Wednesday, October 12, 2011

All caught up! (and giveaway)

The last time I wrote, it was Wednesday and I was in Ecuador, longing to be home. Well, I made it home Saturday afternoon, and spent an exhausting yet exhilarating 3 days there doing a cub scout campout and hosting 12 high school seniors from around the country. Now it is Wednesday again, and I'm writing from another hotel in West Virginia. At least this is a short trip - I'll be home Friday night and then I'll be done traveling for a while.

Travel season is a great time for me to work on embroidery. I am all caught up with my Birdie Stitches BOM - here are the last 3 blocks that I completed, all during travel season.

I'm so glad I discovered embroidery. I don't do anything fancy, but I'm becoming more adept and faster, and I enjoy doing it. I'm thinking of sketching out my own designs for a couple projects.

Do you embroider? If not, would you like some embroidery floss to give it a try? Or if so, can I interest you in some more floss to add to your stash? Our local hobby shop is going out of business, much to the dismay of my boys. The good news is that everything is 50% off, so when I was there with the boys this weekend, I picked up 15 flosses, 3 shades of 5 colors. It's not much, but I offer it to you, my readers. I already have more embroidery floss than I know what to do with, but I couldn't resist buying more, especially at such a great price! I'll see what else I can throw in to sweeten the pot.

Leave a comment by my bedtime on Sunday, October 16 and I'll pick a recipient of the floss on Monday.

***EDITED 10/13/11 to say that I picked up these goodies to add to the giveaway - some embroidery needles, some DMC floss holders, and 2 fat eighths of black and white butterfly fabrics that I picked up at a quilt shop in WV today.***


Since I'm caught up on those blocks, and since this was a driving trip, I brought my Pick and Choose quilt to work on (hand quilting). I hope I make some headway, but honestly, all I want to do is catch up on my sleep! I am so exhausted! But not too exhausted yesterday to sew a bit - I made another snap shut change purse with the metal tape measure I bought for that purpose. I love these cute little things. (tutorial by Wilma can be found here)

I use the one I made before to hold my cash, coins, ID and credit cards. When I pulled it out at work the other day, there were some requests to make more, so I am happily obliging! These will be my stocking stuffers this year as well. What are you making to give away at the holidays this year, anything quick and easy (that I might want to make as well)?

37 comments:

Debra said...

Count me in. I'm new to embroidery and this would come in handy!

Jennifer Gail said...

Put my name in the pot. Come on over I'm having a giveaway too.

Kelli said...

Count me in also.. Would love to have a little stash of embroidery floss. Thanks for the chance!

^A^ngel said...

Love your birdie blocks...!! Te han quedado muy lindos!! stitchery is very addictive ...is fun and you can take it anywhere..!!

Que tengas un dia lindo...

Hugs y que Dios te bendiga,

^A^ngel♥

Wilma NC said...

I always have some embroidery to do when all my other hand work is caught up. Would love the floss. Your snap bag looks good too!!

Debbie said...

I enjoy embroidery as well. This summer I made my mom two pillowcases with embroidered cuff for Christmas. I would love a chance to win your giveaway.

Sallie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I embroider and so does my DD. I still need to make a quilt for Christmas.

Debbie said...

I would love to try embroidery :)

thats how I sign my quilts with a back stitch but thats all I do.

Stray Stitches said...

I don't know how you can keep up such a hectic schedule and stay awake. I would be out on my feet! Darling little change purse! Your birdie stitches look fantastic (I'm still 3 months behind). Thanks for the opportunity to enter your floss giveaway! One can never have too much floss.

gill said...

I'm just starting so a little floss would be great!

Caz said...

I'd love some new floss to build up my stash!!! I read your blog through Jans Musings, btw. I have just started blogging myself!

quiltzyx said...

Your birdies are too cute, and the borders are grand!

I've heard of the snap-close bags, but haven't seen the rulers. Then again, I'm not much of a shopper either! That one is lovely.

Thanks for the chance to win the floss stash! Beautiful colors... :D

Char said...

Glad to know you got back safe and can't wait to see any pictures that survived.
I love embroidery and I'm glad to see that it has become so popular again.
I think I'll try one of those purses soon.
I don't have a clue what I'm making for Christmas gifts. I have to get some items ready for a Christmas fair as well!

Shay said...

Love those little blocks Erin. They're so pretty! That little tree and birdie is gorgeous.

Aside from quilts , I've got fabric baskets on the go at the moment and I'm working on another project that I'm hoping to show next week. I debated about making a needle case but my head is full of finishing quilts!

Girl, you need to relax when you eventually stop running!

Janet said...

I would love more embroidery thread. I'm running low on some colours and so far haven't got my nerve up to buy any here - it's about $2 a skein and the selection is small...

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I enjoy embroidery. Toss my name in the hat and thanks!

chloe said...

Any chance you can post to UK? Happy to pay shipping costs :) I've just started embroidering and would be thrilled to win some thread!

hueisei said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I am a new follower!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a shame the hobby shop is closing, but thanks for sharing. I do a little bit of embroidery but would love to do more :-)

Sheila said...

I love to embroider so would be thrilled to win to add to my stash. Thanks for the chance.

Mimi said...

I use embroidery floss for my applique, but more floss would be fantastic! Thanks for the chance! You are so generous!!

Peach Rainbow said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway :D

Marcia W. said...

Thank you so much for the floss starter kit giveaway! Please include me in the drawing. I'm attempting to learn embroidery and love the LMS Birdie Stitches.

Val Laird said...

Your little purse is gorgeous ... and thanks for such a lovely giveaway. I can always use FLOSS!!!

annmarie said...

I just rediscovered embroidery this year. I have 3 of the birdie stitcheries done - love the idea of using the sticeies as the center of a quilt block - going to be soooo cute. Yours are great! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

Quiltluver said...

I don't usually enter giveaways, but this one sounds like fun. I'd like to try some embroidery. I even have a project in mind. Thanks for offering this!

tpott said...

I haven't embroidered since high school. I've been seeing a lot of great embroidery patterns on a few blogs. This might be my push to get back into it. What a generous giveaway, thanks for the chance. ;->

Bev C said...

You can never have enough threads. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. Sorry to hear that your shops is closing down.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Kathy H said...

Your birdie blocks are turning out really cute. I am working on them too. Am just about caught up. I love the embroidery for a traveling project. I don't have to take too many supplies with me. I am working on pillowcases and bags made with mesh screening (pet screening) for CHristmas gifts. I want to make some of those snap bags too but need time to figure out the directions.Thanks for the chance to win the floss.

Shannon said...

Your blocks are so cute. I am doing the Birdie Stitches also. I love doing embroidery. Thank you for a great give away!

ElfRenee said...

I love those colors! What a great deal.

Carla G said...

What great thread! I haven't started any Christmas gifts yet...I'm still working on Halloween... Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Deb said...

I'm a stitcher and would love to enter for your wonderful giveaway. I found you via Stray Stitches and have enjoyed my visit.

Michelle said...

Love your blog! I actually started the Birdie Stitches BOM quilt because I read about on here first, and I loved the combination of embroidery and quilting. I'd love to win the generous giveaway!

LethargicLass said...

those are great floss colours! I am planning on making Pink Penguin's little boxes, as who doesn't need help organising?

http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2011/10/12-gifts-of-christmas-blog-hop.html

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Thanks for the chance with your great giveaway. Yummy floss colors!

I will keep my fingers XXXXX! :)

Carolyn

Connie said...

What a sweet little purse! I keep saying I'm going to make one of these...have all the stuff. Great giveaway!