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Monday, May 31, 2010

Trimmed with Love Contest

It's time to begin the contest! Are you excited? I know I am. See the list of fabulous prizes in the previous post. Make sure to link the following picture to your blog for a chance to win some yummy Riley Blake fabric too! Remember, only two submissions per person and get them in there before midnight central time on June 13. I may randomly show some of your submissions from time to time. And if you have no way of adding your picure through a blog or flickr, etc, go ahead and e-mail it to me. I will get it added!

Now have fun and tell me if you have any trouble. Trim, trim away!

                                   79. Candace                                80. Candace

the Prizes

Last updated 6/10/2010.
These are so awesome that I had to make them their own post! Enjoy . . . and enter!
Grand Prize
A signed copy of Anna Maria Horner's new book, Handmade Beginnings! (partially donated by

Four (count them!) fat quarters donated by Jennifer Paganelli!!!! (

The complete, new, and not yet available in stores printed pattern set from Carla Crim, aka the Scientific Seamstress!! (

Second Place

Four fat quarters of Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry donated by Buttercuppity ( Thanks Ari!

One pattern of your choice donated by VandCo ( Thanks Vanessa!

Honorable Mention #1

The Smarty Girl book bag pattern, donated by Heather Bailey. ( Can you believe she donated to little old me? Thank you, Heather!

Miss Clarice's Vintage Apron Pattern donated by Prairie Flower Farm. Oh my word, isn't this cute?( Thank you Linda!

Honorable Mention #2

This beautiful pattern designed by Julie of Jaybird Quilts plus two (looks like 4 to me!) fat quarters. (donated by

There may be a couple more prizes depending on the turnout for the contest. Are you excited now?!? Thank you to all my generous sponsors. I would LOVE to keep all these prizes.

As promised, two Amy Butler patterns, given to us by the queen herself at market.
Honorable Mention #4
Another copy of Heather Bailey's Smarty Girl bookbag. She sent me two!!! How sweet.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Spread the Word and Win

Share the button on the sidebar or the larger picture below and you will be entered in a drawing for 4 large fabrics from Summer Song by In My Mind's Eye! I can't wait to start the contest on Monday!

The bird one is 1/2 yard, the yellow flowers 1/3+ yard, and the other two are almost fat quarter sized.

Don't forget to leave me a comment telling me you posted it!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Trimmed with Love Contest Button

Here's a logo for the fabulous contest! The prizes are adding up to complete awesomeness! I'm getting so excited. Now can someone (hint, hint Lisa) help me make the smaller one into a button with the code below it? I tried, and alas, there is something I cannot do. I know, you didn't think the day would come. ha ha
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillippians 4:13


Trimmed with Love Contest

I need a distraction. I'm going a little bit crazy trying to choose a fabric company for my designs. I know, a good problem to have, huh? Does that make me a fabric designer? Hmm. Give me your thoughts on that one. Maybe not until the fabric actually comes out.

Anyway, I decided to have a contest. You know I'm all about the details, right? And I truly LOVE trim. Here's a little something I picked up from a fabric store I visited the other day.
Don't hate me, but these antique trims were 50 cents a yard (!) and I bought them all. For a whopping total of $6.50.

In a couple of days, we'll start, but tell me if you're interested.

The rules:
Each person can enter two different things which they have embellished, trimmed, or bedazzled. (I threw that last one in for the fun or it.) It has to be handmade by you, but it doesn't have to be sewn. Get your wheels turning!

Over the next couple of days, I'm going to round up some awesome prizes and figure out how to use Mr. Linky. Or is it McLinky? Anyway . . .

Judging will be based on the overall project, not just the trim. But it does have to include trim! I'll be pretty liberal about this: beads, lace, ribbon, ric rac, eyelet, etc etc etc. Hopefully I will have a little judging panel of myself, my sis Christy and my cousin Marie (both of a Dozen Quilters.) I guess that's it. Comment if you are excited about it or if you have any questions. I'll try to respond to the question comments in the comment section.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

the Dough, Week 4

This week's recipe comes from my friend Jeanne, pictured above on the left. Her daughter is on the right. It's extra yummy, so make sure you try it!

I went to take a picture of the loaf and all that was left was this one slice! My husband and kids realllllly love this one!

Cinnamon Pecan Bread

1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter, cut up
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp active dry yeast
2 tbsps butter melted
3 tbsps sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Add milk, butter, sugar, egg, flour, salt and dry yeast to bread machine. Select dough cycle, when complete, remove dough from machine, cover dough and let rest 10 minutes. On a well floured surface roll out the dough to form a 12 inch square. Brush the dough with 2 tbsps melted butter. Combine 3 tbsps sugar and the cinnamon, sprinkle over the butter. Sprinkle with pecans. Roll up jelly roll style. Pinch the seams and the ends to seal. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Let rise in a warm place till almost doubled. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 - 25 minutes or till done. Drizzle with powdered sugar glaze if desired.

I don't always put in the pecans and it is good without them.

There is Jeanne's recipe, but I don't have a bread machine. I still pretty much followed it exactly as is. I put all the ingredients in my super strong Kitchenaid and let the dough hook do its work. Then I kneaded it just a bit. Maybe only a minute. I also baked it in a bread pan instead of on a baking sheet. It makes one, yummy loaf of cinnamon bread. Enjoy!

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.- Acts 20:24


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Home Again, Home Again

A little update: The blur in the photos is not a spot on my camera lens. These pictures are purposely blurred where my fabric is shown. Sorry for the confustion!

Hello! We are back from Market and tired but so happy. It was a dream of mine to attend that show. There's so much to say. My fabric was extremely well received. Just an answer to prayer. Nothing is in concrete yet, but I'll keep you posted. So, now for some blurry but star-studded photos.

Here's me meeting with the sweet ladies of Fine Lines fabric. They're a new company but I was drawn to them and their out-loud faith in God.

The precious Sandi Henderson of Portabellopixie. We bought her new book and let me tell you, it's worth every penny.

I ran into Ari and Captain Hotpants of Buttercuppity. How cool is that? She's even hilarious in real life.

Here's Marie, Christy and I with Amy Butler. She is so nice in person. We told her we could be her groupies.

Anna Maria Horner signed my book! She was so nice too. Actually everyone was.

Here's Christy and I at the Minneapolis train station. That was so fun. We took it to the Mall of America. Do you think we could convince Colby to build one of those?

And here we are at the Minneapolis Airport. Aren't we lovely? Marie, I didn't get enough pictures of you! I should have had my camera out.

Okay. Here's our group. Christy, Lisa and Marie.

To die for!!!!! I am totally blowing up Heather and me for my wall. (You all know she's my favorite, right?) She didn't have a booth, but Marie spied her and I sort of stalked her down. I swear I'm not a stalker, but, come one it was Heather Bailey!

Here's Christy and I with Valori Wells.

Oh. Here's Anna Maria's booth. Sorry my pictures are out of order.

And here is Patty Young and her pretty booth. She was really sweet too.

Here she is again.

Oh! And I had a small piece of market myself. Here are my two dresses from the tutorial for Riley Blake. How exciting!

Here's the Riley Blake booth. It really stood out to me.

And here's the Pillow and Maxfield booth. These ladies were so very nice. Plus, they're Kansas girls and I always love their fabric.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phillippians 4:6-7
(I repeated this over and over to myself throughout the show. But truly, it was like a dream. I kept waiting to wake up and still have a huge pile of fabric that needed to be sewn into samples.)


Sunday, May 16, 2010

To Market to Market

Hi! Long time, no post, huh? Sorry! It's been crazy around here. We've made more trips to Denver and beside that have been sewing like crazy. I thought maybe y'all would like to see what we're wearing for market. Well, I can't show it to you in my fabric, but I can show you the stuff, right? Right.

Oh, and it's time to vote once again for So You Think you Can Quilt. I think it started yesterday, but I've barely touched my computer. So go here, to Brown Paper Packages and vote! Truthfully, at this point, it might be a blessing to lose. Just sayin' . . .

Lisa of That Crazy Quilty Girl, has made herself this awesome skirt from my fabric and a matching top mostly out of eyelet. She's so clever. She also made herself a pair of shoes to wear -- from my fabric! Cool, huh? She changed up that skirt pattern quite a bit I think, but you get the general idea. She also made a purse and a little business card holder, but I can't find pics for those. The purse is awesome though. Someday I'll show you.
Christy made this skirt, which is totally adorable in real life.
And this bag from Indygo Junction. ( the one at the top) She also  made a wallet for me and her. What a super sister!

Okay, Marie made this shirt which is so, so cute on her.
And I made her this bag (pattern from

And (because it's her birthday) this camera bag. Oh and one for me too. (pattern from the Scientific Seamstress)

I guess that leaves me. I made my Lila Tueller blouse.
And Marie made me this bag:
I have a lot of stuff to haul around, you know? Like a quilt . . .

Thanks for sticking around here through all my non-blogging days. Things will be back to normal soon and we are all SO excited to go meet our favorite designers and quilt companies! Take care!

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