Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Traveling Stash To Giveaway

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.  
~Irene Peter 

Yes, I know it's not Friday!  But one of the requirements of winning the Traveling Stash is that I have to hold the giveaway on the 29th of the month.  So here I am, a day early.  Think of this as my Friday post :)  Yesterday was spent divided between my sewing machine and prepping a new counted cross stitch project.  If I could add about 4 additional hours to the day devoted to crafting I would be a happy camper.  We don't have any big plans this weekend for a change.  I'm looking forward to a bit of quiet.  Do you have plans for the weekend or will you be able to spend the time plying your favorite craft?




Beavers have always been a favorite of mine.  They can be very destructive but I still think they are one of cutest creatures.  One of local parks located on a natural waterway has had to put up tree protective barriers to keep a beaver or two from felling the trees along the walk paths.  It caused quite an uproar when the city said they were going to trap the beavers and move them to a more remote location.  Here are some facts about beavers:
Beavers grow three to four feet long and weigh between forty and sixty pounds
A beaver's front teeth never stop growing
Beavers can swim at an average of five miles per hour.
A beaver can stay underwater for approximately fifteen minutes before coming up for air.
Beavers are very vocal with their children. They even discipline their offspring.
A beaver's teeth have a hard orange coating that helps to keep them from breaking.
Their front teeth stick out of their closed mouths so that they may work underwater without swallowing water.
Beavers mate for life
* The beaver waterproofs its thick fur by coating it with castoreum, an oily secretion from its scent glands.




On the first of the month, I won the Leap Year Traveling Stash from Ann Marie of 16 Muddy Feet.  When it arrived, I was amazed at how much fabric there was in the box.  It was absolutely crammed full and I told Ann Marie that she must have had to sit on it to close it.  And, guess what?  She DID!  Here's the top layer of the box....

There is layer, upon layer, of fabric in this box.  Mostly fat quarters but there are a couple of larger cuts also.  Here is what I removed:

11 assorted fat quarters.  I will be replacing them with the same amount if not more.

Here is what you need to do if you want to win it:
1. You must be a blogger so you can "pass it on" to another blogger on the 29th of next month.This way it can keep on giving all year long and beyond. Keep us posted about where it's going.
2. You must be willing to ship it on to the next person, within a day or so after your giveway on the 29th.
3. You may take anything you like, but for every item you remove, you must replace it with another item, or more.To keep the box filled to the brim.(Items do not need to be new, but if they are not new, they must be gently used.)
4. You may fill the box with:  orphan blocks, books, patterns, notions, rulers, and definitely fabric, anything sewing or crafting related.
5. There is a note in the box that logs where the box has been.  Please add your info and place the note back in the box.
6.  Because of the weight of this box, you must live within the USA to enter.
7.  This giveaway will end on Sunday, April 1, at 4:00 pm PDT.  I will post the winner in my regular Monday post (April 2).
8.  You must have a way for me to contact you.  If you are a no-reply blogger, you must include your email in your comment.  Otherwise, your comment will not count and you can not win.

Okay, now leave me a comment telling where the Traveling Stash will be going if you are the winner.  
Only 1 comment per person, please.



As I warned you last week, I wouldn't get in as much stitching time as I did last week.....

This will be the last update on this particular project for awhile.  I will be starting a new project (hopefully tomorrow) that is to be a Christmas present.  Yes, I know it's only March, but I don't want to feel pressured come the holidays to get it completed.  So, for now, it's on to something new but I will definitely be back to this project just as soon as the new one is finished.

Design: Summer Sampler
Designer: Sandy Orton for Kooler Design Studio
Fabric: 18 count cream Aida cloth
Fiber: 2 strands over 1 - DMC floss



Earlier this week I received swap blocks from Sue B, my March swap partner in 6 Inch Block Swaps Australia.....

I requested bright with thoughts of children and these two wonderful blocks definitely fit that description.  Thank you so very much, Sue!

And here are the blocks I made for Sue.....

Sue requested sailboats.  This was a fun paper pieced block to make.  I had just the perfect fabric for the water, too.  Sue has received these blocks and said that she really liked them.



Today I will be finishing up the second of my Loving Hands quilts.



McQ News is having a giveaway.  You could win a pack of fabric from the Amelia collection by Me and My Sister for moda.  This giveaway ends Monday, April 2.

Terry's Treasures is having a giveaway.  You could win 3 past issues of quilting magazines.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 1.

Stitch This is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of  Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing.  This giveaway ends  Tuesday, April 3.

The Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win Jenn Ski's Designer Select Fat Quarter Bundle.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, April 3.

Qspace is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Fresh Fabric Treats or copy of Miniature Food Masterclass.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 1, Australian time. 

Fabricworm is having a giveaway.  You could win 1 yard of Ghastlies Family Reunion in Natural by Alexander Henry.  This giveaway ends Monday, April 2, at 2:00 pm PDT.

Diary of a Quilter is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win a bundle of 5 half-yard cuts of Heather Bailey's Freshcut fabrics.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 31, at midnight MST. 



Something to bend your mind with today.


Mhairi said...

I am totally in love with Beavers. We don't have them in Australia but I love them. They are like big cuddly platypuses. Thanks for sharing these facts about them.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Well I know what fabric to save - have that same blue as in your boat blocks, will be ready if Sue and I are ever paired up. I would love to have this special Leap Year come visit me in New York State.

Tiffany said...

I'd love to win. It'd be traveling to Green Bay, WI. How fun to have a log of where it's been :)

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

If I won the Traveling Stash, it would be coming to West Monroe, Louisiana!

beaquilter said...

I'd love to be in the drawing for the stash, lovely blocks too BTW

Sheila said...

Interesting facts about the beaver , I love to see them and think it is such a shame that their homes are constantly destroyed and they are moved . Your blocks are great , the sailboats are sweet and perfect fabric ! Oh and I really love your cross stitch , you have made great progress as I know this is very slow going. Enjoy your day.

Katherine Ringo said...

The stash would make its way down to Tampa, FL if I was to win!

Josie McRazie said...

STASH, STASH, oh here little stash! LOL! I know it would love to travel to IL!! :)

Needled Mom said...

The beavers are such resourceful little creatures. I had an aunt who was an amazing cook and she prepared a beaver stew one time. It was okay, but nothing I have a desire to taste again.

Your little sailboats look so cute.

I have to start a Christmas cross stitch stocking soon too so I am not rushed at Christmas. I taught my sister how to do counted cross stitch over the weekend and she is IN LOVE with it. I can't wait to see your new project.

Please add my name to the traveling stash. It sounds like fun. It would be staying in CA, of course.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Susanne said...

Hello there. What a wonderful idea for a Leap Year! If I were to win the box would be coming to Ohio, to a one-traffic light town, just a couple of miles out in the country where we get so lonely for fabric and go ga ga over a fat quarter. I would be deliriously happy if I won, and green with envy if I didn't, hummm.......
Susanne :)

Terry said...

I keep missing out on the traveling stash! Hopefully this one will end up making it's way to me in Ohio! Thanks for the chance! :0)

Maria said...

Love the sail boat blocks

rubyslipperz said...

your cross-stitch is AWEsome...I LUV to see your projects!!


Jen said...

Oh Stash Box! Come to sunny beautiful Northern California where the fruit trees are blooming (and so are my allergies!)
Thanks for the chance!

Hilachas said...

I will miss seeing the updates on your counted cross-stitch. And, I would love to win the traveling stash. I keep seeing them all over Blogland and I haven't been able to get one. I think the one you have definitely needs to travel to Texas!

Sewgreen said...

The box would go to Northwest Indiana! (near Chicago!)

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I don't know how you would fit more than 11 fat quarters back in that box. Not unless you remove a book or some yardage. LOL!

Mrs.Pickles said...

everything looks lovely! love the facts!

Bobbie said...

I just found you along the side of Sew WE Quilt and would love for that box to travel to little bitty Amboy IL!
Beavers are fun critters!
When my niece was 5 she wanted to help her Uncle fix the kitchen sink, she said "Uncle Steve can I be your beaver? You know, the one who goes and gets things for you" she meant gopher :)

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

I would love to have the stash visit me in NC :)

I have a canadian folk comedy group I like.
here is a song of theirs called- "we are the beaver"

Sherry said...

WOW! Thank you for the information about the Beaver. . .I never knew any of that information.

As a kayaker I've been in water where I knew there were beavers (saw their nest) but never saw one (guess they figured the big orange thing in the water didn't look natural! LOL

If the Travelling Stash should come to me it will be travelling to New Jersey.

Connie said...

Your little sailboats are adorable and your swap blocks are cute!

MissMary said...

Let the traveling stash come to Tennessee, please!

Ella said...

It would be visiting Atlanta if it came my way!

Angie said...

I would love to have the traveling stash come to visit me in Virginia.
I didn't know some of the facts you posted about beavers. Thanks for sharing. I love the sailboat blocks, and I agree the water fabric is perfect.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I love beavers. Unfortunately, there aren't many in the desert, but since I can't have a beaver, maybe the traveling stash would like to come for a visit at the end of the dirt road :) Your sailboat blocks are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, I want to win the box! Please, please, please! =) I love that last picture and your little sailboats.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Would love to get my hands on that traveling stash and what a cute little beaver photo! Thanks for the updates on the giveaways and your cross stitch is lovely. I guess we will have to wait awhile before we see what you are creating.

Sarah Craig said...

I'd love for the traveling stash to come to Middle Tennessee! And my daughter's a leap-year baby, born on 2/29, so it would be extra special!!

Cherise said...

I'd love to have the traveling stash visit me in Corona, California, US. Enjoy your weekend! I will spend my sewing! :)

Cindy said...

I would love the traveling stash to visit me in Minnesota.

Happy quilting!

Sarah said...

If I won the stash it would be going to the little town of Castile, NY. Thanks for the chance to win and TGIF!

Kim said...

I guess I really am going to have to look up that sampler pattern now--since there won't be updates here for awhile! ;) I can't wait to see your new project!

I would be LEAPING for joy if this stash box hopped over to Connecticut! (fingers crossed that this posts--I keep getting error messages...)

Shannon said...

Oh how fun! Another box. If i were to win it would come southwestern Idaho. I would love to win this box. I love your mind binder. Freaks out my mind! LOL!

Tami said...

I would love to win! If I do it will be heading to Southern New Mexico.

Bailey said...

Hope you are having a great weekend! If I won the traveling stash it would be heading to Idaho. Thanks for the chance!

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