Thursday, May 28

My One Year Blog Anniversary - Day 3!

So, if two is company and three's a crowd but eight is enough, then I think I have the right number of prizes to celebrate my One Year Blog Anniversary!! LOL! It's Day 3 and time to show you what you can win by commenting on this post. Brown Bear cried out "wow, those are bright colors, not your usual choice, Sandi!" And that's sorta true, but we all need to "color outside the line, dream outside the box" occasionally, right? I know Mark Lipinski would agree and those are his fat-eighths from his fabric line "Katmandu" that Brown Bear is displaying in the photo below.

There are 23 fat-eighths for you along with a Mary E journal and bookmark. Once again, I've included this so that you can keep track of your projects. There's a message going on here. :-)

So, anyway, when I first saw these fabrics in 2007, they really caught my eye. I immediately saw the possibility for a crazy quilt in the fabrics. The designs on the fabric can be embellished with stitches and beading. Perfect! I searched for a shop in the Twin Cities that might carry the fabrics but no luck. I had joined Mark's Pickle Road Yahoo group and member Ruth, suggested that I try Toby's "Kindred Quilts" in New Jersey. With help from my grandson, Jacob, we chose the ones we liked from the fabric line and Toby and her staff filled the order. The fabrics arrived and when Jacob came to visit, he chose the ones for the first block that you see in the photo below. Then my mother got sick and my dad was in the care center and life just happened. The project went into a box. Yep, that box in the picture. I knew that I didn't need all the fabrics that I had ordered for the quilt that I can see in my mind, so I thought "let's cut them in half and give half as a prize on my blog anniversary". And so I did! :-) I keep half and you can win the other half! The blocks when finished will be a small wallquilt that I have named "23 Skidoo". I have to finish it by September for Henderson's Heritage Days which has a 1920's them this year. I'll make it, just know I will. :-)


Since I am reviewing how I got into this blogging thing, I had to mention Mark and his group. As noted in yesterday's giveaway, I was in One Stitch at a Time Yahoo group and enjoyed a challenge to make a quilt and that's how my flannel scraps finally got put to use. There were lots of talented stitcher's in that group. In Mark's group, again, there were so many people and everyone was so much more talented at quilting than I was, that at first, I didn't post or reply. But as time passed, I started "chiming in". I even got to know a member, Donna, and we met when she came to sit with me when my mother was in the hospital. I learned a ton of stuff in Mark's group from quilting to how to find the best iron to politics and more. And I read blogs and websites of members of the group and I knew I wanted to have a blog, too. I began to study the blogs in a different way, not just to read them but to think about what I could share if I had my own blog. More on the rest of the story tomorrow! ;-)
You're probably tired of reading (or skimming this post). You want to know what you have to do for a chance to win these fabrics, right? Well, you have to leave a comment on this post and you have to tell me ......................... how many projects do you have in your "waiting to be finished stack"? I think I have at least 2 to 3 dozen that are started. I can't begin to count the one's I bought fabric for and are still waiting to be cut!!! SO, leave your comments now. Comments close on June 10th and the drawing will be June 14th for all the prizes!
Sandi

73 comments:

CieAngel said...

Wow, do you want projects unfished or just the ones in my head that I still want to do? I have at least 30+ in quilting and about 15 in cross stitch and 10 in emboridery and 3 in crochetting that I want to do.
Huggs,
Cleary

free indeed said...

Yikes, first to confess! Well, my estimate would have been quite low had I not taken everything out of my sewing room to paint the walls. Now that I'm taking things back in and try to organize like things together, I have found that I have three paper ream boxes of ufos. Most are swap blocks that I keep joining and never getting into tops. Once that room is 'toute fini' (all finished), I think I'll claim a year of finishing and no more swaps until I do! I'll figure there are 25 projects in those? GASP! Don't tell my husband! He'd ban me from the computer!

grann616 said...

The first in my "to do" box is a quilt I started while staying nightly at hospital when my Mom was ill. When she died, the quilt went into a box, and is still there. The only other thing is a Grandmother's Hexagon quilt I started for my youngest daughter's wedding. Half done , and three years later, it still calls to me. I love Mark's fabric and could give this gift a nice home! Once again, congratulations!! By the way, I hand piece and hand quilt. It does take awhile!!

Pat said...

Oh, please........if we are counting fabrics I have set aside and labeled for certain projects (in addition to projects in various stages of completion), I would say I have 35 - 40. I'm not inclined to go count them, though, to be honest, as I'm fearful the number may be closer to 50 and then I'll want to cry or hand my head in embarrassment!!! These are great colors in Mark's fabrics. It's kind of you to split them like this with the lucky winner (whoever that might be)!

Pat said...

OOOPS...typo in last post...I meant HANG my head in embarrassment not HAND my head. I was just so stunned at the magnitude of unfinished projects I have that I was a bit beside myself there for a minute, but I've recovered now!

Crispy said...

Hmmmm I have 1 WIP, 7 UFO's, 2 PIG's and at least 10 WHIMM's. If anyone does not know the meaning of these you can go to my blog and read about them: http://crispyquilts.blogspot.com/2009/04/quilting-acronyms-getting-organized.html Now I'm not counting all the orphan blocks I want to do because I have no idea how I will get them into one project.

Crispy

knitwit said...

I don't have an exact count on my UFOS, or as they could be called WIPS but its a lot! I do make progress on these projects but I love to start new things to keep life interesting. I like to hand quilt so the tops get finished and then have to go into the" to be quilted" pile.
Ruth

Soukies said...

Pick me pick me! I love that fabric! I have approximately 10 UFO's to complete. But, I like working on different projects so I don't get bored!

Rachel said...

My waiting to be done projects list is not as extensive as yours - I have about 5: a quilt for my best friend, a Christmas/snowman quilt, an Irish chain quilt, your May BOM block and Bunny Hill's May BOM block. I keep starting (and thankfully finishing) other projects in between working on these.

Lovely fabrics, by the way. Are you sure Brown Bear will let them go?

Jeanette said...

Hi Sandi, another fabulous prize. I couldn't tell you for sure how many things are waiting to be finished. possibly a dozen or more. :( & unfortunately for me i keep adding the pile.

Just Susan said...

Wow, make me think. Well 3 quilting projects, 4 primitive rug hooking, 3 cross stitch, 2 crochet, and many more in my head I hope to at least make UFOs. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm having trouble keeping up on my blog so I am very grateful to have links to blogs like yours so I can keep updated on everyone else's bloggy life. Susan

lesthook said...

Mine is down as I just finished a few things. But...maybe 5? Or is it 10? Lovely fabric you have there!

GeeGee said...

Wow,what scrumptious fabric and your block is lovely. I wanted these fabrics so badly but never could find them in my search. You are very generous to share.

I have way too many unfinished projects but have dedicated this year to completing them. I have 3 ready for quilting, two of these are redwork, 1 ready for binding also redwork, 3 that I worked on today, blocks ready to set together for 7, 2 wallhangings to be quilted, 3 crochet afghans to be finished, kits for 3 quilts. If my math is correct this would total 22. I'm sure I may have forgotten some that are tucked away.
Most of these will be used for Christmas gifts so I am working very diligently to get them finished.
I have collected patterns and fabric for more redwork, applique, wooly projects and Christmas Ornaments. I am trying very hard to resist starting anymore until I have some completed.

Congrats again on your anniversary and happy stitching!!!

Nancy said...

How fun to share. I am really enjoying your posts....

The colors are bright....

Rhonda P. said...

Waiting to be finished--at least 15 and could be more. Sometimes I think I put them places that I won't find them again for a while. LOL

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

Oh my.........I have over 20 projects that call my name every time I walk by the sewing machine. Would love to win those fat eights.

Winona said...

If I counnted right, I have about 12 quilting projects in different stages. I have plans for at least that many more. I have about 4 crocheting projects going, 3 counted cross stitch, and 1 knitting project. Hey, not as bad as I thought. LOL I hand quilt, so it takes me longer to get projects done. Those are beautiful fabrics. Winona

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Gorgeous fabric!

When I first started thinking about my UFOs I thought the number would be pretty low...I was wrong. The more I counted things in my head the more I realized that I don't finish alot of the projects I start. I have 15 quilts in various stages of completeness. 5 crochet projects that I'm aware of. 2 cross stitch. Many, many, and way too many sewing projects cut out but not sewn together. I also have a sweater outfit I started knitting for my grandson before he was born. His first birthday is in June and I don't think he can squeeze into a 6 month sweater set anymore. Oh well, if it ever gets finished it will be for the next grandson :)

Those are only the things I can think of off the top of my head. If I started looking through zip lock bags and bins I'm sure I would be scared.
I don't even want to think about my to-do list.

Janice said...

Oh wow, I have so many I don't know where to start. I probably have about 15 in some stage or another. I also have fabrics bought for quilts that now I think 'What was I thinking". I also have a zillion knitting projects on the go.

Denny said...

every time I straighten up I find another UFO hidden underneath something. Think I'm up to about 24 now.
Hugs, Denny

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Are waiting to finish different then UFO's?? I have a couple of waiting to finish, but a few more UFO's. I'll get to them :-)

Quiltldy said...

Too many to count and hidden all over my quilt studio! I have a pile of tops to quilt, piles of fabric set aside for future quilts and several UFO's.
Hugs!
Kathleen

Sandy said...

I love the things for your giveaway today...I have about 10 major things in my to do list and another 5 or so that I am working on right now.

Sharon said...

OMG now I have to think. But first the fabrics are gorgeous!!!! I also see a crazy quilt which reminds me I have one of those to put together, plus 3 wall hangings (seasonal), 2 queen size for my bed, 2 baby for the new grandbaby and then 6 to even cut yet for Christmas so I guess that makes 8 to have to finish plus six I have not even cut out yet...yikes, that is scary...Lovely gift Sandi.
Sharon

Kaye said...

Oh my Goodness, my very favorite color purple!and all beautiful colors to compliment it. I would be "over the moon" to win this one. Ufo's, not too many (I am a newbie quilter).about 5, then I have material and pattern for 3 more, not yet started. See I am a novice.LOL

Margie said...

Oh dear, this is a good one. I can't even count. I have two quilts finished that need to be quilted (I hand quilt). One double wedding ring with only a few blocks left to do. Several X stitch projects, Knitted baby blanket and a scarf. Several baby blankets that I make and then donate them at Christmas time. That's enough I guess to let me know that most all of us quilters are the same. Now I don't feel so bad!

WoolenSails said...

Hmm, not as bad as some, since I am a beginner quilter. I guess I have about 4 projects to do. Some are applique and one is pieced, so I switch around, depending on my mood.

Debbie

Lotta said...

I have lots of unfinished projects, it must be at least 20. I try to forget how many it is as it is so much fun to start on a new one.
Lotta in Sweden

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Well, since I have only been retired for almost three years and did not have any projects going at that time, I now have about twelve projects that are either set to go, started or have all the material for.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I positively LOVE those bright fabrics! I have dozens of project waiting to be done, but not all of them are started. I don't usually start too many at one time.

Fun giveaway!

MGM

Cathy said...

Wow...now that's scary to think about as I have a LOT of projects waiting to be finished. I probably have about 10+ quilt tops waiting to be quilted, many small projects waiting to be completed. I seem to have a problem finishing things. Hmmm...I wonder what that cause is?! LOL

Cathy

annemarie said...

I have to admit I must have at least a dozen projects started - some are sewing, some knitting, some cross stitch and some crochet. Maybe I should stick to just one area rather than trying to do spread myself so thin! It is fun, though, and variety is the spice of life.

Guilitta said...

Hello,

I try to minimize my ufos, I countet 37! But it is a lot of fun.

Greeting Guilitta

Ida13 said...

I began 3bags,and a king-sized bed-quilt and I planned at least 10 in my exercise- book.I have no time to sew and I have no fabrics enough at perfect colours.(e.g. red and white)Do you feel the same sometimes?
My I be in your "bascet" again?:):)

Mary said...

Unfinished projects - I'm down to 12. I made a list the first of this year and am determined to whittle it down. I've finished about 7 so far. There's too many new things I want to do! Thanks for the opportunity to win in your contest.
Mary
mvkquilt@sbcglobal.net

laura said...

Well, I have about 15+ projects waiting in the wings. I work really hard on trying to finish projects before staring new ones. It doesn't always happen though. I always love knowing I have something in the pile to work on. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary Sandi!

LouAnne said...

Oh, my! I just LOVE the Katmandu fabric line! That said now I have to tell you how many works in progress and UFO's right? Involving fabric, I am right there with you between 2 and 3 dozen I think. We won't talk about crochet, knitting and x-stitch, ok? My problem is focus; I like to switch out what I'm working on so I don't get bored. Finishing something is such a GREAT feeling and if I could keep my brain from coming up with new ideas, I could probably capture that feeling. This year my aim is downsizing my stash of fancy crazy quilting fabrics and I also have a goal of making more charity quilt tops with my vast cotton stash. Pick me! Pick me! Those fabrics ARE great for crazyquilting!

Nanabarb said...

Well let's see! Probably about 15 UFO's in various stages of completion. Some finished tops, one needs a border, a couple of tops in progress, 3 BOM's, 2 rugs, a crocheted doily, a crochet baby blanket and a some cross stitch kitties. Oh my! :)

Eva said...

Well, I certainly do not have near the UFO that most of you ladies have. I have a southwest wall hanging, a Christmas quilt, and a wilderness quilt for my hubby. Love the fabric, all of the colors look great.

Eva

Judy H. said...

Well, I *think* I have 16 quilting projects started and not finished. That's not counting the few still in the 'fabric collection' stage, nor is is counting the knitting, cross-stitch, crochet, tatting or bobbin lace! I tried to make a list once of ALL my UFOs, and gave up when I went over 70!

imagrandma2five said...

Ok, let's see, I have about a dozen projects in my to be finished group. And much, much more in my want to do group--and this number grows just about every day!
Karen in Indiana

Sara said...

Such great prizes!

I have (I think) 16 unfinished projects. Meaning ones that material has been bought for, maybe not cut yet but are in some stage of planning/doing. I have at least a dozen others in my head that I want to make!

e4e823l said...

I have drawers in my mind full of things I want to do. Right now I msut finish charity quilts before winter. And it is coming faster than I am! Sarah e4e823l@yahoo.com

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I'll have to estimate. It's about 10-12. Love the fabrics in this giveaway.

May Britt said...

Oh no....I do not want to tell you the number of all my unfinished projects LOL They are toooooooo many. But the good thing is that I try to finish at least one each month. The OPAM challenge does me good.

Kritta22 said...

Oh my gosh...I think at last count I had 19...I need to get cooking!

Janelle said...

Hi Sandi
According to my UFO list on my blog I have nine projects not finished. There are probably a handful more lurking somewhere in my cupboards. I have numerous projects waiting to be started and I'm coming up with new ones nearly every week!

SunThyme said...

Oh boy! This is where my little ADD problem really gets me in trouble! There's just no way to count since they're stashed in so many places. In my sewing room alone there are 5 WIPS and 9 UFOs. That's not including all the fabric collections of projects in the planning stage. Then there are the two vintage quilt tops hand pieced by my great-grandmother that need to be hand quilted someday . . .

Shrenika Kasera said...

Wow, such huge lists for everyone ! I guess I am the one with the least number. I have just 5 unfinished projects with 0 WIP right now. :-((
Thanks.
Shrenika(shrenika.kasera@gmail.com)

Tudy said...

I think I have about 8 or 10. I have been getting them finished since I joined the Challenge from May Britt.

Vintage Sandy said...

Well, since I'm new to quilting I don't have toooooooo many cause I really need to learn more about it but other projects maybe 10-15 guess-ta-mate is that a word??
anyways love the fabrics you've chosen this time!!

Sandy said...

I think there are about i5....rough estimate. I vowed this year to not start anything until at least one is finished but that went out the window in Jan.
Sandy
cha16946san@epix.net

Blogless me said...

What gorgeous fabrics. I wish they were mine ;-) ! Unfinished projects - you've made it easy for us - lot's of those:
* a quilt I've quilted "in the ditch" already but I am still looking for the appropriate stencils for inside the blocks and the borders;
* some butterflies (felt or fabric) need to be appliqueed to a small wallhanging I started last week at a quilt retreat;
* quilting the "Amish Dahlia" hanging I am making for a month-old girl called ....... you guessed it - Dahlia;
* a little "Heart quilt" I started making as a sampler for my applique techniques class - I seem to be adding blocks to it ad nauseam
.......
I think I'll stop at this, for the time being

barbara said...

I am new to quilting so my list of unfinished projects is maybe 3?? However my list of "want to do someday" is staggering

Debbie said...

You mean I have to count them?!? I'll take a guess and say about 40-50. This includes mostly quilting projects. But, also embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, etc. Some of the quilting projects never made it past the group of fabrics bought to start them.

Rae Ann said...

I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to be ashamed of announcing to the world just how many UFO's I have lurking in all corners of this house! I'm not going to run back and count each and every one of them, but right off the top of my head, I have 3 applique quilt tops started, 2 handpieced tops, a scrappy 30's top and 2 BOM's in various stages of being completed. Don't send the quilt police to my house please!

Martha said...

My UFO's aren't too numerous. I have only about 7 to complete. Now that doesn't include ones I have bought fabric for and not started yet. I'm actually trying to shrink my UFO list--my guild is having a contest for that very thing but I didn't enter because I didn't want to feel the pressure.

Owl Lady said...

I love the colors in Katmandu. It would be fun to compare your finished projects, whenever they are both finished.
UFOs- maybe out of sight, often out of mind as well:
1. 7 stuffed elephants with matching blankets,
2. 4 stuffed owls, one with a matching blanket and one without, two smaller, one in cotton and the second to be my first wool project. I am also making
3. 2 owl table runners for the bookcases which house part of my collection
4. 4 twin size quilt tops to do my part to help an orphanage in Honduras. There but for the grace of God , , , ,
5. 8 quilt tops which need to finished to give comfort to the survivors of fallen soldiers
6. 3 totes with many pockets and inner zipper bags, one for me and the other two as gifts for my SILs.
7. 2 dining room sets with reversible table runner and placemats along with a set of napkins to match each side
and 8. I could go on and on, I like to stay busy.























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Bev in TX said...

I have two projects actually in the works, but I purchased fabric for about three others.

Bev in TX
countryone77 at yahoo dot com

Sue said...

Ouch! How many items do I have started? Please don't make me count all the pieces of fabric I have bought recently to make dresses for my granddaughter! I have about a dozen patterns cut out to make things for a friend's shop. I guess I had better get started on them since he keeps asking me if they are ready yet!*g* Now if I win this fabric, I can have another project to get started on!

throuthehaze said...

Wow, so many people have a ton of unfinished projects...I only have one. The fact that I have no fabric right now is probably the main reason why my number isnt higher though!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I tend to have projects in various states of completion in crochet, cross-stitch, sewing, and the first in the quilting.

The crochet and cross-stitch tend to be my traveling projects. We won't even get started on the projects that are "waiting to be started"! I can't sit in front of the TV or as a passenger in the car without a project in hand!

Thank you for sharing how you started blogging. It is always interesting to see how people came to where they are. I'm fairly new to blogging and am having a blast with it.

Louisa said...

I've counted. 34. And the number is dropping!! Congrats. Thanks

annmarie said...

Cool fabrics - I've never seen any like that - would love to add them to my stash. I have 14 UFO's - projects I have fabric & patterns for but have not started or completed - I know because I keep a list! Someday I'll get caught up - LOL

Deb said...

Amazing fabric yet again...you have a great eye! Seeing how many WIPs you have made me feel a whole lot better! I only have about 5 or 6 (not including the ones in my head).

SarahVee said...

Well, technically, I have too many to count! I can never finish what I start fast enough to get the rest out of my head and into fabric. Right now I'm trying to finish 6 projects, and 2 BOMs to get started on Christmas gifts and next year's gifts. This doesn't count the projects in boxes that I've given up on getting done this year - or next. So A LOT!:) Thanks for the chance to win some fabric - which will probably add another project to the list!

Jeannette said...

I have at least 10 project in my design journal that I am wanting to write patterns for and at least 10 ufo's including the new one I started yesterday.

Victoria M. said...

I was prepared to be embarrassed to admit how many projects I have waiting to be finished until I read the comments already posted. This is amazing!! I now don't feel nearly so ridiculous. I lost count at about 30 projects in various stages of incompleteness. Some go bacj many, many years, but I still want to finish them some day.

Angie said...

I only have 5 projects that are waiting to be finished, but they’ve been waiting a very long time. The “dream quilts” that I’ve purchased fabric for and are still waiting to be cut are countless. I’m not sure if all of the “dream quilts” will become a reality before my quilting days are done, but I’m hopeful that my daughter and granddaughter will find the same passion I have and turn the fabrics into their own “dream quilts”. So I guess I can just keep shopping and adding to my stash. Right?!? I guess I should stitch more and shop less……lol.

SandyN said...

I have 3 quilts going at the moment. I just got back into quilting after a long break..

Thanks

normansandra@hotmail.com

Lynn B said...

Oh dear, here goes!
2 large cross stitch
10 small cross stitch
2 quilts

I just love these fabrics, you are so generous!

Lynn B said...

Sorry Sandi
I forgot to leave my link in the message above
www.happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.com

Annelein said...

Ohhhhh,

Well, there are two quilttops to be finished. One tops is finished and has to be quilted.

I have ceveral little projects. I think 10 who are to be finished. And I must say, that is going very well this year.

There are also I believe 6 embroderies to be finished. That is also going very well.

For this year I have said to myself I must finished two projects to start one new project. But, its unbelieveble, I just want to finish of more and more. The urge to start a new project is under control. But what will happen if I be lucky to win one of your beautiful prices..... I don't know....

Willeke
the Netherlands....

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