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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jacquelynne Steves Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party and Giveaways too!

You are invited to come join the Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party this week.  

SewCalGal is a firm believer that one can never get enough hugs, never have too many friends, and never get invited to too many Holiday Parties.  Needless to say, I was excited with Jacquelynne Steves asked me to join her Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop.   And, I was able to invite all my friends to come join the fun too!

To start, I want to give you a big virtual hug and welcome you to a party that lasts all week long.   You just need to visit all the blogs (aka party houses) and leave a comment on their blog to enter to win a prize (or prizes) from giveaways on their blog. And, of course visit Jacquelynne's blog and leave a comment (or comment daily) to enter to win an amazing Grand Prize.  

Yes, this is a Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party.  And, I'm delighted you've popped by and are joining the fun!


party invite

Jacque (Lily Pad Quilting) kicked off this Blog Hop Party yesterday, so if you missed her post I hope you'll pop back over and have some fun, as well as enter to win a giveaway by visiting her blog.

Jacquelynne celebrates the holidays with a fun blog hop to kick off the season every year.  I've been attending her parties for a couple of years and always have fun.  Of course, who doesn't have fun visiting her blog (The Art of Home).  Jacquelyne is a talented fabric designer, graphic artist, quilt designer and an amazing hostess.  I love how she shares insights on her blog on a variety of topics, and frequently shares some yummy recipes too!



Is this your first Holiday Party of the season ?  It is mine.  As I've heard from some people that say they never get invited to Holiday Parties, I'm truly glad you are here.  I also want to encourage you to talk your quilty friends to get together for a Holiday Party.  You may want to host a potluck, go out to brunch or lunch, possibly visit a quilt shop.  But do something with quilty friends this Holiday Season.  Share hugs, stories and have fun.  Sometimes we just need an excuse to get together and what better excuse than to get together for a "Holiday Party".

For this virtual Holiday Party, some of us are bringing food.  While I can't easily share the food with you, I do want to share two of my favorite holiday recipes:





If you would like a copy of these recipes you can right click on the above recipes and download to your desktop, to print.  Or, click here to download a PDF that contains both recipes.

How about singing a Holiday song?

Let Me Sew!
--unknown author -- This cute son is sung to the tune of Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Oh the pattern I’ve picked is striking,
The fabric to my liking,
It’s washed and all set to go.
Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!


I intend to have fun while cutting,
My skills I will be strutting.
On to piecing I’ll gladly go,
Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!


When I’m finished with this new quilt,
On some old UFO’s I will start.
But for now I will feel no guilt,
I’m happy to practice my art.


My seams I will soon be pressing,
My blocks will be progressing.
My smile, how it will glow.
Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!



You did great singing that song.  Of course, I love the "Let me sew! Let me sew! Let me sew!" part.  


christmas star worlds green

Did I Mention A Giveaway ?

Jacquelynn is sponsoring a "mystery" prize giveaway at each of the stops in this hop..  Yes, at each stop in this hop you have a chance to win a Mystery prize with a retail value of $15-$30.  Plus, there will be a Grand Prize with a retail value of $75. These prizes will be a mystery, where you won't know exactly what you win until you receive your prize in the mail.  But the  prizes will include some quilty goodness like a book, a pattern, fabric, note cards, etc..  

SewCalGal is also offering a simple prize of ten die cut applique snowflakes.  These are cut using a good white on white print fabric, which doesn't show the background fabric, once ironed on.  It is also backed with Steam-a-seam adhesive, making these applique pieces good for quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and more.  
white snowflakes


To enter to win, followers can complete  the Rafflecopter widget below, which is basically asking you to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you are attending any quilty Holiday Parties, hosting any quilty holiday parties, or you don't have any quilty holiday events planned for this year. And, if you do attend such parties and want to share tips on what make such a party fun, please feel free to share that too!  After all, SewCalGal is trying to encourage more quilters to rally friends together to create your own Quilty Holiday Party this year.  To me, the season isn't about getting gifts it is about spending time with friends (and family too).  We just need to schedule it to make it happen in our busy quilty lives!  There are also optional opportunities to get extra entries, for those that are interested.  Again, check out the Rafflecopter form to enter and claim as many entries as you feel appropriate.


SewCalGal will be randomly drawing the two lucky winners.  This post will be updated to announce the winners on the 8th and I'll also send them an email message, to let them know.

**** Update - Winners Announced ***

Congratulations to the following winners:  
Margaret S.- won a mystery gift from Jacquelynne Steves
Tiffany  W. - won pre-cut snowflakes from SewCalGal

An email has been sent to the winners to notify them.

Don't forget to visit all the blogs participating in this Hullabaloo Blog Hop Party. The line up for this hop is:
Monday Dec. 2 
Lily Pad Quilting  
Tuesday Dec. 3 
Sew Cal Gal 
 Bejeweled Quilts by Barb  
Wednesday Dec. 4 
Upstairs Hobby Room  
Freemotion by the River  
Thursday Dec.5 
A Quilt & a Prayer   
Tami’s Quilting Adventure  
Friday Dec. 6 
Needled Mom 

And, of course you can visit Jacquelynne's blog every day of the hop too!  Be sure to leave a comment on Jacquelynne's blog, to enter to win the Grand Prize!  You just need to enter by Sunday, December 8th.

.....lastly, don't forget to visit Jacquelynne's ETSY shop as she has a great sale going on this week.  

You can find Jacquelynne at:
http://jacquelynnesteves.com/
http://jacquelynnesteves.com/blog/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacquelynne-Steves/543549752352215 http://www.etsy.com/shop/JacquelynneSteves?ref=l2-shopheader-name
https://twitter.com/JacquelynneS


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114 comments:

Hanke said...

What a great recipes! Thanks for the chance!

Hanke said...

What a great recipes! Thanks for the chance!

Barb and Sharon said...

I don't go to quilty holiday parties but I do grab a cuppa with my quilty coworkers as we share projects.
Barb@Witsend

Gill said...

I've never heard of quilty parties here in the UK but they sound great fun!!

Ellee said...

My quilt guild has a potluck dinner every year for our December meeting.

sherry said...

this is my first holiday quilty party...you could say i am a quilty party virgin...thx for the giveaway...

JoyceLM said...

The only quilty holiday event for which I have an invitation takes place during the morning & I'll be working that day. But I'll be wishing them a good time. Thanks for the chance to win.

Donna said...

No quilty Christmas parties. My small group of quilty friends decided a few years ago to wait until mid January for a luncheon where we exchange Spring gifts.

Lisa Marie said...

No quilty holiday parties for me -- my quilting friends and I are too busy finishing projects, no time for parties!

QuiltSue said...

I'm going to a quilt group Christmas party on Saturday, and will be hosting the family festivities over Christmas. Your cheese bar recipe is just what I need for Saturday, thank you.

Fiesta said...

I wish I could go to a quilty holiday party. I have absolutely no quilting friends where I live.

Tammy said...

I have never attended a quilts holiday or quilts any other party except for where I used to live. My machine dealer quilt shop owner used to have a annual Christmas open house with lots of finger foods and music and lots of special displays and class teachers set up . These were special events dear to my heart each year. I don't get a lot of time to indulge my sewing / creativity hobbies. As I take care of a special needs son all day long and have for 20 years. And I have a very busy 14 year old too that I play chauffeur too.. Wouldn't change my life for anything but do wish I could have time to attend more sewing/ creative things.

Sandy@UpstairsHobbyRoom said...

No quilty parties planned, but a work dinner, at our home and probably a few family and friend events!! The best advice, relax have fun, be yourself. If you are a casual person, entertain that way too.... Don't stress yourself out. If you are relaxed and having fun your guests will be too!!

Sandy@UpstairsHobbyRoom said...

No quilty parties! But a work party at our home and a few friend and family events! Best advice, be yourself! If you are a casual person entertain that way too! If you are relaxed and having fun your guests will be too!!

Sunnybec said...

No parties for us this year as we are hoping to be camping in the South of France.. Yippee! Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

Joanna said...

Yes, there are one or two parties, but just casual meets with friends and family. I did sing the song and will probably have it playing in my head all day, which is fun. Great job.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I will be getting together with 4 sewing buddies before the holidays. We meet once or twice a week to create something together.Merry Christmas Sewcalgal!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Hmm - love the cream cheese bar recipe, thank you. And the song, yes I did sing along

Kathy Boice said...

Love those giveaways! midwayfarms@hughes.net

Kay said...

I have never been to a quilty holiday party but it sounds fun. i would love to see secret exchange quilty gifts and simple sewing ideas for Christmas presents there.

annmarie said...

I quilt every Tuesday with 4 wonderful ladies (the oldest is 89 - I'm the youngest at 65!) The week before Christmas we have a little pot luck & exchange gifts. Perfect little party!

Tiffany said...

I haven't attended a holiday quilty party, but think it would be grand! Quilted name tags, quilty gift exchanges....how fun!

Barb said...

Don't count me in, just wanted to come by and say hey....what a wonderful post~~~

Peggy Carstens said...

I'm attending my quilt guild holiday party this month. I am new to the guild so I'm looking forward to it.

KaHolly said...

I travel during the holiday season and don't have the opportunity to attend any quilt related parties!! Next year the Nova Scotial Blogger's Quartet is going to host their first annual prior to my departure, though!!

Emily C said...

Really depends, I would go to parties, but most of my friends don't host them. Nor am I super sociable.

Gina S. said...

This is the first party that i've been to. Great food,fun song and prizes!

Connie said...

Jacquelynne's work is always so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the recipes and what a cute song!!

Sharon Hughson said...

I hope I am doing this correctly. No, I'm not having any quilty parties to attend. I celebrate with my virtual friends on - line, like you!

sew.darn.quilt said...

The only quilty party I'll be going to is with me, myself & I ;)
Thank you for the chance =)

Tina said...

I Love The Words To The Song "Let Me Sew“ Did You Write Them? I Would Love To Share These With My Quilt Bee Christmas Party Next Week. We Having A Party And Our Annual Quilt Challenge.

Vicki H said...

We usually attend a party hosted by a friend and she always has wonderful food. I love your Let Me Sew song, I did sing along.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Have nothing quilty planned other than actually making my gifts this year!

Thank you for sharing the recipes!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Not attending a Quilty party, but it would be fun to do a fabric swap with Christmas fabric and then make a Christmas quilt :-)

Lori said...

I agree I can never get enough hugs also. Those recipes look yummy, thanks for sharing. I love this song, so fun, so right on the button. No I don't attend any quilt Christmas parties. I am a newbie and still getting my feet wet. Plus seems like no time for anything, LOL life. Your snowflakes are great. I have not done applique yet but it is on my list to try in the new year. Thanks for a chance to win.

Joyce Carter said...

Sorry, I don't have any quilty Holiday plans for this year. Thanks for the great giveaway. (I really loved your song, but now I have it stuck in my head.)

Margaret said...

I have not attended any partys. I live way out in the country and dont have any friends that sew. My sister who lives in Texas and I talk constantly on the phone We help each other make quilts and bags. We have a lot of fun doing this. If I get stuck I call her and she does the same.

Teresa Stanulis said...

I'm attending a couple of holiday parties, but no quilty ones. I hope they are fun anyway!
tstanulis@mac.com

Hilachas said...

My main party is joining my family for the Christmas celebration. My other party is the one you're hosting. Thanks for the opportunity to share in the celebration as well as the opportunity to win your giveaways.

Lou said...

My Bee and lunch bunch will have asmall gathering.
If you can buy the food item ready made go for it... takes all the stress out of it! Just put in your own bowl or plate and no one will know:)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Bring out all those recipes for goodies that you don't dare have in the house unless there are others to share them!

Quiltingranny said...

I am busy as a Beaver making things for a Girl Scout bazaar, having a quiet at home pizza and movie party this week! No quilty parties except the one you are throwing!

Dee D said...

My Scrap Therapy group will be having a Christmas party instead of sewing and I hope to be able to go. I love your song!

Laceflower said...

Quilty luncheon tomorrow and forming a new quilt group and meeting for coffee with them next week. Then the guild potluck the week after. Yay!

Charmed Life said...

Loved those recipes. Thanks for sharing them with your followers!

Pauline G said...

Good party and lovely food ( no calories as well! )

Lisa said...

I'm not attending any quilty parties but I am participating in some online Christmas quilting parties... pillow swap, ornament swap.. etc!

Regina said...

Our LQS, Quiltique in Henderson NV hosts a Holiday Party for all the employees, spouses and instructors each year. It is the highlight of our "quilty" holiday season.

QuilterLaura said...

I have already attended one quilty Christmas party. Besides food and show and tell, we each told about a favorite Christmas memory. We learned a lot about each other and had some fun laughs.

~Kris~ said...

My quilt guild is having a holiday party next week. Last year we had a fun exchange of fat quarters. This year we are to bring lots of 2" strips. Not sure what fun thing we will do with those, except it has something to do with Strip Poker. HMMM.

Quilting Tangent said...

Don't attend any parties. How about show and tell with latest quilts. Door prizes.
24Tangent@gmail.com

Diana said...

Recipes look great. Will have to try them. Quilty party next week with quilting ladies on our community. Should be fun,
Thanks for the giveaway.

charlotte said...

No quilty holiday parties here, unless you count the times I am holiday sewing in my sewing room with Christmas music playing.

Linda said...

HELLO,yes Christmas Party's,but not Quilty ones;love your recipes!Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

My quilty friend came over for an eight hour quilt-a-thon so I could help her with the six sleeping bags she's making for her grandkids gifts… sewing, serging ,appliqué and lots of fun!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

This is so much fun I just have to keep repeating it...sorry.

Those recipes look dangerously delicious.

Smiles,
Kelly

OhioLori said...

Have never really had a quilty holiday party sort of thing...but my daughter & I have been gettin together on her day off past few weeks...we are both workin on D9P throws for gifts. :) We do lunch here too...does this count as a "party"? lol Feels like one ANY day we can sew together!!

shawn said...

I don't go to any quilty holiday parties but I'm sure it would be fun.
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

Abbigail said...

I'm only planning on a Christmas gathering here at home for the family.

Heidi Babi said...

I do attend some quilty Christmas parties with my craft groups. We do craft-themed white elephant gift exchanges with a limit of $10. We get some great things like fat quarters packets, sewn items like tissue holders, etc. Fun!

teachpany said...

I need to plan something with the friends I usually sewed with, before my friend closed his store (our meeting place). I miss them! I'll send emails to see when they may be available. My treats usually include basic cookies and muffins. This is a great hop! Thanks.

Christine M said...

We will be having our Guild's Christmas party in a couple of weeks. It is always a lovely day with lots of food and laughter!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

Due to my husbands chemo therapy we will spend this season at home as much as possible. But I just love the recipes and the song...put me into the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas to you and your. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Jacque said...

What a fun post! I love the song! LOL (I'm not in the drawing...just stopping by to say "howdy"!!)

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

The recipes looks great. I will not be attending any quilting parties this year.

schmidt1016 said...

I don't have any quilting friends, so I won't be attending any quilty Christmas parties. But your cheese cake bars would be a hit. I'm going to have to try them.

Leslie S. in MN

crafter1953 said...

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holiday.

Vicky said...

The guild has a potluck luncheon, a game played with 6" squares of red, green or blue fabric. Everyone brings 10 squares. Also there is a red bird ornament exchange.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I am attending a few cyber holiday parties, this one, Henry Glass, Holiday Cushions, to mention a few. Thanks for a chance to win the snowflakes they make want to sew want to sew let me sew.............

Patti said...

Thanks for the song lyrics. Gonna have to keep them!

Donna Joy said...

Thanks for the recipes . I am having a quilty party with my sister in law. We are making mug rugs and other xmas gifts . Thanks for the giveaway, surprises are fun.

DebrafromMD said...

I will be attending a couple of quilt guild Christmas parties.

Nancy M. said...

thank you for the recipes and the giveaway.

Carrie P. said...

My husband and I will be attending a Christmas party but it will be at a restaurant. No cooking! Yay! Merry Christmas.

Judy1522 said...

We are not going to any Holiday Parties this year that I know of. We may have a small get together for dessert with family members that live close.

Becky said...

Our December Guild meeting is a huge luncheon. Lots of quilty fun! Merry Christmas to you!

Cecilia said...

I will be hosting my weekly sit n sew group's Christmas party this year. We will be playing a quilt trivia game and exchanging quilty gifts.

sandi said...

I will be going to 2 Christmas parties from the quilt guilds I belong to. Your recipes sound yummy! Thanks for sharing. Sorry if I posted more than once.

Sallie said...

Our church quilt ladies get together for a soup, salad and dessert Christmas luncheon. We've also made Christmas cards or decorated and stuffed Christmas stockings for a local Christian ministry to give away. I love your snowflakes! Thanks for the giveaway!

scottylover said...

Since I left my quilt guild last year, I haven't been to any quilty holiday parties. :(

Sandy A

Susan said...

I am hosting a Christmas lunch for my sewing friends. Everyone has made a gift for their Secret Santa.

batgirl said...

I will be attending a guild pot luck. A first for me! I hope i one of their unneeded quilt supply baskets! Thanks for a chance

Julie said...

Actually just 1 party scheduled for this year. Thanks

ozone3 said...

Heading to my first Quilt Guild Christmas party on the 20th. Can't wait.

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Mhairi said...

I don't attend any events. This year will be really low key but I think that if you are looking for gift ideas then a small basket filled with biscuits would be a great gift to receive.

ledamewood said...

Holiday parties are always with family, nothing better than seeing smiling faces of people I love.

Farm Quilter said...

Thank you for the great recipes and for the opportunity to win your great snowflakes!! This morning I am helping set up my quilt guild's booth at our town's ChristmasFest party - all day shopping and eating of all things homemade! The things a town of 900 will do :) That's the only Christmas quilty thing I am doing.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I have no quilty friends nearby. I have made some quilty friends near and far via the internet and blogs this year though. Which is a step in the right direction.

Cindy said...

I almost forgot to comment. I'm following you by e-mail. I am going to my guild Christmas party on Saturday. In the morning we'll get together to tie charity quilts followed by a pot luck.

Crickets Corner said...

No quilty parties for me unless you count my cat supervising my quilting. Love the song and the cheesecake bars recipe sounds scrumptious. Thanks for the chance!

Crickets Corner said...

No quilty parties for me unless you count my cat supervising my quilting. Love the song and the cheesecake bars recipe sounds scrumptious. Thanks for the chance!

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh yes! I love all the holiday get-togethers among my family and quilting friends each year! This week alone, I have two pot-luck parties with guild sisters. I'd love to win the snowflakes - of course! Thanks for joining in the hop and the great giveaway :*)

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Thanks for the recipes!
No quilty parties scheduled this year....but maybe next year.

hookedonquilting said...

I do have one party to go to with my sewing circle. We meet at the house of one member, bring a dish to share, do dirty Santa (a game I don't enjoy and am tired of playing), and exchange ideas for what to do next year.

Sewgirl said...

I love the "let me sew" lyrics...thanks for sharing. We have several parties that we attend, mostly organizations that put them on annually. I was just commenting to a friend that we didn't get invited to any "home" parties...which is fine, there's enough going on this time of year anyway!

Charlene McCullough said...

The snowflake cut outs are great. I can imagine them on a table runner. Love runners. Love applique. As a kid I had so much fun catching snowflakes on my tongue. Now I love catching them on my glove and looking at all the different patterns. Thanks for the giveaway. katztoo1 at frontier dot com

lisa cox said...

No quilty parties in my area, unfortunately! Thanks for the giveaway.... And the recipes!

Charlene McCullough said...

I downloaded the recipes. They sound so delicious. Thanks. The die cut snowflakes bring back memories of childhood. I used to love catching them on my tongue. Now I like catching them on my glove and looking at all the different designs. No two alike. thanks for the giveaway

Linda said...

3 quilty holiday parties are on my schedule. What makes them fun is the silly friends that make up my large quilting guild. Working on a quilt right now that includes beaded snow flakes and snow embroidery. Wonder if the giveaway snowflakes will go with my quilt!!? Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

Martina said...

Lovely recipes.Thanks so much. Never attended a quilty party.

Bonnie58 said...

great recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. I've gotten out of hosting parties the past few years - seem to be too busy at work, but do try to attend one or two...

Shauna said...

Not attending any quilty type parties, in fact being a bit of a grinch this year, just too much to do. :( Thanks for the chance

Jacquelynne Steves said...

Great recipes! Thanks so much for being part of my blog hop!!
Jacquelynne

LindaS said...

My sister has an annual cookie exchange which is always so much fun! dragonfly(at)yahoo(dot)com

Colleen M said...

This is my first Holiday quilty party. Love that Corn Pudding - my kids eat it up!

Kelly Williams said...

This is second quilty party this year. I think I would like to host my own. Thanks for the opportunity.

Amy said...

This is the closest thing to a quilts party I go to. Love all of Jacquelynne collections.

Jan R Bell said...

No parties planned so far this year, but it is early yet (lol)!

Teresa Nance said...

I won't be attending any holiday parties. I usually don't. Love your snowflakes!

Missy Shay said...

Since we just moved, I really do not have anyone to have any holiday parties with. We are going to my stepmom's for Christmas day though.
I have started going to the local senior citizen's center for their quilting bee though, so I am making friends - even though they are all at least 20 years older than me! LOL
missysaprons@gmail.com

barb said...

i cant attend any holiday parties because of health reasons. but i will be working on a charity quilt to make someone know that a complete stranger loves them and wants to bless them with a quilt. babscorbitt@gmail.com

Donna W said...

My quilting friends and I got together on Sunday evening and went out for our Christmas dinner. Enjoyable and relaxing.

Rhonda D. said...

I have not been to any Quilty Holiday
Parties. Right now any Holiday Party
has been cancelled because we have ice & at least 8 inches of snow!

Beth said...

No parties for us this year, I'm afraid. My sweetheart is dealing with some health issues, so this year it's my turn to tend to him. Last year I had a broken foot & ankle and he was on tending duty.