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Quilting Gallery: Happy 5th Birthday Party


It’s our birthday and we’re celebrating in a big way with quilters all over the world.

If you’re new here, WELCOME! I’m Michele Foster and live in Canada’s national capital of Ottawa in Ontario. I started the Quilting Gallery site on December 10th, 2007 as a way to bring quilting back into my own life after a long hiatus. I had no idea this site would grow into what it is now, five years later, and what it can/will become in the future.

In addition to running this web site, I’m also a self-employed web developer and am currently taking an intense pet dog certification program to become a pet dog trainer. I have a 14-month old puppy, Milo – he’s our official Mascot. He was up bright and early this morning getting ready for our party.

morning smiles

The Quilting Gallery contains several sections that you can visit from the tab above. By far, the most popular section of the site is the Quilting Bloggers directory that features bloggers from around the world. For Canada and the United States, you can also search for bloggers by province/state/territory. I welcome you to add your blog!

I host several FUN events on my site, including block parties, weekly quilt contests, swaps and blog hops. I’m also organizing a quilt block drive to benefit our friends to the south affected by the Sandy hurricane. Click on the graphics below for more info.

Sandy Quilt Block Drive

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Weekly Themed Quilt Contests

Enter a quilt in this week’s Christmas Quilts contest. Your quilt can be made with any technique (i.e. piecing, appliqué) as long as it is completely finished, i.e. quilted and bound. More info and enter here!

I have several FUN events planned for 2013 including swaps and a world-wide event to celebrate the upcoming Olympics.

You can subscribe to our weekly newsletter or our Facebook page to keep in touch.

My Quilting

My own quilting seems to have taken a backstage while I’m doing my school work. I do hope that 2013 brings me more quilting time. I love scrappy quilts, paper piecing and appliqué. I plan to launch my own patterns next year. Earlier this year I also hosted a Beginner’s Quilt-Along and I have plans for a Level II quilt-along for next year too. Here are a few of the quilts I have in progress:

Strippers Quilt

strippers quilt

Postage Stamp Quilt


My Scrappy Bed Quilt



I’m giving away two scrap bags of yummy hand-dyed fabrics. These are small pieces, approximately 12″ square or so. I’ll stuff as much as I can fit into an envelope for two winners.


To enter my give-away, leave a comment below answering: What’s your favourite holiday cookie? Share a link to a recipe if you can. The two winners will be chosen randomly on December 17th. The give-away is open world-wide.

Also, I have another give-away on my site until December 12th: Blog Tour and Give-Away: 15 Minutes of Play.

Blog Hop Party

I’m thrilled that 170 quilting bloggers from around the world are helping us celebrate our birthday by hosting give-aways on their own blogs. Visit the party blogs and enter their give-aways!

Blog Hop Party


This give-away is now closed. Congratulations to the winners. Please check your inbox for an email from me.





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394 Responses to “Quilting Gallery: Happy 5th Birthday Party”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Well, NZers are not so into holidays cookies as other parts of the world seem to be… but rockyroad with cranberries, pistachios, marshmallows and white chocolate seems very xmassy to me! Congratulations on a great achievement – keep up the hard work!

  2. Terry Austin says:

    My favorite Christmas cookie is the gingerbread man.

  3. Marie Delliazza says:

    My favorite would be miniature lady locks. They’re not exclusively holiday, but that seems to be the only time I take the time to make them.

  4. Brandy Lynn says:

    My favourite holiday cookie is the gingerbread house because it is so much more than just a cookie! But if you make one be sure to use cream of tartar in the icing and NOT tartar sauce! The lumps of relish in tartar sauce don’t pipe through the cake decorating bag very nicely and your family will be afraid to eat the gingerbread house because it smells like pickles. Brandy Lynn

  5. Jill says:

    My favorite Christmas Cookie is “Cream Wafers”. I use the recipe in the Betty Crocker Cookie Cookbook. They are a simply delicious, buttery sandwich cookie. Here is a link… http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cream-wafers/a12c2f63-6bbd-402d-b67b-d99ae3d86aba

  6. Debby says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is the good old peanut butter blossoms with the Hershey kiss in the center. Happy Birthday! and thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I think my favorite cookie would have to be any form of gingerbread!

  8. piecrust says:

    My favorite cookie is gingerbread. When baking, the house smells so-o-o-o good.

  9. Nancy/VA says:

    My favorite is called Snowball cookie.

  10. Ruth Hampson says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are Russian Tea Cakes.
    1 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar plus extra for rolling
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
    400 degree oven
    Mix thoroughly butter, sugar, vanilla. Work in flour, salt and nuts til dough holds together. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes til set not brown and while warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar . Cool and then roll in the sugar again. Enjoy!

  11. Priscilla says:

    My favorite cookie anytime, including Christmas, is chocolate chip.

  12. Connie says:

    Great giveaway and thanks for hosting this blog hop Michele! I love Spritz cookies!

  13. Jan says:

    My favorite cookie is a Banbury Tart. Filled with currants and other good stuff!

  14. Marilyn Sholtis says:

    I make every year good old sugar cookies with sour cream or sour milk. I make my husband decorate them and he is pretty good!

  15. Sunnymay says:

    I enjoy making sugar cookies, cutting them out with all sorts of cookie cutters and decorating with tinted frosting and doo-dads.

  16. becky says:

    My favorite and often asked for is Gooey butter cookies
    8oz. cream cheese softened
    1stick butter softened
    1 egg
    1tsp. vanilla extract
    1 box yellow moist cake mix [really good using lemon flav]
    16oz. box powdered sugar
    Cream cheese and butter unti smooth Beat in egg and extract Then cake mix.Cover and refrigerate about 2hrs. Roll into balls roll in powdered sugar Bake 350 degrees 12 min.ENJOY
    Thank-you for the great give away chance.Becky

  17. Bev Gunn says:

    Any cookie I don’t have to bake would quickly become my favorite! I don’t have the receipt for Oreo’s!

  18. Jenny says:

    Hi, thank you for the giveaway.
    My children’s favourite Christmas cookie are what they have called ” shape biscuits.” These are really ” Melting Moments”, a type of shortbread” that can be pressed into shapes. The fun for them is choosing the shapes, usually a Christmas tree or heart. The “kids” are aged 26 and 25………..
    Christmas Greetings

  19. Jeneta says:

    We call them ‘biscuits’ in Australia. I love oatmeal raisin!

  20. Donna says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is Forgotten Cookies. Two egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and mint chocolate chips! That’s it, and after whipping the egg whites and adding the other ingredients, you drop them on a cookie sheet, stick them in a preheated oven, turn it OFF, and forget them until morning. Easy and yummy.

  21. Your Postage Stamp Quilt is gorgeous!

  22. Bevhelps says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are shortbread. MMMMMMMgood!

  23. wendiq says:


    2 pkgs. butterscotch morsels
    1 cup nutty p-nut butter

    Melt above in heavy pan on low heat. Add one 5oz can of Coctail Peanuts and one 5oz can crisp chinese noodles (the kind used in chow mein) Mix well, drop from TBSPS onto foil and let cool…..I bag mine in Ziplocks. They keep in the freezer forever and almost forever in the fridge.

  24. Jody says:

    My favorite is Krumkake–if someone else makes it!!

  25. Karen S. says:

    Almond Roca Cookies are my favorites. I love Christmas and watching the wonder and excitement in the eyes of my grandchildren!

  26. jay says:

    My favorite Christmas cookie is my mother’s chocolate chip cookie! And none of us have been able to replicate it…even following her recipe!!!

  27. Gail says:

    At Christmas, it’s gotta be the iced sugar cookies!

  28. QuiltinGram says:

    Would have to be my Mom’s shortbread cookies. I will be making them tommorow and freezing til Christmas..otherwise they seem to disappear!!

  29. Diana says:

    I love an Austrian Linzer cookie for Christmas. Here’s a link to a recipe and video that I follow to make them: http://www.joyofbaking.com/LinzerCookies.html
    Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

  30. Pat Hurdle says:

    My favorite cookie is the Peanut Butter cookie that has no flour.
    It is super easy and oh so good….. If anyone wants the recipe let me know. I have posted it on another group a couple of months ago. Everyone was so surprised.

  31. claudia W says:

    My Mom used to make Gumdrop Cookies. They were a wonderful mix of oats coconut, and gumdrops that she would cut into 1/4 inches pieces so you got a good bunch of gumdrop flavors in each cookie. Those were my favorite. I have no clue what happened to the recipe or I’d still be making them today!

  32. Debra R. says:

    I LOVE white chocolate macadamia cookies! My grandma has been making her secret recipe for me for years! :)

  33. Dolores says:

    I love sugar cookies! They can be hard to get just right, but they are delicious and fun to decorate!

  34. Rachel says:

    Oatmeal and raisin cookies for me

  35. Pam Gonzalez says:

    My favorite cookies are simple but fill my mouth with all the goodness of peanut butter & chocolate. I LOVE the peanut butter cookies with the Hershey’s kiss in the middle. Simple but ohh so good.

  36. Karrie Smith says:

    I’m really disappointed that many of the blogs started before the 10th and stopped taking comments at 12am on the 15th. That’s Friday morning. My free time is on the weekends. Plus last week was the SMS Giveaway Day and the ShopHop ended at midnight on the 15th. I liked the SMS blog hop that gave the rule that everyone ended at the same day. I would have scanned through some of the blogs if I had known they were stopping at the 14th instead of the 17th.

    I want to wish you a Happy 5. Your website has been SO important for me in my quilting career. I started about a year ago, and your have one of the best informational quilting site. Here is to a happy 5 and many more!!! Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop :) THey are so much fun for me!


  37. Karrie Smith says:

    and I love Snickerdoodles that my mom makes but I dont have the recipe :(

  38. Debbie Fick says:

    My favorite Christmas cookie is my husband’s monster cookie. It has oats, peanut butter, m and m’s, and more but no flour.

  39. liz hietkamp says:

    my favourite cookie(s) – chocolate chip all the way! and just plain shortbread.

  40. Wonderfully plain sugar cookie with buttercream icing. That is the taste of Christmas.

  41. Lizzie says:

    I love chocolate cherry drop cookies, with a dash of cinnamon in the batter, and maraschino cherry halves on top!

  42. Diane says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are well-known as ‘Peanut Blossoms’. They are basically a peanut butter cookie rolled in sugar with a Hershey’s chocolate kiss in the middle. Yum!

  43. Ann says:

    I love all Christmas cookies (unfortunately). Thanks for the recipes, everyone. Please enter my name in the drawing.

  44. Janet Best says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are Pecan Butter Balls my mom made for years when I was growing up. I have made them for my family, too.

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