Saturday, November 24, 2018

Donations and a GIVEAWAY

Our air here in Northern California finally cleared with the arrival of rain.  At last!  We've been anxiously awaiting the rains!  The air is clear;  my grandkids went back home yesterday and we are back to our lives. 

However, the people in Paradise are clearly not and I was motivated by Lori's (humblequilts) suggestion that we send fabric to the quilt store in Chico (Lori has graciously offered to drive to the quilt store to deliver things sent directly to her).  I went to work, pulled out fabrics I hadn't looked at in years and quickly made an enormous pile of fabric to send.  I wish I could say that it made a dent in my stash, but in all honesty, it did not.  

I bought a large box at FedEx and filled it up... then found it is TOO heavy to lift!!  Okay, I'm going to have to go to Plan B... I might deliver the fabric myself on our way up to Oregon in mid-December.

Then, in the spirit is giving, I sent off a quilt to the friend of a friend who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  I made this quilt a few years ago and have always loved it but sending it off for someone to cuddle under is the best.

It has a fun pieced back which I had to photograph before mailing.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons--not hot or cold and I just love the fall coors.  Even though we don't live where you get great fall colors, I have planted many trees over the years which are deciduous and I enjoy my splash of fall color.  This one is right outside my front door.  Japanese Maples are also one of my favorite trees.  Trimming trees is not my strong-suit, however!  VBG

We had our grandkids for the past week so my sewing had been put on hold.  I did want to show you something I've been working on in a class-This is one of 8 sections.  Any ideas?  It kind of looks like an ironing board cover...I've been collecting Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink fabrics for a while and have been yearning for a project.  This seemed just purrfect.  (funny, right? )  But, again, hardly made a dent in the stash.  I will say that I was able to move that fabric into the cabinet space made available by my donations to the fire victims so I guess that's something. 

Now for the giveaway... I cleaned out a drawer and found a pile of cross-stitch patterns.  I used to do that but haven't in ages so I'm ready to pass them on to you if you enjoy that and have the time to do it.  There's also a pattern for fingertip towels (their words) and a large piece of beige Aida cloth for cross-stitching.

I'd like to mail these out by Wednesday to whoever feels they'll really sew them so please send me your email address along with one great Thanksgiving story. 

I was in such a good mood, feeling lucky beyond words... went to gas up my car yesterday (Black Friday), and started a conversation with a woman at the next pump, asking her how her Thanksgiving turned out-- she sure shocked me by telling me she had a terrible day, was all alone and really had wanted mashed potatoes and gravy.  What can you say to that?  

I do hope you all had a better day than she did, whether with family or friends.

Much love and thanks!!


  1. Lori is always so generous helping with charity. I also have collected a bunch of supplies for Paradise to mail to her. The quilt for the friend's friend is beautiful and very thoughtful. 'Love those Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I don't cross stitch much, so I'd rather someone who does win the patterns. Blessings.

  2. Love that you found a plan B for your fabric pile! I think you might be making one of those foot stools~? I have just started back to cross stitching and would love to play with your patterns. A Thanksgiving story~ our 6 week old DGD said 'ok' three times in answer to my DH asking her a question ending in 'ok?'! We thought it was a amazing but were so surprised that no one pulled out their phone to record it! LOL

  3. I have read on Lori's blog and Wendy's blog their generosity... and now it's your blog !! And again, what generosity... !
    Your quilt is awesome ! Fingers crossed for your friend... it's hard.
    Thank you for this giveaway dear Randy, but I don't cross stitch. Maybe someone will be interested...

  4. That's a mega big pile of fabric! Wow! Your generosity, and Lori's, is as big as the USA. Love the donated quilt, front AND back. Very well done.
    Are you making a puffet? (I think that's what they are called.)
    I too used to cross stitch a lot and I have many books of design. Alas, now that I fell for quilting, I don't do it anymore. So, I will pass on your generous giveaway.
    Enjoy the respite in your hectic days now that the air is cleaner. ;^)

  5. Looks like you have the beginnings of a very cool tuffet! Your little quilt that you are gifting is so adorable and will bring lots of cheer to the recipient as will your fabric donation. The Camp fire damage is horrendous--hard to imagine what the people of Paradise are having to deal with.

  6. Put me in for the cross stitch giveaway. Love the tuffet.

  7. That is a generous pile of fabric you are donating!
    And I love the quilt you are gifting! The colors and design are so comforting!
    When I read the guesses others made about your Kaffe fabrics making a tuffet, it seemed to fit what I see there.
    There was a day when I did cross-stitch all the time. But I have two patterns I saved when I gave the boxes of patterns and magazines away, and if I ever get those made it will be a miracle. Better not put me in for the giveaway. :)

  8. Used to do cross stitch but my eyesight finds quilting easier! You are so generous with fabric and your gift to your friend. Lovely quilt! Too bad the lonely lady didn’t volunteer at a homeless shelter or some other place. At least she wouldn’t have been alone and could have had her mashed potatoes and gravy!

  9. Wow, that is a big pile! I too am finding that whatever I pack into a box is heavy! Shipping costs are out of control these days, but I'm sure it is still cheaper than if I drove them out there! So happy to hear you are breathing easier after the rain. Stay safe!

  10. my guild is going to fill a flat rate box (or two) to send's the very least we can and should do...eyeing my own stash makes me feel blessed and rich indeed...

  11. If I only had the eyesight I had when I was younger I'd love those cross stitch kits. Not the case!! Hoping to have cataract surgery after the Holidays ... hubby has had it and says it's the best he's seen in his 70+ years!! SO much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving ... I am thankful for EVERYDAY. Holding you and yours in my heart that you are safe and sound from those fires. Prayers for those who suffered under them that they are able to rebound quickly. God bless you all! Linda

  12. The huge pile of fabric will be so much appreciated by the quilters having to start over from scratch. Very generous of you.....if you can find a way to lift it and get it there.