Market Swag Giveaway!


Market Swag Giveaway!


Happy Pre-Holiday Rush, people!



Today’s post is a quick little “Kinda-Related-To-The-Holidays” sorta post. In a tongue-in-cheek-commercial-jab sorta way.  Wow that was a bunch of reckless grammar/punctuation carnage. You’d think an English major would know better. Oh well….on to the post!


About a month ago I was on my way to Quilt Market in Houston where I met with a bunch of old and new friends in the quilting industry.  (this ties into the above paragraph because “Market” and mad holiday shopping kind of relate…get it??)  It was a blast, and I got showered with an assortment of freebies, far more than I could absorb, so I thought it would be fun to give one of you a little “mini” Market swag bag. Actually LOTS of Bags. EVERYONE gave bags away.


Although, I will say that THIS BAG is the best of them all.




And I want to give a big shout out to David Weinstein, President of Andover Fabrics, who saved this Lizzie House Unicorn Bag especially for me. He was disappointed the next day when I was using a different Andover bag than this one, but I told him that I was saving the bag for one of you to win fresh and unused. So make sure you thank him by going over to Andover Fabrics and check out their lines. They have some fantastic stuff! And then buy it all up online or in your local shops! 🙂


So here you go, the second giveaway this month. I will draw names tomorrow morning on the first giveaway, so be sure to go here to read about it and comment there.  And comment here for a chance to win this prize.  Let’s have your comment here be about shopping or non shopping or funny stories about shopping, markets, etc. You get the picture. I will probably draw names on Today’s post on Wednesday next week.


  • Cecilia


    I love the unicorn bag. I love going to quilt shows and seeing all of the vendors and I always come home with so many goodies that I need to start bringing a rolling suitcase with me. Thanks for sharing your market goodies with us.

    November 20, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Nadia W.


    Shopping??!! What quilting gal doesn’t like shopping…especially for fabrics! Personally I never leave a brick and mortar store without doing my part to support the quilting industry….actually I do my part rather well with online stores too. I can never have enough fabric…if I could, I’d have some of most new lines in my studio. I really need to quit my day job and open my own quilt store because then I might feel like I have enough fabrics. I have never been to ‘market’ I live vicariously through everyone else’s blog posts about markets. Hopefully in the near future I will have the opportunity to attend market. Until then, keep writing those of you who do go, because there’s lots of us out here drooling through your posts.

    November 20, 2015 at 9:42 am
  • JoyceLM


    If I’m lucky enough to win, I’m going to gift the unicorn bag to my husband’s niece – purple is her favorite color & her mom loves unicorns (they may fight over it). Shopping is not my favorite activity, but I love quilt shops. An annual event that a friend & I have attended for the last several years is the Quilting & Fiber Art Marketplace that takes place in Sanford, NC in January. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    November 20, 2015 at 9:47 am
  • Kat Scott


    Shopping is enjoyable if it is a quilt shop, book store, art supply store or hardware store…. maybe a gourmet food market as well. Shopping for clothes is torture!

    November 20, 2015 at 10:31 am
  • Suellen Dehnke


    My husband drove me to my local quilt shop a couple of weeks ago. I needed to go because I was out of Best Press. He decided to wait in the car and told me I had 5 minutes. 🙂 I told the ladies in the shop that and we laughed and laughed. Of course I was there like half an hour and came out with some templates and lush fabric too.

    November 20, 2015 at 10:48 am
  • I don’t have any funny shopping stories. If I go shopping in a real store I usually have a toddler in tow who is less than impressed in my store choice (if it was a Frozen shop on the other hand…). But last time we went to my LQS she did charm all the ladies by sitting very quietly and patiently watching videos on my phone while I looked around. Until she threw a tantrum when it was time to leave. Sometimes you just can’t win

    November 20, 2015 at 11:52 am
  • Robin


    I now love shopping! When I first started sewing, though, the wide selection of fabrics at the fabric store, combined with my tendencies of anxiety in new situations and inability to make up my mind made me so scatterbrained that I put my wallet down somewhere in the store. Someone picked it up, removed the cash, and tossed it outside. Someone else found it and mailed it to me! Nothing but the cash was removed, so I was grateful for that, and the kind soul that mailed it to me. 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

    November 20, 2015 at 11:53 am
  • Donna Joy


    The purple unicorn fabric is very nice. Last time I went shopping for fabric another shopper wanted me to be sure I didn’t buy it all because she wanted some.

    November 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm
  • Judy


    I always say I love to shop but then when I get to the store I am ready to find what I need and then go home. I guess it depends on the store and what I am shopping for. Craft and fabric stores are always fun and I can spend lots of time in Costco but I think that is because the selection of things I find interesting constantly changes.

    November 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Jan N.


    To me it’s always interesting to see a man’s perspective on quilting … your choice of design and color.

    November 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm
  • Thanks for the giveaway!. With 9 grandkids, I start shopping early – and stash things away for the holidays. The trouble is, I sometimes find those stashed goodies AFTER the holidays. So this year, I got a GIANT paper bag, and all the early bird presents go in that bag. Now all I need to do is wrap — and remember who gets what.

    November 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm
  • Dawn Jones


    Shopping and the Holidays make me cringe. One year probably about eight years ago, my husband and I did a Black Friday sale in which we almost got trampled. We stood in line all night and when the doors were about to open at least one hundred people ignored the line of about three-hundred people and came up to the door. We were second in line, and I thought we were going to be on the news as being trampled to death. It was the first and the last time I would ever participate in Black Friday shopping. It was my own fault, I had seen the awful things on the news before but some other stores were giving tickets and we thought this store would do the same, but you live and you learn. Now you can take me to a fabric/craft store any day but Black Friday and you may not see me all day. Have a great day!

    November 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm
  • Cynthia


    I love all kinds of stuff but I hate shopping! I guess that makes me a neurotic! Thanks for the cornucopia giveaway!

    November 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm
  • Mary Ann


    I can’t help myself with shopping online for the beautiful quilt fabric that isn’t carried in my area!! It is so easy when I see the blog posts I read and they talk about certain fabric and then I go hunting for it!! I am such a fabric hoarder!!

    November 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm
  • Emily C


    So awesome. I love unicorns, purple and tote bags. You can never have enough tote bags.

    November 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm
  • audrey


    I’m a sucker for great looking bags. Never been to market but I’m always buying them at TJMAXX and Marshalls just because I can’t resist their great looking bags! Also, I use a couple of the IKEA blue bags for my hand quilting. Not that I’ve ever been to IKEA.:) They are so worth hunting down!

    November 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm
  • I’m not a fan of browsing shopping, but I do like the challenge of finding the right product for an awesome price. My kids joke that i never buy anything for full price.

    November 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm
  • Karen


    I always say to myself before going in to a fabric store. “You know what you want, get that and leave.” But then I loose track of time. I think that happens to all quilters and crafters.

    November 20, 2015 at 8:27 pm
  • I refuse to shop on Black Friday and applaud REI for being closed and advising us to enjoy nature–however, I might stay home and enjoy quilting.

    November 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm
  • Lori Morton


    Love top go fabric shopping! Especially with one ..or both!…of my Daughters. They tease me about always stopping to touch the flannel…but is true…I LOOOVE FLANNEL!! giggle…. don’t really have a funny story..or adventure bout shopping.

    Thanks for chance to win the Awesome Unicorn bag too…tho knoooow my purple loving daughter will try to snitch it for sure!

    November 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Awesome swag! I love fabric shopping but I always feel overwhelmed when I first walk in a quilt shop…so much color and so little time!

    November 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Pam


    I hate shopping, except for quilt shops. Fortunately my family does a white elephant gift exchange and I’ve got plenty of white elephants. The tackier the better! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome swag!

    November 20, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  • catskillquilter


    I love shopping but it seems as though lately I do most of it long distance — ordering online mainly, and sometimes in
    catalogs. I envy you your “in person” shopping!

    November 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm
  • Connie Cain


    Do alot of my shopping online. I don’t like the crowds. 🙂

    November 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm
  • Chris


    I am not fond of malls. Too busy, too many perfumes, too crowded. Now a fabric store. I’m ready to go any day. I love to just go pet the fabric.

    November 20, 2015 at 11:21 pm
  • Fabulous! If picked it would be like Christmas in November!

    My shopping story isn’t about a fabric store.

    A few years ago the day or so before Thanksgiving I was in Walmart, originally to get supplies for my mom, but then I decided to pick up some food. It was so much fun to listen in on people discussing what they were having.

    There was a mom and daughter – the daughter was going to bring something for the first time to the event – her mom grabbed margarine and the girl said how she needed to use butter for the dish. Then they talked about how their sister/aunt had made the dish that was going with the first dish.

    There was a man and his toddler – he was looking for and was so happy to find pimento. I asked him what he needed that for and he said his mom always made potato salad for Thanksgiving and and the pimento made it so special and nice. It was nice.

    I found out that I can order my mom’s stuff to be delivered to the house directly so that will save time, but I will miss overhearing the happy conversations.

    Thank you for the chance and for your blog with so much inspiration!

    November 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm
  • buntyw


    I love stuff but I don’t enjoy shopping!
    I lve going to quilt shows but I don’t get to go to many

    November 21, 2015 at 12:52 am
  • bekki


    What a pretty unicorn bag. They’ve just introduced a 5p bag charge her in England (they already have one in Wales) so a nifty shopping bag would be great.

    November 21, 2015 at 3:24 am
  • A shopping story? One day, around Christmastime, many years ago, we were at the cash register and my daughter asked me for a DVD that was on display. I said no, so she looked at my sister. My sister explained to her “you know I don’t have a job right now so I can’t” and we left the DVD there. As we were heading to our car, the lady that was in line behind us gave my daughter the DVD. So sweet.

    November 21, 2015 at 4:42 am
  • Sharon Buford


    I would love to go to market! I think it would be like Christmas morning. Not much of a shopper, but I can spend hours in a fabric store, guess that is from growing up with a mother who was a seamstress

    November 21, 2015 at 5:16 am
  • amy


    That bag is gorgeous! No shopping stories though. I’m not a big shopper/browser and I avoid the crowded stores during the holidays. They make me nuts! Too many people!

    November 21, 2015 at 7:30 am
  • Kristy


    I am an online shopper all the way! I do about 80% of my shopping online because I’m not a fan of crowds.

    November 21, 2015 at 8:55 am
  • carol n


    Great giveaway, Thanks. I do most of my shopping online now, Sometimes the colors are nothing like I expected.

    November 21, 2015 at 8:58 am
  • Jen B


    I hate shopping, (unless it’s for books) and do what I can online.

    November 21, 2015 at 10:19 am
  • Patty


    I went to Houston for the show a year ago and helped many vendors get rid of their wares. Almost to the point that I had a hard time packing to get on the plane home. I found out that I could have only one carry on so I did a lot of repacking at the airport. But I loved it there!

    November 21, 2015 at 11:28 am
  • My favorite kind of shopping is window shopping, if I had more money I wouldn’t be window shopping anymore but for real real shop!

    November 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Renee G


    We took my sons car to get the snow tires put on today and do a little shopping. Clearly, the emphasis should have been on little. Once we stopped at a couple stores and with my son’s small car and the 4 summer tires, there was hardly room for both us and the shopping.

    November 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • carolyn montgomery


    love the bag, love your blog, and love quilting.

    November 21, 2015 at 2:46 pm
  • Vicki H


    I don’t like shopping as much as I used to. To avoid crowds, I usually shop at 8-9 am.

    November 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm
  • farmquilter


    Last year, after over a decade of avoiding it, I went shopping with my daughter on Black Friday. We left home about 3:30 and it was really dark!! I live in the sticks, so it took us an hour+ to get to the first stop where my daughter bought so much (and such big stuff) that we couldn’t fit it all into the back of my truck! Our husband’s got a call and they had to come with my husband’s truck to fit the really big stuff in to bring it home. Of course, she lived over 6 hours away from me and all her stuff wasn’t going to fit into her little Civic, so I had to make 2 separate trips to her house to get all her goodies there! I will miss seeing her this Thanksgiving, since the Army sent her to Hawaii for the next three+ years…no Black Friday shopping for me this year! The bag and swag are so awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    November 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm
  • Marti


    Our first snow fell last night and I am so thankful to have it be my scheduled day off. Snow fall and working in a grocery store do not mix! Need eggs, milk, bread, or toilet paper? Sorry, that 4 inches of snow is equivalent to the zombie apocalypse and the shelves are bare. And no, there is not a hidden storage room filled with only the items you need.

    November 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm
  • duchick


    How I’d love to go shopping with that purple bag! My favorite color is purple, so it fits my style perfectly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the trouble of making a shopping list, then I leave it behind on the counter. If my husband is home, I’ll have him take a picture of the list and send it to me on my cell phone. He has saved me many times! duchick at gmail dot com

    November 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm
  • Claire Ross


    Just returned from Florida where I was Xmas shopping with my mum and sister in lawn we literally shopped till we dropped ! Did of course manage to fit in a spot of fabric shopping also. A perfect girls trip away!

    November 22, 2015 at 1:34 am
  • I live on a small island so shopping is always an all day event bookended by ferry rides. We get the best sunsets on the evening ferry home. It does make me thankful for the wide selection of internet shopping! I can take my time and choose almost anything.

    November 22, 2015 at 8:15 am
  • Jane


    Not a big shopper, except for fabric on line. I can spend hours filling my cart!

    November 22, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Jackie


    I think I’d be so overwhelmed with all the choices I wouldn’t know where to start or what to purchase but will be willing to try Lol. Thanks for the chance.

    November 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm
  • Sarah J.


    I like shopping, but this year I’m all about online shopping so I don’t have to take my kids along or go late in the evening after my husband gets home. I bet my daughter would try to steal this bag- so fun!!

    November 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm
  • Lisa Garrett


    I don’t have any funny stories but I do love to shop! Wish I could have been at that market.

    November 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Doris McCarty


    I like shopping, but I don’t like the crowds. I’m loving the purple unicorn.

    November 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm
  • Ronnie


    I went to a rather popular craft show at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. My daughter was in an umbrella stroller and it was just horrible pushing her around on the gravel. I dragged her into the ladies room/outhouse to quickly (well you know) so I wouldn’t wet myself pushing the stroller, and when I came out, I didn’t realize my very pretty broomstick skirt was tucked into the back of my pantyhose. I walked around that event for {who knows how long!} before I realized it was SO BREEZY! And people were looking at me strange… I thought it was because I was having such a hard time with the stroller. I am sure I looked like a lunatic. Really. Now, I shop on line. A lot. I don’t know how many people “saw” me that day, but I was just mortified!

    November 23, 2015 at 6:25 pm
  • Oh man, I hate going to stores around Christmas…sooo…I order my items/gifts online. Sooo much less stress! Happy Birthday Baby Jesus! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @

    November 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm
  • One of my bees meets at a local quilt shop. I love being there in case you need something – thread, a little bit of white fabric, needles, etc. – but sometimes it’s hard not to need something!

    November 24, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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