Thursday, July 2, 2009

Kicking off my at-home retreat (and giveaway!!)

I was up bright and early this morning. Well, early anyway. It's a cool, damp morning here, and we'll see whether that changes any as the day progresses. We had several rounds of storms yesterday, some of them pretty brutal. Work was amazingly busy, so when I got home, the DH and I had some supper and I lay down for a quick nap. Imagine my surprise when I woke up at 10pm and realized we had no power! J. said there was no power on the street, so I gave up and went back to bed. Slept until the power came back on near midnight, went around and shut lights out (it did NOT wake J.), reset clocks, and went back to bed. I was done sleeping at 6, so now I'm up with my second cup of coffee. However, since I'm "retreating" at home, I AM still in my PJs!!

I got the last of my mailbox goodies yesterday:

I apologize for the blurry pic--I took about a dozen photos of this, and this was STILL the best one. *sigh* It's a Tranquility charm pack from Moda--it was kind of an impulse, and I am SO glad I snagged it. I totally fell in love with these fabrics, and am already planning how I'm going to use it!

A sweet array of solids for some WHIMMs that have been dancing in my brain. A lot of the quilt bloggers I read have been doing a lot with solids as sashing and backgrounds, and I've honestly fallen head-over-heels with the concept. These are Kona solids, and from left to right are Mirengue (2 yards), Robin's Egg (.5 yard), black (1 yard), natural (1 yard), Nightfall (1 yard) and Rich Red (1 yard). Blows my stashbusting to smithereens in the short-term. In the long-term, I think these will be awesome additions.

(By the way, these are all care of love them more than words can express.)

Oddly enough, some new tone-on-tones (.5 yards each) found their way into my box:

Because there is literally no such thing as enough tone-on-tones, in my humble opinion.

And last but not least, a few dots and prints:

They are so sunny, it makes me smile. And are those dots not to DIE for??

Ok, you've been patient. My giveaway, in celebration of my 4-day at-home holiday retreat, is:

A 36-square RJR Bare Essentials charm pack. I've been snapping up charm packs like it's my job lately, and I thought I'd share the wealth! This is full of neat black, white, tan and cream fabrics. Leave me a comment about what you would do with the prize, and make sure I have a way to contact you by email. Link it on your own blog to spread the word! I'll pick a winner using the RNG at the end of my weekend retreat.

Happy quilting!



free indeed said...

Love the richness of the colors of that charm pack. I don't normally buy charms, although I swapped on line for a shoebox full. Made one quilt with them. I've been wanting to make a patched purse and those chic colors would be very 'grown up'. That's what I'd do with them.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow I love charm packs. They are so easy to use. I'd love to make a purse for my daughter who loves neutral colors.

Anya said...

I think I would make a great bag with those charms. Thanks for the chance.

Becky said...

I just began cutting a project that uses black and white fabrics. I would love to add some of these charm squares to that project. Love the idea of a stay at home retreat.

I'm a librarian, too. An elementary school librarian. What type of library do you work in?

Thanks for the chance at your give-away!

Oddbjørg said...

I'm new to your blog, but I sure will visit you again :-)
You have received beautiful fabrics, and the charms for the Giveaway is great. If I was the lucky one, I think I would make a bag.
I have blogged about your Giveaway.
Have a nice weekend!
Oddbjørg in Norway

valerie boudier said...

Like your blog and just love those charms. Think I would probably make a bag from them. I'm a retired librarian, worked in various fields

2ne said...

I love the natural colour of you charm packs you have for a give away. I would probably make a small quilt out of it, maybe for outside table :-)
I'll post it on my blogg. Have some great days, hope to be the lucky ones. Take care.

Jacque. said...

First time here, but am now a follower! Love your fabric choices. As for the fun! My sister has a room that is black/white...she's in need of a table runner & this charm pack has the perfect fabrics to make her one! I love working with charm packs! Thank you!

KateKwiltz said...

I think those colors would be a good table runner for my sister's dishes -- all Fiestaware. Hmmm, that gets me thinking...

Great giveaway, I hope it's my lucky day!

And enjoy your retreat!

Sølvi's blog said...

Just vcame home from my holidays - and of cause I will like to be in your giweaway. Solvi in Norway

Anonymous said...

PURR, Love you woman! I am just sitting down now to a DJ block. and I am feeling quite luxurious about it! No raid, no computer, just me and my hand stitching.

Now, what to do with those blocks. . hmm, i think those fabrics would make some nice quilted diamonds to go into the side of a handbag for winter that I'm thinking / mulling about. Yeah! That'll work1

Anonymous said...

BTW, having total fantasies about Jim getting that job in Connecticut. OMG we'd never play WoW again we'd be so busy having our quilty fun. (this is rapidly becoming a BIG fantasy for me). Dare to dream!

Carol in E TN said...

I would love to win your charm pack giveaway!