It’s Time To Vote – Week 3 Block of the Month Challenge!

Blue or Red?
Let’s cool things down some.   The last quilt, Hot Flashes, had a clear winner with the Black winning 80% to 20% of the votes!  I don’t suppose I’m that surprised since that black really sets off those colors.  Once again, thank you for voting.    Also, be sure to follow our blog (to the right) so you Don’t Miss a Thing!

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You Choose!

Blue or Red.  This is a difficult choice when you compare both of these beautiful quilts!  I’m not sure which is my favorite, but I think for my guestroom, I would go with the Blue.  What about you?  This quilt, called Tour des Jardin, translated to Round of Garden,  is a blend of the romantic Tour des Fleurs fabrics and a whimsical design by Holly Hill Quilts.  Luckily for all of you, we are offering both colors as a BOM.

Reminder:  So, along with the Poll, please let us know “I Voted” in the Comments Section so we can have a special give away at the end of the BOM Challenge!


First vote Red or Blue in the Poll and then leave a Comment – I voted !
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And the Winners Are …. !!!!

Wow .. this time of year sure has a habit of moving time in light speed proportions!   We have so many fun things to cover today – and they are all about US giving back to YOU!  Stay with us here … there is a lot of great stuff that you don’t want to miss! 

We actually just completed TWO  Grand Prize Drawings.  

The first, The Harvest Festival Drawing, is a $100 Shopping Spree and a $50 Mystery Gift (one of my favorites!).  All customers who placed an order during Thanksgiving week were eligible for this drawing… and the winners for the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival are: 

$100 December 2009 Shopping Spree – Jody M. of Parma Heights, OH
$50 Mystery Gift –  Alice T. of Bridgeton, MS
Congratulations to both of you!  We want to thank every one of you out there for your long-standing support.  Do you realize at the end of 2010 we will be celebrating our 10 years in business?  Talk about light speed! 

OK – Now, before we move on to the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners, we want to let you in on a couple of more things we are doing to give back to you. 

First,  we have ANOTHER $250 Shopping Spree up for grabs!  All orders placed during the month of December qualify for our 7th Annual Year End $250 Shopping Spree Drawing!   Each and every order placed in December, no matter how large or small the order, is entered into the drawing.   Can you even imagine how easy it would be to spend $250 of FREE MONEY at Homespun Hearth??  The drawing will be held on 1/1/2010, so place your orders this month! 

Second, like I said, December is the month of US giving back to YOU.  And so, this is the month that your Earned Homespun Rewards from 2009 pays off!  For all orders placed between today and December 31, you will recieve your 2009 earned discount … automatically!  And, while some items (like Furniture, Clubs & BOMs) don’t receive the discount … the purchase of those itmes still earn you higher rewards… and moves you closer to the next discount level!   

And, here is the cool part about Homespun Rewards … you still can reach higher levels even in December.!  And, here’s the even Cooler Cooler part … December is also our Annual 12 Days of Savings … and your Homespun Rewards are applied toward those discounts as well!!  We already have several “Queens” for 2009, and we are looking forward to crowning more!  To view your Earned Homespun Rewards, Login to your Account Here.  

OK – and now the next bit of Giving from Homespun Hearth 

We still need to finish the month to award final two winners who were so giving … 

Our Day 29 & 30 Winners are…
Terry Hein – 11/4 &
Dee – 11/9
Congratulations and Thank you to both of you!
 

Each of these winners will receive the new Floral Essence Wall Hanging Kit. 
I LOVE these Tea Time Floral II Fabrics… can you even tell? 
That is why we’ve offered the Sweet Tea Kit 

Full Size Sweet Tea Kit

in the Full Size Kit … Guess who is making that for her guest room..??  Yours Truly!  I can’t wait until it is finished!  

And now, what you all have been waiting for … Drumroll Please….. 

The 30 Days 30 Gifts 30 Winners Grand Prize Drawing Winners Are:

The Arrow Suzi Sidekick Sewing Storage Cabinet –  Karie S!  Looking back, Karie has entered several times during the month – and by the sounds of it, she is pretty busy on the homefront, too!  Congratulations Karie .. now, the difficult part … what color to choose? 

And, the 2nd Grand Prize Winner Recieves a Queen Size quilt Kit from our Mytery Series.  This quilt was designed by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilts and features Anne Sutton Flowers for Emma Fabric… it is beautiful, and it will be a total mystery until it is put together … by… Barb Nankivell.  Congratulations Barb!

Once again, all of us at Homespun Hearth want to thank Every One of you for your giving nature, kind deeds, and overall generous spirit that makes you who you are.  We know that it is not always easy to make that extra effort, so when you do, please know that it really does make a difference!

OK – so, let me see … did we get everything?

Harvest Festival – Check
$250 Shopping Spree Drawing – Check
Homespun Rewards – Check
12 Days of Savings – Check
30 Days, 30 Gifts 30 Winners – Check

I think that is all for today.  Be sure to stay with us as we continue on our 12 Days of Savings at Homespun Hearth!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Days 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 – 6 Winners!

Good morning and Happy Friday to All!   Wow – we have had a crazy week around here.  With the launch of our new Sewing Room Furniture, the start of the Holiday Fab Shop Hop, and the introduction of  Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Clubs, all of those New Quilt Kits, patterns and books,  we spent the better part of the week pinging in several directions… and I did not get any quilting done as planned.. 

So, we are drawing names for several  Days –  15 – 20!.  We have lots of fun gifts, so here we go.  We are going to spread-out the giving in this blog  🙂

Quilt Sampler Club - 2 Publications per Year

Our Day 15 & 16 Winners are…
11/14 #3 – Michelle &  11/13 #13 – Sharon Hettinger !! Congratulations and Thank you!
Both Michelle and Sharon win a 1 year subscription the Quilt Sampler Magazine Club  …  the Gift that just keeps giving!    Quilt Sampler has 2x publications a year – in May and September.  Congratulations! 

From the emails and blogs we’ve received, it sounds like everybody is pretty excited about the chance to win the Suzi.   And, hands down, the most popular Sewing cabinet so far is the Marilyn.  But, I’m not surprised – it is Arrow’s most popular cabinet, too – not only is she compact, but she is a lovely piece of furniture as well.    We had one customer purchase 2 of the Sewnatras – she said she was going to use both as nightstands next to her bed –  and one will hold her machine, and the other to hold a Singer Featherweight  that she has on her Christmas list.  What a great idea!   And, together with the free shipping, Mettler Thread Combo and Vusion Light, it really makes these deluxe cabinets a steal.  As far as the promotional suites that Kangaroo is running right now, the favorite is the Aussie Suite.  Looking at it, it seems to provide the most work surface and storage, but it a bit less expensive than the Kangaroo Suite. 

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Our Day 17 & 18 Winners are…
11/19 – Marcia & 11/12 – Elaine!! Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Marcia and Elaine win a 1 year subscription to the Quilts & More Magazine Club … another Gift that just keeps giving!  Quilts & More has 4x publications a year – March, May, August & November.  Congratulations!

We received the sweetest email Tuesday morning  from Darla T.  She asked us “why are you being so generous – what do you get in return? ”  The email had a lot of other sweet comments, but this just made me smile.  Do you realize how much we feel part of such a bigger picture around here?  It sounds to me that what we are doing is having a profound affect on so many of you – not that you aren’t always givers, but that it seems everybody is making an extra effort to do a bit more.  And, because we don’t get out much, we are also living somewhat vicariously through your good deeds as well.  We all want to thank YOU for YOUR generostity!

And Finally, Our Day 19 & 20 Winners are…
11/16 – Melissa & 11/15 – Irene Schofield!  Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Melissa and Irene win a 1 year subscription to the BHG Quilt Magazine Specials Club .. yet another Gift that just keeps giving!  Better Homes & Gardens publishes 2x Specials each year – in March and October.

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 12 Winner

Well, today is my birthday, and my youngest son wants to be sure he gives me as many hugs as I am old today ….He’s pretty much kept me warm most of the day!  It’s funny, though – I was thinking about a ‘few’ years ago when I turned 10.  Having 6 sisters growing up, my folks didn’t really have much for extras – especially when it came to entertainment.  Well, I felt like the luckiest girl on earth that day – my mom was taking us to Disneyland!    She didn’t tell us where we were going as we were driving down the road, but when I saw the top of that Matterhorn, I don’t think I was ever so excited!  Well … being that it was Veteran’s Day (basically, we had the day off from school on the 12th), we weren’t the only ones with this idea.  It was VERY crowded.  I remember looking around and just seeing a sea of people. 

Well, my mom (who was pregnant, then) wasn’t enjoying it and decided we needed to leave (I was pretty disappointed at first!).  So, she decided to do Plan B – she took us to Knotts Berry Farm (her favorite when she was a kid).  Wow.  I don’t know how she afforded it, and I knew it was an unreasonable stretch financially.  But, looking back to my childhood, it was by far one of my most memorable birthdays.  But, here’s the great part.  About 2 weeks ago I was going through some ‘memorabilia’ and I found this little suede purse with an apple appliqued on it.  I opened it up, and inside it were the Disneyland tickets (yes – I’ll date myself here – the book with remaining A,B,C,E Rides!) & Knotts Berry Farm ticket stubs from that day!  I was so tickled to find those tickets – and the purse was a gift I received that day.   A trip down memory lane can be so fun!

We have been receiving so many blogs from you all — thank you!  I’ve totally lost count, but I think we are well over 300 – and they just keep coming.  On Sunday we are going to announce another ‘Grand Prize’ – and this is so cool!  But, that means you have to keep doing those good deeds and letting us know what you are up to.  If you’ve been reading what others are up to, you will see that there is such a plethora of ideas out there.  I want to thank you ALL for making this world a better place – even in the smallest little deeds!

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Our Day 12 Winner is…
10/30  #24– Alice-  Congratulations and Thank you!

Because Alice did a good deed, she receives a Fat Quarter Bundle from one of my favorites – Whimsicals Quilts by Terri Degenkolb – the Vintage Homestead Collection.  Thank you!

30 Day, 30 Gifts, Day 11 Winner

Good morning all and Thank you to all Veterans!  As most of you know, I am surrounded by many Veterans – my husband was in the Air Force for 24 years, my brother-in-law is currently an Army Reservist, and so many of my dearest friends are married to those who serve and have served.  And, to help pay it back some, we are ‘hosts’ for cadets at the AF Acadamy – a kind of home away from home.   Well, apparently the words is out that we love the cadets … we now sponsor 8 different cadets, and at any given time, we could have as many as 11 or 12 over (they bring their friends, too).  So, together with my 3 teen boys, wanna take a guess at my grocery bill for a typical Cadet visit?   Well, it isn’t pretty – but it is worth it!   There are basically 3 things cadets do … eat …. sleep …. eat.  Well, they throw in a game of football or basketball, and they do their laundry, too!

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So, I think it is only appropriate I do something Veterany today. 

Today’s winner receives a Firework’s Crystal wall hanging kit – something quite patriotic!
Our Day 11 Winner is…
11/8  #9 – Helen White !  Congratulations and Thank you!

Because Helen White did something kind she wins this great kit!

Have a great day!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 3 Winner .. and Good News!

I don’t know about you, but I am so very impressed with the different kind of things that you all are doing every day -some of them even give me the chills!    And, I realize it’s not always easy (or at least the first thing we think of) to make somebody else feel good when we are in the middle of our crazy days.   That being said, some things are no brainers … 

I will tell you one thing I did a couple of days ago.  One of Chocolate Donutmy sons is on the school football team, and we’ve had some pretty chilly afternoons –  as you can well imagine.  Well, on these cold days, I’ve  made it kind of ‘our thing’ to pick up my skinny vanilla latte (of which I am addicted!), and a hot chocolate and chocolate donut for him for as soon as he gets into the car  (the apple does not fall far from the tree, here …).  Anyway, I was in the coffee shop ready to place my order, and a grandpa came in with his grandson, who was probably about 9 years old – and the boy made a bee-line for the only remaining chocolate donut.   He was so happy that there was one remaining.   

Yes, I’m afraid that I arrived at football practice sans donut.  Sean hopped in the car, looked around, searched under a couple of things, and then looked at me with a questioning look.  When I told him what happened, he said “That’s ok, Mom.   I’m betting that boy was really happy when he ate ‘my’ donut, and I bet he will always remember that special outing with his grandpa.”  Wow – I was so happy to know that my teenager could be so compassionate!  Of course, he did say “Tomorrow you can get me two donuts”… yes – he is still a teenager – but a least one with a good heart! 

Quilt In A Cup - A Great Gift Idea!

Our Day 3 Winner is…
10/31 #39 Pamela!  Congratulations and Thank you! 
Pamela will receive a fun Quilt in a Cup Kit, along with her choice of fabric pack,  because she did something kind for somebody.   
Thank you Pamela!

Keep on telling us your good deed and kind acts! 

You can blog them to any post this month – and you will be eligible not only for a daily prize drawing, but also the grand prize drawing at the end of the month.  

 
 

Serengiti Snuggler - Click image to view our entire Snuggler Collection

 

Oh – and some great news!
We received word yesterday that the fabrics for the Serengeti Snuggler and Baby Cub Snuggler quilt kits will be here by the end of the week – so all preorders will ship early next week – a week earlier than we initially thought.  If you haven’t ordered yours but have been thinking you might,  you may want to asap, or you might be on the shipment due at the end of November.  Thank you!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 2 Winner .. and Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners

This Month of Giving has already been so much fun for us – and it is just Day #2!   We really enjoy reading all of the great deeds you are posting here, and we look forward to an entire month of good deeds.  

Our Day 2 Winner is…
11/1 #4 Susan Cahill!  Congratulations and Thank you!Mural_small

Because Susan did something kind for somebody, she will receive a gorgeous Dashing Roses FQ Bundle by Art Gallery Quilts!

I read a passage last night, and thought you might all appreciate it :  “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you”… John Bunyon

Continue to do your good work, and let us know here on the blog!

Family Recipe Box

With the holidays bearing down upon us, we are going to start passing on some recipes from our family recipe box.   Coming from a large family, these favorites come from grandmothers, aunts, in-laws… the list goes on. 

Everybody in our family always loved when Aunt Kathy would show up with her version of sweet potato casserole for our large Thanksgiving  Dinners (I don’t recall a Thanksgiving when we had less than 25 family members, and usually we were closer to 30!).  Not being a marshmallow fan, but LOVING anything sweet, this was the perfect alternative for the typical sweet potato & marshmallows that usually accompanies the great turkey dinners –  and everybody in my family loved it.  Now that we are all spread around the country, the one thing I know is that each of our families will be enjoying this dish on Thanksgiving! 

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Ingredients:
1 large can sweet potatoes, drained
2 eggs
¾ cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pecans

With an electric mixer, mash the sweet potatoes.
Beat in the eggs and ½ of the melted butter, ½ of the brown sugar and the salt and cinnamon.
Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.
Arrange nuts on the top and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar and butter.
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

30 Days, 30 Gifts – Day 1 Winner!

Good morning everyone!  Can you even believe this is the 1st of November?  I am always so surprised when this day comes .. it really means we are into the ‘home stretch’ for the year … that always passes by so quickly!  I know that 2009 is a year when many folks struggled, and have really had to make a lot of changes in their lives – some on purpose to help them get through these tougher times, and some that were forced upon them.  In any event, we have all been hearing about the good deeds that others have done – and so we wanted to know what our quilting readers are up to. 

We are so pleased at how generous our quilting community is!  Have you read all of the kind acts and fun things your fellow quilters are doing for others?  Many have inspired me to do even more.  

We  have received some questions about the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winner Event – so let me quickly answer them here.  
1.     Any act counts – no matter how small.  This is not a contest to see who gives more, but rather a way to get all of us to do a bit more for those around us. 
2.     You can (and we hope are) doing an act every day – and then just blog it to us. 
3.     We keep your name all month – and you can win 1 daily prize.  At the end of the month all names are eligible for the Grand Prize.  So even if you win a daily prize, keep on doing your acts of kindness as you will have more chances to win the Grand Prize.
4.     And finally, if you are a winner, we will post it here on the blog … which we are about ready to do now!Zbc-bhg2010_small

The Day 1 Winner is …. 
10/31 #36 .. Sheila!
  Congratulations & Thank you! 
Sheila will receive the Hot-off-the-Press 2010 Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork Calendar because she did something kind for somebody.   

Be sure to let us know what you do today … and you could be a winner!

Sharpest Needle in the Pincushion

Well, I want to say that I’ve never proclaimed to be the sharpest needle in the pin cushion. And, this time I feel pretty dumb … I don’t know HOW, but I somehow got two very different ‘Jennifer’s mixed up … and I’m thankful that I have some followers who set me straight! Duh… but, this certainly does make some sense to me. Somehow, I got Jennifer Paganelli and Jennifer Chiaverini mixed up … could it be that they are both Italian? They both design gorgeous fabrics? You know… the name Paganelli is a pet name for Pagan, which means ‘village dweller’, and Chiaverini is a diminutive of Chiavaro, an occupational name for a ‘locksmith’. So I can see how I got confused. Afterall, I’m thinking ‘village dweller’ and ‘locksmith’ … in the end they both need a quilt! Does that work? No? Well, I thank you all for setting me straight, anyway!

Gotcha! And Take A Guess …

Woohoo!  We have a winner!  And, I think we stumped most of you this time!  The adorable picture is that of Renee Plains of Liberty Star!  Renee has been a designer of ours for many years.  If you are not familiar with her patterns, click here!  And, the winner is Rachel W — congratulations!

Before we give you today’s challenge, we want to let you know that we have just started our Happy Hubby Sales … and what fun it is!  Lots of Fabrics and Kits are on sale … enough to make your hubby so happy when he sees how much you’ve saved! 

So, today we have a fun challenge.  All you have to do is Guess How Many Signatures are on our Hope Quilt!   If you would like an opportunity to win this, simply place a donation in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk .. to this link … and we will enter your name into the drawing which will be held on July 12.   Good Luck!  And, your hint:  Something between 50 & 100 !!!