Then I won a Sewline pencil from Jo's Country Junction blog. I LOVE my Sewline pencils, and am really happy I got another. This one is yellow lead. I had black and white, and pink leads I would put in one of the others. This will come in handy on darker fabrics, especially when I need to mark the stencils on my son's quilt.
Then I won an assortment of 8 flannel Fat Quarters from Flare Fabrics, for commenting on their picture on Facebook. This selection is by Riley Blake fabrics, and I picked up some coordinating flannel for the back and plan to make a raggy quilt. I borrowed the Accuquilt GO! Raggy Die from Christine to make it faster. I haven't used the die before, and am looking foward to trying it. I've done raggies, and find clipping the seams to be the most time consuming task. As soon as I get it cut, and get my machine back from its necessary vacation (aka repair), I will list the quilt. Hopefully it will help pay for the machine repairs.
Then I won an assortment of Aurifil Thread for commenting on their Facebook Wall. It was a month long contest, so it took quite a bit of time. I'm so excited about this! The spools sell for over $10 each!
I also commented on a post by Hoffman of California fabrics on Facebook and won a stunning collection of Bali Batik fat quarters, the Honeysuckle collection. Beautiful turquoise and brown prints. I have a quilt planned for this, and need to get some border and binding fabric. This collection retails for over $50.
But wait! There's more!! I won another blog contest. This was by an Etsy friend. You can see some wonderful things on her blog. http://springwaterdesigns.blogspot.com/
I commented on her blog, and won this great book, a charm pack, and a needle book kit. I LOVE Moda fabrics, and Prairie Paisley is one of my all time favorites. This is Prairie Paisley 2, and it's so pretty! The book has some really pretty quilts in it. I need to take some time to really look. And the kit looks fun!
And still more!! It's been pretty incredible lately. This was from a comment on a blog post at http://www.cricketwallace.com/ and it arrived today. A wonderful book called Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman and a beatuiful assortment of 15 Fat Quarters and a panel of Amy's latest collection. The book is stunning and fun, including some great pictures and even recipes. I can't wait to discover more about the book, and play with the fabrics. Many of the prints are perfect for me. I LOVE vintage sewing related things, and there is a great piece that has stripes of trim and measuring tape prints, plus a few that have buttons, and sewing notions and dress forms and pattern pieces and... You get the idea?? So fun!! I'll need to play with ideas for these for a while before I do any cutting, if I do choose to cut them, lol. Sometimes you just need to collect great fabrics.
I feel so blessed by this string of luck lately. It's added to my life in small but fun ways. It's been unexpected and surprising and fun! Most of all, it's made up for the fact that other things haven't been going well, and with money being tight, has given me a few things make money. Maybe it's because my birthday is coming, and what I really wanted for my birthday isn't going to happen, so these are little ways of making up for that. Whatever, I'm grateful. Keep trying to win things on blogs and on Facebook. You never know what little blessings you will find.
But, I'm still hoping for the winning Mega Millions ticket. Then I can pay some of this forward. Thanks for reading!