Tuesday’s Talkabout

 

Tuesday's Talkabout - where we show what were all dabbling, babbling and gabbying in!It’s time for Tuesday’s Talkabout!  But, we need to introduce ourselves – we should have done this sooner!  On the left, my name is Sheanna – I am just a quilter who loves to poke around different quilting blogs – I can learn so much from all you smart quilters! My favorite fabrics are Cottons and Batiks – and I love MINKY!

And on the right, I’m Barb!  I am also a quilter, but my favorite thing to do is just let fabric ‘speak’ to me!  I love to work with wool, flannel and silks!   And, be sure to see below … we want to know your favorite, and there’s a prize to give away!

So, last week we were ‘dark’ .. we didn’t get a chance to post on Tuesday – and we are so sorry!      Yes, because we needed announce our Talkabout Winner – and it was easy with just 5 entries.  All we had to do was put those names into a box .. and voila!  Our winner is goonyburd!    Goonyburd (love the name) is the winner of a $20 Gift Certificate that Teresa gave us to do what we will … and stay tuned, because she’s given us more! 

Baltimore Brides by Karen

Baltimore Brides by Karen

This week’s Talkabout Customer Creation is by Karen!   It’s a Baltimore Brides Wool on Flannel kit that she started with us last year.

What amazes me is that Karen kept up with the BOM!  I’m not so good about that!  I am usually about 4 months behind.  But, this sure inspires me to get another block done.  I’m actually not doing this one, but a similar one that is wool on wool called Antique 1800-1940s .. and I love it!3-Musketeers

And, lets show this weeks Creative Team feature!  So Teresa had this one in her vault.  She didn’t want to display the quilt the ‘usual’ way .. but I think this is ingenious!  This is a quilt from a Patchwork Party several years back.     Yep – and I heard a rumor that she is redesigning the sampler blocks and we will get to have this beautiful quilt available to all!

So, I’ve been poking around some of the blogs that you folks are up to, and this time I’m excited to feature Alice from Future Girl Blog   Now, this gal can knit!  But, what I really love are the Fanged Pumpkins – be sure to scroll down.  Also, drop Alice a note to let her know you were there!

As you can all imagine, things are really hopping at Homespun Hearth these days.  Last night the huge Giveaway ended, and the winners can be found here.  But, it turns out we went from one great Giveaway to ANOTHER!  Yesterday we launched the 11th Annual 12 Days of Quilting!  Another Giveaway, and this one will have 12 Prizes and 12 Winners!  Be sure to hop on over to check it out HERE.

Finally, we want to know YOUR Favorite Fabrics!  This week we have a $15 Voucher to give away — just leave us a comment here with your favorite fabric – and if you want to get detailed, such as letting us know your favorite manufacturer (ie:  Lecien Cottons, or Hoffman Batiks, etc) – that would be awesome!   Next week we’ll announce the winner.

In the mean time, Don’t Miss a Thing!  Be sure to Follow this blog, and click on the icons below to stay connected — so many things happening ALL THE TIME at Homespun Hearth!

Shea & Barb

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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. 

Quilts & More - 2x per year

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.

Another Grand Prize in our 30 Day Give Away

We are SO excited to announce our two New Sewing Room Furniture product lines — that just released today!  We now carry both Kangaroo Kabinet & Arrow Cabinets – Sewing Machine Tables, Cutting Tables, Storage Units, Complete Suites and Chairs.    And, the best part is we are going to add one of these wonderful Sewing Room Cabinets to our Grand Prize list!  Yep – we are now going to have TWO Grand Prize Winners in our 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners Give-Away! That’s a $173.99 value when you include shipping!

Quilt a Gift .. 25 Heartfelt Projects

 Not only do we have the Quilt-a-Licious Grab Bag Queen Size Quilt, but now we are also going to give away an Arrow Suzi Sidekick Sewing Storage Cabinet!  The winner will have the option for 4 different finishes – black, white, oak or cherry.

Suzi’ has plenty of storage with four drawers for a huge range of sewing notions.  Drawer stops prevent Suzi’s drawers from pulling out too far, but each drawer will glide effortlessly on slides allowing an easy reach to hard to find items in the back.

We hope you like little Suzi as much as we do!

Keep doing all of those kind acts and good deeds … and you could be a winner!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 13 Winner

Good Morning Everybody!   Can you believe it is Friday?  We are so excited… this is going to be a big weekend.  The surprise announcement will be on Sunday – and all of you have the opportunity to be a big winner!  Plus, we have a couple of new clubs to announce. 

And how do you like that new quilt, Your Home or Mine??!!!   Liz and Julie worked on this together over the past couple of months – and I think it is stunning.  The Moda Heritage fabrics are such a gorgeous compliment to this quilt … which was not an easy quilt at all!  With all of the applique and stitchery, these two put in a lot of late nights.  And, I can’t believe it, but they have another colorway they are working on right now, too!  It turns out that Liz does gorgeous stitching, and Julie is an applique pro – what a great way to share the fun in a quilt like this!

Today we are also sending out the Serengeti Quilt kits – and will receive another fabric shipment on Monday – these things are so wild, they are literally  running out the door!  All orders placed through 11/7 will ship today, and the remaining will ship on Wednesday.

Petite Frosted Candles

Ok – so, for today’s winner we wanted to give something very sweet.  It is the Petite Frosted Candles.  So sweet and we know this will help bring in the season.  Our Day 13 Winner is…
11/10  #2 – Shirley Clark  – Congratulations and Thank you! 
Because Shirley did something kind for someone, she is going to receive this sweet candle set.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful day,   Tereas

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!

Fireworks Crystals Surprise!

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, Days 9 & 10 Winners!

Well – I was a bit remiss yesterday getting this blog out.   Monday’s are always a bit crazy around here, and yesterday was even more than normal.  For those of you participating in the Agatha & Sherlock Mystery, I’m sure you understand why 🙂   

So, here is something I heard on the radio yesterday when I was dropping the kids off at school.  The radio announcer (we will call her Mom) was remembering a time when her little boy was really little (he is now a police man, so I’m guessing 20+ years ago).  Anyway, it was a rainy day and the two of them were in the grocery store getting ready to check out when she heard the little old lady in front of her ask the clerk to call her a taxi.  Well, the ‘Mom’ intervened and told the lady that she would take her home if she didn’t mind waiting for a few more minutes.  The lady was so grateful for the ride, and she told ‘Mom’ that everyday she tries to do something nice for somebody – and she especially enjoyed the annonymous things she did.  But, she also noticed something else … that people always did kind things for her too.    

Hmmmm – does this tell you something?  I am a true believe of ‘What goes around, Comes Around’ – not that I think any of you are hoping and waiting for people to do you good deeds, but I would bet that most of you have wonderful people around you all of the time, and you are all helping each other in even the littlest ways.  By reading all of the comments, anyone can see that every one of these acts is impacting the life of somebody, somehow – and you all should be so very proud.

A Delightful Collection of Christmas Projects

So, back to the winners …. 

Both the Day 9 & Day 10 Winners will receive one of our very Favorite Christmas Books – Christmas with Artful Offerings – I can smell the gingerbread from here!

Our Day 8 Winner is…
11/8  #2 – Julie Clifton &
11/4 #15 –  Jeannette !  Congratulations and Thank you!

You both did something nice for somebody, so we want to do something for you.  While what we do is not always noticed, I hope that you ALL know how much we appreciate you, what you do, and who you are!

Have a wonderful day!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 5 Winner

Last night my husband and I took our 3 boys to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas concert here in Colorado Springs.  I’ve always wanted to see it, but it never worked out in the past, so, we jumped on the chance to go this year.  It was absolutely wonderful.   So many talented musicians, and the choreographers kept the show unbelievably alive and entertaining.  Of course, my ears were still ringing hours later…. 

But, as many of you know, there is a Christmas Story/Poem that is part of the show, and I was realizing how apropos some of the stanzas were for this month’s 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners.   I know that we have readers of all faiths, but I think that all will understand what this is all about.   I did my best to text them to myself so I could post it here.  I think they are in order….

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If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last
By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
And to know who needs help
You need only just ask

It’s every gift that someone gives
Expecting nothing back
It’s every kindness that we do
Each simple little act

And so it’s good that we remember
Just as soon as we’ve discovered
That the things we do in life
Will always end up touching others

I sure hope I didn’t slaughter it!   Anyway,  again I am so happy with all of the blog entries we are getting.  Be sure to keep them coming as each deed or act you post to us will be entered into our daily drawing, as well as our Grand Prize drawing.  

2010 'Quite a Stitch' a year with Mrs. Buttons Calendar

Our Day 5 Winner is…
11/2 #2 – Karie!  Congratulations and Thank you
 

Today we have another wonderful 2010 Calendar that Karie will receive … I think I need this in my office – it is so funny!  It is the Mrs. Buttons KCS 2010 Calendar — click the image to view it.

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! 

thumbnailSweet Potato Casserole

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!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners!

With Thanksgiving and the winter holidays ahead of us, we decided that it was time to let all of our quilting Givingfriends know how special you all are to us.  So, we have a special event planned for the month of November – 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners!  We hope you all will participate .. not for us, but for those around you!

What Homespun Hearth has Planned:
A Month Of Giving from Homespun Hearth! That’s right – for 30 days we will give 30 gifts to 30 winners for the entire month of November!  Every day we are going to select one participant to receive a special gift from Homespun Hearth.  We know that a lot of people have struggled financially over the past couple of years, and yet this hasn’t stopped them from being kind to others and doing good deeds.  We believe that there’s no better person than a quilter, and we know that you are giving a helping hand at every turn.  We want to let you all know that we appreciate who you are and what you do, and so we would like to reward you the best way we know how … with great quilting goodies! 

How to win:
 30 days, 30 gifts, 30 winners … and one of those could be you! What’s the catch, you ask? No catch! Well, not really. Here is how it goes – for the month of November, we want to ‘reward’ those of you who do a special deed or act  of kindness for somebody… anybody – and you just have to let us know!   And don’t be shy.  What you do may sometimes go unnoticed, but we want to make sure that this time it does not!  Simply post your deed or act on this blog, and we will put your name in the ‘Drawing Pot’.  Well, it isn’t actually a pot.  It’s more like a bowl.  A huge bowl.  But, it works!  Once you tell us your story, you are eligible for a drawing every day of the month.  You can only win one of the daily prizes,  but everybody who does any act of kindness or special deed will be placed in the grand prize drawing … a wonderfulf Queen Size Quilt Kit from our Quilt-a-lisious Grab Bag!  You can do one act all month, or you can get more chances to win if you get your name added every day  by doing a daily deed!  You just have to let us know .  Mostly, we know  that the quilting community will be impressed at the wonderful nature of our quilters!

What we are giving:
We have some pretty great stuff we are giving away – everything from yards of fabric, the new Better Homes & Garden 2010 Quilting Calendar, fat quarter bundles, quilt kits, jelly rolls and books, just to name a few.  Every gift will come specially wrapped, plus you will recieve an additional shopping coupon for your next order at Homespun Hearth!

So, starting today all you have to do is blog something here that you have done today that was just a bit more than you needed to.  Just post to this blog, and beginning on Sunday November 1st, we will begin to draw names!

Thank you for being so giving!

Teresa & the entire Homespun Hearth Customer Care Team!