Thursday, June 16, 2016

Celebrate Like It's 1999 Giveaway


Actually there are several reasons to party around here like it's 1999.  That was the year these crazy kids decided to take the leap and walk down the isle and it was a year of the 17 year cicadas.


This is a picture taken outside of the church where we were married.  They were everywhere!  If you are unfamiliar with these little critters, for most of their lives they live underground as nymphs.  You would never know they are 8 ft under the ground.  Every 17 years they dig their way to the surface and moult their skin to become these large fly like things (the un-glamorous butterfly story if you ask me).  The males make a buzzing/clicking sound in hopes to snag themselves a lady friend.  The screeches from these love sick fools will drive you nuts insane.  The females then lay their eggs in the bark of twigs, the nymphs hatch then fall to the ground and bury until they emerge 17 years later.  Then the cycle starts all over again.  

With all these love sick bugs fling around EVERYWHERE and setting on EVERYTHING, it's made capturing my quilty photos quite challenging.  


I can admit I'm shameless and made my teenage daughter safely remove him so that I could take pictures of my Zentangle quilt.  No bugs where harmed during the photo shoot.

So now that the science lesson is over.  Let's celebrate 17 years of marriage, 17 year cicadas and Dave the Quilt Engineer's 17th birthday on June 17th.  I got a little bit carried away there.  He's not 17 but the 17th is his birthday.  Oh yeah and the birth of his blog Dave The Quilt Engineer! (Don't forget to pop over and say hello)



So how about two charm packs of Moda's Gooseberry and a spool of Aurifil thread I purchased at a local quilt shop because I want to share the love.  This is one of my favorite lines of fabric right now.  It's bright, it's fun and gosh darn it I love the name.  I love it so much I've used it as the main fabrics in my Pat Sloan's BOM My Secret Garden.

January--DC Botanic Garden

February--Killarnay National Park, Ireland

March--Japanese Flower Garden

April--Keukenhof Garden, Holland

May--Hershey Garden, Hershey, PA

June--Halifax Public Garden, Halifax Canada


For the give away simply leave me a comment.  Maybe tell me what you would like to make using the Gooseberry charms or if you have ever had a run in with a with the 17 year cicadas.  You can have a second entry if you leave a separate comment letting me know if you follow me (Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter, email, random stalker).  If you are a no reply blogger please make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.  I do my best to reply to all comments, so if you do not hear back from me within 48 hrs that might be a sign something is up.  The give away will be open till Tuesday June 21st at midnight.  I will pick a winner using a random number generator on June 22nd.  Good luck to everyone!

Also, if you have a minute hop over and officially meet Dave The Quilt Engineer.  Hopefully, this weekend I can help him do some house work on his blog to clean up a few things.  I'd rather clean up a blog than clean house...shhhh.

The 2016 New Bloggers Blog Hop kicked off on Monday.  Don't forget to hop over to Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter to find their hive schedules and enter in a chance for some pretty cool prizes.

Chocolate Kitten Not Included


Today I'm linking up with TGIFF, and Can I Get A Whoop!Whoop!

57 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Whoo! I am now following Dave the Quilt Engineer and wondering if you two are going to have a rotating schedule for sewing / blogging. LOL :)

Congratulations on 17 years and all the other happy 17 numbers (maybe not so much on the cicadas).

Katy M said...

Your blocks are gorgeous, that's going to be one beautiful quilt! Cicadas scare the life out of me so I'm glad I've never met one in real life! ( had to scroll past those pictures quick!) Congratulations on 17 years and thanks for the great giveaway x

Katy M said...

I follow you on bloglovin x

Paige said...

Congrats on 17 years! I haven't encountered Cicadas and not sure I want to either. The fabric and thread are beautiful. You can never have enough baby quilts for the next gift!

Paige said...

I follow via Bloglovin'! Thanks!

Sew Much For Free Time said...

17 year cicadas, huh? How in the heck does that even happen? I mean, why 17 years? Biologically speaking, what in the world is going on there? Why not 16 or 18? And how do they know? So weird.

I am enamored and a little jealous of your new quilty component in your relationship with Dave the Quilt Engineer. How lucky you are to have a new common hobby to explore. Get him his own machine sooner rather than later. Or, give him yours and get a fancy new one! I popped over and said hello.

Sew Much For Free Time said...

Your blocks are beautiful. That May one has me starry eyed. I love a pin wheel. I follow you on Bloglovin, and, I think, Feedly. Thanks for the chance to win!

Shelia said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. DH and I will be married 34 yrs August 2nd. Lovely fabrics.
Shelia stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

Shelia said...

I follow yiu via bloglovin.
Shelia. stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

Jayne said...

I can live without the cicadas...they are creepy! We haven't had any here yet, but every year there are those who somehow get off schedule from the 17 year cycle. Congrats on 17 years of marriage...here's to 17 more! We just had out 34th in April...Which means I married at a young age of 6...LOL!!

Shelia said...

I follow yiu via bloglovin.
Shelia. stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

quiltnparty.com said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!!! Those Blocks are gorgeous!!! I'm really enjoying Dave's quilting adventures!!!

Andrea York said...

Congratulations! and hopefully those cicadas stay far away!

Andrea York said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Quilting Tangent said...

Congratulations on 17 years of marriage. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

I would use the charms in a quilt. (Maybe pinwheels) Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

kupton52 said...

Congratulations on 17 years! It's 44 for hubby and me! I think I'd use the Gooseberry charms in a baby quilt. I was an only child but hubby is one of 12...all of the siblings have children (and all but one has grandchildren) so there's ALWAYS a new baby in the wings ( ummm..womb)...lol. The next one due is a little girl---so these charms would be perfect. I'll go see the Quilt Builder now....

kupton52 said...

I follow you via email.....(and look forward to each post!)

Marlene said...

Congratulations on 17 years and many more to come. We have cicadas every summer here in New Zealand so not sure about the 17 year cycle. What a lovely giveaway and thank you for the chance to enter. I think these charms would make a great baby quilt.

Marlene said...

I follow on GFC

mc76904 said...

I follow via email. Maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

mc76904 said...

I think this fabric would make gorgeous pillows for my guest room. Love the fresh colors! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

KaHolly said...

I'm looking forward to popping in on Dave! I have childhood memories of the 17 year cicadas! What a pretty line of fabric and a generous give away. They look beautiful in your blocks! Good job keeping up with the BOM! I struggle with that!

KaHolly said...

P. S. Happy Anniversary!

Sandra Walker said...

As I told you the only cicadas I've recently met are those here, (none in Alberta) and they don't start buzzing for a couple weeks yet. They don't look like yours. We DO have fishflies, which sound similar in cycle though not as long, only a year I believe. Congrats on the anniversary; happy birthday to David, looks like he got the best gift: you!

Sandra Walker said...

I'd follow you to the ends of the earth my dear! For now, it's on bloglovin' and by email, and on Instagram. Love that Gooseberry Line! Your blocks are so so pretty; makes me want to do this!

thebiasedge said...

Blessed 17th wedding anniversary Tish. Reading about how you influence Dave to quilt warms my heart. I would use the charm packs to make a bag, most likely a tote bag.

thebiasedge said...

I follow you via email

Emily said...

I love all the 17s! I would have to dream up something with Gooseberry, but that wouldn't be hard! I've had no personal run-ins with the 17 year cicadas, so that's boring. I would be over the moon to win a spool of Aurifil. I've been wanting to try it and have not.

Emily said...

I am a new follower via Bloglovin. Found you through the new quilter's blog hop. I'm in Miss Bee Hivin'.

Stitchin At Home said...

Only seventeen, you and Dave are still babies. We're working on 40. I rwally don't know to much about the 17 year cicadas, but it does sound like you can keep them.

Joy said...

Gooseberry is lovely. I think I'd find a half square triangle pattern at the Moda Bakeshop and add a solid base of grey. I've heard of Cicadas but I've never seen them.

Cheryl said...

I don't think that it was 17 year cicadas, but I was in Washington DC for my sister's college graduation and the cicadas were out. They were everywhere, it was really gross. You could not walk down the side walk without stepping on them.

Cheryl said...

And of course I follow your wonderful blog (via bloglovin)

Joy said...

I've been following you via email.

Mary Ann said...

I love charm packs. I think I would make a disappearing 4 patch quilt. That would look really cute in that fabric.

Mary Ann said...

I get your blog by email and enjoying reading your posts.

Mary Howland said...

Those cicadas give me the creeps. I've heard of them but never lived where they did. Congrats on the 17 years. I'll check out the engineer's site, too.

Mary Howland said...

I follow via email which is great. Thanks for offering that option.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I follow through bloglovin

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Can't believe how young and innocent you both looked, a bit like myself
I've hard these cicadas , I liked it but then I was a tourist

Kelly said...

Congrats on the anniversary, birthday and all the other lucky 17's!! I live in Arizona so I know very well the charm of the cicadas. It's a little weird and creepy finding their empty shells still embedded in tree trunks or wood beams!!
The Gooseberry fabric is very cool and would make a wonderful bag I think!

Kelly said...

I follow you on bloglovin and enjoy reading your posts about your quilting adventures and now Dave's!

Nancy J said...

17th Anniversary. many best wishes. Dave, I've added his blog to my list, and had a lovely reply to a comment. So I am following him too. The Gooseberry fabric, I can see a bag or two, with one block surrounded by a contrast fabric, pockets on the sides as well, and this is so fresh and bright, love the way you have shown them in the BOM.

Nancy J said...

I follow you on my blog list on Blogger. And that is where I added Dave. I so like the way I see new posts as they are published, never missing one.

TexasMomof4 said...

Love this fabric! I would probably make a baby quilt or lap quilt. I follow you via email! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Happy anniversary and happy birthday to Quilt Engineer Dave! What a happy time for you! I see the Goosebury in a lovely tablerunner.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

I stalk (uh follow) you on Bloglovin'

Luanne said...

Ooo, ooo, I love coral and turquoise (and teal and purple and emerald green, but i digress)! How can one not be fascinated by the cicadas and their bizarre life cycle. Have you ever seen one come out of its shell? First the shell splits open the back and a white bug with red eyes backs out. It sits there as the "blood" runs through the membranes, causing its wings to expand and the color to change. Mother Nature is amazing! (And my chickens are most appreciative!)

Luanne said...

I follow you mostly via email.

Jannette said...

LOVE that fabric line! I do a lot of charity quilting, and those charm packs would make a colourful quilt!
Congratulations on 17 years of marriage! We just celebrated 34 years (double 17!), and are looking forward to the next 34! No cicadas on our special day, but we did have one in our house a few years ago - just about gave my daughter a heart attack!

Lara B. said...

17 different reasons to celebrate too? LOL Happy Anniversary Tish & Dave! And happy inaugural for Dave's blog! I'll hop over there too. It's such a great thing that you two can blog and quilt together! That is really a special and rare thing!

I grew up in farm country and we had cicadas every summer. I loved the sounds of them at night, like a summer lullaby. I sure do miss it now that I can't hear them. We must have gotten them in smaller batches, because that picture outside your church is astonishing. When they first emerge from their shells they are bright green with iridescent rainbow wings and they look quite pretty.

Lara B. said...

I follow you every way!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I'd use the charms to make a mini quilt. Happy Anniversary.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I follow on Bloglovin.

Lisa J. said...

Hi Tish: I'm getting here late due to a very busy week last week. Congratualtions on 17 years. Look almost the same now as you did then...I'm hopping over to Dave the builder to say hi and sign up.

Bernie Kringel said...

Congrats on 17 years- time goes by so quickly doesn't it? Off to check out Dave's blog!

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