Baking/cooking, quilts

I just have to share some amazing news – have you all been checking out Amy’s Quilt Festival – winners have been announced!  Here at this link are the winners – scroll down, scroll down some more – and look who won the SEWING MACHINE!!!! that’s right I did – can’t believe it  – the day after my birthday – that is some birthday present.  Is anyone familiar with this machine? I have to admit I have never used a Baby Lock and have never even seen one.  Thankfully there are two dealers in Arkansas so if I need to be taught how to use it and when it needs servicing there will be someone to take it too – but of course both dealers are not here – one is 99 miles from me and the other is 121 miles – so it will be a trip to take for fixing and servicing but considering it is a win – that is ok with me.  Thank you Amy’s Creative Side for hosting the festival and arranging these prizes.

I didn’t get done with much sewing yesterday – I was doing household chores and went to exercise and living on cloud nine the rest of the time not believing I really won a sewing machine.  I guess the new table in the sewing room will have to have a sewing machine on it too – now like so many of you who have a sewing room I can have one set up for one thing and the other for something else.  Talking of my sewing table for some reason or other I never brought my chair in there to the table to check for height – the table is too tall with its wheels on – my chair at the highest setting and the table at the lowest setting are just not quite right – we well take the wheels off of the table bringing it down a couple inches and it will be ok – I will put sliders under the table so I can move it easily when needed.  If I put a sewing machine on it I will need to sit on a pillow I guess or get a chair that goes higher than this one does.

I got a little more of this star done  Linking to kokaquilts:sew stitch snap share – my stars are featured today – thanks Linda !  Also linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog.


Found a box to store the circles in and the patterns – also the rest of that scrap bag is there as I will use more of it for this bunch of stars.


This much vine is done on side two of the borders for Fall Harvest.I will start to cut out leafs soon to be scattered around.


And I made a eggplant dip from the two eggplants I got from my brother on the weekend.  I must admit I have rarely eaten it.  My sister in law had a dip recipe that she shared with me so I made some yesterday  called Baba Ganoush.  Ever hear of that?


Baba Ganoush – makes about 1 1/2 cups of dip

2 medium eggplants
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons minced garlic (or 5 cloves)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/3 cup tahini paste
her recipe didn’t have salt and pepper but I added some – add to your taste

Roast your eggplants in the oven by cutting in half and put on a baking sheet – in one recipe it said to brush olive oil over the tops and I think I will next time as the tops were kind of dried out after I took them out of the oven. Roast at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or so.  Let them cool off until easy to handle and peel off the outer skin, put the flesh in the processor.  Put everything else in the blender or food processor and let it get smooth. Eat with crackers or pita’s or spread on bread.  (it is kind of like hummus)







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  • Gretchen Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations on the win! That’s exciting. I have a Babylock Melody that I really like. It’s my take to retreats machine and I also use it at home when my Elna is in the shop. Enjoy your sewing when you get back in your sewing room!
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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thanks Gretchen

  • Marianne Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations! Your quilts are definitely award-winning, and I hope you enjoy your new machine. I know nothing about Baby Locks except what I read online, and those that have them like them. Will be curious to see what you think as you use it.

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      my quilts had nothing to do with winning it was all done by random generator – anyone could have won

  • Kathi Sep 26, 2017

    Congrats on your win.. you will have to have a post just on the opening of the box when it arrives and what features it includes!!!! I am so excited to see how you like it and how big the harp is on it for your machine quilting !!! LOL Kathi
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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      from what i read I think the harp space is a little smaller than my Juki but not a lot of difference – I expect it will probably be about a month or so before it arrives – could be mistaken but I don’t expect it to arrive real fast

  • Teri Dingler Sep 26, 2017

    Let us know how it sews! I had been reading up on the Babylock! I see a lot of the video quilting tutorials with this machine as the one they are sewing on! Sure seems to do a lot of neat things. Congratulations! And the circles are so pretty!

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      I haven’t a clue how the new machine will be for quilting but it should piece just fine and I might actually try to learn machine applique and see if I can get better at that – have only tried it a few times and I wasn’t good at it.

  • Gabriele Stabel Sep 26, 2017

    Wow, what a surprise !! So good news.
    Congratulations for the win and for this birthday win. Enjoy your new sewing machine.

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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thank you Gabriele I have never won something so nice before, yes I have pieces of fabric and quilting notions but never something like this

  • Kate Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations Karen! And a belated happy birthday, you must be thrilled, well done.

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      yes I am thrilled Kate, I have never won anything like this before

  • Sandra B Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations, Karen!! I have heard a lot of good things about Baby Lock… And I have seen bloggers use them for tutorials…..Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Co., and Stephanie Stoebbing over at Quilt Addicts Anonymous both use Baby Locks…. And I know Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter has a Baby Lock….
    Looking forward to seeing how you like it… A new machine for your new sewing room….Perfect!!

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      I am sure I will be looking for some videos to watch and make sure I know more about before I get it.

  • Mary Sep 26, 2017

    I am so happy for you. I know a lot of people who think Babylock machines are the best. Enjoy!
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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      I’m glad to hear that so many like the Babylock and some of the well known “stars” use them too – I will be looking at their sites and the videos on line

  • Wanda Sep 26, 2017

    I have 2 Babylock machines plus my longarm is a Babylock. They are a great company that really stands behind their products. I just looked up the one you won and it is a really nice one. There is a quarter inch stitch built in to most of their machines so you don’t have to change the foot. Just look for the “P” stitches (patchwork).

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      so nice to know that you have some of the machines and know about them. I am going to watch as many videos as I can find before it arrives – I really have no idea how long it will take to get here.

  • Mary Sep 26, 2017

    How exciting! I am sure you will love your new sewing machine.

    I have never made Baba Ganoush but my daughter and I love it. I think I will give your recipe a try later this week.

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thanks Mary – I am excited and hope I won’t have to wait a long time for the machine to arrive.
      good luck with the recipe, must admit I had never heard of Baba Ganoush before my sister in law mentioned it –

  • Michele Hill Sep 26, 2017

    Oh my golly gosh Karen…I am so far behind checking my blog list despite the fact we chat by email so often…so first of all a very belated Happy Birthday from down under to you xxx and Congratulations…..well deserved and so exciting on your win! Now you will have to find room for a new machine! xx
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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thanks Michele – I think I have it figured out where I will put the new sewing machine but we will see – I think that new cutting table/computer desk will have an machine on it – good thing the computer is a laptop as can be tucked away when not in use and moved around – or I can get another insert for the SewEzi sewing table and switch machines out – a bit of heavy lifting though so if I can make room to leave two out I will.

  • lorraine bujnowski Sep 26, 2017

    So happy for your win!!! It could not have happened to a nicer blogger!

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thank you so much Lorraine (that was my mother’s name – don’t see it often anymore)

  • Deb Sep 26, 2017

    Super birthday suprise indeed! 🙂 I am so happy for you! 🙂
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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      I’m still doing the happy dance in between looking for video’s on how to use it and I haven’t even gotten it yet LOL

  • maxine lesline Sep 26, 2017

    Wow.. a Baby Lock prize… something added to your future.. I think Deb at Frugal Bungalow won one two years ago….. Cloud Nine time definitely.

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      yes Deb won a different baby lock 3-4 years ago – we have been blogger friends for years so it is so weird that we both got one.

  • Debbie B Sep 26, 2017

    Congrats on the win! How fun for you! Also, Happy belated Birthday!

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thanks – it is fun I don’t have a machine with a lot of options like this

  • Thimbleanna Sep 26, 2017

    Wow! Congratulations Karen — That’s Awesome!!!
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    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      isn’t it though! I had to keep pinching myself and rereading the part that said I won 🙂

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 26, 2017

    What exciting news on the day after your birthday!! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and can imagine how you must be! This machine will come in so handy in your new sewing room. A new sewing room and a new machine, how wonderful. I don’t think I could have sewn anything , I would be so excited, lol. Your dip looks delicious, I would probably like it, but my husband doesn’t like eggplant. I’m so looking forward to the pictures of your machines in your new sewing room!

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      my husband won’t touch eggplant either – I divided this up into little freezer bowls and freezed most of it. – yes still excited about the win

  • Vicki W Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic!

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      I’m having a hard time believing I won it – I wonder when it will arrive – I will be making another quilt for sure to try it out LOL

  • Belarmina Sep 26, 2017

    Karen solo puedo decir premio muy merecido,
    tus edredones son maravillosos

    • Karen Sep 26, 2017

      thank you Belarmina – I am very excited to get this new machine – I will show photos when it arrives!

  • Maureen Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations Karen! Enjoy your new machine!

    • Karen Sep 27, 2017

      thank you – I’m sure I will

  • Julie Sep 26, 2017

    Congratulations, how exciting for you. Loving all your star blocks too. Thanks for linking to Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE.

    • Karen Sep 27, 2017

      thanks Julie it is exciting for sure

  • Kaholly Sep 27, 2017

    Congratulations! Happy belated birthday! You deserved to win!
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    • Karen Sep 27, 2017

      it’s amazing isn’t it – never would have thought I would get it

  • Roseanne Sep 27, 2017

    Hi Karen,
    Congrats on winning the Baby Lock sewing machine!! WOWEE – how exciting for you. I can’t wait until you get it and start using it. I will be happy to hear about it. What a great birthday present, and Happy Birthday belatedly. ~smile~ Roseanne
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    • Karen Sep 27, 2017

      thanks Roseanne – I’m still kind of surprised that I won it!

  • Janice Holton Sep 27, 2017

    Congratulations, Karen! That is some birthday present! It’s so fun when someone you kind of “know” wins something big!
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    • Karen Sep 28, 2017

      yes I know – I “knew” Debbie when she won her machine from the festival about 3 years ago. I was so excited for her

  • Karen, Tu-Na Quilts Sep 28, 2017

    Congratulations on the win!!! I think that was the big prize! Now you can make twice as many quilts as you’ll be able to keep both of those machines humming.

    • Karen Sep 28, 2017

      LOL – and here I was just telling hubby I needed to slow down as I have almost 5 quilt tops done and waiting in line to be quilted and working how many more? I think 3? Thanks – I do love this big win and yes it was the big prize

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