Tie One On Day 2015 Lucky Winners

When tying one on (…an apron, of course!) for the happy task at hand – selecting the 4 winners of the Tie One On Day giveaways via a number generator – a tad of distraction on my part proved not a smart move, as my internet connection suddenly went kaput and stayed so. Apologies to all that I am a day late with the announcements.

Tie One On Day participant Susie Kroll has won the giveaways courtesy of Cultivar, the American Sewing Guild, Colonial Patterns & Taste of Home/Country Woman.

Tie One On Day participant Linda Kernodle is the winner of the generous giveaways from Cultivar, Schmetz, MikWright & Craftsy.

Tie One On Day participant Margie V. is the third winner of giveaways by sponsors Cultivar, Mary Mulari, Bernina, SewNews & Heirloomed.

Tie One On Day participant LuAnn will receive goodies from generous sponsors Cultivar, Amy Barickman, Raw Materials Design & Nancy Zieman.

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TOODay’s sponsors give from their hearts to encourage participation.


Thank you to all who entered this year’s giveaway and for inspiring others to make Tie One On Day a part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Your gestures of kindness made someone’s day so much brighter.

The sponsors and I send all our best wishes for a Thanksgiving of gratefulness, graciousness and plenty of pie.



Victory Apron a Patriotic Icon

In its 69th year, the USO continues its mission to deliver a touch of home to those serving in the military in a faraway place.

Organized in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a “Home Away from Home” for U.S. troops, the United Service Organization (USO) is a non-governmental organization still run by civilian volunteers.

Throughout World War II, USO centers in over 3,000 communities provided the military with offerings as diverse as child care for military wives to a quiet place for talking, writing letters or receiving religious counsel to an off-duty place for dancing and socializing. On hand to greet, comfort and serve a cup of free coffee, sandwiches and doughnuts, were the young women and ladies in their victory aprons.

As the icon of America’s mothers, the apron symbolized the comfort and security of the home, with the red, white and blue Victory Apron a reminder of motherhood and the American home as patriotic symbols worth fighting for.

Printed and copyrighted in 1943 as a beginner sewing project, the Victory Apron and its pocket variations could be easily sewn, either entirely by hand or machine stitched.

For sixty-nine years, where America’s men and women in the military have gone, the USO has gone.

Today’s USO continues this tradition at more than 120 USO centers worldwide, in order to fulfill its mission to U.S. military personnel and their families, “Until Every One Comes Home.” The Victory Apron is a reminder of that mission.

To leave a message for our military and to learn more about this decades old, volunteer organization, please visit the website for the USO.

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Albuquerque High

Traveling to Albuquerque for the American Sewing Guild’s 2009 convention, the back of the car was layered with dozens of freshly ironed aprons and household cloth goods for my booth and a mini-exhibit to be displayed within the Exhibitor’s Hall. However, parking incovenient to the convention center’s front doors, the aprons and dishtoweling and fabric and hot pads and hankies and all else were less than delicately folded into one large mass by Tote Boy, my normally helpful and happy PC, and hauled several blocks with only one concern – that he reach air conditioning post haste. Alas, the collectibles I’d ironed to crispness summarily melted into wrinkles. Call it a heated moment in the extreme heat that is summer in New Mexico.
Once inside, one of us re-energized with a nappy.
Faced with transforming the booth and six portables all by my lonesome, I fortified first with a Coke; then, with hundreds of push pins, I attempted to create a flow of cloth. Within a half hour, I realized that having a drawn out plan of what went where would have been a huge help. Instead, I raced about rearranging or altogether pulling down what I’d just put into place.
Finally, I just stopped. Whatever was up and however it looked was good enough. Lesson learned. Here is a photo collage of the booth (the center picture) and the six displays.

I thought this collage would be a great way to share the display, but now I’m not so sure. Perhaps I need to post the pictures individually, so they are better viewed.

One delight of returning to ASG’s yearly convention was catching up with the wonderful women I’d met two years ago in Sacramento. And then there is the surprise meeting up, like this fabulous smiley moment with Ellen March, editor in chief of Sew News and Creative Embroidery magazines, and new sponsor of National Tie One On Day!

And the winner of my favorite pie book, Humble Pie by Anne Dimmock, is Bonniesline. A new Sunday giveaway is coming up. Only subscribers to the Apron Memories newsletter are eligible, so if you’re reading this and not subscribing… do give it a go!
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

It’s the Berries

We leave tomorrow, and I’m still choosing which aprons and cloth goods to showcase in the display at the American Sewing Guild’s 2009 gathering. Deciding on a display of hotpads, whether to show just gingham or floral aprons or mix ’em up like a wildflower bouquet… and then there are the berries. I hadn’t realized how many aprons and cloths in my collection are berry themed – certainly enough for a section all to themselves.

July is national blueberry month, and despite the heat, I heat up the kitchen baking with my favorite berry. My easy muffin recipe is in The Kitchen Linens Book and the latest issue of Cooking with Paula Deen (professionally food styled, with melting butter!).

In celebration of my appearance in PD’s July/August mag, #3 of two months of Sunday giveaways is a copy of Humble Pie by Anne Dimock. There are a lot of pie books out there, but Anne’s is special. To enter the giveaways, you just need to sign up for the Apron Memories newsletter.

I photographed the book atop my best pie pan, a huge tin affair I picked up at a second hand store in the early days of marriage. It’s baked a lot of cherry pies (his favorite) and peach pies (my favorite), and of course, blueberry pies in July.

Warm pie a la mode is heaven. But pie for breakfast – is there a better way to start the day?
Tie One On…an apron, of course!