A darling reader, who is also a pitbull advocate extraordinaire, got rid of a ton of her sewing stuff. That she has lost her sew-jo and has no more interest in quilting, makes me so very sad for her, but I know she's channelling wonderful energy into her new position, working with animals. They are so fortunate to have her. One day, next year, I hope, we can meet on our way north from or south to, Florida.
|Literally STUFFED with goodies, accompanying sweet notes--blown away doesn't begin to describe the emotions that arose when going through this magical gift.|
She knows me well! As you see it has already been put to good use and sits on my cutting/pressing counter holding important tools.
I love wildflowers.
|Once again, I have no clue what these are...help?|
I love wild flowers of the permanent kind... THIS stunning, sweet surprise of a gift arrived the other day from my dear friend Cindy, of Stitchin at Home. The detail! The precision! The artistry! The depth! The pleasure it gives me!
I immediately added it to my 'wall' of minis.
I love the educational and inspiring gift I receive each week from the 150 Canadian Women quilt along going on at Next Step Quilt Designs.
Here are the latest group of blocks:
I love seeing everyone's yards and photos of beautiful spring blooms. I revel in the joyful bursting forth that Spring brings. Here are a few shots of my own of Mother Nature's gifts to us.
|April 23-Rhododenron, survived the winter at our friends' house while we were in limbo|
I love that I am so close to Lake Erie. A short minute walk to the end of the lane, and another couple of minutes standing, listening, gazing, and I've restored my chi. I put a photo on the blog April 18 from basically the same spot I was standing this morning:
Like my mum, I love views through windows. What a surprising and wonderful gift I have been given in my sewing loft here!
I wish you a day filled with gifts of the meaningful kind!
Okay, this post was ready to publish at this point this morning, and then outside called...
LOLOL so I did NOT plan to segue into it this way, but serendipity strikes yet again...maybe you give yourself a gift! I freely admit that I rarely pay full price for anything from household goods to sewing supplies, and if you get email notifications from Craftsy (affiliate link there) you will know there is a screaming good sale starting today for the Canadian May long weekend: up to 60% off Quilting supplies (fist pump! These kind of sales is when I have got the majority of my purchases.) Up to 70% off Clearance and Sewing! Up to 60% off Knitting supplies!
Yeah yeah you think, like what? Well, kits are often a great deal. Take a look:
That gorgeous quilt is 50% off, meaning you are paying less than $7CA/yard for the fabric.
How about fabric by the yard for $6.86CA/yard? Boundless Blenders Aura is one; Boundless Botanical is another I've bought several of and love. It isn't as good a deal at $8.92CA/yard but still pretty decent when you compare to quilt shop prices. These I will vouch for have a beautiful hand. Note, I was not given any of them; I bought them.
Yarns are at least 50% off. I love Cloudborn Merino Alpaca that I've bought on sale before. Still have a pattern to sit down and try for the 3rd or 4th go... There are hat kits for as low as $4 to make!
If you need backing, now would be the time to snag some. Cotton & Steel's Rashida Coleman Hale has both midnight and orchid for $6/CA yard!
Or maybe Amy Butler? At $8.68CA/yard and all prints available, it is a decent price.
Full disclosure: a jelly roll of this Jennifer SampouStudio Stash jumped into my cart just now!
You may recall I recently became an affiliate of Connecting Threads (affiliate link). They carry more than their own brand; right now they have some adorable Shannon Fabrics Minky baby quilt kits on sale. At $34.99US, here's a cute one called Ziggy Quack! That price includes everything: pattern, fabric for top, appliqué, backing and binding!
Tools are on sale 30-50% off and books are on 40-50% off. Waaah! This book (that I LOVE) I got this past winter is now on sale for $16.19! That's less than I paid!
Well, have fun! Just call me The Great Enabler. Oh! Remember, Connecting Threads loves their Canadian shoppers too: at $75 they ship free to your doorstep. I might know that personally. And it's fast shipping too. And the tax and duty was no more than I would pay in Ontario anyhow, so big win. I know. Enabling. Okay I'm done now. Gotta go check out on Craftsy before that jelly roll sells out. I may know that personally as well, sniff, on a certain quilt kit I had in my cart on the last sale...
Linking with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color, and with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.