A Box for Me, A Box for Me – Whatever Could it Be?

I saw the FedEx truck pull up to my MIL’s last week, but since I knew I hadn’t ordered anything, I just figured it was for her.  On Saturday morning, my husband showed me a box that was addressed to me…but, I had no clue who it was from:

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I suppose I virtually know folks in Illinois, but that town didn’t stand out in my mind as anyone that I knew – and I had no clue who Diamond Marketing Solutions was nor who had their own shipping department!

My husband cut the tape on the box for me, and this is what I saw:

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Whoa!  That’s a lot of paper packing – but still, it did not reveal a single clue as to who sent the box and what was in it.  I pulled out the paper to find this:

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Okay, now I had a hint as to what was in the box but I hadn’t ordered any Aurifil thread (I usually purchase mine a quilt shop that carries it)!  My husband then cut the tape on this envelope and out pops some beautiful variegated thread and white thread, 40 wt. for my longarm:

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The next thing to slide out of the box was this:

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Ah yes, I have quite a collection of these beautiful boxes!  When I opened that beautiful blue and white box – more thread popped out!

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And now the light bulb (or spool) finally comes into focus.  These threads are for Aurifil co-sponsoring my 2015 block of the month quilt at BOMquilts.com!   Look how gorgeous the threads are with the fabric!

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I’ll open an unknown box anytime if it has such beautimous fabric and/or thread in it!


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    Texas Bluebonnets are Stunning!

    Amongst the highways and biways around Texas, the bluebonnets (Texas state flower) truly are one of the most lovely sights in this great state.  Most of them grow in the worst conditions and although many folks try to plant their own from seeds, they are usually unsuccessful.  Which makes finding them a treasure, a moment in time of beautiful color, a special memory that lasts for a very short time except through photographs.

    Behold the beauty…

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      Quilt Retreat Organization

      While at the retreat with Kathryn of Quilt Kits and Quarters, I had a very good time photographing all of the fun organizational methods that the retreaters used.  No clue why these types of things fascinate me, but am thinking it’s because I’m not so organized in my own sewing room – let alone at a retreat!

       

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        Fun Project and Pin Cushion

        When at the retreat last weekend, a number of the ladies that pariticipated had various free gifts for those who participated on the retreat.  One of those was just so darned stinking cute, I had to share.  As I understood how they made them, they started with a cupcake paper.  Then, they placed a round piece of cardboard in the bottom of the paper, to keep the pin cushion stable.  Then, they added some rocks, the type that you buy for fish tanks was what they found worked best.  Once the rocks were in the cupcake papers, they used expanding foam insulation from a spray bottle to create the “cupcake”.  They allowed them to dry and set up.  The frosting is colored caulking, spread over the top and then while it was wet, they added their “decorative toppings” – such as erasors, beads for sprinkles, etc.  Take a look and see if you think these are as adorable as I thought they were:

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          Quilt Swag Retreat Photographs

          Even though everyone had received their Quilt Swag bags, there was still a lot of quilting to be done for their retreat!  Here are some additional photographs from the fantabulous quilters at the retreat:

          Once again, MANY thanks to Kathryn Rister, owner of Quilt Kits and Quarters for inviting Quilt Swag to come, share some great products and to share in the retreat fun with her quilt retreat friends!

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