Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Prize and a Surprise

A week or so ago I found out that I won a terrific prize in the Quilts of Valor Blog Hop.  I won an Aurifil thread pack.  Specifically it is the Mark Lipinski Basics Aurifil Thread Collection.  I was thrilled when I read this on Marjorie's post.   These are the BIG spools of Aurifil 50 weight thread.  I can do a lot of piecing with that.  When I got the package it was a surprise again.  I opened it and found this:
Yes, not only is it great thread, but it is in a wonderful case for storage too.  But then I opened the case:

Twelve different colors of neutrals.  How cool is that?  They are also individually wrapped.  I confess I rearranged them in the case.  I had to handle and admire them all.

Then yesterday I had a surprise visit at work from the lady who used to work in the cubicle next to the one I was in.  She also taught the paper piecing class that I took that got me started quilting. (and the only class on quilting I have taken!)
She came in with a little paper bag and said "I brought you something."   I started looking at the bag and reading it.  (yes I am a bit strange -ha ha)  She immediately started apologizing for the bag. "Oh, don't pay any attention to the bag, I just grabbed something. "
Not likely!   You see the bag had "Little Boy Blue" on it. You know, that good old nursery rhyme.  I had to explain why I looked at it so intently. "I love the bag.  The very first book I remember owning was "Little Boy Blue and other Nursery Rhymes.  So the bag itself is a sweet reminder."  But then I had to look inside the bag.   I pulled out the something and looked at it askance.

Finally the light bulb went on.  "Oh, it is a pin cushion!"   The "pins" in it are PC Sitters.  (Pin cushion sitters) You don't use them; they just sit there and make your pin cushion look pretty.
the picture doesn't really show it, but the fabric is a brocade satin.  The bottom is a candle votive.  It was heavy which is why I didn't "get it" right away.  I was just thrilled to get this sweet handmade gift.  I will probably use it instead of just letting it sit and look pretty.  

I have this theory that you should use your "good stuff" - the good china, the crystal glasses etc.   You see, one time I bought this expensive outfit that looked great on me.  It was a perfect fit right off the rack.  I think I wore it twice because I was saving it for something special.   I know you won't be surprised to find out that something special came along and it didn't fit anymore.  I had gained weight. So now, I use the good stuff. After all, I am worth it, and so are you,  my dear friend -and don't forget it. 
PS, that means use the stuff in your stash you are "saving" -  you are worthy of using it NOW.  There will be more amazing fabric.  I promise!


Amy said...

Congrats on your win! You are right about the good stuff. life is too short

Kate Brown said...

What a pretty pincushion! She must think alot of you to make you something so special! The treads are amazing too, let me know how you like using them. That was definitely a great prize. Always use the good stuff, it just feels so good :)

Unknown said...

Great prize, and that is, indeed, a lovely surprise. Nice to have crafty, thoughtful friends!

quiltmom anna said...

Very lovely pin cushion Gene- I agree one should use the nice things rather than letting them sit and gather dust.
I haven't used my good china for awhile - perhaps one day soon.
Regards from Western Canada,

Congratulations on all your You tube tutorial views - its wonderful to see that others are learning from you. You are one talented guy. Thanks for sharing..

Unknown said...

Hi gene you are so right.....there is not time than like the present to use the best of everything you have...congrats on your awesome win.

Kathleen said...

Congratulations Gene, very cool.

KeyQuilter said...

Using "nice" things- that's exactly why I use the wool pincushions I use- they're NICE! (nicer than what I was previously using...)
I sure enjoyed hearing your southern accent on the video I watched the other day. Here in southern OK, you know, we don't have an accent! LOLLLL

Snoodles said...

Great reminder, Gene. What a wonderful prize, too! Enjoy!

Quiltingranny said...

What a blessing. Never heard of pin sitters, but love them! Stop by for a chance to win a pair of snipping scissors:http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2012/07/angel-scissor-giveaway.html

Jennifer said...

That was a nice gift:)

SewCalGal said...

You are definitely worth it Gene. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Congratulations.


Melissa said...

We use the good stuff too in our house...although I am really bad about holding on to my stash. I need to get better about that! The pin cushion is gorgeous and I love the PC Sitters - that was a new one for me :)

Average Quilter said...

Funny how we get excited over such silly things as thread - congrats on the win

Kim said...

That is an expensive bunch of thread! 12.00/spoil in my LQS!
Love the pin cushion...now you have to "pay it forward" Gene and make a pin cushion for someone else and surprise them with it.

Happy sewing