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Let’s Have A FQ Bundle Giveaway

Honestly, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately, so I’m going to spread the cheer I’m not feeling by dipping into my own stash. Β Depression sucks, doesn’t it? I don’t even like The Doors, but the idea I might Break On Through To The Other Side is pretty appealing right now.

My other excuse is that I have over 1100 followers, which is way more than I had this time last year! So I’m giving away 9 FQs of Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, which is also available at Hawthorne Threads, Skye Reve Fabrics, and Fat Quarter Shop

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I’ve also thrown in 2 Lily & Will charm packs and 5 FQs that I think I’ve cut into a little bit. So 2 lovely people will receive a charm pack and some of that FQ bundle in the background. Not bad, eh? A 9 fat quarter bundle + charm packs + matching yardage? Cha-ching!
So here are the rules:

I’ll leave it open through the 15th of February and announce the winner on the 16th. Winner will be chosen by And The Winner Is… WordPress Plug-In. I might even throw in an extra prize of a handmade tote bag or something. Anyone can enter – I’ll ship internationally.


  • Leave a comment – Whatever is fine – maybe a joke or happy story?
  • If you’re a follower – leave an additional comment letting me know
  • If you follow SewHappyGeek via Twitter or Facebook, leave me a comment letting me know
  • If you tweet or Facebook about it, that’s a bonus entry each – There are helpful buttons at the end of the post πŸ˜›

That’s it! 5 possible chances to win this lovely FQ Bundle!

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530 thoughts on “Let’s Have A FQ Bundle Giveaway

  1. I too am struggling mightily with depression too and so little to raise my spirits at the moment. Between the Department of Work and Pensions and the power of attorney it’s not an easy time.

    That said, I discovered three fairy quiltmothers this week who are offering me scraps and fabric to keep me quilting like a demon. I hate being needy or be seen to beg so this was a huge surprise. I’ll admit they have made me cry with their generosity and kindness. There are some wonderful people in the world!

  2. You should be a little happy, i follow you! (sometimes when im low… my mom tells me a joke. Why do they put fences around graveyards?……………………………….because people are dying to get in. …… maybe because its so odd.. i cannot help but laugh!)

  3. While it’s no cure for depression, music can make me feel upbeat. I especially like “Linus & Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, “Root Beer Rag” by Billy Joel, and “Kodachrome” by Simon & Garfunkel. Oldies but goodies! Thanks for sharing these beautiful fabrics.

  4. Yeah depression sucks. I hope you feel better soon !!

    Fabric always cheers me up. I squeel like a little girl when it’s mail day !
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  5. I tweeted the giveaway.

    P.S. I do like The Doors. Even though you don’t like them, if the song works for ya, keep on listening. πŸ™‚ I hope that things get better for you. I know first hand about depression, it’s not something I wish for anyone. God bless.

  6. How about a quote? I have been repeating this one to myself lately…

    “It will be OK in the end. If it is not OK, it is not the end.”

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

  7. Depression is a hard thing…I know, I’ve been struggling with it for awhile now. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’d tell you a joke but I’m not very good at it! Here’s a silly story about my grand daughter. She was about three when sh did this. She wanted to make up knock knock jokes but didn’t understand them, so she would just whisper something in your ear that made no sense. You would repeat it back with who on the end and and she would say something even more nonsensical. Everyone got a different “joke”. All I can remember of mine is that when I reply with the who on the end, my answer was “POOT!” and she was cracking up! I guess you had to be there, but every time I need a smile, I just say “POOT!” to myself and I think of how blessed I am to have wonderful children and grandchildren. Despite feeling depressed a lot, I am BLESSED and God is good!

  8. So many chances…eh I’m going to just stick with one. No time for the others in this crazy busy school/mother life of mine. Seriously lovely fabrics you have floating around in your stash – thank you for the opportunity to win. Btw, this weeks QAL block is lovely…can’t wait to make it to get to nine…oh and this is the first QAL I’ve ever kept up with. Big Smile to you, my friend. πŸ™‚

  9. Yes depression totally sucks! I’m finally feeling like I’m on my way out of this last tough bout. I hope you are as well. I asked my 2.5 year old for something funny to tell someone who is sad to cheer them up and she said, “Gak, gak, gak ,silly, silly, silly.” I’m sure you feel much better now. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Hey congrats on over 1100 followers!! That’s something to smile about. I do hope you get to feeling like yourself soon. There’s nothing worse than feeling like there’s nothing to be happy about. Gray skies are gonna clear up…

  11. Beautiful fabric giveaway.

    Sorry that you are struggling with depression. Try to remember that it skews the perspective on things (I know this is hard, believe me, I know). And, your little Sew Happy Quilt a-long is spreading happiness to those of us following and my versions of your blocks will be used in charity quilts to spread a little blessing to others. See how you are making a difference even in your depression?

  12. Whenever I am feeling down, I spend some time with my favourite young children. We put on a Dora cd & have a dance party! They are so easy to please & so joyful…it’s hard not to perk up πŸ™‚ I hope you find your way out soon.
    I love this line. Have a couple colours of the vintage lace, but I really love them all & with Sandi Henderson’s past collections, I found that I love them more in person.

  13. I love these!! I’m no good at jokes, and most of them I know are dirty..haha.
    But I truly enjoy being on here socializing with all of you; it helps with winter blues.

  14. What a great idea to help get yourself out of a “funk” as my husband would say. Next time I’ll have to try it! =)

    Hope you feel better and don’t forget if you need anything let me know =)

  15. What a happy fabric and thanks for sharing! Sharing does alot for the soul I think. Joke for the day –
    What did the fisherman say to the magician?
    Pick a cod, any cod.

  16. “whenever I have a problem I just sing outloud, then I realize my voice is worse than my problem”……
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
    Okay, it’s weird stuff like this that makes me smile and get over myself. I’m following your QAL and loving it. This week’s block was great…super easy instructions to follow and it turned out fab.

  17. I also follow you on FB and look forward to what you post each day. I must admit I’m a stash a holic, I could really use some more material…. lolll πŸ™‚

  18. Love this fabric. I bought a few prints in this line, would be great to win more. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Picture a kitten sitting very still then BAM! she jumps staight up in the air, does a 360, hits the ground, tears down the hall, stops to fast, looses her footing, slides two feet and then starts chasing her tail like a maniac because she’s sure that’s what caused her to slide and she’s going to teach it a lesson! Hope that brought a smile.

  20. As a caregiver for my son who was diagnosed with depression at the age of 12 (he’s now 17 and 1 year off meds), I wish there was a magic wand that could be waved and take it all away.

  21. Ooh depression is not fun to deal with. I’ve had the same thing now for months. I KNOW I’m depressed but don’t care which doesn’t help getting over that does it. ugh.

    Ok how about happy stuff? Well, for me anyway …….we’re now down to less than a week before we get to see our next Grandchild. This one is another Granddaughter so I’m THRILLED that I get to have another little girl to spoil after having my own three boys and then hubby bringing another one into our lives.

  22. I was feeling really fed up today, we’ve been stuck in a maximum of -10C at night for about 9/10 days now and I’m getting stir crazy but its given me time to look at giveaways :O) and then my big shot finally got delivered by the nice postman so i’m cutting out hearts πŸ™‚

  23. And YES, I am also a Facebook follower.

    Congrats on the 1100 followers and all those who will add to that number to help you reach an even higher number soon.

  24. Happy Story? Hmmm can’t think of anything at the moment but if you aren’t having -13C and 6 inches of snow you can smile because that’s what we have at the moment! Boy it’s freezing here (France!) oh something that does make me happy is my dog is nearly 19 years old! How about that. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

  25. Happy story for you:

    Sometimes your kids say the sweetest things when they don’t think you’re listening. Just the other day I overheard my 4-year-old daughter tell her 2-year-old brother, “I love you.” Now, this may be an ordinary occurrence for most families, but my sweet little girl rarely says those words even though we say them to each other and to our kids all the time. I think I can count on one hand the number of times she said it to anyone. It made me feel so good to hear my reticent little girl opening up and sharing her heart to her brother. πŸ™‚

  26. Here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada the temperature today will climb to -3 ……BUT we have clear skies and the sun is shining !! Our winters usually are very cold but sunny. As long as the sun is out I am happy.
    I hope the sun is shining for you soon.

  27. I’m sharing a joke — well, not actually a *joke* but a really cute story– that I got in today’s email! Made me smile– hope it will do the same for you! πŸ™‚

    The ‘Middle Wife’ by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

    I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years.. I have two kids myself,but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

    When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually,show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they’re welcome.

    Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

    She holds up a snapshot of an infant. ‘This is Luke, my baby brother, and I’m going to tell you about his birthday.’

    ‘First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom’s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.’

    She’s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I’m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

    ‘Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!’ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. ‘She walked around the house for, like an hour, ‘Oh, oh, oh!’ (Now this kid is doing ahysterical duck walk and groaning.)

    ‘My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn’t have a sign on the car like the Domino’s man.. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.’ (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)

    ‘And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!’ (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands mimicking water flowing away. It was too much!)

    ‘Then the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push,’ and ‘breathe, breathe.
    They started counting, but never even got past ten.. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom’s play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.’

    Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.

    I’m sure I applauded the loudest.. Ever since then, when it’s show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ‘ Middle Wife’ comes along.

    Now you have two choices….laugh and close this page or pass this along to someone else to spread the laughs. I know what I did!!!

    This is so good.
    Live every day as if it is your LAST chance to make someone happy!!!

    Thank you for the giveaway of this gorgeous bundle of fabric!!! SOOO cheerful! πŸ™‚

  28. I tweeted– never had noticed or known what those buttons were for! πŸ™‚ Thanks– you learn something new every day! LOL Have a blessed day!! Thank you for the extra entries!

  29. I posted on my Facebook page about your giveaway too.. (Gwen Lassitter Windham) Thank you ! πŸ™‚

  30. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway, so generous! We have a 3 year old who has decided to talk openly about nipples…so that gets fun when he informs everyone that his are “tiny”, mom’s are “big”, and then goes on to evaluate all other sizes of those in the room…makes for some interesting times when we have guests! Hope you get to do something enjoyable just for you today, often all I need is a little time just for myself to do whatever ridiculousness I feel like!

  31. Here’s a happy story: I bought an extra bag of Lindt chocolates at the store yesterday when I was buying Valentine’s presents for teachers and just realized it, so my kids and I just ate them all, and it’s not even lunchtime yet!

  32. Here are a few funny things I never imagined I would say as a parent: “get your fingers out of your bottom!” “Stop flipping off my couch! (headfirst might I add!). The other day I heard a blood curdling scream at 7 am “mommy mommy mommy!!!!” I jump out of bed half asleep in a panic and totally blind – left my glasses on the night table – I get in her room and she smiles at me and says “no more nye nights – morning!” It’s a good thing she is cute!

  33. Good Morning! Sorry you’re having such a bad day. I know about depression- have suffered from it for years. When I am feeling down, I like to go in my sewing room and just sit and listen to my radio. I don’t remember any jokes right now or I would tell you one. But I hope that you feel better soon. Thank you for giving away such beautiful fabric.

  34. Quotes from Maya Angelou: I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
    I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
    I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a life.
    I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
    I hope your day goes well.

  35. I have not yet been quilting a year and have only one finished. I have stopped at the bit where they need machine quilting. I’ve got three of those. I am doing your quilt along. It’s the first one ever for me and I LOVE IT. Thanks so much for doing it. My life is sometimes quite difficult and this is some happy time for me every week making each block. Thank you so much.
    Sue πŸ™‚

  36. I have had to put myself on a tight fabric shopping budget this year – winning some would be just as effective to feed the obsession I have with FABRIC – more FABRIC…..

  37. Congratulations on 1100 followers and thanks so much for the giveaway! The fabrics are beautiful. I think watching some comedy movies will put a smile on your face. Or exercise to get the happy endorphins.

  38. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. I hope you are feeling better and have a smile on face because someone is sure to be smiling when you pick the winner. Sending a big hug.

  39. Wow you are such a sweet and generous soul!! This is a beautiful fabric bundle!! Please count me in!! I am a blog follower.

  40. I completed a lap quilt for my aunt who turns 80 Feb 17!! I started to make the quilt in January and had it all done two days ago!! Man am I ever proud and relieved and pleased with the results!! I only wish that I could be there when she gets her present but she lives too far away.

  41. A man has five items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Motel 6.

    The average number of items in a woman’s bathroom is 328. The average man would not be able to identify most of them

  42. I’m sorry you’re feeling depressed, a Diet Pepsi and some chocolate may help. Thanks for digging into your stash for this giveaway. I’ll be praying for you.

  43. I can’t not laugh this week. I have an 11 yr old student playing a Velma-like girl (ala Scooby) who is flirting with Ares (ala a biker dude) in our class play.

  44. It’s difficult when our attitude seems to take a dive without our permission. My sincere wishes that you are able to wrangle it back into it’s proper place soon. Repeat: “I am blessed…I am blessed.”

  45. Aw, I’m really sorry you’re not feeling great right now. I think it’s really lovely of you to spread the fabric love while you’re feeling down yourself. And what lovely fabric for a giveaway!

  46. Sorry to hear you feeling out of sorts… my husband said the other day that he was feeling out of joints – not sure where he got that from but he meant out of sorts and now my sister who was in the room thinks he was talking about drugs and she was too nice to push him to clarify… now she thinks he does drugs and the whole thing turned into a big mess. Anyway, it was kind of funny. Hope you feel better soon.

  47. Very nice. A joke or a happy story…. OK
    Knock, Knock
    Who’s there?
    Little old lady!
    Little old lady who?
    I didn’t know you could yodel!!

    It made me smile when I read it.
    On an even happier note, my hubby is coming up from Texas for the weekend!!
    YAY YAY!!!

  48. OK, 181 comments so far and its only the 8th so I don’t have cat in hell’s chance, but you gotta be in it to win it, right?!
    Becky x

  49. I wish I had a great joke to tell you. πŸ™‚ For me it always seems like winter catches up with me about this time of year. I have been seriously considering going to a tanning salon to get some artificial sunshine, but there are obvious reasons (beyond turning into an oompa loompa!) why this is a bad idea. Take care!

  50. We all get blue sometimes and look forward to the new day dawning. Sorry you’re feeling out of sorts. You’re not in that boat alone though.
    Hope to cheer you a bit.
    Telling on myself. The other morning (the morning after the SuperBowl- that would be Monday) I heard the news man say that somebody had slipped their little finger to the camera’s. Now, I don’t REALLY live under a rock =- but sometimes I just have to laugh at myself. LITTLE FINGER? I even thought for a minute – what does the little finger mean? Maybe that’s something new or maybe she thought she could get away with flipping her little finger at the cameras. Now REALLY – I think I’m going to have to check my hearing.
    OK I know this has nothing to do with quilting – but while I was “listening” to the game – I was upstairs on my computer looking and searching over at The Spider Web for her SuperBowl Icon so I could win $25.
    OH WELL!

  51. leaving a comment for the comment’s sake – I’m just no use for remembering jokes. I can remember useless data though .. you can find University Carols at 45.5 in the library and French songs from the 12th to 18th century at 47.51094 .. who remembers that?
    Thanks for the chance!

  52. Secret Garden was one of the lines I didn’t want to forget about and I did. So thanks for the reminder. I think they are just lovely fabrics.

  53. Did you hear about the blonde who was offered an upgrade from her balcony cabin on the side of the cruise ship to a much larger suite aft? She refused it because, “If the back of the ship is better, there would be more cabins back there instead of on the sides of the ship.” Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Here’s a joke: Person 1: If you could have any animal in your zoo, what would you have? Person 2: I would have a dog. Person 1: That would be a shit-zoo! Apologies for the terrible joke – I hope it made you smile!

  55. A happy story… we rescued a dog off the street the other day and she is the nicest thing. I don’t understand how people just dump a dog in some random neighborhood. But she is adorable and she follows me all around the house. A real sweetheart.

  56. Well, I want you to know you’re not alone…I think it’s something to do with winter. Here’s a virtual hug from a stranger. =) ((((((HUGS)))))) – just because we all need them.

    Thanks for offering a lovely fabric bundle. I find that making and doing things for others is what keeps me going in the winter too!

  57. I follow your blog…that’s how I saw this loverly giveaway! Thanks again. I’ve admired that fabric, just haven’t bought any.

  58. What a lovely giveaway, and what a great response! Hope all this love directed your way helps lift your dark cloud.
    I am hopeless at remembering the punch line of jokes but can remember this from when our eldest son was about 5 (he is 27 now!)
    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Amos who?
    A mosquito just bit me – he pronounced mosquito wrong and my husband and I fell about laughing, so he kept repeating the joke for the rest of the journey. We didn’t have the heart to tell him.

  59. I don’t know if I want to admit this but I’m happy when I don’t get called into work and I can spend my time downstairs sewing and trying new things. Love it with the music blaring!

  60. love secret garden and only have a few pieces i’ve been saving. they say the cure for depression is reaching out … you’ve reached out to a goodly number of us who are for giving you an uplift.

  61. Hi! Depression is hard for others to understand. I know only too well- you get people who have no idea, telling you to cheer up, etc. Wish it was that easy.:(
    Your giveaway is lovely.
    Sending you a special understanding hug. Sandy.

  62. Oh yeah, depression sucks. As does Anxiety which usually accompanies it. For me anyway. My meds have been working pretty well lately, but I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling down. How sweet to cheer yourself by giving to others. That’s a happy story! I’m terrible at jokes, so the only happy story I can think of at the moment is that my son (freshman with learning disabilities) got the courage to talk to his professor today about trying not to fail the class. That was a big step for him, regardless of whether the teacher helps him or not.

  63. I follow you (in my reader), of course. πŸ™‚ I hope a unicorn farts in your general direction today! (…to mix memes) [I mean it in a nice way!] πŸ™‚

  64. I am so sorry you are depressed and I am in the same frame of mind you are but the sad part about my depression is where I am and that I have no reason to be even remotely depressed (well not really but I could be handling it different) Anyway, I am in the middle of Florida, it is amazingly warm and sunshiny. I have been to visit my Greek Village and bought my wonderful olive oil and goats milk soaps, picked up some more of my treasured facial sponges, they do scrub the creases and wrinkles clean and my face always feels so good. Let me tell you about Bella Nina. She is an amazing Greek lady who has this fabulous soap and sponge shop in Tarpon Springs. The first time I met her was about 10 years ago and she looked to be in her 50’s with absolutely beautiful skin, not a wrinkle or crease to be seen. I left the shop empty handed, feeling pretty stupid for not buying something but I felt pretty ignorant about facial cleaning and olive oil. I mean “ick” olive oil on my face, I didn’t think so then but 2 years later I learned a lot and felt bad that I didn’t ask questions. Bella Nina makes her own soap right there in her shop and waits on all the customers and sometimes will put you to work to finish a batch so she can wait on you and others. Bella Nina adopted me and taught me some valuable life lessons. She is a “sun lover” and is as dark as a nut. She told me this “Darling, you are never too old to have beautiful skin if you just use the right products.” She hugged me, sat me in a chair and absolutely scrubbed my face raw with this little bitty “wool” sponge. OMG it just stung and stung, but she wasn’t done by any means. She then scrubbed my face with a “silk” sponge and an oatmeal goats milk soap. It felt better then and after rinsing with a homogenized milk wash she washed my face with this marvelous lavender and aloe soap, after which she rinsed it with the homogenized milk wash. I couldn’t believe how clean my face felt and how it glowed (okay so some of the glow was from that scrubbing she gave me) but it was amazing. Then her final words were “Darling, look at my skin, I have lived in the sun most of my life and I am 78 years old!!! OMG, she just couldn’t be that age but yes she was. I visited with her yesterday and she filled my goodie basket up with “what I needed” and then added what she “wanted me to have”. She is amazing girls and now is 84 years old and still looks 50ish. I had not seen Bella Nina for 6 years and thought surely she had forgotten me. Not at all. She nearly lept over the counter when I walked in said “Mama Bella Nina”. We now have promised to stay in touch as she is using a computer. She called “Poppa Bella Nina” (yes I call him that because I cannot pronounce his Greek name. Hugs all around, more goodies slipped into the bag, kisses and best wishes and I was sent on my way. I do hope I get to see “Mama Bella Nina” again!
    My long story, it cheered me up to tell you, I hope it cheers you up too.

  65. I posted your blog on Facebook Thank you for a nice giveaway and I do hope you find sunshine and cheer very soon, like in now. And if the “Show and Tell Story” did not knock your socks off and you weren’t ROTFLYAO, well hon, you just jump a plane and head down here and go to Key West with me next Monday!!!

  66. What I’m happy about today- Less than a month, and I’ll finally know where we’ll end up for my husbands training. Thanks for the chance!

  67. Okay, so there’s a young lady trying to board a bus, but the problem is that she’s wearing this ‘great’ leather skirt that is so tight she literally cannot lift her knee to step on. So, she surreptitiously reaches behind her, unzips her zipper a bit, and tries again. Yet, it’s not better.

    So, she tries the same thing again, to no avail. Figuring why not, she tries a third time and just unzips it the whole way–still, this does nothing.

    Suddenly a big pair of hands pick her up and stick her right into that bus, and she turns around indignantly to a large man behind her and says, “How dare you put your hands on me!”

    He shrugs back and says, “Well ma’am, I figured since you undid my zipper the whole way that we were pretty good friends.”

    An elderly patient in my hospital told me that one night, I know I thought it was funny.

  68. Knock knock!
    Who’s there?
    Cotton who?
    Cotton a trap! Must buy more fabric!

    Terrible joke, but I tried!

  69. What a great pick-me-up idea. Make that 1101 followers! I love the flower applique table runner you made for your sister Serna, displayed in your Finished Quilts page? From one Sew-Happy-Quilter to another…all the best in February:)

  70. I hope sunny days come your way soon. I am watching my grands tonight and they always brighten up my day.

  71. TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America.
    GEORGE: Here it is!
    TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?
    CLASS: George!

  72. I’m a follower and love reading your blog.

    Thought you could use one more joke…

    TEACHER: How can you prevent diseases caused by biting insects?
    JOSE: Don’t bite any.

  73. I have seen your blog from time to time, but tonight I really looked around and I will be back. You have some great inspirational content and tutorials. Thank you for doing the lovely giveaway. I hope you are feeling better soon. Depression sucks.

  74. First Zumba class tonight – boy am I uncoordinated! Mostly I just moved my feet up and down!!!!!

  75. I made a client smile today. A client who has major depression and has been thinking there is no hope. She said she had almost forgotten how to do it. Not much to most but it made both of us happy.

  76. Holy shet Chicklet, how many followers?! Congrats!

    I just received a shed load of this fabric line in the post today so I’m not entering your giveaway but just wanted to say, “hey girl, you rock!”


  77. I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling down and out. I have been there as well. One ot the things I say to myself is “this too shall pass”. Don’t be hard on yourself. If you can sit, with your face to the sun and just totally relax for 15 minutes, also helps. Ok, as requested here is a joke. How about a Blonde joke?

    An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

    The next morning, as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened. She answered the phone, crying, and said she couldn’t get out of her room. “You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked, “Why not?”

    The stewardess replied: “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”

    Not a gut buster but hope it made you smile. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for your giveaway for us and a chance to win.


  78. A happy story…hubby and I are starting our house hunt. I can’t wait to be a home owner! I’m excited and nervous, but more excited right now…and anxious.

  79. Yes ma’am, I am a follower of your blog. I am following via GFC and BlogLovin. There is even an app for my iPhone for BlogLovin which I love. Congratulations on passing 1100 followers! That’s Awesome!

    Thanks again for a chance to win.


  80. I found that when I was going through clinical depression, giving things usually helped me out of it – making a bright spot in other people’s lives. But sometimes it was an awful effort.

    As for a funny story…I don’t really have one. But I have cute cat photos?



    My quilt. MINE.

    Thanks for this giveaway, and I hope you come out of the doldrums soon!

  81. I already follow you on Twitter and have Liked you on FB now.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win some gorgeous fabric.


  82. I pulled over a semi yesterday. He had lost a wheel and it was rolling beside me on the shoulder. He was very appreciative.

  83. I tweeted using your button at the end. (@usairdoll)

    Thanks again for a chance to win.


  84. Let see, I am still in the super excited mode from going to Anna Maria Horner’s trunk show and quilt class. I wonder how long that is going to last πŸ™‚

  85. My happy story is that I will be a grandma for the first time in April, and I am making burp cloths, quilts and bibs.

  86. I just found out that our newest niece, due in March, will share my name. I am quite happy about that, and about her impending arrival.

  87. I am not great at jokes- mostly I only remember the ones that my five year olds tell me at school. You know the kind- Why did the chicken cross the road? I did read a cute story on blog friends blog- her little one invented a new word agustan ( something pretty yucky) It was agustan when Bryce dropped his pants in class…
    Hope I gave you a giggle- thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize.
    Regards from Western Canada,

  88. I have two jokes I love, and they’re kinda related. Here goes:

    #1 A group of tourists were driving through a vast wasteland of prairie grasses and dry dusty roads. Upon seeing and passing by a couple of emaciated buffalo, one woman comments to her husband about how ugly the critters are. One buffalo turns to the other and says, I think I just heard a discouraging word!

    #2 It’s actually a Leanin Tree Card with a picture of a tiny cowboy and his horse perched on top of a stove. The inside says “Despite their familiarity with the song, Caleb and Nellie never did feel at home on the range!”

    My favorite motto right now is “I’m so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse!”

  89. Lovely giveaway and it was sweet of you to think of it! I am hoping that your black cloud lifts quickly — it is a true bummer to be depressed. Congrats on having over 1100 followers!

  90. I am a happy regular follower of your blog. I am concerned about my favorite blogs losing a way that I can follow them. How does Blog Lovin work, exactly? Now I can follow you with Google Reader, and I am hoping I can find an alternate way to follow the blogs that lose the Google Friend Connect — one place to go to read up from many different blogs.

  91. Ooooh, lovely fabric, thanks so much for the chance. I think the out of sorts is down to the weather, winter has a lot to answer for.

  92. Is your refrigerator running?
    You better go catch it.

    …I know, not very funny today. I didn’t get much sleep last night. Thanks for the chance to win. That e-mail would brighten my day telling me that I won!

  93. Well, a joke… IΒ΄ m not sure about that, not very god in english:-( But I must say, I am learning how to quilt and your page is very helpfull. Thanks!

  94. Hey Jenna, I am praying that you will feel better soon. It is great that you recognize the problem. That is much better than going for months thinking you are crazy. πŸ™‚ Lovely giveaway – Thank you!

  95. Wow that has cheered me up, due for an operation soon and feeling down but joining in with others is a great feeling !!
    Good luck to all xxx

  96. I hope you start feeling better soon! Thanks for the giveaway….now get back to posting Quilt A Long blocks – – I NEED MORE! πŸ™‚

  97. I don’t have a joke other than the one my daughter told me, why did the banana go to the doctors? because he wasn’t peeling too good.
    I know, I know. groan

  98. Happy story? I’ve made 3 infinity scarves in the last 24hrs, one for me, my girls saw it this morning and begged for one each, so they pulled some flannel from my stash after breakfast and said please could I make them while they are at school and ‘please mummy can you bring them with you when you pick us up? So I’ve done it, hopefully I’ll bring home 2 warm, happy girls this afternoon!
    thanks for the giveaway

  99. It’s going to be a beautiful day here. Warm and sunny. I sure do hope we get some Winter soon though πŸ™‚ We need the rain and snow!

    Thanks for a great giveaway. hope the cold goes away soon.

  100. This joke is romance and tax season rolled into one:

    The accountant had just read the story of Cinderella to his four-year-old daughter for the first time. The little girl was fascinated by the story, especially the part where the pumpkin turns into a golden coach. Suddenly she piped up,
    “Daddy, when the pumpkin turned into a golden coach, would that be classed as income or a long-term capital gain?”

  101. My story is that both my son (when he was young) and grandson are the ones who loved to help me sew. None of my girls sew πŸ™ But I hope to get my granson quilting soon!

  102. I follow you. I hope you start to feel better. February is such a long month….even though it is the shortest. It’s usually the dreariest which makes it seem so much longer.

  103. such a generous giveaway – thank you so much. wish I could think of a funny story. I do have a cute one…the morning after Halloween I heard someone at my front door VERY early, about 7am. I went downstairs to find a package had been put thru my mailbox. It was a Butterfingers candy bar wrapped in a note from my favorite 8 year old neighbor. he knew I loved Buterfingers and saved the large one he had received the day before just for me. He brought it down before he headed off to school.

  104. 1) what lovely fabric. what a wonderful give-a-way. thank you for the opportunity
    Joke: I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die
    2) Yes I follow your blog.
    3) Yes I follow on facebook.
    hope your feeling better soom

  105. Good news? I might be a first time homeowner when I get back to California! The only reason I am properly excited is because my visa to stay in the UK isn’t going to be approved so I have to leave my boyfriend for about 6 months πŸ™ Hopefully he’ll make it over soon and we can live there!

  106. Beautiful giveaway, and sweet of you to share.

    How do you get an elephant into the fridge?
    —Open the door, put him in, close the door.

    How do you get a giraffe in the fridge?
    —Open the door, take out the elephant, put in the giraffe, close the door.

    If a tortoise, a snail, and a giraffe are racing across a field, which one will reach the end first?
    —Not the giraffe, he’s still in the fridge!!

  107. I’m following your blog , hopefully on the new follow-thingie too!
    Hope your blues lift and all these jokes give you some well needed relief!

  108. Of course I follow you on twitter and Facebook! πŸ™‚ You’re a bestie, so I wouldn’t ever miss a thing!

  109. I hope to create something wonderfully geeky very soon. Create a challenge or something!!
    I look forward to your posts, cuz happy sewing geeks rule!!

  110. There is some lovely pretty fabric there and if I’m lucky enough to win I’ll be able to make another baby quilt using your fantastic tutorial πŸ™‚

  111. I cannot remember if I have entered already but I tried checking & I dont think that I have but please delete me if I have!

  112. It’s a beautiful day in sunny North Carolina πŸ™‚

    Sorry, that probably doesn’t do much for your depression πŸ™

  113. Thank you for giveaway!
    A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight.” he said. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it–only to find a book entitled “The meaning of dreams”.

  114. Wow what a great giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance to win. I have no jokes or funny stories to tell, just an admission that I am a fabric hoarder. πŸ™‚

  115. First off, just hang in there. I went through a really bad depression about 6 years ago. Thought I was never going to come out of it, but just took it one day at a time and eventually I did come around. But it was no fun while it was happening. Things will get better, please believe that and take care of yourself. I am a follower, but don’t really care about the fabric-just worried for you.

  116. ooh them are some mightly lovely fabrics … would be honored to win and turn into pretty dresses for my dolls!

    I found you on “The Hive” … gotta love that place – and I’ve only been there for a week!

    Have a wonderful weekend

  117. I love those fabrics. I have little bits of them from some scraps I bought off of etsy, but didn’t know the name. I hope you are starting to feel better, depression is a nasty bugger. I haven’t had an all out “attack” in a while but the lows still hit sometimes.

  118. i have lived with a depression suffer for long time .i got into crafting when i was young but only in the past few years taught myself to sew as a mind distracter..Hopeless that i couldnt do more to help the one i love. but the journey has been long and great to see the sun shine.at the moment…My thoughts are with you and your family Hang in there
    xo πŸ™‚

  119. Oh, this fabric makes me feel so happy with it’s bright colors and fabulous designs!! You are wonderful, too! Thank you for spreading the cheer, even if you’re not feelin’ it so much lately. You rock! I hope you have a wonderful day!! <3

  120. I’m happy to be a SewHappyGeek follower!

    I forgot to add on my last comment… I have a happy tidbit… I’m a nurse and I don’t work very much. I was recently asked to help with a 2-day project. I’m now on day TWELVE of that project! The “happy” bit is that I was twice as productive yesterday, and I will FINISH the project today!! YAYYY!! Happy happy happy! πŸ™‚

  121. Sorry to hear you are feeling some depression. I am with you, girl! I have had a whole lot of stress caused by one particular family member that has made my days full of fear to hear my phone ring! Afraid it will be him again. Pretty pitiful, huh? I actually found a ‘silent’ ringer to put on my phone, so when he calls, I cannot hear it and it goes to voicemail. Not funny, but so true. I was just looking up last night about vitamins to take to see if it would help me out of my funk. Turns out all the vitamin B’s especially B-12. I take these anyway, but have been forgetting some days, so I have to get on the ball with myself. Sewing does get my mind of things and I know it will help you, too. And lots of prayers! LOTS. And I will turn on the local Christian music station and listen while I sew. It helps me focus on what really is iimportant. Funny story? hmmmmm….. I have been trying to think of something funny to post for a full 5 minutes and cannot think of one thing! I guess I better double up on my B vitamins and go do some quilting. Adding you to my prayers. Hugs, Linda

  122. I babysit for a 2 year old. The other day as I took her out of her highchair & set her down she very clearly said, “Time to run amok!” Hope that makes you smile as it did me and hope you feel better soon. Thanks for the chance to win some great fabric.

  123. What beautiful fabrics!
    Am struggling a wee bit myselft atm, so I know how you feel…. but keep going J, things will get better!
    Take care

  124. I would just love to have these. I am currently into greens and pinks and working on a quilt for my mom and would love to incorporate these into the quilt.

  125. Hi Jenna
    I hope you feel better now
    Maybe if you write your problems on a piece of paper, you’ll realize they aren’t big problems
    If it’s possible, please, count me in

  126. My daughter lately has lovingly waken up her big brother in the mornings by rubbing his back and saying “my buddy, my buddy”. She’s 3, he’s 5. So sweet.

  127. Glad your feeling brighter, once the days start lengthening I seem to feel abit more positive, its the Oct thru to Dec here in Uk thats are long, dark days, that my mood drops. See! mother earth still has a handle on our feelings lolol
    I was thrilled one Christmas to receive gifts wrapped in fabric fat quarters, tied with yummy ribbons and threads……from another Creative pal….its a nice touch for a stitchy friend isnt it that!

  128. I follow SewHappyGeek on Facebook. No problem with me on reading. I’ve always subscribed in Google Reader in addition to GFC.

  129. Joke: A sewing machine walks into a bar and the sewing machine behind the bar says aren’t you the famous Singer and the sewing machine says how’d Janome.

  130. Cross stitching is what I usually do but I got a sewing machine for Christmas and am now excited at what I can start to make πŸ™‚

  131. Sorry to hear you are going through a rough time. A happy story…just being with my two nephews makes me happy. They love going to see freight trains with me. They love being with me and that just makes my day.

  132. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Here’s a little something to cheer: Today I will live in the moment, unless the moment is unpleasant…in which case I will eat a cookie.

  133. I had a fun art day yesterday. I was “shopping” for some papercraft stuff and had picked up all of a Tim Holtz Configuration boxes that was on sale, for future use of course! Two ladies came in while I was still shopping and were looking for the same box and I shared me booty with them and gave them each a box since there were none left. As we were talking they both said they were quitlers so since I am VP of the Dallas Area Fiber Artists in Texas I invited both of them to come to our meetings and they said they’d love to. Hope they show up, that will complete the circle of happiness!! Thanks for the giveaway, it’s fabulous!!

  134. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well and thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway. I find sewing a wonderful therapy; this weekend I made two quilt tops using the Jelly Roll Race Quilt technique and it felt so good. Hope you get better soon!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  135. Gee – having that many followers should pull you outta that blue funk! Get yourself some bright, sassy material and whip up something unique and fun. A funny movie and half a box of chocolates usually works for me! πŸ˜€ Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

  136. Beautiful fabric gifts for some lucky person. I have depression too on and off for years. Sewing and baking are my therapy, which is also while I am now poor and fat!

  137. I’m a follower! I think when you see how many people have commented to lift your spirits, you can’t help but feel connected to people and know they care — even if they don’t really know you. That’s huge.

  138. Kahil Gibran reminds us that our joy is only as deep as our sorrow —
    “The deeper Sorrow carves into your being, the more Joy you can contain.”

    Possibly not comforting, but perhaps it will remind you of how expansive your joys have been and are.

  139. Hiya

    I’m sorry to hear you are struggling with depression. It does get better! After 3 years on the mad pills I have halved my dose in the last few months, largely due to the therapeutic qualities of crafting.
    I shall attempt to cheer you with some news that will have no impact on your life at all, but has made my day, and I hope will be infectious! Today, my partner, who has been unemployed since last september, has got a new job! Which is brilliant enough in its own! Plus we may be able to crawl our way out of our horrendous debt..plus I can now afford to buy fabric again. And now we may actually be able to afford to get married this year πŸ™‚ which will then mean we can start trying for a baby! That’s an awful lot of happy for one person, so here, share it with me!


  140. And for my second chance – a comment. A joke. Old and corny, but clean! Where did the music teacher leave her keys? In the piano! Now I’ll be up all night looking at the linky party blogs.

  141. Hi I’m new to Reading your blog after a tweet by twitter. I tend to read your blog when I’m feeding my baby girl in midle of night. I hope you are feeling better soon. I know only to well how you feel. But I think us women are much stronger than we believe we are. That’s my theory today. Keep your head high. And if all else fails sing dori song (from finding nemo) just keep swimming, just keep swimming. X

  142. I just started to follow……everyone! I don’t get much house work done and am fortunate to have a hubby that doesn’t mind that it gets cluttered around here

  143. some happy here is that even with cold wintery temps the last week or so, I’ve seen daffodil greens popping up. Spring is coming – hooray!

  144. Joke for You: What do you call dog kisses? Give up? Pooches Smooches.
    Have a great day! and I love the fabric you are giving away – beautiful!!

  145. hello!

    This is my entry. I just discovered Will & Lily fabric today and love it! My daughter’s just got excited about making things, so this would be a lovely way to start (for me!). It’s ok to feel depressed. It will pass. Tomorrow, the sun may shine, and you may have a great day. You’re not alone either. Doing something this bold is going to be especially hard sometimes. Give yourself credit for all the amazing things you have done, and permission to take a rest and look after yourself for a bit. x

  146. I don’t really have a funny story or a joke, but I would like to thank you for your wonderful tutorials and great inspiration! I am new to quilting and in fact sewing, and I love your tutorials because I can complete them because they are easy to follow and understand! Thank you so much for your blog! πŸ™‚

  147. I am a rather new follower and love your blog. I would love to have this wonderful giveaway.
    A thought for today that has helped me through many hard times.
    Change what you can and change how you think about the things that you cannot.

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