It’s Our Turn!

In Life, Quilting by sweetwater

Today is our day!  Welcome to everyone who is new to us (and as always, welcome back our faithful readers).  For those of you who don't know, we are participating in the Moda Bake Shop Progressive Dinner because we part of a book!

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If you love the Moda Bake Shop- you are going to love this.  Fresh Fabric Treats won't be out for a few months and we can't share our project with you yet- but we are super excited to be a part of this!  For those of you who aren't familiar with us, here is a quick bio:

There are actually 3 of us.  My mom, Karla, my sister, Susan and me, Lisa.  We design fabric for Moda as well as quilt patterns and about a million other things.  Okay the million thing was an exaggeration, but I am writing this at 12 a.m. because of those million other things. 

We live in Colorado (no not the mountains).  Our small town has 1 quilt store, 6 fast food restaurants and not one place I want to eat at.  People laugh at me when I say we are dying for a good place to eat- like Applebee's.  Yes, to me, Applebee's is a definite step up. 

Between my sister and I, we have 3 kids who call our office their second home.  The 2 boys would rather not, but they usually don't get a choice. 

Because we generally only see each other during the day, we don't exactly dress up for work.  If one of us does happen to put on a nice, clean t-shirt (without holes) the other two immediately react with "Where are you going?". 

We love fabric, quilting, graphic design, Target, HGTV, Moda, and all things Pottery Barn.

Here are some photos of the fabric lines we have designed for Moda:

Authentic:

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Make Life…:

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Pure:
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Sunkissed:

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And here are just a few of our favorite quilt designs:

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We have been faithfully reading all the other author's blogs for the past few days.  Today I panicked. Not only are we following Lissa Alexander (which is a tough act to follow) we have to come up with a recipe.  Quickly.  It took me about 2 seconds to decide.  My favorite- the best recipe we have.  Seriously, if you try this you will thank me.  If you try it and not like, you could tell me about it, but I would be so shocked, I wouldn't even have a response.  Here is the first ingredient:

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I know what you're thinking.  Oatmeal.  This could be healthy.  Uh, no.  Probably not.  Our recipe is for Oatmeal Cake.  But because it has oatmeal in it, I tell myself it is perfectly fine to eat for breakfast. 

Here is the part where it would be really nice to picture all the ingredients and steps in chronological order.  But, I can't even try to be the Pioneer Woman.  So I will just picture the end result.

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Now, I realize this isn't the most attractive piece of cake you've ever seen.  But I promise, one bite will have you screaming for more.  My little helper even liked it before it came out of the oven.

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About the recipe.  It came from an old cookbook we have had since I was little.

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I wanted to see just how old it was so I flipped to the inside cover.

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1975.  I was hoping it was older than me.  Oh well.  It was kind of close.  Now for the recipe:

The Best Oatmeal Cake Ever

1 c. quick cooking or old fashioned oats

1/2 c. butter

1 1/2 c. boiling water

1 1/2 c sifted flour

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 c. brown sugar

Combine oats, butter and boiling water in bowl.  Cool.   Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt. 

Add eggs to oat mixture; beat well.  Add dry ingredients and brown sugar to oat mixture; beat at medium speed 2 minutes.  Pour batter into greased 13 x 9 x 2" baking pan.

Bake in 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests done.

Okay, now you are done.  Don't frost it.  It will ruin it.  You can put a little whip cream on it, but it really isn't necessary.  Just make this for your kids for an after school treat.  Just save a piece for your husband. 

Now, for the best part of this post.  You can win something!  If you have been following the Progressive Dinner, you know all you need to do is leave a comment on our blog.  If you don't know what to say, just let us know which fabric collection of ours is your favorite (see above).

As with all of the blogs, you will be entered to win a copy of the book plus a Moda pre-cut (we are hoping it is one from our upcoming line which no one has seen yet- but I can't promise anything). 

Along with this incredible prize, we are also giving away something else.  The book won't be out until May, but you could win our special "Sweetwater" prize pack now!

You get this bag:

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But that's not all.  Of course, we are going to fill it with all kind of goodies.

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In fact, the prize has a retail value of over $275.  It is filled with our patterns, buttons, labels and more!  So leave us a comment and you will be entered in both contests.  We will pick the winner for the Sweetwater Prize Pack the week of February 7th- so make sure you come back to see if you have won.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Progressive Dinner, so please make sure you visit Angela Yosten and Jenny Garland.  And don't forget our friend, Julie at Jaybird Quilts today.

If you have missed anyone, here is the list of authors:

January 19
Stash Books
Oda May of Moda Bake Shop

January 20
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts
Roslyn Mirrington of Bloom
Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.

January 21
John Adams of Quilt Dad
Monica Solorio-Snow of The Happy Zombie

January 22
Kimberly Walus of Bitty Bits and Pieces
Melissa Mortenson of The Polkadot Chair

January 23
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts

January 24
Rachel Griffith of P.S. I Quilt
Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa

January 25
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts
Sweetwater

January 26
Angela Yosten
Jenny Garland

Thanks for visiting, we would love to have you back!