Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to .... (insert drum roll)
Caron Mosey - Michigan Quilts
 who said...
I love Jennifer Chiaverini's books and look forward to reading Sonoma Rose. Looking forward to your giveaway!
February 22, 2012 3:08 AM
You are the WINNER of my "Sonoma Rose" book give-a-way sponsored by Dutton Publishing!
***Please send me your mailing address to be forwarded to Liza Cassity, Publicist at Dutton/Penguin Group***
Congratulations Caron!!
And a HUGE thank you to Dutton Publishing for sponsoring this give-a-way!
Hugs,
Elaine

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Sonoma Rose" Review and Give-A-Way

I'm very impressed with Jennifer Chiaverini's new novel, "Sonoma Rose". It is the story of Rosa Diaz Barclay who was first introduced in " The Quilter's Homecoming".

As stated by Jennifer in her press release "SONOMA ROSE picks up at the climax of The Quilter's Homecoming (2007), when Rosa Diaz Barclay flees from her abusive husband with her four children and her childhood sweetheart, Lars Jorgensen. On the run from her husband, his mob associates, and the federal agents investigating his crimes, Rosa and Lars make their way north—first to San Francisco where they seek medical care for two of the children, who suffer from a mysterious ailment that has already claimed the lives of four of their brothers and sisters, and then on to Sonoma County, where they find sanctuary at a vineyard and winery struggling to stay afloat despite the constraints of Prohibition."

"Sonoma Rose" features two quilts , "Road to Triumph Ranch" and "Arboles Valley Star". These are included among the few belongings that Rosa takes when she flees from her husband. They are cherished by Rosa as they represent a reminder of her heritage and family.

The novel is very well written, the characters are strong and well developed. You are immediately drawn into the relationship between Rosa and her husband, so much so that you are rooting for Rosa from the very beginning as well as the welfare of her children. As I read, I could see her strength and courage develop.

"Sonoma Rose" was a very good novel, one I would highly recommend to readers who enjoy a blend of history and fiction.

I hope you all have a chance to read "Sonoma Rose"... I'm sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did!

And now for the "Sonoma Rose" Give-A-Way...

I am very excited to offer you this give-a-way, sponsored by Dutton Publishing.  If you are the winner, your e-mail and mailing address will be forwarded to Dutton as your copy of 'Sonoma Rose will be sent to you directly from the publication department!

Please leave your comment on this post to be entered in the drawing.  I have deleted the word verification to make it easier to leave comments.

Last day to enter this give-a-way will be next Tuesday, February 28th at midnight. Winner will be drawn by the Random Number Generator and posted on Leap Day, February 29th!

Good Luck... and a HUGE thank you to Dutton Publishing for making this give-a-way possible!

Hugs,

Elaine

Blogging On The Go!

This is a test post...

I just uploaded this new app on my IPhone for blogging wherever you are.

Have you tried this yet??

I'll see how it works ...

Hope you all have a great day stitching!

Hugs,
Elaine

Monday, February 20, 2012

"Sonoma Rose" Reveiw and Give-A-Way

Jennifer Chiaverini's new novel, "Sonoma Rose",  is set to be released tomorrow February 21st.

I will be posting a book review and give-a-way, sponsored by the publishers at Dutton, tomorrow as well.

Stay tuned ... you won't want to miss this one!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Little Hexagons

Progress report on my hexagons ... a little slow but I really am enjoying the hand sewing!
I finally have enough hexagon flowers that I can now start putting a few together. And more hexagons are prepped and ready ... I just have to find the time!
Sew many projects and just not enough time in a day ... do you ever find that you are boggled down on which project to work on? Or maybe I just have way too many projects to work on at the same time! And to be perfectly honest, some days I get so overwhelmed I find that the day is gone before I really get anything accomplished. I guess I just need to buckle down, make a list and prioritize!

So today,  I'm going to make it a "over with and done" day. I'm attaching myself to my sewing machine and finishing up a quilt top that needs to be ready on Tuesday for a "Jo's Little Women's Club"  meeting at my LQS.

And then I'll work on my hexagons ... now that sounds like a great plan!

Hope you all have a great day stitching!

Hugs,
Elaine

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Headed For Afghanistan - Pillowcase Prayers


Pillowcases for our servicemen...

May they rest their heads on theses pillowcases and know that our prayers for safety
and thankfulness follow them through their days..


Hugs,

Elaine

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Lovely Valentine

My DH and I went to Steamer's in Pismo Beach for lunch on Saturday to celebrate Valentine's Day!  It was a cold and overcast day at the beach but the company was perfect and the conversation delightful!
It was wonderful!
On Valentine's Day, Jim gave me a card (lovely!), flowers (tulips are my favorite!) and See's Peanut Brittle candy (love peanut brittle and since it's sugar free I can still enjoy a piece or two!)
And then Jim gave me a new Willow Tree figurine, "The Quilt"!
 I made a special dinner that included shrimp cocktail, steak and chocolate covered strawberries. Here's a photo of the remaining strawberries... Jim loves it when I make these!
It was a perfect Valentine's Day ...

Life is good!

Hugs,
Elaine

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Opps I Bought Two Give-A-Way WINNER


    Time to announce the WINNER of my "Opps I Bought Two" Give-A-Way...

    **  Insert Drum Roll Please **

           And the WINNER is : Sandie @Crazy'boutquilts
                                                    
There were lots of good suggestions concerning organizing and tracking your quilt books and magazines.  Several apps were mentioned for the IPhone  ... I will be checking those out as that would be the most convenient. I "rarely" leave home without my phone!

Other great suggestions: 

Keeping an address book and listing all your books under author's name

Using a small 4 x 6 photo album and inserting index cards with author and book title/technique

Computer spread sheet 

I hope that I can start applying these suggestions and avoid buying multiple copies of books and magazines in the future!

And I have to tell you that I really appreciated hearing that I wasn't the only one in Quiltland who has trouble keeping track..

Thank you to all of you who participated in my give-a-way! And congratulations to Sandie!!!

Hugs,
Elaine

PS: Sandie - Please send me your mailing address so I can mail your "new" book and fabric!

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Sonoma Rose" Upcoming Review and Give-A-Way!

WOO HOO!
I was asked by Liza Cassity, publicist for Dutton Publishing, if I would like to write a review and host a give-a-way of Jennifer Chiaverini's new novel, "Sonoma Rose".

Of course, I said YES!
Today, I received my advanced copy.

I am very honored and excited to be asked to do a review and offer a give-a-way of Jennifer's new book on my blog.I have read all of her books and look forward to reading "Sonoma Rose".

Stay tuned...my review and give-a-way will be posted before "Sonoma Rose" is released on February 21st.

Exciting isn't it??

Hugs,
Elaine

PS: My "Opps I Bought Two Give-A-Way" ends this evening at midnight. I will announce the lucky winner on Valentine's Day, February 14th.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Opps I Bought Two Give-A-Way

Does this ever happen to you...buying another copy of a great book or magazine only to find out that you have ALREADY purchased it and it's in your sewing room??

Well, this has happened to me ( maybe more than once or twice to be perfectly honest) and instead of berating myself for the dual purchase (again) I decided to turn a negative into a positive and offer a give-a-way!

The book is Jo Morton's new "Prairie Flowers Encore"...
And to sweeten the give-a-way I'm also including in a bundle of ten fat quarters from Jo's "Carolina" collection for Andover Fabrics...blacks and cheddars.
To enter the give-a-way, PLEASE tell me how you keep from buying multiple copies. Do you have a system to remind you of the books already in your quilting library? I would love to hear from you on this topic!

The winner will be chosen by the Random Number Generator and announced on Valentine's Day, February 14th. Please include your e-mail address so I have some way of contacting you if you are the lucky recepient!

Thank you for your help...it is greatly appreciated not only by me but my DH as well!

Good Luck!

Hugs,
Elaine

Friday, February 3, 2012

Temecula Quilt Company

During the week of Road 2 California in Ontario, California I was fortunate enough to visit Temecula Quilt Company (www.temeculaquiltco.com/) not once but twice!

I was in "quilter's heaven" as they specialize in reproduction fabrics...my absolute favorite!

Every corner and nook had another "quilty" display  to capture your imagination and creativity. In fact, in going around the store several times, I would see something that I didn't see the first time around. Now that's amazing!

Here are some pictures of Temecula Quilt Company, taken with permission from the owner Sheryl Johnson.
Such a great way to display quilts!
Even a "Dear Jane"...
Cute mini quilts using Jo Morton fabrics from Andover...
Scrappy quilts and applique...
Red and White quilts...
Pillow projects with houses...
Wool appliques...
Signature quilts...
Quilts everywhere... (sorry about photo quality...I was dizzy with so many wonderful things to see)
And more Jo...!
If you are ever in or even near Temecula be sure and take a some time to visit a fabulous shop...just take the Temecula Parkway exit (CA-79) and turn left. Keep going about 4 miles...it's on the right!

You're going to have a GREAT time!

Hugs,
Elaine

PS: No afflication to Temecula Quilt Co. or staff