More Kits… Just in time for Spring!

We don’t know about you, but over here we are so ready for Spring!  Little signs are popping up all around the house and it brings us so much joy!
Signs of Spring
Signs of Spring
Signs of Spring

For those of you that don’t know, last August we packed up our things in San Diego, CA and moved all the way up to Southern Washington State!  We will post more about the move another time but I wanted to share all the little bulbs that are popping up around our new house.  You see, I didn’t plant these so they are a wonderful surprise!  I can’t wait to see what they will be!
Signs of Spring

Apparently we need to do some weeding too!

Signs of Spring

And, just in time for Spring, we’ve restocked the kits for “Wild Hares and Hollyhocks.”  Unfortunately, we sold out of all of the original backgrounds and haven’t been able to find the same wool.  But, Kathy searched and searched and found some gorgeous new wools that we think will be perfect for the project.  It’s hard to tell in the pictures but all of the new wools have beautiful, subtle window panes woven into their designs.
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 4
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 6
Wild Hares and Hollyhocks - Kit 7

The kits are available at our online store


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…


Springtime at Cardiff Farms

We have been so busy over here, running around trying to get ready for Quilt Market next month and still trying to effectively handle all the little surprises life throws at you when you’re not looking… it has been a little crazy.  Every once in a awhile we run into something that reminds us to slow down and take in all the beauty around us and the little miracles that we might miss out on if we are not paying attention.

Outside Kathy’s studio…
Momma Hummingbird

Can you see it?

Momma Hummingbird


A sweet little momma hummingbird
Momma Hummingbird

and two tiny eggs!

Momma Hummingbird

I just love springtime!


And just in time for tomorrow’s Pin Pals…
April Pin Pals
A fresh new zinnia pin cushion in bright springtime colors!

Pretty Pockets from Gum Valley Patchwork

Linda White from Gum Valley Patchwork in Australia just sent us pictures of her recently completed Cottage Pocket samples.  She used wool from “Independence Trail” by Minick and Simpson for Moda Fabrics.  Isn’t it fun and inspiring to see the different color variations?  Thanks for sharing Linda!

“Pocket Full of Posies”

Pocket Full of Posies Gum Valley Patchwork

“Mini Penny”

Mini Penny Gum Valley Patchwork

March Pin Pal Gathering

Hello Everyone,

It’s time for another Pin Pal Gathering at The Country Loft.  This is the store in La Mesa California where I teach classes.

I put together a spring time pin rest in the shape of an egg with added applique and I think you’ll love it.  It is hand sewn so if you’re coming to class bring your general hand sewing supplies.  The kits with the pattern and wool will be ready for you when you get to class.

March 2013 Pin Pals
Can’t you just see this in your sewing room?

If you would like to sign up for class you can contact The Country Loft at 619-466-5411.


Congrats Jodi


Jodi from Chicago was recently here in San Diego and I was so happy to have her in one of my classes.  She chose to do one of my small mat designs that had just been published in Primitive Quilts and Projects Spring Issue.  Here is her finished mat.  Great job Jodi!

Beautiful work.  Thank you for sharing your photo.  Hope to see you again soon.

Fresh as a Daisy!

Look what’s bloomed after all these wonderful April showers we’ve been having…

It’s Pin Pals time again!  Kathy will be hosting a Pin Pals gathering at The Country Loft right after her book signing this Saturday.  This month’s project is called “Fresh Cut Daisy.”  For this month’s class only general hand sewing supplies will be needed including a pair of sharp scissors, straight pins and a needle for perle cotton.  Thread will be provided in the kit.  If you have any questions or would like to sign up please contact The Country Loft in La Mesa, California.

Can’t wait to see you there!

2011’s First Artichoke

We just had to share the year’s first artichoke from our vegetable garden.  It was magnificent!  (And yes that is a full-size dinner plate.)  It seemed almost too beautiful to eat… almost.  It was delicious!