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July 20, 2014

Sunday Stash & An Update on the Traveling Stash Box

Another Sunday and I'm happy to say I have fabric to report this week!  First up is the fabric I chose to keep from the Travelling Stash Box.  There are half-yard cuts of each of these awesome prints...

And I kept these two fat quarters...

While we're on the subject of the Travelling Stash Box, let me give you an update.  I was supposed to draw the name of the winner to receive this box yesterday.  But I had been holding off until I got a response from the organizer of the box.  You see, when I received it last week, every reeked of cigarette smoke.  I wanted an opinion from them on what I should do about it.  I could wash everything but the pre-cuts, but I wasn't sure if that was the best bet.  The organizer wants to retire the box, have me send it back to them, and then we are going to start a new box in September.  I will take the names of those who entered into it and add them to whoever signs up when the box is ready to go and we'll go from there.  I'm sorry for the hold up, but I want everyone to have a chance a good quality fabric without having any issues.

Now on to the rest of Sunday Stash.  The nice part about taking my mom fabric shopping is that she loves to buy fabric, and I do mean loves to buy fabric, but she hates to sew.  I get to hint around at what I like when we shop.  She usually takes things home with her to fondle for a few months but then they always get sent home with me to play with.  The rest of today's fabric are her purchases from last month's shop hop.  First up is three yards of this lovely red....

And I love these!!!  I took mom over and showed her these specifically hoping she'd buy them so I could play.  Half a yard each...

And a few yards of this lovely tan neutral...

We were specifically looking for teals on this trip.  There are a yard of each of these...

Mom fell in love with these.  A yard each of the blue and red and three yards of the cream/tan.

Now I am a sucker for kids and baseball so this panel was a no-brainer.  Mom bought it (she's as bad as I am) and I got to bring it home tonight.

And the last two blocks of this panel...

So stinking cute!  And one more plate to add to my collection this week from the Row by Row Experience.

Can't wait to dig in and start playing!  Do y'all have anything fun to share this week?

Linking up with Molli Sparkles!

July 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Hey y'all!  I've been busy testing a mystery quilt for Persimmon Quilts.  She runs free mysteries to benefit QOV.  So since I can't show you my design wall, I thought I'd share the fabrics I'm using.

On the left we have Stonehenge by Northcott, then is Marble Swirls by Moda.  Next up is a fabric from a new Christmas line by Quilting Treasures (couldn't find a name on it), and lastly is Tooled Leather by Moda.  I can't wait to be able to show you the finished project.

Also, don't forget to stop by my post from yesterday and leave a comment for a chance to get the Traveling Stash Box!!  There are some fun fabrics, notions, and patterns in there that you'll love!!

Hope y'all have a great, productive week!

Linking up to Patchwork Times and Fabric Tuesday.

July 13, 2014

Traveling Stash Box

I was so excited to find that I was getting the traveling stash box from Podunk Pretties!  I was sitting in my aunt's car in Corpus Christi, TX, on the 4th of July, on my way to the art museum, and suddenly started doing a happy dance in the back seat.  Everyone thought I was nuts because no one understands the quilting bug quite like you...my readers!  But guess what?  Now I get to share it with one of you!!

Let me show you what came in the box.  And let's just start by saying, this box was full!!!

Some fat quarters....

A set of 5 fat quarters and a few more misc. ones including a couple of Ghastlie prints, and a piece of yardage...

These half yard cuts of Robotek by Northcott...

A few more fat quarters...

A bunch of notions and a couple of mini charm packs...

And a handful of patterns...

I just opened this today but I think this is what I'm going to keep...

I'll update this post soon to show you what I'm adding to the box.  Now, this is where you come in.  I need to find a reader who wants the box next!  

The RULES are simple.
(copied from In the Boon Docks)

1. Be an active USA blogger. Post about receiving the box and the giveaway on your blog in a timely manner.

2. There's a note in the box that logs where the box has been. Please add your info and place the note back in the box.

3. There's a list of Rules and Guidelines in the box. Please read and follow these and return the list to the box.

4. You may take anything you like from the box. Just replace every item with comparable quilt shop quality items equal to the amount taken.

5. Ship the box to the next person in a reasonable amount of time.

6. Due to the amount of postage shipping is only within the USA. Postage is about $13

Just leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner on Friday, July 18, so I can mail it on Saturday.  Please make sure that you have a visible e-mail address so I can let you know if you win.  Can't wait to see where this is going to go next!!!

Good luck!!

Sunday Stash & The Scrappy Quilter

Fair warning friends:  this is a picture heavy post.  But I couldn't resist!  I decided to make the five minute trek on my lunch break the other day to check out a quilt shop I discovered in the Row by Row Experience.  I know, right?!?!  The Scrappy Quilter is five minutes away and I didn't know it existed!  But now I do and boy am I in trouble!  Here's their row (a bit blurry but I was on my lunch break and rushing!).  

Gotta love that they incorporated a bluebonnet and a fiesta tiara in the row.  And look at some of the projects hanging in the store:

I love that red, white, and blue quilt.  And look at this one!  The border is gorgeous...

This one is going to be a block of the month starting in September.  I really, really like this one and am seriously considering joining in on it...

Now I had every intention of going in, looking around, getting my license plate and going back to work.  Let's just say that didn't happen.  Those of you that know me will totally understand!  I saw this....

And that was it!  I had NO choice.  You see, I collect nutcrackers.  And it's been a while since I've seen a good nutcracker fabric.  So two yards of that HAD to come home.  Then I saw this...

Oh no!  I really don't need a fat quarter tower!  But....look what's in it....

Those top two?  Yeah, I saw those and they just had to come home with me.  Here are the culprits...

The top one they have on the bolt.  But....not the bottom one.  Ugh!  Yes, the tower had to come home.  I told my daughter how much I spent and she freaked (she is awesome at helping me not go overboard), but I showed her the first fabric and she stopped in her tracks.  She said, "Okay, I understand, you had no choice."  See!!!!  It was definitely a "have to" situation.

I did get my plate...

But look at this!  If you spend more than $50 at The Scrappy Quilter, they give you a fat quarter bag!  Not my favorite fabrics but they will work into my stash and we'll see what happens.  But how cool is that??

So there's my take for this week.  I'll be linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash today.

Molli Sparkles

Did y'all get anything fun this week?

July 12, 2014

Piggy Bank Challenge

Hey y'all!  Two posts in one day!  Are you shocked?  I'm excited about the updated look on the blog and am trying to catch up on things I haven't gotten to this week.  This post is one of them.

Val, over at Val's Quilting Studio, has this new challenge that started this week.  Seems she and her husband have this challenge going on throughout the year to see who can save the most change in their change jars.  (Well, they seem to throw in ones and fives too)  Whoever saves the most gets treated to ice cream by the loser.  She has extended this challenge to the masses.  So here's my change jar.  It already has a little bit of a start, as you can see....

Next summer I plan on taking my daughter to Disney World and this will make some great pocket money for me to buy my personal souvenirs (think nutcracker at Epcot!!!) and maybe some fabric if I can manage to drag her to a quilt shop or two.  

Here's a link to the challenge and link up...

Val's Quilting Studio

I'd love to see how many people we can get to join in.  What would you do with all that change??

Beautify Your Blog

FINALLY!!!  We just got the final directions from Erin over at Sew at Home Mummy on her Beautify Your Blog series.  It's here!!!  And I absolutely love it!

Look up at the top.  She taught us how to design our own header and blogger buttons.  Look to your right.  See all of those neat sidebar sections?  She taught us how to design those and make them work.

Isn't it fantastic??  She is simply amazing.  If you have any work you need to do on your blog and you've been putting it off, trust me, she makes it so easy!  Well, it is a lot of work and a lot of hours went into the redesign, but it was so worth it.

Sew at Home Mummy

You really do want to go over there and play along.  I had the best time and....finally....my blog looks great!

Thanks Erin!!

July 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I had such a busy, crazy week that nothing really got accomplished at my sewing machine.  I got the fabrics and patterns printed for the next step on my Texas Roadtrip QAL....

I also made it to 6 more shops in the Row by Row Experience and picked up plates at each one...

I've got an idea on how to incorporate them into the back of the roadtrip quilt.  We'll see how it works out.

Linking up with Patchwork Times and Quilt Story.

July 6, 2014

Sunday Stash

I've had such a fun stashing week!!!!  First, please tell me that you all follow the Flash Sales over at The Fat Quarter Shop!!!  If you haven't checked it out, you are seriously doing your pocketbook a disservice.  On Wednesday, I picked up this fabulous fat quarter tower of Veranda by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit for......$32!!!  Plus taxes and shipping, I still only paid $42 for 31 fat quarters and aren't they fantastic????

Here's a breakout shot.  I cannot wait to start playing with these!

On Thursday, I took off work and loaded up mom and my daughter for a trip to the coast.  Well, the Row by Row Experience started on the first so I had to plan a route that took us by "new to me" quilt shops.  It was so much fun!  I found the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary fabrics and had to get the main panel:

Here's the other side:

Just couldn't pass that up!  So many memories and I just know as soon as I start to sew it up one of my kids will try to lay claim.  But my favorite find is this next panel...

I fell in love with it and just kept coming back to look at it again and again so of course a panel had to come home with me.  Here are the last two blocks of the panel:

It's an older line called Oceanica by Julie Paschkis for In the Beginning fabrics.  I have a quilt design running around my mind using this and some ocean wave type blocks.  I really need to make the time to start that one.

Next up is a fabric depicting quilt shops. I just adore how cute and whimsical this piece is.

A simple, pretty, cornflower blue piece.  My favorite color in my favorite shade so of course I had to bring a piece home.

This paisley fabric.  The colors in it are great for my style.  The print is huge so it normally wouldn't have come home but the price was right (as in $4/yard!) so I brought a yard home.  

And lastly, the license plates for the shops I visited over the weekend.

I've decided how I'm going to used these and am a bit excited to test out my idea.  I'll share more once I see the plan in action.

Did you get to do any fabric shopping over the holiday weekend?  Bring home any fun goodies?  I can't wait to see everyone's new stash!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles.