Coming Soon: Virtual Cookie Exchange 2020

In less than four weeks it’s time again for the Virtual Cookie Exchange! Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is hosting this blog hop again, and I have signed up for this fun event with lots of delicious recipes and Christmas projects. I already know which recipe I am going to feature. If you are a chocolate lover, this one is for you, and it doesn’t even involve any baking! So mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss the fun (and the calories).

2020 Cookie Exchange Logo



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It’s A Garden Party Row Along – Coneflowers

Coneflowers Row


Welcome to this year’s Row Along, and thank you so much, Marian (of Seams To Be Sew), for organizing it again. The theme this time is “It’s A Garden Party”, and once again I had a hard time coming up with something. Weird, I know, because the possibilities are endless. Or maybe that was the problem. I just couldn’t decide and didn’t feel particularly inspired by any of the ideas I had. I thought about a desert garden and a Japanese garden and drafted all kinds of things but somehow it never came together the way it looked in my head. Finally I decided that I was making it much too complicated and had to scale down and simplify all my grand ideas, and I ended up with this lovely vine of coneflowers.

Coneflowers Finished Row


Our design drafts had to be handed in to Marian quite some time ago, or I would probably have ended up with a vegetable garden row. If you followed my Block of the Month posts this year, you know that I took up gardening during the pandemic as a way to pass the time, as many others did, and I am very glad I did. Watching my veggies grow and tend to them every day helped calm me down and keep my sanity. Well, mostly, in any case 🙂 I added a bug, a butterfly and a dragonfly to my row design, you can almost hear them busily humming and buzzing around the garden. I attached two borders to my row, quilted it and turned it into a wall hanging. I had a lot of fun filling the background with various designs. And once again I found the perfect backing fabric. I like to match the backing to the theme of the quilt, and I didn’t even think I would be able to find a coneflower fabric but I was wrong, I didn’t even have to search very long.

PPP-055 Coneflowers Wall Hanging


Coneflowers Back


I also used the design in a shopping bag for my mom. Germans have always been good at carrying reusable shopping bags, there haven’t been free grocery bags in decades but you would still be able to get a free bag when purchasing clothes. That has changed in the meantime as well, and my mom asked for a pretty reusable bag to take along. I resized the coneflower panel for the bag and framed it with bright leftovers that I didn’t even think would go together but I actually like the result a lot. And so does my mom.

Coneflower Bag


Northcott Fabrics generously offered their fabrics to all the designers again this year, and we could choose anything from their current collections for our projects. I chose three fabrics again, the ivory background, a green one for the vine and leaves and a brown one for the flower centres. Thank you, Northcott, for your beautiful fabrics.

9025-11

9025-11 Essence

23332-76

23332-76 Rod and Reel

9020-360

9020-360 Toscana


The pattern for the row will be available for free download for a week. Afterwards the pattern for the complete wall hanging will be available for purchase.

EDIT: A week has come and gone, and the full pattern for the Coneflowers wall hanging is now available in the pattern store, if you missed the free row download.



EDIT: Der Sonnenhut-Wandbehang ist als Kaufmuster auch auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen im Shop verfĂŒgbar.



And now it’s time again for a giveaway! This is organized by Marian and she makes the rules, you can find them at the bottom of this post. Please make sure you also read the details about shipping costs etc. at Seams To Be Sew. Our sponsor today is Northcott Fabrics, thank you for your generosity. The winner will receive one of the beautiful FQ bundles pictured below.

Northcott-large


a Rafflecopter giveaway


The Electric Quilt Company is also supporting the Row Along once again this year. This time you don’t have to be a winner to enjoy their generosity, they have supplied a coupon code that is valid for the duration of the event and can be used on any of their products except for EQ Academy. Use GARDENPARTY20 during checkout for a 20% discount.

EQ8


I have been designing my quilts with EQ for 20 years, and I love the software, it offers so many possibilities. I couldn’t decide what fabrics to use for the borders of the Coneflower wall hanging, and I imported pictures of the ones I was considering into EQ and auditioned them. Here is a picture of some of the possibilities. To be honest, I still couldn’t decide, I loved the bright turquoise fabric but I thought the grey one looked so elegant. I finally let my husband pick, and he chose the turquoise/orange combination.

EQ Designs


Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaways. Please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.

And last but not least, here is the full schedule, be sure to visit all the participating bloggers to see their fun projects.

 

Tuesday, September 8
Blue Heron Quilting
Carolyn Butterfield
Made By Marney
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
The Devoted Quilter


Thursday, September 10
Bobbin In Quilts
KISSed Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs
Stitchin’ at Home

Tuesday, September 15
Daughters of Dorinda
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt
Lovingly Lissa
The Quilt Rambler


Thursday, September 17
Fabric Bash/Carpe Blogum
For the Love of Geese
Kathleen McMusing
Ms P Designs USA
QuilterChic

Tuesday, September 22
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Patti’s Patchwork
Quilt Schmilt
Scrapdash
Your Sewing Friend


Thursday, September 24
Charisma’s Corner
Clever Chameleon
Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Mountain Meadow Designs


Tuesday, September 29
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Moose Stash Quilting
Tuning My Heart Quilts
Cheryl LaPlante


Thursday, October 1
Barbara Dieges
Linda B Creative
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Ursa Minor
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting


Tuesday, October 6
Bumbleberry Stitches
Charlie’s Daughter
Seams To Be Sew
The Quilting Room with Mel
Words & Stitches


Thursday, October 8
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Lynn’s Beauty
Quilt Art
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Sew Incredibly Crazy


Tuesday, October 13
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced



Marian’s Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways:

Rules and guidelines are also listed on the Rafflecopter window of each blog’s giveaway entry on their featured days post. Please take the time to read them. 

  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers/designers for their featured day.
  • There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor and blogger/designers themselves.
  • You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • Some giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at the blog of the designer/blogger’s post to enter at Seams To Be Sew, Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. This does not mean that commenting at Seams To Be Sew will get you an entry, it doesn’t.
  • When you enter a give away that asks you to answer the question asked on the entry form, you do need to fill in that box. No answer means your winning entry will be ignored and canceled.
  • You are only allowed to enter once at each of the featured day sites. Giveaways are different at each site, thus you can enter those giveaways.
  • I will start announcing winners on September 15, 2020, and finish announcing winners on October 15, 2020.
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in all cases except for digital downloads and gift cards/certificates, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • All winners are chosen at random.
  • All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers/designers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.



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It’s A Garden Party Row Along 2020

For the sixth year in a row, Marian of Seams To Be Sew is hosting her Row Along, starting in September. This year’s theme is “It’s A Garden Party”. I already have a design in my heard, “just” need to draw it out. I am sure we can expect to see lots of pretty rows in September and October. As always, if you just want to participate by hopping from blog to blog and collecting the free patterns, there is nothing you need to do right now other than mark your calendars for the event. But if you are interested in joining with a row design, head over to Marian’s site to sign up here.



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Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019: More German Cookies and Pattern Giveaway

Thank you so much, Carol, for hosting the Virtual Cookie Exchange once again. I have collected so many interesting cookie recipes during this blog hop, I will be busy for years trying them all out! I have only been living in North America since 2013, and German Christmas baking is very different from North American Christmas baking. And while I enjoy trying new recipes, our Christmas baking is still mostly German, and I will be sharing another of my favourite German recipes.


Today’s recipe is called “HaselnussblĂŒten” which literally translates to “Hazelnut Blossoms”. They do not look like real hazelnut blossoms though, just flower shaped cookies with ground hazelnuts in the dough. Ground hazelnuts and almonds are staples in German Christmas baking, and while I can get ground almonds at the grocery store here, I have trouble finding ground hazelnuts for my baking. There is a store in Vancouver that carries them but it took a while to get used to having to drive 100 km for some ground hazelnuts. The recipe calls for ground cinnamon and cloves, just a pinch of each. I usually add more. It really depends on what you like, and I love the taste of cinnamon. (I also double the amount of spices I put into my pumpkin pie, not just cinnamon but also ginger and cloves.) Feel free to add more or less, depending on what you like. The original recipe also calls for some hazelnut glaze that you can buy at German grocery stores. I have never seen anything similar here, not even at the German deli, and we substitute semi-sweet chocolate for it which works just fine. My husband is usually the one who decorates the cookies, and he has developed his own system of how to use the liquid chocolate to glue the hazelnut to the cookie which always makes me laugh.

A Christmas tradition that I very much appreciate is baking cookies together with my son. I started getting him involved as soon as he could stand, guiding his little fingers with the cookie cutters, and we made cookies together every year. He turned 20 this year and is in his third year at the University of British Columbia. He will be coming home next week, and I really enjoy that he still wants to bake cookies with me… and not just eat them 🙂

A few words of caution/disclaimer: This is a German recipe. Germans measure only liquids by volume, solid ingredients are measured by weight. And everything is metric, of course. With the help of the internet I have provided the imperial measurements but there is no guarantee these are correct… it’s the internet after all. So if a number looks suspicious to you, please double check the math. Another difference are North American ranges. Having to choose between “bake” and “broil” doesn’t really translate to German full convection ovens. So please keep an eye on the cookies and decide for yourself if they need longer or are done faster in your oven than required by the recipe.




Being a longarm quilter, this is my busy season, so I haven’t had a lot of time for working on my own projects. But I came up with a little mug rug design that I call “O Christmas Tree”. The pattern will be published next week, here is a little preview. And I am also giving away five digital copies of the pattern. If you would like to win one, please leave a comment and enter the giveaway. Entries will be accepted until Sunday (December 5, 2019, 11.59 PST), and I will draw the winners on Monday and email the patterns. The patterns will only be availabe in English and with Imperial measurements. This is my first time hosting a giveaway with Rafflecopter, and I hope it all works as planned. If there are issues, please be patient and let me know, and I will try to fix them ASAP. Please scroll down to the end of the post for giveaway rules and guidelines.

Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaway. But please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for visiting today, and please make sure that you visit all the participants of this blog hop and look at their fabulous projects and mouthwatering cookies. Once again here is the full schedule of all five days of this event.


Monday, December 2
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Ms P Designs USA
Home Sewn By Us
Vroomans Quilts
Cathie’s Craftworks
Sew Many Yarns
Just Because Quilts
 
Tuesday, December 3
MooseStashQuilting
Stitchin At Home
Barb – Hosted by Just Let Me Quilt
Hill Valley Quilter
Little Penguin Quilts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Selina Quilts
Count it *all* JOY!
Purring Cottage

Wednesday December 4
Made By Marney
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Beaquilter
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Life in the Scrapatch
DesertSky Quilting
Sunlight in Winter Quilts

 

 
Thursday, December 5
Quilt Doodle Designs
Ridge Top Quilt
Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting (that’s me)
Websterquilt
Bumbleberry Stitches
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Friday, December 6
Just Let Me Quilt
Kris Loves Fabric
Domestic Felicity
Karrin’s Crazy World
Songbird Designs
Melva Loves Scraps
Brenda’s Quilt Blog


 

Giveaway Rules and Guidelines

Please take the time to read them.

    • You must leave a comment to enter the giveaway. If you don’t leave a comment, your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
    • You are only allowed to enter once.
    • The winners will be announced either on Monday, December 9 or Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
    • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaway. Any email returned to me loses the ability to win automatically.
    • I will email the digital patterns to the winners right away. Please check your spam folders if you are announced as one of the winners and didn’t receive an email. Especially Gmail likes to send anything I send straight to the spam folder.
    • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
    • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
    • All winners are chosen at random.
    • All winners will be announced on the blog via the Rafflecopter entry form and a post. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
    • Odds of winning a prize are based on the total number of rafflecopter entries.
    • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.



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Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2019 Starts Today

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019


Another year has come and gone, and it is time again for Carol’s “Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop”. She has five days of fun planned for you. My turn to post is on Thursday, so today I am only going to share the schedule. Be sure to visit these amazing bloggers for cookie recipes, Christmas projects, giveaways and other fun stuff.


Monday, December 2
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Ms P Designs USA
Home Sewn By Us
Vroomans Quilts
Cathie’s Craftworks
Sew Many Yarns
Just Because Quilts
 
Tuesday, December 3
MooseStashQuilting
Stitchin At Home
Barb – Hosted by Just Let Me Quilt
Hill Valley Quilter
Little Penguin Quilts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Selina Quilts
Count it *all* JOY!
Purring Cottage

Wednesday December 4
Made By Marney
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Beaquilter
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Life in the Scrapatch
DesertSky Quilting
Sunlight in Winter Quilts

 

 
Thursday, December 5
Quilt Doodle Designs
Ridge Top Quilt
Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting (that’s me)
Websterquilt
Bumbleberry Stitches
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Friday, December 6
Just Let Me Quilt
Kris Loves Fabric
Domestic Felicity
Karrin’s Crazy World
Songbird Designs
Melva Loves Scraps
Brenda’s Quilt Blog



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Coming Soon: Virtual Cookie Exchange

It’s almost mid-October, and Christmas will be here in no time. Carol at Just Let Me Quilt is hosting her Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop again this year, and I couldn’t help but sign up. Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss the fun. I already have a recipe in mind that I am going to share, and depending on time and inspiration I might come up with more fun stuff. Yes, I know… I always complain about how busy I am but you have probably realized by now that I just can’t not be busy. And it’s quilty stuff which means it is mostly fun. Carol hosts awesome blog hops, I wish I could join more of them. Right now the Halloween Witchy Stitchy Hop is going on, check it out if you haven’t already done so.

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019



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Once Upon A Story Row Along – Show and Tell Day

Today is Show and Tell Day for the Row Along, and here are the links to the participating bloggers. I already posted a picture of the finished wall hanging that I made from my row here in my original Row Along post. We are ten days away from the Chilliwack Quilt Show, and I am busy with preparations. And since I have nothing better to do, I have signed up for another blog hop. I will share the details in another post, today please visit the participating bloggers and check out their project. There are a few more giveaways that you can enter as well.


Tuesday, October 9
Show and Tell Day

Just Let Me Quilt
Words & Stitches
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Ursula Prandtstetter at Tuning My Heart Quilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Linda B Creative
Charlie’s Daughter at Bobbin In Quilts
Seams To Be Sew – Layout Tutorial



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Once Upon A Story Row Along – Bremen Town Musicians

Bremen Town Musicians EQ


I found this year’s Row Along theme a little more difficult than last year’s. I am not really familiar with any North American nursery rhymes, and they don’t make a lot of sense if you don’t grow up with them. Well, nursery rhymes don’t make a whole lot of sense in general, I guess 😉 Anyway, I started thinking about fairy tales, being German I grew up with the Grimm Brothers and their stories. Unfortunately a lot of these stories have been turned into Disney movies, and I knew I needed to stay away from those. I finally chose the “Bremen Town Musicians” for my row. Not only is this a very German story (Bremen is a city in northern Germany) but the animals on top of each other also worked very well with the row format. If you are not familiar with the story, you can find an English version here.

Bremen Town Musicians Row


My row shows the four animals outside the cottage in the forest as they are climbing on top of each other, getting ready to drive the robbers out and chase them away. It is all fusible appliqué with a machine blanket stitch. I then added two outside borders to turn it into a wall hanging which I registered for our local quilt show in October.


Northcott Fabrics generously offered their fabrics to all the designers again this year, and we could choose anything from their current collections for our projects. I chose three fabrics this time, the night sky, the forest floor and the cottage wall. Thank you, Northcott, for your beautiful fabrics. The pattern for the row will be available for free download for a week. Afterwards the pattern for the complete wall hanging will be available for purchase. If you know me, you know that I am fond of tiny appliquĂ© pieces, and I appliquĂ©d every piece of my design that isn’t marked as embroidery. Some of those pieces are very small, and if you don’t enjoy working with them, you can always embroider the details.

39156G-49

39156G-49 Stonehenge Out Of This World

39416-76

39416-76 Stonehenge Mighty Pines

21393-94

21393-94 Naturescapes



Edit: A week has gone by, and the free download isn’t available anymore. If you missed it, the pattern for the full wall hanging is now available for purchase.


 


And now it’s time again for a giveaway! This is organized by Marian and she makes the rules, you can find them at the bottom of this post. Our sponsor today is Northcott Fabrics with a beautiful Fat Quarter bundle, thank you for your generosity.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Our main sponsor this year is again the Electric Quilt Company, one lucky winner will receive the complete EQ 8 quilt design software. I design all my quilts in EQ and have been doing so for almost twenty years. Thank you, EQ, for supporting the Row Along! EQ8


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaways. But please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.

And last but not least, here is the full schedule, be sure to visit all the participating bloggers to see their fun projects.

 

Tuesday, September 3
Just Let Me Quilt
Seams To Be Sew
Pamela Quilts


Thursday, September 5
Made By Marney
Pretty Piney Quilts
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, September 10
Linda B Creative
Patchwork Breeze
KISSed Quilts


Thursday, September 12
Bobbin In Quilts
Clever Chameleon
Mountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, September 17
Barbara Dieges
Ms. P Designs USA
Seams To Be Sew


Thursday, September 19
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs


Tuesday, September 24
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Stitchin At Home


Thursday, September 26
From My Carolina Home
Words & Stitches
Tuning My Heart Quilts


Tuesday, October 1
Carol Andrews
Charlie’s Daughter
Mountain Meadow Designs


Thursday, October 3
Clever Chameleon
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Seams To Be Sew


Tuesday, October 8
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced



Marian’s Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways:

Please take the time to read them.

  • Rules and guidelines are also listed on the Rafflecopter window of each blog’s giveaway entry on their featured days post.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various blogger/designers for their featured day.
  • There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor and blogger/designers themselves.
  • You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at each of the blogs post to enter at Seams To Be Sew,
    Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. When you enter a give away that asks you to answer the question asked on the entry form, you do need to fill in that box. No answer means your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
  • You are only allowed to enter once at each of the featured day sites. Giveaways are different at each site, thus you can enter those giveaways. On the Electric Quilt giveaway, you can enter once each day of the row along, new sites to click on are assigned to this giveaway you need to visit each site to be credited for the entry.
  • I will start announcing winners on September 10, 2019, and finish announcing winners on October 13, 2019
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • All giveaways run for 1 week with the exception of the Electric Quilt giveaway which runs the full course of the event.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in all cases except for the Fat Quartershop, and C&T Publishing winners, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • All winners are chosen at random.
  • All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers/designers may enter any of the giveaways.
    The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Additional Notes About Giveaways From Our Sponsors
  • I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
  • If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
  • All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home on each Saturday of the event.
  • An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. Depending on the weight of the prize, first class is always my first choice, but priority mail will be done where needed. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee.
  • Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an airtight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
  • Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.



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Once Upon A Story Row Along Schedule

I am a little late to the party this year, the “One Upon A Story Row Along” started this week! Sorry about that but there is still time to download the patterns and enter the giveaways that were posted on Tuesday and Thursday. Lots of free patterns to download and great prizes to win, so make sure you join the fun. Here is the schedule for the event. Note: The designers are required to offer their patterns for free download for one week only. After that they can remove the free download and offer the pattern for sale. If you like a pattern, download and save it right away. Have fun!

Once Upon A Story Row Along 2019


I will take the next two weeks off and be back on September 24 with my free pattern for this year’s Row Along.


 

Tuesday, September 3
Just Let Me Quilt
Seams To Be Sew
Pamela Quilts


Thursday, September 5
Made By Marney
Pretty Piney Quilts
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, September 10
Linda B Creative
Patchwork Breeze
KISSed Quilts


Thursday, September 12
Bobbin In Quilts
Clever Chameleon
Mountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, September 17
Barbara Dieges
Ms. P Designs USA
Seams To Be Sew


Thursday, September 19
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs


Tuesday, September 24
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Stitchin At Home


Thursday, September 26
From My Carolina Home
Words & Stitches
Tuning My Heart Quilts


Tuesday, October 1
Carol Andrews
Charlie’s Daughter
Mountain Meadow Designs


Thursday, October 3
Clever Chameleon
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Seams To Be Sew


Tuesday, October 8
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced




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Coming Soon – Once Upon A Story Row Along 2019

It is almost August, and in a little over a month, this year’s Row Along will start. We have all been busy preparing our patterns and samples, and of course it is all a big secret until the event gets going. But today I want to give you a little sneak peek along with a big shout out and thank you to Northcott Fabrics. They have been sponsoring the Row Along from the beginning, and this year is no exception. We all got to choose up to 1 metre of any of their fabrics, and they even shipped it to us for free. They are very generous in their support of independent designers year after year, and we all appreciate them very much.

Northcott Fabrics


I chose two quarter metre cuts and one half metre cut for my row. I needed a night sky and a forest floor and something for a wall, and Northcott’s Stonehenge and Naturescapes collections are always my first choice for fabrics that I want to look as realistic as possible. The night sky is from “Stonehenge Out Of This World”, the forest floor is from “Stonehenge Mighty Pines” and the brick wall is from “Naturescapes”. That’s all I can show you for a sneak peek, now you can let your imagination run wild and try to figure out what I am creating with these particular fabrics. And be sure to come back in September for a fun event with lots of free patterns and giveaways.

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39156G-49 Stonehenge Out Of This World

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39416-76 Stonehenge Mighty Pines

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21393-94 Naturescapes




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Once Upon A Story – Row Along 2019

It is this time of the year again… Marian has posted the invitation to sign up for her annual Row Along. This is the fifth year that she is running this event. In 2018 I participated for the first time and had so much fun that I signed up again right away for this year’s Row Along. The theme this time is “Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales”. I am grateful she included the Fairy Tales as North American Nursery Rhymes are very much a mystery to me. I still haven’t figured out what Phoebe was talking about on “Friends” when she mentioned a woman living in a shoe 😀 I haven’t started drawing my design yet but I have decided on a fairy tale and I know what I want my row to look like. If you would like to design a row, head over to Marian’s site and sign up. If you are in it for just the fun of the blog hop and want to collect the patterns, there is nothing you need to do right now other than note the date.

Once Upon A Story Row Along 2019


Auch in diesem Jahr prĂ€sentiert Marian wieder einen Row Along, schon zum fĂŒnften Mal. Das Thema lautet diesmal “Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales”. Ich hatte darum gebeten, ein MĂ€rchen verwenden zu dĂŒrfen, da mir nordamerikanische Kinderreime nicht wirklich gelĂ€ufig sind. Ich weiß zum Beispiel immer noch nicht, worĂŒber Phoebe in “Friends” geredet hat, als sie von einer Frau erzĂ€hlt hat, die in einem Schuh lebt. (Ich weiß nicht mal, ob das in der deutschen Synchronisation rausgestrichen und anders ĂŒbersetzt wurde… ) Jedenfalls passen MĂ€rchen gut zum Thema, und ich weiß inzwischen auch, welches MĂ€rchen ich umsetzen will, habe aber noch nicht mit der Zeichnung begonnen. Wer gern mitmachen und auch etwas entwerfen möchte, kann sich auf Marians Website anmelden. Wer nur die Patterns sammeln und Spaß beim Blog Hop haben möchte, muss sich nicht anmelden, sollte aber schon mal das Datum auf dem Kalender notieren.



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Virtual Cookie Exchange: German Butter Cookies or Have You Ever Skinned Almonds?

We all probably have some childhood memories that make Christmas special, and as funny as it sounds, skinning almonds is one of mine. I have always found it fascinating that blanching almonds in boiling water loosens the skin and that you can squeeze them out after they cool down. Of course we didn’t just quietly squeeze them out of their skins back then, my brother, my sister and I shot them all across the kitchen and at each other until my mom intervened. To this day it doesn’t feel like Christmas until I am skinning almonds, and it will probably not surprise you that these cookies are always the first I make each year. They are rather simple butter cookies but sometimes less is more, and these taste amazing. If you find my way of decorating them with just some egg yolk and an almond too boring, you can decorate them any way you please, of course.

German Butter Cookies


A few words of caution/disclaimer: This is a German recipe. Germans measure only liquids by volume, solid ingredients are measured by weight. And everything is metric, of course. With the help of the internet I have provided the imperial measurements but there is no guarantee these are correct… it’s the internet after all. So if a number looks suspicious to you, please double check the math. Another difference are North American ranges. Having to choose between “bake” and “broil” doesn’t really translate to German full convection ovens. So please keep an eye on the cookies and decide for yourself if they need longer or are done faster in your oven than required by the recipe.



Wir haben vermutlich alle Kindheitserinnerungen, die unzertrennbar mit Weihnachten verbunden sind. Und so lustig sich das auch anhört, zu meinen Erinnerungen gehört das SchĂ€len von Mandeln fĂŒr die WeihnachtsbĂ€ckerei dazu. Ich fand es schon immer faszinierend, dass sich die Schale ablöst, wenn man die Mandeln mit kochendem Wasser ĂŒbergießt, und man die Mandeln dann ganz einfach herausquetschen kann. NatĂŒrlich haben wir als Kinder die Mandeln nicht ruhig und gesittet herausgequetscht, mein Bruder, meine Schwester und ich haben sie mit Freuden durch die ganze KĂŒche geschossen und versucht, uns gegenseitig zu treffen, bis meine Mutter genug hatte und dem Ganzen ein Ende setzte. Bis heute ist das GefĂŒhl von Weihnachtszeit fĂŒr mich mit dem SchĂ€len von Mandeln verbunden, und daher dĂŒrfte es niemanden verwundern, dass diese PlĂ€tzchen immer die ersten sind, die ich backe. Es sind relativ einfache ButterplĂ€tzchen, aber weniger ist manchmal mehr, und diese sind wirklich lecker. Und wem meine Variante zu langweilig ist (sie werden nur mit Eigelb bestrichen und mit einer Mandel belegt), darf gerne die Dekoration nach Herzenslust variieren.



Und zusĂ€tzlich zum Rezept gibt es von mir auch noch ein vorweihnachtliches Geschenk, das im weitesten Sinne auch mit der WeihnachtsbĂ€ckerei zu tun hat. Als ich mich fĂŒr diesen Blog Hop angemeldet habe, erschien plötzlich ein Lebkuchenmann vor meinem inneren Auge. Der hat sich dann in meinem Kopf eingenistet und auch noch eine Lebkuchenfrau dazu eingeladen, und ich habe die beiden in Mug Rugs verwandelt und sie Ginger und Fred genannt. Die Anleitung ist bis Sonntag zum kostenlosen Download verfĂŒgbar. Am Montag zieht sie dann in den Shop um. Das gibt dann auch denjenigen eine Chance, die in der Woche keine Zeit haben, von Blog zu Blog zu hĂŒpfen. Ich wĂŒnsche allen eine schöne (Vor)Weihnachtszeit und danke fĂŒr’s Vorbeischauen.

And I also have a little virtual cookie Christmas gift for all of you. When I signed up for this blog hop a vision of a gingerbread man popped into my head. And he made himself at home in there and also invited a gingerbread woman, and I turned them both into mug rugs and called them Ginger and Fred. The pattern is available for free download until Sunday, I will move it to the shop on Monday. This way people who don’t have time during the week to hop from blog to blog will also have a chance to download the pattern. Have a great holiday season and thank you for stopping by today.

Edit: Ginger & Fred moved over to the store and are available for purchase now, if you missed the free download.

Edit: Ginger & Fred sind in den Shop umgezogen. Wer den freien Download verpasst hat, kann sie dort noch erwerben.





And once again the full schedule of the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2018:

Tuesday, November 27
Kwilty Pleasures
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Songbird Designs
Creative Latitude
Ms P. Designs USA
Gray Barn Designs
Alycia Quilts
Happy Cottage Quilter
Sew Many Yarns
For The Love Of Geese
 
Wednesday, November 28
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Vroomans Quilts
It’s A T-Sweet Day!
Domestic Felicity
That Fabric Feeling
Home Sewn By Us
Karrin’s Crazy World
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Bumbleberry Stitches
Melva Loves Scraps
Beaquilter

Thursday, November 29
MooseStashQuilting
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Kathleen McMusing
DesertSky Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Ridge Top Quilt
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Operation Domestic Goddess
Just Let Me Quilt



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