What a busy couple of months it has been! I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write – we’ve been busy launching our new fall catalogue, travelling to Calgary and Edmonton for the Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive shows, completing our annual Christmas Wish Sale flyer, and preparing for the grandmother of sewing shows – the Toronto Creativ Festival! Next week, Keith and I are winging are way across the country to Toronto for this big show – and it promises to be really exciting with lots to see and do. I’m looking forward to catching up there with Simon Haskins from Australia, and Ange Ross, our Canadian Jenny Haskins educator. Simon is teaching a couple of hands on classes there as well as presenting an evening trunk show demo. I think there may still be a couple of spaces left in his “Faux Knitting” class, so if you’re planning on attending the Toronto show and want to learn from one of the best, sign up soon to make sure you get in. I haven’t heard about the Trunk Show, but I’m sure there will be room there too, and Simon’s trunk shows are always so inspiring with lots to learn!
There’s lots I’m excited about for the Toronto show. First of all, my daughter Jenny who has been joining me on the blog and facebook pages is going to be working with us in our booth so please come by and meet her if you’ll be there. I’ve got lots of new things to show off as well – I’ll be demoing our new AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter, our new Reliable irons, showing off how easy it is to finish off quilt bindings with our Quick Easy Binding Miter tools and the new Binding Tool, and more – I can’t remember now everything I packed in my demo box!
Even though life has been hectic, I really wanted to play with my new GO! Fabric Cutter so I’ve managed to put together a little baby quilt using the GO! Appliqué dies. I’ll be taking this with me on my travels to show off, but really, I think it will be the first contribution to my “Grandmother’s Hope Chest”. Maybe one day, I’ll be lucky enough to have a little one in the family to use it! When I was demoing the GO! Cutter in Edmonton, I cut out a pieced quilt using the value die that comes with the cutter. I’ve just started to piece it together and will post a photo of it once it is done as well.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my mother, sister and brother-in-law, and their daughter and fiancé. My sister cooked one of my favourite vegetable dishes to go along with her turkey and I thought I’d share the recipe with you. It’s such an easy way to prepare all your vegetables so it’s great for everyday, yet it’s fancy enough to serve at an elegant dinner party!
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Wash and cut up a combination of your favourite vegetables. I use squash, onions, sweet potatoes, beets, garlic (lots of cloves if you’re a garlic lover as I am!) parsnips and carrots. My sister added brussel sprouts which I hadn’t used before, but they were delicious cooked this way.
Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (to save even more time, you can use bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing), put in a baking pan ( I usually fill a lasagne pan) and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, stir, and continue baking until done, about another 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Jenny Haskins new fabric line, When Dreams Flower has finally arrived in stock, along with her new “Special Edition” embroidery CD’s. Both of these are featured in our new Christmas Wish Flyer that will be going in the mail this week. If you can’t wait for your copy to arrive, make sure you check back to our website on the 19th of October when it will be going live so that you can download and print your own copy right away. In store, we are featuring special sale prices on all our Husqvarna and Babylock sewing machines and sergers right now as their fall flyer prices are now in effect – if you’re looking to add a new machine to your sewing room, the right time is now!
Well, time to stop writing – I’ve got to get ready for my travels this coming week and beyond – once I get home from Toronto, I’m only home for two days and then am off again – this time to Houston for the annual Fall Quilt Market. I can hardly wait to see what is new there!
Talk again soon,