Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guess Who is Having a Birthday!


Stash Downsize Project
Originally uploaded by lasassone
Well, here you see what I've been up to lately. This is a folding banquet table that I'm working on in our dining room.I 've only got 3 more color drawers and the metallics to go. You can just see a glimpse of the yellow drawer on the left and the cream and green pile on the right. I had to stand on a high stool and put the camera on the ceiling to take this picture. Got it on the 4th try! LOL Seems like I've been sorting, pressing and cutting for months now, but it's only been about 3 weeks with MANY interruptions.

All this is because space in this tiny house is at a premium and I need the room. In order to make room in these drawers for my "reads-as" color cotton fabrics, I have decided to seriously downsize my fancy fabric stash again. Mind you these fabrics are the ones that I selfishly kept for myself when we were planning on moving to a larger place. So, there's a lot of wonderful things in there and many one-of-a-kind pieces.

Now for the surprise I promised. Today is my birthday (and AllieA's as well)! If you leave a comment on this post until May 5th, I will enter you in a drawing. Remember, you have to leave the comment on THIS message. And I must be able to click on your name and get a link to your email unless you include it in your comment. I'd also like you to tell me your favorite color and why it's your fav maybe. I'm curious!

#1 winner will get a hand picked just-for-you Stash Stretcher packet.
#2 winner will get a combo packet of 10 fabric cuts & embellishments.
#3 winner will get an embellishment package in his or favorite color.

I sell Stash Stretcher packets for $12.50 and that includes first class shipping. Postage for multiple orders varies.

Stash Stretcher packets contain 25 pieces of fancy fabrics cut approximately 6" x 10" because I and my students have found that rectangles work best for cq piecing. Less fabric is wasted and we NEVER want to waste fabric, right?

I also include a surprise in each packet. The surprise could be anything from a little ziplock of beads to trims to mother of pearl buttons.

So! Now I'm done workiing and I will spend the day relaxing, reading & stitching maybe. Perhaps I'll also eat light to prepare myself a bit in for the dinner out G has planned for this evening!

Stitch on!

55 comments:

piney cq said...

HI, LouAnne!
What a tremendous amount of work you've done! I've been up to the same antics....gotten rid of tons and still not put a major dent in things! LOL!!! Fav color...green me thinks...for trees, for peace, for forest thick with bird song, for strength and contentment. Next would be coral/salmon! A bright cheerful color that brightens my mood anytime!

The Quilted Librarian said...

Hello, LouAnne,
Happy birthday and many joyous returns of the day to you. I admire your organizational and weeding activity in your stash. We moved two years ago to a much smaller house and I had to do radical surgery on my stash. It is a good thing to do periodically. My favorite color has always been red because it's such a wonderfully bright color and makes one sit up and take notice.
Dana

LouAnne said...

attn: The Quilted Librarian!
If you are not my niece and I'm pretty sure you aren't that Dana, you need to give me your email address so tht I can put you in the drawing! I'm posting this here and will also try to send an email thru Blogger. If you win anything I would not be able to contact you without your email. LouAnne

Dana W. Fisher said...

Sorry.

Sandy said...

Happy Birthday LouAnne, this is my second try at leaving a comment. Not sure what I'm doing wrong but my first one didn't show up. Anyway I don't know how to leave my address for you to click on but I'm just a hop and a skip around the corner from you and that makes it really easy for you to bring my prize to me. lol
Sandy

quiltlion said...

Happy B-day LA! My fav, color is I think purple, or maybe green. I have lots of colors that I like I just dont know why I really dont have a favorite! I do know that I can do without red! I have been wearing it for the past 4 years for work! Lyn G

glynpg@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Happy Birthday! I love purple! It reminds of me of spring flowers!

watuwando@comcast.net

morvoren said...

Hi LouAnne! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
We have all missed you.
Wow how organised you seem lol?
I get out my stash esp beads... by the time i have drooled over it its time to get the dinner ready so nothing gets tidyied up...oh well a tidy house is a sign of a wasted life so they say..I will go along with that!!!
Colours I like h'mmm sunsets/sunrises..but if I were sensible would say creams as I do not have much of this colour.
But...do I want to be sensible?
Hugs Pam UK

Skye said...

Happy Birthday...Thank for giving us an opportunity to add to our stash..I do hope you have a wonderful birthday...hugs SkyeFW@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! Gorgeous stash! Today, my favorite color is cremes & pinks because I love working with little girl silkies and what"s prettier for a little girl than pink!! Debbie (Maine)
campmoxie@yahoo.com.au

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! REally enjoy reading your blog.
Janet F
fppjames@aol.com

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday and may you have many more.

I am kind of new to CQ but loving every minute of it. I've got the grandkids involved in it too.

Anyway, my fav color is blue. It's soothing and I have a stressful job!

Cathy
labaths@netins.net

Diana Dorsey said...

Happy Birthday Louanne! Hope it is a great day. My favorite color is blue. Thanks so much for doing this. Diana Dorsey who is ddors@aol.com

cottonwood said...

I've been sorting various boxes since we moved and when my daugher helps, I hear comments like "Another box for crazy quilting?" I think I'll need to move to a smaller house to force me to downsize, but right now it's just so much fun. I need a few years of stitching before I'll think about giving much away. There's just so many stitches to try and beads to use. . .
I'm a cool color person - blue,green,purple. How can you pick just one?

Kathy6024@comcast.net

Connie said...

I love a great give-away -- thanks for hostessing one! And it is my favorite stuff - stash! Found this give-away at yahoo group StitchMAP. My email is cwkalina@aol.com. My blog is http://cwkalina.blogspot.com/

Gerry Krueger said...

I can certainly relate to the small house. My living room not only functions as a living room and dining room, it has my office space and my needlework space... I envy all who actually have a room to work in.

Enter me, as like Leslie I can always use greens but love red also... olderrose@yahoo.com
Happy birthday

Gerry Krueger

Carol said...

LouAnn, I feel so bad for you that you are destashing these beautiful fabrics. But, as I am a rather new CQ'er I'll accept whatever I get! At the moment teal is my color, but any jewel tone will do.

crldelater@yahoo.com

Suzanne said...

The happiest of birthdays to you. Love your blog. New to CQ and building stash while I complete other projects. Love most pastels--dreamy and calming.
Suzanne8230@yahoo.com

Carol said...

Sorry, I forgot..Happy Happy Birthday!!

Bobbi Pohl said...

Happy birthday. You must have hobbit ancestry, giving presents on your birthday. I'd love to take a chance on it. My favorite color is blue. Always has been and I don't know why. But all the other colors are nice, too.
Bobbi
rj.pohl@verizon.net

FredaB said...

Happy birthday LouAnne and many more. I am saving Lulu's ginger snap recipe until I get back to Chicago. My oldest son loves anything ginger including gingerbread men while in his forties the first thing he looks for at Christmas.

Have a great day and extra hugs.

FredaB

Cathy K said...

Hi LouAnne, and Happy Birthday. Remember that you're not getting older, but better. We've missed you on CQI!! Sorry to hear you're destashing, but I understand; I'm trying to use up and recycle some of mine to others. Having said that, however, who can refuse a new infusion of fabric and variety?!? Like you, I love yellows, but I LOVE greens and pinks. They're all happy, cheerful colors, and green is calming as well. You are very generous! Hugs, Cathy

Silkenbee said...

Hi Louanne!
Happy Birthday! Mine is in two days and I'm excited. Yes even at this age it means a lot to me. You have inspired me. I've been trying to figure out how to fit all my Fancy Fabric into my sewing room. This last week-end, the local Military Post had a Post Wide Garage Sale and I was able to get rid of (Ooops!) Sell the cotton fabrics I decided I no longer needed. But my Fancy Fabrics mean so much more to me. So thanks for the inspiration. I'm a fan of light blue. It reminds me of the sky on a Spring Day after a nice Rain. I can almost smell the rain. Wait-a-minute, that's real, it rained today. Hope you have a wonderful time on your Special Day.

Ona said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
we can celebrate together.... MINE IS THE 11TH OF MAY...love your blog site...I am new to crazy quilting and ribbon embroidery. I am still in the collection mode.
hugs,


Ona Garwood
E-mail Address ogarwood@roadrunner.com

Rose Anne B said...

First off Happy Birthday Louanne and AllieA!!! And what a way to celebrate at least for us. Now my favourite colour is nature's greens - the richer the more so my favourite. I love most things in nature. Thank you.

raburdeny@yahoo.ca

Hannah said...

Happy Birthday Louanne! You are wonderful offering to do this. You gave me an idea to sort my fabrics out while I am laid up with a broken ankle. Waiting to have a plate and pins put in. Love you blog such variety and great info. My email is hseabreezee@aim.com. I look forward to winning one of your goodie bag, I am sure they are wonderful. Thanks again.

Hannah Skellington

Jan said...

Happy Birthday, Louanne! I enjoy reading your blog. I'm rather new to CQ as well, but I am hooked. Love the jewel tones, turquoise especially. Thank you.

Jan Trivanovich
jtrivano@insight.rr.com

Hannah said...

Sorry Louanne, I did my first post which didn't go through. Then when I redid it I forgot to put the color in it, oops! I would have to say that it would be a aqua, type blue. Thanks again.

Hannah

Reeze Hanson said...

Happy Birthday. I love your bright cheerful blog and your great patterns. My favorite color is turquoise! Can't get enough of it. Thanks for all the great features you offer. Reeze
ahanson@allegiance.tv

Keith said...

Happy Birthday to you! Glad you wrote to us! I like lots of colors, right now, I'd say "gold" as I have noticed that I am pretty much lacking that color in stash!
Sandi Mannen
keithmannen@comcast.net

Sharon said...

Hi LouAnne, Happy Birthday!!!!! What a nice thing to do give a gift on your birthday....Please enter me for your drawing of those lucious fabrics. I have so many colors that I like but my best would have to be yellow....It is a happy color and whenever I see it I smile..

SewingSarah said...

Happy birthday!

Sarah J.

SewingSarah said...

Happy birthday!

Sarah J.

Jo in NZ said...

I just wanted to say happy birthday...no need to enter me in the draw...I have plenty of stash
:)

Susan/CqLily said...

LouAnne,
I think you were the first person I purchased fabric from back in the time that I first tried CQ! Didn't get to stay with CQ then but am back now and so excited!
Happy Birthday and welcome back home. Enjoy your motorhome...just think: you might find more place to shop! Then you will have to add a trailer to the motorhome!

Susan
susan.robin81@yahoo.com

Susan/CqLily said...

Whoops, I forgot my favorite color...pinks and into the cool reds...I think because pinks bring out some kind of joy in me...weird, eh? Reds...vibrant, exciting!

Susan
susan.robin81@yahoo.com

miss carole said...

GOD bless you on your Birthday, young LouAnne!! What a joy to read you and know all of the news from Sassone Land. Now, why don't you start a new career, traveling around the U.S. to help the helpless put order back into our lives (oops!). I'd feed ya 'n' everything! +++ I love Periwinkle and Bisque Pink. Am trying to think of a way to get my Charlie to paint the homestead in these soft colors. +++ I wish you dozens more happy years. Sincerely, carole samples / fancwerx@inebraska.com ...

Shari said...

Wishing you a Happy Birtday and an exciting year to come! I heard about your wonderful stash building giveaway on the new Yahoo Group StitchMap for mentors and Stash Angels. Right up our alley! My favorite color is purple just because it is. But I also love blues, deep greens and light pinks. Go figure! I think I am thinking of spring gardens right now. Shari LadyJSpice@aol.com

Dianne said...

Oh my gosh! Your table of stash looks like Stash Heaven to me! I'm new to it all - CQ, embroidery, and even sewing. Am putting together my first purple block. I do love purple but any color will do me since I have only two colors in my stash - purple (much depleted now) and red, LOL

Happy Birthday to You, Lulu's Girl!

I heard about you on Yahoo's StitchMAP too. I'm one of the apprentices.

Enjoy your special day!
Hugs, Di (dialwatson@gmail.com)

Sewing B said...

A very happy birthday. Mine is May 24.
I am a newbie and have previously read your blog which I very much enjoyed. My favorite color keeps changing because they are all so great, but blue wins out over all. It's very nice of you to share your fabrics with us and I will enjoy them if I am fortunate enough to get some.
barbara.epperson24@comcast.new
Thanks so much.

Jane said...

Hi Louanne, Happy Birthday! I've bought some of your things in the past and you have fabulous stuff. I've been sorting my own stash--I want to keep some of everything yet not so much. It's a real chore so I congratulate you on all that work! Have a great birthday (and a more relaxing one). janehallstrom@gmail.com

Jane said...

Ok, so any color can be my favorite on any day--but obviously I can't think of two things together in one comment. jane (again)

Sharon said...

LouAnne I think I forgot to leave my email addy....so here it is proudspirit57@comcast.net

Leanna said...

Wow you have really been busy girl. I am so envious of your stash though. I am a traditional quilter trying to reduce my cotton fabric stash so I can increase my crazy quilt fabric stash. I would love to win some of your beautiful fabric. I love all colors but, my very, very favorite is blue (especially deep sapphire). Thanks for this opportunity. What a fun thing to do. Sincerely, lee (leespan@mail.com).

Anonymous said...

LouAnne,
How nice of you to share your birthday with all of us. My favorite color is green. I use it as a neutral and stich many flowers and nature related motifs.
Lori

crazeequilter@yahoo.com

Sweet P said...

Happy Birthday! Those packets sound wonderful. My favorite color is purple. I like because it can be a deep royal color reminding me of Advent or a light shade that reminds me of spring.

Karrin Hurd said...

Hope you had a great birthday LouAnne. My favorite color is blue, don't know why, but always has been.

Anonymous said...

Hi LouAnne! Happy Birthday! My favorite color is blue. Blue for the sky, for the ocean deep, for the tiny little flowers in spring, for a child's bright blue eyes. I also like the grey of stones and fields and rainy skies, and the yellow of dafodils and dandelions.
Deanna in MN
ddpal52@yahoo.com

Thelma said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday LouAnne! Having fun in your motorhome?? We are hoping to buy one this fall. I love all colors, I don't know if I really have a favorite. Maybe purple,,,greens,,oh geez,,I love them all. lol I think if you click on my name above it takes you to my profile so I will add my email here. thelma_bradshaw@yahoo.com

Greeting Card Printing said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Hope your day was filled with fun, surprises, and love. Wish you more blessings for the coming years. My favorite color would probably have to be lilac. I just find it a really soothing and cam color. Thanks!

Rengin Yazitas said...

Hi LouAnne,
I wish you belated Happy Birthday. I hope your day was filled with wonderful surprises.
My favorite color is blue but I love to use lilac tones for my CQ blocks.
Love,
Rengin
renginy2006@gmail.com

Cathi said...
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Cathi said...

Happy birthday to you. I read your blog daily & truly enjoy it. I'm very new to CQ & can't get enough of it. I love all colors & really don't have a fav. I just gave my 3 year old granddaughter several pieces of fancy fabric & she loves it. I would be honored to receive such a generous gift.

Liz Schaffner said...

Happy Birthday LouAnn!!
My favorite colors are Pink,rose and burgundy. And some greens...I guess that makes 4 favorite colors. How am I suppose to pick one ?? LOL
OK... pink.
I like all the romantic colors but I would be happy to win anything:-)
Liz

Janet said...

Hi Louanne, How cool. It's always fun to be in a drawing!