Friday, October 22, 2010

HAD A LITTLE TIME TO DO SOME SEWING THIS WEEK.....

A Halloween schlep bag for Mamaspark....hope she likes it. 

Halloween Mamaspark

I think I'm going to make one for myself too...it's cut and ready to sew.

Mama Spark is on her way back from NYC and she did meet with Heather Ross on Wednesday afternoon.....Heather was a real sweetie and signed a quilt top I made using her Lightning Bugs line, she signed some fabric pieces and our mesh bags I made using her Mendocino line. I made Heather a bag too and here she is.....isn't this a great picture.....

Day 3 in NYC 017

This quilt will be heading to Afghanistan .......sorry about the shadow....it is a terrible picture but I really like the quilt.  It's quilted with stars and stripes......

It's Amanda Jean's 'Fair and Square" pattern and can be found on her blog.......Crazy Mom Quilts.  The 'Fair and Square' pattern was designed for Margaret's Hope Chest.  This week I also finished the binding on a quilt that Mama Spark made for MHC.   I'm still working on my quilt for MHC.  If you piece the top and send it to MHC they will quilt and bind it. Check out their web site and just maybe you can send them a quilt top or even a completed quilt. The are located Grand Rapids Michigan.

Charles's signature quilt

........ and the back of the quilt has lots of space to send messages....still more messages to print......before it is shipped for Christmas.

Charle's signature  close up Charle's quilt back


AND NOW....TWO GIVEAWAYS YOU WILL WANT TO ENTER..............

There is a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Fat Eighth  Bundle give away at Green Fairy Quilts.  Click HERE to enter.

Judi aka The Green Fairy will announce the winner on October 25.  Good Luck!!!


and the other giveaway
  

Bliss FQ

It's a "BLISS" FQ Bundle at Little Bluebell.  Click HERE to enter.

Adrianna aka Little Bluebell will announce the winner on November 3 after she returns from Quilt Market. 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Have a wonderful weekend...... 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I Won..........in the Fall-into-Fall Giveaway!!!!............and another GO Giveaway

Yippee I won my first giveaway as a blogger in the Fall-into-Fall Giveaway!!!!

I won a pattern by Debbie Grifka called "Traffic Pattern" from Aspen Hill. I saw the quilt hanging at the GAAQG quilt show this summer and almost bought it.

traffic-pattern-cover

My BFF Mama Spark has left for New York. She and her sweet DH invited me to go and my sweet DH said I could if I wanted to. Her DH has flight school and she is going to do some sightseeing and visit with a friend who used to live in Michigan......she is also meeting up with the one and only HEATHER ROSS........the great designer of Lightning Bugs.... Mendocino...... Far Far Away..... Far Far Away II to mention a few. Her Munki Munki line is awesome!!! I really really wanted to say yes I'll go but I have so much yard work....house work.....windows to clean before the winter sets in I said .....maybe next year when he goes back to flight school I will be able to go....and just maybe Heather will meet with us again......I can only dream.

I did make a few of these bags this week after Mama Spark found out she was going to meet with Heather at The Purl Soho.......one is for Heather, one is for Mama Spark and one is for me......Maybe.... just maybe Heather will sign our bags.

Heather Ross Bag

and a little something to put in Heather's bag .... a hand embroidered tea towel. It is a free design available at Bird Brain Designs.

Teatowel Tea towel Jelly
and a jar of my raspberry jelly with blueberries ......hope she likes it...

The fabric in the bag is from the Lightning Bugs line.  Just look what I still have in my stash that was designed by Heather.

Lightning B closeup Pink Bicycle
I have the banana seat bicycle in the white background too.....luv it.

They are all from the Lightning Bugs line.  Heather had a studio sale a few months ago and the sale lasted less than an hour.....before a STUDIO SALE SOLD OUT appeared on her blog.   It is like a mystery sale.....not sure what will be in my box that should be arriving sometime this week. I'm so excited.  My DGD1's new bedroom is decorated with Mendocino.  Her 2 twin beds are painted aqua and the quilts have all the prints from Mendocino line.  I'll take pictures and post them after they are quilted ......hopefully by Christmas.



AccuQuilt Giveaway at Alderwood Quilts.
The winner will be selected on November 1st. 
Good Luck Everyone!!!!



Please visit again.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

FALL-INTO-FALL WINNERS ARE.........

I HAVE 2 WINNERS.........

I would like to thank everyone that participated in my Fall-into-Fall Giveaway.  I appreciate all your comments and hope you visit again. It was a fun time.

I used random.org and at 12:30 a.m. last night I couldn't figure out how to copy the results to my blog.  I've still got a lot of learning.....anyway

CONGRATULATIONS GO TO

.......comment #15..........Crazyquiltgirl

I feel like I am a winner too... because I now have 100 blogging friends aka followers.
As promised I had a second drawing....... and the winner of the Christmas Schlep bag is

......comment #104...........Living4quilting

The winners have been sent an email

Thank you again and have a wonderful day!!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Last Call for the Fall-into-Fall Giveaway!

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Fall-into-Fall Giveaway.  My giveaway will remain open until midnight EST Friday October 15 and I will announce the winner Saturday morning.  If your comment contained a NO-REPLY-comment@blogger.com email address you are not entered into the giveaway. I have received a number of NO-REPLY comments.  Remember......I must have an e-mail address to contact you.

Only comments on my October 1st posting will count in this giveaway. 

Click here to go directly to my October 1 posting to leave a comment.

Still hoping to get 100 followers before the giveaway ends......only need 3 more followers .....for a second drawing.  This is the schlep bag for the second drawing......100 followers and you could be the lucky winner.

Xmas Schlep



My giveaway is open to CANADA and the UNITED STATES only.

Good Luck every one....I appreciate all comments and if I haven't replied to your comments....hopefully I will get to them tomorrow .

Hugs

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Giveaways are fun!!

It's a McCalls Magazine giveaway at Molly's Place.

Giveaway ends soon.....don't know when .....that's just what Molly said.

Go here to enter...... 

Good luck!!!!

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It's a BLISS Layer cake and a Thimble Blossoms Pattern giveaway at Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop.

Giveaway ends October 15 and is part of  Fall-into-Fall Giveaway.

Cori has an online quilt shop offering excellent prices and customer service.

Go here to enter.....

Good luck!!!!

Come back soon.......

Don't forget to enter my Fall-into-Fall Giveaway!!

I've received a lot of encouraging comments and to all of you that have commented.... THANK YOU....you know who you are...they are great confidence builders to a new blogger. You've put a smile on my face.

Now.....if you haven't left me a comment you don't have the opportunity to be in the drawing. Remember....just 1 comment..... could make you the lucky winner. It is real simple....just leave an encouraging comment to a new blogger...that's me....will get you one chance to win. For a second chance become a follower and if you choose to follow me leave me a second comment telling me "I'm a new follower" and you are in the draw twice. Becoming a follower is not necessary....follow only if you want to....hopefully some day my blogs or comments will but a smile on someone's face. If I reach the 100th follower I will be having a second drawing.........a Christmas Schlep bag.

Comment here .....easy peasy.

I'm a little behind but I am replying to everyone that comments. If your comment contained a NO-REPLY-comment@blogger.com email address you are not entered into the giveaway. I've had a number of NO-REPLY comments. Please comment again and include an email address with your comment. I do require a return e-mail address to contact you. Good Luck everyone.....October 15th is fast approaching.

This drawing is open to US and Canada only. Good Luck everyone!!!

Double the fun.....if you like this giveaway visit Mamaspark's blog and enter her's too......Note....and she does apologize....Mamaspark's giveaway is for US only.

schlep bag 3

It's a Halloween schlep bag and inside you will find a Halloween quilt kit.... finished size will be 48" x 68".....it comes with an autographed pattern by Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts. There is enough fabric for the top and binding and a little surprise will be included.

I still have a lot of the giveaway blogs to visit.....and to leave a comment on. One thing I've discovered about blogging.........it takes a lot of time and thought....not much sewing getting done here.

Good Luck to everyone participating in the 150+ giveaways.

Before you leave......I had a request for a PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE recipe that I received from a friend. This is for you Wendy and anyone else who loves Pumpkin Cheesecake.....with Kahlua.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
(From Sebastian's Grill in Troy 1991)

Crust

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 T Flour
8 T Melted butter (approx 4 oz or 1/4 cup
1-1/2 T sugar

Melt butter. Pour butter into dry ingredients.
Mix well. Press into a greased 8" spring form pan.

Cheese Cake Filling

1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Pumpkin (approx. 8 oz)
1 yolk
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t all spice

Mix all together and set aside.

2 lbs cream cheese (4 pkgs.)
2-1/2 cups sugar
1 T Cornstarch
2 yolks
2 eggs
2 T heavy whipping cream
1/4 t lemon juice
1/4 t orange juice
1 T Kahlua

Soften cream cheese. Add sugar and cornstarch. Scrape down bowl. Mix again until all lumps are gone. Add liquid ingredients and eggs until combined. Add pumpkin mixture, then pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Turn and finish baking at 350 for 1/2 hour. It won't be completely set. Allow to cool on the counter and then finish setting in the refrigerator. Works well to make it about 48 hours before you want to serve it.

If using a dark pan bake the hour at 300 but then at 325 for 1/2 hour or perhaps a bit more.

Sorry no picture....not baking.....weigh in didn't go too good this morning....up 0.2 lbs....I'm telling myself it's muscle as muscle is heavier than fat. Enjoy!!!

Visit again soon......

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall-into-fall Giveaway


Thank you for visiting........

This post was edited Friday afternoon October 1st.....I've decided to extend the giveaway to current followers or new followers from Canada.

This is the day we have been waiting for.......let the fun begin.  Click on the scarecrow button and find all the giveaway bloggers that are participating.

I'm a new blogger and this is my first giveaway.  I'm hoping you like it.

If you like Halloween you will love it.

If you like Amanda Jean's designs from Crazy Mom Quilts you will love it and .......an autographed pattern "Fair and Square" by Amanda Jean is included. Thanks bunches Amanda Jean.

It is a Halloween quilt kit that includes all fabric for the top and binding.  It measures 48" x 66" and the backgound fabric is Kona Black.

This quilt kit is packaged in a quilted Halloween Schlep bag made by me. They are wonderful bags. If you win this giveaway you will want a different bag for every season....I love the Christmas ones. Go shopping and someone at the checkout is likely to say "did you make your bag"? They are fun to make and I've made many.........

Also included will be a Halloween surprise.


schlep bag 3


To enter the giveaway.........

...........leave an encouraging comment for a new blogger saying why you love blogland and you will get 1 chance to win. Comments short and sweet are OK.

...........leave a 2nd comment telling me you are a follower already and if you have left me a comment in a past post.  It doesn't matter if you say no.  You will still get a 2nd entry just because you are a follower already.  BOO HOO I only had 13 followers at the start of this giveaway.   Future comments are always welcome.

..........if you become a new follower you will get a 2nd chance but you must leave a separate comment telling me you are a new follower and hopefully you will leave me a comment in the future.  Short and sweet ones are great.

.........for a 3rd chance visit Mama Spark's blog, click on the Star Quilt Button  on the top left.  One click and it takes you directly to her quilt and the voting page.   Come back to my blog and tell me what # her quilt is.  There are 15 finalists in the contest and it closes on October 4....so if you want to vote for her do it before then.  You will get a 3rd chance just by leaving a comment on this blog telling me what # her quilt is.

If I reach 100 followers from this giveaway I'll draw a second giveaway......a Christmas Schlep Bag.

......... Mama Spark has a Fall-into-fall Giveaway for you and if you love this one you are going to love hers too.   Most times I call her Pam.......sometimes Mama Spark and in the few blogs I've written I usually call her TAP...... and it stands for "The Amazing Pam".  Become a follower and you will know why....she is amazing.  She has introduced me to this wonderful world of blogging.  Thank you TAP.

If you are the winner...I must be able to contact with you. Make sure your email address is valid and available in your blog ........if you do not have a blog.... include your email address in all your comments.  If I can not contact you I will have to draw another name.

Now for the last part of business.  I'm sorry to say that for this giveaway I am going to limit it to the US only.   I have decided to extend the giveaway to anyone living in Canada......but you must be a follower already or become a new follower to be able to win.  If you have commented already and you are feeling sad......... follow the instructions above and you will get 3 chances to win too.   I am new at this.... so please bear with me..... and please come back and visit me again......... Thank you to everyone in blogland for all your encouragement.

Hugs