Welcome to my pit-stop on the Sweet Celebrations Blog Tour! In case this is your first introduction, Moda Bake Shop has compiled a book of all new patterns, Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs, with inspiring sewing creations to celebrate your favorite seasons and holidays throughout the year.
Here are a few sneak peak pictures of the variety of projects found in this book. I was beyond excited to be invited to contribute. I have three projects in the book, including this Love Notes wall hanging (above). (You can see little snippets of my other projects here. I’ll share more about them in the months to come.)
As part of this tour, Oda May of Moda Bake Shop fame, has asked us each a few questions. Here are some of my responses:
What is your favorite part of quilting – fabric selection, piecing, quilting, binding – and why? Wow. I have so many favorite parts of quilting. I really enjoy the cutting, piecing and even binding, but if forced to pick a favorite, I would have to choose the fabric selection process. Picking the color palette and fabrics, laying out the contrasting prints and textures – I just love that part.
What sewing accomplishment are you most proud of? I would have to say, finishing my Union Jack quilt this summer. It’s been a long time work-in-progress and I’m so happy it’s done. I’m glad I had the London Olympics as my deadline motivation.
What have you gained from the online quilting/sewing world?
I can’t adequately sum up all that I have gained from the online quilting world. I’ve been a closet quilt-lover most of my life, but always felt a little dorky telling people about my “granny” hobby. Discovering the online sewing world about 5 years ago was like finding a bunch of new best friends who shared my love of petting pretty fabric, and then cutting it up into small pieces and sewing it back together. As a result of that discovery I have been able to connect with many real life friends who share that same love. Not to mention all the beautiful inspiration available and readily shared by so many talented people!
As part of this tour, I’ve been asked to share a favorite family recipe connected with the holiday of my favorite project in the book. Well, my favorite project I contributed is a Gratitude Quilt where I embroidered the names of many of the people, places and events that I am most grateful for. It’s something I’ve always wanted to make, and I’m so excited to be able to share the pattern in this book! Pictures of that quilt coming soon!
In connection with that project, the recipe I am sharing a recipe is from Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. One of our new Thanksgiving traditions is to brine our Turkey. (I shouldn’t say “our” I should say “my husband’s” new favorite tradition, since he does all the work. I am merely the beneficary of his efforts. Wow. SO GOOD.)
But since that tradition is still evolving I thought I would share one of our very established Thanksgiving traditions: my Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe (not pictured). This pie is a light, fluffy, chilled version of a classic Thanksgiving flavor. My grandma passed away 9 years ago and my mom has continued that tradition every year. One of these days I need to make one myself so that I can carry on the tradition. Here is that recipe. Even if you’re not a traditional ‘pie’ person (I’m not either) you might like this one!