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. Wow… nice new background, but EWWW to those glasses! LMAO That’s about all I see in that photo. There are pics of us in brightly colored polo shirts with the collars up, too! hehe It’s cool to see a pic of YOUR old house… just need Megan sitting on the front porch,eh? 🙂

  2. I like to sew from all rescued fabric. And the 70s stuff is easily my favorite. The house I grew up in had COLUMNS added later. Really, Scarlet O’Hara? Really?

  3. Erin

    Lisa – the glasses completely slay me. Also, I took some photos of Mason all around that day, including your house, of course. They’re all from a moving vehicle, so blurred, but they’re here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/compassionate/sets/72157594564398458/

    Ginger – I had to LOL at your Scarlet comment, but wow! I might have been forced to take a pickaxe to such a thing. Boo, hiss, stupid people! Thanks for entering!

  4. I live in Lansing too 🙂 and I’m following you on twitter, mthecatyarns (or something like that)

  5. Do I detect someone fluent in Lolspeak? If so, de interwebs luvs u, ok thx bye!

    Thank you for addressing greed and flippancy. Do I have anything insightful to add? Um… yes? My whole reason for creating a blog myself was to document the history of the women of my family through hand-sewn work. Contextualization, baby!

    Er… that wasn’t exactly insightful… My piercing wit has been swallowed up by all the other vapid comments I’ve left on giveaways today. 🙂 On that note…

    Thanks for introducing me to your blog! 🙂

  6. Christin

    My favorite Christmas tradiotn is our annual bonfire:) Lovely prize!! Thanks!
    christinbanda at yahoo dot com

  7. That fabric is certainly something. I think I’d probably make an “ugly quilt” for a local church group to give away to the homeless. They actually prefer to make ugly quilts because it lessens the chance of theft.

    Personally, I love to use bright colors in my quilts.

    Thanks for the chance

  8. amanda

    Man, I love that fabric. Not yet being alive in the 70s and not living in the ‘country’ when I was alive, I love all of these things. I even had a “A Family is Love” piece of artwork (complete with a ever smaller line of ducks) in my college dorm room. Ah, false memories.

  9. Well, for my wedding I decided that I was not going to do a traditional guest book. I knew I would never ever look at it after the wedding. So instead I made a guest quilt for all the guests to sign. But I have never before made a quilt in my life, and only just bought a sewing machine 2 years ago. Introduce Serenity, a friend I work with who is a pro at making quilts. She has been wonderful, helping to pick fabrics and a color scheme, giving up weekends and nights so I can come over and cut and sew with her (I bring my sewing machine to her house). It’s been great. My wedding was a month ago and everyone LOVED the quilt. The top was mostly put together, and that is what people signed. I am just super proud of how well this idea came to life. Now I just need to make the backing and sew it together.

  10. Angela

    Propel, propel, propel your craft gently across liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically… existence is but an illusion.

    That’s all I could think of! 🙂


  11. Angela

    And, I added you to my reader.

  12. Kelli Jo

    I love, Love, LOVE the fabric!!!!

  13. I have two autistic boys and I am waiting to see what the third will do and if he will be like his brothers….I sew to relax me.

    Thanks for doing this.

  14. Sara

    I got into sewing because I was too poor to buy decorative pillows, and because I somehow discovered Etsy. I promptly emailed everyone I knew to tell them about this wonderful new phenomenon called “Etsy.” I thought I had found some sort of unknown treasure.

    Your site is fun; I’d add you to my RSS feed but I have no idea what that is and I’d follow you on Twitter but I will hopefully never use Twitter.

    Also, I think it’s 10 opportunities to win. 🙂

  15. gwyneth

    i have 2 cats – aslan (orange stripes) and gandalf (gray). i love them dearly and they (sometimes) love each other.

    i added you to my RSS feed in google reader.

  16. meg

    my kitty’s name is pepper. he had the tips of both of his earn torn off in fights. he’s a sweetie. when i went home (from college) for thanksgiving, he slept in my bed, on the pillow next to me, THE ENTIRE NIGHT, which he’s never done before. aww kitttttyyyy!!

  17. Ann

    Hmm…something interesting? Usually, just the fact that I’m a female engineer is enough. Nobody is ever really interested in what I actually do though, because engineering is too boring or unknowable for anyone to contemplate asking any more questions. And if they did, they wouldn’t understand what I do anyway. Let’s just say I go to meetings and do email for a living – how’s that sound?

    Three cats, eight cars, one husband.

    And I subscribed with google reader, because you made me laugh 🙂 and I grew up in the 60’s & 70’s.

  18. Lets see, I’ve been making quilts for charity recently and have found that the EASIEST and QUICKEST quilt in the whole wide world is a scrappy strip quilt. YOu can arrange the blocks several different ways so they look slightly different and it uses up whatever width fabric you happen to have. No measuring, not finicky corners or keeping a 1/4 inch seam, just sew and go!

  19. Megan

    Hello! I saw you over on my blog earlier! I decided that I wanted to sew during my senior year of college, in 2006 and got a sewing machine and just started going. I have just recently started using patterns & can now make some cute aprons! haha

  20. I’m following you on twitter

  21. Oh, what beautiful fabrics. I would love to win them. I’m not sure if my daughter would keep the little kerchief on her head. You know how kids can be about wearing things we want them to wear. Maybe I could tell her, “Don’t wear this no matter what!” She’ll probably have it on for weeks. After all, she did wear underwear on her head while she was still in diapers. 🙂

    I followed you on twitter (jkundhi) and added you to my rss. Yes, I really want that fabric!

    Thanks for participating in my giveaway, too!

  22. Hey, I’m Erin, too! And I was born in the early 70s, too! And that’s about it – it is the end of the work day and I am not at my most interesting. But I’d love the fabric…

  23. Are you kidding? I love that photo.
    It is like the cast of a John Hughes film. Awesome.
    I love the new theme. I would like to have a shot at winning that fabric. I don’t twitter but I will add you to my blog list and I will write you a little story…as soon as I think of one.

  24. Now THAT is some great fabric! I’m making an 80s quilt – embroidering some favorite coloring book pages of mine (I linked to my flickr account in case you want to see the only two panels I have finished 😀 ) Anyway, I’d use the fabric for that. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway – beautiful fabric!

  25. Hmm…something interesting. I make killer oatmeal cookies and I’m making a bunch with cranberries and white chocolate chips for a cookie trade.

  26. April

    I am following you on twitter (april_in_autumn) and I subscribed to your RSS feed.

    In search of further entries, I have also bought a star and named it after your blog and changed my son’s name to Erin. I baked you this cake (http://static.vsocial.com/theknot/022008/photos/05843c86e9cecc221f781e88660e9474_player.png) but I don’t think it will survive well in shipping so I ate it myself.

  27. I remember on Christmas morning getting up really early and waking my dad up (by the toes, he was in the military and all else would end up badly) then we walked out to the living room to find two piles of presents one for me and one for my brother. My dad would go to the kitchen to start the coffee. We would sit there looking at the presents (we didn’t know which pile was which) and wait. We were not allowed to wake my mom up until the coffee was completely done. It was the worse thing (you know when you are five)!! AHHH the memories!!!

  28. This post cracked me up. Something interesting…hm…okay. I am related to both General Custer and the Campbells (as in, “The Campbells are coming!”) Not relatives that I’m super proud of, but interesting nonetheless.

  29. We just got 2 new pug puppies.

  30. Grace Wong

    holy cow!
    those are some darn sweet fabrics!

  31. apparently i dig the 70s because i saw that and thought it’d look good with the overly green xmas fabric i bought. so there you go, i like to celebrate christmas, in the country, in 1974.

    speaking of wallpaper (nice segue, yeah?), the house my grandfather grew up in had red velveteen wallpaper. nothing says quality like a wall that feels like a stuffed animal.

    thanks for the offer…

  32. I’m a 70’s girl myself. Most of my clothes were either hand-me-downs or something my Mom made for me. My favorite outfit my Mom made for me was a green pair of overalls with an engineer’s hat to match. I was probably 8 years old and I wore this everywhere. I wish I still had them. I looked great with the red shag carpet of the living room.

  33. Cathy

    You see “country” I see cute clothes for a 15 month old girl…. I don’t know what we were thinking with those female mullets back in the 80’s but I’m positive that I sported one just like Lisa…picture natural curly hair, with Alberto mousse, but in a not so lovely shade of dishwater blonde. Why don’t people just call it light brown? What is it about dishwater that would make anyone think it should describe hair???? I digress…please consider me for the extra chances, with this hair color I need all the help I can get, and thankfully, there are way better products out now for my curly hair! Okay, digressing again. Looking forward to reading through your blog.

  34. Shelley C

    Well, I lived through those years as well…a tad older than you, but still, been there done that! I am horrible at remember antedotes…and I’m not very interesting either. Guess I can’t go wrong with sharing something I wrote in HS….and I quote….”A man at war with himself may not come back alive”. Impressed my English teacher but good…always thought to submit it to reader’s Digest or something…

  35. dont tell anyone, but i can’t tell time very well. just never caught on. thank god for digital.

  36. i always wished i’d been alive in the seventies. shoot, i missed the good part of the eighties too.

    i have a super fluffy black cat that i found on a tennis court in idaho.

  37. I got into quilting this past July after I found an easy Tutorial on Moda Back shop. I left a comment on the gal who did the tut. and she kindly emailed me back and from there gave me some tips to get started and that’s all she wrote…I was off…quilting every chance I get

  38. Love Razzle Dazzle thread, great to use with bobbin drawing. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Happy Holidays.


  39. Megan

    Lovin’ the blog… and you are hillarious. FYI. Okay… true cat story. I have two kitties: Cicero and Hamlet. They’re brothers from anotha motha (humane society rescues) and are the same age, but one is 8 pounds (6 of which are gray and white fluff) and the other is 20 (we tell him he’s “big boned” so as to not hurt his feline feelings). They cuddle and kiss and groom and play and love on each other and make the best-slash-most awkward couple I’ve ever seen. Hooray for true love. The moral of the story.

  40. Kimberly

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Alright funny story time this is about my friend’s son:
    “Ben started playing with Thomas trains before he could speak. So when he started to talk, he would say train names…So like all children some of the letter sounds go missing when first speaking.

    Thomas= dumb-Azz He would emphasize AZZ
    And Percy -can you guess, yep Pussy

    Well, this went on for like a year, so they got used to hearing him say it and wouldn’t even think anything about it. Also, kids get pronouns mixed up…like “pick you up” instead of “pick me up” So one day we were out at a park playing and Ben runs up to his mom and says, “Where’s your pussy….dumb-AZZ?” in his cutest little boy voice with his hands out and shoulders up. Well, the mom next to her was like, “ughhh…what did he say?” She’s pulling trains out of her pockets and started to explain, but she didn’t think it was funny. Once my friend saw she was offended, she started laughing so hard at how it must have really sounded. She looked at my friend like she was crazy and left.”

    When I heard this story I started laughing so hard I was crying.

  41. Yeah–and I had to follow that comment? I’ve got nothing! No insight, really I’m just kinda in a stupor. did you try adding curry to any of your veggie pasties? yummy!

    Thanks for the chance to win! And for sharing your pictures!

  42. Hi. I have moved from the city to work on a dairy farm, and with my countrification has come sewing, canning, gardening, and a general folksiness. Also, I just hate going to the store [especially big ones owned by large corporations] so I’d rather just make it myself.

  43. Well, I have always wanted to quilt and not sure why really. I took a class in Feb and am about to finish the binding on that first quilt that I made for my son. He’s 14 months old. I have another one that I started and needs binding now too. Then I finished 2 for people for Christmas. I also made one for a friend’s baby and another smaller one to practice for my son. So I just need to finish my first one…before Baby #2 arrives within the next 5 weeks! I think I’ll be a little busy when he/she arrives. 🙂 At least for a little while.

  44. Elle Clark

    Once again not trying to win, since learning to machine sew is still on my to do list. But I am hoping to do something interesting. We have 9 cats and they do get brushed regularly to try to keep the hair down and for their enjoyment! We have started keeping the hair from these brushings and I am planning to learn how to spin and make yarn. So, at some point I will have yarn made from the fur of our cats. Probably not something most people are doing!

  45. I just wrote a very long and sweet story and then when I went to submit… UGH! problem with that darn captcha code. So it is gone. Really. I don’t have the energy or time to write it all again so you’ll have to read about it on my blog. Oh … how about this one.
    My son once stood in front of a mirror in our living room, I think he was about 8, and he said that his insides didn’t match his outsides. We said “what do you mean?” He said” The person I feel I am on the inside doesn’t match this face.”

  46. I LOVE this fabric! I think I’m just naturally drawn to all things tacky and gifted in bad taste, so I flock to anything from the 70’s and 80’s!

    Happy Holidays!

  47. Michelle

    Love the colors in this fabric. Funny story. My son got in trouble yesterday at school for kissing the class photo. When asked why he did it he told me he was kissing a certain girl and because she wouldn’t let him kiss her “for real” he had to kiss her picture.

  48. The fabrics look like they could be fun and add to my collection. My life doesn’t seem to be so exciting to have embarrassing stories or lots of family traditions. But here is about the best (and easiest) cake recipe. I have made it twice in the last month!


    * 18 ounces devil’s food cake mix
    * 1 1/3 cups water
    * 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
    * 3 large eggs
    * 8 ounces caramel topping
    * 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
    * 1 cup butterfinger candy bar, crushed
    * 12 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
    * 8 ounces cream cheese, softened


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Lightly spray a 13 by 9 inch pan with cooking spray.
    Mix cake mix, water, oil and eggs with an electric mixer. Blend on low speed for 1 minute, scrap the sides and then mix at medium for 2 more minutes.
    The batter should look thick and well blended.
    Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing out the top with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.
    Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 35 to 38 minutes.
    Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack.
    Immediately poke holes in the top of the cake with a drinking straw or chopstick.
    While the cake is baking prepare the topping. Place the caramel topping and the sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl and stir to combine.
    Spoon this mixture over the warm cake so that it can seep down into the holes. Measure out half of the crushed candy bars and sprinkle the pieces over the cake.
    Place the whipped topping and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and blend with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth and combined.
    Spread the frosting over the candy covered cake.
    Sprinkle the remaining candy pieces on top.
    Place the pan, uncovered, the refrigerator to chill the cake for about 20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
    Store this cake, covered with wax paper, in teh refrigerator for up to 1 week (if it lasts that long!).

  49. Those are some of the best 70s fabrics I’ve seen! One interesting thing about me: I’ve been at work for 3 hours now and all I’ve done is entered giveaways on Sew Mama Sew! Haha, don’t tell! 🙂

  50. Want these fabrics! Love the colors! I’m not much of a quilter, but am trying to make some 9patches and snowball blocks into a comforter for the girls for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway. alusco(at)centurytel(dot)net

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