Monday, March 19, 2012


One of the best and most unexpected benefits of blogging is the friendships I've made over the last two years. Cindy has become one of those invisible sweet friends. This week I received this fabulous birthday gift from her in the mail: a pattern, 2 fat quarters, a mini charm packet and a beautiful hand-crafted seam ripper... Cindy and I are making plans to meet in person soon...I can hardly wait! Thank you, Cindy!
Another good blogging friend sent me a nice fat gift certificate to Marmalade Fabrics for my birthday. Marmalade loaded up and brought the business to a vendor sale during a local quilt show this weekend. It was super to see all that gorgeous fabric up close an personal, so of course, I cashed in my certificate. Thank you, Linda! Looky, looky!!
Oh, how I love the dishes at Anthropology! My daughter and daughter-in-law must have known, because look at these beautiful bowls and cup that were among my birthday presents....Stunning, I think!
 And then there's this. My dear hubby thinks I can learn to use it...Boy, I sure hope so! I'm pretty excited, to say the least! 
 Enough about me. You all are wondering who won the give-away, I bet! First, let me say thank you for the wonderful response to this little prize package. There were 110 entries, which included 30 different favorite color combos. I wrote them all down, and plan to give some of them a whirl. Are you interested in what were the top favorites? Yes? Okay, thought you might be.....Tied for first: the great combos of red plus aqua and pink plus orange. Close behind with a three way tie: gray plus lime; yellow plus gray; and blue plus orange. The most intriguing and unusual fav to me was orange plus fuchsia plus aqua. Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas on color, entering the contest, and for just coming round every few days!!
The winner of the fat quarters and pattern, (picked at random by my husband) is number 21, Diane Hicks who is a new reader. Congratulations, Diane. Your prize will be there soon.
Have a great week sewing everyone!


  1. Thank you for sharing all your goodies! I can't wait to see how you put them all to good use :)

  2. Happy Belated Bithday wishes, love all your little gifties and congratulations to Diane on her win. Hugs

  3. What beautiful gifts. I love anthropologie; it is my favorite store!
    Happy belated birthday.

    Amanda Rose

  4. Lovely gifts, from obviously a lovely family and friends for a lovely lady!!

    Congrats to Diane!!

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful Birthday! What lovely gifts as well! Have a great week too!

  6. It pays to have birthdays when you have such wonderful friends and family! It's going to be a great year ahead!

  7. Fun, fun gifts. And I hope you just have to use the seam ripper as "sewing room art"....

  8. Parabéns atrasado...Minha avó dizia que aniversário pode e deve ser comemorado o mês todo,afinal a mãe fica de resguardo por um mês,logo não é só um dia mas hum mês.Para mim o mais difícil é fotografia sou uma negação.Beijos.

  9. What great birthday gifts!!! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats to Diane! :o)

  10. What gorgeous gifts!!
    Congratulations Diane! :)

  11. HOORAY! (and Happy Birthday!) I was just happily reading along and then I came to the pic of your shiny new DSLR. Yay!!! You will love it and I know you will have fun learning about all that it can do. Can't wait to see the pics you take for your blog!

  12. Carla, what a wonderful evening at MRQG. Your work is inspiring!
    Your presentation: motivational
    Thanks for taking the trip to Jeff City.
    I'm among your new Followers from MRQG - I see Betty and Patti have made it here already.

  13. Ditto to GerryART's comments.
    I enjoyed your presentation and got some new ideas and inspirations.
    Thanks for a great program. Have checked out your blog often and have now become a follower.

  14. My first time at the guild tonight and I got to hear you. What a great presentation you did! Thank you so much.
    Patti (I had the Dear Patti quilt)

  15. ... did i mention i am in love with that seam ripper!? I'd like an Orange one! ...

  16. Hi Carla, this is the Carla that Fred works with. I have to comment on the gift he gave you...he is coming up in the world! Glad it wasn't hub caps! Haha! I enjoy looking at your quilts, very talented lady!
    Carla R.