A Fabric Christmas from Susan-Santa :)

Several years ago I’d expressed my love of reproduction fabrics, yet my budget wouldn’t allow me to make huge purchases of it. ( I generally purchased a bit on January clearance sales, but in that case I had to buy 1/2 yards….not a way to build up a nice variety ) 

Susan at DesertSky Quilting saw that post and offered to send a bit of reproduction fabrics that she had inherited from a dear friend. I accepted her kind offer and used those in many a project, such as my Stars and Spools and others. There is a wee bit of it left …

At the beginning of THIS year Susan kindly offered to send me more fabric. I sent her postage money and here and there, when she had time, she let me know that she was cutting some out. The Priority Mail shoebox arrived via the mail on Saturday and when I went out to the porch I was amazed at how heavy it was!

I opened it and as I began to take the fabric out I was just blown away. Susan had so many pieces in there…so much variety for me…I was so excited !  What a sweetheart :)  I am so thankful for her kind gesture!!

I have begun the process of pre-washing. Taking all of those lovely folded up pieces and putting them in to the kitchen sink with hot water. The reds had a lot of bleed…4 washings until I was sure they were safe and then I placed those pieces helter skelter on the front porch to dry….hung over chairs and such.

Here is a photo of the fabric when I took it out of the box, and progress thus far on the 3rd Flower Basket Medallion border. I have a few more leaves prepped to finish the left side and then to finish the right side, I am looking forward to using some of the fabrics that Susan sent to me for more leaves and berries ! :)

As to weather this week…we skipped spring altogether and went from bitter cold to mid-80 degree weather for two days.  A few daffodils were happy about that :)

And so was my youngest son’s dog Koopa …basking in the open windows, fresh air and sunlight after running around the yard for awhile:

Meanwhile, however cold the temperatures have been up until the last few days, the snow melt and rains have resulted in my back yard having very high young spring grass in spots. I dragged out the lawn mower late morning and the string that you pull to start it, won’t pull all of the way. It is stuck.

Great! I Googled this and found lots of things to do to fix it.  None that I seem to be capable of :)

AND THEN I walked the mower down the street to my son’s house.  :)

We have a Flash Flood Watch for Sunday…I guess that grass is going to grow higher!

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17 Responses to A Fabric Christmas from Susan-Santa :)

  1. Karen says:

    some quilters are just so generous with sharing! That was a great haul. Your house and yard look so pretty that must be last years photo :) with all the snow you had been getting I bet you don’t have flowers right now – another weekend of covering up plants for us – I left the ferns and mints on the porch with a blanket over them tonight but tomorrow night they might be in the house again

  2. What fun, and how nice of Susan to send such a fun box of goodies!!

  3. Joyce says:

    Beautiful fabric – although not quite as beautiful as the generous heart of your friend, Susan!
    Good to know we are closer to the days of your house looking that again than not!
    Awww, Koopa! Energy personified!

  4. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    We had ice and snow most of the day yesterday, and the snow is just piling up today. Absolutely unreal. What is the date again?? The whole world has gone mad. (and not just the weather!!)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Ugh Chris you are right about the world and its weather, yet our Fearless Leader that was elected and most of his cronies deny climate change. It boggles the mind.

  5. Freezing rain and snow here today. It looks like the middle of December. :-(

  6. Susan says:

    I’m so pleased that you are happy with them, and there are more. I found some just yesterday in the bit of cleaning and sorting I did in the studio! I know there are still more downstairs in the garage containers, too. I’ll be getting into some of that this week during school break. I can’t believe how many leaves you have sewn on so quickly! This border looks like it is approaching a finish already.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      well I won’t complain if you send me more over time, LOL! The border will be stalled for awhile…my freezer templates are worn out…they only last through so many ironings, and I have to make more but I can’t wait to use the fabrics that you sent to me for those! :)

  7. Kim says:

    What a lovely gesture!!

  8. Kyle says:

    What a wonderful gift. Enjoy!

  9. Susan would be just delighted I’m sure to know how thrilled and creative you are with her fabrics! It is the best form of gift giving when you know something is truly appreciated.
    I hope your lawnmower is working soon!
    Wren x

  10. Dawn says:

    What a fun box of fabrics, lots of beautiful prints and color. We’re still shoveling snow, would prefer to be mowing.

  11. Pat Taylor says:

    A lovely generous heart resides in your friend…those fabrics will take on a special significance as you create more projects. Don’t you just love how all pups find a sunny spot to relax in…Love your daffodils – mine are buried under a ton of snow…maybe June??

  12. Margie Miller says:

    What a wonderful gesture!

  13. Lorrie says:

    What a generous blogging friend Susan is. You’ll have fun creating pretty things with all those fabrics. The weather is topsy-turvy in a lot of areas this year. We have spring here, but it’s cold. I hope the floods don’t happen!

  14. Kate says:

    What a fun surprise to find on the porch. There is lots of play time in those fabrics. I’ve given up on spring, I’m pretty sure we’ll go straight to 90 degree days once the cold days fade away.

  15. I have a friendship quilt photo at my blog…am wondering if the pattern of this quilt has a name and, also, wondering if you would look and leave an opinion in the comments as to what you think?

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