So this is going to be more than just a reveal of the winner of the scraps is…..this is going to be a long explanation of how I embarrassed myself publicly.
Try to follow along with me….
A couple months ago I was cleaning my sewing room. I came to the realization that I didn’t need all of the itty bitty scraps that I had. The scraps were small and good for paper piecing. I held a giveaway. They were shipped out that winner is happily sewing along with them.
Shortly after that I go an email for Jenelle. She was cleaning her sewing room and had a box of scrap fabric that she wanted to get rid of. She had seen that MANY people had signed up hoping to win my box of scraps so she offered that she would give her book away to one of our blog readers if I was willing to host the project. I said yes right away. I knew that blog readers would love it.
At the same time my friend Nell and I had been talking. She had the summer off from school and was tackling her sewing room. She had asked how I organize and get myself to trim it all up. I told her my favorite method is to cut a quilt out as I clean the scrap. I also suggested she make one of Crazy Mom’s Scrap Vortex quilts then she could simple sew as she sorted.
Well somehow in my fast paced-slow brain- life I took Nell to be Jenelle. I thought I was talking to the same person. Both stories jived…and Nell’s name is Janelle. (Yep…I now know. Jenelle is from Kansas…Janelle (Nell) is from Nebraska) UGH. It was a HUGE mix up on my part.
I am so embarrassed. Really embarrassed. Honestly, I feel bad about it. In my defense it’s really hard. When people leave comments on the blog their online name might come up as MaryS. When they email me the email address might come up as BandM@whatever. Then on Instragram they are something else and on Facebook something else yet. Regardless I still take TOTAL responsibility for the mix up.
Anyway…I didn’t know any of this until my phone rang. It was Nell (yes the Janelle from Nebraska) she was laughing on the phone at the blog post I had done about the giveaway. She said she surely had scraps she could give away but we had NEVER had the conversation….After a bit of talking and explaining I figured out what had happened. HOW EMBARRASSING. UGH.
Nell said (and even her son in the back ground) said that she had plenty she could give away….I laughed and thanked her. She’s such a sport.
Then I called Kelli and explained to her what I did. All Kelli said was- “What are you going to do about it?” UGH. That’s why I was calling her. I wanted her to tell me what to do.
Then I sent a note to Jenelle (yes the one in Kansas) and apologized. I asked her to tell me a little about herself….Here’s part of what she wrote, “I grew up in Iowa. Moved to Portland Oregon in 1989 and lived there for 22 years. Then we moved to my husbands family farm in Central Kansas almost 5 years ago. I started quilting in 2003 when I was going to have my first grand child who sadly only lived a few minutes, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying working with fabrics. I now have 2 wonderful grand children ages 10 and 11. I started out with a small Embroidery/sewing machine and have graduated into having a larger embroidery machine / sewing machine combo as well as a long arm quilting machine and a couple antique machines. ”
Well now I know better who is who. I did chuckle all over again when Jenelle signed her email, “Jenelle (from Kansas) not Janelle (from Nebraska)“. If that doesn’t help me, nothing will…HA!
In light of all of the mix up. I decided to offer up a second box of my scraps….We’ll have two winners.
Sorry I didn’t get the best picture. All I can say is that the box from me is chuck full. The bag on the left is full of brown strings. I’m hoping someone might want to make Bonnie Hunter’s Pffernuse quilt that’s in her String Fling book.
So how to pick winners…How about this?I had said that Janelle or Nell from Nebraska would pick her favorite children’s book…well being that Nell is no long in the picture I am picking two childhood books that meant a lot to me. I vividly remember my mother reading “The Boxcar Children” and “The Black Stallion” to me. I loved them both and they will forever be on my favorite book list. There were several people who mentioned each of those books.
So the winner of Jenelle (the one from Kansas)’s box of goodies is ….Cindy Wienstroer who said, “Some of my favorite books were by Margierite Henry like Misty of Chincoteague and the Black Stallion series. Guess I liked horses!! Thanks”
..and the winner of my box of scrap goodies is…Kay Mc who said, “The Boxcar Kids was always my favorite book to read in elementary school. Looks like a great box of scraps to play with.”
phew…okay. There’s the whole story. Sometimes behind what seems like a simple blog post is a big mess of me of putting my foot in my mouth. And with that, confession time is over. Apologizes to Janelle…and to Jenelle…and to all of you who got wrapped up in my mistake.