Sunday, December 18, 2011

And the winner is....

OK y'all, I'm new to this blogging stuff (and totally teaching myself through trial and error) and even though I used the Random Generator widget, I didn't do it right and the number disappeared when I published it to the blog.  You're just going to have to trust me that the number that came up was 141, which was:

The Thompsons said...
My favorite movie(s) are all of the Elizabeth Gaskells - I love a good British time piece.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Giveaway Day!!!

************This Giveaway is now CLOSED*************
Stay tuned for the winner!

YAY - It's Giveaway Day!  If you're here from Sew Mam Sew, thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll come on in and take a look around.  I'm so excited to participate in this round of the SMS Giveaway Day - besides the chance to win all kinds of fun sewing stuff, you get to meet lots of different bloggers and see what people from all over are up to in their sewing rooms.  Fun!
OK, let's get down to the goods up for grabs over here at Between Quilts.  I am offering 4 fat quarters from my collection:
First up, we have some Swoon, by Melissa Averinos for Andover Fabrics.  It is punchy, fun, and bright!
Next, how about a little bit of Amy Butler Rowan Peacock Feathers from Westminster Fibers??
 And then, maybe a little Mendhi, by Fun Quilts for Free Spirit...
And last but not least by a long shot, some Kumari Garden by Dena Designs for Free Spirit.
 And just for kicks, (I mean, it's Christmas, after all, right?!), I'm adding in a super-cute mini-charm pack of Basic Grey's Jovial by Moda.  With these little precuts, you still have time to whip something up for this holiday season!  (Since perhaps, you are more organized than I and not scrambling at the last minute with tons of projects...).

So here it is all together - a pretty little something to brighten your day - especially if it arrives in YOUR mailbox!

 All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on this post, telling me one of your favorite things.  It could be your favorite book, song, fabric line, get the idea.  I'll go first:  I'm a big time reader and one of my favorite recent reads is What is the What by Dave Eggers based on a true account of a Sudanese refugee. Great writing about an amazing story - the kind of book that pulls you in and keeps you thinking about the characters long after you've turned the last page.

The giveaway is open until Friday, December 16th at 5 pm, PST.   A winner will be chosen randomly on Sunday, the 18th and be contacted by email as well as posted here.  International entries welcome!  Please make sure you are not a No-Reply Blogger or else leave me your email in your comment (no email= invalid entry - don't let this happen to you!)  Good luck!  And be sure to check out all the other giveaways too - I'm off to visit a bunch of blogs too while sipping a latte!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's a Small Blog Party!

Small Blog Meet

Lily, over at Lily's Quilts, hosts a small blog linky party, which is a fantastic idea!  I love seeing what other people are creating and meeting other bloggers.  Thanks, Jan, for letting me know about this!  And just because I believe every post should have a picture, I share with you a view of my work-horse of a sewing machine.  I heart my Elna!  My latest finish I can't post yet since it's a gift, but once the person receives it, I'll add it here.  I'll just's colorful!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011


 Look what arrived in my mailbox over the weekend!  I spoke with Bill at Modern Quilt Studio on Thursday afternoon...and by Saturday my order had arrived!  Talk about service!  Weeks and Bill have a lot going on with an upcoming move - so it amazed me that they coordinated a sale (with free shipping when a dollar was donated to the food bank).  I snagged up some yardage of some tonal prints I fell in love with when I was there over the summer - seriously, these have been staples for me lately in a variety of projects and are so versatile.  That brown print is so rich and warm with splashes of fun color too.  And then I grabbed two solids scrap packs - one with 4 yards of warm white and one with colors from their Beach Glass quilt.  Now, I have to mention, what they consider "scraps" is really yardage to the rest of us - I guess this is the case when you buy fabric by the bolt!  Dare to dream... And they threw in a lovely surprise - a copy of their new magazine/mini-book!  So sweet!  The printing is very high quality, it has several patterns, no advertisements, and is full of tips and ideas for all kinds of projects.  I especially liked the Palette Chasing article where they shared a palette swatch inspired from artwork at the Library of Congress.  Brilliant!  Thanks again, Weeks and Bill!

And another kind of surprise this weekend was getting to see the Broadway series  A Christmas Story musical - so fun!  And wearing these sparkly shoes to the event made it that much more special.  Normally, you can find me wearing yoga pants and t-shirts, so having a chance to dress up was a real treat.  We had a babysitter and everything!  Another rare treat indeed!  Mr. BQ was dashing in his suit, and we had a great time at the show and out to dinner afterwards.   If you get the chance to check out this show - go for it!  Different from the movie - surprisingly sentimental (or maybe that's just me???  Was I the only tearful one there??  Those kids on stage were gettin' to me!) - and a great way to kick-off the Christmas season.

And last but not more surprise I had today was what happens when 3 preschoolers are left to their own devices for 15 minutes (OK, 20) while I sewed on binding.  Apparently, they decided to play Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...complete with drawing red noses on their faces with markers!!  I knew it was too quiet in there!  I guess that's what I get, but really, sometimes you're so close to finishing a project you just have to do it!  And it was kind of funny....
Have you had any good surprises lately???