Wednesday, October 27, 2010

100th post- holy cow finally!

It's my 100th post.  I thought this day might never happen.
And I've got nothing for you here.  That's because it's all already been shipped off to Houston for Market- and you've seen the photos of the new stuff.

In honor of this momentous occasion... and for me this is really huge...... drumroll........ I am giving away two of my newest patterns to two lucky little peeps.  Oh and they each will also get a fabulous little something that will come straight from market--I am not sure what it will be-but I will bring something back and they will get it before anyone else gets it.    (Giveaway ends November 2nd at 9 PM MST) Thanks Petit Design Co!

What do you have to do-- to win so you won't be green with envy???

Simply check out my four latest patterns here or here-- tell me which ones you like the best in your comment.  You can rank them, you can choose one, you can choose more, but you have to tell me the name of the patterns you like the best.  That way I will know which one to send you when you win.

*If you blog about my giveaway-- leave a separate comment
*if you follow my blog--- leave a comment-- 
*if you are a facebook friend-- leave another comment--- 
You get  another shot at winning the drawing for each of these things.  

(PS if you think it's wrong to encourage more entries in this manner, so be it.  This is just all in good fun.   To the tune of: "It's my Party"  --It's my game, you can play if you want to!)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Something blue and something new!

Here they are--my new pattern releases-- 
I have a class I am teaching tomorrow on my new pattern Hidden Four Patch 69" x 69", it's a glorified stack and whack technique but simpler.  I made the cover quilt in Pretty Bird by Michael Miller Fabrics-- gorgeous colors.  

I'm trying something new-- I am going to sell my newly released patterns via downloadable pdf patterns in my Etsy shop.

Shipping free to your computer anywhere!  I want to see how well this format works for some people.  So if you want a hard copy of it instead of a pdf let me know in the comment section when you order it.  Shipping will still be free on these newest patterns-even if you want the traditional hard copy-- I understand-- I like to hold the pattern in my hand in it's pretty plastic sleeve, just seems more real to me.   (Sorry Jolly Stockings and TidBits from Triangles can't be sent via pdf but they can be purchased on Etsy as well.)

Next up:   Flower Patches 50" x 58"in Dream On by the Urban Chicks for Moda--- Love this fabric!  It reminds me of the sheets that were on my bed when I was 7 in Nineteen Seventy-something.

I promise with the Hexagons sewn on with raw edge applique this truly is an afternoon project.  They wash up so fuzzy and sweet and are just perfect flower patches--thus the name!  Layer Cake squares or Fat Quarters work perfectly for this little darling!
Like those cute Scallops?  Keep watching Accuquilt for a Die to make these- it will be out in November- or so we hear from the birds on the wire.  They can be made in 3 different sizes and the die is coming out for the GO! Cutter.  But you didn't hear it from me! 

I know you are all in love with the fabric Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda-- me too!
This is Just Breezy 50" x 66"-- and it really is a breeze to make.  One Jelly Roll or Layer Cake and a couple of fat quarters for the flowers.  It comes together so quickly!  The applique can even be raw edge applique if you want to keep it shabby chic. 
I used vintage buttons at the base of each flower so each one is a little different.  I like this quilt so much it's going on my bedroom wall once it's done being displayed.

Lastly, is this fun E.A.S.Y. table runner.  See a theme here?  Yep I decided fast and easy, and using pre-cuts if possible, was on the menu for my fall releases this year.  
This was literally designed, cut, sewn and quilted in 3 hours.  Hard to believe, but true.  Inspiration hit me like the bricks on the wall here, and it was ready in no time.  The little counterpart to this one is not quilted yet.  I made an alternate in Fruitcake by Moda with scallops on the edge and will post the photo this weekend I hope!
One Jelly Roll or 1 Layer Cake can make about 3 of these fun little runners-- can we say Holiday GIFTS???
Yes we can! Perfectly simple. Ahhh. 

This runner is made from Happy! By Me and My Sister Designs for Moda.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I have a notion.....That you could win my book!

Skip on over to Kelly Jackson's blog I Have a Notion, and check out all the VERY complimentary things she said about me and our fun meeting at Spring Market.

She is really one of the nicest ladies, so exuberant, and just as excited about this fabulous industry as I am.  She and I first met in Houston at Market in 2008 at the Moda dinner.  I meet so many terrific people at the Moda dinner every year-- I won't miss it now!  (Plus half of my friends are there anyway-it's like a big party!)
Anyway, she and I have bumped into each other every year at Market ever since.  She was super excited about my book and my fabric line coming out so she snapped a bunch of photos of my booth-- I still can't believe it looked that good!

She is having a giveaway on her blog for one of my TidBits from Triangles books!!
Don't forget to check out her great website too-- she has a wonderful variety of notions (of course!) but fabric too, and so many other goodies.  She has a sale on Silk Dupioni right now--drooling just a little...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Quiltmaker's 100 blocks

My block is in the second issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!
Their first edition of this magazine sold out fast!  So they have decided to continue with more issues of 100 Blocks.

Editors Carolyn and June asked me to submit a block when I met them at Quilt Market this past spring.  So I did!

I am also going to be on the Blog Hop that begins November 8-12.  You have a chance to win a coveted copy of the magazine at each blog  on the Hop.
Stay tuned-more information coming soon!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Have you seen this??

I am too tickled to tell you that the Fat Quarter Shop has my line of fabric on their "Coming Soon" pages.  So you can be notified by email when they have it!  That makes shopping around for it pretty easy!
TidBits at the Fat Quarter Shop

I check their site all of the time to see what they are bringing in.  They have the pulse on what is hot and new, often before you can even see it anywhere else.  Besides, this way I only have to visit their site,  instead of 20 different sites to find out!

okay, now I have to go sew.....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WIP Wednesday Finally!

So sorry it has taken so long to post my Works in Progress-- but seriously I have been swamped with pre-Market preparations.  Such as, getting new patterns tested and written and photographed.  Then I got some additional work added on by a dear friend who needed help.  Can't say no to that! Plus, I wouldn't want to-- she always comes through for me when I need her.

So here it is.  Each week I want to show you all what I have that is a WIP- so I can be held accountable!  I need to complete it (whatever IT is) by the next Wednesday.  (Completion in quilting for myself and not for my company, is getting the top done!)-- Getting it quilted and bound-- well it can be in the To BE Quilted Pile for a while-Maybe I will have a TBQP day of the week too!  Let's not get ahead of ourselves though!

First up is this little Schnibble "Domino" by my friend Carrie Nelson.  I could see doing Domino in a lot of really cute fabrics, but for my first I better get it going in this cute Spooktacular Fabric Charm pack.
Next are these ultra cute Half Square Triangles--as you all know my favorite!  They are going to be in ShooFly blocks-- and they are out of old feedsacks-- so "to die for" cute!  
Have I ever mentioned my little obsession with Vintage Feedsacks?? Maybe not--- Well I have A LOT of them, and some are still in sack form.  Be still my heart they speak to me!

Glenna Hailey and Darlene Zimmerman are somewhat responsible for my obsession-since they started it first!   I just really need a scapegoat actually--they are amazing women and I think the world of them both!  So I am only teasing. It is just that it's much too hard to justify the amount of money I have spent on Feedsacks.  They are about one yard of fabric and the cost usually starts at 15-20 dollars for the nice ones-- I won't tell you how much my most expensive one was-- but it was too much for one yard of old fabric!
Darlene does refer to herself as the "Feedsack Lady", it's the name of her website,  and I got my first Feedsack squares from her!  I think I can blame her a little! ;)
Hopefully, next week I can show you finished quilt tops-- Heck I might even quilt them too!

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Recipe Monday-Low Fat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Do you see a theme here?  Yes another healthy recipe.  Why? Well why not?  Why eat all the junk when you can have something tasty and healthy instead?  That is the key for me.  Tasty and Healthy.  Healthy alone won't cut it!

These turn out moist and yummy and they stay moist for several days.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1 1/2 Cups Kellogg's All Bran or Fiber One (the ones that look like worms)
1 Cup Wheat or White Flour
1 Cup Milk (I use Skim Milk and it is just fine)
1/2 Cup plain fat free yogurt
2/3 Cup UN-packed brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin (plain unseasoned-they do sell one that has the spices in it)
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (the equivalent is 2 tsp cinnamon,1/4 tsp nutmeg,1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/2 tsp ground cloves if you don't have the pre-mixed version)

Pour the milk over the Cereal in a small bowl and let sit and soak for 5-10 minutes (yes it looks nasty but it is necessary so just do it- I promise it won't taste like bran!).  Mix the rest of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and separate the whites from the yolks.  You can save or discard the yolks.  Add the pumpkin and yogurt to the eggs and whip a little to break up the egg whites.  Add the wet to the dry ingredients, and add the soaked cereal and milk to the dry ingredients.  Mix with a large spoon or spatula (electric mixer is unnecessary) just until the ingredients are blended and moist.  Do not over mix the batter it should be lumpy.  Fold in the chocolate chips and scoop into 16 regular muffin cups or 12 larger muffin cups.  Spray the cups with non-stick spray first or line with paper liners--I spray mine.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool and eat!  Store leftover cooled muffins in a sealed bag or container.

 This is steam coming off the hot muffin with all it's chocolatey goodness!
Can you believe how good this looks?  Me neither I have to go eat one now!

WW Points 2 if you make 16 muffins. Enjoy!

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Recipe Monday-Harvest Pear Sauce

Harvest Pear Sauce is on the menu today.  This is just like applesauce, except you use pears and it is chunkier than applesauce.  Kids love it, I love it, and it makes a great healthy snack.

A few things you may not have known about pears:
1. Pears rank second to the Apple in the US as most popular fruit
2. Pears came to the US in the 1700's by the early settlers
3. Pears are harvested at the green stage, too early to eat.  They ripen on their own naturally in a few days, but don't leave it too long, they rot from the inside out.
4. There are over 3000 varieties of pears in the world
5. Pears smell sweet like perfumed honey once ripe
6. Pears contain more fiber than most other fruits, they are high in potassium which is good if you get leg cramps and don't like bananas, and are high in Vitamin C.
7. In short, they are one of nature's perfect fruits

Pear Sauce Recipe
10 cups of sliced pears (approximately 15 pounds)
2 cups sugar (not necessary if you don't want to add it, or are diabetic etc)
Lemon Juice
Ground Cinnamon
Ground dried ginger or finely grated fresh ginger
Clean glass Jars (I buy the quart jars at thrift stores for 25 cents each, just make sure they are not chipped on the rims and not badly scratched)

Wash the pears in warm water.  Peel your pears with a vegetable peeler or paring knife.  As you can see I don't get too careful with the peeling, leave a little skin on and it looks more organic.

Place your clean glass jars in a hot 250 degree oven for 20 minutes.  This is easiest to do now so they are ready when the sauce is.

Slice the pears into chunks or wedges and cut out bruises, the core, and any blemish spots- AKA worm holes.
Pour 1/2 cup lemon juice over the pears while they are in the bowl.  I pour a little bit on them after the first few are sliced, then keep adding it as more pears are sliced.

Place the pears in a large stock pot, dutch oven, soup or stew pot.  Anything large with a high rim so the splatters don't burn you later.  Add the sugar, 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger (2 tsp fresh is plenty or less if you don't want the flavor strong) add 2 tbsp cinnamon more or less to taste.  Let it sit on low to let the flavors marry.

Bring the pot up to medium to a full simmer.  You may need a lid or cover if your splatters a lot.  The splatters will burn you so be careful.  Notice how the pears begin to break down.  Simmer about 15 minutes or until the pears are soft enough to mash up a little.
Use a potato masher to mash the large chunks and stir this a lot.  Turn the heat to low.
Get the jars out of the oven a couple at a time.  Ladle the pear sauce into the jars until it is full but leaving about 1" at the top.  Place the lids and rings on the jars.  If you are water processing (canning) them use your altitude chart (in your cookbooks there should be one) for canning processing times.  
If you don't want to do that you can place the completely cooled jars in the freezer and they will keep 6-9 months just fine.  Be sure to keep one out to eat!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Bake Shop post

Here it is, my newest Bake Shop project.

I love this quilt, I love how simple and meaningful these words are.  Hope. Pure. Love.  These are among the best emotions we can feel.  It evokes warmth and happiness to me.

Head over to the Bake Shop and be sure to leave a comment- would love to know what you think!

Kits are available at Craft Town Fabrics.  You want it, I know you do!

Until next time....

Friday, October 1, 2010

Design wall Friday.....Blank wall...Rats!

So today my design wall is blank, empty, nada, not a thing on it.  Boring huh!

Sorry about that.  I am in transition.  Between things that have been designed and quilted, and things on my sketch pads.

Instead of new designs to show, I am offering a Sale on my book TidBits from Triangles-- ONLY  $12.00   It's an amazing deal and is for a limited time--- you never know when I might end this sale-- but it will be there for a few days for sure!

You can find it on Etsy or on my Website- both sites have the sale price!