Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm Hoping a Few of You Might Help Me Out....

I pulled this brown fabric out today and had a stare down with it. Since it's not going to be my Tree of Life go-to fabric anymore, I was trying to brainstorm. Good ideas or bad? You'd think crunching apples with caramel dip would help me out, but you'll never guess what I came up with.... 
My brown Merry Medley fabric
Even I'm a bit nervous about this idea. The thing is, I've been thinking a lot about my mom picking and choosing fabrics out of my totes and LOVING the process so much. I mean, seriously. All of us as quilters have a deep and abiding love for fabric, don't we? And her entire stash burnt up--which just kills me. So... I had a wild and crazy idea that some of you very kind and generous quilters might be willing to help me out here! What I propose is this: If you would like to send my mom a fat quarter of your very lovely fabric, then I will send a fat quarter of my lovely brown Moda fabric--to the first 15 people that she receives an envelope from!
One fat quarter will fit in the longish envelopes if you fold it right...
She can get an intriguing little start to her stash and you, {if you want it} can have something in return. Please tell me this isn't begging! I'm thinking more like trading? Or bartering? Definitely a time honored tradition! And no, she doesn't know anything about what I'm doing. I'm hoping that since she reads my blog so sporadically, she won't know a thing about this until she starts receiving sweet little squishy envelopes!

So. DETAILS! If you would like to receive one of my brown fatquarters in return, then just slip a little piece of paper into the envelope that says 'Tell Audrey hi! My address is blah, blah, blah' (you know those details better than I do!). If there isn't a slip of paper for her to hand off to me, then I'll assume you don't want anything in return! And of course if she gets more than 15, I will be out of fabric. Bummer for you, but also incredibly generous and very sweet of everyone involved. You can address your squishy envelope to: Joyce Wilson, PO Box 352, Pateros, WA 98846. I guarantee that she'll be picking up the mail personally every day after the first or second envelope!

And also, don't worry that my mom will be the least bit picky about color or style or even print--she is fabric poor and I promise you that everything looks fabulous to her. She won't even care if there's a little chunk taken out of your fatquarter or if you decide to send two fat eighths instead of a fatquarter. What she will be is very puzzled about the first envelope, and then probably come right over to chew me out after she starts to figuring it out. Yikes! Then she'll probably get choked up about how nice people can be to total strangers, all the while patting her pretty little pieces of fabric and smiling. Hopefully it will end that well. I really don't want her mad at me forever.*wink
Isn't this an interesting look?
Okay, now I need to get back to my latest endeavor, trying to get the Pickle Dish/Wedding Ring units appliqued to the background fabric! I had a bit of fun playing with the picture as you can see. Love how graphic this quilt is going to be. Did you know this is the quilt I've wanted (been petrified) to make for oh...., over 15 years now?

55 comments:

  1. I will happily send your mom some fabric! Love the pickle dish start, keep going
    I have wanted to make one of these for years too!!!!
    Kathie

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  2. I'm more than happy to send your Mom some fabric too! I'm just horrified at the thought of her stash being all burnt up! That just gives me the shivers.

    I love your Pickle Dish! It is going to be awesome!

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  3. What a very thoughtful idea Audrey - such a nice surprise for your mother - fat quarters flying in from all over the world! I'm off to select mine now....but no need for a return piece - it will be a pleasure :)

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  4. Lol!! This is such a brilliant and fun idea! Of course I'll send some fat quarters. Your pickle dish is coming along beautifully!

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  5. Beautiful idea Audrey, I sent mine today because it take usually 7/10 days shipping from France.

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  6. I suspect that I'll be too late because we won't even be getting home until late next Monday. But so what ... I think your idea is a fabulous one!!! And I'm going to rummage through my stash after we unpack and get settled in and get something off to her next week!

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  7. I do not need any of your brown, although is pretty...but I sure will send your mom some fat quarters!!!! You are a good daughter!! with a great idea!!

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  8. What a sweet idea. When a friend of ours (my little quilt group) lost everything in a flood a few years ago, we took up a cause of cleaning out our stashes to get her back on her quilting feet. We ended up with two huge plastic containers of fabric for her. So I LOVE your idea. Now.. let me head to my stash and see what I can send out... and I don't need any fabric in return. Just happy to contribute, I can't imagine how she must feel to lose her entire stash.

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  9. Great idea, Audrey. Sorry I didn't think of it. Will send some fabric off soon.

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  10. What a wonderful idea! I would love to see the look on her face as she receives each envelope! Happy mail!

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    1. I'm thinking she'll be very excited as the envelopes keep coming.:)

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  11. this is a fun idea - I won't get an envelope in the mail fast as I won't get home until around Oct. 1 but I think (haha) that I have a lot of fat quarters to choose from at home to help her get her stash started up again.

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  12. Will happy send some fat quarters...no need for the brown I am crazy destashing Mom's and my combined cotton...would love to see your Mom's face as she opens each package...such fun

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  13. This is a great idea, Audrey, I was thinking of something along these lines as well. I hope she will have room for it all in her temporary home! Quilters are always ready to help. :D

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  14. DONE!! Will pop it into the mail today!! Great idea!
    P
    PS Love your pickle dish blocks!!!

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  15. What a loving daughter you are. I just looked at all my fabric stash and couldn't imagine how unhappy I would be to have it all burnt to a crisp. I would love to send your mother some fabric.

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  16. I think this is a great idea. will look thru my stash and send her out something

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  17. I just ordered a little bit of fabric from Hancocks last week ( I usually wait for clearance sales ) and it arrived today...so she'll get a nice crisp fabric instead of my already-washed and shredding stash fabric, ha ha : )

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  18. I would love to send your Mom some fabric!! What a wonderful idea!! I can't imagine what she has been going through.....

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  19. I'll get right on this Audrey. I'd love to send your Mom a surprise package. LOVE your idea!

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  20. What a great idea! I'm purging and will happily send your mom some fabric. You said she will appreciate all fabrics, but I'm wondering how she feels about batiks. Some people love 'em and some really don't. Please reply here if you can. Thanks!

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    1. She definitely uses batiks! Everyone is being so amazingly generous!

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  21. What a wonderful idea and such great timing. I'm in the middle of a move and have been pulling out fabric that I no longer love. I'll be happy to send your Mom a package of happiness.

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  22. This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for the opportunity to actually do something to help. I was heart broken when I heard about your parents losing their home. I love the quilt blocks you are working on!

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  23. You are a wonderful daughter. What a great idea. And your PD is coming along!

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  24. I am glad you reached out with this request. I found this from Terry's Treasures blog. I'll be glad to share some of my stash with your Mom. I'll put together some fabrics tomorrow and get them mailed out no later than Friday. I'll throw in some charm packs too since I have way more than should be legal - LOL! You don't need to send me any of the brown Merry Medley - love it - but it's not necessary. Take care.

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  25. Will be sending a couple of fat 1/4's your mum's way tomorrow only wish I could send more but postage costs have risen so much for sending overseas. Hope your mum doesn't get too made with you :) Barb.

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  26. I read about this on JulieKQuilts blog. Would love to gift your mom some fabric. What fun she will have to open all these squishes arriving from everywhere filled with fabric!

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  27. I'm so sorry to hear your mom lost all her fabric stash in a fire (and probably lost a lot more). I'd be happy to send her some fabric, but wanted to confirm if there were certain styles or colors that she might be more interested in receiving.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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    1. Wowsers, people are being so crazy generous!! I assure you that my mom will love anything and everything. She is very eclectic and adventurous about using fabrics.:) Thank you!

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  28. I'll be sending some from Aust....

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  29. what a great idea! I'll put an envelope together for her and get it in the mail right away!

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  30. Will be mailing out a few things tomorrow--hugs, Julierose

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  31. Batiks on the way soon from my last pink project. Oregonquilt.blogspot.com

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  32. I think it's a great idea Audrey! I can't imagine how lost I would feel if I lost my stash!

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  33. I think it is such a touching idea. Please know I certainly don't need any fabric but love the idea of participating. We need more of these good ideas! I will get it out tomorrow!

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  34. Wow quite a respond you got there Audrey! I will join in too! And no, I do not call this begging, in Canada we call it sharing the cake.

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  35. I will send your mother some fabric as I know how she feels. I lost everything in a house fire in May, 2006 and I remember how generous other quilters were. I also know the pain and uncertainty she is going through. I hope this outpouring of fat quarters will lessen the pain.

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    1. Jill--Can't find your email but I wanted to say thank you!! I think my mom is going to be so amazed at all this wonderful giving!

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  36. What a terrific idea. I can’t even imagine losing all my fabric.

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  37. You have got to be the best daughter EVER! What a wonderful thing you're going for your mom - my FQ will be in the mail today.

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  38. Wow, still have tears, but tears of joy! You are an amazing daughter, and the quilters who are responding are the treasures of life. It is a joy to send an envelope with a bit of quilters candy in it!

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  39. I LOVE this idea! I'll send something, but don't need anything in return. So glad I can help and have fun at the same time!

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  40. Hi Audrey! Just got caught up with your posts. I will definitely send your mom some fabric this week! This is a wonderful idea!
    Lynne

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  41. Hello Audrey,
    I've just found this blog post. I have packed some fabric & will post later today, but as it will come from Australia, your Mum won't get it for a while. Such a sad story. Hope she gets a kick out of all these goodies. What a lovely idea on your part.
    Hugs to you both.

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  42. Durante unos días no he podido entrar al ordenador
    así que veo ahora tu entrada
    me gustaría mandar un trocito de mi tela para tu madre
    me envías dirección de correo ?
    saludos

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  43. I sent her a medium flat rate box full of fat quarters and almost fat quarters on Friday. I think it was due to arrive today. Happy to help!

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  44. I seem to have missed some of your posts so I had to track back to see what was happening. What a great idea for your mum......and such an amazing response! Might take a little longer from australia but mine is on it's way.

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  45. Anything arrived yet? From anyone?

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  46. I just saw this on another quilt blog...and I'll also be happy to help. On top of my stuff, I inherited my Mom's stuff...and I just found another box of her cottons. Most are older prints from the 70s & 80s, so hopefully they'll be something different. No need for anything in return...I love to help a fellow quilter in need.
    Debbie
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