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knock knock, is that crickets I hear round here? Thankfully, Becky from Choose Happy has challenged me to join in on the Tour Through Blogland and get me back on track to post here. A quick 4 questions to be back up to speed and Im in 🙂

Last we saw I had entered the Quilting Contest and sadly just missed out but no worries, Ive been sewing nearly everyday since and of course there is always plenty of farm work to keep me busy through the Fall. Speaking of Fall, how did that happen? Seems like we just got Summer started! Ok, onto to those 4 questions…

1) What Im Working On: Getting ready for Camp Stitchalot Fall 2014! Have you heard of Pink Castle Fabrics?

“Remember Camp when you were younger?  This is like that, with sewing…  And hot water…  And better food…  And no bugs!

Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat that takes place Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall in beautiful Pleasant Lake, Michigan! You arrive on a Friday, depart the following Sunday, and in between your every sewing need is catered to. Accommodations, including lodging, meals, and transportation are taken care of so you focus on fun, friends, and fabric. “Camp Counselors” offer workshops throughout the weekend for special projects like the Camp Stitchalot Bag, and there’s more than enough space to spread out and do your own thing. It’s your weekend, free of distraction and overflowing with fun.”

Crafty Bed&Breakfast, in a renovated vintage barn, hosted by 2 very talented Quilt Shop ladies? Yes please! Its the perfect getaway for this Vintage Barngirl! One of the projects Ive been working on and is definitely making the trip with me is this adorable Train Case pdf pattern that is coming soon by Sara @sewsweetness.com. and the Machine Embroidery Designs are the Enchanted Sewing Set by Sue @sealedwithastitch.com

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2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Most of Vintage Barngirl’s projects start as test patterns. Be it professionally digitized Machine Embroidery designs or Indie PDF patterns, I enjoy being part of the process! Its an honor to be trusted with watching a designers ideas come to life at my sewing machine(s), snapping web quality photos of the finished project and giving kind, honest feedback. Their success, feels like its my success too 🙂

3) Why do I create what I do? I really do find sanity in my sewing room.  From the hum of the machine to the creating beautiful tangible things from paper and ink (or digital file, ggg) makes all things right in the world for me, even if only for a short time each day.

4) How does your creating process work? As most of my projects start out as Test Patterns my creative process starts as a digi file or pdf pattern file and fabric from my stash. Im not usually aware of what test pattern is going to come across my computer so I let the design “pick” the fabric when it arrives. As for projects that aren’t for a testing, I still like to let the fabric be the inspiration to the creation 🙂

Thank You Sew Much Becky! Ill be back shortly to announce my nominees 🙂

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Sewvivor- Vintage Barngirl

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 Im taking the chance and throwing my creative skills into the Sewvivor Season 3: Quilter’s Edition auditions! Rachel at Family Ever After is the host and being a huge fan following along with the past 2 seasons, I had to jump in. Im submitting my Modern Q Messenger-Baby Edition Bag. The bag is my own pattern and the herringbone block that Ive done a few times is from a Bijou Lovely tutorial from a couple years ago and is still up. This cute bag was created for a dear family friend and is loaded with 8 total slip pockets inside and out, 2 additional bottle/cup pockets outside, 2 elastic bottle holders inside, an inside zipper pocket, stroller straps and personalized with babies name.

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  Herringbone Block and Quilting in progress…

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Thank You sew much for stopping by and please join me keeping fingers and toes crossed to make it into the 1st round of 16…Wish Me Luck!

Wristlet Wallet Tutorial at Whimsy Fabrics Blog

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Have you seen my tutorial, VBg Walkin’ Wristlet & Button Wallet for Whimsical Fabrics? You can find the full tutorial at Danielle’s store blog. My usual go-to wallet/wristlet is an ITH Machine Embroidery design (quick! and easy!) but when Danielle asked about a wallet I knew what I had to do, create one! So with a very basic sketch I started adding in all my favorite techniques (ie, shortcuts, lol) and Walkin’ Ribbon Wristlet & Button Wallet are born! Oh, and they weren’t ALL old techniques…Im the proud new owner of KAM Snaps and Pliers (totally rawks in ease of use!) and some Adorable Riley Blake Buttons! Pssst…Danielle has these adorable Buttons here and I hear she might be going to carry KAM Snaps in the very near future too, wink wink!

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Danielle’s lovely fabric choices, Riley Blake Sidewalks for the Button Wallet and Riley Blake Chevron and Gracie Girl for the Wristlet…Love them all, Thank You!

Ok, Ill leave you with a few more photos to send you off and if you stitch one up,  please please please send me a pic and let me know how it sewed up for you 🙂

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Happy St. Patty’s Day

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Aren’t these the cutest! Well, they are for a classroom full of boys so maybe coolest would be the preferred description, LOL! DD, DGS and I were able to whip these up in less than 15mins assembly line style for Dylan to take to school. I printed off the toppers that Printabelle designed and offered free at onlinelabels.com. Great site for professional printables, they have the corresponding sticky labels for reference as well and hello, loads of freebie printables. These were designed for boxes Tic-Tacs but I had these green and white gumballs on hand so we just cut, folded in half and stapled the toppers over little ziplock bags. Oh, quick tip if you need colored staples…just use a sharpie to color the tops, right in the stapler, bam! I can hear 12 happy kids popping bubbles all the way home 🙂

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Thanks for reading, hope you have a great St Patty’s Day too! Have Fun and Stay Safe!

VBg Reversible Quick Tote

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So happy to be sharing the how-to’s for these cute and easy totes at Whimsical Fabrics Blog for Tuesday Tutorial! Danielle, Im so honored to be sharing with you and all your  Whimsical Fabric fans, Thank You for the opportunity! Special Thanks also to Michelle at Abigail Michelle, for her easy stitching and on trend machine embroidery designs! Head on over to Danielle’s blog and let me know what you think!

For anyone new stopping by, Thank You and be watching for the promised Fabric Flower and Key Chain to match tutorials here soon! Id love it you’d check out my ongoing projects on Facebook at Vintage Barngirl. 

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