Friday, August 21, 2009

Find it Friday ~ Blackbird Designs ~ Tis Halloween & Halloween 1904

Each Friday we will showcase a product, service, offering or event that is a MUST to check out!

Blackbird Designs has really hit it out of the park this time! My favorite time of year is fall and I begin to decorate my house the first of September. Do you know how HGTV has episodes dedicated to people who go overboard decorating for Christmas? Well they could do an hour special at my house for Halloween. Between the cool air, the amazing fall colors and fun activities (pumpkin picking, Trick or Treating) I just get giddy when I think about the coming months and this ornament set and quilt just got my heart racing!

Tis Halloween (Cover)

Tis Halloween ~ Blackbird Designs has done a wonderful job generating interest in and excitement about this design. This series has been buzzing around the counted thread industry for quite a few days now and it is FINALLY available!

This is BBD's first self-published full color book and it looks fabulous! It has 36 pages and lots of color pictures for you to enjoy! There are 13 stocking patterns and a several other projects too.

Tis Halloween (Teaser Photo)

If you are a quilter, you should find Halloween 1904 in stock at your local quilt store. Barb wanted to honor her grandmother's year of that's why the year is attached to the title. The muted primitive colors and eye catching design, this is sure to be a hit this fall. Like I said, I am a Halloween fanatic ~ we decorate every inch of our house. You can be sure that I am going to get this quilt in rotation ASAP. I might even repaint the walls I am so inspired!

Halloween 1904

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Whip it Up Wednesday ~ Plait Stitch

Each Wednesday we will choose a stitch to explore and post stitch diagram(s) to help you practice and master each.

Plait Stitch ~ This stitch can also be referred to as a Spanish stitch. When completed this stitch resembles a braid.

Steps ~ Start at the lower left hand side of your fabric and go up 2 threads and over 2 threads to the right and go down through the fabric. From behind the fabric go down 2 threads and come up through the fabric. Go up 2 threads and over 1 thread to the left and go down through the fabric. From behind the fabric go down 2 threads and come up through the fabric. Repeat as necessary.

Plait Stitch over 2

View diagram below for a Plait Stitch Variations. It showcases a larger Plait Stitch over 4 threads.

Plait Stitch over 4

Monday, August 17, 2009

DMC Thread Giveaway

Have you ever stitched with Satin? If not you are missing the boat, it is a completely different sensory experience than the plain old ho hum of cotton floss. Satin has a unique feel and sound when it pierces the fabric that really makes my heart happy.

Truth be told my favorite part of stitching is the listening to the sound of the needle and thread moving through the fabric. I feel as if I am conducting a symphony of stitches that only I can hear. It makes me giggle when I think about it but it is true non the less, I am addicted to the sounds and feel of thread.

DMC Satin Floss is quite amazing. With a range of 36 radient colors to choose from, you can really make your piece pop with color while enjoying the feel and sheen of the floss while you stitch.

Win all 36 shades FREE from Loose Thread Stitchers!

One lucky Loose Thread Stitchers member will win all 36 shades of DMC satin threads.

You must be a member of Loose Thread Stitchers to win this giveaway. Membership is FREE ~ click here for more info

So how can you win? Glad you asked!

Fan the Loose Thread Stitchers facebook page and when we reach 750 fans, we will randomly choose a winner to receive all 36 DMC satin threads.

Want additional ways to enter? You will receive an additional entry for each of the following (for a total of 4 entries):

1 ~ Blog about the giveaway and post the link in your comment on our blog

2 ~ Twitter it and include @LTSneedlework (our twitter ID) and a link to the blog

3 ~ Stumble it and post the link to our blog or website

4 ~ Add the Loose Thread Stitchers facebook page to your favorites Page (instructions can be found under the discussions tab on the LTS facebook page) and send the link to your facebook friends

Each entry will be assigned a number. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator. We will contact the winner as soon as we hit 750 members. Good luck to you all!
Monday Munchies ~ Broccoli Bake
Each Monday we will kick off the week with a Must have recipe to help get you out of the kitchen and back stitching ASAP!

Broccoli Bake ~ My kiddies LOVE pasta and HATE veggies. I think it is a rule for kids to make it difficult for mom's to add veggies to their daily diet. I know they stay up late at night and plan strategies to avoid veggies at all costs. I almost flew the while flag....then I found this recipe! Broccoli Bake has broken their resolve and the fact that it is quick and easy to make just makes it even better!

Broccoli Bake

Ingredients ~ Serves 6
1 box pasta shells
2 tsp olive oil
4 short cut bacon rashers, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2.5 cups broccoli
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup cream
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar

1 ~ Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 ~ Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain, return to the pan.

3 ~ While pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the bacon and onion. Cook, until soft and lightly browned, then add garlic

4 ~ Break the broccoli into small florets. Cook the broccoli and peas in a steamer or in the microwave until tender.

5 ~ Use a fork to mix the cream and eggs together in a jug.

6 ~ Add bacon, onion, broccoli, peas and the cream along with 1 cup cheddar to the pasta. Stir.

7 ~ Spoon into an 8X8 ovenproof dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar.

8 ~ Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden