Friday, 11 September 2015

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday and welcome to my Five on Friday post linking with Amy's fun Friday link party.

So here goes!

First up are sunflowers. Showstoppers! I love how they've brightened my week as we were in need of sunshine!

So in relation to sunflowers, I looked out this Free pattern by Primitive Bettys and stitched it up! It always feels good to squeeze in another little pinkeep!

Still on the theme of pinkeeps and sunflowers, in case you missed my tutorial on Tuesday, here's a picture and link back to the sunflower pinkeep

Secondly we also went blackberry picking.
Delicious, unctuous blackberries galore!

Thirdly with all the blackberries, it would have been a shame not to bake something with them!

I made some blackberry muffins, great for a treat any  time of the day!

They were quite tart so more sugar please!

And so fourthly, being so full of blackberries, I set about designing a new fall cross stitch pattern which I hope to complete early next week! So excited and hope it turns out well! Just a wee peek!

Lastly, but definitely not least, this week I received a most wonderful surprise all the way from my sweet cousin in California!  Yes, she made this amazing, beautiful quilt and gifted it to me!!!

I can't tell you how overwhelmed I was when I opened the box and saw it!
The colors are lovely and the florals so sweet!

Its perfectly finished - the binding even is done in blanket stitch!

It's a full size quilt in one of my favourite patterns, the log cabin.

I feel so blessed and will treasure this quilt!

 So there you go!

I'm so glad you came by and please make sure to visit Five on Friday at Love made my Home.
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Best wishes


  1. What a pretty quilt! Such a lovely gift :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. wow, what a beautiful gift to get! it's beautiful! And ummm, them blackberry muffins sound great!

  3. What a fun post, I love every single thing!
    The quilt is beautiful!
    What a kind thing to do!

  4. Hi Miss Christine,

    Boy, do I love blackberries and blueberries but I'm not allowed to eat them - Mom says "Prudence, blackberries and blueberries will stain your mohair". I'll be right over, okay? And...don't tell Mom.

    Heaps of Hugs
    Prudence ♥

  5. I adore all of the sunflowers! That quilt has to be the very best though doesn't it, what a wonderful gift!!! You will treasure it always I am sure! Thank you for joining Five On Friday! I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  6. Your quilt is beautiful! Your sunflowers, too!
    Now, for those blackberries . . . they are my favorite. I planted some this spring, but they died. I took them back to Lowe's and they were out, so I couldn't try again, but I did get raspberries (not my favorite) and of course they are thriving, LOL.
    Murphy's Law.
    Keep Smiling!
    Connie :)

  7. The quilt, sunflowers and muffins are gorgeous! Such a lots of lovely things in one post. Your cousin is so gifted. Have a great week xx

  8. How very nice. I love your sunflowers and your blackberries are gorgeous. I really like your quilt and I do love pinkeeps.
    Most of mine are fall based. I thought that was funny this morning when I went looking at them. I must really like fall. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Hi Christine, love the crow stitchery and quilt, lovely. Yummy muffins, blessings Francine.

  10. What a sweet gift. That's a really nice quilt. I'm kind of wishing I had one of those blackberry muffins here right now :)

  11. What a lovely post! Love your woolly sunflower pin cushion and cross stitch pin keep. Love blackberries (and picking them) - I like to make blackberry and apple crumble with them. But wow, what an incredibly generous gift from your cousin - the quilt is beautiful; and I too love the log cabin pattern - you're so lucky xx

  12. Those blackberries muffins look so good! Your cross stitch creations are lovely. How I admire your skill at doing this needle art. I'm excited to see what you will share with us next week. Enjoy your weekend :)

  13. Love your post! Those muffins look very tasty and you have a wonderful sister to make you such a beautiful quilt.

  14. Beautiful post! Delicious looking berries and muffins and a lovely colorful quilt!!

  15. What a fun post Christine! Doesn't get much better than sunflowers and blackberries - 2 things I love! The muffins looked so good. ;)

    And I love that quilt! Such pretty colors and what a treasured gift. My Aunt made me a quilt when I graduated from college and I still treasure it to this day.
    Blessings for a lovely weekend. xo

  16. What a lovely quintet of cuties you have for us today, Christine, some quilted, others cooked, but all creative!

    Happy Sunday!


  17. A great five, love blackberries a great pastime, picking them and then doing something with them the muffins look delicious.

  18. beautiful sunflowers and very tasty blackberry muffins :)

  19. Lovely post Christine, love sunflowers too and your blackberries look wonderful not to mention those muffins! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift from your cousin, a gorgeous quilt to be treasured for generations to come. Thanks for sharing! Deb xo

  20. Nice job on the sunflowers! The quilt is beautiful. Ahh...and I wish I could try some of your blackberry muffins. They look delicious! When I was 7 or so, my father and I would take bike rides from our home down to the Willamette River in Portland. On one back route, there were a lot of beautiful blackberry plants. I remember coming home with a handful of blackberries staining my fingers--were they every good!

  21. Wow you have a very talented cousin! Beautiful.

  22. I like how you tied all these "fives" together ;) What a gorgeous sunflower! I love blackberries too, but haven't picked any this year. Your quilt is beautiful!! I too like that log-cabin pattern as it is so versatile. Have a great day!

  23. I love sunflowers and that pincushion is so incredibly cute and those muffins look delicious. Also your cousin was such a dear to give you such a beautiful quilt. Bless her heart... :)

  24. Hi - I just popped over from Amy's blog. What a beautiful quilt. I enjoy blackberries in a crumble but maybe I will try and make some muffins. Your pincushion is lovely. Joan at

  25. I've been crafting sunflowers too - cards, pillows etc. Love your little pincushion sunflower - too cute!

  26. Your pinkeep is so cute, my hubby has a thing for crows so he would love this! How sweet of your cousin to send that beautiful quilt, I do love that pattern too, I see talent runs in your family :)

  27. I love the quilt in those beautiful rich colors! And the pin keep! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  28. Boa tarde, o girassol é lindo tem encanto, igualmente as almofadas são bem trabalhadas com criatividade e gosto, o bolo é convidativo.

  29. Hi Christine, The pin keep is beautiful and wow those blackberries look so yummy. Perfect for some baked goods you made. Love the gorgeous quilt in such lovely color combination. Your cousin is talented like you.
    Have a wonderful Friday. Hugs, cm

  30. Christine,
    Beautiful quilt and yummy looking muffins! I used to pick Blackberries as a child so thanks for bring back a great memory from my childhood!!
    Thanks for stopping by!


  31. Hi Christine, I love your sunflower theme with the pretty pin-keeps! Blackberries are a favorite of mine and always looking for recipes as they grow rampant here. How very sweet of your cousin to send you the lovely quilt. I just love the colors. Have a wonderful weekend! xo Karen


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