Poppie Cotton Quilt Designer, Jina Barney, describes this new collection perfectly. "Sunshine and Chamomile is everything wild and free. The hexie design has flowers, leaves, cows, sheep and chickens. A perfect piece for fussy cutting and backing your beautiful quilts or lining the cutest bag. The tossed flowers are eclectic and charming. There are mini hexie tone on tone designs, more vines and flowers and a retro polka dot that adds flare and flavor to the whole collection. Enjoy the navy blues, light blues, yellows, pinks and red color combinations.
Just yesterday, as I drove over the coastal mountains between home and the Pacific Ocean, the temperature warning sound, letting me know winter is upon us. I fully expected to see snow and was so happy to be disappointed because my trek for a photo shoot was named, SUNSHINE & CHAMOMILE! The name just screams summer feels, LOL!
As a stanch lover of everything Poppie Cotton, I wanted the world to know of one of the most fun and easy to do patterns, COUNTRY FAIR. So here's it's reintroduction...Ta-Da!. Country Fair was originally created for the Chick-a-doodle-doo Collection but it's perfect for any Poppie Cotton collection. This pattern is crazy easy-to-do. Not a ton of little piece cutting. Perfect for a quilter like me who lacks in creative-time flexibility. Each block is 10" x 10", and the overall quilt size is 60" x 70".
Even though names like COUNTRY FAIR, SUNSHINE & CHAMOMILE and (soon to be introduced AFTERNOON TEA, sound like spring/summer time cheer, the following photos will prove this is a year-round beauty!
ON LOCATION FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT:
The town of Tillamook is next to the Oregon Coast and a bay protects the land from the hardest sea winds and weather. Because of it's literal perfect situation, Tillamook county is a haven for farm life raising, nurturing and breeding. When I was a little girl, we had several field trips to this area, sharing in where and how our table top is filled with these farmers curated yummies!
Not too far from our favorite beach, Rockaway, is the Tillamook Creamery. Chances are if you visit Oregon, a meal you eat in this state will comprise of at least one Tillamook Creamery Product. And it tastes AWESOME! It was here, at the Tillamook Creamery, I present to you, the SUNSHINE AND CHAMOMILE COLLECTION (insert HUGE roar of crowd)
Let's go into the photo shoot...
You can't miss the cheesy sign. (Not exactly cheese. Just looks the same as the color cheddar cheese, and same as the original vintage packaging.)
Bella is taking a moment to show you one of the fabulous backing fabric options. Shown here is pink, but the backing comes in Pink, Navy and White. I fell in love with the grass sprigs, the flowers, the chickens and the piggies. But it is the cows that caught Bella's attention!
Miss Herfy is here to demonstrate the process of milking the cows. Not a glamorous activity, but one that needs to be done in order to get ice cream! It was after Miss Herfy's hard work that I wrapped her in the quilt for her nap. TeeHee!
Down just a few feet from the intro to farm life is the factory...
I have completed this tour so many times, and I realized after leaving, I probably could have shared more about the Tillamook Creamery and the vintage beginnings. Ooo Well. It's about the quilt and collection!
I remember as a kid, the processing factory looked MUCH different. There were huge drums where men would stir some kind of creamy concoction with large sticks. Once I remember seeing a man with very hairy arms stirring those bigs drums with his arm!! UGH! Now everything is sealed and extremely sterile looking. PS...I'm confident those arms where covered (even in the 80's), but kids remember weirdest moments, LOL!
Heading towards the tasting area, (with no one around) I used these milking buckets to show off the best in show quilt for my private showing.
Finally, allow my to show you the true reason to show off my quilt here at Tillamook Creamery. It actually isn't because of the perfect farm land, the piggies, the chickens or the cows. Nope, it's the... (drum-roll if you please!)...
The Tillamook Creamery marketing department must be pretty rad to follow with My Vibe, or vis versa! Before you leave the creamery, it's required to sit in the Tillamook Road Trippin Bus (TRTB) for a photo shoot of your own. This is a kid's favorite and my late afternoon (presumably nap time) arrival made it all mine; no kids in sight!!
Heading out, I am reminded of the grateful connection between my refrigerator and freezer and the hard working farmers in my state. At least in my state, food comes from farms, not stores! tee--heehee!
So long Miss Herfy and Bella, until we meet again. To learn more about Tillamook Creamery, or this historical agricultural area in Oregon, go to: And don't forget to read about the Morning Star! The original ship which sailed from the Oregon Coast that took fresh milk products, like cheese, to the market in Portland Oregon. Milk did not make the trip, finding out why in their story!
Again finally, before we sign off, check out the pattern specifically and lovingly made for SUNSHINE AND CHAMOMILE, AFTERNOON TEA! I can't wait to make this one!
Enjoy Making Awesome!