Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Little Give-Away

Sorry about the no-posting for the last week.  Ever since we got the Pod, I have spent my days organizing and packing "stuff" to put in it!  Our son Dave came over Wednesday night and helped carry some of the heavier bookshelves and furniture downstairs.   The Pod is only about one-fourth full.

Here is a little give-away:  I discovered a pattern for a "Japanese Lanterns" quilt, along with twelve squares of Oriental fabric, as I was organizing my sewing room.


I think I won this prize back in the nineties, not long after Al Gore invented the Internet!  All you would need to add is some black fabric for the sashings, white for the corner triangles, and a border fabric.

The directions are simple, only one page total. 

Since we will be building a log cabin, this style of fabric just will not work for our rustic environment.  If you would like to have the pattern and fabric squares, just leave a comment after this post.  I will choose a random winner Wednesday night.

I actually removed all the boxes and totes and piles of projects from both closets in my former sewing room.  Then I painted the inside and doors of the closets a gleaming white, so I could start putting some neatly organized containers back in.  I have found that the plastic containers that dishwasher detergent pods come in make good storage units that fit on the narrow shelf at the top of each closet.

The two rooms on the third floor are finished attic rooms, so there is the sloping roofline to deal with.  Most of the things neatly contained on the shelf were formerly spread across my workdesk, cutting table, or on the floor before the clean-up.

I have invested in lots of 15-quart, 34-quart, and 66-quart storage bins for the UFO's and fabric collections.  I like the Hefty brand, with snap-on handles that allow the lid to close tightly.  I think that my fabrics will be safe in the Pod in these containers. 

I am storing the books that go with each project in the container.  That way, if I pull the neatly labeled box, everything I need will be there, ready to get to work.

I finished with the bookcase yesterday.  Man, I have a lot of books.   The former HGTV program Simply Quilts cost me a lot of money!  Every time I saw a guest demonstrate a project I liked from her book, I ordered it.  If I had time, I would try to sell them on e-Bay, but it is easier to box up the ones I don't need and donate them to our local library or the Goodwill Industries.  I have kept all the books on art quilts and embellishment, and a few favorite quiltmaking books like the ones by McClun and Nownes.   I do have a new granddaughter arriving in December who will be needing a baby quilt! 

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the Japanese fabrics and pattern!


Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Very nice storage idea!~ my hubby usually takes all those containers for his garage shelves. ;-) You are really getting a lot done! I always get waylaid when I'm organizing~ I find a project and start working on it! LOL Love the orientals. Have a happy day!

Devon said...

Ohh how fun! Oriental fabric patterns sound interesting! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Jo C. said...

Oh i'm all about Asian designs and this quilt pattern had been on list of to-do for so long. It has my name written all over it!
Boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the storage tips. I'd love to win the oriental fabrics - lived in Japan twice when I was a kid (Army brat here). Thanks for the chance.

Anita in Florida said...

Oh I love the Oriental designs...don't have very many in my stash...maybe I'll be lucky...thanks for the great giveaway...and good luck with your move!

Karen L. said...

Yes, please in include me in the give-a-way. I actually have a Japanese daughter-in law. Also just wanted to tell you that I saw you give a guild presentation a number of years ago in the Greensboro,NC area and you showed that beautiful shawl that you made ... the one that makes me think of "gossamer wings". I thought it was so beautiful and someday hope to also make one. I have been reading your blog ever since.