Leona, at http://oneygirl-myquiltingadventure.blogspot.com, had a giveaway last month, and looky what came in the mail today!!! First out of the box was a roll of Windham Fabrics "Flutter." Yumm-o, the soft colors and style reminds me of Lily and Will by Bunny Hill.
And next, out came this most intriguing item that I've never seen before -- it's called a Carnival Gift Box. Inside the cellophane wrapper is a plain box, a chunk of Princess Mirah fabric and narrow strips of the same fabric, and down in the bottom, what looks like some really delicious embellishment threads. Evidently, you wrap the box with these fabrics and make a big ribbon fluff on top with the narrow strips and threads. I'm so not creative, but this will make me look like a superstar of wrapping when I give it to someone!!!
I would never buy these for myself -- Caring for Fabric & Quilts and Choosing Batting by Harriet Hargrave. I took a class with this lady and she is The Wise One when it comes to these subjects (and threads!). I'm of the "toss it in the washer and dryer and see what happens" school of fabric care. And when I choose batting, it's pretty much looking in the closet to see what I have that's the right size for my quilt; the batting I have to choose from is what I found on sale when I was at the quilt shop. All that stuff written on the packages was too confusing. But guess what? Just quickly perusing these pamphlets have convinced me I can learn what I really, really need to know, and save me money and some "ooopsies" along the way!
But wait! There's more! I think the creative gods are trying to nudge me into trying some landscape/artsy kinds of quilts. I won this book, "Dream Landscapes" and some time ago, I received the DVD "Jane Davila & Elin Waterston Teach You Art Quilting Basics." I've always been a huge fan of Laura Wasilowski and Melody Johnson and the other Chicago School of Fusing alum. I've dabbled, in the meekest toe-in-the-water way, with winging it. OK, I'm going for it, and I even put it on my calendar. I have some "gotta" finish items for our guild's quilt show, in June. But then, I'm going to fly!!!
And when I do, I'm going to need some of this stuff. Which I love, and use by the tons. Are you believing all this good stuff -- in one box!!!??? As a giveaway!!??!!
Annabella had to check for mice, of course. And to be sure that was all that could possibly be in the box. Well, all I can say to Leona is: I'm simply overwhelmed, and thank you so much! I had just discovered her blog when I won, and after going through her archives, I've learned she is a very generous lady, both with her time and talents -- in fact, right now she's doing a tutorial on half square triangles -- as well as with giveaways. Go see her, learn, sign up as a follower, and enjoy!