Monday, December 9, 2013

Quilting isn't FUNNY: Giveaway!



Need some HOLIDAY HUMOR in between moments of holiday panic, of 
"OMG, I need to finish that gifted quilt!!!"
Then I have just the book for you and ALL YOUR QUILTER FRIENDS!

Megan Dougherty who writes at her blog:
Writer for quilters home and also Generation Q magazine

I asked Megan a few questions to learn more about her…
First,  What is her sewing space like? Neat, messy or Lost me days ago, call the search party...

- My sewing space is the most coveted room in the house and I claimed it because I'm the mom and mom has to be happy otherwise she can make chaos reign. It has big windows, 3 closets, a wall-mounted TV, and (my favorite feature) a bathroom. It is my sewing area, my writing space, and my Grand Nap Pavilion. It is generally a big, big mess, but I do a major cleaning once every couple of months. And by "cleaning," I mean "stack the plastic bins that hold everything back from biggest to smallest."

Also, I must know, How do you find your topics to write about?

- How I come up with ideas for columns: I have 2 main methods. One is to think about my own struggles and ambitions and see if there's anything there. The quilt binding tutorial came from that, as did the My Fabric Line piece. The other is to take something completely unrelated to quilting—a will, an insurance document, advice about how to talk to your teenager about sex—and see if I can turn it into something quilting-related.

Oh, and there's also the method where I pound my own head against the edge of my desk repeatedly. That's produced a couple good ones.

-Would I recommend self-publishing? Only if you really, really love living with the constant fear that you've screwed something up. I suppose that could be a plus for certain people. Actually, it can be a great way to go if you have the resources for putting it together. I'm lucky to have layout and design experience, as well as writing and editing experience. 



If you didn't know, Megan is the genius behind, I had to find out how it all came to be… She says:

- My calendar (The Quilter's Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito Calendar) grew out of a joke I once made. I said that, by working for a quilt magazine, I was able to combine two of my great loves: quilting and writing. But my dream was to combine ALL of my great loves into one publication with the Quilter's Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito Monthly. My readers went on a hunt to find pictures of shirtless men with burritos and quilts and of course there weren't any, so they started offering to take pictures of their own men. I said that if 12 of them would do that, I would make a calendar. I got 14.

At that time, my brother was fighting brain cancer (he lost the fight in January of this year) and so I decided I wanted to make the calendar a fundraiser for his family. He loved it and I can still remember him showing off the second edition to all the nurses in the care facility where he was staying. It doesn't make much money, but I will try to keep it going for him.


Ok, that alone should make you want to run right out and buy the book.
 Go now! Or scroll downy o try to WIN a copy!



- It is completely self-published.

- It is comprised of her humor columns from Quilter's Home Magazine,
from Generation Q, and from her own blog, and also has two never-before-seen pieces.  !! ;-)

- It can be purchased directly through Megan, here

-It is available as a softcover book or as a PDF.


SO. Wanna win a copy?
Leave a comment, and keeping it simple…. 
tell me your favorite burrito!
HAHA!
why not!

Make sure I have your email to reach you if you win!

I'll pick a winner Dec. 16th at 9am
Visit the other blogs for more chances to win!



Dec. 2 - Maddie Kertay  - Bad Ass Quilter’s Society

Dec. 3 - Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio

Dec. 4 - Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress

Dec. 5 - Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip

Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – Made with Moxie
           

Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
           
Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen

Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams

Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles

Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys

Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project


Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
           
Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity

Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations

Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sleboda – Muppin.com

Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff


Jan. 6 – Generation Q

Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist

Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty



Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie

Jan. 14 – Meg  – Without A Stitch On

Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts

Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Haselhuhn – Dashasel Sews




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86 comments:

  1. First of all, I think everyone needs a Grand Nap Pavillion!
    Secondly, I can't go past a chicken burrito with all the fixins. Mmmmmm ......
    The book looks wonderful. I'm off to check out her bog.
    Andi x

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  2. Ohhh! I would love to read this. Beef burrito please. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. Oh, such an easy question. The Green Chili burrito from Adolfo's in Lake Forest, CA. On my last visit to California I brought two home in my carry-on--my only "souvenirs" of the trip, and was prepared to share one with my sweetheart. (That's true love.) I can barely describe my devastation when I took the first bite and found they'd made a mistake and given me a chicken burrito. I'm a vegetarian. I wept. True story.

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  4. OK. It is hard to give you an answer. I live in Sweden and as I know we don´t have burritos. But I would love to read the book. Have a great week.

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  5. Love the barbeque burritoe which just seem wrong, but it works. This sounds like a very good read! Thanks for a great giveaway.:)

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  6. I like beef and bean, just a simple girl I guess lol
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  7. I love the steak burrito from chipolte

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  8. Never met a burrito I didn't like...
    That book sounds like a 'must have'...

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  9. I used to live in Southern California where Mexican food was abundant ~ my most favorite burrito is just refried beans and a little cheese with lots of hot sauce.
    I live in Portland, OR now ~ it''s hard to find a plain burrito ~ everyone dresses them up with all sorts of things!

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  10. How great it would be to read that book and laugh out loud
    Paula

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  11. This humour looks right up my alley!
    But burritos? Not so much. Don't think I've ever eaten one.
    Where have I been living? Under a rock?!?

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  12. I really like a breakfast burrito - scrambled eggs, lots of cheese, beans, a little potato, salsa and some quacamole

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  13. Rice and Bean burrito for me with lots of fixins! Geez, I hope I win this book! Thanks

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  14. My favorite is the elusive burrito I want MY man to hold while posing for the calendar. As soon as I find it I will be able to submit a picture for the calendar!

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  15. Chicken burrito all the way.

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  16. Oh chicken burrito with sour cream! This is way to fun! I would have taken a pic, too!

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  17. Carnitas burrito, wet please. Thanks for fun opportunity.

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  18. Chicken with tomatillos! (making me hungry......)

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  19. Great calendar ! I love fajita burritos with sour cream and all the trimmings.

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  20. I love 'garbage' burritos with lots of spicy salsa, sour cream and guacamole. A variation of my famous 'garbage' soup, it has everything in the refrigerator that doesn't move when I squeeze it or look too green. I love the concept of the book and would love to own it.

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  21. My favorite burrito? Guess it would be chicken with lots of guacamole, sour cream and fresh salsa. Would love to win this book.

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  22. Beef burrito for me. The book and calendar look like so much fun.

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  23. I need a low cal release. Beef burrito, please.

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  24. I luv a good bean burrito with tons of sour cream, salsa, guacamole and hot sauce! yummy!
    Hmm burritos for dinner tonite I think!

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  25. Please please no beans in my burrito. Everything else is game!

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  26. This is cracking me up but I am going to say bean and cheese. I know I am boring but I do love them smothered which I know is probably not healthy in the slightest! Awesome I will check her out. Thank you!

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  27. Burrito? No, thanks. Make mine a quesadilla, or a taco with corn tortillas! Then, anything goes!
    I love Megan's writing, and I'm new to her blog. I'd love to catch up by winning and reading her book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. What's a burrito? You know, I don't think I've ever had one... : /

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  29. Breakfast burrito. Family joke about a deep sea fishing trip and a kid who ate a breakfast burrito and promptly got seasick for the entire trip. For some reason all you have to do is mention breakfast burrito and my husband and sons get hysterical. Obviously they were not the ones that were sea sick! Must be man humor.

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  30. The burritos from Baja Fresh are the best!

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  31. There are certain big burrito restaurants that serve them to perfection; cilantro lime rice with black beans, lots of tasty marinated chicken, cheese and sour cream, corn salsa, and medium salsa verde. So good...

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  32. chipotle beef burritto please xo and fingers crossed for the book xo and i am ordering the calendar for sure xo

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  33. Burrito, no way, not for me but a book, yes, thank you.

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  34. I just ordered the book for a friend but would love one for myself. Any burrito with great salsa, cilantro and guacamole. Yum!

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  35. I am a sucker for a good breakfast burrito, it has the added benefit of having so many calories you don't have to eat again all day!

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  36. It would have to be chicken with black beans.... CHEESE and oh yes more CHEESE!

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  37. I want my burrito to have refried beans, mild sauce, lots of cheese, and sour cream or guacamole.

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  38. I think I've only had two in my life. Don't know if I have a favorite. We are talking about burritos here, right?

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  39. I love breakfast burritos. yummy...

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  40. I love breakfast burritos with lots of cheese and veggies.

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  41. I like a plain old beef burrito with lots of salsa.

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  42. I could use a little humor about this time...

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  43. My favorite is a simple bean and cheese burrito. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  44. I am thinking beef burrito! This Megan sounds like a hoot! My daughter is a Megan too and she is definitely a hoot! Is the calendar being published for 2014?

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  45. I love chicken burritos. As an American living in Mexico...it's hard to find burritos here. I would enjoy winning her book.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  46. Black bean and fajita beef with lots of HOT sauce! I loved Meghan's columns for Quilter's Home. Fingers crossed!

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  47. Chicken - no beans. I would love a copy of the book!! Thanks for a chance to win it.

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  48. A "burrito" pillowcase is my fav. I think it is hilarious that you mentioned posting about burrito's and I think everyone did. LOL.......

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  49. I like Cafe Rio's Sweet Pork Barbacoa burritos. Or taquitos/flautas which are like tiny burritos :)

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  50. We don't have burrito's here in UK, so I've never had one but I would like to win a copy of Megan's book

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  51. Burrito supreme for me. Meagan's quilt/everything room sounds wonderful.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  52. I think I like them all but a carnitas burrito from Chipotle is the best!

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  53. Gotta be a carna asada burrito which contains chunks of steak grilled up with spicy spices, cheese, beans and rice all smothered in green chili sauce. Yum...now I'm hungry.

    Plus love Megan's writing!

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  54. Beef and bean with pico de gallo. Although when I start *seriously* craving them, it's time to go buy a pregnancy test LOL

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  55. Beef burrito fans here. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. Breakfast burritos are the best. yummm looks like a fun book to read.

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  57. Chicken burritos!! Thanks for the laugh and the chance to win!

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  58. OK, this will sound a little weird so read the explanation. BABY BURRITO. I worked on the Labor and Delivery unit of a military hospital. We would show the new Moms how to wrap their newborns in the little blankets and we called the final product a baby burrito.
    Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  59. I;ve not had a burrito, but I love fajitas... does that count? And if the book is half as funny as the blog, there will be some serious chortling going on. Thanks for the chance to chortle!

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  60. So much fun! My favorite burrito is a black bean burrito with rice, cheese and tomoates. Mmmmm. :9

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  61. The burrito with all the fixings, but no calories... I"m still looking for it. Let me know if you've seen it.

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  62. I just had my favorite burrito for dinner last Friday. Hubs and I went to Rubios and I ordered the atlantic salmon burrito. Yumm! My cat loves my leftover salmon burrito too. What more can one ask for?

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  63. I really love her writting, and I want to win that book!

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  64. My favorite burrito is a steak burrito with everything on it!

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  65. There's more than one kind of burrito? Huh. Black bean is what I know, and love.

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  66. For Megan's brother. For vegetarian burritos. And quilts. Of course. Thanks, Victoria!

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  67. My all time favorite burrito was the combination with sour cream and green sauce from Taco Villa. I haven't had one of those in almost 20 years. Not even sure if the chain is still around or not. They closed the one in our home town. I'm drooling, just thinking about that burrito. Thanks for the chance.

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  68. Love breakfast burritos! Beef and bean with cheese is good too, if it's not breakfast time...

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  69. I thought I liked the veggie burritos at Chipotle's until we visited Phoenix last month and tasted the burritos there. It was definitely love at first bite.

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  70. WEll, I love quilting and laughing but I don't like burritos. But i would love to have this book. thanks.

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  71. Dont think I've ever had a burrito ... :) maybe I'll have to go in search of one ... thanks for the chance!

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  72. Green mole chicken, black beans, cheese, yum!

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  73. Hillarious...would love a copy!

    Turkey burrito with extra veggies please!

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  74. Shrimp w guacamole and medium hot salsa. Mmmmm. Here in California you can find a good burrito easily.

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  75. Beef and bean, lots of cheese, avocados, salsa and shredded lettuce just before you roll it up.

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  76. Lots of cheese, salsa and light on the beans.

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  77. My favorite burrito is the classic - beef with beans, cheese, salsa, and shredded letuce

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  78. chicken burrito...black beans and corn included. yum-o! who doesnt love a funny read?

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  79. OH MY SHATTERED NERVES! What a hoot!! My favorite burrito is: Quilters Scrappy Burrito! You take all the left overs from the fridge and pile them into a large tortilla, smother with cheese, nuke-it, EAT IT!! Simple!! :o)
    Kay - 2aycocks@suddenlink.net

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  80. OH MY SHATTERED NERVES! What a hoot!! My favorite burrito is: Quilters Scrappy Burrito! You take all the left overs from the fridge and pile them into a large tortilla, smother with cheese, nuke-it, EAT IT!! Simple!! :o)
    Kay - 2aycocks@suddenlink.net

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  81. Hmmm... My favourite burrito would have to be the chicken, bean and cheese burrito from our local hole in the wall late night food restaurant :) Yum! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  82. My mom's, hands down. Beef, bean or chicken, she rocks burritos.

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