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Welcome to everyone who has popped over here from Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day!

I looooove Giveaway Day! Last year we were moving during Giveaway Day & were without internet — so I missed the whole thing. It made me weep. And gnash my teeth. This year, I didn’t want to let my chance to participate go by.

Since you have hundreds of giveaways to enter, I’ll make this quick:

I’m giving away 2 1/2 yards of fabric from the Swanky line by Chez Moi (Moda).

There’s a yard each of the multi-color prints & a half-yard of the green with dots. They have been pre-washed and are 100% cotton.

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me a good book you’d recommend. (I am always open to those suggestions!)

Comments must be made on this post on my blog — NOT on Facebook (for my FB readers….)

International entries welcome!

The rules: The giveaway ends at 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, May 25th. One entry per person. Only entries answering the question are valid. I’ll email the winner by Sunday afternoon as well as announcing it here.

I am in the process of reopening my vintage fabric store, Ruby’s Retro City. I have over 200 yards of vintage fabric that needs new homes! But, to do that, first I have to clean out and organize my office/craft room. So, I’m destashing some of my goodies in the shop right now. This post tells you more about that. Use the code DESTASH at checkout to get 15% off. You may want to check back throughout the week. I’ll be listing some Katie Jump Rope bundles, some MoMo Wonderland FQs, and tons of other stuff!

And, make sure you all head over to Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day blog post to see all of the fabulous goodies you might win!

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When we moved into this house, there was a fabulous, fabulous space for my office. I was thrilled! But, as I unpacked my boxes full of crafty crap (or crapft), I realized I have waaaaay too much. So, I’ve decided to get rid of some of my stash — or destash. All of the items have been listed in my Etsy shop.

My shop, Ruby’s Retro City, usually was filled with vintage fabric & housewares. But, until I get more of the office cleaned out, I can’t even unpack all of my supplies. I’ve got over 200 yards of vintage fabric that’s just waiting for me to get it back out & relist it!

So, help me clean out the office & also get yourself a great deal on some arts & craft supplies. And, if you use the code DESTASH, then you can have an additional 15% off.

I’ll be listing additional items regularly until it’s all cleaned out. Fabric, beading supplies, stamping, scrapbooking….. it’s gotta go!

 

 


I’ve been working on a quilt for my bud Britty’s daughter Omie. (No, her real name is not Omie. ((No offense to anyone actually named Omie.)) But my kids mispronounced her name like that and we like it. And here on The mab Blab, you know that everyone gets a nickname. Everyone. Because that’s how I roll.) Omie’s grandmama had some fabric left over from a project and asked me to make a quilt from those prints. I ordered a few other fabrics to coordinate (because we didn’t have quite enough to make a good-sized quilt) and I’ve been working on the blocks this week. I think it’s going to turn out well! Here’s a shot of the fabrics:

Some of these were from my stash and I ended up tossing them out (the dots & the solid green) because I thought there were too many prints for the pattern I’m using. The blue on the left and the red on the right are actually tiny houndstooth prints. Here’s a fuzzy closeup of the red & pink one:

I’ll take some pics of the final project when it gets done.

I’m also finishing up the binding on a baby quilt that I started before the child was born. She’s several months old now. Several. Several. But not quite a year old! This is better than the other quilt in my Works In Progress pile for a baby that is now 2 years old. And I started months and months before he was born. So, see! I’m improving! And as long as I don’t think about the 2 other babies I wanted to make quilts for (but haven’t started them) and the 2 babies on the way that need quilts (I’ve gotten as far as buying fabric!) and the 10 other WIPs stacked up in my crafting room….. Sigh. Ok, that’s brought my heartburn back.

What crafty projects are you working on? Do you have a pile of projects you still need to finish?


As y’all saw in this post, I have a ridiculous amount of fabric. So, I’ve limited myself to buying only 10 yards for the rest of the year. Considering that I have a bazillion projects in the works, that’s a very small amount. I’ve already bought 3 yards to finish out a quilt for Peanut. So, 7 yards left. And I might use all of it on Sandi Henderson’s new line Secret Garden. It comes out in just a few weeks. Here’s my favorite colorway:

(image ganked from Sandi Henderson’s site)

In organizing all of my fabric, I realized how much of Sandi’s fabric I have. This definitely puts her at #1 on my list of fabric designers. If you’re interested in seeing the rest of her collection, you can find it at her blog here.

I have 2 quilt tops done that need to be photographed. I’ll try to get around to that…. which means that I have to clean up my office enough to hang them and take a picture. Yeah…. that may be awhile.


Try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how to get the little Random.org thingy to show up on here…. so you’ll just have to trust me. (And if you know how to do that, you can let me know in the comments. Thanks!)
So… the winner is #47…..!
Candace April 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I live in North Texas now after calling South Louisiana Home; and before that Western Kentucky; Jackson, Mississippi; and the rural parts of St. Louis (which aren’t rural anymore). Just call me a gypsy :)

As to wall colours, my husband and I lucked out when we got around to purchasing a house in North Texas by buying a house with a red parlour, a mustard hallway and dining room, a brown bedroom, a blue bedroom, a green music room, a purple (i.e. TCU) work out room, a navy bathroom, a lavender bathroom, and a yellow and cedar paneled game room. We love all the colour in our house and so do our friends — though I have been slowly altering the colours (i.e. the shade of green in the music room, the shade of blue in one bedrooms; with plans for an eggplant bedroom and teal bedroom as well as a bolder red in the parlour).

(Candace, I grew up in East Texas and now live in South Louisiana. I’ve got lots of stops in & around those — just like you!)
I’ve sent Candace an e-mail to see which prize she’s going to pick…. but from the gorgeous quilts she has on her blog, I have a feeling that my fellow traveling gypsy is also a fellow fabric addict and will pick the gift certificate from Sew Love Fabrics…. smart lady!
Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway. I hope you decide to stick around! As for me, I’m off to finish my Solids Challenge Quilt that the NOLA Modern Quilt Guild is doing. Wait, who am I kidding? Finish it? That’s a laugh! Instead, I’m actually doing a whole mess of improvisation (and some definite rule-breaking) because planning a quilt out first and then sticking with that plan so you are sure you have enough fabric & you don’t have to stop in the middle to order more fabric and add a few rule-breaking fabrics to make what you want goshdarnit — well, that’s just crazy talk!

I loooooove Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day! And it’s here. So, call your favorite babysitter, tell your boss you’re sick and can’t work, and sit down with your favorite beverage and a box of cookies — you’ve got hundreds of giveaways to go through today! Woo-hoo!

I am delighted to participate…. so excited that I’m actually doing 3 giveaways. I’m putting each one in a separate post so you can enter the ones you’re interested in and skip any you’re not.  (Yes! You can enter all 3!) And, no jumping through hoops — just a single comment on each post will do nicely.

I hope you’ll stick around a bit and browse through the past 4 1/2 years of posts. Whole lot of crafts, crap, kids, and living adventures to read about…

For now, let’s get to the first giveaway!

My newest Etsy shop, Ruby’s Retro City, features vintage fabric, notions, and fun vintage housewares. I have yards and yards of vintage fabric — more than I could sew with in a lifetime! So, I decided it was time to share. I run the shop with Ruby Sue Roux — someone I met in a thrift store who lives in her own retro time period and is obsessed with shoes, cat’s eye glasses, and vintage decor. She is particularly drawn to anything featuring poodles or copious amounts of glitter. She is also rather boy-crazy, but has not been successful in that department yet. I can say all of this about her because she never gets on the computer except to write a little introduction to each listing. I find them to be silly, strange, wild, and purely Ruby.

So, what are we giving away? Well, I’m super excited about the vintage gingham fat quarter pack! I’ve got many colors and sizes of gingham fabric. As a quilter I love having little bits of each color to put with projects. So, I made the customizable pack to meet the needs of other quilters and craft sewers. (Sewists? People who sew?)

For each pack, you get to pick 5 fat quarters out of my list of available gingham goodies. (And, at only $8 for the pack, that equals out to be $1.60 per fat quarter!) So, for my first giveaway, you get to pick your own vintage gingham fat quarter pack. Put them together for a great, soft baby quilt or add them to projects that need a classic basic… super versatile!

(Gee, mab, how many pictures of the same stack of fabric can you put in here?)

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

1) Leave a comment and answer the following question: If you could live in any time period in history, what would it be? (If I have to read a bunch of comments, I want them to be more than ‘pick me!’ — so let’s go with this question. Because that’s what I want to do.)

Super easy, eh?

Now for the rules:

You don’t have to visit my Etsy shop, but I would be happy if you do. 🙂 And, until December 17th, use the coupon code GAD2010 to get 15% off all purchases! (Yes, even the Katie Jump Rope and Flea Market Fancy Home Dec Knock-Offs!)

This giveaway is open internationally!

Only enter once. Because that’s the nice way to do it.

You have until Friday, December 17th at midnight central time to enter.

I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, December 18th. The winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Now, head on down to the next two posts to see what other giveaways I’ve got going on today! Then, check out Sew, Mama, Sew’s main Giveaway Day listings. But grab that beverage first….


Who else loves fabric? For Giveaway II, I’ve got some fabric cuts for you….

On the left is a pretty sky blue lacework print. It’s by David Textiles, but I don’t know the name of the print. I think it looks like snowflakes. This is a 22″ x 22″ piece of fabric. Next is the Lemon print from Alexander Henry. Then there’s a print from Amy Butler’s Lotus line. Last is Sunspots from Amy Butler’s Love line. It’s a bit of random, but they’re all fun and fabulous! The last 3 are all Fat Quarters (about 18″ x 22″). This is over a yard of fabric!

But let’s add something else…

(Ignore that terrible lighting! I couldn’t take pics until both kids were in bed.)

I’m also adding a wristlet keychain made with Heather Bailey’s Ivory Sway from the Pop Garden collection. (Love that fabric!) Some people call these key fobs. I personally HATE the word fob. So, I call them wristlet keychains. 🙂 If you win, you can call it whatever you’d like.

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

1) Leave a comment and answer the following question: If you were a color, what would you be? (If I have to read a bunch of comments, I want them to be more than ‘pick me!’ — so let’s go with this question. Because that’s what I want to do.)

Super easy, eh?

Now for the rules:

You don’t have to visit my Etsy shop, but I would be happy if you do. 🙂 And, until December 17th, use the coupon code GAD2010 to get 15% off all purchases! (Yes, even the Katie Jump Rope and Flea Market Fancy Home Dec Knock-Offs!)

This giveaway is open internationally!

Only enter once. Because that’s the nice way to do it.

You have until Friday, December 17th at midnight central time to enter.

I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, December 18th. The winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Now, head on down to the next  post to see the last giveaway I’ve got going on today! Then, check out Sew, Mama, Sew’s main Giveaway Day listings. I go through every one and enter a bajillion of them. It usually leads to a serious case of Numb Butt. But you do what you gotta do….



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