70's Giveaway Day


I was born in 1970, and my when my parents built our house in the middle of the cornfield in 1974, my mom did her very best to deck it out in country-esque fashion. There were antiques and floral wallpapers and blue carpeting and wallpaper borders and fake brick linoleum floors in the kitchen and wooden geese and ducks everywhere and I hated it all. I loved the antiques and the woodwork, mind you, but the rust orange sofa? The “classic” floral wingback chair? Forget about it.

Sample wallpaper here – that’s me, second from the right. To my left is Lisa – check out those glasses. <hi Lisa!> My two younger cousins are on the ends. I’m 99% certain Shawn had never been anywhere close to Texas.

Wow. Seriously?

Wow. Seriously?

You’ll notice by the clothing, and by my stylish Swatch, this is the 80’s. My folks maintained that decor until I went to college and moved away, at which point, they promptly redid everything with very nice replacements – even a fireplace. Then, not much later, they divorced and sold the house. The new owners put on brick red shutters, installed some kind of knight statue on the porch and built a giant pole barn over our orchard. Ah, memory lane…

The bastards put on red shutters

The bastards put on red shutters

Wowsers – still with me for the free stuff? Ok.

This giveaway would be way cooler had I not given a bunch of stuff away just a few days ago, before the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day was announced. Oops! Ah well – it was a pleasure to send the Moda layer cake over to The Bitchy Stitcher, and two additional small parcels to other readers. Well, it will have been a pleasure, after they go into the mail tomorrow.

The Free Stuff Today: Classic country-style fabrics I bought in what can only be described as a fit of uncontrollable and inexplicable nostalgia for the 70’s… the 70’s I endured and hated (at least the half for which I was self-aware,) with its disco music (which I now <shudder> adore,) its bellbottoms, its ridiculous lapels… ok, still mostly hate the 70’s apparel.

I bought this here fabric on an Ambien shopping binge. I made some 9-patches out of them, still have a metric honkload left over, and no idea what to do with them.  Want them? Yay! The pieces are mostly fat-quarter-sized or larger, and are pre-washed (thus, they have frayed edges… it is, alas, ani mperfect world,) and the three around the top and sides are at all probably a half-yard or better. I think the two top pieces are probably Japanese prints, but in my drug-induced haze, they translated as “COUNTRY.”

Ah, country classic

Ah, country classic

But wait, there’s more! A small-sized handmade hairkerchief, made in my clumsy, amateurish style. Perfect for a little girl or an elf-sized adult! Or one very unfortunate dog.

Adorable, yet... clumsy

Adorable, yet... clumsy

The Winning – How to Do Eet:

You’re probably doing a lot of this today, right? Are you sick of adding people to Twitter and linking back on your blog? Well, you don’t have to link to me on your blog; I don’t want the fantastic, creative world of sewing and quilting blogs to become an endless circle of giveaway links. The internets crave content! Save the internets! (Of course, that being said, I’d love it if you’d give me a line on your blogroll.)

Alrighty, let’s fire up the winning machine:

* 1 entry for each distinct commenter on this post who tells me something interesting; an anecdote, a favorite recipe, a treasured memory, your favorite style of quilting, what kind of pets you have, your favorite kind of thread and why, how you got into sewing/quilting – anything you want to share. Interesting comments are fun for the whole crowd!

* 1 additional entry if you follow me on Twitter – use the “Follow Me” button on the right edge over there (I promise to actually start updating Twitter… no really. Please indicate your Twitter ID in your comment if you have done this.)

* 3 additional entries if you add me to your RSS feed (likewise, please let me know if you do so in your comment)

* 5 additional entries if I select your comment as The One Bestest, Most Interesting, Funny, Poignant or Insightful Comment to Which I Have Ever Borne Personal Witness. I realize this is hugely subjective, but I am fully prepared to be impressed with what you all come up with.

Now if my math is up to snuff, those there are eleven ten opportunities to win!  \o/

Deadline for entry is December 6th at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Shipping to US addresses only… sorry…

On the 7th, I’ll go over all entries and give everyone the appropriate number of draws. Everyone’s names will be all jumbled up together, then a winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, December 7th… sometime in the evening, after I get home from work. Certainly by bedtime.

Good luck to you all, and I can’t wait to see what comes in. (And I hope my server survives without crashing; I don’t know if I should expect 6 visitors or 6000.)

[EDIT: Holy wow! So many awesome things on other peoples’ blogs! I’ve been adding nifty new people to my Google Reader and currently have more than 400 500 600 700 800 900 (holy cow!) posts to read through. Jinkies, but what fun. Hope you are having a good giveaway day!]

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85 responses to 70's Giveaway Day

  1. Unity

    Well, earlier this fall I discover steampunk, and in plotting my sewing projects for it so I can ‘update’ my warderobe to move of dress style like that I have the *huge* urge to take up quilting and thus cover any surface that a person would lay on in my house with said quilts while stashing extras off in the linen closet for when extras are needed or I have to wash one. I am really feeling weirder by the day with this whole lots go neo victorian clothing and decor.

    Just think of how my poor husband feels. At least my daughters understand me. 😀

    Thanks for a chance at the awesome give away.

  2. Erika

    Something interesting eh? Well I think I got into sewing because my mom did it but she didn’t teach me how to do it. So because she wouldn’t teach me how to use the machine, I sewed my first bag by hand from my favorite pair of jeans that had awesome fake turquoise stones on the pockets… without a thimble. It was hard work but I made it through. Any way, I love fabric from the 70s, possibly because I was born in the 80s where everything was even uglier.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Libby

    We have a tri color Llewellyn Setter named Heidi, who says “WOOF” ! to that neck scarf !

  4. I’v been paintin’ I’ve been stitchin, worken hard cleanin my kitchin’ and you went and gave the layer cake to bitchin” PAH-lease okay fine enter me for the 70’s fabric. please 🙂 kellysmith89@hotmail.com

  5. First of all, I totally had glasses like that too! I had my initials on them though…you know like the peel and stick 1/4 inch size. They cascaded down the side. Hilarious to look back on!

    Why do all the comments here say “…on July December 3rd, 2009”? Just wondering.

    Interesting thing… did you know that a teenage girls feet just pulled out of boots (like Ugg’s), can smell worse than a wet dog? It’s true! I have proof. Both the girl with killer feet and a dog.

  6. emtd;b

    My first sewing experience was making a skirt that I swear used up 3 yards of material. But it really swirled when I spun around. Now I want to do the same for my daughter, but she won’t be caught dead in a dress or skirt, so I am now stuck only making them for me. But I can only make so many, so some of the other material us being used to make these great table hot pads. Those colors would be so great for those. Even the 70’s was good for something. Thanks for the chance!!!!!

  7. Lisa looks so much like my cousin did when she was young, that is minus the glasses. My cousin passed way to young, but what a wonderful picture that reminded me of one of my best friends. Thank you for sharing.. As for the house, who in their right mind puts a suit of armor on the porch, wait there is a house near me that has greek statues at the beginning of the walk way and it is a ranch style house, so that is tacker than your old house.
    For a funny, tickle your funny bone laugh. Two years ago at Christmas we took movies of all the grandkids playing in the front yard with our blowup lawn decorations, than continued with them opening there gifts. My daughter brought the video into my office to show my co workers our holiday fun. One coworker came in and after watching the video she asked what child care center was that taken at, NO Pat it is my house and my grand kids, she walked away just shaking her head and said bless you I didn’t know….There were about 14 of the 21 grand kids there….

  8. Megan Presley

    I love the fabric! I don’t know what to say except that if something is bright, obnoxious, tacky, or generally what the majority of people would throw up at, I LOVE it! (Not to say that is what your fabric looks like, just a general rule for some of my tastes!) I love the rust/burnt orange from the 70’s as well as the crazy olive green. Can you believe I would actually search out those olive green appliances if I knew I could find some in working order? =) It’d be a fun start to get into the sewing world – as I am a complete newbie here….but my sister is inspiring me to do more! sales4mp@gmail.com

  9. Julie in WA

    My parent’s friends built that same house out in the country in SW Minnesota! I think they had that same wallpaper! BTW, I like that fabric; it would work great in a scrappy quilt!. And now for a joke from my daughter…What would happen in you dropped the Thanksgiving platter? It would mean the downfall of Turkey, the spread of Greece, and the destrucion of China!

  10. Sue Cahill

    I started quilting in the 70’s so I think that fabric is fantastic.

    My family tree (on my Mom’s side) has been traced back to England in the 1400’s. The last person to step off the Mayflower is one of my ancestors as well as several maen and women convicted of withcraft at Salam and Tom Thumb’s wife (the circus midet). I even had a great-great Aunt Grace that beleived the world was going to end in 1955…glad she was wrong!

  11. Sue Cahill

    I have subscribed to your feed!

  12. Erin

    Haha! I understand your disdain for the 70s. However, I started sewing seriously as a professional tall ship sailor (think old pirate ships). No electricity, no fun fabric…lots and lots of sail cloth and canvas. Now that I am on shore, I am learning the joys of joining the 21st century. I think I like the 70s style fabric because it is the antithesis of sail cloth. Bright, crazy, completely synthetic. Please help me take baby steps out of the age of sail! The 70s have to be better than that! :o) Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. I started sewing because all my friends were doing it and I wanted to be cool like them! Ha actually I just wanted to be able to whip up cheap unique gifts!

  14. Lynn Osborne

    All together the fabric looks a little country, but by themselves they could pass for all sorts of little projects. I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  15. I love sewing clothing from vintage patterns. I have a large collections from the 1940s through the 1970s. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    I am a homeschooling mom of 16 years. I have five children from ages 21 months to 21 years.

    I am also having a giveaway; so be sure and stop by my blogs. I have two, one for sewing and one for art. http://www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and http://www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

    My 9 year old daughter is also having a giveaway on her sewing blog. Hers is http://www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

    trudy dot callan at gmail dot com

  16. Ok… I’m thinking of what to tell you that will impress your socks off. But, I’ll tell you that I looooooove your blog! I’m subscribing. Right now. Instantly. Because I’m addicted to blogs and good ones with funny people who seem like they would be fun to hang with are always worth reading…..

    Gee, that sounds dorky.

  17. Ok, I don’t have anything earth-shattering, but here’s my comment that is possibly couch-shattering…. I am obsessed with giveaways. I have entered 99% of the giveaways from the Sew, Mama, Sew list. I was going to have a giveaway on my site since the one in May was so helpful for my business. (And, I like to share the love, too.) So, I’ve been planning for months on what I would give. But, don’t bother moseying on over to my site to see what I have to offer…. I thought it started Sunday. I was all geared up today to get online and get my post prepped. But, I kept wondering why they were starting it on Sunday. So, I checked. And it had already started. So, I started entering, but couldn’t figure out why so many people had already been entering. Then, it dawned on me: The giveaway started on Wednesday, stupid. (At this point, I’m calling myself stupid, not you. I wouldn’t do that. After all, I’m trying to win here.) I’m feeling like a big, ol’ idiot. A giveaway-addicted, absolutely distracted, chaotic idiot.

    Oh well… maybe I’ll win something and it’ll all be better. Last time I entered 300 of these and only won a fat quarter of fabric. Sigh.

    I hope I at least made you laugh!

  18. Denise K.

    FYI this is a repeat the codee thing GOT me! ;( … How could you NOT take Laura’s side on little house?? I think that was against the law!(70s laws anyways:) Thanks for the great giveaway. Being a ’68 model myself I happen to love the vintage fabrics sooo here’s my story, mostly about my son. I adopted him in ’97. he was quite small. they told me he was a girl so i named him Miss Marple(cause i love agatha christie) Had to change his name to Mr. Marple a few weeks later when I realized they lied. He was an only child for years and then at 38 I had my miracle baby- my lil girl. Having all the arrogance of a Siamese (he’s really only a halfbreed, but i’ve never told him the truth about his birth) I have to say that …..3 years later he has really adjusted quite well! BTW, did I mention my age?? No, guess not…I’ll let YOU do the math!!! lol 🙂 That should be worth 5 entries don’t ya think??

  19. Interesting huh? Well, the interesting thing about me is there really isn’t anything interesting about me, my life or t-shirts. K, just a second, let me get my thinking hat on. Ok, yes, I found something…I really like peanuts. No, that wont do. I really like elephants. No, I know, I know how to spell ostentacious …ostentatious and I know what it means too. Wait..do i?

    Nerds have more fun. At least we think we do.


  20. Hmm. Something interesting about me. I’ve been quilting for 20 years and I’m only 30. I think that the reason I got into college was that I wrote an essay about quilting and included a picture of a quilt I made. They figured if I was that willing to admit that I was a SUPER nerd (crafting was not so “in” 10 years ago, that I was nerdy enough to go to their “prestigious” school.

  21. Name

    I like your country fabrics… I Don’t see country as much as you do but I know I can use them! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  22. Candace Hednerson

    I like your country fabrics… I Don’t see country as much as you do but I know I can use them! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. Sandy

    Had to laugh at the comment about the rust orange sofa. We moved into a house in 1978 that had orange carpeting and not one but two pair of floor length orange drapes in the living room! Had to wear shades till we got rid of all that orange!

  24. Bobbi

    I learned how to sew when i was little, my mom tried to teach me, but i wasn’t all that interested. Then my grandmother died 2 years ago and left her Bernina sewing machine to my aunt. My aunt didn’t need it and gave it to me. Much to my dismay, i actually wanted to sew again. Money is tight and I have 3 kids and a house with no curtains so my interest has been sparked! I am loving my renewed interest and am having lots of fun too.

    my twitter id is bbenski/ and I added you to my Rss Feed. Love the blog, thanks.

  25. Betsy

    I would love to have this fabric (70sish or not, country or whatever) for my non0existent stash, and probably to use in a table runner I plan to make soon.

    Unique and interesting fact: My husband and I live with his 91-year-old grandmother in a house she has lived in for 60 years, 40 of those as a widow! I learn so much from her – she tells great stories and has a ton of wisdom. When she downsized, she gave me her sewing machine and I am learning to sew on it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I added you to my google reader. And we have dogs–always adults from the pound. We just got a new one. I think our favorite breed is Australian Cattle Dog.

  27. Susie

    My favorite style of quilting? That has always been patchwork in style. I’ve adult ADD and anything other than single blocks into a quilt drives me to distraction. As a result, I’ve a TON of UFOs waiting on me to look at them again. Meh..some day.

    My tastes have certainly changed over the ages though. When I started quilting, which I took a class to learn, I was “in to” the bright blinding colors. I’ve since discovered that I love the toned down colors much like those in your giveaway and especially “Civil War” fabrics. I guess we really do “mellow out” with age. I know that I did.

    I’ve also added you to my Google Reader. I can just imagine how many new blog posts are waiting for me from all of the awesome blogs I’ve added.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  28. Rachel

    Well… I got into sewing through 4-H, actually, and my grandmother generously spent many hours coaching me through the basics. One year, I was working on a fairly simple 4-H project: a short-sleeved casual dress. The skirt was made of a patterned cotton and the bodice was made from some nice stretchy knit fabric. My mother had accompanied me to the store to purchase the fabric and I had picked out exactly what I wanted to use. When I was putting it together with my grandmother, though, she saw my nice new fabric and realized that she had some similar (but definitely not the same) fabrics in her giant closet of fabric. My dear grandmother is incredibly frugal – almost TOO frugal – and so she folded up my new fabric, telling me to save it for another project. Her strategy is to use the old first and save the new for a bigger, better use in the future (thus her huge stash of fabric). My mother could immediately tell that inferior fabric had been used, as the whole thing looked rather faded despite being newly constructed, and she and I put together a second dress with my actual fabric before judging… though it wasn’t as well put together as the first one due to the lack of professional supervision. That memory always makes me smile- I do love my grandmother. 🙂

  29. I loved 70’s styled prints! Why? The remind me of my great grandma’s house and how much I enjoyed visiting her and all the crazy floral prints that decorated her home. Your collection of prints brings back happy memories for me. Love your blog btw.


  30. Tiffany

    I got my love of sewing from my mom who never learned to use patterns, she just makes up her own!
    following you on twitter…..tiffaanyrhanks
    also following u in google reader
    Thanks so much for the chance!!!

  31. I apologize but i feel that it is too late to be appropriately witty tonight. In lieu of witty and uber-awesome, i’ll give you some of my favorite recipes: breakfast, dinner, and a delicious cookie recipe (… if it lets my comment get that long!)
    thanks for the opportnity to enter your awesome scraps giveaway 🙂
    sarita0818 at comcast dot net
    Puffy Apple Pancake

    Preparation time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Baking time: 15 minutes
    Baking temperature: 425º

    2 tablespoons margarine
    ½ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
    6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into
    3 eggs
    ¾ cup milk
    ¾ cup flour
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    cinnamon and clove

    • In 12-inch skillet with oven-proof handle, heat margarine, ½ cup sugar, and ¼ cup water to boiling.
    • Add apple wedges and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are golden and sugar mixture begins to carmelize. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and cloves while cooking.
    • With blender or mixer, blend eggs, milk, flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons sugar until smooth.
    • Pour batter over apples in skillet. Place skillet in oven.
    • Bake 15 minutes at 425º until puffed and golden.


    Ghanaian Peanut Soup

    • 2 cups uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
    • Dash peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
    • 3-5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
    • ½ a medium minced onion
    • Whole ginger, minced, to taste (about 1” of root)
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 1 – 2 carrots, diced
    • 1 little fresh tomato, diced
    • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
    • 6 oz. unsalted tomato paste
    • 1 tsp. cayenne
    • 1 carton (about 32 ounces) chicken stock

    1. Dice approx. 2 frozen chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
    2. Add dash of peanut oil to pan, and sauté garlic and onion. Then add the diced chicken, and sauté until chicken is cooked.
    3. Add diced ginger, celery, and carrots, and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is cooking, mix the peanut butter and tomato paste together with some of the chicken stock (to make a smooth liquid, rather than having big clumps of peanut butter and paste).
    4. Add the two mixtures to the rest of the chicken stock, and add the diced tomato and cayenne to taste. If necessary, thin to desired consistency with a bit of water.

    NOTE: Can be eaten like a plain soup, but makes an entire meal served warm over a scoop of rice.


    Cappuccino Flats

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 50 cookies
    Baking time: 10 to 12 minutes
    Baking temperature: 350º
    Cookie sheet: UNGREASED
    Chilled: YES – 1 hour + overnight

    2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup shortening
    ½ cup butter
    ½ cup sugar
    ½ cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons instant coffee
    2 teaspoons water
    1 egg
    1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
    3 tablespoons shortening

    • Melt unsweetened chocolate, stir, and cool slightly.
    • Mix flour, cinnamon, and salt.
    • Beat shortening and butter with mixer; add sugar/brown sugar. Dissolve coffee in water and add. Add melted chocolate and egg, beat well. Add flour mixture and beat.
    • Cover and chill 1 hour or more.
    • Shape into two 7-inch rolls, wrap, and refrigerate overnight (6 hours).
    • Cut into ¼ inch slices and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
    • Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350º.
    • Melt chocolate chips and shortening, and dip half of each cookie; set on waxed paper to cool, set.

    (well, i found another delicious cookie recipe)

    Chocolate Crinkles

    Preparation time:
    Yields: 3 to 4 dozen
    Bake time: 10 minutes
    Baking temperature: 350º
    Cookie sheet: GREASED
    Chilled: YES, several hours

    ½ cup oil
    4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
    2 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
    2 cups flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    ½ teaspoon salt

    • Mix oil, melted chocolate and sugar on medium. Blend in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
    • Sift dry ingredients together. Add to chocolate mixture.
    • Chill dough for several hours (overnight or several days works, too).
    • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into powdered sugar, roll into balls, and space 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
    • Bake at 350º for 10 to 12 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
    • Cool 2 to 3 minutes before removing from sheet onto rack.

  32. Amy

    I started embroidering in 4th grade when my class made cushions for our desk chairs. I started quilting this year when I decided I wanted to piece my embroidered squares myself, rather than sending them away to someone else. I started making a quilt for my best friend’s baby before he was born. Yeah, so he’s eight months old now and I’m still not done, but I have vowed to finish it for Christmas. And yeah, he’s Jewish, but I needed a deadline to make me stop procrastinating!

  33. Something interesting about me? I don’t know. I am a medical intern. Funny since I hated and refused to dissect anything in high school. Including a worm! And I’m a mariachi player. Maybe I will become a singing doctor? One that crochets in the middle of the night, when my patients are sleeping. 🙂


  34. Kess

    Well, I’m one of those people that starts all these amazing cool craft projects…and never finishes them. So, at the moment, I have one quilt, six pillows, three stuffed animals, two cross stitch, two embroideries, one knitted scarf, and a bunch of jewelry and christmas tree ornaments in various stages of completion. Well, it keeps life from getting boring. Also, I’m a bio major, and I sit in the back of lecture halls basting and piecing quilt squares, because all our notes are now electronic. I might actually finish something now!
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!
    embyrfire [at] hotmail [dot] com

  35. Cal

    I do like your 70’s inspired stash. Today I made a pear tart.

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