Sunday, November 11, 2018

Giving and receiving



Hello, hello! It's been a while, hasn't it? I had a month-long quilting hiatus as I visited family in California and then caught one of those miserable colds after I returned. October was just kind of a lost month for me, stitching-wise.

But even though I didn't sew during that time, quilty things were still happening. Specifically: fabric. Lots and lots of fabric. And not just any fabric...FREE fabric! While Sean and the boat waited for me in Washington, DC, our snail mail finally caught up to us. And it was chock full of the generosity of other quilters.

I feel so lucky to receive all these goodies, that I'm having a "Thank you very much!" giveaway at the end of this post. (The giveaway is closed now.)


First up is this quilty orphan that I won from Erin of My Patchwork Life. She started a quilt long ago for her son Jason, using all the colors of the belts in karate. I really like the wonky stars! I'm not sure where the "JASON" will end up yet, possibly it will become the basis for an improv deconstruction project. Thanks, Erin! 


Next is this lovely batch of Benartex Free Motion Fantasy fat quarters that I won from Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts during a blog hop. Aren't they pretty? I just love all those bright colors, and the fabric is so soft to the touch. It's always fun to win! Thank you, Laura and Benartex.



This lovely pile of fabric was sent to me by my friend Anne. I helped her set up the new website for Wrap A Smile quilts, and she thanked me with a big, heavy box of goodies. This isn't the entire bunch, either. So many cute animals and bright colors! And plenty of big pieces to use as backings. Thank you so much, Anne!


A very, very heavy box arrived from my friend Rose of Something Rosemade. It contained so much yummy fabric! This pile is all from the Woodland line by Cinderberry Stitches and is very cute. Elves and flowers and tiny toadstools!


But wait, there's more! Rose also included an enormous batch of Blueberry Park, including a layer cake, fat quarters, half yards and a huge chunk of the gray yardage. I had never seen this line in person before, and was surprised to find out that each piece is actually a Kona solid with the pattern printed in white ink. Very interesting! I love the selection of colors, and you know this will end up in many, many kids' charity quilts. Thank you so much, Rose, for this generous gift!


And speaking of Blueberry Park, Kathleen McMusing gave away a batch of her scraps leftover from a fun project, and I was the lucky winner of that, too. Kathleen's scraps are from making the Playtime Plus pattern by Sandra of MMMQuilts, who had a hand in the giveaway below. Thank you, Kathleen! 



I'm so grateful to the generous bloggers who passed along all this fabric. (This giveaway is closed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!) I'm going to thank them by playing is forward and having a little giveaway of my own. These four quilting books will be sent to one random commenter. They are used copies of:
Bright Quilts From Down Under 
Happy Quilts!
M'Liss Rae Hawley's Scrappy Quilts
Intuitive Color & Design by Jean Wells

Because books are heavy, I'll be sending them via Media Mail, which is slow and limited to addresses in the US. 


But be of good cheer, international friends! For you, I'm giving away one PDF pattern from Joanne's shop. She blogs as The Canuck Quilter and just released her newest pattern, called Fundy Skies. I was a pattern tester for her, and it's a super neat design! You can choose any one of her patterns if you win. Thank you to Sandra for reminding us to be internationally inclusive in our giveaways if we can. (See? I told you Sandra had a hand in all this.)

Please leave me a comment below and let me know if you have a US address to win the books, or a non-US address to win a pattern. (If you have a US address and want a pattern, I encourage you to purchase one!)  If you're a no-reply commenter, be sure to put your email address in your comment so I can reach you. The giveaway will be open until midnight Zulu (that's boating lingo for Greenwich Mean Time) on November 18, 2018. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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35 comments:

joanne W said...

Missed you Louise! Glad you are back on board and can't wait to see your new creations.

BrendaLou said...

So fun to see all the pretty fabrics. Glad you are back on board again.
BrendaLoy

Liz said...

One month no stitching?! I'm glad you're back! And wow, those are a load of goodies you got, I can't wait to see what they become!

emiliehamilton said...

Such wonderful fabrics you have acquired. To be incorporated into fabulous quilts for Sunshine. :) I would very much appreciate the quilt books you are offering as a give away if chosen.

Fiona said...

lovely to read you again, and especially since that means you are better. a lovely haul of fabrics for you to play with - I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with it all. It's so good of you to share the love. I am international of course.

Keep well and happy sailing....

Hugz

Claudia said...

What wonderful fabric. Can’t wait to see your creations made from it! Glad you are back. Missed you.

Judysmith7025 said...

What a fun way to get a great selection of fabrics. I’m new to quilting and could use the books. Thanks for your blog.

Cathy said...

Good to hear from you again! I’m just dropping in to say I missed you! Please don’t enter me in the drawing - I just wanted to say hi! Oh, I had a lot of that Blueberry Park line and loved it! It’s mostly gone, but not quite.

SM S said...

Hi Louise just found your blog,love the cinderberry fabric,how lovely to be visiting family,hope you are feeling better now.

Helen Senko said...

Just a beautiful boatload of fabric! You inspire me.

Helen from Sunshine
helenquilts2@gmail.com

Janice Holton said...

Welcome back. We missed you! What a boatload of fun! I can't think of a better place to donate fabric than to someone who donates so much of her time and talent making quilts for others. You got some fun stuff!

Dorothy Finley said...

If you live on a boat, how do you manage to store all of these fabric winnings plus your own stash?? I have a hard time storing fabric in my 970 sq ft house !!! Please don't enter me in the drawing for the books---as the books I have are also a "storage" problem. Glad that you are back in our blogging life. :-)

KaHolly said...

There you are! Glad you’re feeling better! It was like Christmas at your 'home'! Guess you’ll just have to get busy on that machine again! XO

Heide said...

I was just thinking of you last night! Wondering where you were? I know how you feel, I too have had one of the nasty colds. Can not seem to shake it.
Glad you are doing better. What a haul you have got! So much wonderful fabrics. Looking forward to seeing what you are going to make with all of it!

Lynn said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you haven't also had withdrawal symptoms from lack of sewing! Very happy for the fabric you received, I know you will put it to excellent use for others. Look forward to seeing your projects soon.

Vicki in MN said...

Welcome back to blogland. Wow you did hit the jackpot-and it all goes to a very generous person to boot!

diane said...

So happy you're back in bogland again. Missed ya!
Wonderful to see the fabrics that arrived in the mail and it's all a "good thing".
Here's to feeling better these days and many great sewing days ahead.

piecefulwendy said...

What fun, generous people quilters are, right?! So many fun fabrics for you to play with! I have some of those books, so no need to include me in the drawing. The Jean Wells book is a favorite of mine! So good to have you back and posting, Louise!

Needled Mom said...

U.S.
It sounds like you had a great break. With all of those wonderful new fabrics onboard, you will be needing to stop for fuel more frequently!! I know you will do justice to all that beautiful fabric.

PaulaB quilts said...

You are a blessing to so many and deserve to be blessed. Missed you, glad you’re back and in good health. No books for me either.

Tish Stemple said...

Welcome back!!! I've missed you! It looks like the mail fairy was super good to you while you were gone. The post office was probably glad you anchored down for a bit so all those boxes could catch up to you :) You will turn all those beautiful fabrics into some amazing charity quilts. I love the huge hearts we have out here in the quilting blog world <3

Nicki said...

Don't put my name in for the book drawing. I'm glad you are back & hope you are feeling better these days. What a great group of winnings/givings you received while you were away. You will put all those lovelies to great use with all the charity sewing that you do. I can't wait to see what you make in the near future. Welcome back!

Sandra Walker said...

Yay! I had a hand in more than just the international part (and thank you for mentioning me); some of Rose's scraps (Cinderberry) she bought from my de-stashing friend, made a quilt for her granddaughter, and you're getting the leftovers! I'm so glad to see these fabrics will definitely not languish in your stash, but be flying out the door pretty quickly to much-needed places. That Rose is a pretty generous extra-special quilter too.

Kathleen said...

Glad to see you are back and ready to sew on all your fun wins & gifts. It is a lovely array of color. ALso, very pleased to have help in your fabric acquisitions.

Lisa J. said...

What wonderful fabrics you have received and all will be put to good use. It's great to have you back. And just incase the lottery gods have me in their sights, I have a Canadian address

Kate said...

Wow! You've got some very fun design possibilities in all those fabric bundles. Hope the cold is a far distant memory and you've been back playing with your sewing machine.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I enjoy reading about your life on the boat. It's like a fairy tale dream. But I'm not sure I could cope with the limited space. If I were the lucky recipient, the books would be placed in my group's new fabric arts center library so lots of quilters can read, enjoy, and use them. I have a U.S. address.
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Cindy Beal said...

What lovely goodies they are! So pretty! Can't wait to see what you do with them!!!! ccbeal3 at gmail dot com

Mystic Quilter said...

Happy to see you're back blogging Louise and to see your wonderful new stash of fabrics, we're going to be waiting now to see more beautiful quilts from you.

Connie in VA said...

What a wonderful group of new fabrics to play with! I can't wait to see all the fun kid's quilts you'll make from them. My October was also a bust quilting-wise (as was September), but my goal is to get something quilty done before November is over :> I have a US address.

conniet523 at yahoo.com

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

If I was lucky enough to win, I could rustle up a US address. I missed your blogging, though I have been rather tardy in the blogging department myself. Has your postal department put in their back injury complaint yet for carrying all those parcels? That sure is a lot of fabric. Well done you, I look forward to seeing what comes of Jason!

Mary and Tom Williams said...

Wow, you’ve gotten right back into the quilting....such wonderful stuff!!! So proud of all your work.

Darlene said...

Welcome back. I have a US address and would love to win a book. Thanks. Keep on quilting

KatieQ said...

Nice to see you back onboard. That's a beautiful haul of fabrics. I'm sure we'll see lots of great quilts coming from them in the future. No need to put me in the drawing, I'm already "booked up."

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!! What a lucky quilter you have been!!! Thanks for paying it forward with your own giveaway. Best of luck to all entrants! US address here, SEW... put me in for the books, please. (That's if I didn't miss the deadline!)