s so hard to get more pictures at Market, I try every time but we always end up being too busy, (which is a good thing.)
Spring 2014 Market Booth Before

Spring 2014 Market Booth After

Market Friends

Here’s a pic of Kathy with some quilty celebrities!

And here is my lost luggage delivered a couple days after we got back….

Lost Baggage

Thank goodness!!! It was the bag with the wool!

I think we took maybe a day and a half to rest from Market and got to work right away on finishing up the new pincushion book we’ve had in the works.

It’s done!! All printed and ready to ship.  We’ve already shipped out quite a few so make sure you check with your local quilt store to see if they carry it.

I LOVE the way it turned out!  I think I might even like it better than the first one.
More Cottage Keepsakes Books

More Cottage Keepsakes Books

Wow, that’s a lot of books!

We are working on some really exciting things right now, possibly two new books and some other super fun projects.  Check back again soon for more updates!

Packing for Spring Quilt Market 2014

What a crazy morning!  Kathy got a call early this morning saying that all of our stuff (for our Quilt Market booth in Pittsburgh next week) had to be at the warehouse for crating before lunch today… up until this moment we thought our deadline was for tomorrow morning!  Needless to say we spent the better part of today running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  Thankfully all the material had been pulled but trying to get it into boxes was a little harder than we expected.  We are not sure if the garage will ever recover…
Packing for Spring Market

Packing for Spring Market

Packing for Spring Market

We had some help…
Packing for Spring Market

They were in charge of packing the buttons.

Packing for Spring Market

Great job guys!

Trying to fill every nook and cranny…
Packing for Spring Market
Kathy’s car before
Packing for Spring Market

and after.
Packing for Spring Market

Oh, and my car too…
Packing for Spring Market

Pittsburgh here we come!! (Well, at least our boxes.)

Now that I have a chance to breath, I’m so excited to share with you our cover art for our next pin cushion book!
Pin Cushion Book Cover Art

Pin Cushion Book Cover Art
I am in LOVE with the way it turned out and so thrilled for you to see it!

“More Cottage Keepsakes” will be available for pre-order at Market next week and they should be ready to ship by the mid to end of June 2014.