Thursday, November 7, 2019

and the winner is.....

I have absolutely LOVED reading all the comments about YOUR Thanksgiving (holiday) favorite mix it ups and the guesses as to my least favorite.

I'm a turkey girl, and this year Thanksgiving is on my birthday.  Since it happens every few years, it can be a wonderful celebration with family or a big mess and birthday is totally ignored.
I have never hosted Thanksgiving. But, I have hosted Christmas for 40 years. my first was at age 23. In our family, tradition has always been that the same menu be served for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When I was a kid, because of my birthday being on Turkey Day, Mother didn't want to make a cake, only pies and asked what pie I would like....Chocolate Icebox.
So we have chocolate icebox pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
I've been incharge of the dressing for years....loving making it. Mixing the cornbread, onions, celery, broth and poultry seasoning remind me of Mom and my grandmother in our kitchen, both great cooks....and I cook like they did. The aroma on Thanksgiving morning...heavenly.
I will eat anything except pumpkin pie, even brussel sprouts (which we never have) and green bean casserole. Corn casserole is my husband's favorite, mom's recipe, and I prefer it at Thanksgiving. I LOVE cranberries! and make the cranberry sauce. After having my Aunt Lyda's one year, I never opened another can.
Some of you may follow me on Instagram and saw my Halloween posts, maybe you saw the one where I wrote the only pumpkin spice things I like are jack o' lanterns.
I think it was a texture thing as a kid, because I'm sure my grandmother's would have been fantastic...for everyone else.  LOL

This has been so much fun...Thankfully the random number generator, picked the winner....
Congratulations !!!

who wrote,

My fave is chopping up a cranberry fruit relish vs the canned cranberry sauce. I'm guessing yours is stuffing the turkey.

Deb, I'll email you.

Everyone remember, when entering a giveaway, please include an email.

Thank you ALL for entering.

Thank you Moda and Martingale for providing the items and to all the designers for their creations!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Monday, November 4, 2019

Mix It Up...Day 1 of a new blog hop and a Giveaway

Hi everyone!
 Welcome to Day 1 of a blog/social media hop for Martingale's newest compilation book, 

 16 quilts from 16 designers. Compiled by Lissa Alexander.

Here is my quilt, Step it Up the book

...with Cake Mix Recipe 8

...on the guest bed

 ...sideways, the way I think I will hang it.

For my quilt I used one Cake Mix Recipe 8 and a total of 26 - 10" squares of assorted cream prints  and a total of 26 - 10" squares of red, indigo, and brown prints from all my collections for Moda.
My best tip for sewing...put the light fabric on top under the cake mix paper.  After cutting the parts apart, press to the dark print with the paper on. 
This keeps your half square triangles nice and square. Then, remove the paper.

I really enjoyed selecting the fabrics for this quilt and equally enjoyed sewing the cream prints to the dark prints with the papers.  Arranging the rows was fun and I think you can see that substituting other colors or, including more colors would be just at good looking.  I will be using this quilt a lot throughout the year, as it fits in perfectly with my decorating scheme. I LOVE this quilt.

I hope you like  Step it Up and the others in the MIX IT UP book! Each and every one is wonderful, designed by very talented quilters.

Would you like a chance to win a prize from me and each of the participants?

Here is my Giveaway....

two Layer Cakes ( Sarah's Story and Bella Solids), one Cake Mix Recipe 8, 
and the Mix It Up book!

Here are the red, indigo and brown prints in Sarah's Story 

and golds and sky blues

Add more red, indigo and brown prints or, use all the colors in Sarah's Story. Add more lights to go with those in Sarah's Story or use the Layer Cake of Bella Solid. 
 Regardless of how you mix it, have fun with Step It Up!!!

Side note...Sarah's Story will be arriving in shops this Month.

If you would like a chance for my giveaway, shown above, please leave me a comment about your favorite thing to 'mix up' for a Thanksgiving get together or dinner, AND a guess as to what might be my least's about that time to gather the recipes and start cooking.

Comments need to be made by Wednesday, November 5th at 10:00pm CST 
when my giveaway closes.
One lucky winner will be announced Thursday morning November 6th. 

Today, I am joined by Susan Ache @yardgirl60 and Martingale @martingaletpp

Please visit Susan and Martingale to see what they are giving away.

Below is a complete listing of participants and the days they will post their quilts and giveaways.

Thank you for visiting and best of luck!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Monday- 11.4:
Susan Ache - @yardgrl60
Betsy Chutchian - @betsy_chutchian /
Martingale - @martingaletpp /

Tuesday - 11.5:
Zen Chic-Brigitte - @zenchicmoda /
Laurie Simpson - @minickandsimpson /
Moda - @modafabrics /

Wednesday - 11.6:
Kansas Troubles-Lynne - @lynnektq /
Brenda Riddle - @brengr /
Corey Yoder - @corianderquilts /

Thursday - 11.7:
Bunny Hill-Anne - @bunnyhilldesigns /
Lisa Bongean - @lisabongean /
Me & My Sister - @meandmysisterdesigns /
Sherri McConnell - @aquiltinglife /

Friday - 11.8:
Janet Clare - @janeteclare /
Pretty by Hand-Kristyne Czepuryk - @prettybyhand /
Sweetwater - @sweetwaterfabrics /
American Jane-Sandy - @sandyklop /