New Book Cozy Quilts is finally here!

I was so excited to see UPS pull up yesterday!  My new book Cozy Quilts: A Charming Blend of Wool Applique and Cotton Patchwork has arrived!
This is the cover of the book.
A picture of all the quilt projects
And the back cover!
You can read a little bit more about my new book and see some of the inside pages here:
If you have not ordered your copy yet, you can order it on our website here:
The Valdani Thread sets are shipping from Canada to us – so they are not quite here yet, but you are welcome to pre-order your set of threads also!  The threads will still ship free within the USA during the pre-order period.  After they arrive, new orders will be charged shipping – so save a few dollars and order now!

Blog Hop – New Quilting Book – Giveaway Time!

We are blog hopping to celebrate the newest arrival from Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet!  Her new quilting book Fat Quarter Quickies has just released from Martingale and what a goodie it is!
I was supposed to choose just one favorite – but sorry folks – I have two favorites!  Figures, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one! Now pay attention here – as you view the photos of the quilt patterns that are included in this new book – you will also have to choose a favorite.  Pick your favorite quilt and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a free “Ebook” copy of this book!  Cool!
Here are my 2 favorites –

The quilt shown above is called: Cutoffs.  I love the pattern in this quilt – the secondary design is awesome!  What a fun scrappy quilt to make!  It’s on my list!
My next favorite is this sweetie above:  Spinners!  Another great scrappy style quilt! I like the way the fabric choices play against the white background!  Pure eye-candy!

Brown Eyed Girl 

Pixy Stick


Sail Away

Tequila Sunrise

Feast & Fireplace


Caribbean Cooler
So tell me – which quilt from this brand new book Fat Quarter Quickies is your favorite?  Leave me a message for your chance to win an “Ebook” copy of this great new fat quarter book and Miss Bella the queen of my sewing kingdom will choose a winner this coming Wednesday June 19th, 2013!
Miss Bella is waiting for your answer!

And don’t forget to follow along on the following blogs throughout the next week for even more chances to win an Ebook copy of this book!  How fun – we get to see the favorite quilt from the following Peeps also!

Here’s a list of the people to follow on the Blog Hop:

Tara Darr – Sew Unique Creations – June 17
Pam Vieira McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning – June 18
Vickie Eapen – Spun Sugar Quilts – June 19
Martingale – June 20
Lissa Alexander – United Notions / Moda – June 21
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co – June 22
Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts – June 23
Rachel Griffith – PS I Quilt – June 24
Kathy Brown – The Teachers Pet – June 25th wrap up

Blog Hop & Giveaway coming soon!

Just a little FYI –
We are taking part in a blog hop beginning next Monday – June 17th, 2013. 
Here’s a line up of fellow bloggers joining in on the fun – 
Tara Darr – Sew Unique Creations – June 17
Pam Vieira McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning – June 18
Vickie Eapen – Spun Sugar Quilts – June 19
Martingale – June 20
Lissa Alexander – United Notions / Moda – June 21
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co – June 22
Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts – June 23
Rachel Griffith – PS I Quilt – June 24
Kathy Brown – The Teachers Pet – June 25th wrap up

Be sure and save a copy of this blog post so you can follow along on this fun blog hop!  You will have 9 chances to win a free “Ebook” version of this brand new quilt book!

Kansas City Star Booth at Quilt Market

Busy day ahead for me – got some baking to do and then off to spend time with family & friends!
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day and thank you to all of those that we celebrate and remember today and always!
Here are the photos I took in the Kansas City Star booth at 2013 Spring Quilt Market.  I didn’t bring my good camera with because it’s a bit annoying to lug around sometimes, so these are Iphone pictures – of which I am not the best at taking!  So please forgive little ole’ me!


Fresh from the Prairies new quilt book

Found another good quilt book last week:
This is Fresh from the Prairies by Devon Lavigne and Sharon Smith for Kansas City Star books.
I do believe I’ve found myself a couple more quilts added to my “to do” list after looking through this book!!!
And a brief description borrowed from the Pickledish website:

Fresh from the Prairies: 12 Quilts that Capture the Spirit of the West

The prairies of Alberta, Canada, fuel the design choices of Devon Lavigne and Sharon Smith. They’ve created 12 quilt designs inspired by quilts of the past: cowboys, prairie labyrinths, Northern lights ― even haystacks. Using antique and reproduction fabrics, they add the unexpected―a splash of black, a spark of white, vintage florals―with youthful energy, independent spirit, and a style that’s upscale and eccentric, too. Also included is a section with detailed pointers on basic quilt techniques.
8 1/2 x 11 inches, softcover, 96 pages.

Here is a link to view some of the pages of the book
Here is a link to the Pickledish website!

The Blue and The Gray – New Quilt Book

This book that I received last week has me drooling!  The Blue and the Gray: Quilt Patterns using Civil War Fabrics by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene who are the owners of Country Threads Quilt Shop in Garner, Iowa.
This book is jam packed with great scrappy projects.  Each of them makes me want to dive right into my scrap bin and start – – – yet another project!  LOL
Anyhow – here are photos from the book that might just have you running to your local quilt shop to get your own copy!


Oh Dear Betsy, You’ve Done It Again

Oh dear Miss Betsy Chutchian – you have gone and written another fabulous quilt book!  I just love it!  I have to make everything in this book – if I can figure out a way to add more hours to my day!
This is Betsy’s newest book, Lizzie’s Legacy and it is worth it to purchase and have in your quilting library.
To learn more about Betsy you can visit her blog here:

Stop by her blog and leave her a comment!  She’s the sweetest person in the world and she also has some beautiful fabric lines with Blue Hill also!

New Quilt Book Review

Oh my – I just finished going over and devouring my latest book purchase:
This is Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts by Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms.  You might remember these two sweet authors from their first book:
You can read more about these two fun authors here on their webpage:
I also have 2 copies of this book for sale in my Amazon.com store!!!  Here’s a link to my amazon shop:

And here are a few of the quilts that are in the book!!

This one is one of my favorites and of course I’ve added it to the “to-do” list!!

Love the cheddar!!


Oak Leaf & Reel Finished and A Really Good Cookie Recipe!

I was able to complete another project yesterday – this one had been “in progress” for about 2 years now.  I just needed to put the binding on it yesterday!
This is Oak Leaf & Reel from the Autumn Gatherings book by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop and Carole Charles!  Loved this project – I bought a kit for this one and every single fabric was so yummy and perfect!
Here’s a close up:
Here’s the front cover of the book
Awhile back I also finished this project from the book:
This is Turkey Track – another kit I purchased!  Loved it!
If you have this book – be sure to try out the Green Bay Mac and Cheese recipe – it was a real winner with my husband and kids!
And speaking of recipes, I’m going to share my time tested Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe with you today.  I’m going to be making these cookies this evening for the upcoming baby shower that I’m helping with.  These cookies are so easy to make, yummy and freeze very well after they are made!
The Best Snickerdoodles
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
(If you have Butter Flavored Crisco – I’ve also used this instead of part shortening part butter and it works great – just use 1 cup Butter Flavored Crisco)
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Reserve the following to roll the cookies in:
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbls cinnamon
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix shortening and butter (or Butter Crisco), 1 cup sugar and eggs until fluffy.  In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt thoroughly and add to the shortening mixture. Form dough by taking a generous size tablespoon of dough and rolling in your hands.
Mix reserved sugar and cinnamon together and roll balls of cookie dough in it.  
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2″ apart and bake just until the cookies are set – do not overcook, about 10 minutes.  Yields about 2 dozen cookies. 
Typically when I make this recipe – I double it and freeze half the cookies for the kids to grab for a snack later on or for my husband to pack in his lunch for work! 
I finished the baby quilt I’ve been working on last night also!  Binding is done – I’m going to toss it in the washing machine today and fluff it up a bit and it’s all ready to be wrapped up for the my neighbors first grandbaby that should be arriving in about 7 weeks!  How exciting!