Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Craft Fair Find, Another Swap, and the Giveaway Winners!

As I browsed the aisles of a local craft fair on Black Friday I came across a booth where a woman was selling small quilts and table runners. What caught my eye was the quilt ladders on which they were all displayed. I asked if she sold the ladders, too. She was such a sweet thing and indicated that though she didn't plan to sell them, she had plenty and if I wanted to buy one she would let me have one for $12.50. That would have been theft. I handed her a twenty dollar bill and walked away with my ladder before she could dig out her change. I still feel guilty, but it fits perfectly and is just right for small quilts.

What a fun time I had this afternoon meeting up again with Gayle (The Middle Sister blog). She was gracious enough to agree to another small quilt swap. This one was "A Square Foot of Christmas." The quilt was to be a square foot (obviously), in Christmas colors, but not Christmas fabrics. Gayle is very busy right now. Not only is it holiday time, but she was just blessed with a new grandchild last month and has a wedding next week. In the midst of it all, she took the time to meet up at our midway meeting place and swap our quilts. Here they are.

 The quilt on the left hung on my wall for about a week after I finished it. Recognize that pattern? Lisa Bongean's Old Glory Gatherings, translated into Christmas colors.
Now that quilt has been replaced by the cute yo-yo, lattice quilt, shown on the right, embellished with wool holly leaves and TINY little button holly berries. Click the photo to see the detail.  Gayle always does something so creative. I love it! Thanks for participating with me, Gayle!


I drew the winner of the giveaway, and I have to explain something. Soon after I started blogging I won a giveaway of a piece of jewelry by Julie over at Me and My Stitches blog. Ever since then we have joked that it was her turn to win one of my giveaways. Well, Julie, it finally happened! You won! WooHoo! I have your address, so I will get your prize on its way to you. 
I like surprises, so I decided to draw a couple of names to receive runner-up prizes of gift bags of my soap. Heartsdesire and Barbara B., if you will send me your addresses, I will get your soap sent out to you.

Until next time,
Janet O.

BTW, if you had expressed an interest in one of the pineapple or log cabin ornaments for a $10 donation to my daughter's fundraiser for Dravet Syndrome (which her youngest has) research, let me know. I can't recall each person that mentioned they would like one. We have a handful left, but I can make a custom one, if you have fabric preferences (batiks, plaids, CW repros, 30s fabric, etc.).

30 comments:

  1. I'd love one of the ornaments! I'm not picky about fabrics. What do you have left?

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  2. congrats to Me and my stitches - I have an ornament and I love it!

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  3. I LOVE the little ladder!!! What a great addition to your lovely display!!! I may just have to make one for me!!! I have an old barn ladder that I hang big quilts on, but haven't even thought of a small one!! Yeah!!

    What an adorable exchange with Gayle - I just love her projects!! You are so blessed!!

    Congrats to the winners!! So happy for them - they will be blessed!!

    Have a blessed day!

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  4. Congratulations ladies! Love the ladder and the story of how you obtained
    it, Janet. My sister has a vintage apple picking ladder. They are no longer used as the orchards have switched to lower growing trees that are less labour intensive. They are perfect for holding quilts.

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  5. What a "steal" with your quilt ladder...I think you were generous, especially after what she asked for it. :) Cute little mini quilts too! Love them both!

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  6. My friend has 2 ladders she displays quilts on and I'm so jealous of anyone that has one! Lucky you!
    How fun to meet up with Gayle again!

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  7. Great Ladder! You got it just in time for displaying your little quilts. I need to find something like that to help me display quilts at the Fair. Congrats to all the Winners! We got some of the White stuff in the night- guess it's another SEW day in the WW Valley! I wanna SWAP with you in 2014, ok?

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  8. Oh, what a wonderful post!! I have been so busy I have not even had time to look, let alone leave a comment!! I LOVE the quilts you and Gayle exchanged!! And congratulations to you on your darling quilt ladder find and to Julie for winning your fabulous giveaway!! :-))

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  9. Wish I could find deals like that quilt ladder around here! Looks great there with your lovely quilts and beside the china cabinet. Doesn't look like you live in a yurt!
    Fun swap with Gayle - you both did well!
    Congrats to Julie. That's an awesome giveaway.
    Sorry I haven't been around lately. Having carpal tunnel issues and doing much better now.
    A belated Happy Birthday to you! Hope you enjoy this festive month of December. Take care. -Maureen

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  10. Thanks for drawing my name, Janet. I love surprises. What a deal on that sweet ladder. I've alway wanted one for my little quilts. Guess I'll start checking out all those craft fairs that are springing up.

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  11. What a great display ladder... a wonderful find!

    Congratulations to Julie @ Me and My Stitches!

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  12. What a bargain for the lovely ladder! Love all your little quilts, such cuteness.

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  13. Visiting a quilt fair can be dangerous for me! Your ladder is lovely, as are your beautiful quilts.

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  14. $20 is definitly a steal for a quilt ladder - it looks great by your hutch!

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  15. Congrats to Julie.
    Love the ladder, looks lovely with your quilts displayed on it...great find!
    I have one bought from Target, for the ladies that might be interested, sells as a towel ladder
    Julia ♥

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  16. Wow you sure did score with the ladder Janet. Love the little quilts...you will enjoy them for the Christmas season...Girlfriends are doing demos each day of the week...you get a punch and can be entered into their give away (a Rachel Babylock, 1 year of quilting or $100 gift card). Could be fun...
    Mary

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  17. Love your ladder! It looks so lovely with your quilts on it! I need to get my hubby to make one for me.

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  18. I love Gayle's swap quilt!...especially the holly!

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  19. Aww shucks! I don't think I checked in on blogs for a while and missed the sign up! That Julie is lucky! I would love a log cabin or pineapple if you have one of those left...let me know your address please and I'll send you the money honey! I hope the sale went well for you! And I love your ladder and the two little quilts! Fun fun!

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  20. I saw the quilts on Gayle's blog post. Both are little quilts that suit me to a T. Your quilt name is so very clever. A fun project for you both.

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  21. Wow I love your new quilt ladder Janet!!! What a great buy :*) And I'm jealous of your fun exchange with a friend - that's got to go on my bucket list after I dig out from under some of my mess in the sewing room. Congratulations to Julie - lucky girl!!!!

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  22. what what a find with that ladder! and love your little quilts, beautiful and so festive!

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  23. Love the little ladder. It looks perfect for your quilt display. And the both the quilts in your swap are gorgeous. Sigh...no win for me....but congrats to Julie, and Heartsdesire and Barbara B. Guess I'd better not waste my time buying a Lotto ticket, eh?

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  24. What a fabulous quilt ladder!
    You are famous over on Lisa's blog!

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  25. Yes will you make two. CW

    I'll gladly pay the postage

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  26. H Janet. I've just had a fabulous catch up read of your blog. I'm so sorry I missed your birthday - I hope it was a happy one :-) I'm also sorry I missed your giveaway, congratultions to Julie and the bonus winners!! The ladder looks like a great addition to your room.... and whew what a pile of basted quilted you have... I see plenty of quilting ahead of you :-) Your swap quilts are just lovely - what a fun idea!

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  27. I just love all your little quilts and the way you display them - especially that cute ladder.

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  28. How lucky to be able to buy the quilt ladder! I would love one of those. Your square foot quilt exchanges are adorable. That was fun!

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  29. The Christmas swap quilts are great, and your home is beautiful. That view from your sewing room window leaves me speechless!

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  30. Another beautiful photo on your home page. Lovely decorations. You were so kind to the lady that you purchase the ladder from. But, that is you, you are so kind to all. I love my ornament that you sent me. I have it hanging on a ornament hanger. It is very special to me. (been away from my pc for a while, got it fixed (I hope) and ready to roll again.

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