Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Hop Linky Party

Everyone likes a party, right?  For folks who use WordPress as their blogging platform, they can no longer receive followers through Google Friend Connect.  But there is a new way to gain followers, and that's through Linky Followers. 

Just in time for the weekend, join in the Linky Follower Party Hop!  I decided to join the party, and you can, too - it's a great way to gain followers and find new blogs.



RULES:

1. You MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.

If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link
{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool to participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER
just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE
Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.
You can grab the party button code in the FOOTER at Its So Very Cheri
You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers(see rule #2)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

GO! Baby Giveaway

How neat for AccuQuilt to donate a GO! Baby for this giveaway sponsored by Annies Ruby Slipperz!  I must admit I have gotten a twinge of jealousy when I read blogs or tutorials and learn the pieces were cut in a snap with one of the AccuQuilt products.  I have this on my Wish List for my birthday or Christmas.

The good news is, this week you can sign up for a drawing to get one for yourself. Now! No waiting for a birthday or Christmas.

All you have to do is cruise through the AccuQuilt site and decide on three of your three favorite templates.  My three favorites would have to be: GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" Item 55017; GO! Mix and Match 12" Block Die Set Item 55902; and since I love Autumn, the GO! Pumpkins Item 55323.

What are you waiting for?  Hop on over to Annies Ruby Slipperz to sign up today. Good luck!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Long arm Lessons

Yahoo! I made the five-hour drive to Salt Lake City yesterday through wind and rain and snow and fog and heavy traffic.  That alone is a testament to my intense desire to learn how to quilt on my long arm machine.

I've had my Gammill for about 10 weeks, but in that time, I've been traveling for two weeks and so it feels like I'm always behind. I've practiced and practiced, and only found time to quilt one large quilt,  a baby quilt, and one table runner.  That's just enough to know that there is a heck of lot more to know about becoming 'good' at long arm quilting.  That's why I'm so excited to be here.  For two days!

I will keep you posted.  Hopefully the weather will be much calmer for the drive home.
 (Disclaimer: this is an older photo and not exactly indicative of the snow yesterday. It's just a cold, cold picture that scream, "Come on Spring!")

Oh - I really think it's time to change my profile picture and stash that winter coat. Isn't it spring in a day or two?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Peach Cobbler

It's snowing here this week, and just doesn't feel like spring, so I baked up this little peach cobbler last night and it was delicious!  If you are on a diet, this isn't a great choice - but oh, my goodness, is it GREAT!  Sorry no photo - we ate it too quickly.

Peach Cobbler

1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
4 cups sweetened or 1 quart peaches, juice and all (I use a 29-ounce can of sliced peaches)

Melt butter in 8x10 inch pan. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in large bowl. Stir in milk and blend until smooth. Pour batter over butter - do not mix or stir!  Spread fruit on top of batter - do not mix or stir! 

Bake 40 minutes at 375 degrees.  When baked, the cake will rise to the top. Excellent served warm with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Here's a photo of the snow at Galena Lodge further upstream from us. Lots of snow for March 13!
 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quilts for Christmas, Babies and Just Fun!

We took a late-winter/early-spring vacation last week. It was so nice to get out of Snow Country for awhile. I was having so much fun golfing that I forgot to take pictures - oops.

But instead I will show you what I had been working on prior to vacation, and finishing up this week.

First, there is this Scrappy Christmas quilt which I have finished quilting - just needs binding:


Then I have a fun little baby quilt for those cute little boys who are hard to buy for.  This one has browns and blues and oranges and is pretty adorable!

I've also finished piecing this fun quilt with Ruby fabrics.  The backing is in, so it is ready to quilt, also.





So, the point of all this is, I have my desk work caught up after vacation (there is always, always a pile to catch up with), so now I can quilt and sew the rest of the week.  I'm a happy camper!

I've linked up to the Linky Party Tuesdays at Quilting by the River.  Why not hope on over there to see what everyone else has been up to this week?  We also have WIP Wednesday for the Idaho Etsy Team, and Quilt Story has their Fabric Tuesday.  It's all good!

           

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