Sweet Celebrations

{Giveaway is now closed. Winner will be announced 19th October 2012 on this site}
Today is my turn on the blog hop to tell you about the new Moda Bake Shop book – Sweet Celebrations. It will be available in stores soon but you can pre-order from Amazon now.
I was absolutely wrapped when I was asked to submit three projects for the book. It has been an exciting and interesting journey for me which I can now share with you and tell you about the book (or well, just enough to wet your appetite).
I had the privilege to work with a bunch of talented chefs who have designed the most beautiful quilts, home decor and fun projects for every celebration on the calendar. 
As part of the blog hop I will be sharing with you my favourite recipe for a Fathers Day celebration. In our house it usually starts with the full cooked breakfast on the BBQ followed by a relaxing day. While dad is lounging on the sofa, wrapped up in his favourite quilt, he will be munching on Roasted Pistachio and Ginger Slice. The Ginger in the recipe is grown locally in Yandina, 100kms north of where I live. 
Download the recipe here and collect all the recipes along the way to keep with the book. 

Also as part of the blog hop, Moda have sent us some questions to answer so you get to know us better. I am hoping to meet many of you at Market and say hello. 
1. Do you prefer to celebrate with cupcakes, cake pops or just plain old cake?
I have no idea what a cake pop is but we usually have some sort of cake made traditionally or from biscuits stacked and glued together with melted chocolate.
The Tim Tam Cake
2. What is your favourite part of quilting – fabric selection, piecing, quilting , binding and why?
I love it all (I lie, binding can be tedious). I love selecting the fabrics, cutting, stitching,pressing my seams open (ooh ahh!)  and seeing a quilt come together. I get excited about the quilting design and thread I am going to use to complete the quilt. It is so rewarding to place the last stitch in the binding, scrutinise the quilt to find every last loose thread and give it to someone you love. I am having fun at the moment learning how to photograph quilts. 
3. Do your pets/kids/spouse help or hinder your creative process?
My gorgeous kids are always in my quilt room chatting away or playing with toys. They have no interest in what I do, being boys but I know they appreciate what I make as they are always snuggled under my quilts. My husband in his own words, “I just don’t get quilts and quilting”. That makes me laugh. My dog stays with me all day when I work and when he wants to play he brings the ball and hides it in the fabric piles or nudges the quilt I am working on as if to say, “what about me”. I guess, they all inspire and assist me in the creative process even if quilting is not their ‘Thing’.
4. What have you gained from the on-line quilting world.
I have gained so much inspiration and support from the world wide quilting community. I have made so many lovely friends who continually teach me new techniques and tricks and encourage me to keep on doing what I love the most (after being a mother etc) – quilting. I really enjoy all the blog hops and bees I have been invited to participate in.
5. When you picture Oda May, what does she look like?
I know she looks nothing like this but Dame Edna pops into my mind. A wise, stylish woman with a wicked sense of humour, a killer pair of glasses and a master of the needle and thread.
To celebrate the launch of this new Moda Bake Shop book, I would like to give one lucky blogger a Kasuri Layer Cake and a copy of the new book – Sweet celebrations.
To enter:
1. Follow/stalk me on Twitter, Facebook or my blog and tell me that you do and
2. Leave me a comment telling me what Pen name you would give yourself if you wrote a novel. I would call myself – Jasper Threadmore.

Entries close 14th October 2012 AEST and winners will be announced 19th October 2012.

Don’t forget to visit all the chefs on the blog tour and collect the recipes to be in the draw for some great prizes.
Blog Tour Schedule
October 1 – StashBooks and Moda Cutting Table
October 2 – Melissa Mortenson and Melissa Corry
October 3 – Mary Lane Brown and Natalia Bonner
October 4 – Lissa Alexander and Corey Yoder
October 5 – Jane Davidson and Angela Yosten
October 6 – Jo and Kelli Kramer and Stefanie Roman
October 8 – Angela Mitchell and Ellie Roberts
October 9 – Katie Blakesley and Aneela Hoey
October 10 – Amy Smart and Angela Pingel
October 11 – Vanessa Christenson and April Rosenthal
October 12 – Moda Bake Shop
October 14 – Readers have until midnight to comment at all participating blogs.
October 19 – Winners Announced.