Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday Coupon

Welcome to Harvest Moon Hollow!

For those of you just joining us,
please become a follower, found on the right side of the screen.

Now, to the all important code!

Upon checkout, simply enter the code


and your 30% discount will automatically be applied.

Happy Shopping!

**Please note, the discount code cannot be used with Reserved Listings/Custom Orders. Thank you**

Happy Thanskgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday Fun and a Coupon

For the past several years I have been one of those crazy ladies who ventures out in the blackest of night to patiently wait in line for the doors to open at 4:00 AM. With my husband being in medical school, it was about the only time we could really afford any goodies. My husband is now in his first year of residency, and while finances are the tightest they've ever been, I am not going to be able to participate in the Black Friday madness. It seems doctors are needed in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit even on Black Friday, can you believe it?!? Without anyone to watch my children, I am going to have to politely excuse myself this year.

However, that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun around the Hollow on Black Friday!

Starting at 12:01 Friday morning, everything in the Hollow will be 30% off! Do you have a quilt or pillow you've been eying? Maybe a sampler that would be a perfect gift? This weekend is now the time!

Upon checkout, simply enter the code


and your discount will be automatically applied.

Now, I'm off to a full day of pie baking - I hope your day is just as delightful!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

'Dear Santa' Quilt

'Dear Santa' - Quilt #3 is now up in the Shop!

The letter from Anthony is my favorite!

Have a delightful weekend!

Friday, November 19, 2010

'Christmas ABC' Quilt

I'd like you to meet 2010 Christmas Quilt Design #2 -

'Christmas ABC'

This little delight is perfect for a nursery, child's room or playroom.

'Christmas ABC' is now up in the Shop!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

'O Come Let Us Adore Him' Quilt

This pile of 'Adoring' fabric has turned into...


'O Come Let Us Adore Him' Quilt

Christmas Quilt Design #1 is now up in the shop!

***'O Come Let Us Adore Him' has sold! More quilts on the way!***

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Worn Recipe

A few days ago I found myself at my kitchen counter rolling out dough. The kids were busy with homework and I had a few moments to myself. As I snitched a bit of dough to nibble, my mind began to wander, wondering if any of the women who had made this family recipe through the years had had a moment where they too found themselves rolling out dough while their children contentedly read nearby. For what occasions did those women who came before me find themselves rolling out a pie crust? Was it a birthday of a loved one perhaps, or was it the passing of a friend? Was it a time when the home was filled with family and the pie would disappear in moments or was it a time when, despite desperate hopes, she knew that this pie would probably only be eaten by her alone one small piece at a time over the next week or so?

What kind of women followed this same recipe, that added the vinegar, the egg, that cut in the shortening? What joys filled their lives when they pulled this recipe from their box? What crushing burdens did they carry as they pinched the crust? I wanted to know how they carried those burdens, how they not only survived, but how they thrived and found joy despite hardship. I wanted to know more about their love filled homes, where peace and the aroma of baking pie shared the same space.

My blood is so similar to that which ran through their veins. How much of me is a reflection of them? Is this where my need to shower my family with home cooked meals to show love and affection stems? So many questions, so many unanswerable questions.

These thoughts tumbled over and over in my mind, until the pie at last went into the oven. As I put my recipe back in my box, I realized that for now, all I have is a simple worn card with a family recipe. And somehow - that is enough, for now.

Never Fail Pie Crust

3 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 C shortening
1 egg
5 TB water
1 TB vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)

Blend dry ingredients well with shortening (I use a pastry blender). Add liquid and form into a roll. Wrap in wax paper and store in the refrigerator. Take off as much as needed each time - do not warm to room temperature. Roll out dough on heavily floured board.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Snowman Query

I have a question that I'm hoping you can help me with.

I have these four snowmen stitchings that I was going to finish individually.

However, the more I look at them, the more I think that they really belong together.

Now I am wondering if I should maybe sew all four into a mini quilt?

What do you think?

Individual finishes or one mini quilt?

Please help! I can't make up my mind!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Treats Round One

Our first round of Christmas treats are now in the shop!

Delightful snowmen...

shimmery threads for holiday sparkle...

festive Moda holiday fabrics...

experiments in aida...

simple and sweet nativity scenes...

And more snowmen.
I think I have a thing for snowmen this year.
Somewhere, deep down inside, I believe I am hoping for a white Christmas.
Not likely in Houston.

Christmas Quilts will be out very soon!
I will have three different Christmas Quilt designs, maybe four.

Don't you just love Christmas?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Market Goodies

What a whirlwind of a weekend!

My parents flew in from Colorado so my mother could attend the International Quilt Market with me and so my father could endlessly tease his grandchildren. Needless to say, a great time was had by all.

This is the third time I've attended the International Quilt Market. The first two years were in 2000 and 2003 where I attended the wholesale portion as an employee of Liberty Gardens. I debated this year whether to attend as a wholesale buyer. In the end I decided to just attend the retail portion, figuring that most of the exhibitors from the wholesale market more then likely would stay on for the retail market.

I was sorely mistaken.

My aim in attending the quilt market was to visit the various Moda designers and preview their new lines for the coming year. Much to my dismay, the Moda designers only stayed for the wholesale portion. There was not one scrap of upcoming fabric at the show, and believe me, I looked. I was more then a little disappointed.

But all was not lost!

My mom and I did find a few cute booths that we did love. I had a great time kicking around the Moda Bakeshop booth. Moda Bakeshop is a blog that is overflowing with ideas of way to use Moda's jellyrolls, layer cakes, turnovers, honey buns, charm packs etc. What I really loved about Moda Bakeshop was what they were creating from the fabric - so many things to create from Moda goodness that I had never even thought of before. My head is spinning with possibilities after that stop!

The other booth I really enjoyed was Puddingstone Road. This booth was filled with patterns and kits for various projects. What I really appreciated about Puddingstone Road was their tremendous originality and creativity in their patterns and packaging. I purchased the above 'Frosty' kit from their booth. It's a pattern for a 'Frosty' potpourri of sorts - with everything I need tucked neatly away in a mason jar. Seriously - how cute it that? My mother and I made a third trip back to the quilt show just to visit this single booth, between the two of us I think we bought just about everything in the booth.

Inspired by these two booths, I have added a 'Delights' column to the side of Harvest Moon Hollow. You will notice the 'Moda Bakeshop' button, as well as the 'Fat Quarter Shop' (I think I'm in love with the Fat Quarter Shop). I would love to add more buttons! Do you have a 'delight' in your stitching life that you would like to share here? Do you have a button from your own blog that you would like listed? Please let me know - the more 'delights' the merrier!

P.S. Christmas items should be released this week!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

To Market, To Market

Tomorrow I am heading off to the Houston International Quilt Festival!

I am so excited to preview the latest and greatest the quilt world has to offer. I am especially excited to visit Moda and check out all of their fresh, new lines. I'm sure to return with a few goodies and more then a few new ideas. I do wish you wonderful ladies could be here, I'm quite sure we would have a grand time exploring the show together.

Happy Market Day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome Thanksgiving

I love the quiet simplicity of early November.

Over the years Thanksgiving has become one of my very favorite holidays, second only to Christmas. I find such renewal in pausing to rejoice in the bounteous blessings that, unfortunately, so often I take for granted. The gratitude of November prepares our family for the wonder of the Christmas season. This year I was so anxious for the simplicity of the season that, after the kids were tucked in last night, I took down all of our Halloween goodies and filled our little home with the lovely colors and reminders of Thanksgiving.

Now, to something unrelated!

Have you checked out Harvest Moon Hollow Pattern Company lately? Patterns can now be purchased directly from the site both for wholesalers and those of you who just love to stitch! I have ePatterns and paper patterns available for purchase. There are several Christmas designs now available, ready to stitch just in time for the holidays. I will be posting many patterns on Harvest Moon Hollow Pattern Company that will not be available at my Etsy Shop. Be sure to become a follower!

And for those of you in the giveaway - don't worry, I haven't forgotten you! I will keep you posted!

Have a marvelous first of November!