An Attitude of Gratitude

I want to thank everyone who commented on my birthday post. It seems that so many of us confront the same challenges and from the sounds of it, I think each and every one of us deserves a wee bit of a break. I hope you will forgive me for my tardiness in announcing the winner for my giveaway. I’ll confess that I chose the winner over a week ago, but I have been pulling and auditioning fabrics to send off to the lovely number 309 also known as Katy.
Blog Winner Birthday
Katy said that she loves Parson Gray fabrics. I didn’t have even one thread of Parson Gray, although it is a fabulous line. It seems I love to collect sew with super saturated colors, with an apparent emphasis on warm tones. Luckily the fabulous (and local!) Cornwagon Quilt Shop still had bunches of prints left and I brought a few home with me to start making a pretty pile for Katy. I pulled some fun greys from my stash including my very favorite text print by Sweetwater. I added a little bit of Heather Ross that I thought added to the pile but wasn’t her usual super bright color scheme. There is a little bit of Tula Pink, some Henna Garden and some lovely Lotus Dots from Amy Butler. And that Hope Valley print seems to go with everything! (I may have bought 3 yards of it when it came out…). The pile still seemed a tad washed out, so I added the Denyse Schmidt Gold Modern Texture to add just a little bit of spice to the pile.
For Katy

I really really hope that she loves it!

I don’t know about you, but I always wonder who Mr. Random would have picked next. I am curious like that. So, I told it to pick again, just to see who it was and what they hoped the fabric fairy would bring to them.
Blog Winner Birthday 2
It turns out that Lucy at Charm About You would have come in second. And her wish for DS Quilts fabrics kind of hit a little bit of a soft spot with me. You see, a bit over a year ago, I created this post raving about these lovely fabrics. And I listed one fat quarter bundle on etsy.

And then my life got crazy as people emailed asking for more and more and more of this fabric. And I stayed up cutting until 2 in the morning with my lovely husband folding and packaging and supporting me 200%. It was fun and perfect and we both agreed we simply LOVED fabric. My husband told me which prints were his favorites and described quilts (I have yet) to make with them. In short, we had a blast! So, at 2:30 in the morning, over piles and piles of DS Quilts, we decided to start our little shop.
The Beginning
And we are still having so much fun. And we wish we could personally thank every single one of you who has purchased from us, sent us positive words, or even just looked at our shop. Being able to do what I love, what I am really passionate about makes every day an adventure. Thank you!

So, Lucy, I hope the good vibes are catching since I will be sending a bit of DS Quilts, old and new, across the pond to you.

This was fun! I loved hearing everyones’ thoughts on life-living and growing and keeping ourselves on track. I enjoyed putting together a bundle with someone specific in mind. I think we should do it again. Soon. Until then,


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11 Responses to An Attitude of Gratitude

  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    what awesome gifts of fabric you are giving….really cool.

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    kathleen says:

    how absolutely wonderful of you! both sets of piles look lovely!

  3. 3
    Karen says:

    How generous of you. It’s nice to see a prize that is so personally chosen for the winners.

  4. 4
    Sonia B says:

    Those sure are lovely stacks of fabric. We must not live very far apart . . . the Cornwagon is just around the corner from me.

  5. 5
    Gina says:

    You are so sweet and I am sure the winner will love her fabric stack with all the thoughtfulness you put into making it! Love the story about how you began your shop!

  6. 6

    Now I’m always going to wonder who was number 2?! Thanks for being curious :)
    It is so sweet of you! I adore DS and loved hearing the story of your shop. The fabrics really are beautiful!
    Love the bundle you put together too!

  7. 7
    Ali M says:

    So sweet of you, and thanks for sharing how you decided to start a shop, that was a great story to read!

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    nicke says:

    you are so sweet!

  9. 9
    prsd4tim2 says:

    You know, I really love you. Such a sweet post from my sweet daughter.

  10. 10

    what a sweet post this is! I hope to give your shop more business in times ahead. You are a wonderful seller, and deserve the success that comes your way.

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    Cat says:

    hi Amanda, I just read your birthday post – a little late. I’ve just turned 42 (gahh!!), so I’m a whole decade-and-a-bit on from you!! And I went to law school straight out of school, then worked as a lawyer. Hated it more than I can tell you. I don’t like confrontation and I don’t like arguments. But I met my husband through work (he’s a lawyer), we got married and then discovered we were unlikely to have kids. So I studied to do medicine (my Dad is a doctor, I should have done medicine all along …). But before I started at Uni – we were pregnant with a miracle baby. And then there was another miracle baby. But no more. Now we are incredibly blessed with two gorgeous girls (who are 9 and 11), and I’ve started a super tiny sewing business with a good friend. Life is happy. Life is good. We are so blessed. I wish you lots of good things and happiness, with all the life lessons I’ve learned since I turned 30!! Cat x