Monday, January 30, 2012

ABC-123 Fabric Flashcard Workshop & Pellon Giveaway

Today, I'm officially launching my new ABC-123 Fabric Flashcard video workshop!

I came up with this idea after all the flashcards we bought were destroyed by my very active 2 yr old son. I needed something that could stand up to the wear and tear! These are virtually indestructible and can be machine washed & dried!

My little guy loves playing with his flashcards! (Don't mind the messy play area.)

This week, I've partnered with Pellon to bring you all a fab giveaway!  Three lucky winners will receive:
1) My ABC-123 Fabric Flashcard Video Workshop
2) 2 yards of Pellon Peltex 72F
3) 1.5 yards of Pellon Wonder Under

These are just what you need to make my flashcards in capital letters, lowercase letters and the numbers 0-9! All you need to provide is the fabric and thread.

For giveaway details please watch the teaser video here:

Winners will be announced in next Monday's tutorial.  Entries will be accepted from Jan. 30, 2012- Feb. 3, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

(It's on sale for a limited time only. )

Monday, January 23, 2012

Block #6- Patience Corners

I can't believe we are already half way done with our video quilt along!  If you want to join in on the fun you still can. There is no deadline or time limit on this quilt along. All the videos will be available for you to access whenever you want to complete the quilt along. 

Block #6 is called Patience Corners.  It's a great beginner block because it doesn't even require any triangle cuts or seams.  Just simple squares and rectangles with no crazy measurements either.  This is one of my favorite go-to quilt blocks because of its versatility. 

Just think of all the different fabric print and color combinations you could get if you made an entire quilt using just this one block.  You could orient the blocks in opposite directions for a cool secondary design. 

If you are new to the video quilt along. Click HERE to start from the beginning.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Citrus Cake with Pineapple Lime Glaze

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  We were busy here on the little farm.  My DS harvested some carrots and turnips this morning and was just so excited!

 What an amazing feeling to grow your own organic and healthy food!  This is really starting to become and addiction I think.  I have ordered so many seeds that I'm not even sure I'll be able to keep up with our Spring garden. It's just so hard to resist!  Seeing a little tiny seed grow into a cute and tasty carrot is definitely up there with some of the other wonders of life for me.

I've been receiving a lot of requests for gardening videos and I plan to start making some simple ones like seed starting and container gardening for herbs and easy-to-grow veggies soon. You don't have to have a farm to grow your own food. Even if you live in an apartment it is possible! So if you're interested or just curious be on the look out for those.

Now, I'll leave you with these week's video tutorial which happens to be a baking recipe.  My Citrus Cake with pineapple and lime glaze. My hubby has a ridiculous sweet tooth and I decided to come up with a recipe that had less butter and sugar than the usual but still packed a ton of yummy citrus-y flavor. Here it is!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Block #5- Video Quilt Along

Been busy planting seeds for the spring garden and working on some other new projects so I'll make this post sweet and short. 

We are on Block #5 of the video quilt along already- A Hole in the Barn Door quilt block.  It is also known as a Churn Dash quilt block. It's cute and simple and uses half square triangle (HST) units like some of our other blocks.  You should be a pro at HSTs by now, eh?!

p.s.- If you are still looking for some new crafty inspiration check out the online video workshops that are a part of STITCHED 2012. Registration is open now!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Easy Pillowcase- DIY Video Tutorial

Happy New Year!!

Today I had a chance to sit back and really absorb everything that has happened in my life in 2011.  It has really been an amazing year. It really seem unreal when I write it all out. Here's a quick recap in the order it all happened....

- Had an original quilt block published and featured on the cover of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 3
- I won $35,000 as a winner of YouTube's NextUp Contest
- Featured in the New York Times
- Invited to be a speaker at 3 different national conferences
- Bought a house on 5 acres of luscious Florida real estate to start the homestead of our dreams
- Was featured on ABC's 20/20
- Welcomed a big, beautiful & healthy baby girl into our family
- Had my crafting studio installed on our property
- Joined STITCHED 2012 as a online video instructor

...and that's just some of the fabulous things that happened in 2011!

I am truly blessed to be doing something I love so much and still being able to stay home and raise my kids the way I've always wanted for to.  Thank you all so much for your support and kind words.  I could not have came so far with my little video tutorials if it was not for you! I appreciate all your comments and suggestions and know that I read and try to respond to every single one. 

I have a lot more exciting projects and workshops planned for 2012 and I hope you will stick around to enjoy them with me.

To kickstart the year I leave you with the first tutorial of 2012:

These pillowcases are great quick & easy projects you can make to donate to charities.  You may already be familiar with the 1 million pillowcase challenge which is being hosted by American Patchwork & Quilting. For more info click HERE. 

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