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Reverse Tweezers

One of my favorite “unsung hero tools” are the reverse tweezers. What are they you ask??? Well, regular tweezers you squeeze to close them. Reverse tweezers you squeeze to open them so they are closed when resting. So when does this come in handy? Just about anytime you need an extra hand or finger. Today […]

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Quilt Block Mania – June 2023

The theme for this months blocks is “Places”. What better place than our blue pearl floating along in the universe? I immediately thought of a family of aliens coming to visit Earth. The kids were whining “Are we there yet?” to which Mom excitedly responds “Only 2.5 million miles to go…almost there!” Ha! Pattern includes […]

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Quilt Block Mania – April 2023

I’m excited to be participating in Quilt Block Mania. The theme this month is “Neighborhood”. When I first saw this I thought of a street sign. I know, I’m just a little odd… It could be the sign for your street or perhaps a dream vacation spot or maybe a memory of a fun time […]

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 7

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Today we have a sweet pattern. Urban Garden by Coach House Designs.

This pattern finishes to 42″ X 22″. Can’t you just see this in different colors for the different seasons?

Regular price is $8.00 but for today it’s only $3.74!

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many yards you want (1/4 yard increments) and which color way you want. We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 6

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You won’t find these everywhere! Yardstickers are today’s special deal.

Place these 36″ long stickers at the edge of your table so you’ll always have a handy measurement. Once the backing is removed it is very thin so it won’t leave a bump at the edge of the table. And they’re not just for quilters! My hubby put one on his kayak so he could measure his fish. Perfect for the fisherman/woman, handyman/woman or quilter in your life.

Regular price is $2.99 but today they are only $2.24 each.

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many you want. We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 5

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Today’s special deal is a great pattern to showcase some special fabrics.

Octagons by Jean Boyd finishes to 51″ X 63″ and is fat quarter friendly. 16 fat quarters and some border fabric and you’re ready to put it together.

Regular price is $11.00 but today it’s only $5.27.

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many you want. We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 4

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Up for grabs today is a colorful batik!

Coastline Balis from Benartex. Lots of blues and greens in this one. Regular price is $9.80 per yard but today it’s $5.57 per yard. Yowza!

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many yards you want (1/4 yard increments). We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 3

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Today’s offer is the perfect stocking stuffer…a phone fan!

Regular price is $4.95, today it is only $2.75

 

These fans work on most smart phones. It has a plug in for iPhones as well as android phones. Simply plug it into the charging port and it starts. To turn it off, unplug it. Kids love it, women of “a certain age” can’t live without it. Available in 6 different colors. You can see a video of the fans here. https://www.facebook.com/purplemoosedesigns/videos/1558819287474775/

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many you want and which color you want. We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 2

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Today’s offer is Bridge Creek Blossoms by Atkinson Designs

Regular price of this pattern is $9.50, today it is only $4.00

Pattern includes instructions for 5 sizes (baby 44″ X 58″, lap 58″ X 73″, twin 72″ X 87″, queen 87″ X 101″ and king 116″ X 116″)

Pattern uses 2.5″ strips for the flowers so it’s jelly roll friendly.

Super easy to put together. It would be a great quickie for charity quilts or a last minute gift. Maybe in pastels for a baby quilt or school colors for a college quilt!

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many you want. We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 1

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Day 1-

First up we’re offering you a two-fer! A great fabric in two different colorways. Autumn Breeze by Benartex is available in either a white or yellow background. There are leaves with a sort of patchwork look swirling in the breeze. The oak leaf is approximately 3.5″ long X 1.75″ wide.

UPDATE: THE WHITE IS ALL GONE.

Regular price on these is $8.00 per yard. Today it’s only $3.95 per yard! Wow!

 

Simply leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page indicating how many yards you want (1/4 yard increments) and which color way you want. We’ll respond to let you know we got your request. At the end of the 12 days we’ll invoice you and then ship it out as soon as your payment clears. There is no shipping charge, you get a free gift and you can also add any other items from our website for no additional shipping costs! Return tomorrow to see our next fun item!

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12 Days Of Christmas!

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Christmas is showing it’s little elfish ears over the horizon…it will be here before we know it! It’s time to start in on those holiday gift lists. Whether you need to make something for a special someone or need a gift for your sewing pals…it’s time to get crackin!! Crank up the Christmas tunes for our 12 Days Of Christmas event which will start on 11/4/17.

We will be offering you a special deal every day for 12 days. Some days it will be fabric, other days notions, patterns or gifts. Every day will be a super duper price. All you do is visit our website each day to find out what that day’s deal is. If you want it, leave a comment on our blog or facebook page and it’s yours. At the end of the 12 days I will invoice everyone for their chosen goodies and then ship them out to you.  It’s just that simple. Every order also gets a special gift as our way of saying thanks and Merry Christmas.

Want to know what the daily deal will be ahead of time? Join our Facebook fan page and you’ll get a one-day head start!

Supply is limited on the items. I do have some “extra” items to fill in if we run out of a particular item early in the day.

I can’t wait to show you all the wonders I have gathered!

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Hummus To The Rescue!

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My hubby has toddler tendencies when it comes to eating healthy food. If it’s something he’s not sure of or is not one of his favorites (he avoids the healthy stuff…) then he wants it covered in gravy or cheese sauce. While this technique will have your brain and tummy hollering YES YES YES..your waistline and arteries will be screaming NO NO NO! Do you have anyone like this in your family? It would sometimes cause friction when I tried to implement healthy options. I’m sure you can picture the toddler meltdown complete with kicking, crying and screaming…but enough about me…

 

Then it was hummus to the rescue!

 

Creating a sauce or gravy with hummus could not be any easier. You can use the prepared stuff from the grocery store or make your own. I’m lazy and the premade stuff is made with ingredients I can pronounce so I just use that and spend the extra few minutes quilting instead of hummus-ing. All you need to do is choose a hummus flavor that you like, add a little liquid to it and heat it up. That’s it, all done!

Pictured above is a dish that I recently made. Grilled chicken served on a bed of rice with a red pepper hummus. the sauce mixes with the rice too. Yum. I heated up a 16oz. container of red pepper hummus with about 1/2 cup of water. It comes out a thick gravy consistency. A side salad and a sprinkle of Parmesan and you’re good to go.

Another recent concoction is sort of a mock Alfredo. I used a 16oz. container of garlic hummus with about 3/4-1 cup of water. I wanted it a little thinner so it would coat the pasta well. I cooked up some regular and spinach linguine, sauteed some veggies from the garden and tossed everything together. Not only did I use the abundance of our vegetable garden (there is summer squash, zucchini, carrots, beets, green beans, tomatoes and mushrooms in there) but the sauce also works to sidestep issues for our lactose free family members. Regular Alfredo tastes wonderful but is not good for lactose free folks! Aside from salting the pasta water, I didn’t add any extra spices or herbs.

 

Just a couple of handy notes when using hummus as a sauce or gravy…It will thicken as it cools so you want to make it slightly looser so it’s perfect by the time it reaches the table. Any leftover hummus sauce can still be used as a spread for crackers or sandwiches too.

 

So, let the experimentation begin! Leave a comment and tell me what flavor/food profile you discovered with hummus!

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Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop

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It’s day 4 of the Batiks Go Retro blog hop where we get to show off the Batiks Go Retro line of fabric created by Tammy Silvers fabric designer for Island Batik and owner of Tamarinis.

When Tammy asked me to make something with her new fabric line, Batiks Go Retro…I said “ehh, maybe – if it fits into my schedule” (I’m such a great friend…) Then she showed me sneak-peak photos of the fabric and I saw this one…

I just had to have me some of that! I mean, just look at it. It has little 50’s style tv’s…and it’s PURPLE!!! The rest of the line was equally exciting. Well, almost…those purple tv’s are pretty darn awesome. Here are a few of the other fabrics in the line.

The whole line has a 50’s vibe to it in purple, blue, orange and teal. So now I have this little pile of cute fabrics. I know I have to make a bag of some sort and I have a tight deadline. Tammy wanted to use the samples in her booth at Quilt Market to show off her fabrics to the quilt shops. What to do…what to do…

Tote-ally Simple is born!

I made a fully padded bag to hold all the electronics we tote around with us. A zippered pocket on the back with a cute lace zipper, two pockets on the inside, magnetic closures and long straps for lugging. The front also has a full width pocket with a funky glass button as part of the closure.

Tote-ally cute, right?? I loved this project. I love this fabric line. You can check out the entire line of Batiks Go Retro on Island Batiks website or ask for it in your local shop. Then you can own your very own purple tv’s! They also have other colors of tv’s but I stopped looking… You can find the pattern for Tote-ally Simple on my website if you wish to make your own.

 

There are prizes to be had as well. I hear there are fabrics, patterns, thread…there is some great talent here so I know we’ll all come up with some great stuff for the prize box! You can enter at each stop of the blog hop for your chance at prizes. Just click here to enter over at Rafflecopter.

 

Check out the other stops on the blog hop:

Sept 11th: Island Batik, Aurifil Thread www.islandbatik.com and www.auribuzz.wordpress.com

Sept 12th: Susan Emory Swirly Girls Designs www.susanemory.com

Sept 13th: Toni Smith Quiltoni  http://www.quiltoni.com/

Sept 14th: Terri Sontra Purple Moose Designs  https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/index.php

Sept 15th: Kris Poor  Poor House Quilt Design  http://poorhousequiltdesign.com/quilting-at-the-poorhouse/

Sept 16th: Tammy Silvers Tamarinis http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com

Sept 17th: Libby Williamson Libbywilliamson.com

Sept 18th: Sandra Johnson  Sandra Johnson Designs

Sept 19th: Linda Pearl One Quilting Cirlce   http://www.onequiltingcircle.com/

Sept 20th: Kate Colleran  Seams Like a Dream  http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/

Sept 21st: Jo Hillstead Fat Quarter Gypsy http://www.thefatquartergypsy.com/Lex-Luther-Blog.html

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