Friday, May 11, 2012

Just Believe - It's A Giveaway!


Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  
~Judy Garland

Friday!  Ahhhhh....the weekend is in sight.  Saturday promises to busy with an ALS support group meeting and with errands to be run.  Hopefully Sunday will be quiet - after all, it is Mother's Day and I am a mother. I have already received a beautiful bouquet of stargazer lilies and dutch iris from my DD#2.  The blooms are all opening and the stargazers are spreading their perfume throughout the house.  My wish for dinner that night is barbecued shrimp and DH promises to provide just that.  Do you have plans for Mother's Day?

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Handkerchief

Snot rags, brow wipers - whatever you call them, handkerchiefs are not very popular here in the US anymore.  Here is a bit of history I dug up on the handkerchief:
*   When fifteenth-century French sailors brought back linen head coverings worn by Chinese field workers as protection from the sun, they called them couvrechef, or “head covering,” which when Anglicized became kerchief.  Because they were carried in the hand, they became hand kerchiefs.
* Handkerchiefs (also known as hankies) have been around since the fourteenth century, when Richard II of England is said to have been the first to use a small piece of linen to blow his nose.
There are 12 different ways to fold a handkerchief, including the Four-point fold, the Presidential and the Astaire.
Only a few countries in the world still use handkerchiefs regularly for their original purpose (to blow a nose), as it is considered unsanitary in the United States and many European countries.
Handkerchiefs are often waved to express celebration during soccer matches, especially in South America.
It came into general use in the Renaissance and was called a napkyn. Silk, cambric, and lawn, lavishly embroidered or laced, became fashionable for both men and women.

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A QUICK STITCH


During the past week, I haven't had much time to work on my ongoing cross stitch project but have been working on my latest World of Charity Stitching project.

This scroll design was provided by the yahoo.com group.  We could select any color floss to use and as you can see I went with a variegated thread.  I'm almost finished with the piece and should have it in the mail on Monday at the latest.

Design:  Scroll exclusively for World of Charity Stitching Yahoo Group
Designer:  Kell Smurthwaite
Fabric:  14 count Aida
Stitched:  2 strands over over 1
Floss:  DMC Color Variations 4050

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MOTHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY
Sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop


Once again, Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway.  Fat Quarter Shop is one of my main "go to" online shops when I'm looking for a great selection of fabric.  What could you win?  How about......

this wonderful fat quarter bundle of Just Believe by Dianna Marcum for Marcus Brothers Fabrics!  This bundle contains 13 fat quarters and one 23" panel.  Just think, you could start working on your Christmas project now while there's still plenty of time before the holidays begin.  I just love the cardinals!
How can you win?  All you have to do is leave me a comment to the following question:  What is your favorite Christmas fabric or collection at Fat Quarter Shop?   Just leave the comment below and, with the help of random.org, a winner will be selected Thursday, May 17, at 5:00 pm and will be announced in my Friday (May 18) post.

Rules and Regs:
* This giveaway is open to everyone.  Fat Quarter Shop will ship internationally
* Only one comment per person
* I must have a way to contact you.  If you are a no reply blogger, please include your email address in your comment.  If I can't reach you, you can't win :(
* You do not have to be a follower to enter but if you would like to follow that would make me happy!
* Giveaway ends Thursday, May 17, at 5:00 pm PDT.

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TODAY'S GOAL


To sew the binding on the table runner I've worked on this week.

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FINAL THOUGHT





89 comments:

Leah said...

I love all the new lines coming out from Moda this month! That one is too cute.

Donna said...

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charles Schulz for Quilting Treasures is my favorite. The design brings back some wonderful childhood memories of Christmas past. Happy quilting.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have loved anything French General ever since they started the Quilt fabric line. Panier de Fleurs by French General has added some beautiful blues into their collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen said...

Christmas spirit by Holly Taylor looks lovely, I hope my LQS carry itas postage and custom duty costs means I can't order to UK!

Mimi said...

Well I could be picking favorites all morning but I settled with two:
A classic - Christmas Spirit
A funky - Evergreen
Thanks for this wonderful Mother's Day giveaway... even though my family knows I love fabric, I highly doubt that they will feed my addiction this time around.

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, FQS has thirty-some pages of Christmas fabric! A couple I really like are Joy and Poinsettia. Thanks for the chance to win and start Christmas sewing early!

tpott said...

I seem to like most of Nancy Halvorsen's Christmas fabric, the last few years. I also like a lot of Hoffman's Christmas line especially if it has a little bit of gold running through it. Happy Mother's Day! ;-> Toni Anne

Diane N said...

I LOVE Christmas Fabric...so it's really hard to pick just one! A couple of my favorites are: Classic Christmas, Just Believe, Happy Christmas...and the list goes on and on...

Lynda said...

What an inspiring quilt show. Thanks for sharing. Absolutely loved the sheep hexie flower. I've had that quote from Judy Garland taped to my computer for a long time. Good advice. Enjoy your Mother's Day.

Ruth said...

Great giveaway! Please enter me in the drawing.

Gill said...

Great giveaway!
I like 'Joy' by Kate Spain!

Mhairi said...

I went all the way through and found lots that I liked and then on the last page I found it!!! Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow. This is the most wonderful range of fabric and I love it!!! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Sue B said...

Hi Linda - lovely give away.
I love anything by French General or Fig tree & co. x fingers on being a winner. And I do follow you :)

Sallie said...

I love Hugs and Holly by The Wooden Bear. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sue Daurio said...

What a great give away. I really like 'Joy' by Kate Spain. But this is the first time I'm seeing the Just believe line and that is super cute too!

Debi said...

I really like Joy, but Believe is pretty also.

Lisa Cox said...

I like the Evergreen collection by Hoffman. So pretty.

Irina said...

This Alpine Wonderland is really lovely!
thanks for the chance!

Patty C. said...

Love the trim on the hanky -great progress with your stitching & I love snowmen - count me in for the giveaway :)

doodlebugmom said...

I really like this Just Believe, I am with you on the cardinals. But I am in love with the Charlie Brown Christmas - just makes me smile.

doodlebugmom (at) gmail.com

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I would love to have some "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" fabric" It is so cute!

robin said...

I like Classically Nancy's Holiday Favorites.

LOVE your stitching project!

Needled Mom said...

I really like the One Frosty Christmas plaid fabrics.

I so enjoyed the history of the hankies. I remember such pretty ones of years ago.

Your scroll cross stitch is just beautiful. Was that your car project? The varigated thread gives it such motion. Very nice.

rubyslipperz said...

I really enjoyed the Judy Garland quote...I need to put that up in my house somewhere.

Handkerchiefs - these are such special things. I know it would seem kind of "nose-y", but, I have some very cherished memories about handkerchiefs. I remember learning to iron at my grandma's house using her handkerchiefs. And, then, I have some of my mom's handkerchiefs from when I was growing up. And, buying Father's day gifts for my dad always included a handkerchief or two with his intitials on them. =)

Great giveaway! I would be happy with ANY of the Christmas fabrics at Fat Quarter shop....I visit their website several times a week...(shh, maybe even several times in one day)

hugZ,
annie
anniesrubyslipperz.com

Pen Pen said...

Old timey Nancy's holiday favorites...but I love most of them!!! Makes me look forward to Christmas already!

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

The Charlie Brown Christmas! I LOVE it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Krista
sewwhatscooking.com

Ann Babillis said...

My favorite Christmas line is Season's Greetings by Timeless Treasures Fabrics. I love the Cardinals in the trees.

Sheila said...

Wonder give away!
Water 2012 Kaffe Fassett Collection of fat quarters is my current favorite :D

~Kelie~ said...

I love the Fat Quarter Shop!!! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway and giving me a chance to win some of their amazing fabric!!!! :)

Kim said...

I love the Joy fat quarter bundle from Kate Spain.

krisgray said...

My goodness that's a lot of Christmas fabric at FQS! I guess I like Judie Rothermel's Future Spirit of Christmas and Past Spirit of Christmas.

Heartsdesire said...

I love Seasonal Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings. Thanks so much to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this lovely giveaway. The snowmen are so cute.

Maria said...

I think the Fat Quater shop is great. Even though I live in Aussie they always send the orders over very quickly.
It is hard to choose a favorite as they have so many.
Recently I bought the Sesame Street FQ set with a lovely panel. Will make a quilt for my ?GGD 's 2nd BD.
The new City Street Collection is really gorgeous..

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I love "Festive Golden Ornaments" by Hoffman. I love the beautiful, ornate prints. I feel that Christmas is one time of the year that you can go over the top. I love Fat Quarter Shop. They carry almost everything and orders are processed quickly and correctly. Thanks for the chance on your great giveaway!

Sandra said...

Can't decide between "Believe" and "Not A Creature was Stirring" lines.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just got some of the little birds at my LQS. Not a Christmas fabric lover, but I do love the new Classroom by Nancy Gere - and that is a Windham line, so our area Windham quilt shop should have that - road trip.

jmniffer said...

I like Winter Wonderland and Believe...among many! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

B Greene said...

I really like the bundle being offered in your giveaway, but I also like Joy by Kate Spain! Thanks for the chance to win!

PJ said...

Hard to choose with so many pretty Christmas fabrics. Today I like Season's Greetings the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

Bobbie said...

That is a very difficult question Linda! I won a gift certificate to FQS and still havent used it because I have too many favorites!I love Millies Closet by Lori Holt and Peak Hour and california girl and picnic party (?may have name wrong) by Robert Kaufman and and and I could go on. I made a list and instead of narrowing it down I keep adding to it :)

Jamie Lee said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway...I am a mom three times already:)

My favorite line is coming soon--Aneela Hooey's Cherry Christmas.

Thank you!

Gene Black said...

The One Frosty Christmas line is my favorite..There is a nice variety in the collection.

Lee Ann L. said...

I'm loving Nancy's Holiday Favorites (both colorways -- Classically and Old Times). Thank you for a chance to win!

Sunnybec said...

I really love Not a Creature was Stirring, it reminds me of when I was little... awww. Hugs

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Eu adoro tecido de natal,mas tenho poucas oportunidades aqui na minha região,então compro toalhas de mesa natalina para fazer outros trabalhos.Gosto de um que eu amo e a estampa é tradicional por aqui.Alpine wonderland Red Poinsettia Yadarge.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh I love Just Believe~ those cute little cardinals! Nancy's Holiday Favorites caught my eye too. Thanks for the chance! Have a happy weekend!

Catswhiskers said...

Homespun Holidays - that's my favourite.
Thanks for the chance on another lovely giveaway
Gina
gina.catswhiskers@gmail.com

WoolenSails said...

I just looked at all of the christmas fabrics and just what I thought when I saw your photo, I love the Just Believe, the most.

Debbie

yorkie mom said...

Lovin' Joy by Kate Spain. Thanks for a chance. ps... I remember ironing my dad's hankies for him as a little girl.

Alina said...

My favorite is "One Frosty Christmas." I like the design. Thanks for the chance and a generous giveaway. Have a nice weekend!

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

I went looking and found:

Coquette by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics

such lovely colours.

Thanks for the giveaway and happy mothers day!

Unknown said...

LOVE YOUR BLOG!
What a neat giveaway-just such adorable fabrics+'Just Believe' is my very most favorite! Thanks to you+FQS for sharing!

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Marcia W. said...

Favorite Christmas collection at the FQS is "Joy" - was looking at it on their shop site earlier today. This one is lovely too! I like collections with panels. Thanks for the chance. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

shez said...

yes i also love all the french general range by moda,have a wonderful mother's day Linda.xx

Christine said...

Oh...I love so many of the collections at the FQS. I can't just pick one. This giveaway is very nice too! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm collecting fabrics for a 'white and wintery' quilt - White Christmas Stonehenge would be perfect. Thanks for the chance to win! VermontPines at aol dot com

hueisei said...

I love Joy by Kate Spain! ^^
Thanks for the chance to win!

scottylover said...

I love the Juniper Holiday Serenade! So pretty! I had a hard time picking just one, though! :) My second favorite is One Frosty Christmas. Adorable! Thanks for the great give away. Love all your little "facts" that you post, too!

Sandy A

Janet said...

I like the Sparkle line. Very pretty.

Jean said...

Peppermint holiday batiks are great!

Vickie said...

I just love that Just Believe line it is so danged cute!

laurawilson25 said...

I love that scrolling design in your charity project. The green looks very spring-y!

Karen O said...

I think Alpine wonderland is adorable, and Just believe is a close second! Thank you for the chance to win!

Jennie P. said...

I really love the Alpine wonderland collection.

Pokey said...

Hi, Linda, ooo, you have me thinkin' of Christmas sewing! I looked around the FQS, and looked up many that other folks had named. Boy, it's hard to pick a favorite, but none made me smile like the little red cardinals on the "Believe" line you posted, how cute are they?!? Thank you for the fun giveaway ~
:-}pokey

Kathy said...

Nice Giveaway! I love the Alpine Wonderland. Too cute.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

This year is going by so fast and I know Christmas will be here before I'm ready. So many beautiful Christmas fabrics. Two of my favorites are Just Believe and Joy.

Thank you and FQS for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

drama85goddess said...

I like the Charlie Brown Christmas line. thanks for the giveaway

Susan said...

My all time favorite Christmas fabric would be the How the Grinch Stole Christmas collection. It is my favorite Christmas story and the fabric is just wonderful for keeping those childhood memories alive. Now, I think I'll go buy some!
Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

Kathryn said...

I like the new "Past Spirit of Christmas". I love repros. Kathie L in Allentown

Swedish Scrapper said...

I was nabbed by your little konwn facts about handkerchiefs, and the pic! My father still uses them, and I am going to sew some this year. Lovely Christmas collection! I like the stitchy accents on it, and the deeper colors, as well as the cute cardinals and argyles!

ledamewood said...

Oh I love a lot of them, but am especially drawn to Frosty Too Many Men and White Christmas Stonehenge

D y a said...

This is a lovely and cute fabric, I hadn't seen it before.
I love Christmas fabrics, esp. the red-green and off white ones, so rather traditional. I do love
Season's Greetings by Timeless Treasures.
Thank you for a chance to wn.
Have a great weekend,

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I like the Hugs & Holly line.


Happy Mother's Day!

Sarah Craig said...

I really like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - so whimsical! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Kim said...

Wow! I love that scroll pattern. The variegated thread looks great.

Oh my gosh, I have to say Alpine Wonderland! It looks so much like some scrapbook papers I bought a couple years ago!

Diann said...

My favorite is Holiday Serenade Juniper Leaf Flourish yardage.

Patty D from NC said...

I like fresh fallen Snow - a flannel would be fun to work with. Thanks for a chance to win!

Diane H said...

I'm a real bird freak and love the cardinals in Just Believe - thanks for the giveaway. From FQS I love the Kate Spain, Joy.

Becky said...

I love Kate Spain's Christmas designs. This year's Joy looks wonderful. Happy Mother's Day!

Ali said...

I really am looking forward to the Wrenly Christmas line by Valori Wells, since I have most of the fabrics in non Christmas colors already. Thank you for the giveaway!

quiltma said...

My favorite is Past Spirit of Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle
Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics

Josie McRazie said...

Very cute fabric! My Mother's Day surprise.... My Baby Brother all the way to IL from TX!!! AAAHHHH!!! Can I tell you how crazy I was when he called and said he would be to my house in three hours!!

Jennifer Gail said...

Hoping you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I'm loving all the christmas fabrics.

Lyn said...

I really love this one that you are giving away! Thanks for the chance.

Joanne Lendaro said...

There are soooo many!! I kept going back to the Evergreen, but the Charlie Brown made me smile!
thanks for the fun giveaway!

Ullhärvan said...

Right now I must say that my favourite is Just Believe! I love the cardinals also!

Vesuviusmama said...

I can't help myself - I scrolled through all the Christmas fabric, but kept coming back to Charlie Brown Christmas. I love Charlie Brown!

QuilterLaura said...

I LOVE this fabric....please pick me!

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