"Everything But Baby" Book Reveal!

Happy Friday Everybody!  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!  What a week it’s been here!  I’m so excited to be sharing our first video reveal of new products.  It’s also the first book we’ve ever done.  A week with a lot of firsts, you could say 😉  We have finally finished up everything and are ready to share with all of you.  
Please bear with me as this is my first video (where I’m actually in it, eeks!) and was very nervous.  About half way through I switched cameras and for some reason try as I might I couldn’t get crystal clear images, so it is a tad blurry.  I’m so sorry about that and will have to work on that!  Also, I said there were 7 projects in the book, but there’s actually 6!!! (Nerves!)
Special thanks to all of you for your continued support and a huge thanks to Bosal for providing the interfacing, moldable stabilizer, coasters and Stitch & Steam used in “Everything But Baby.”

So, for some more pictures … here you go!

The cover …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

The quilt …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

The Mobile …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

Baby  Blocks using Bosal’s Moldable Interfacing …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

Baby Burp Cloths using Bosal’s Stitch & Steam …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

Baby Bibs also using Bosal’s Stitch & Steam …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

Finally, the baby bag using Bosal’s foam stabilizer …

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

Cherry Valley Designs Everything but Baby

We’re so happy to be linking up with some of our faves today: Crazy Mom QuiltsCan I Get a Whoop Whoop?; and Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday.

Look for all patterns to be up this weekend over on our site.  Have a great weekend!

"Keep Calm and Quilt On" Free Print

Happy Monday Everyone!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Ours was a little crazed as we were preparing for our first open house! (Fingers crossed.)  I just love the “Keep Calm” prints and last night I started fiddling around and came up with these prints.  There free for you to use, so enjoy!  Simply click on the link below the picture of the one you want and a PDF will open for you to print. **Please note that when I opened the 4.25″ PDFs they looked blurry on the screen, but when I printed them, they printed clear.**

Keep Calm and Quilt On
Keep Calm and Quilt On
Keep Calm and Quilt On
Keep Calm and Quilt On
Keep Calm and Quilt On
Keep Calm and Quilt On
“Keep Calm” Coral 4.25″

Be sure to come back Friday for my first video pattern reveal!! (I am super nervous about filming this!!)

Mr. Fuller’s Chili

Way back when there was a meat shop in our little town of Granville, Ohio owned by Mr. Fuller.  This was before I was born, but that’s where my parents got all of their meat.  Times have changed, but one thing that hasn’t is our family’s love of Mr. Fuller’s chili.  Mr. Fuller gave my mom his recipe and ever since my mom has made it by memory.  It is a staple in our house and we have it at least once a month.

Mr. Fuller's Chili

The great thing about Mr. Fuller’s chili is one it is soooo easy to make and it’s not too spicy (hardly at all, actually!).  This is a great thing for scaredy cats like me when it comes to spiciness! 🙂

Mr. Fuller’s Chili

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 (29 oz.) cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans of light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can of spicy kidney beans

Directions

First, chop your onion.

Next, add ground beef to a large stockpot and cook on high heat until ground beef is cooked through.

Add your chopped onion and stir in.

Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir in.  Cook at medium high heat until it begins to simmer.  Turn down to low and cook for 1 hour.  Your chili is ready to eat!  This chili can be refrigerated for up to a week and frozen for up to a month.


Have a Great Weekend!

A Ray of Sunshine

A few weeks ago I had a friend who was sick.  I wanted to make her something to lift her spirits.  So, I decided a little gift basket would do the trick.  You might remember, I like gift baskets from this post 🙂  I wanted it to be something bright, and things she could use while she was recuperating.  The gift basket was deemed “A Ray of Sunshine” and turned out like this …

Feel Better Gift Basket

The galvanized metal pail, ribbon, yellow filler paper, and daisies all came from Michaels. Then, I put a honey bear, Celestial Seasons Lemon Zinger tea, lemon, and Honey Ludens cough drops in as well.  I purchased all of these items from our local grocery store.

Do you like to make gift baskets?  What are some of your favorites?

I’m excited to be linking up with Sew Many Ways, Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party.  Thanks to Karen for hosting such a fun event!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!
**Don’t forget today’s the last day to sign up for our first EVER Facebook giveaway!!!**

A Good Week + Another Giveaway

This has been a very good week and to celebrate I’m having ANOTHER GIVEAWAY over on our Facebook page!  After all, tomorrow’s National Quilting Day and Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day!!  What a fun weekend!  If you aren’t a “fan” yet, head on over to Facebook and become one.  If you are a fan, look for the giveaway post this afternoon and simply “Share” the post.  By sharing the post you will be entered to win this package including two of our new patterns (Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend and P.S. I Love You – see below) + a fat quarter bundle!  More giveaway details will be posted at Facebook.

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
P.S. I Love You
5 Fat Quarters
The winner from last week’s giveaway is “Catskill Quilter.”  If you are “Catskill Quilter, please e-mail me at megan@cherryvalleydesigns.com  Congratulations!

Finally, we have our next new pattern for Spring already together, we finished it up yesterday!

Introducing …
P.S. I Love You

I have wanted to make a quilt with chevrons for some time now and this quilt came together in a snap.  I love the touch of appliqué along the top and bottom borders just to give it a touch of spontaneity!  This is the perfect quilt to cuddle up with as it’s a lap quilt.

While I chose pinks and reds, I’m just dying to remake it in a purple, blue and green colorway!

For the quilting I chose to use a ruler in the center echoing the chevron shape and then feather around the angles.  This really helps the colored chevrons “POP” 🙂

Also linking up with some of our other faves: Crazy Mom QuiltsCan I Get a Whoop Whoop?; and Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check Facebook this afternoon!

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Today, I’m introducing another of our new patterns for Early Spring.  I’ll be light on words today and let the pictures do the talking.  We actually finished this quilt up in the fall (as you can tell by the first picture), but just got around to putting the final touches on the pattern.  This is one of my favorite quilts so far.

**Please note all new pattern releases will be available on our shop’s website this weekend.**
Cherry Valley Designs Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
While these quilts don’t look the same, they really are … the power of natural light!  

I’m a sucker for ruffles and the whimsy they add to this quilt.

Cherry Valley Designs Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

I chose an all over meandering for this quilt so it wouldn’t compete with the overall design.

Have a great day!

Snicker-DUDE-les

Happy Monday Everyone!  First off, thanks to everyone for your nice comments on our last post. They have been so fun to read and it seems like there are a lot of you out there like us who are ready for spring!  This past weekend has upped our “Spring fever” as temperatures reached 70 degrees on Sunday!!! It was so nice, but rainy, cold weather is going to be setting in again this week 😦 Remember, if you haven’t entered our giveaway, click here to enter.  You have until Friday, March14th to enter.

Today, we have another recipe from our family’s recipe box.  My grandfather (my “Papa”) painstakingly typed up a bunch of his recipes for us to enjoy for years to come.  Hopefully, you’ll enjoy these Snickerdoodle cookies, too!  My “papa” was such a special person and I am so fortunate to have had him in my life!  I get a lot of qualities from him and I never felt anything but love and pride from him.  He served during World War II and was a lawyer in the U.S. Army.  He loved gardening and cooking – both things I acquired from him!

To tell you the truth I was so in love with Snickerdoodle cookies growing up that I actually named one of our boxers “Snickerdoodle!”  She was such a sweetheart and had a long life filled with lots of love!  We used to call her “the Dude.”  Hence, the name Snicker-DUDE-les.

These cookies are so yummy and cooking them creates a smell that makes you just want to reach in that oven and pull them out … seriously!

Snicker-DUDE-les

Ingredients for cookies:
  • 1 c. unsalted  butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Heat oven 400 degrees.  




First, mix butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs until they are well blended.


Add remaining ingredients and stir through.


Roll into balls and roll in mixture – 3 Tbsp. brown sugar mixed with 3 tsp. cinnamon – as my “Papa” said “can be increased to make them more tasty!”.



I flattened them out a little bit with six on a cookie sheet.  Bake 8 to 10 mins.  Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

So, what’s your favorite cookie? Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip … ?