Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday and my Winnings!

I've made quite a bit of progress on my forest quilt, finishing the quilt top and getting it basted yesterday afternoon, then finished Phase 1 of quilting today:

Phase 1: 1/4 inch lines on both sides of the chevron seams.

Phase 2 is adding a center line through the chevrons, but I need to do some marking first, which means waiting for the kids to go to sleep...

And before I got completely involved with the quilt, I did some more cutting for the Super Totes, here's a sneak peak at the interior and pocket fabrics:

I am delighted to be using so many cute/pretty fabrics from my stash!  The fox was from a scrap pack and the teal flowers were given to me years ago.

Orange--more scrap pack fabric, middle is from the same pack of fabrics as the teal flowers, and the one on the right is left overs from Jessica's Prayer quilt (fabric from Joann's, I believe).

Nearly two months ago I entered a giveaway on Pat Sloan's blog.  I try to enter a LOT of giveaways--the more I enter, the more chances to win, right? Right!  Well she had a really nice giveaway for her Aurifil thread collection, a hexie book, and needle case.  I entered and forgot about it.  Then I got an email from her (on the day before our house inspections, so I was a little stressed out, ha) saying I'd won!  How nice to get fun, unexpected emails.  :-)

Unfortunately the timing wasn't great since we were about to move--but again a pleasant surprise!  It showed up at our house the day before we moved.  Having a box of those pretty Aurifil threads was like holding a box of promises for all the fun projects that I would get to make with it at the new house.  It was is like treasure!

Even non-quilters can appreciate these pretty colors!  I am thinking of using that orange-purple-yellow-brown (#4648) variegated thread on the forest quilt, but need to do a test run to see how it looks first.

See?  Both my kids enjoyed playing with them while I wrote this blog post.

And bonus to everything she mentioned in her giveaway was a little set of hexie-starters!  How sweet is that?  I love all the giveaways in the quilting community, what a fun way to spread joy, and share some of your favorite things with other quilters!  I really want to spread some of the joy here, so be on the look out for a hexie-related giveaway in the near(ish) future!

So, have you ever won something in a giveaway?  What's the best thing you have given away?


  1. Can't wait to see the quilt! Also, congrats on winning!! I won an Accuquilt GO! mini once on a blog and I was ecstatic!

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  3. I like the cute fox fabric! What a great giveaway to win, the hexie quilt book looks like it could be fun! I enter giveaways ALL the time too, and I've only ever won one, but it was for a $100 visa giftcard, so not a bad one to win! I used it to buy all my canning supplies and books. :)

  4. What a lovely quilt in the making! Wow, lucky lady! It was a breath of fresh air I mean thread, lol, I am sure. Moving is stressful and any little thing to make it better helps :) Can't wait to see all the beautiful things you will create with that box!

  5. I can't wait to see more of your quilting and I love the picture of your daughter playing with the threads. That is priceless!

  6. Your daughter has great taste playing with those threads! I love your quilt and can't wait to see it finished. I have won lots of things some of my favorite are the ones that are handmade by the sender! I usually have a self sponsored giveaway (aka outta my stash) on whatever blog hop I am participating in. I will be having one for the hexie blog hop.
    have fun trying out that thread.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

  7. I love that little fox too! What a great prize, I'm pretty sure my head would explode. :)

  8. I've only done one giveaway on my blog, giving away two thread catchers. Recently, I won twice through the Quiltmaker magazine blog and I won a beautiful pincushion too. Your win is amazing. I'd love to be able to play with all that thread!

  9. Awesome win!! And i can't wait to see a full shot of your forest quilt all finished up! I just love that sketch print in it!

  10. I have won some awesome fabric bundles from a few different blogs. It does feel great to win. I have given away a few charm packs and a couple FQ bundles. I think I love giving it away as much as winning. It is so exciting:)

  11. Great win! Congrats! I won a layer cake of Laurie Wisbrun Modern Whimsy, I love to enter giveaways too - gotta be in it to win it! ;-)