A winner … better late than never!

Do you remember, WAY back in August, when I was a participant in Island Batik’s “Beat the Heat” Blog hop?   I featured this quilt and fabric:




Soil & Seeds

IMG_4119I also had a give-away of some of the left-over fabric.  People were to answer the following questions:

  1.  Do you love fall colours?  Why or why not?
  2. What ideas do you have to make with this fabric?
  3. Why should YOU win this fabric?
  4. Have you sewn with Island Batik fabrics before?

I left 2 days later for a month long trip.  I read the zillions of comments that came in, but with sketchy internet and no computer, I didn’t really have a way to pick a winner.  Time went by, I was busy each day, enjoying our trip and I forgot about the contest.  This morning, I was tidying up my sewing room and found the bag with the give-away fabric in it … realization HIT … boy … do I feel negligent!!!  I have neglected to pick a winner – let alone send off the fabric.

SEW, I immediately went through the 35 comments and analyzed them.   As a former university instructor, I analyzed them the same as if I was marking papers.  If you didn’t answer all 4 questions – the comment was put in the “no” column.  When I asked the question “Do you love fall colours?,” the answer could be yes or no.  I just wanted to know.  No extra points for either answer.  I just wanted an answer.  Anyhow, I couldn’t decide …

So I asked my trusty husband to make the decision.  He read only the comments and didn’t have any names.  The result was a tie!!!

It came down to 2 winners, both of them bloggers:  Roseanne of Home Sewn by Us and Wendy Tuma of Pieceful Thoughts.  One of them will get the package I prepared, the other will get a similar package.  I need to go and prepare it.  Once I have their snail mail addresses, I will make a trip across the border to mail the packages. (I believe they both live in the USA).

Thank you to everyone who participated!!!

Design Wall


Several projects are now in progress:img_5621.jpg

  1. Smith Mountain Morning
  2. 52 blocks in 52 weeks
  3. A secret project:  the picture on the left just might be altered to be something secret.  And yes, it is Island Batik fabric! from the line “Islander Batiks”   🙂


The squirrel from last week is about to be sandwiched:


Stash Report


This stack & Wack Star used 16 yards.

  • Fabric Used this week         16 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         140.35  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      65.05
  • Net Fabric used                     81.30
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – Sept:  205 out of 231
  • Oct: 13 out of 13
  • Year-to-date: 228 out of 244  =  93%

(Reminder, I’m only counting days that I’m home.)

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects


The Stack & Wack Star is finished!

I just have one more

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I like to make lists at the beginning of the week, but I’ll still like up to Roseanne & Sue’s Home Sewn by Us on Tuesday.

Last week’s list:

  1. Design November’s Island Batik Challenge  done
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks   done  Week 25 & 26 prepped
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks   done  Week 20 & 21 completed
  4. Finish at least 2 blocks from “Smith Mountain Morning”  done  56 left to make
    • the designer requests that we not put on the total # of blocks … so, I’m just telling you what I have left to make  (and yes, I’m making it bigger than the pattern)
  5. Quilt “S&W Star” Quilt done  
  6. Finish piecing “Squirrel quilt” done

This week

  1. Start November’s Island Batik Challenge
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks   
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks   
  4. Finish at least 2 blocks from “Smith Mountain Morning”
  5. Quilt “Squirrel”
  6. Work on Secret project


The blue squirrel quilt was featured on Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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14 thoughts on “A winner … better late than never!

  1. It’s hard to keep things in mind when you are on the road. Congrats to the two winners. Just one UFO left? You’ve had a really good year with crushing that UFO count.

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  2. Good Morning Gail! Since I already saw your email and responded, you would think there would be very little surprise to reading this post. However, that would be incorrect. How simply fabulous! You, my friend, are not the only one that forgot about your giveaway! Truly, I never leave a comment to win something but always instead to answer the questions a blogger asks. Now I’m heading back to see both of our answers – I suspect that Wendy should be the sole winner! Thank you so much, Gail. Hmmm. What should I make? What did I say I’d make? HAHA! Happy Monday – it’s a great way to start a week. ~smile~ Roseanne

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