Monday, September 12, 2016

GIVEAWAY WINNER

I'm delighted to announce the winner of my latest giveaway. By random draw, the winner is number 15, Jocelyn, who wrote:

I think all girls love doll quilts. I've made a couple from scraps. But bobbins are so fascinating. I have a small collection of factory bobbins and I love it when I come across the old wooden ones at thrift stores. I pack them into a jar with other vintage sewing things.

Congratulations, Jocelyn! I hope you will enjoy these goodies as much as I have!


Jocelyn, please email me your mailing address and I will ship your prize out later this week when I make my weekly run to the post office. You can reach me by clicking the "Email Me" button" in the right sidebar of my blog.

Friday, September 9, 2016

FREE ZUCCHINI!

My zucchini plants are going bonkers! My husband just brought in 10 zukes for friends and coworkers this morning and I just noticed this afternoon that there was more to harvest. After setting aside four for myself, I have some to spare. For those of you friends and family who know where I live, please feel free to pick up any of the zucchini in the black hanging wall basket next to our back door. These are great for zucchini bread, zucchini fritters, stir fry, zucchini noodles (made with a spiralizer) or cut some into wedges, sprinkle with your preferred seasonings and parmesan cheese and bake them in the oven. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SEWING ROOM CLEANOUT GIVEAWAY: PART 3

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
As those of you who follow my blog already know, I've been organizing my sewing room. Along the way, I'm finding treasures I no longer need. I love to share the wealth, so I thought periodic giveaways might be a fun way to bring some joy to others. Next up is this charming little doll quilt top (note that it is NOT quilted) and an oldie but goodie book about wooden bobbins. I finally got a good photo of them without my kitty Figgy lying on them (see previous post)!


The little doll quilt top was featured in the December 2004 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting as the alternate color way. It's a replica of a 19th-century Dutch doll quilt. I should note that this is THE actual quilt top that appeared in the magazine. I purchased it for a couple dollars at a prop sale while I was working at Meredith Corporation, which publishes the magazine.


The bobbin book has long been one of the favorites in my library and somehow I ended up with two copies. It's both a collector's guide as well as an informative historical resource on these old-time treasures. It contains a wealth of wonderful photos and illustrations depicting the colorful history of bobbins.


If you want a chance to win this lovingly assembled package of goodies, just leave a comment telling me what you like about doll quilts or bobbins. Due to the higher cost of shipping books, this giveaway is only open to those in the United States. You have until Monday, September 12, at noon central time to enter. I'll randomly draw a name and announce the winner later that day. Best of luck to all who enter!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

AUGUST HAPPENINGS

I'm not sure where August went. It's hard to believe it's already September. My sewing room organization efforts got sidetracked until late August when I gathered up a car truckload of things for my quilt guild's annual sale, which takes just before their charity auction. I saved a few things back for my blog giveaways that I'm doing in celebration of getting organized. Next up for my blog giveaway will be a well-loved copy of The World of Wooden Bobbins and a little doll quilt top that appeared in a past issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. The goodies are in the below photo (kitty not included!). If you're interested in the giveaway, watch for it next week.


I celebrated a birthday in August. My husband spoiled me with two fun new additions to the kitchen. One was this aqua Keurig, which replaces the larger black one we had. It's a perfect match for the colors of my kitchen. By the way, if anyone needs a Keurig, we will sell our old Keurig Platinum for a good price!



I've been needing a new set of kitchen knives and spotted this beautiful set of pearlized handled ones a couple months ago. They are so much prettier than the typical black handles and they go perfectly in my buttercream yellow and aqua kitchen. I know it sounds silly to get excited about a set of knives but with the increased amount of cooking I've been doing as a result of needing to be on a low-sodium diet, I can honestly say that I use my knives a lot. As you know, a good set is a considerable investment. I just couldn't justify the price of them but my husband was able to negotiate a substantial discount from a local sales representative. So he decided to make it my birthday gift this year and I couldn't be more delighted. 


Speaking of low-sodium diets, the next two photos definitely do NOT illustrate that (although I do request that the restaurant hold the salt when I eat out) but we do have to treat ourselves once in awhile on special occasions, right? For my birthday dinner, the hubby took me to the new downtown Des Moines restaurant, Bubba's, which specializes in southern comfort food. Most of the menu sounded scrumptious and it was difficult to choose but I finally decided on the chicken fried steak since I have never eaten it before in my life. It is served on a small bed of white cheddar mashed potatoes and green beans. I ate every last morsel and as you can see in the below photo, the portion was quite generous! The chicken fried steak usually comes smothered in the gravy but I asked for it on the side so I could fine-tune it to my tastes.


I also tried a few bites of my husband's choice, a chicken crock pie. We'd definitely go back as the food, service and decor made for a quite an enjoyable experience. 


August also found us taking a free class on vinegars and oils at Vom Fass. It included a demonstration of two dishes, including this corn blueberry quinoa salad, that incorporate various oils and vinegars. We also received recipes for a blueberry mango fizz that uses blueberry balsamic vinegar and a black bean corn salsa that incorporates fig chili balsamic vinegar and garlic extra virgin olive oil. I would highly recommend their classes if you are in the area. 


I wish you all a happy Labor Day! I'm anxious for the weekend as I plan to venture over to Cedar Rapids to see my good friend Anne while she is visiting her family from a neighboring state. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

GIVEAWAY WINNER

What fun it was to read about all your favorite quilt books. I recognized many familiar favorites among them and learned of others I'll be sure to check out. As promised, I've drawn a name via random number generator and the winner is Donna K. who wrote the following. Congratulations, Donna! You can email me your mailing address by clicking the "Email Me" button in the right sidebar of my blog and I will ship these goodies to you later this week when I make my weekly trip to the post office. I will be back later this week for yet another giveaway as I continue my sewing room cleanup.


I love any book by Betsy Chutchian or Kim Diehl and I love quilt history books.

In between work and my cleanup efforts, I've been sewing up more of my Aunt Tilly's tuffets for a special order. It is fun to experiment with different color combos like this black, white and pink one.


Coral and brown are a winning combo—at least according to this pink-and-brown lover!


In last week's post, I mentioned that my sister who was visiting from California suggested zucchini fritters for the overgrown ones. We enjoyed the delicious fritters she made for dinner one night. One zucchini easily provided a scrumptious dinner for the three of us. Because my sister has to be gluten-free, she used cornmeal instead of flour. I liked the nice, crunchy texture.




Thursday, August 4, 2016

SEWING ROOM CLEANOUT GIVEAWAY: PART 2

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
I can't believe the week is nearly over. My sister from California has been visiting so I haven't been getting much work done. She loves to cook and has been helping me find uses for the monster zucchini plants I forgot to harvest when I should have. I'm trying to do a better job of harvesting them at the proper time. In the meantime, my sister is going to teach me how to make zucchini fritters with the two behemoths I harvested the other day. She also gave me a recipe for a delicious tapioca pudding made with coconut milk. I had not tried coconut milk before so I was anxious to give it a try. The coconut milk that she gets is unsweetened so you have to add something to make it tasty. Turns out she brought the perfect sweetener—homemade blackberry jam! She brought us that, blueberry plum butter, strawberry jam, and ginger peach preserves. You just add a tablespoon of jam to the tapioca pudding and it tastes delicious. She tells me you can easily half the amount of sugar in jam and it still tastes plenty sweet. That seems to be true as the blackberry jam was more than sweet enough for my palate!


My organizing efforts in the sewing room have come to a standstill for now but I do have another giveaway to help spread the wealth. Up next is this assortment of creative inspiration—two books, Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum and Mary's Favorite Blue and White Quilts by Mary Koval; the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine (the fall issue); and a 16" square of beautiful hand-dyed magenta pink wool from my talented friend, Phyllis Meiring. If you want a chance to win this prize package, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite quilt book is. Due to the unexpected higher shipping cost, this particular giveaway is only open to those in the US. You have until Monday, August 8, at noon to enter. I'll randomly draw a name and announce the winner later that day. If no one enters, the books will be donated to the local library as I just want to find good homes for them.


Last but not least, I thought I'd wrap up this post with a cute kitty pic. Figgy has started lounging in this funny position with his back legs splayed out. Do any of your cats do this?


He also lets his tongue hang out even after he wakes up. I've seen kitties do this while they're sleeping but not so much when they're awake.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

GIVEAWAY WINNER

Thanks to those of you who left comments and emailed me regarding the giveaway on my previous post. I enjoyed hearing about your favorite wool projects. You all sound very talented. I wish I could have awarded you all a prize. As promised, I drew a name via Random Number Generator and congratulations go to Michelle T who wrote the following comment. You won the wool and book! Michelle, email me your mailing address by clicking the "Email Me" button on the right sidebar and I will mail the goodies to you on Monday. For those of you who did not win, do not be discouraged. I will return next week with another little giveaway as I continue to organize my sewing room! Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Oooh! I love working with wool!!! I have made sweet Christmas ornaments and small table runners with wool. Thanks for the chance!!