Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It Isn't Easy Being Green! Got My Prize Package from Donna at This Year's Dozen!

Donna at This Year's Dozen celebrated her four year blogging anniversary with a giveaway. And, I was one of the lucky winners! Go to her blog and give her some comment love and follow her!

Anyway, I only had to leave a comment stating what my favorite colour was. The prizes were a surprise based on what you like. I went with my favorite: GREEN. And, I wanted something quilting related. Let me just say, it was a fabulous package of goodies:

Kitchen Accessories pattern, small and large charm assortments, some fat quarters, some yardage, some green threads and a wonderful quilt block book!!!!! It's the first time I have ever won something on the giveaways and I was quite flabbergasted with all the goodies!!!

I don't know yet what I am going to do with the accoutrements. One idea I had was to make a St. Patty's Day themed quilt that I could put out during that time of year. But, then I thought I want it to be out all the time :) Then I thought, there's enough there to make 2 projects (even though I do larger projects usually). I have too many things in the fire right now, but I am going to keep these items grouped and try to tie them all together in some way.

This is also my first time with charms. See my post about them. I have another question regarding this. One of the commenters on my post talked about prewashing. I prewash everything. Can you prewash charms? Or, will they become all wonky and frazzled? Leave a comment if you have any suggestions regarding this.

Anyway, congratulations Donna and thank you for making my day!!!


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Anonymous said...

Hi Mike, thanks so much for this post and the link.

I was so excited putting your GREEN package together, I forgot to take a picture. I love how you arranged everything. I know whatever you make will be awesome. You are very creative.


Sheila said...

Wow! Congratulations Mike! I can't wait to see what you make with your goodies. :)

danih03 said...

You lucky duck!Congratulations!! I was wondering about prewashing charms myself. I don't think I would do it. You could probably soak them in something like a product called Retayne, but what a pain in the ass :O What you save in cutting time, you would lose in soaking and (air)drying out all of those little charms. Hmmmmm, I think I would just opt to use colors(like for sashing) that wouldn't show if the colors bleed. But I really have no idea about washing them. your greens are all close enough in color, I don't think it's really gonna matter.

Mike Pearson said...

Can you believe how much stuff there was in the package??? I already washed the quarters and yardage. I decided not to wash the charms. I'm just going to use them and hope for the best. I wash everything on cold usually (and short wash) and try not to leave them sitting in the washer (this is when the bleeding usually occurs), so I will just be extra careful when I wash the finished quilt I use them in :)

Celtic Thistle said...

I'm fairly sure Elizabeth Hartman recommends not washing cuts like layer cakes and charm squares in her book "The Practical guide to patchwork". If I didn't read it in her book, I definitely read it somewhere recently, so apologies if I am misquoting her.

A dye catcher in your wash should sort out any bleeding that might happen!

Mike Pearson said...

What is a dye catcher and where do I get one?

Anonymous said...

You just get it in the laundry aisle of your supermarket. There different brands. Personally I buy "shoot out"(sp?) and use it in all my colored laundry. I works like a charm. I also keep the little sheets after the laundry is done and plan to use them in a little patchwork project later. My sister and mother also send their used sheets to me from France! Good luck,