a surprise, a gift and a giveaway

Today is Monday, right???!!!Β  Let’s pretend….so on Friday, I decided rather last minute to put together a gift…

I opened up a new variegated thread….love it….

did some straight line quilting….

use a strip of Botanics for the binding….

I was headed out of town for a surprise visit….here is the snow I left in Minneapolis….

Sewed my binding on the plane…perfect handwork size for traveling….

Raining in Seattle when we landed….pretty typical!

love this photo….this is what happens when you are a one woman show and you want to capture the skyline….

I surprised my Mom for her 70th birthday – way too fun!!!

Here is the finished snack mat….a gift for my Dad.

Here is just one of the many water photos I took….love it!!!

And as promised the giveaway for the week….well, at least until Friday when I draw the winner.Β  Thanks so much for understanding internet issues….Happy Sewing!

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46 Responses to a surprise, a gift and a giveaway

  1. Sewing Mom February 19, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I love Variegated threads. Every time I get a quilt quilted, I end up picking variegated!

    How awesome for your Mom to have a surprise visit! So sweet!

  2. Melissa Miller February 19, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I really need to get my hands on a spool of variegated thread. I’ve been wanting to try some for awhile.

  3. Joan February 19, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Love your post! Such a nice way to surprise your mom! Happy Birthday to her!

  4. Quiltingranny February 19, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Welcome to my corner of the world Brooke! We live just south of Olympia and happy birthday to your mom!

  5. Samantha Scherer February 19, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Surprising people is the best feeling! Congrats on getting your gift for your Dad finished in time too! πŸ™‚

  6. Vicki H February 19, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    I have never tried variegated thread. Have safe travels.

  7. Jusmom1 February 19, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Surprising our folks is one of life’s greatest moments! Glad you could surprise them both!

  8. Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting February 19, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    It is so fun to surprise people! Loving the Alison Glass scraps in there!

  9. sew.darn.quilt February 19, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    You’re a spectacular daughter!

  10. Gill February 19, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    What a fabulous surprise for your mum – Happy Birthday to her!!

  11. P Bybee February 19, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

    yay! Lol typical Seattle, it always rain here! Well almost always anyway… That’s cool that you are finishing your binding on the airplane, that is a great way to spend the time! I didn’t know that we are allowed to bring needles on the airplane. Did you bring a small scissors? Was it allowed? I’m curious!

  12. Cecilia February 19, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    What a great surprise for your Mom! I love the fabrics you chose for your snack mat and the variegated thread is great. I just finished a batik quilt and used a variegated thread and it turned out great.

  13. Steph Blair February 19, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    looks like a great weekend.

  14. Pickles Quilting February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    It looks like you had a great trip. I love pictures taken from an airplane. πŸ™‚

  15. andri. February 19, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Happy birthday to your Mom:D

  16. Lesley February 19, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I almost always use varigated thread to quilt. it seems to blend in to the design well

  17. Margaret February 19, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    I just ordered some variegated thread. Can’t wait to try it.

  18. Jenny Larking February 19, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I love the variegated thread too although I have only seen it used and not used it myself. Happy birthday to your Mom. It was my 70th too, last week so we are nearly twins. My family came for the weekend too, only 300 miles but still a long way to travel in this horrible winter we are having in the UK. Seattle always sounds so nice, even though they have a lot of rain. Perhaps it’s all down to Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and Frasier.

  19. Kathy Davis February 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Enjoy your parents. I miss mine so much. They have been gone 5 years and 28 years. Every day is precious.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

  20. Michele February 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    So much fun to surprise your Mom!!

  21. Beach Angel February 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    I enjoy quilting with variegated thread too.

  22. Crafty Coffin February 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    What a sweet surprise for your mom! You both look so happy in the photo.

  23. Kay February 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I am sure you made your mum’s day turning up like that. You were probably hr best birthday present. Thank you for a sweet giveaway.

  24. Ali February 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Now I want to visit my Mom, she moved to Mexico and I know she’d love me to bring in some fabric for her. I’m often a failure at quilting with variegated thread, so I always like to see people have successful looking projects with it!

  25. Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) February 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    I did variegated thread once and had problems with my machine so the top thread showed on the back and vice versa. The contrasting colors made it worse. I got my machine fixed, but I am scared of the variegated thread now.

    What a fun surprise! Happy Birthday to your mom!

  26. Green Carlson February 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    I, too, love the variegated thread. What a nice project, gift and visit. Have a great week!

  27. Beth February 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Isn’t it fun to surprise someone? I am not too good at it, but I love it when it happens.

  28. Kristen Sanderson February 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    What a great surprise for your mom! I love the look of variegated thread. Ksanderson@hotmail.ca

  29. Michele T February 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    What a wonderful surprise visit!!! I can see how happy your mum is in the photo!!

  30. Jo February 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    I have not tried variegated thread yet, glad to have your opinion on it will have to pick some up. Good for you suprising your mom our mothers do so much for us it feels wonderful to do something for them when we can doesn’t it.

  31. Lee February 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Your mom looks surprised and happy! how very nice! And a cute mat for your dad! I have never used variegated thread – I do want to give it a go though.

  32. charlotte l February 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    How wonderful to surprise you Mom! Thanks for the chance as always!

  33. DeborahGun February 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    what a lovely surprise πŸ™‚

  34. Emily C February 19, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I love small projects. So perfectly portable. I take one everywhere.

  35. Marilyn Snow February 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    It looks like your mom was very happy to have you visit. I would love to go visit the Seattle area again. Lived there for about 6 years while my husband did grad school.
    Variegated thread can add a great touch to quilted projects.

  36. Allison C February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    What a great surprise for your mom!

  37. Joan H. February 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    I have never tried variegated thread. It sounds like a handy thing to use. So glad you could visit your parents. We just recently moved closer to our daughters and we’re really enjoying seeing them more often.

  38. OhioLori February 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    Looove varigated threads (& yarn too!) What a nice Birthday surprise you were for you Mom!! Happy Birthday to her too!!

  39. WYO Di February 20, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    Variegated thread, Mom birthday, surprise, travel – gotta love it all!

  40. Kathy February 20, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Awww . . . you mom looks so thrilled to have you in her arms πŸ™‚

  41. sofen February 20, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Your mum looks very happy having you visit!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

  42. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts February 20, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! I hope you are having a great visit! πŸ™‚

  43. SIMPLESEW February 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    maybe a one woman show but you can multitask..

  44. Mara February 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Isn’t it fun to surprise the family, your mom looks so happy.

  45. samtaylorcjsmimi February 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    What a wonderful birthday present surprise for your mom – that was awesome! πŸ™‚ Debby
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  46. Wendy February 21, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    hmm, variegated thread for quilting, great idea!

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