Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop

Why, hello there! I'm Oda May. Today is my turn for the Sweet Celebrations blog hop and it's the LAST day of the hop. Thanks for coming to visit. Click on through for my recipe and a tale {tail?} of true friendship and horses' rears.



The Moda Bake Shop is a special place and it's at the very heart of the new Sweet Celebrations book. The book is about holidays and celebrations and there is truly no better way to celebrate a person or occasion than to create something handmade. I know you will all be inspired by the wonderful projects our talented Chefs have shared.

I asked all of the Chefs on the blog hop to answer some questions so we could all learn a bit more about them. I am going to answer a few of the questions, too, and I've picked the silliest ones. Because that is just the kinda gal I am.  

Do you prefer a corner piece or a center piece when eating cake? Or do you not like to discriminate?
Cake is one of life's greatest culinary pleasures, and I would never miss an opportunity to indulge. My only requirement for eating cake is that there is enough for seconds and a tall glass of milk to wash it down.  

Are rotary cutter blades reversible?
Now isn't that a silly question? It came up once among my friends on retreat {a girl doesn't quilt and tell so no names will be mentioned here!} when I spotted a rotary blade marked "dull side - do not turn over" or some such thing. I stared and stared at it so long that I began to wonder if maybe there was something I had been missing all these years. What do you think, dear readers? ;)

 If you and your dearest friend were going to dress as a horse, would you be the rear end so she could be the front? Tell us how you became friends.

This question came from my own childhood. When I was growing up, my nearest and dearest friend was a girl who lived down the road. Her name was Ella Rae. Yes, you read that right. Oda May and Ella Rae. The two of us were quite the pair. We met in kindergarten and we were inseparable. We dressed alike, talked alike. We loved all of the same things and we both came from a long line of quilters. One year, Ella Rae and I decided to be a horse for Halloween. We were going to a fair and the boy she liked was going to be there. Ella Rae could not bear the idea of being a horse's rear in front of her Prince Charming so I took the hindquarters. I must say, being a horse's rear can certainly give you some perspective on things.

I hope you have visited all of the blogs on the hop and picked up all of the recipe cards. There are some very tasty treats. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is below. The dough freezes very well. I always make a double batch and I make these cookies more than I should admit. The yield is directly linked to the amount of self-control that you have. I tend to end up with far fewer cookies than the recipe should provide but baking and quilting are both calorie-burning endeavors so I have to stay in top form to keep up.




Now for the details on the big giveaway: To enter to win a copy of Sweet Celebration with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs and a pre-cut chosen by me, leave a comment below. Tell me about your best friend. Deadline to enter is midnight {CST} on 10/14/12. The winner will be drawn at random from the comments section. *Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book. Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version.

{Be sure to click through the links to pick up all of the recipes and comment to enter the giveaways.}

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 & Kelli Kramer and Stefanie Roman
October 7 – Sherri McConnell and Megan Jimenz & Heather Andrus
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


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JoyceLM said...

My husband is my best friend. Very supportive of my quilting & still patiently waiting for me to finish his UNC Tarheels quilt. Thanks.

Glenda in Florida said...

Several friends come to mind when I think of my best friend, and none of them know each other. But, they all have the same thing in common. We are all military spouses, and have unique bonds. We can go for years without seeing each other, or even calling or e-mailing. But, when we get a chance to get together, or chat, it is like we were never apart. The mark of a true friend--we can just pop back into each other's lives and the years just fall away. In an emergency, these are the best kinds of friends to have.

Lisa said...

My best friends are 4 women from high school. They came to the school at various times and by HS we had formed a bond. We gather together for a few days every 5 years to celebrate our birthdays, coming from CO, WA, and AK (that's Alaska NOT Arkansas!) Such fun and laughter is had during those times. Between times we email a lot!

kshackabq said...

I am blessed with a few "best" friends. What I love most about my bff's, is that although we live 1200 miles apart, when we connect it is as though no time has passed. Thank you, Oda May, for putting together this fun blog hop.

Maureen said...

Oh my, good question! I have a few BFF's that I can't say only one! We're a group of friends with different thoughts, ideas, passions that we just meld. Growing up my best friend & I had the same name. It seemed funny to everyone else but we knew it was meant to be! Sadly, life throws curves & we've not seen each other in many years.
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

The Village Queen said...

My best friend is my mom. Thanks for the chance.

Cecilia said...

My very best friend is my husband. I've been blessed with a few very special friends. One friend lives about 3 hours away, but we are always able to just pick up where we left off, no matter how long it has been. I even introduced her to quilting. :-). I have another friend who lives close by. We were quilting friends, but when my Mother died two years ago, she became my surrogate mother. She is 83 and she has truly been a blessing.

barbara woods said...

my best friend is my husband thanks for the giveaway

Lori H said...

My best friend now lives in NC. I haven't seen her in 6 yrs! Wow time flies. But I am working on her a quilt now!

Shannon said...

My best friend is Kira. We met at Nellis AFB, NV about 6 years ago. Though I have dear friends from childhood, we haven't kept in close contact. Since both Kira and I are military wives, we can relate to one another. When our son died tragically two years ago, Kira and her husband made music CD's of christian music for his funeral service. She has been so supportive of me through the rough times, and always gives sounds advice. We now live in TX, and she lives in TN. I love her and miss her and haven't seen her in over two year. We hope to visit their family early next year. :)

corinne said...

I am lucky to have my BBF right next to me everyday. He is my husband. He does not complain about my fabric stash or when I go on quild's trips or retreats.

Melissa said...

My BFF is my buddy Antoine, whom I met in college. We don't see each other often or talk much, but he was always there for me when I needed him. He made college a much better experience.

Ann in NC said...

I am lucky to have several really good friends and just can't single one out as my BFF. They are all special to me in their own ways.

Sallie said...

My husband is my best friend! We enjoy doing things together and talking together, but we also enjoy just sitting quietly and holding hands.

sandy said...

I don't have a BF anymore but I have a few long time girlfriends. Is that the samething?

sandy said...

I don't have a best friend but have a few long time girlfriends.

Mary said...

I married my best friend. He taught me to love in a new way & I want to be a better person because of it. I don't get his love of hunting and he doesn't get my love of sewing, but we love each other and support each other's passions! He's my sweetheart and friend forever!

Judith said...

My BFF past away some time ago. We always had the best talks. Judith, Texas

TerryH said...

My BFFs are scattered - one in CO, one in MI, and 2 here in TX. Were
would we be without BFFs? And we
all need new recipes. Thanks.

Painting 4 Him said...

My best friend is my husby--he loves me like no other, pushes me to be my best. He loves the creativity in me and encourages me in every way possible. I love him like crazy and am so blessed to call him my friend.

Karen Seitz said...

My best friend lives right next door! We get together so often that I leave one of my sewing machines set up at her house. Our styles are very different, so it is fun to see the results when we make the same project with different fabrics.

Luv-2-Quilt said...

My best friend and I grew up together and I have known her my entire life, she's my big sister. (she is only 2 yrs older but at this age that's hardly mesureable).
We're always there for each other. That doesn't mean we always agree, but we can always finish each others sentences. We live 1500 miles apart, but have always tried to get togehter and have our families together as much as possible.. she's the best person I've ever known.

Linda said...

My husband is my best friend. There is no one who I am more comfy and happy with. We started dating in junior high and have been married 43 years this month.

I'm excited about the possibility of winning the book and a fat quarter bundle - the equivalent of the lottery for a quilter. ;)

Laura said...

I have too many friends to pick just one. I'm a lucky girl, indeed :)

Carla G said...

My best friend is my hubby! He is the best! He even fixes my sewing machines when they have issues. :)

Jo said...

I don't have a BFF. I have several good friends. One is my mum who got me into quilting. The others are good in other ways and i wouldn't be without them.

Beth said...

My best friend was more like a sister. Just a bit older than I, she married while I was in high school, had kids while I was in my teens and early twenties, and then generously shared the fun with me. As their Aunt Beth I was able to shower them with love, enjoy hearing about all their antics and adventures, and fill up some of the empty space that resulted when I was unable to have children. Since she passed away 9 years ago, I have tried to live up to the honor of being their aunt by showing them that they will always be loved and treasured.

Pugs said...

My BFF is in Alaska! I see her about once a year. We always pick up right where we left off.

jennyg said...

My best friend s from Peru and last Christmas she shifted 2000kms away :-(

Deb Cline said...

I have known my best girlfriend since junior high (40 years!). We no longer live close to each other, but still talk with the same closeness we always had. Love her!

Cheryl Randleman said...

My best friend introduced me to quilting in 1997 at a weekend retreat from @#$# -- the instructors totally ignored both of us since we had never quilted before -- at least I had experience sewing clothes so it wasn't a total mystery but my friend struggled so badly that finally one of the older instructors became her "reverse sewing" helper!!. We perservered and both of us have made many quilts since that day!!

Sarah Russett said...

I know this may be cheesy but my BFF is my hubby. He is such an amazing husband and father. I couldn't ask for a better man. He loves my hobby of quilting and supports me and my fabric buying habits! LOL Thanks for the chance to win! I would love a copy of this book! If I don't win it's on my Christmas list!

whyte said...

I think there was only one time in my life I had one BFF, during high school. We still stay in touch but we have both been so fortunate to add many BFFs to our lives over the years; there are so many people who have touched my life in so many wonderful ways: my kids, my husband, my Mom, many friends and family. My BFF in high school and I were inseparable. We were both daring, a little edgy and mischievous but caused no harm (by the grace of God!) We don't live near each other anymore, but stay in touch online.

Karen said...

My childhood BF lived right across the street and we did everything together. One of my favorite memories of her is running down the street in our neighborhood singing songs from the Sound of Music at the top of our lungs!!!
My BF today is a gal I met when our husbands were going to med school. We spent lots of afternoons on the phone talking about everything wile our babies were napping and then lots of Friday nights together crafting when our husbands were at the library studying. Today we don't live in the same city, but we have stayed close and share our common love for quilting. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Mary said...

I've been lucky enough to have had many best friends over my lifetime. When I was six, my best friend was Nancy. Then when I was eight, Nancy changed schools and I had a new best friend. The next year, I changed schools. Life is like that - people come in and out of our lives but we can always find someone we really enjoy spending time with.

Barb N said...

Boy, you opened a vein with this question. My BF is a person who would drop anything and help if need be. She listens and shares and makes me laugh and reminds me that while she can't make the world's troubles go away, she can make them seem a bit less daunting!

Silent Words said...

My best friend is my older sister. We've been through a lot, and still talk for hours on end. Our partners have NO clue how we can talk for so long. But its nice to share things with her knowing she completly understands.

Karlene Riggs said...

I have lots of girlfriends but my BFF would have to be my 17 year old daughter. We talk about everything. I go to her for quilting advice, she has been quilting since 8 years old. She has a great sense of color. Not all our tastes are the same but a lot. Thank you for the Moda Bake Shop, it is the first thing I go to when I get on the computer. Love all the patterns and ideas.

Quiltsmiles said...

My best friend..... I am truly blessed to consider 3 friends as my best friend. With each of them I can truly be who I am and they all love and accept me with my quirkiness without any judgements. \
Each of their personalities are unique and I consider them wonderful. One I am currently taking care of her cats while she is on a quilting retreat that I couldn't go to. That is reciprocated anytime, anywhere. I love them all. Jane

jenni said...

I am old so I have had the good fortune to have lots of best friends. I would say my nearest and dearest came into my life when I needed her most! She was a stay at home mom and I did daycare out of my house. I owned a saw and she owned a sander and we started making wood projects together. We would spend hours cutting, sanding, painting, but mostly laughing! I moved after 7 yrs. of this fun. It was horrible. I called her crying and missing her one day and she packed up her kids and her car and came out to visit. While she was visiting her husband had a freak accident and died. I truly learned what it meant to mourn with those that mourn. She is one of the kindest people I know and I love her like a sister!
jpshirley@ymail.com

Donna Baker said...

Growing up I had lots of BFFs over the years but as an adult, I decided to just categorize them as good/great friends. I'm not that much in touch with those BFFs anymore so it's kind of inaccurate to say FOREVER in my case.

When I think of friendship, I think there are 3 categories: 1 A FRIEND for a REASON, (one that is brought into your life to fulfill a certain purpose for you) 2 A FRIEND for a SEASON (one that will just be for a certain time in your life and you will always be grateful for) and 3 A FRIEND for a LIFETIME (the one that will be there through thick and thin that you cannot imagine ever NOT being in touch with!)

Friends come and go and yes, Facebook has re-connected me with them somewhat but it's never going to stay the same with them. I moved away and don't talk on the phone with them or see them when I go back for a visit.

My best friend is my husband now; he's the one I KNOW will always be there for me and with me - til death us do part. He is the one I want to call when I have great news or the one I want to talk to when I have a crappy day. The one I want to spend nearly all my time with.

But I do have great 'girl' friends as well. My 1st is my oldest sister who is always there for me and I email every day of the week to be sure she makes it to work safely (ever since she was in a car accident on the way to work one morning, we started this), and try to talk to once a week on the phone.

Then my 2nd best girl friend is a friend I've known for 9 years and we call each other sisters by choice. she does not have any sisters, so it means the world to me she thinks of me that way. She is the 3rd person I want to call when I have something to share. We text each other several times a week and make it a point for all 4 of us as a couple, to spend at least 1 day a month together. They are 7 mos pg with twins (IVF) and we are thrilled to be a part of their journey into parenthood. In fact, we will be Aunt Donna and my husband Uncle John to their kiddos and that just warms my heart!

sorry I went on so long, but this is the best question that's ever been asked during a hop that I couldn't help but elaborate on!! I have enjoyed all the recipes, q&as and sharing from all the chefs! look forward to getting the book - if not from the hop, then perhaps a Christmas gift!

AuntCinch said...

I taught 1st grade with my best friend and quilting buddy for four years before I retired to my sewing room. She's my daughter!

ikkinlala said...

I have some great friends, but not really a best one.

teachpany said...

I have a few BFF's. One is my sister-in-law, and she's known me since I was 8. She's great, and I know she will always be there for me. My quilty BFF is the one who gets into fabric fun with me. The shop hops, quilt shows, and sewing together.

Lisa Shenk said...

I don't know who to say is my best friend. I have several. I have lots of different interests, quilting being the main one, and lots of great friends in this life, and another in my gardening life, and another in my wine loving life, and so on and so forth. Fortunately, some of these friends overlap in my other lives as well!!

Mara said...

Right now my BFF is my husband, there are a lot of things that we only tell each other.

Karen O said...

My wonderful best friend is named Cathy. I met her in a very difficult time of my life and she helped pick me up and loved me no matter what. We now have a more mutual relationship and I enjoy all the time we spend together.

Linda said...

I can't say I have a best friend, but many good friends....daughters, DIL'S, sisters, cousins and friends that I consider best friends. Love your blog and the book looks like a keeper.

Anne Mai said...

Thanks for the opportunity to post and try to win the lovely gift!!! Last night we had an 80th surprise birthday party for my mother...who is my best friend. All her children, grand and great grandchildren flew in to celebrate her life. I would love to win this as she taught me to sew and quilt, and she loves to bake...what a perfect gift for a very giving precious lady...<3

Bea GarcĂ­a said...

My BFF's are my Husband, Mom and Cousin... thanks for the chance to win!

SewLindaAnn said...

I just met the best friend I've ever had 5 years ago at the age of 50. I thought I'd had best friends before, but I was wrong. In the short time we've known each other she knows more about me than anyone ever has. I trust her with my every thought good, bad or indifferent. She is there regardless of the situation I'm in, she's in, as I am for her. There is no inconvenient time, place or moment if I need to talk. My appreciation and love for her gift of friendship is endless!

Katie Morse said...

As one of 6 daughters, it is not hard to find a friend, just pick a 'best'. Through pain and joy my sisters have shared the richness of life with me. I am the blessed girl to have 5 BFFs that can laugh at the past, and hope for the future together.

Jodie said...

My best friends all live far away. It's so much fun when we can get together, it's like no time has passed at all.

Wendy B said...

Best friend/s??? ....first would have to be my husband....made a mistake with the first one, but got it right this time...he's an absolute treasure....into our 9th year now and wouldnt change him for the world!!!...second would have to be my son....we share everything, he even speaks positively about my quilting and encourages me along!!! Thirdly would have to be a tie between two ladies (Australian designers) I met only a few short years ago but it feels like I've known them a lifetime.....blogging truly is wonderful! We meet up whenever we can and share everything together!

Sara (My Semi-Creative Life) said...

My best friend lives about an hour away and she has a handsome 7 month old son. It is quite hard for our schedules to work out to allow us to meet up but when we do it's like we just saw each other yesterday.

lindaofthelakes said...

My best friend is my husband. He understands and supports me and is always ready to go and have some fun. He isn't a quilter but totally loves the fact that i am.

Colleen said...

I dont have a bff but I do have some awesome quilty girlfriends who are starting to overlap into other parts of my life.

Nicole said...

My mom and my sisters are my best friends! I talk to at least one of them every day. I wish we all lived closer for lots of reasons, but also so we could sew and be crafty together.

Sandy D said...

Like other blogger I would have to say I have different Best Friends,My husband of 42 years of course and then I have a BFF that I met through work we take time to go for breakfast together once a Month and just talk.Although we "work" together we don't really see each other as we both drive school buses. So we phone and like I said meet and talk.She is a terrific person .

KatieQ said...

My best friend is my daughter. We share many of the same interests and no one makes me laugh the way that she does.

selleck said...

My BFF is my husband of 48 years. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anne said...

My BFF picked out my husband for me. She never married and we lost touch when I was immersed in raising my 4 kids and she dove into her career. When we kids started to leave home, we reconnected and picked up right where we left off!

Pugs said...

my best friend is in Alaska right now. I get to hang out with her about once a year. We both have three boys and love bringing our families together and playing games. WE learn a new game or two every visit. Friends are so special.

Diane Redfearn said...

My BFF is my hubby!!! Met him when I was 16, dated 4 years, and married for 34 very happy years!!! I can not imagine wanting to do anything with anyone except him - one minor exception is quilt retreat!!!

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Mel said...

My best friend? easy. My husband.

I Know it sounds corny... but truly.. even when I *try* to go out with the girls? I call him to join us.. and when he goes out with the guys? They'll call me and ask if it's all right for them all to just come over and munch at the house. :) We just simply enjoy each other. There's no one I'd rather spend my time with than him (or us and our kidlet together...).

I am so very blessed to have met him 6 years ago and to have married him in 2008.

He didn't complete me... but he certainly made me more than I was...

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

My best friend is my husband

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P B but no J said...

My BFF is my sister!Even though she lives 600 miles away, we get together 3 times a year to quilt. You should see the looks I get taking my sewing machine thru airport security! Other times we text talk and chat, and even quilt together apart by way Skype!

Lynne Shandley said...

I've moved so much in the last five years that I've left a little trail of best friends behind me (to the US, Colorado to California, back to OZ, to the US again). We can email and call each other but it's not the same as getting together and having a good natter. But they are still in my life :-)

Sorcha girl said...

My best friend--I have several in various states due to moving for my husband's job. Some came from quilt guilds, some came from work and one was an artist that has watercolors that speak to my soul.

Thanks for hosting the Moda blog, Oda May. I'm looking forward to reading the Sweet Celebrations book. Several of the bake shop patterns have been appealing to me.


















Kathie said...

My best friend is my husband. We met in high school and after 40 years of marriage he is still the one who understands me and who I trust the most!

Lindsay_Loris said...

My fabulous friend Julie is my best friend - I love our weekly meet up full of chatter, cups of tea, giggling and fun.

Sarina said...

I have a few really good friends. But it seems that everytime I declare one of them a "best" friend... she moves away. Hmmm...maybe that's a bad reflection on me! (I hope not!) So, I am now just content to have many really good friends! Thanks for the fun bloghop! It's been super fun!

Jane said...

My best friend is just a little spark plug. She makes things happen. When I first moved in across the street from her I thought she would never stop bothering me. Now I'm glad she didn't!

K Silvestro said...

I have had many besties through my life, but the ones that last: Hubbie, Mother, Father, Sister! There is nothing like family!

Judy said...

My BFF is definitely my husband. He is the one I tell all my secrets to and he knows all mine. Sometimes we don't even need to talk and we know what the other is thinking. Thanks for the chance.

Miriam said...

My very best friend in the whole world is my hubby! I can tell him everything and he still loves me no matter what. He even helps me iron when I'm quilting. Now that is really something!

manybooks said...

Many friends, none best-er than the others. :)

Nicole said...

I met my best friend on the 2nd day of my new high school, she had just moved as well and we instantly bonded over being the "new girls" We've been great friends since...sadly moving has seperated us by 1,000 miles, but we still get to see each other at least once or twice a year!

Stephanie said...

My best friend lives two states away, but with lots of calls and visits we stay close even with little ones and busy lives.

Lee said...

My bff has been a friend for over 30 yrs. we met in grade school. Our parents became friends too and even though we live an hr. apart we still plan and do lots together. Thanks!

Tiffany said...

My best friend is my husband. He is always there to listen, hold my hand, hug me, let me cry, share in my joys, etc. I feel that we have a great relationship and love that we are best friends.

Benessi said...


My best friend lives in a different continent as I have moved away. However, the best thing about great friends is that no matter how long it's been since you've talked, you'll just pick up right where you left last time. Good friends are priceless!

Melody M said...

My dearest, oldest friend lives in Pennsylvania and I in Idaho . we just saw each other a year ago for the first time in 13 years. We became fast friends in junior high during a dodge ball game - we both got out right away and talked for the rest of the period. We never really stopped talking . . .

Gloria said...

My best friend is someone I met in Bethlehem Pa. We only lived there in that town for about a year, then we both moved but continued a long distance relationship. Then 22 years later we both moved to NC and hour apart. Now I see her at least once a month. I amhelping her learn to quilt.

Karlene Riggs said...

I have lots of girlfriends, but my best friend is my 17 year old daughter. I go to her for quilting advice, she has been quilting since she was 8 years old. We have a lot of the same tastes in quilting, but some different ideas. I love to spend time with her and she with me.

grandmarockton said...

I don't see my BF anymore, but we are always near! But have anew one who's always there for me

Gina Koston said...

I would love a chance at winning this! :o)
My very best friend is my boyfriend. I have gone through a lot of heartache over the years from bad relationships. But in Brian, I have not only found a boyfriend, but I've found my soulmate & my best friend. I never want to know a day without him in it. He is good to me and to my son, and always makes me feel number 1 in his life.
My other best friend is Heidi. We met at a bar I used to work at...I was bartending and she was a customer. We are around 15 years different in age, (I being older), but we just really hit it off. We love going to garage sales and greenhouses together. She took up an interest in sewing after I showed her how to make a throw. We used to get together all the time, but since I moved a few months ago, we don't live in the same town anymore. But we still stay best friends! :o)

Rachel Booth said...

Like everyone else, I have many best friends but my BFF is my husband! He's the first person I want to tell anything! Next, my momma! :)

jerry john said...

I "met" my BFF through an online group of fellow waiting adoptive parents from China. During the long 4 years we vacationed together, met halfway in between where we live to quilt shop and have spent endless hours on the phone china manufacturing

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