Let's hear it for the Dutch. They have given us windmills, clogs, tulips and (far more importantly) some mighty fine fabric....
First up for today's offering to the stash Gods is my FQ swap parcel from Anita (yes, I do have a couple of partners - but it's my swap, right, so I can have a hundred if I see fit. In fact, I'm always up for a FQ swap if anyone ever fancies it).
Anita is a Brit living in the Netherlands (lucky lady, says me) and she sent me this fab red fabric with traditional Dutch images on (I did hint I was a fan of traditional Dutch designs). I have a sneaky suspicion it will end up being a precious never to be cut into fabric, unless someone can tell me what I should do with it that will keep it's beauty intact. The red gingham is gorgeous - it feels really nice, not like those nasty cheap ones that seem to be all over the place whenever I go shopping for gingham (school uniform fabrics - nasty, polycotton, melty when you iron them, y'know the ones?)
And (as if that wasn't enough from our European friends) here's some more Dutch fabric.....
I have a drawer full of these kinds of fabrics. I have a plan that one day I'll use them to make a quilt, using big patches, because there's a lot of babycord in the drawer and I don't think it's very good for teeny piecing. Big squares is the way to go. Of course, the plan is very much in my head, the reality is it will never materialise - I like to look at them too much uncut.
Anyway, to prove to Locket that I am also as easily tempted to go shopping as she is. I followed the link from here and ended up here. The homepage is enough to make me melt with desire (the 'sale' section was the clincher)
Those Dutch, they know how to throw together a bold pattern and colour combo.
So, I was thinking. It was after I went to visit Trash's blog. Who would be interested in an international stash busting fabric giveaway? We could set a date, we could list all the participating blogs on our own, and we could give away a little parcel of fabrics/scraps we have lying around needing new homes? Any takers? I'll iron out the details and if you want to play along let me know. I think it's a marvellous idea. But I would, it was my idea after all.
OK - I'll simplify it, for those of you that have trouble reading my mind (what's wrong with you, people?! ha!)
We set a date, let's, for example sake, say February 1st and those participating in 'the great international stash busting giveaway event' (or what ever grand title is agreed upon) will host a giveaway on their blog on that day - for that day only (24 hours from the blog post time), plus will list links to the other participating blogs, and giveaway a bit of their own stash that has sat festering in the cupboards for a while. Or maybe a fancy new piece of stash, depending on A; how generous you are feeling B; how much you love to hold on to your stash. Then, after the 24 hours is up, you pick a winner using your preferred winner picker system (eg hat, bowl, random number generator, pointy finger) and, hey presto, you mail your bit of stash off to your winner.
Now, I know no-one gets anything back here, it's just a giveaway, but it's always fun to have folk come and visit your blog and we can have a little 'who gets the most comments' competition (resulting in no prizes, but a sense of smug pride for the winner)
Any interest? Am I alone?
Is that any clearer? Is it still clear as mud? (quite possibly)
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