Sunday, May 31

My One Year Blog Anniversary - Day 6

Had a busy day today. I actually got up early and went to church because choir was singing one last time before summer break. Services have moved to 8:30 a.m. for summer and I really like the 10:00 time that goes from Sept. to May a lot better. Sorry, but I am just not a morning person. I even find it hard to sing in the morning but boy! am I warmed up by 9:00 at night. :-)
So, what else happened today. Well, I cut all the strips for that Old Red Barn Quilt-Along project and then was at the computer when the doorbell rang. It was a surprise as it was my friend, Barb. Actually, I knew the doorbell was going to ring as I heard a motorcycle in the driveway and knew someone was here but it was still a surprise to see her. And then she handed me this...........

for my birthday!! It's a book about tea and I'll tell you more about it when it's time for tea on Wednesday. I've peeked at it and then put the bow back on as it looks so pretty with the tulle and that flower tucked in the bow. Thanks, Barb!!
Barb is not a quilting friend. No, Barb, and I are just long-time friends. I guess that makes her an antique friend!! We met when we were both working at an elementary school as Title I Aides (helping kids with reading and math skills). Plus her girls and my son were all in school together and involved in band so we had the "kids in common" and "work in common" friendship but we have stuck together for the "we enjoy each other's company a lot" friendship. I told you I have really great friends. :-)

With the skies darkening with a threat of rain, Barb and husband, Tom, decided they better get on the road. Nobody wants to make a good motorcycle ride in the rain!! Interestingly they left at about 4:00 p.m. and it took til almost 9:00 tonight before we ever got the rain that we need so much.
But alas, you don't care if we got rain but I'll bet you want to know what's in store for today's giveaway. And it's not these vintage feedsacks, although they were in the drawer with the fabrics I pulled for the giveaway so thought I would take a photo.

These are the only two vintage feedsacks that I own. I bought them in a gift basket of vintage sewing items at the Chaska Quilter's Penny Auction. There were three bags in the basket but one was unstitched and these two are still sewn together as bags. I was so surprised at the Hawaiin print. I love the white bows on the turgoise and one day, I may cut that one apart and use it in a project. The Hawaiin print one will stay "as is".
I chose to do a "vintage theme" today as here in the states this day is when Memorial Day began although it was originally called Decoration Day (for decorating the headstones at the cemetary). This day made me think of my Grandma as I remember going along with her to place flowers on her parents graves and then there would be the wreath ceremony at the river bridge. Thoughts of Grandma and the church ladies and my parents in the 1950's put me in a vintage mood. And so, here is what I gathered together for one lucky winner.............

Brown Bear is ably assisting and even has buttons in his pockets in order to keep all these things together for you to see. First, there is the tiny little "laundry-type" basket (it would make a great little pincushion!) that is filled with vintage fabrics. There are nine fabric pieces of varying sizes and then at each basket handle there are two 1-1/2 yard pieces of red and blue cotton rick rack. I added three spools of thread, five cards of vintage buttons, and then draped over Brown Bear's knee is a one yard piece of a favorite red and white cotton fabric that isn't vintage but it makes me think it's vintage. :-) And just like in all the other anniversary giveaways, there is a Mary E notebook where you can tally your quilts and projects and keep track of your friends. I like the saying on the front of this notebook....."A Friend is someone who knows all about you but loves you anyway." And that would be Barb. I have been friends with Barb longer than any of my quilty, crafty friends so I think we are stuck together as friends for life. :-)
Time for you to add a comment if you'd like to win this prize. I'm going to give you a choice on this one..........You can leave a comment and tell me about a good friend .....or.......tell me what type of fabrics you like (vintage, Civil War prints, 30's prints, Amy Butler, etc. etc. etc. ). And remember to be sure to leave your e-mail address if there is no link back to your blog.
Have a good night!!
Sandi
P.S. Next on the agenda is posting of the Seasons blocks and the Snowman blocks for June. They will both be posted by tomorrow morning.

67 comments:

Kritta22 said...

Burning ring of Fire was playing while I was catching up on your posts!
Where have I been??

Congrats on your blogiversary!

my fave fabric right now is cottom blossom in moda...love it!

Wendy said...

My sister-in-law and I have been friends since the 4th grade...Her mom, my mother-in-law was our Girl Scout Leader...She is not a quilter but alway has an idea for new projects ....Some good and some bad....We have also worked together for 13 years....

Dayna said...

I lost my best friend 7 years ago. Best friends are something that can't be replaced.

I love all fabrics....just depends on what mood strikes me.

Rhonda P. said...

I have so many quilting friends that it would be hard to choose one to mention. So I will tell you about the fabrics I like. I love them all!!!!! Civil War, brights, etc. I don't think I prefer one more than the other. You can probably tell that by my stash. lol

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love my best friend 4 1/2 years ago. I agree with Dayna, you can never replace your best friend. She was the type of person that loved you unconditionally. I really really miss her.

GeeGee said...

Sandi, how do you keep coming up with these fabulous gift collections? Each one as precious as the next.

I love all the fabrics you mentioned but my favorite has to be vintage. Not only are they hard to come by but the designs are just so precious. Maybe it is because I grew up wearing vintage and feedsack dresses but they just draw me in.

I am currently making quilts from 30's repro and civil war fabrics. I don't have enough vintage to do a whole quilt but sneak a piece or two in whenever I do a scrappy quilt.

Again, congratulations on your blogiversary and wishing you a Happy Birthday as well!!!

Kerry said...

I'm afraid that I love all kinds of fabric. I have a collection of vintage fabric but also like roses, brights, blues, black & white and oriental. They each have a purpose or are suited to a different project or different person. I just love them all.

Lotta said...

My very best friend accepts me as I am, all the good and the bad things about me. I love all sorts of fabric as long as it is colorful.
Lotta

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Brown Bear has been doing such a good job this week :)

I love fabric! I change my mind on a regular basis as to my favorite style of fabric though. I've been seeing lots of polka dots lately. I like them in the bright colors.

Ida13 said...

I love nowadays redandwhite fabrics,just because I can't find any in our stores(but I really need it:)).
I have no friends. I'm afraid of believe in people,because of my last girlfriend.It's a long(?is it the correct world?) story.
The best to you!

Guilitta said...

Hello,

I know my best friends since 1978 and they mean more to me than my family, as they always were to me and supported me throughout. Yes, I can say I belong to the family. I have 4 children to the world and grow up and see me today they integrate into their family. I am simply family! Through my friend I could go through some hard times without going to go under.

Greeting and wish a Blessed Pentecost

Guilitta

Janelle said...

Hi Sandi
One of my best friends lives miles away (half way across Australia) but we keep in contact via email and phone.
I like a wide range of fabrics, but I love authentic Japanese fabrics as well as most blue fabrics, as that is my favourite colour!

Crispy said...

I met my best friend on-line. When we decided to move to ND one of the ladies in the AOL quilt chat room said that she knew of a chatter who lived in ND. Rochelle and I finally hooked up in chat and then through TONS of e-mails. Once we moved here we met for lunch and have been best buds ever since....10 years now.

My favorite fabric is.....all of them, well except homespun and kona solids.

Crispy

Pat said...

I love florals AND batiks and seem to have a good-sized collection of both (with intentions of doing a nice-sized quilt with each collection....SOMEDAY!!!) Another very nice giveaway package from you! I'm glad you had a nice visit with your friend yesterday...going today to see a friend of mine for more than 25 years in NJ. "Antique" friends are great, aren't they?

Denny said...

I have two friends from 4th grade and this year we are celebrating our 50th high school reunion. That's longer than I know my husband. They are both partners in crime - one is a quilter and one can't sit still long enough to quilt.
Hugs, Denny in PA
dshaw@sju.edu

Cathy said...

I like all fabrics but what I drawn to are Batiks and Cat themed fabrics. I love the colors of the batiks. Cat fabrics, well, I love cats and can't seem to get enough cat fabrics. I have a big plastic tub full of them and one day I do plan to make a big quilt with them.

Cathy
Lhunhen@starfireresearch.com

Kaye said...

Sandi, another awesome give-a-way. Its much more exciting to do some each day, the anticipating is fun. I know my Friend Phyllis for 56 years. We met in HS and have been best friends ever since. She and my son & his family are really the things I miss most by moving to Delaware. Guess what--she's coming. Her house is on the market and when it sells,she and her Hubby are moving here to PotNets. Joe and my DH Larry are close as they both were on the Fire Dept together. It has been a wonderful relationship for all! Everyone should have a friend like Phyllis

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Any bright cheerful fabrics are what I like, so our summer vacation up in NH is also my favorite fabric shopping trip. This year I am going to spend some serious time at Keepsake Quilting and stock up on some small cuts of nice fabric.

The friend I've had the longest lives all the way across the country and we usually only exchange Christmas cards. But on the rare occasion that we talk, it's like no time has passed at all. It's nice to have friends like that.

MGM

free indeed said...

I have one very close friend..she's the one I can share anything with and vise versa. We pray together, play together (scrabble...she's pretty tough), and vege together. Don't care to shop with her though...won't go into that...out interests are sooo different!

annemarie said...

I love Amy Butler fabrics - they make me smile!! My best friend is one I first met when we moved to Texas 30 years ago. I thought I would never find a friend like the ones I grew up with in Minnesota but I was wrong. Lucy is truly a dear and antique friend!

May Britt said...

Your bear is so cute carrying all these wonderful gifts for your giveaway.
I want to tell you about a special friend and that is Hanne (Hannes Quiltcorner). She and I have so much in common, and we can share every thought and feeling we have.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I love civil war reproduction fabrics best. Your drawing is awesome. Would love to win! Please add me to the drawing.

Sweet P said...

I haven't met a fabric I didn't like . . . at least not yet.

I think my DH is my best friend. We always have lots of fun together. And he always knows what to say and do for me.

Margie said...

This is a great birthday party! Wait everyday to see what you have given Brown Bear to take care of.

I love all kinds of fabric. I guess maybe color has more to do with it than anything. Flannel is my favorite type of fabric. Love working with it!

imagrandma2five said...

I guess it would be easier to tell you what type fabric was not my favorite. Hmmm......let's see..... Nope, can't think of a one, I love them all!

Nancy said...

After some rocky teenage years, I think I could call my "older" sister my best friend. She is always there for me....
I love all fabrics, but always seem to gravitate toward the 30's for some reason..

Mary said...

My best friend is my sister who is two years younger than I. She also quilts and looks to me for guidance since I started many moons before she did. Have a wonderful day today.
Mary
mvkquilt@sbcglobal.net

Barbara in TN said...

Brown Bear is doing a terrific job there, giving away all this wonderful fabric and notions! My faborite fabrics would have to be the 30's type fabrics or RED'S! But of course!
Thanks again for doing this giveaway!
Barbara in TN
saltillo3@yahoo.com

House of Mouse said...

As you know...I love fabric...everything but batiks...just can't get into those.

My friend Kathy and I have been friends since we were 5. We moved into our "big house" that year and Kathy and I started first grade together and we have been friends since. She lives in Colorado, but her son and daughter live here in Oregon, so I see her once or twice a year, but we talk all the time. It's amazing that after 50 years of friendship, it seems like only yesterday we became friends.

Anett

Sara said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! And your giveaway is unbelievable! Very generous and kind!

My favorite fabric is mostly batiks, but I like them all!

Laura said...

Sandi, you know me I love the bright fabrics. The brighter the better!

LouAnne said...

Good MOrning! My favorite cotton fabrics are the 1930's feedsack prints AND the 1930's reproduction prints. I own a few feedsacks, but so far have never cut into one. I've a fair collection of 30's repros and even thought about doing the Old Red Barn Quilt-along with them, but with Romantics instead. My problem is that I love ALL fabric, cottons & fancies, so, as some of you might have seen on my blog or Flickr pix, I have a huge stash which I seem to continually add to.........

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Holy Cow and Happy Birthday. What an extravoganza (I'm sure I murdered that word). You are such a sweet generous person. Happy happy to you.

SunThyme said...

Well my absolutely favorite fabrics are the stacks of authentic feed sacks on my closet shelf waiting for the day when I have the space and time to hand piece and quilt them into a heirloom for my son. Of course I love the repro fabrice too!

Winona said...

I like all kinds of fabric, but I really like the civil war era fabrics. Something about them just makes me want to touch and pet them. LOL Wonderful giveaway as always. Winona

Jeanette said...

I love most fabrics. Something about them must catch my eye when buying though. Hugs, Jeanette

Kaaren said...

I love anything vintage including fabric, clothing, furniture and even people! Vintage rules!

But then I also like 1930's, followed closely by Civil War. Can't say I'm too fond of batiks but I like looking at it because it reminds me of the 60's.

Oh shoot, I love it all!

e4e823l said...

Wasn't it Mary Englebreit who placed in one of her paintings, "The Hand of an old friend, how good it feels?" I believe it is a quote from Longfellow.(not positive about that). Friends, old or new are the best. Sarah e4e823l@yahoo.com

Spanish Princess said...

Soy, I'm a little late, but happy blogiversary!

Sandy said...

My next door neighbor is a good friend, she is also a Sandy. We go to quilt guild together, quilt shops, and Martha Pullen Schools in Al. We both love to stitch and that binds us good! Love your giveaway for today.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I have a best friend since first grade and believe me, that was a long time ago. We were in each others wedding and our children are the same age. I think my favorite quilting fabric is 30s prints while I like many different styles if that is what works with a pattern I like.

Rachel said...

My best friend lives 5000 miles away from me and I miss her like crazy. We met in grade 8 and have been friends for over 25 years. She's having some health problems now and I really wish I could be there for her in person. Phone calls and email just can't replace real face to face girl time!

Debi said...

My BFF is Jan, we met on an online forum and spent lots of quilty time together. My favorite fabrics are Amy Butler and Moda.

Judy H. said...

My husband and I met in college, and he is my absolute best friend. We are still close to several other college friends, though. These are the friends who we've shared holidays with, gone on trips with, shared losses with, and celebrated joys with. The oldest of us turned 40 this year, and I wouldn't want to do without any of them!

Sharon said...

Hi Sandi me again. I have to say right now and has been for awhile civil war fabrics...I just love Moda also. Now if I want a break I will go to Kaffe Fasset he just has beautiful colors...Sharon

Barbara said...

I would guess my best friend has been my best friend since I met her when I was 7, now it is a long distance friendship, but still a friendship that has lasted all these years, for now we are both 72 Barb in WNC

Shrenika Kasera said...

Wow..just wow. Only this can be said for each set of gifts, as one after other is more and more lovely !
I have not one but 5 best friends. We were a group of 6 girls, our group was formed in school and now we have been close friends for around 12 yrs. Have seen our ups and downs, had our share of arguments, disappointments but still have been going strong ! I am so thankful to God for his blessings in form of friends. :-)
Thanks.
Shrenika(shrenika.kasera@gmail.com)

Tudy said...

I favor small prints or color on color. I also have a cousin who is one of my best friends.

Vintage Sandy said...

Sandi,

I just want to say your idea of a giveaway it is great! My best friend now lives in Fl. & I'm in Ohio miss her "LOTS" but we talk alot I love most all fabrics hard to pick a favorite

Sandy said...

A dear friend from first grade recently passed away from ALS.
When she became confined to her bed she had a favorite pillow and I made her many different pillowcases...one for every holiday and every time I went to visit her I took her another cover for her pillow. So many memories from fabric.
Sandy
cha16946san@epix.net

CieAngel said...

I haven't seen any of my old friends since I got sick, but with the SCA and being online I'm making new ones...

Rightnow I really don't have a favorite fabric. I like fabric that has themes and can be fussy cut and lots of solids, strips, etc.
Huggs,
Cleary

Debbie said...

At the moment, I'm heavily into collecting batiks. But, I still use all the different types of fabrics that I've collected over the years.

Rae Ann said...

I am a fan of vintage fabrics, this will happily be added to my little stash. Hummm that little basket would make a lovely vintage type pincushion. So many idea's so little time.
Love your choices of fabric.
Rae Ann

Martha said...

Oh, don't make me choose. I love nearly all fabric. I haven't used civil war prints or the 30's fabrics yet but I'll get around to them.

Bev in TX said...

My best friend is my husband.

My favorite fabric is batiks -- they make me want to get quilting :-).

Bev in TX
countryone77 at yahoo dot com

Sue said...

Oh those feedbags sure bring back memories! I grew up on a farm and it was so much fun waiting to see what pattern would be on the feedbags! Most of the time, they turned into pillow cases(wonder where they are now?) but I remember having a dress made from one and a skirt, also. The farm was a long time ago...do they still have patterns on feedbags?

Christine said...

I am rather ecletic in my fabric preferences.
Favourites include Civil War, 1930's and 4O's.
I also like pretty shabby fabrics especially pinks and whites.
Favourite designers include 3 Sisters, Blackbird Designs, Figtree Quilts, American Jane, Judie Rothermel and Tanya Whelan.
Thanks for the chance to win ... I love collecting vintage sewing items.
Christine
auntiesquaintquilts.blogspot.com/

throuthehaze said...

Right now I am very much into Kokka, Amy Butler, and Jay McCaroll fabrics!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I have a wonderful friend Cindy with whom I love to have "Stitch N Bitch" sessions as she calls them. We send the husbands to the movies or the hardware store and we sew to our hearts' content.

She was a godsend to me at our wedding. Besides being my matron of honor, she stayed up til 4:30am putting her finishing touches on my gown. She missed her calling and should be designing gowns or costumes.

She is my dear friend whom I now also call sister (in-law).

Thank you for your wonderful drawings and sharing!

(Cindy & I share in an obsession for fabric of any kind. We are both fortunate to have indulgent husbands who allow us this passion.)

Deb said...

Yet another great giveaway - thanks! I have an excellent friend whom I've known for 25 years. We live in different countries but I know all I have to do is email or call and she'll be praying for me and helping out any way she can. As for fabric, I love Amy Butler and having two little girls, anything matryoshka, animal or toadstools/mushrooms is popular too.

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

Another great giveaway - thanks! I'll take vintage fabrics any day! I even have a collection of polyester quilts - makes some people shudder, but I love their quirkiness!

SarahVee said...

My favourite type of fabric is bright pattern or anything paisley. Both of these I have a hard time leaving behind in a quilt store. Kaffe Fassett fabric is heavenly to me. That said, I am starting to be attracted to the shades of civil war era fabrics and the possibilities of blending it with other styles of fabric. Vintage makes me so happy! And batiks and stripes and polka dots. I could go on.....Thanks for the chance to win today. Have I mentioned how generous you are!

Owl Lady said...

First, good wishes for your birthday and for a whole year of blogging.

I wrote about my best quilty friend during an earlier comment, but my best overall friend is my DH of 37 years. The best thing about that is that he still considers me his best friend. His major faults are that he doesn't quilt and that he likes to watch science fiction or war stories on television. Watch out for the science fiction wars!

My favorite fabrics are the ones that I see and can immediately envision in an upcoming project or paired with another fabric I love. The value of a fabric to me is always in what I can do it.

Victoria M. said...

My fabric fabrics are homespuns, then civil war, then reproductions, etc. Kansas Troubles fabrics are great.

Jeannette said...

My favourite materials are modas in all forms. Most of my friends are quilters either thru quilting or very old friends that were friends before I started quilting and now are quilters too. It is an obsession once you start.

Angie said...

Fabrics that I like best are any fabrics in the green color family. Especially if they have leaves on them! I love earthy tones because the make me feel warm and relaxed.

Annelein said...

Ohhhh, this price is put together with so much care. The fabrics, the buttons, the yarn...

It's all a delight to look at...

The winner will be a very lucky girl...

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