Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thank You For Being My Friend and A Little Giveaway!

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. 
                                                ~Rod McKuen, Looking for a Friend 


I would like to thank each and every one of you in blogland that has become a follower of my blog.  I try to keep up with every one of your postings daily (if you have a blog) but some times I get a few days behind, but you are never be forgotten!  As a thank you I am hosting another giveaway.  Below you will find out what it is and how to enter.


Photo of the Day:

Clover in my backyard

Clover, or trefoil, is a genus of about 300 species of plants in the leguminous pea family Fabaceae.  Clovers are a valuable survival food, as they are high in protein,  widespread, and abundant. They are not easy to digest raw, but this can be easily fixed by juicing them or boiling them for 5–10 minutes. Dried flower heads and seedpods can also be ground up into a nutritious flour and mixed with other foods. Dried flower heads can also be steeped in hot water for a healthy, tasty tea.  I think I'll just leave mine in the backyard, thank you very much.
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Yesterday was actually productive for a change.  I started assembling the Paganini I'm working on (pictures will come later).  I did complete two more of the Cheryl's Sew Along Blocks from So Many Quilts, So Little Time.   The third block in the series is called Paddle Wheel.  Here is my version:

Paddle Wheel

The fourth block is called Crosses and Losses - here is my block for that one

Crosses and Losses

If you would like to see the first two blocks, click here.   Cheryl gives excellent instruction and provides great pictures to help you through each block.  I just found out that posted block 5 yesterday so I'm still not caught up.
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This weekend we went shopping at Costco, where I purchased a clam shell of Fuji Apples (so delicious!).  Thanks to a recent post by Stash Manicure (there was an excellent post about using plastic packaging for storage - check it out here), once I emptied out the apples, I kept thinking that there must be some way to use the clam shell.  Then I came up with an idea

Here it is opened up with all of the four patch blocks for my Chubby Stars Quilt.  They kept falling on the floor or sliding off the table to the back where I couldn't reach them without the aid of a long handled grabber, and this keeps them in place.


And here it is closed keeping every block in its place and dust free, too!

Just an idea that bounced around in my head and actually came out as something beneficial.  Maybe this will give you an idea too.
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Oh my goodness, I almost forgot!!  It's One Flower Wednesday!  I did manage to create one more Hexie Flower this weekend for my Flower Garden Quilt.  No fussy cuts this time, just more bright colors.



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Now for my 'Thank You' giveaway.  I am giving away a set of 8 Sun Porch Prints Two by Four Corners Designs for Nathan Fabrics.  Each piece is 1/2 yard for a total of 4 yards of fabric!


You will have 4 chances to enter/win these wonderful fabrics

1.  Leave me a comment on what you would do with this fabric should you win.

2.  Leave me another comment telling me what you are currently working on (and leave a link to your blog if you would like to show me)

3.  Leave me another separate comment letting me know if you are a follower (or not).  You do not have to be a follower to enter a comment.

4.  Blog about this giveaway and leave me a separate comment letting me know you did with a link to your blog (and I will check)

Remember, each entry must be left as a separate comment.  You may enter a maximum of 4 times.  The winner will be selected by random.org.  This giveaway will close on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 6:00 p.m PST and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.
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Final Thoughts

Friends are such a precious commodity.  Throughout your life you will keep friends, drift away from friends, make new friends. However, a true friend will remain with you forever, even if only in your thoughts.  We are lucky to have had at least one best friend in a life time, but are richer for being able to call many our friends.  So, to you my friends, thank you for becoming my friend - I enjoy each and every one of you and  hope you will consider me as your friend too.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

158 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm already a follower!

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

I would either start my dredsen plate or granmothers flower garden.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous fabric, I'd use it in a quilt, of course :)

Lisa said...

I'm currently working on a tumbler quilt, my latest obsession!

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

I am working on Life is Beautiful.http://patchworkpossiblities.blogspot.com/

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

I am a follower.

Lisa said...

I blogged about your giveaway!
http://amildseason.blogspot.com/2010/09/fabric-giveaway-from-stray-stitches.html

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Wonderful fabrics. Please add me to the drawing!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I just became a follower. And I forgot to say what I would make with the fabric should I win. I would use it in a pinwheel quilt for my DIL.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I am working on a flag quilt. You can see a picture of it in process in this post: http://countrylogcabin.blogspot.com/2010/07/strip-quilt-finished.h

Cheryl said...

Love how your blocks are coming out! And what a generous giveaway. I am a follower! There is entry #1. Great reuse idea for the clam shell and did you know your hexagons have little bees in the fabric! :o)

Cheryl said...

What would I do with the fabric? My DD just moved into a new apartment and she loves brights in coral, aqua, etc. and wants me to make her placemats and table runner. This fabric would be great for that project since my stash is mostly repro fabrics.

Cheryl said...

You already know what I am working on since you are sewing along with me. And I'll be back after I blog about your giveaway.

Anita in Florida said...

I love all those prints...I think I would use them for sashing around appliques in a baby quilt.

Anita in Florida said...

I am a follower.

Anita in Florida said...

I am working on a Cinderella quilt...if you scroll down I have a picture in the following post...I have gotten alot further, but haven't posted yet.

http://margretmarysplace.blogspot.com/

WvHmmngbrd said...

I would incorporate it into a class I'm going to take with the Mexican Star pattern.

Tineke said...

great flower!

WvHmmngbrd said...

I am currently hand quilting a UFO my mother left from the 1970's!!!! I think I should get extra points for finishing my mother's UFO!!!!!

WvHmmngbrd said...

I am a follower!

Cheryll said...

I am a follower and I plan to stay one.
:)

Cheryl said...

And now your giveaway is on my blog. You know where to find me http://fatesdesigns.blogspot.com

Kim said...

The fabrics are beautiful. I think it would have to be a purse I would make and then a small quilt.

Kim said...

I am already a follower.

Kim said...

I am currently working on my Halloween quilt and bags for the upcoming holiday festival at my children's school.

Needled Mom said...

I love the blocks you are working on, Karne. The colors are so fabulous.

I would use the fabrics in a hexagon quilt. I have really been wanting to jump on the wagon and make a few.

Needled Mom said...

Right now I am working on some batik blocks. Still not sure if I like them or not, but I'll do a few more before I decide.

Needled Mom said...

As you know, I am a follower.

Char said...

I think I'd like to make a quilt for my guest room. Although as I was lying in bed last night I considered making the guest room my sewing room. Because it's a much larger space.

Char said...

I am working on a Picnic Parade quilt and I just pulled some Batiks for another idea that's percolating.

Char said...

I am a follower.

deserae said...

I would make a cute apron!

Lynda said...

First of all: Your Cheryl's sew along blocks are great. I love the clam shell idea and your 1 flower Wednesday block is so bright and cheerful! Now: I was thinking maybe a dresden plate also or a cute little baby pinwheel quilt.

Lynda said...

I am currently working on a couple of bindings for Christmas quilts and a Wonky quilt for a friend at work.

Lynda said...

I am a follower and always enjoy your blog. Your quotes are a great way to start me thinking.

deserae said...

I am making a quilt for my boyfriend's nephew's first birthday!

deserae said...

I am a follower

Birdie said...

Simply love the color of your hexie flower.

Birdie said...

I would use the fabric for a few small quilts and of course any leftovers would be used to make One Flower Wednesdays hexagons.

Birdie said...

I am currently making tote bags, trying to use up some of my stash.

Birdie said...

I have just become a follower, your site looks very interesting.

The Celebrated Author said...

I would make a skirt with a lot of gores!

muchdeepeaning[at]gmail[dot]com

The Celebrated Author said...

I'm working on a little black dress. I don't have a picture of the pattern, but it's a 40s sundress.

muchdeepeaning[at]gmail[dot]com

The Celebrated Author said...

I follow.

muchdeepeaning[at]gmail[dot]com

quiltingnana said...

I love the paddle wheel block...as for the giveawya fabric, I would make a spring quilt...i looked at my stash recently and those fabrics would fill some of the empty spaces

quiltingnana said...

I am already a follower

quiltingnana said...

I am working on a Winter wallhanging...hope to post a picture as soon as it is finished...

Jorie said...

Oh I would match them with a solid to make a sweet quilt for a little girl!

Jorie said...

I am already a follower!

Weatherbee ;) said...

What a wonderful giveaway!!! Thank you SO much. What would I do with this beautiful fabric???? Hmmm...so many quilts to made, I really want to make an old fashioned apron, this would be beautiful fabric for it. Or a pretty throw quilt for the living room...oooh...or I really want to try quilting my own bag, I've never done that before. So many things I would do! :)

Weatherbee ;) said...

What am I currently working on? Well, I'm still in the process of quilting my very 1st quilt for my daughter's bed. I've got some charity quilts that I'm still trying to pick out fabric for and settle on a design. And I've been learning to free motion quilt...LOVE it! :)

~Teresa
www.sew-aneedlepullingthread.blogspot.com

Weatherbee ;) said...

I am a follower! :) Great giveaway!!!

~Teresa

stampmeup said...

If I win the fabrics, I'd like to try one of the quilts in my latest quilt book:
"Quilt Style: Cool and Cozy Coverlets" by Tammy Tadd.. they used really bright colors..

stampmeup said...

My current projects (in the planning stages only right now) are two swaps that I have joined: Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap and Brown Bag Swap. No pictures are available yet, but I did post a picture of the fabrics I sent to my wonderful partner and new quilting friend, Karen.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Lelia said...

I'm a follower - what a great giveaway!

stampmeup said...

I'm a follower, of course.. thanks for being one of mine:
http://sweet-quilt-n-bee-shoppe.blogspot.com/

stampmeup said...

I posted a note about your giveaway at:
http://sweet-quilt-n-bee-shoppe.blogspot.com/2010/09/stray-stiches-giveaway.html

Lelia said...

Post here
Stitches of Life II

merumo said...

I love your blocks of Cheryl's SAL! I have to catch up with you soon ;) And your hexagon flower reminds me of a lollipop!

Deb said...

What would I do with it? Hmmm. I have a tumbler obsession. Or maybe a dresden plate? Never made one of those...

Deb said...

What am I working on? Not losing my temper. I spent two nights free-motion quilting around a appliqued vines. And had to rip them out because the thread on the back came up. So then I fussed and fiddled with the tension, the samples looked fine, so off I went. Now I'm ripping out two days of quilting because the top thread's showing on the bottom. I sense a scrap quilt in the next few days. Something I can put together quickly without a lot of measuring and trimming. There are pictures of scrap quilts - www.aspenhill.wordpress.com.

Deb said...

And I'm following you, too!

libbyquilter said...

i followed a link from Cheryl's blog: So many quilts, so little time! and am so glad i did. your blog is chock full of all sorts of surprises. would you mind if i add you to the sidebar on my own blog?

i would love to win these cute fabrics and think they would make a very sweet dresden plate quilt . . . have been wanting to do a small one of those for forever~! please don't tell me i have a time limit though.
lol

:-)
libbyQ

libbyquilter said...

okay, now i'm a follower too.
but i still would really like to add you to my sidebar if i could.

:-)
libbyQ

p.s. as for the clover, it sounds as though "many parts are edible" but i agree with you: out in the yard is fine with me.

Leanne said...

If i won I'd make hexagons grin. For the grandmothers flower garden I'm working away on.

Love Leanne NZ

Leanne said...

I'm back - I'm following too

libbyquilter said...

what i am currently working on . . .

i'm one of those gals that has way too many things going on all at once but here's a few:

*i'm hand quilting beautiful multi colored paisley shapes around the outside of a very large quilt. this quilt is a collaborative effort with a friend of mine for yet another mutual friend. no photo in the blog yet of this one.
*i'm hand quilting (big stitch) a small teddy bear/doll quilt for a local fundraiser item. i plan on including a bear and some books within some sort of cute container (yet to be determined). no photo in the blog yet of this one.
*i'm always fiddling with making fabric (and mixed media) postcards. LOTS of photos within my blog.
*i'm interested in photography and try to make time for daily practice with my cameras. LOTS of photos within my blog
*i'm learning (by doing) photoshop elements 7. some photos within my blog.
*i have a partially finished four block applique quilt i'm in the process of adding dragon's teeth borders onto. some photos within my blog.
*i garden
*i read
*i enjoy decorating my home
*i love embroidery. some photos within my blog.

i think you must be getting the idea by now~!~
:-)
libbyQ

www.simpletosublimepapernapkinpoetry.blogspot.com

pour yourself a cup of something delicious, get comfortable and come by for a visit sometime soon~!

sy said...

i want to make potholders or table runners.
songyueyu at gmail

sy said...

i'm trying to make this spring ruffle top http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=791

sy said...

i'm a follower

Larain said...

I am hexagon quilt, or grandmothers garden would love to invite some new flowers to spend time with me on the soon to be bed of my lovely granddaughter. I am nearly half done and would love to welcome you.

Spooky said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd work this fabric into a scrap quilt of all vintage/vintage-inspired materials!

Spooky said...

My current project is a scrap string quilt... I love seeing scraps turn into something more than just the sum of parts!

Spooky said...

And I have to admit, I'm not a follower to this blog, I just pop in when I remember too. I'm not online enough that I can keep up with following so many great blogs.

libbyquilter said...

and now i've posted about and linked to your giveaway.

:-)
libbyQ

www.simpletosublimepapernapkinpoetry.blogspot.com

i think that the apple container might work really well containing beads and other small mixed media bits while collaging . . .

Rosie said...

I've become a follower. Found out about your site from "So many quilts, so little time."

Rosie said...

If I am the fortunate winner of your fabric, I will make a cheerful quilt for my sister to snuggle under during her New England winter.

Rosie said...

I am currently working on, among other things, a "Maisy Counts" quilt for a three-year-old family member. Am also enjoying making Cheryl's delightful little blocks.

Karen said...

Wonderful blocks and what a flashy flower!

Pokey said...

Hi, Linda, I AM a follower!

Pokey said...

I am wanting to do a 1930's style quilt, these would sure blend in with their color and print, they're so pretty! Thank you for the generous giveaway....
:-}pokey

Pokey said...

I'm currently quilting Zoe's Ladybugs!

scottylover said...

These are so pretty! I am thinking of starting a hexagon quilt and these would be perfect for it. If not, it would be for a sampler quilt. I love trying different blocks, so samplers are my quilt of choice! :)

Sandy A

scottylover said...

I am currently working on the Lyn Brown Puddle Jumping mystery quilt. I am behind, as she has already posted the final step, but hope to get it done this weekend.
Sandy A

scottylover said...

I already am a follower!
Sandy A

Lovie said...

What I would do with this fabric - Put in Double Wedding Ring and also in Drunkards Path. I am waiting for both dies for my GO. And would set aside enough for one 54/40 block from each fabric - my favorite quilt pattern.

Lovie said...

Currently I am sorting my scraps for DWR and Drunkard Path quilts. On going making 9 patch for ZigZag 9-patch from Bonnie Hunters Leaders and Enders book.

Lovie said...

Already a follower

crafty pug said...

i think the fabric would make a lovely table runner for my outside table - very cheery for the backyard
xx

crafty pug said...

i am always working on a few things at a time - naughty i know. but thought i would share with you the little monsters quilt - http://craftypug.blogspot.com/2010/09/happy-crafty-arvo.html

crafty pug said...

i am already a follower
xx

crafty pug said...

here is the link to the post on my blog - http://craftypug.blogspot.com/2010/09/stray-stitches-giveaway.html

xx

hawghugger said...

First and formost, I am a follower. Love the apple shell idea.

hawghugger said...

Second post. I can see a couple of really cute dresses for my two Grand Nieces.

hawghugger said...

Right now I have two quilts on the design board. One is a zig zags of hst, the other is a wonky squares for my Sister-In-Law. In between all the quilting and sewing, we are redoing our master bath. I should have pics up later this week if you would like to take a peek.

Lana said...

Hey Lady!!!!
I love your fabric giveaway! I would make a very cute quilt with that to give to my daughter in Oklahoma! She would love those colors! ME TOO!!!
VERY EXCELLENT GIVEAWAY!!!
Thank you for doing this!

Lana said...

I am currently working on a new patterned quilt..but I am not thrilled with the colors...I do have an idea of how to brighten it up...so maybe I will post that tomorrow night! If you see it, I would love your input for sure!!!

Lana said...

I am a follower...but I joined tonight before I knew about the giveaway! :)

Lana said...

Ok Miss Linda!
You are all posted!!!!
Look on the left side of my page under my page marked Giveaways!!!
http://itseamstobesew.blogspot.com/p/fun-giveaways-look-here.html

Thank you again!!!

ledamewood said...

I would make a quilt for my granddaughter with these fabrics

ledamewood said...

I am currently working on an appliqued quilt - all iris.

ledamewood said...

I am a follower

Fiesta said...

Linda, thank you for the chance to win. I am working on 2 quilts. A grandmothers flower garden and a crazy quilt. I would use these in my crazy quilt blocks. You are more than welcome to read my blog.

Alicia said...

I'd use the fabrics in a sample quilt. one entry.

what I really am in LOVE with is those purple fabrics on your HEXIE! Do you remember the details on that fabric- name or manufacturer?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a sweet giveaway! The fabric would go into a quilt I am collecting for, which uses 30's type fabrics. Thanks for including me :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am now a follower ;-D

Marcia said...

Lovely giveaway. If won, would use these fabrics in a quilt of my mother's choice. She wants a retro inspired quilt. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Marcia said...

Today I finished sewing the binding on a bed quilt that I will sleep under tonight. And, I started basting the quilt sandwich for a "whole cloth" baby quilt for my nephew's first babe.

Niina said...

I would use them with my cross stitched items, do litte tuck cushions, pinkeepers and other wonderfull stuff!

Niina said...

I'm doing many kits right now, one black work kit, Mill Hills santa with beads...Trying to take a photo of ALL my WIP's nut it's little bit too repressing... :)

Niina said...

I'm a follower, new but still :)

Niina said...

And told this in my blog...
http://ilmatar_81.vuodatus.net/

Brigitte said...

I am a follower.

Brigitte said...

At the moment I am working on hexagons and klosjes. quiltsampler.blogspot.com

Brigitte said...

I am going to use the fabric to make a dresdan plate quilt. -quiltsampler.blogspot.com

Ulla said...

I would use these beautiful fabrics to finishing my cross stitching pieces as a little pillows.

Ulla said...

At the moment I am stitching one secret work and Little House Needleworks Always and forever.

Ulla said...

I am a new follower!

Cheryll said...

For another chance in your giveaway....I think the fabric will make a quilt for my daughter. She likes bright happy and colourful things...so they would go a long way towards that feeling. Thanks again.
:)

Tiffany Sherman said...

I'm a follower

Tiffany Sherman said...

I love the cheery colors... maybe a wall panel for my daughter's room.

Debbie said...

Hi, This is the first time I have read your blog. I have been looking into the hexagons.

Debbie said...

Hi I would make a little hexagon purse with the fabrics, if I like them I could make more for Christmas pressies.

Debbie said...

I have many Ufo's to finish, but at the moment I am cleaning my sewing room so that I can find all the things I have lost. I have just finished making Mrs Perkins, a Melly and Me pattern.

Mimi said...

I love the fabric, so bright and happy! I would make a quilt for my daughter, I know she would love, love, love the colours. Thanks for your generosity.

Mimi said...

I am a new follower and look forward to future posts. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

Mimi said...

Presently I am working on placemats for my family - the theme is coffee and even though I am a tea tottler, the fabric is warm and inviting... I love how they are turning out!! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!!

Talin's Corner said...

Those fabrics are so pretty. I would either make a bag with them, perhaps a Grandmother's flower garden pattern...

Talin's Corner said...

I am currently working on several projects..a red circle quilt, a pin cushion, and a handbag. My blog is www.talinscorner.blogspot.com , please visit.

Talin's Corner said...

I am already a follower of your blog. I can't remember how I found you, but am glad that I did.

Kyra said...

I would make a table runner if I won. My table needs something new. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kyra said...

I have many, many, projects under construction! Just posted about them on my blog!

Kyra said...

I am a follower!

Cheryll said...

As the saying goes....You've got to be in it..etc...so I'm working on my little blankets of love. I'll post updated pic's tomorrow of 2 finished and 1 almost.
:)

allisonsbj3 said...

If I won this I'd give it to my mom who is always working on sewing projects.

allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

allisonsbj3 said...

I'm working on a jumbo sized latch hook of a photo of my boyfriend and I.

allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

allisonsbj3 said...

I'm a follower

allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy said...

I am a follower

Kathy said...

I am working on a strip tube quilt using navy, purple and green batiks.

Patty C. said...

I would like to make a quilt ;)

Patty C. said...

I am a follower

Joanna said...

That collection is one of the prettiest I've seen. I'd use it to make a quilt, maybe a basket block quilt, something I have on my 'want to do' list.

Joanna said...

I am practising free motion machine quilting along with Christina of A Few Scraps' qal. I have too many things to finish, and I'm determined to do that within the next few weeks. You are more than welcome to visit my blog and see my progress.
http://www.needlethreadhappiness.blogspot.com

Joanna said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

Joanna said...

I posted about your giveaway in the sidebar of my blog. Thank you.

Christina said...

Most of the fabrics would go into my hexie quilt, but the two purples would go in my neices purple passion quilt I am working on.

Christina said...

I am a new follower.

Christina said...

I am working on a purple quilt for my neice, a hexie quilt that is just in the making hexagons stage, and making finger puppets for my grandson. There are always new projects starting as I am easily side tracked...obviously from my blog - cronauercreations.blogspot.com

free indeed said...

I had started a glorified ninepatch a few years ago and it isn't large enough. I'd add a few more ninepatches with these to get it to a bigger more usable size.

free indeed said...

I'm working on a zigzag baby quilt for my newest grandbaby, born two days ago. I'm at the pinning stage and I want to get it done this week so I can start on wallhangings for Christmas presents. I bought panels last year; so all I have to do is make some pieced borders and quilt and tada..nice presents!

Charity said...

What would I do with that beautiful fabric? .... I think it would make a beautiful quilt. Hope you weren't expecting something more elaporate. I need to see and touch fabric and get an idea of it before I start sewing.

Charity said...

I am a follower, with a question?
Are you still looking for people to participate in the pass it forward challenge. I can't get it out of my mind. I would love to participate.

amandem said...

Ah! I love these fabrics! I can picture some beautiful dresden plates made out of this, maybe a set of wall hangings?! Ah love it! No, really, I do! =D

amandem said...

I am currently working on two different projects, a baby quilt for a friend (block here: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/4978826200_a208991878.jpg ) and also a quilt for my very own bed which is a stack and whack type because well, I can really procrastinate when I know it's for myself! You can see it here: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs629.snc4/58965_10150264025920268_725755267_14455595_5588816_n.jpg

amandem said...

Following you now as well! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

Mini MNM's said...

I think that I would make a small quilt for my husband's Aunt who is going through Chemo.
babyfickas@gmail.com

Mini MNM's said...

I already follow you!
babyfickas@gmail.com

Nanbon44 said...

hope I am in time, I would love to use the fabric in my charity quilts, I have 6 in the works for a nursing home

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