Monday, November 28, 2011

Ruffled Pillow~Free Pattern

Yesterday I finished getting the pattern prepared for my Ruffled Pillow.  It's really more of a tutorial, but it's downloadable/printable!  I thought that might make it easier for you if you want to make it.  

The Ruffled Pillow is super easy to make, but it looks complicated.  That's just my style you know.  And don't let the pleats in the ruffled flower center fool you.  They really are easy, and I don't make you measure them unless you really want to!

If you haven't noticed it yet, I added a couple of pages to my blog.  One is the FREEBIES page.  That is where you will find the links for my free projects that I offer.  There is a button at the top of the page that will take you there.  More are soon to come.  I am still working on a couple but I hope to have the Mitered Corner blanket tutorial up this week, and the Easy Cathedral Windows tutorial up later in the  week too.  With this new baby of mine coming, I have been working on a few baby projects that I will share as well.

So that is what I have to offer for Cyber Monday kids.  A special free pattern that is fast, easy, and so girly!  It will make a great gift!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A reader from Holland shared this.....

Monique from Holland shared with me that she has already made the embroidery from the Mug Rug pattern I shared for the Blog Hop.  She must be  an amazing stitcher to get it done so quickly!  She chose to combine my embroidery design, with a pattern from none other than Cath Kidston!  By the way I love how it looks in brownwork!  So here is the link to the post, it is in Dutch though.  Google will translate if you use Chrome to surf the net.

The sachet turned out beautifully with her lace and linen, and it looks very charming with the embroidery on the front.  What a lovely gift that will make with the Lavender from her garden.  I may have to remember to harvest my lavender next year to do the same!  Thanks Monique!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Dessert

So each year when we go to my mother in law's house for Thanksgiving, I bring the pie.  I love to bake.  I think it ranks right up there with quilting for me.  It makes me happy to bake tasty things.  My sister has accused me of trying to become Betty Crocker and Suzy Homemaker or some such nonsense.  I'm not that good, trust me.
But this year I wanted to make something other than Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie.  I am bored with making Pumpkin Pie each year and I think the guests are bored with it too.  My husband's family is primarily British, so Pumpkin Pie was never something they had on the table until I came into the family.  It was new and different at one time.  They always had Trifle, which I think is sort of nasty.  As a matter of fact until I was around, there wasn't much pie being made or eaten. That was a sad state of affairs for sure!

Pie should be another food group in my opinion.  Birthday Pie sounds so much more appealing to me than Birthday Cake. So here is what I have decided:
                                                       Cinnamon Bourbon Pecan Pie (minus the Bourbon)

So this year I am making Pecan Pie, and really wanted to add the Bourbon to it but I won't.  Pregnancy has it's drawbacks.  Though I doubt baby would actually get any Bourbon from such a small amount, I better not chance it.  The picture above is from the Karo Syrup site.  I add the Bourbon to that recipe.  They have some really terrific recipes on there.

                                                                   Pumpkin Cream Pie

And I am also making this Pumpkin Pie from the Pioneer Woman.   That is her picture, not mine.  I haven't made mine yet.  But I think it will be a nice alternative to the traditional.

So what dessert are you serving for Thanksgiving dinner?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Days 4 and 5 of the Blog Hop

On to days 4 and 5 of the Blog Hop! If you missed Day 4 like I did, hop on over today and see my friends Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched in Australia and Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup!  Both are wonderful ladies who have terrific projects for you.

For today, Day 5 of the Hop we have Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle, and Brenda Pinnick! I am sure they have both got fun projects for you too, and don't forget to get the Secret Words from each designer for the big giveaway at Henry Glass.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 2 and 3 of the Blog Hop!

Today is day 2 of the Holiday Blog Hop and I sure hope you have gone over and checked out my pal's blogs!  In case you missed them go see The Noble Wife Jacquelynne Steves and Liz and Beth at LizzieB!

For tomorrow's round up you'll need to check out 3 designers' blogs.  Here they are:
Lucy Morey of Hot Scott Patterns, Vicki Oehlke of Willowberry lane, both of whom are somewhat new to the Henry Glass team of designers, and the Little Quilts ladies who own and run a shop and design fabric.  They will have something great to share with you and be sure to look for the secret words so you can enter the big giveaway at Henry Glass Fabrics  

I hope you are all enjoying the hop as much as I have!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop Day One-

Day one of the Holiday Blog Hop begins!

Welcome to the Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party! We are so glad that you're here to celebrate the holidays and to join in on all of the fun that we are going to have. There will be giveaways, stories and lots of inspiration.

This is how the blog hop will work:

Visit with each designer. You'll find her wonderful holiday post and a special design that she's made for you.
Here's the exciting line-up:

November 13, 2011 Fresh Cut Quilts and Jillilly Studio
November 14, 2011 The Noble Wife Jacquelynne Steves and Lizzie B Cre8ive
November 16, 2011 Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup and Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched
November 17, 2011 Leanne Anderson and Brenda Pinnick 
November 18, 2011 Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of the Buggy Barn and Renae Allen of RGA Design
Dana Brooks of Lazy Daisy Cottage 
November 19, 2011  Linda Lum DeBono, and Chelsea Anderson

Each day the designers of the day will post on her site. Click on the links above to go to the designers' blogs some holiday fun. In each post you will find each designers'  secret holiday word. Collect all of the words and post it on the Henry Glass blog  from November 19-24 and we will draw a name to win the grand prize.

What's the grand prize? Lots of fabric, of course, and each designer will be sending you something special.

I have been asked to answer a few holiday questions so you can all learn a little more about how my family and I celebrate our holidays.  So here goes.

1. What is your favourite holiday food?  I love roasted turkey on Thanksgiving and because my husband's family is British they also serve roasted chestnuts which I have grown to love!  For Christmas, I think it could be anything that is served and I would enjoy it just because it is such a wonderful day to be with my family.  But the one thing I remember and miss the most at Christmas is my Mom's Ambrosia Salad.  She always used fresh fruits that were not necessarily in season, walnuts and handmade whipped cream in it.  I think she may have added vanilla and some cinnamon to the whipping cream sometimes too, but I can't remember.  It was the best part of Christmas dinner to me.
2. Does your family have a favourite holiday tradition?  My Mom always made a big pot of Wassail each year which was our version of Hot Apple Cider.
3. Did you like or hate sitting on Santa’s lap? I don't really remember sitting on Santa's lap.  But my kids look forward to it.  My oldest almost didn't do it last year and I don't know if she will this year.  She thinks she is too old!
4. Was there a gift that you really desperately wanted? Did you get it?  I wanted an Easy Bake Oven in the worst way and one year I got the Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven-- my big sister was green with envy!  We had lots of fun with it though.  My Mom didn't like the mixes much, so when she baked a cake or cookies she would give us a little batter to use and cook with.  We thought we were geniuses in the kitchen!
5. What’s your favourite holiday movie?  I have a couple of favorites that I never like to miss watching each year.  The Preacher's Wife (the original with Cary Grant), Miracle on 34th Street in black and white of course, and It's a Wonderful Life.  
6. Favorite holiday song? Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee is my favorite holiday song.  

7. Do you make many holiday presents? What do you like to give?  It really depends on the year.  Some years, I get very ambitious and make gifts and some years I don't.  I have made quilts for family members in the past, but don't do it each year.  Some years my girls and I make ornaments or a craft while they are on Christmas break.  Last year it was a gingerbread house, I swore I would never try that again.  If I do it will be with a hot glue gun to keep the walls up!
8. Would you prefer a large fully decorated tree or one like Charlie Brown’s tree?  I grew up in Oregon, so each year my dad would find a Christmas tree vendor selling trees out of his truck on the side of the road for $5.00 and bring one home.  We never went to the lit up parking lot vendors to get one.  Some years it probably looked a little sparse in places, but they were always pretty and stayed fresh forever.  Now we have an artificial tree because in Utah you just about need a loan to buy a fresh tree, and my oldest daughter has allergies so it is easier on her.
9. If you could go back in time, when would you say was your most favourite holiday memory?  My favorite holiday memory is each of my kids' first Christmases and every year after with them.
10. Do you like a big family gathering at the holidays or do you prefer a small dinner followed by hot chocolate by the fire? When I was little none of our extended family lived near us, so it was always quiet and at home.  I prefer to keep it just my little family nice and quiet, by the fire.  That is not what I get though!  We have a huge gathering of my husband's family at someone else's house.  Someday though, it may be different and I may long for those loud, huge family gatherings!

I made up this Mug Rug in hopes that you may find it useful for making your own holiday gifts.  This along with a mug and maybe some APPLE CIDER mix, or Hot Cocoa mix is sure to please anyone on your gift list!

So now you need to go see my friend Jill over at Jillily Studio

and tomorrow you need to go and see my other friends Jacquelynne from The Noble Wife and Liz and Beth at Lizzie B.

(For those of you who need extra help finding the secret word-- look for the word in BOLD, plus the theme of my mug rug is a huge hint to that.  The word is in my post twice in bold lettering.)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Coming Soon....The Blog Hop!

Get ready for the 2011 Henry Glass Blog Hop!  

Last years Holiday Blog hop was great fun and this years is sure to be better!  We have a great line-up of Henry Glass fabric designers participating beginning on Day 1 with Yours Truly and my dear friend Jill Finley.

(I have to say I am so privileged to be a part of such a great group of designers with Henry Glass, but I am grateful to be able to call so many of them friends!)

There will be projects and prizes and all kinds of fun on each designers' blog each day!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Giveaway winners announced

Sorry this has taken a bit to announce.  My internet service was interrupted when I got back home from Houston  and wasn't fully functioning until last night.

The winner of the Go! Baby Die Cutter and two dies is Kathy comment  #82 congrats to her!

I also decided to choose another person to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of Daisy Dance and that winner is Lori Kay  comment #36.

They have both been contacted and I have received their info.  Thank you so much to all who entered and commented.  I hope Accuquilt keeps making dies for blocks that have curved seams because a lot of you want it for those!