Monday, August 31, 2015

EQ7 Row-A-Long Plus A Giveaway

It's finally happening... 
The EQ7 Row-A-Long begins today!
Not only are there lots of rows to make and EQ7 tips and tutorials being shared, 
there's also some amazing giveaways by incredible sponsors.

Marian at Seams To Be Sew has all the info 

As An Incentive To Participate By Making Blocks and Rows,
there are two giveaways going on for Craftsy and Nancy's Notions:
Class of your Choice
 Value $40.00 based on average cost of Quilting classes,
But the value goes up if you choose a sewing class.
3 individual winners


Nancy’s Notions
2 individual winners
$10.00 gift certificate

When you add a unique block/row to the Flickr Group that you’ve created from 
any of the patterns offered each week, you will get one entry into the drawing.
You can enter at any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of 
the Row-A-Long until October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.
Winners Announced October 14, 2015.
If you enter both giveaways, you need two unique blocks per each day you enter.
Duplicate Entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
Filler Rows Do Not Count. These too will be disqualified if entered.

*Just a note...
This giveaway is for people who will be making and showing their rows.
Check the blogs below who are posting this week to see their special giveaways.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Each of the following blogs will have tutorials and giveaways on their days, too!








Thursday, August 27, 2015

I Think I'm Still Here Or There

I'm not sure where I've been lately, but...
I have been doing some sewing and hanging out with family and friends.
Seeing the Monkey Boys on their first day of school was a real treat.

Gotta love the excitement of being a kindergartner!

I was a kindergartner once, too!

I've sewn more puppy blocks...love them and can't wait to put them all together.
I have to stop showing them or I won't have anything to show for the blog hop!

I'm ALMOST ready for the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long that starts in a few days.
There will be seasonal rows for you to choose from to make your own quilts or whatever you 
want. I can't wait to show my row on September 15th and then on October 6th I'll show you
 the two quilts I made with some of the rows. It was so much fun putting rows together!

Many have asked if you have to have the EQ7 software to participate.


Each of the seasonal row patterns and filler rows were created in EQ7, but instructions will be 
available on each designer's blog with printouts available for you to download. 

To follow along on Facebook, there's a page that you can join:
You can see all the sponsors and giveaways HERE at Seams To Be Sew.

I'll have a couple of my own giveaways, too!
Fat Quarter Shop - $25 gift certificate
Ribbon Candy Quilt Company - 3 patterns

 There will be even more giveaways everyday on all the blogs participating.
Looks like a fun time in September!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This Really Is Dog Gone Cute

After I got all the pieces sewn together for my first block, I had to agree with Lorna...
it really is a dog gone cute pattern! 

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts has a sew along and a blog hop using several styles of these pups.
I can't wait to see what everyone does with their doggies!

Sew Fresh Quilts

The EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long is quickly approaching and since my quilt was all bound, it was time
to take photos. I can't show the quilt until October 6th, but I can show where I went to take the pics.

It was about 88 degrees in the desert, but my trusty helper and I headed out to find the perfect spot.
It was really hot, but it looked pretty good here...

With a slight turn to the left, this was the other view...

Of course, we came across the usual mystery holes that I carefully avoided!

The hubby turned into a little boy again when he saw the hole. Bravely wearing his flip-flops,
he used a stick to poke and dig to see what was in there. Luckily, nothing jumped out to bite his toes!

Time to make more dog gone cute puppies!

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Little Blog Hopping In My World Again

Madame Samm was the queen of blog hops in my world, but now that she's not doing them
anymore, I've been on the look out for things to motivate my creativity like she used to.

Thanks to Madame Samm and her blog hops, I learned to...




Oh my, the list goes on and on of all the things I learned!

So, in hopes of keeping in touch with my creative side (and reconnecting with other blog hoppers)
I signed up for two blog hops that were calling my name. Maybe they will call your name, too!

Marian of Seams To Be Sew is hosting a Halloween Haunts blog hop...I love Halloween!

Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts is hosting a Dog Gone Cute blog hop. I can't resist those cute dog faces!
I signed up for this one because of Kris at Kris Loves Fabric. She has a way about her that makes
me want to sew whatever she's sewing. She's such a creative lady so I hope she rubs off on me!

Sew Fresh Quilts

I'm excited to be hopping again!

Of course, I'm still looking forward to the EQ7 Row-A-Long coming up.
I'm loving all the rows and think you will, too!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Is Going And EQ7 Row-A-Long Is Coming

Seriously! Where did the Summer go?
I had such big sewing plans for this Summer, but I didn't quite get it all done.
It wasn't that I didn't do anything, I just overloaded my brain with ideas I wanted to make.

Maybe it was the pretty flowers in my yard that distracted me...

Or the stormy skies that just begged me to watch the rain fall from their clouds...

It could have been my son's pups that have faces only a mother/father could love...

Pretty faces and puppy breath also make me want to stop whatever I'm doing to watch...

Attack of the bull dogs!

I did take time to do some sewing for the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long that starts September 1st.

There will be seasonal rows for you to choose from to make your own quilts, runners, or whatever.
You don't have to have EQ7 to participate!
The patterns were created in EQ7, but instructions will be available on each designer's blog.

To follow along on Facebook, there's a page just for us that you can join:
EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long public group

Wowzers! You can see all the sponsors and giveaways (there are lots of them) HERE.

I hope your Summer has been all you'd hoped it would be!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hearts All Quilted And Ready To Go

I finished the "Let Us Count The Ways We Love You" Quilt and it is now ready to go wrap up
a special person with all the love we have. The quilting is straight lines and the binding is blue.

The total size of the quilt is 54" x 68" and I added a little corner pocket on the back for love notes.

It was a beautiful day for taking pictures, even at 91 degrees!
The bad part was all the critter holes I had to avoid to get the quilt pic.
Yikes! Snakes, lizards, rats, or who-knows-what was living in those holes.
Luckily, the red rocks were especially beautiful so dodging creepy things was worth it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Let Us Count The Ways We Love You Quilt

Sometimes people need to be reminded of how much we love them, especially when they are sick.
This "manly" heart quilt will let us count the ways we love our sweet family member...which is a lot!
It's got some Tim Holtz number fabric in it that I've been holding on to for something just like this.
It just needs some quilting and binding and it will be done!

Let Us Count The Ways We Love You

I begged The Monkey Boys to come outside in their pajamas to help me hold this up for a pic. 
Thanks, boys! I love having them come visit!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Have A Heart Quilt

I've finished my quilt, Have A Heart, by adding a scalloped border.
It needs some quilting and binding and then it will be a sweet treat to wrap up in.

Have A Heart

It's was such a fun and happy quilt to make!
I need to make a more "manly" one for a sweet family member who is quite ill.
He's in my family's heart and he needs to know that we love him. Maybe reds and blacks?

Here's a little snippet from my row for the Row-A-Long in September.
It's paper pieced and made with Northcott's fabulous Artisan Spirit fabric.

My row is simple compared to some of the other amazing designers. Their rows will wow you!
Plus, lots and lots of giveaways have been donated by so many sponsors thanks to
 Marian at Seams to be Sew and her hard work at putting this blog hop together. 
My monsters multiplied and began to be stuffed by some nice ladies who even sat through
my class on freezer meals. It was such a fun night with lots of service projects going on.

I found some HUGE zucchinis in my garden...wowzers! Luckily I picked them before the skin got
too tough and they got all seedy. I ended up with 10 bags of shredded zucchini to put in the freezer. 
 They'll be great in muffins, breads, and spaghetti sauce. Yum!

My sister shared some of her overgrown plants and now our yard is looking pretty amazing. 
We weren't sure they'd survive transplanting them in the summer heat, 
but they were tough and made it. Even the rose bush made it. Yay!

Take time to smell the roses and of course, sew!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hearts, Meatballs, And Other Stuff

A few months ago I spent a birthday coupon and bought some fabric that seemed like 
just the thing I needed/wanted. It was a fat quarter bundle by Moda...Hearts Content.
It's still in process, but it makes me smile when I'm sewing. 
Don't you just love when fabric does that for you!

I've also managed to finish a quilt top for the EQ7 Row-A-Long in September.
So many amazing rows to choose from...I wanted to make all of them!

Next week I'll be teaching a freezer meal class, so I've been busy getting ready.
I've cooked and frozen bags of chicken, beef, and even some rolled cookies ready to cut and bake.
Seriously, over two hundred meatballs rolled, baked, and in the freezer, too? Yep!

Not only will I be teaching the class, but there will be tons of medical dolls and monsters to stuff
for donations to local hospitals. It's crazy how many of them a few women managed to make!

I've made several of these using the idea over at It's Always Autumn as suggested by the
Primary Children's Hospital. They are so fun, easy, and are open to lots of possibilities.
I'll be having the Monkey Boys make some to use as bean bags, too!

All these projects have gotten me a bit behind on the Snapshot Quilt Along...ugh!
Hopefully, I can catch up soon. I really want to be able to say that for once I finished a quilt along!

I'm off to play with the Monkey Boys now. Yay!

Monday, July 6, 2015

I'll Have Another Cinnamon Roll Please

In the "olden days" I made a lot of cinnamon rolls for my family and I rarely had to look at the recipe
 because I made them so often. So why did I feel a panic attack coming on when the 8 year old
Monkey Boy looked at me with those big brown eyes and said he'd rather have "homemade"
cinnamon rolls than the ones I was planning to buy at the bakery. Yikes! Where's my rolling pin?!!!

Of course, I made him some!
They weren't as fantastic as the ones his mom makes, but they were pretty darn good!
These are the quick and easy kind...made in less than an hour!
It makes about two dozen rolls. 

2 1/4 cups warm water
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups oil
4 tablespoons quick rising yeast
2 teaspoons salt
7 1/2 cups flour
3 eggs
4-5 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter

Lightly stir warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast together in a small bowl and let rest for 15 minutes. 
In a large mixing bowl, add yeast mixture to salt, flour, and eggs. Mix all ingredients and knead by 
machine (or you can do it by hand) for 6 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add a little more flour if 
dough is too moist and doesn't pull away from the sides of the bowl. Remove dough from bowl and
place on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into two large rectangles. Spread 
both dough rectangles with softened butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. From the 
long side of the rectangle, start tightly rolling up dough to enclose the cinnamon and brown sugar. 
Pinch long edge closed. With a serrated knife, cut into one inch wide slices and place on lightly 
greased baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until cinnamon roll 
edges are a light golden brown. Frost if desired. *Optional: add raisins or chocolate chips over the 
dough before rolling up.

Creamy glaze: 
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
2 tablespoons softened butter 
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1-2 tablespoons hot water 
Mix together and frost rolls while warm.


Cream Cheese frosting:
Beat together:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4-5 cups powdered sugar
Mix and frost rolls while warm.

Now that the five Monkey Boys and their REALLY BIG BROWN EYES have gone home, 
it's time for me to start sewing, quilting, AND cut back on my sugar...no more cinnamon rolls! 
I think I'll bake some of those yummy muffins by Madame Samm at Muffin to Lose
She says they will curb my sugar cravings and help me lose weight. 
Sounds good to me!