Friday, December 20, 2013

Egg Free Monster Cupcakes

Our youngest child celebrated his 2 year birthday the first week of December. Unfortunately, he is allergic to eggs and has never had a cupcake so I was determined to find a way to make some quick and easy eggless cupcakes. After a couple of trials, I think I have finally come to the perfect quick cupcake recipe using a cake mix.

For the Cake you will need...

1 Betty Crocker SuperMoist Cake Mix
1 Cup of Water
3 TBSP of Club Soda
2 TBSP of mashed Banana (approx. half a banana)
1 TBSP of Vegetable Oil
Cupcake liners

Mix ingredients together and follow the baking directions on the box.

For the Frosting you will need...

Cake Mate Decorating Icing in various colors and White (not the gel)
Chocolate Chips

I chose not to use the tips that attach to the end.  I created the monster hairs by squeezing out a little frosting and then pulling up in a quick motion as I released pressure from the tube to create a point. Start in the center and continue all the way around the cupcake leaving a spot for eyes. With the white Icing, I filled in the blank spots to create eyes and then finished with an upside down chocolate chip centered in the white.

Super quick and easy EGG FREE cupcakes and they taste delicious!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Giveaway Winner

If you missed Pat Sloan's Radio show yesterday, be sure to listen up on the recorded shows posted on her website at and click on the 12-9-13 show to listen.

Now for the lucky winner for a signed copy of my new book, Sew Modern Baby...

Congratulations, Deb@asimplelifequilts
Be sure to check out all her wonderful WIP's on her blog at

Thank you to everyone that visited my little blog and participated and listened to my segment on Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio! Happy Sewing!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Listen Up and GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to be on Pat Sloan's Radio Show today! This will be my 3rd time on the show and this time I will be sharing about my new book, Sew Modern Baby published by Stash Books and my new coordinating thread collection, Sew Modern Essentials, manufactured by Aurifil Threads.  I can't wait!

Be sure to listen today at 3 pm CST (4 pm EST)...

Also, don't miss out on my giveaway today in celebration of Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!

A free copy of my new book, Sew Modern Baby!  Here's how to enter...

1. Like my Facebook Page...
2. Leave me a comment on what you like to make for babies.
3. OPTIONAL: Follow me on Pinterest...

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday, December 10... GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Free Pattern... A Flats Bag

Making the Flat's dolls for a Christmas or Birthday Gift? Complete the set with this free pattern for a Flats Bag...

Photo by J. Duarte Photography

Be sure to share your finished Flats Projects on the Flats Flickr Group.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

APQ Quilt Along

American Patchwork and Quilting is putting on a Quilt-Along in their upcoming magazine soon to be released. So keep your eyes open for this issue to hit the newstands...

“Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

What is the quilt to be sewn in the Quilt-Along?  This lovely beauty by the talented Moda Lissa...
Quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
I love this quilt... I just might have to find some time to quilt-along so I can have one for myself.
 Be sure to share your progress on the quilt-along by using #APQquiltalong in your social media sites. 

Now... what fabrics to use... What would you choose?

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Cause to be Thankful for...

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I have found myself reflecting on the past year and realizing that I have so much to be Thankful for.  The past couple of months have been very busy... not to mention the entire year has been a whirlwind of events... but often times I fail to just stop and bask in the moment. Hours and days go by and before I know it a whole month or even two has passed.  I know that everyone is busy these days but somehow we tend to find more ways to keep us from "stopping to smell the roses" and enjoy the path along our journey.

I could give you a whole list of things that I am Thankful for but I am thankful for those things each and every day of my life. I would, however, like to share one event in particular that I am very thankful and blessed to have been a part of.  And if you don't mind, the best way I know to tell this story to start from the beginning...

In Spring 2008, Moda Fabrics came out with their very first Collections for a Cause fabric line called Heritage 1846 by Howard Marcus. The proceeds from this collection were donated by Moda to the Gilda's Club supporting the cause of Ovarian Cancer.

I loved this collection when it came out... the colors, the purpose, the cause... I just had to have the fabrics. I had no idea what I was going to make with it at the time, I just knew if I didn't get it now it wouldn't be available when I was ready to use it.

4 years later, in September 2012 our small town community learned that dear friend, to us all, was diagnosed with advanced stages of Ovarian Cancer. We knew that with Faith, Love and Prayer, Kris would overcome this obstacle that invaded her body so quickly. What do you do to help?

Kris has touched so many lives, not only to my family, but to our entire community. So, one morning, God presented me with an idea... to make a quilt. But not just any quilt. This quilt would be made by our entire community to provide comfort and encouragement during and after her Chemo therapy.

And so it began...

From the blocks that were signed by individuals and families down to the last stitch that was sewn into the quilt, members of our community and her church willingly volunteered their time to help put this quilt together. Even people that had only heard about Kris and had not yet met her, came to help with the cutting and sewing of the Community Quilt.

In April 2013, we presented the Community Quilt to Kris and her family. This quilt was made as a token of our appreciation and love for everything she and her family did and still does for everyone in our town. Words of wisdom, encouragement, and beautiful drawings graced upon the blocks in the quilt. Each block is unique and special in its own right. Quilts, like people, have a story to tell.  There are stories told within each of these blocks and together they tell a much bigger story.

In July 2013, Kris received a clean scan from her doctor visit and in August 2013 she received her last scheduled Chemo session. I am so amazed by the patience and positive attitude she continued to have all throughout these trying times. She is such an inspiration and is now using her experience as a Cancer Survivor to help other women fight the same struggle she so shortly underwent in the past year.

Watch her story on the Next Chapter from Medical City..

I am thankful to work for such a wonderful company that supports causes and produces beautiful fabrics that makes such an impact on people that provokes so much emotion and memories.

I am thankful to the Doctors at Medical City for providing the care Kris needed to fight her battle with Cancer. This one hits me at a personal level as our daughter was also cared for at Medical City back in 2006 and one Doctor in particular helped save her life in her battle with Asthma.

I am thankful to have met Kris and her family before her encounter with Ovarian Cancer and to be able to help provide comfort through a quilt.  Oh, did I mention she is also a quilter herself?

I am especially thankful that she lives to serve God and continues her story to help others.

What's your story?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jelly Roll Jam Quilts

Fat Quarter Shop came up with this cute and quick free pattern called Jelly Roll Jam. You get 2, TWO, baby quilts from just ONE Jelly Roll.

I chose to use the fabric collection, Flats by Angela Yosten for Moda Fabrics.  For the quilt shown I used the green, blue and grey colorways in the group.

The quilts measure approx. 36 1/2" x 36 1/2" and are perfect size for a sleeping baby.

The great thing about these baby quilts is that they are small enough that you can easily do your own quilting with your sewing machine and walking foot.  I chose to mimic the rectangle shapes by simple stitching straight lines across the quilt at an angle.

The pattern is super easy to follow.  The girls over at Fat Quarter Shop even put together a You Tube video that you can follow along with when making your own baby quilts.

See how many you can get done while your baby is sleeping... shhhh... lights out!

Machine Applique Tips

Come join me today on the Moda Bake Shop as I give my quick tips on machine applique.  Be sure to stay up to date with all of the Moda Bake Shop Basics tips and tricks and learn something new!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Craft Book Month Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of this years Craft Book Month hosted by Craft Buds. This is such a great blog hop because there are so many books out on the market and it is always nice to see a sneak peak of some of the projects that are in them and what people are making from them.

Currently, I am reading and planning a quilt from Camille Roskelley's new book, Simply Retro.  I love the little houses in this quilt... so cute!

Photos by Camille Roskelley

This month happens to also be the release of my newest book, Sew Modern Baby, so obviously, I just had to share about a project in it. Sew Modern Baby is a modern take on projects for baby and mom.

High-contrast fabrics were used to educate children from infancy. Mixed with accents of linen fabrics for the heirloom quality that can be passed down for generations to come.

When designing the projects for my book, my mom gave me an owl that my grandmother had for a very long time. I am not sure if this owl was made by my grandma or my great granny, but it is old. My grandmother collects owls and is something I will always cherish. I can just imagine that the fabrics used on this were from old tattered clothing and every piece is hand stitched on.

This inspired me to create a smaller spunkier version of my grandma's owl for the book.  One that was all machine stitched and the feathers were double secured so little hands couldn't rip them out.

Ollie was born and I love the way his little feathers just flock about. Each one has their own personality and combined make up this younger spunky toy that baby's can enjoy.

Be sure to check out all the other books on the Craft Book Month Blog Hop...

Week One
Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet
Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher

Week Two
Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew
Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
 Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten 

Week Three Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside Tuesday 9/17: The Littlest Thistle / CraftFoxes  

Also be sure to link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School!

School started on Monday, but I am finally getting around to posting the kids pictures.

I love taking their pictures on the first and last day of school so I can see how much they have changed in just 1 year.

Crazy kid!

Love these kids!  Have a fun and creative school year!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's a BABY!!!

Okay... so it is not a real baby, but it does have Baby in the title and it does take at least 9 months to make before it arrives. This kind of baby is my newest addition... Sew Modern Baby by Angela Yosten {aka: Me} published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

My advance copy of my new book is here and it is so very exciting to see it in print... even smells like a baby. Alright, maybe not, but it is still super cute!

There are 19 stimulating projects contained in this book and they are all modern in style and feature high contrast fabrics mixed with a touch of linen for that heirloom quality.

I came up with the projects in this book when I became pregnant with our 3rd child. This is not your typical baby book either. This projects in my book focuses on the education and stimulation of a child's developmental process. Infants cannot see pastel colors when they are first born. Black and White are the first colors a baby can see. So why not create a quilt or toy that the baby can actually enjoy and experience first hand?

So with this in mind, I set out to create fun and exciting projects that both baby and mom can enjoy.

The toys include textures and sounds using rattlers, squeakers, and crinkle plastic that are all baby safe and sparks your baby's natural curiosity.

For mom, there are projects such as a tote bag, card holder and nursing cover up with a hidden pocket and clippie to easily keep track of which side you nursed on last.

The projects range in complexity from super simple for beginners to a bit more complicated for the advanced sewer. Applique techniques, quilting, bag and toy construction are just a few of the skills you will learn in this book.

So, get your machines out and start sewing.  Pre-order your copy today! In Stores everywhere coming September/October 2013. For retail shops, you can pre-order this book now from United Notions, C&T Publishing and other distributors.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Million Pillowcase Blog Hop

American Patchwork and Quilting has put together an amazing blog hop event in support of the 1 Million Pillowcase challenge for those in need. I got a little creative on the Moda Bake Shop and made my pillowcase appliques fit the Flats. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to turn APQ's Train Applique into a fun activity for a child in need.  Make a Pillowcase and see the difference this small gesture can make!


Friday, August 9, 2013

National Book Lovers Day and Giveaway!

Today is National Book Lovers Day and I am very excited to be sharing my first and favorite books with you as part of Moda's FUN Book Club Day!

So we are to share our First book we ever bought and our most favorite book at the moment. So here it goes...

My FIRST book {at least I think it was my first book} that I ever purchased was Savannah by Cabbage Rose. The book was published in 2002 and ironically, that was the same year that I started working for Moda Fabrics and United Notions as their web developer.

I still have this and really love all the quilt designs in the book. I even made one of the quilts in the book for a friends little girls room. I wish I had a picture to show, but apparently I didn't take many pictures in 2003.

Little did I know back then that I too would be an author of my own books. Which brings me to my current Favorite Book... Sew Modern Baby.

Is one allowed to be this excited about a book??? I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this book... it is fun, modern, and the projects don't stop with the baby! There are several quilt designs, totes and accessories that can be enjoyed by.. well... pretty much anyone!

For a sneak peek of the projects that are in my new book, click here.

There are so many great books, old and new, out on the market that you will have a hard time deciding which book to buy next! Be sure to check out the Moda Cutting Table blog to find out all the other First and Favorite books that available. This is a new kind of book club and it is FUN! PLUS... you don't want to miss out on the giveaway for 6 books to add to your own collection on Moda's Book Club Day here...

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