Saturday, February 13, 2016

Craftsy Blog Hop Day 4 - Giveaway and RAK

Double Cross Block - by Cindy of Stitchin At Home available here for free
It doesn't take much to brighten someone's day: a word, a deed, a small gesture.  I hope to brighten the designer of this block's day by making her newest block as my random act of kindness.  More below because we have a certain hop to discuss!



It's hard to believe we are already on Day 4 of the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life! Blog Hop. Today we have Tish and Anja weathering the snowstorms in their areas to take you into some other areas of Craftsy you may not know about.

Tish at Tish's Adventures In Wonderland is reviewing "Dot to Dot Quilting" with Angela Walters, and then takes us out of the quilting realm a bit with reviews of two photography classes: "Product Photography at Home" with Jessica Marquez and "Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer" with Caro Sheridan, great for us quilter bloggers.  Enjoy 50% off these 3 classes on Tish's site!

Anja at Anja Quilts is showing us some patterns she's picked up and made that will most assuredly warm our hearts and hands:  Postcard from Sweden, 1 Hour Basket, Star Bright, and Reusable Handwarmers.

Sweet Giveaway On Now - over $500 of free Craftsy products

Enter the Craftsy Giveaway here as well as through any of the bloggers in this hop.  The main schedule can be found here or by clicking the Heart Button on the sidebar.

Click here to enter.  That's it!  
THREE prizes:
 

One entry per person.  Enter until Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm MST.  The winners will be announced Feb. 22 here and at Pink Doxies.

Did you know that RAK Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, is February 14-20 this year?  Be kind.  It really is easy, and like FMQ, the more you practice, the better you get, and the easier it comes.  Random Acts of Kindness has a great site.  I love all 10 items on this list.  Number 6, "Give compliments" is one that has always come naturally to me.  I think one of the best compliments one can give in QBL is making another quilter's design.  I hope you like my rendition of your design, Cindy, and I hope it makes your Saturday!  It was a fun block to make, and Cindy's directions are clear.  Does anyone else see the star there too?!  My favourite block is a star, so I tend to see them everywhere.

There is also a great RAK FaceBook page here.  When I was teaching, we always celebrated this week in various ways.  My class would pick a charity and we'd sell baked goods at school lunches and then donate our proceeds to that charity; the Crimestoppers group I ran for a few years would do a locker check, reminding students to fully lock their locks with a "AHA! Protect your stuff! Lock your lock!" sign we'd tape inside after locking back up the locker.
Got a new app... possibilities for Cindy's block!
"Imagine" by John Lennon comes to mind today as I write this.  Can you imagine if we could all, starting with ourselves, simply be kind.

Be kind.  It costs nothing to smile.  To hug.  To tell someone how great they look.  Notice their outfit or their pretty hair.  Tell them you love them.  Write a thoughtful comment on a blog post rather than simply "Great quilt!"

As Julie writes in her post today, "Kindness breaks down many barriers."  She has a card hanging on her wall, given to her many years ago by a friend.  It is a quote from the Dalai Lama, whose free app I have and love:

My religion is simple.

My religion is kindness.

~Dalai Lama

Now pop on over to Tish and to Anja for some not-so-random information about Craftsy!
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Craftsy Blog Hop--Giveaway! and a Sweet Story




We're still hoppin' this week, professing our love for Craftsy, but I am bursting to show you this finish.  I have kept mum about this cushion since I started it in the last week of January.  It arrived at its destination yesterday, so I can show you and tell you a bit about it below... only a bit, because


the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life! Blog Hop is still happening!  Today two more talented ladies are ready to show you what they have discovered on Craftsy's website.  Zenia at A Quilted Passion is passionate about FMQ and her review of three classes, "Start FMQ" with Elizabeth Dackson, "Secrets of FMQ" with Christina Cameli, and "Help! How Do I Quilt It?" with Angela Walters will open your eyes to the benefits to be had with these quality classes literally in the palm of your hand.  If you buy any of those classes through Zenia, they will be 50% off!!! And then...

Jayne at Twiggy and Opal has a sweet purchase from Craftsy to show you: a pressing/cutting mat and mini iron.  We quilters adore our tools!  Jayne will point you in the direction of some pretty terrific finds!
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Sweet Giveaway On Now!

Enter the Craftsy Giveaway here as well as through any of the bloggers in this hop.  The main schedule can be found here or by clicking the Heart Button on the sidebar.

Over $500 of free Craftsy products up for grabs, simply by clicking here.  That's it!  
THREE prizes:
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One entry per person.  Enter until Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm MST.  The winners will be announced Feb. 22 here and at Pink Doxies.

Now about that heart quilt.
If you've read my blog since last summer or before, you will remember a Namaste Hug for Gillian.  After I finished it and sent it off, I knew I wanted to make another one.  I also wanted to make a smaller one.  Well, the latter happened.  Except it became a cushion cover.  Or pillow (is that American?)  I call square poofy things on couches, cushions, the larger, rectangular poofy things are pillows.  On your bed.  That you sleep on.  But I digress.
Outlining the heart...wanting a lacy effect...can I do circles in a curved "trough"?
I can!
I loved the lacy doily effect.  But I also wanted feathers on this baby.  Destined for a darling friend.
Got 'em.

Also got dirt.  Yep, you know me, take a beautiful quilt and throw it around on the ground or in a parking lot or on rocks or sand...  Here's the back, which is when the front (WHITE!!!) got dirt on it:
Back and Binding are Paradiso by Kate Spain--ADORE!!
So I had to wash it.  I was worried the dirt might not come out.
But it did! Yay!

I hope something like this has happened to everyone (not the dirt and the ensuing panic atack lol) but receiving a totally unexpected gift.  When we arrived here in Florida, I had a couple of packages waiting for me.  Two were from Craftsy, and although these made me very happy as only new fabric can, the third package warmed my heart, bowled me over, and still, every single day that I use it, fills me with such joy and wonder that someone would do something this sweet for moi.  So I had to return that feeling.

Who's this for?  Why am I not keeping it? Did you see the cool design in the "V" of the heart? My own idea... Did you notice any names quilted in?  It's someone who's in the blog hop.  Why am I being so mysterious?

You will have to come back next week and I will tell you more of the story that will give you the "warm fuzzies in your heart" feeling.

Right now you need to get your hiney over to Zenia and Jayne, take advantage of the 50% off, and enter this suh-weet giveaway!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and with TGIFF at Devoted Quilter!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life--Hop To It!

Just a hop, skip and a jump to learn more wonderful ways Craftsy can help you become a better quilter.

Two talented bloggers are ready to tell why they're crushing on Craftsy today.  Cindy at Stitchin At Home will give you the skinny on "Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine" by Amy Johnson and...

Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting will let you know what it's like to purchase fabric through Craftsy.  See what she made when she bought Stonehenge Strips, and a Christmas fat quarter bundle.

Craftsy helps you be creative by making it easy and convenient to learn new things.  Right now every class featured in the hop is on sale at 50% off, for one week!   If you were thinking about a class, but were waiting on an inside scoop on whether it was a good fit for you, read the reviews here.  Seasoned quilters and bloggers will let you know.

Craftsy Giveaways

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Enter the Craftsy Giveaway here, and also on each site during the hop.

Hearing firsthand about the terrific opportunities on the bloggers' sites below will surely entice you to explore Craftsy in a little more depth, and perhaps try something out of the norm to what you usually might buy.  However, Craftsy is sweetening the pot even more...
  • 50% discount on classes discussed in each post!  Suh-weet!
  • giveaways on some of the individual blogger posts!
  • and drum roll please!  Three fabulous prizes from Craftsy!  Two lucky people will win one class each, and one person will win this fan-tabulous grand prize:


 Sugar high or what, huh?!!

The giveaway entry to Craftsy can be found both here and on each post during the hop.  One entry per person.  Enter until Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm MST.  The winners will be announced Feb. 22 here and at Pink Doxies.

Surprises!

Check back daily at Pink Doxies or at mmm! quilts for the updated link to each day's featured posts and take advantage of surprise giveaways by the daily bloggers too!

You can also simply click the blog hop button on the sidebar of each blogger in the hop to be taken back to the main post with the schedule.  Easy peasy.
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Now Hop to It! Go visit those gals and be wowed and inspired!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life! Blog Hop is ON!

Hey Sugar!  Are you ready?  It's finally HERE...

YES!!!

It's time to HOP!

Today be sure to visit Judy at Quilt Paradigm to read about the latest Craftsy classes she's sweet on:  "Design It Quilt It" and "Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts" both with Cindy Needham.

Then pop on over to visit Helen at Midget Gem Quilts while she lets you in on what she learned from Jacquie Gering in her class, "How to Get Creative With Your Walking Foot".

Craftsy helps you be creative by making it easy and convenient to learn new things.  Right now every class featured in the hop is on sale at 50% off for one week!  If you were thinking about a class, but were waiting on an inside scoop on whether it was a good fit for you, read the reviews here.  Seasoned quilters and bloggers will let you know.
http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=1074126&b=253536&m=29190&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Ecraftsy%2Ecom%2Fext%2F20160210%5FQuiltingBlogHop%5FGiveaway

Giveaways

Find the link to enter the Craftsy Giveaway on each site during the hop.
Hearing firsthand about the terrific opportunities on the bloggers' sites below will surely entice you to explore Craftsy in a little more depth, and perhaps try something out of the norm to what you usually might buy.  However, Craftsy is sweetening the pot even more...
  • 50% discount on classes discussed in each post!  Suh-weet!
  • giveaways on some of the individual blogger posts!
  • and drum roll please!  Three fabulous prizes from Craftsy!  Two lucky people will win one class each, and one person will win this fan-tabulous grand prize:


 


Sugar high or what, huh?

The giveaway to the Craftsy Giveaway can be found both here and on each post during the hop.  One entry per person.   Be sure to check back daily on the list on our intro posts at Pink Doxies or at mmm! quilts for the updated link to each blog post in the hop.  You can also simply click the blog hop button on the sidebar of each blogger in the hop to be taken back to the intro post with the schedule.  Easy peasy.

Enter until Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm MST.  The winners will be announced Feb. 22 here and at Pink Doxies.

Surprises!

You may find independent giveaways sponsored by our bloggers in the hop...  Follow the instructions to enter there, and have fun!

Let's go to the hop....oh baby...
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life! Blog Hop

QBL - Quilter Blog Land
You know what they say about great minds...synchronicity...the stars aligning... All this and more came together a couple of weeks ago to result in this quilting bloggers' blog hop with Craftsy co-hosted by Julie at Pink Doxies and I, Sandra, at mmm!quilts.

Enter the giveaway here or click the Craftsy image below!  Read on for more information on all the opportunities for giveaways and sweet sweet deals.
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Common Threads


Sandra:  Julie and I met online. Our first bonding moment was when we discovered we were both vacationing in southwest Florida, and were remarkably close to each other.  We discovered shared passions for fabric, for colour, for dogs, as well as a passion for lifelong learning.  When we discovered we were only mere hours apart in the north (what's an international border when like minds need to meet), we schemed to get together in person.

And so it happened.  We met in real life here and here last summer.

We found that we both love history, especially the history and traditions that abound in quilting, we both find other cultures fascinating, we both spent time as young adults living in another culture, we both love wine, are careful with our dollars, and thus love scoring deals!

Enter Craftsy 

Julie:  Craftsy fulfills both our needs for remaining lifelong learners with classes we can take from our easy chairs.  I love that there's no need to set aside time for travel.  It's there when you want to take it!  Both Sandra and I already had first hand experience with Craftsy's excellent course instruction, but her love of Angela Walter's classes convinced me to add several more to my growing class list. 

In kind, I let her in on my method of buying discounted quilt kits.  Even if I never intended to make the quilt, the dollar value of the kit was phenomenal.

Unbeknownst to each other, we both became affiliates.  We found, and have experienced, their fantastic customer service firsthand, both as affiliates and customers.  In short, we both have a little crush on Craftsy.
This inspired each of us to take advantage of Craftsy's free pattern hosting for independent designers, whether the pattern is a free download or for sale.  We both have our first patterns available on their site.
Pocketful of Sunshine by Sandra on Craftsy

The Stars Align

After the buzz and busy-ness of the Christmas season, we caught up with each other by phone in mid-January. To our amazement, we discovered that we had each received a Craftsy questionnaire, had each filled it out on the same day, and, biggest surprise of all (wee-ooh, wee-ooh, à la Twilight Zone theme song) had each checked the box, albeit with a bit of butterflies in the belly, that indicated we would be interested in facilitating a blog hop for Craftsy.  Julie asked if I wanted to pair up and host one with her?  You betcha!  Let's go for it!

Organizing The Hop

I promptly contacted our manager at Craftsy for the go-ahead.  Sandra and I brainstormed a theme, and how to make this a positive experience for everyone involved.  We each extended invitations to several close blogging friends in QBL (Sandra and Helen's coined term for Quilter Blog Land), and our little party was gaining momentum.  The hop was taking shape, and our excitement was growing.

Valentine's Day Theme

Like Valentine's Day parties of our childhood where we brought our stack of cards for classmates, carried in a box of cookies, and crunched candy hearts while anticipating all the fun to come, we want to share our love of Craftsy with you.

Giveaway Details

Hearing firsthand about the terrific opportunities on the bloggers' sites below will surely entice you to explore Craftsy in a little more depth, and perhaps try something out of the norm to what you might usually buy, especially when you find out:
  • that you will get a 50% discount on the classes discussed in each blog post!  Suh-weet!
  • giveaways on some of the individual blogger posts! 
  • And drum roll please! Three fabulous prizes from Craftsy! Two lucky people will win one class each, and one person will win this fabulous grand prize!


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Sugar high or what, huh?!!

The Giveaway entry to Craftsy and individual blogger giveaways can be found on each of the posts, as well by clicking here.  Be sure to check back daily either here at mmm! quilts or at Pink Doxies for the updated link to each post below.  Enter until Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm MST. The winners will be announced Feb. 22.

 

Blog Hop Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Judy at Quilt Paradigm: Review of classes "Design It Quilt It" and "Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts" both with Cindy Needham
Helen at Midget Gem Quilts: Review of class "Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot" with Jacquie Gering
Thursday, Feb. 11
Cindy at Stitchin At Home: Review of class "Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine" with
Amy Johnson
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting: Review of fabric purchases:  Stonehenge Strips and Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle
Friday, Feb. 12
Zenia at A Quilted Passion: Review of classes "Start FMQ" with Elizabeth Dackson; "Secrets of FMQ" with Christina Cameli; "Help! How Do I Quilt It?" with Angela Walters
Jayne at Twiggy and Opal:  Review of quilting supplies: Pressing/cutting mat and mini iron
Saturday, Feb. 13
Tish at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland: Review of classes "Dot to Dot Quilting" with Angela Walters; "Product Photography at Home" with Jessica Marquez; "Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer" with Caro Sheridan,
Anja at Anja Quilts: Review of patterns  Postcard from Sweden; 1 Hour Basket; Star Bright; Reusable Handwarmers
Sunday, Feb. 14
Beth at Cooking Up Quilts: Review of Amanda Murphy's class "20 Fresh Appliqué Techniques"
Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts: Review of fabric purchases:  Kaffe Fassett Classics Design Strip 
Monday Feb. 15
Julie at Pink Doxies: Review of class: "Color Play for Quilters" with Joen Wolfrom
Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon - mmm! quilts: Review of Classes "Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety" and "Free Motion Quilting With Feathers" with Angela Walters; review of fabric purchases: 10-yard bundle and fat quarter bundles; review of patterns:  Paper-pieced Snowflakes Snow-along

If a review piques your interest, and you decide to buy a class, remember that buying it through that blogger's site will give you the 50% discount on that particular class.  These discounts are available for one week following each post.  While you're there, you can click through any of the  bloggers in the hop sites to enter the Craftsy Giveaway.  Once again, entries close Sunday, Feb. 21, 11:59 MST.

Monday Feb. 22
Julie and Sandra will announce the winners on their blogs.

Please note that there are affiliate links on this page and by clicking through the links, and making a purchase, I do get a small monetary compensation.  Thank you for your support. ;-)





Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Indianapolis

I had originally thought I'd show a Stack 'n Whack (which clearly dates me, and I care not) quilt but then I remembered this beauty.
I was going to crop this, but remembered Anja's request to hurry up and get down here so she could enjoy the Florida sunshine vicariously through me, so I left it as is. Eat your heart out Anja! :-)
My favourite thing about Throwback Thursday is the stories behind our older quilts.  This one is no exception.
Update: Just talking with Jenn at A Quarter Inch From the Edge over email and this is what I said to her when she agreed with me about the stories:
"Stories we don't always realize we have IN the quilt itself until we start writing about it. Case in point, this one. I just thought of the link to the fabric in my Mystery, but when I started writing, all this spouted forth."

On to the spouting...

My husband, aka MacGyver, (he is amazing at fixing things and trouble-shooting; hence his nickname, coined by the illustrious Jude, next-door neighbour extraordinaire), where was I?! Oh yeah, MacGyver turned 50 in 2007.  He told me the one thing he desperately wanted for his birthday was to attend a Formula 1 race.

So we did.

(THIS is one of those times where I wish I was back in my northern home of Kingsville, so I could insert a photo from that memorable race)

The United States Grand Prix was the last F1 race in the US until 2012, and the last F1 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (it's now held just south of Austin TX).  Lewis Hamilton won; I fell in love with Sebastian Vettel, young enough to be my son!  It was his first F1 race. I learned a lot about Formula 1.
Told you: I am and always have been, a feathers girl!
It was a race that triggered our eventual early retirement and move back east.  We spent the non-race hours tootling around Indianapolis, rediscovering first of all, our love for the massive and majestic Eastern trees, Weeping Willows in particular, second, our love of endless hot and humid summer days, and finally, the general friendliness found in the American Midwest.

This feather design is from  60 Machine Quilting Patterns by Holly and Nickels.  At that time I used either gold leaf tracing paper, or Press 'n Seal. I'd trace the main parts of the design and then FMQ away. here you can see how I was experimenting and learning how to turn corners, not given on the design.
During our tootling, I made sure that we stopped at Quilts Plus, featured as one of the top ten shops in 2005 Quilt Sampler.  I didn't buy the quilt kit for the one in the magazine, but I spied this quilt hanging on the wall that used fabrics by Joanna Figueroa.  Love at first sight.  I didn't have much time; it was the Monday after the race and we were flying back to Alberta that afternoon. They were sold out of the kits they'd made up for it, but most of the yardage was still available, so I had it cut, substituting where needed.  I wandered over to the sale section, as I am wont to do, and scored the backing at a great price.
Win-win:  Ferrari zipped hoodie for MacGyver; quilt for moi.

It may surprise some of you that I love car racing.  I spent three nights of my honeymoon at Checker Flag Raceway in Windsor, ON, and one of our first dates was at the drags in Edmonton. 
When I was thinking what to name this quilt, it just came to me that it had to be called Indianapolis.  Obviously.

Notice it took me 4 years to finish it.  I added one more column to it so it would fit on a bed which was why I need to augment the fabrics I'd originally bought (aside: Joanna has a really ingenious construction method).  I hand-stitched the binding down when we drove from Alberta to visit Dayna in Windsor in July 2011, and from there to Florida, and it has lived in Florida ever since 2011.

The printed back doesn't quite do the beautiful texture justice
The reason I picked this one for TT this month is that that ivory and taupe low volume (it wasn't called that then) background is what I used up and ran out of in my mystery quilt!
Look:

and
Cool.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern: by Joanna Figueroa
Size: 67.5" X 78"
Fabric:  purchased and from my stash
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with Sulky rayons and one Mettler cotton, the peach.

One more SO COOL thing:  I checked the spelling of MacGyver when I started this post, and found this link.  Um talk about synchronicity!  10 hours ago that hit the news!  A pilot for a possible reboot of the MacGyver series.  Who knew.  Neither I nor my husband ever watched the show; might have to check it out.

Remember the hint I dropped the other day about something exciting coming up next week?  It's a Craftsy Blog Hop!  You know how much I love them, so Julie of Pink Doxies and I are hosting a hop just to show you how Craftsy has sweetened up (get it?!) not just our quilt lives, but several other bloggers' lives as well.  Watch for posts with recommendations and inspiration.  Did I mention that there will be some pretty "sweet" giveaways as well?  Stay tuned for more deets!
Linking up at:
http://quarterinchfromtheedge.blogspot.ca/

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

No Scrap Withdrawal This Year

This was the scene early yesterday morning when I started pulling fabric for my Mini Swoon.  Looks a little chaotic, right?  Love the photo-bomb of Naala's butt!  The yarn you can see is one of Bella's many toys.  Just as in Kingsville, she and I share my sewing space. 

I thought that people who know that we spend a good chunk of the winter here in Florida would probably be curious as to how I had a fair number of fabric pieces from which to choose for the fabric pull for Swoon I wrote about yesterday.

How do I decide what to take and what to leave behind?  It's a serious dilemma I face, and mostly avoid, until the last minute, much to my husband's, MacGyver, (his alias on the blog, as he is a very private man), chagrin.

I thought I'd tell you what I did this year, after last year when I couldn't get started on a Scrap-a-Palooza quilt because I didn't have my scraps of yellow with me.  I was nearing serious withdrawal symptoms, shakes and stomachaches, the lot, ha.

Presenting...my scrap stash!
This is almost all of it, barring my sets of Sterilite 3-drawer organizers that have the roll-ups scrap stash.  An example of the roll-ups is the blacks and greys and pinks you see on the left.  Some more are visible in the Ziploc bag, oranges and lime green and some Christmas.  They are all in that bag because they are destined to become the final few cows I need to paper-piece for my aunt's quilt.  The blacks and greys will be a bull of Maartje's design.

What is the method here?  Is there one?!  Let me show you.

Roll-ups
These are bits and pieces and sometimes fabric bought just because it's a good colour or pattern or I just flippin' like it. (Notice I have not written a stash manifesto.  Yet.  Still contemplating that one.)  The size of the roll-ups is usually 1/4 yard-ish to 1/3 yard-ish.  The pinks and one brown and some royal blues are together because they are going to become a quilt.

Smaller than 1/4 yard chunks
These go in the ziploc bags, organized by colour family.  I brought them all this year, and they all fit in the one tub in which they are perched here. Well, not quite, the whites, ivories and low volume fabrics are rather plentiful, so they have a little bit bigger bag, and were stuffed in my toolbox.

Strips
Above the ziploc scraps is a green basket of strips.  I've started separating strips from the ziploc bags because I want to make another string quilt.  I brought them all.

2.5" squares collection
These are in a drawer organizer.  I've dipped into it already for both cushion covers I made in January.

Two turquoise baskets
They contain my blue and the green smaller scraps, too many for a ziploc.  They were loose in the plastic tub, but it was too disorganized and jumbled, so I bought the two baskets at Big Lots for $1.30 and now they have their own place. :-) And yep, there is a stack of squares in with the greens in a variety of sizes and colours that I also brought because, well, they just fit.

It's all organized neatly in the closet and one of the drawers in a dresser, so I can put my hands on and in it readily!  No scrap withdrawal pains this winter. ;-)

Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.