30 July 2012

A Grey Summer's Morn Giveaway

I am sure I am not alone among us quilters/sewists in losing a little focus and motivation when the sun finally peeks out from behind the clouds and temperatures allow us to put away the hoodies and drag out the tank tops.

As some of you may know, one of my summer endeavors is my little veggie garden. Portland can be tricky with that, however. For all of the green, sometimes the late-season sun and buckets of rain make the growing season for novices like myself a bit short.

But thankfully, this year things seem to be on their way!

That said, there's also a new kind of distraction in my world this year...
I've actually had the bike for more years than I should say, since I've only started using it somewhat regularly in the last year or two, so I consider it a new distraction. And last Thursday I was so excited to finally get a chance to take it out of the basement and into the fresh air after weeks of traveling and house guests. On the way up the stairs from my basement to the back yard THIS happens:
...and about 1/2 way from my house to my sewing studio I notice the rear tire is flat - and I mean FLAT. Not yet being part of the smartphone world, I had to call J at work and ask him to look up the closest bike shop to where I was. He found Velo Cult, a shop in the Hollywood District of NE Portland (backtracking from where I was). I had never been there before, but am glad he found them online! They were awesome! Attended to the flat immediately, and had it been a little later than 10am I might even have partaken in one of the beers they have on tap while I waited! But, I stuck with my iced coffee and left with a new tube and a mini-crush.

(photo from their website... it was a quiet morning when I was there)

Okay, so there's the setup! In the spirit of spending time on new things and celebrating the lushness that is this part of the world in this season, I have a little giveaway treat...

The rich colors and lush blooms of Philip Jacobs and Kaffe Fassett, balanced out by the bold geometrics of Brandon Mably - what better way to celebrate??

Leave me a comment sharing something new you've discovered (or fallen in love with) or something you've rediscovered this season or this year. This can be quilting related, but certainly doesn't have to be!!

For any Followers out there, leave a second comment for an additional chance to win.

I'll leave this open through Thursday 8/2/12, 5PM PDT and announce the winner over the weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing what's inspiring the rest of you!

If you are a no-reply blogger leaving a comment PLEASE leave contact info in the comment, otherwise I can not send the goodies your way!


  1. I've rediscovered the sun as up until last week it had been in hiding for most of the year!

  2. I'll also rediscovered my bike. I got a tune-up and it as like a whole new bike! Loving it.

  3. I follow through google reader.

  4. I've discovered the yumminess of homemade green tomatillo salsa!

  5. I discovered the wonderful Jean Paul Gaultier de Young Museum exhibit and how innovative and artistic garments can be.

  6. I have discovered hand quilting with perle #8 is addictive! thank you for the wonderful giveaway

  7. I've rediscovered my love of watching the Olympics! We've never had a TV in our home during our marriage, but I recently got an iPad, and it was awesome to watch the American women's gymnastics team win the gold today!! The Canadian team can be very proud of their stellar performance, too! I've really missed watching the Olympics.

  8. I'm a follower with Google Friend Connect.

  9. I've re-discovered my love of reading books this summer. My youngest (almost three) is finally at a place where he can just play by himself for long periods and I've started to read books (and finishing) again.

  10. I've re-discovered paper piecing this summer - and am really addicted to it. It's been a few years and I had never really tried anything very difficult with tiny pieces. Fun!

  11. I am a follower now - thanks for the neat giveaway!