I received an email a few days ago that I was being sent a shipment from the Mother Ship (United Notions & Moda Fabrics). It said the expected delivery date and that it weighed 42lbs. What?! What did I order that amounted to 42lbs? Just 2 days before I placed an order for my yearly supply of sewing notions. Minick and Simpson have an account with United Notions and Moda Fabrics just like a regular quilt shop. We have it because we need to order fabric occasionally if we offer kits for workshops or on our website. Unlike a regular quilt shop, I don't have a lot of retail space or "merchandising" room here. "Here" is my home. Basically, my order was for some needles, some mechanical pencil refills, batting, and these.
I use these like they are going out of style. I use them for my index finger, not my thimble finger (which has an actual metal thimble on it.) When I appliqué this index finger takes some abuse from the needle and I find that these little stickers work great. Because I have been working on appliqué quite a bit the last couple of years, I go through a sticker or two a day. Sometimes laundry, or cooking, or God forbid - cleaning, gets in the way of appliqué and I need to replace one.
How many did I order to get to 42lbs? Did I mistakenly order 6 gross instead of 6 packages?? A quick check of my order calmed me down. That package only weighed about 4-5 lbs. What could this be? This turned out to be 42lbs of Independence Trail scraps. Literally, scraps. It's what is left over after they make the salesman samples swatches. In a box big enough to hold a couple toddlers is this.....
Some of these are quite generous - 8-10" x WOF. Some are only an inch or so wide. Still quite usable, especially for strippy quilts.
So, you know the drill..... comment below and an USPS Priority box crammed with scraps can be yours. Comment before midnight Saturday the 31st and tell us what quilting plans you have this spring and summer, or what you will use these scraps for, or your predictions for the 2012 World Series, or absolutely anything at all. 2 winners will get scraps and an Independence Trail pre-cut.
As for the rest of the scraps (Oh yes, there will be lots leftover), they will go to some groups who do charity quilts. I have given scraps several times to some ladies who are close by for this cause - you know who you are. Email me HERE and I'll get this box to you pronto.