Monthly Archives: March 2011

It hurts to twirl.

Conversation from this morning with my 3 year old daughter:

ME: You have school today.
HER: Uh, my froat hurts.
ME: Ha! No it doesn’t.
HER: My hand hurts.
ME: No it doesn’t.
HER: My elbow hurts!
ME: No it doesn’t.
HER: Yes it does, IT HURTS TO TWIRL!
ME:  Then don’t twirl.
HER: {looks at me like I’m crazy}

Disaster Relief Goals out the ROOF!

For Japan With Love set out to raise $5500 for disaster relief.  As of right now, the total amount donated is almost TEN TIMES that amount!  $52,038.  OMG, what a generous community of bloggers and readers!  Thank you to all of you who have donated.  I first learned about Shelterbox from my sister Carrie.  To learn more about Shelterbox please click here

Imagine if you were involved in one of the disasters we’ve heard so much about on the news and you were able to receive one of their big green bins full of a large tent, blankets, water purification, tools, cooking implements, etc.  Even just having a tough, waterproof place to store what little belongings you saved from disaster would be a gift.

Stay tuned for an exciting Quilt-Along coming soon in over at Above All Fabric!  Melanie and I are working together on a simple, springy quilt perfect for a quick pick-me-up gift, a summer picnic, or just a reason to use those gorgeous Hullabaloo charm packs you’ve had your eye on :-)


Elizabeth at Oh Fransson! is generously giving away her famous Tokyo Subway Quilt to help raise funds for Japan.

All you need to do is click here for more information.  Donate to Red Cross and enter the last 7 digits of your tracking number on the comments section of her blog post for a chance to win.

Thank you Elizabeth, and everyone else who is so generously giving their time and money to help disaster victims all over the world.  Thank you also to all of the selfless volunteers who are helping people every day, even if it means putting themselves in harm’s way.

I am currently finishing a quilt that I hope to put up for a similar giveaway soon.  Stay tuned for more details!


I used to pick the winner of the Connecting Threads FQ bundle.  It chose number 93:

Jacqueline said… 93

WIPs…. Well. I have a quilt top for my MIL almost done, strips sewn together for a postage stamp quilt hanging on the wall, various blocks in various stages to become placemats or mug rugs, a couple hand bags… And I want a gym bag for me! =)
March 9, 2011 1:35 PM

Congratulations Jacqueline!  I sent you an email.  Please send me your shipping address. 

Thank you to all of you who entered.  I will have another giveaway soon as well as a great tutorial coming up on Moda Bake Shop!  Please make sure you’re a follower so you’ll be ready :-)


100th Post and a Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

I started a post today to show you my finished Fig Tree quilt when I noticed it would be my 100th post.  Well, that deserves a party doesn’t it?!  So, I’ve decided to put one of my lovely but neglected FAT QUARTER BUNDLES up for adoption!  I have too many current and future WIPs that won’t allow me time to get to this great fabric soon enough.

One lucky winner will receive 19 FQs (did I get 20 and one of them escaped?  I have no idea.) of the fabric line Riviera by Connecting Threads.  This is not a sponsored post, I just like them :-)  This fabric feels very nice and has wonderful modern colors in it.  Many of you have mentioned wanting to try Connecting Threads so here is your chance!  They also make popular quilting thread at very good prices and I can tell you from personal experience they have great customer service.

Here is the fabric porn you’re looking for:


oooo, ahhhh, yummmm.
Now, what were we talking about?  Oh, yeah, the giveaway.  It’s a jump-through-hoops one because I could use some more love around here :-)
1) One entry for a comment about your current WIP (work in progress) or a dream WIP.
2) One entry for becoming a Follower/Subscriber here at
3) One entry for becoming a Follower on Twitter (@frecklemama).
For each entry, please leave a separate comment.  If you’re already a follower or a friend just let me know.  I will leave the giveaway open for a week and draw a winner next Friday, 3/11.
In the meantime, I’ll get my Fig Tree quilt pictures ready and post them soon.  Talk about eye-candy…
*** NOTE:  Wonder why you seem to never win blog giveaways?  You may be a No-Reply blogger without realizing it!  To find out more about this please go HERE.