Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Traveling Stash - Fun in a Box and a Giveaway!

This has been a lucky month for yours truly, a couple weeks ago I won a FreshTech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker which I posted about earlier today, and then late last week learned that Traveling Stash Box #5 would be paying me a visit!  Such fun!

The box arrived yesterday, and this is what I found inside:

And a close-up of the items at the back of the table:
After pondering all my choices from this wonderful stash, I selected two charm packs of Dots & Stripes, some child-themed fat quarters and one slightly larger coordinating print, a package of fancy multi-hued blanket binding, a pattern by Venezie Designs for a "melrose tote" and the book Quilts from Aunt Amy.

Now, what to add to the box to get it ready for its next journey and let the fun begin again!  I've been a participant in SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge this year (link to this challenge can be found in the right sidebar), so it seemed fitting to add several items of interest to budding free motion quilters.  Into the box goes a copy of Don Linn's Sophisticated Stitches, a copy of Maurine Noble's book Machine Quilting Made Easy, a rotary cutter, and two spools of variegated cotton machine quilting thread to add to the two spools of Gutermann quilting thread already in the box.
I also included a pattern for a wall or baby quilt featuring sailboats and stars, a nearly 2 yard piece of cute springtime bunny fabric, and in keeping with the upcoming season, a sweet vintage Hallmark apron panel, one of two I found at a recent estate sale. (The panel is a uniform dark green in excellent condition, not faded as the photo would have you think.)

Something old, something new ... I've collected vintage sewing items for many years, and since there was a bit of extra room in the box, it now contains two vintage 1940-50s needle books (Happy Home and Sewing Susan), two packages of vintage 40s-50s transfer patterns, a circa 1950 automatic needle threader with thread cutter, and the ultra-new Groove Quilt Pattern by Emily Cier!   Who knows what else I'll find to add before the giveaway ends!
You can be the next recipient of this traveling stash box by leaving a comment on this post by Tuesday, November 27, 8 p.m. PST.   The traveling stash box giveaways are only open to U.S. residents due to high shipping costs to other destinations.  The complete set of rules for all the Traveling Stash Boxes and their current travels can be found at the Sewingly Along blog where Cherise manages to keep track of all of us!  A copy of the rules is also included in each box, along with a list of where it has previously traveled!

I'll choose a winner at random next Tuesday evening and post the winner on Wednesday, November 28!   Hope to send the box your way!


  1. The traveling stash boxes sound like fun!!! I would love to participate!!!! :-)

  2. That sounds like A LOT of fun!!!!!

  3. I have been following this box around - it would be great for it to come to Kentucky - thanks for the fun!

  4. What fun! Who doesn't like to receive surprises in the mail! I have Maurine Noble's book; it remains one of my favorites to this day.

  5. I would love to have this box come visit.

  6. Never heard of this giveaway... sound like fun!

  7. I love this idea. I bet we could adapt this for our guild meetings. This could be truly fun.

  8. these boxes are so fun, i keep stalking them hoping to win

  9. What a fun box! I would love for it to visit me!


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