Monday, September 28, 2015

Another One of My Favorite People on Craftsy!

Some of you really tease me about how often food appears on the blog and how much I like to cook -- and eat -- and it's true!  So I'm always looking through the Craftsy classes as new ones come up to see who's been enjoying themselves in the Craftsy kitchen for our benefit.

The one I just saw and downloaded is "Cook Smarter: Solutions for Weeknight Dinners" from Sara Moulton. Sara used to be the executive chef for Gourmet magazine when that was still in publication. I started reading and cooking from Gourmet when I was still barely into my twenties and was an avid Sara fan on Food Network. That was the channel I would turn on in the sewing room when I was doing all that machine quilting for customers for many years before I started traveling so much.

I loved watching Sara because she was very clear in her instructions and she was so cute with her guests on the show.  I say "cute" because she's maybe five foot tops and she was looking up at everybody while explaining things.  She's tiny, blonde, and reminds me of a Tinkerbell who can make great food!

HERE's a link to this class in case you might want to be a Sara fan, too!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Beautiful Weekend for a Craftsy Sale!

Learn something new and achieve something amazing in a Craftsy class! Right now during Craftsy’s sale, you can use my affiliate link to save and support a craft you love.  Click HERE for the big sale!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Congratulations Sherril McGann!!!!!!!!!!!!  Email us at with your address and phone number and we'll get your Quilty Box sent right out!

Thanks to everyone for participating in our Giveaway!!  Watch for next month's Giveaway... to be announced soon!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Last Chance!!

Only three more days until we draw a name for the Quilty Box Giveaway!!

Have you entered??

Check out the details HERE!

Good luck!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

* * * Back To School Sale * * *

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  • Go ahead, cut class! With lifetime access to your lessons, you watch when it's right for you.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Quilty Box Giveaway!

My blog, as well as just about everybody's blog, is easy to access using an application called Bloglovin'.  I really like it because it keeps all my favorite blogs in one or two daily e-mails and then I can click on the ones I want to look at further and then scroll through the others.  One of the blogs I read regularly is written by Leah Day, creator of the 365 Day Free Motion Project, and it was on her blog that I learned last month about Quilty Box.

Quilty Box is a subscription where you can either go by the month or pre-pay for longer periods of time.  Prices range from $48/month for month-to-month down to $44/month if you prepay for 12 months.  I decided that 3 months would be a good period of time for me to decide whether or not it was for me.

My first box arrived last week and you can see the contents above -- let's look closer!

First I looked at the very nice two sided card that described everything in the box and contact information for each source in case I wanted to buy more -- I think that's brilliant!  What if you loved the thread and wanted to know where you could get your hands on it?

The card also talks a little bit about Tabitha Martinez, the curator of this particular box, and offers a code to Quilty Box subscribers for a 10% discount, good through 12-31-15.

The box contents were based around the above cute book that features raw edged birds in various projects, some of which featured crocheted edgings.

Placemat with piecing, applique, thread sketching and a bit of crochet....

Pillow using the same techniques -- I could just see this in a child's room!

The materials in the box to help you make some of the good stuff in the book were a charm square pack featuring 16 fabrics from Cotton & Steel.....

coordinating yarn and crochet hook....

a couple of spools of Konfetti, 50 wt. cotton thread from WonderFil Specialty Threads and a scissors holder so you don't misplace them while you're doing all this fun stuff.

My take on this:  I think it should have been named Crafty Box rather than Quilty Box due to the multiple techniques featured.  Leah is challenging herself to make something from each box and she made a coaster with crocheted edging.  I could see why Leah was delighted because crocheting is one of her skills, but it isn't something I see myself doing anytime soon and, frankly, the book was a little too cutesy for me.  Maybe if it had been skulls and roses?

That said, the quality of the materials was very good and I was not disappointed in any way with that.  Also, if the items had been purchased individually, they would have added up to more $ than the box cost.

I have two more months coming in before I make a decision whether or not to continue. 

Meanwhile, this cute Quilty Box is this month's GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!  If you would like to have the contents of this Quilty Box for your very own, there are two ways to get your name into the drawing...

*  Follow my Blog and leave a comment on this post telling me that you followed and want to win the Quilty Box.  (If you already follow my Blog, just leave a comment on this post and we'll get your name in!)

* Like our Facebook Page HERE.  Then share THIS Facebook post and leave a comment on the post telling me that you shared and that you want to WIN!!

We will draw a name on September 15!  Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

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