Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Peek Show: The Surprise Inside! Mystery Boxes and Mini Swaps

Let me start this post by saying I am an affiliate for Craftsy. What that means is I advertise for them here on Pink Doxies. If you choose to click on their link, and then buy something after clicking through this site, I receive a small payment. That's what advertising is all about, but not this post.

I also buy through Craftsy myself. They are one of my favorite online stores, and often carry fabric sales of Mystery Boxes. Did you ever try to guess what the fabrics might be? I've always been curious, and couldn't stand it any longer so I bought one to see. Care to peek inside with me?

This was my bundle, shrink-wrapped in plastic and boxed. There were 14 bundles, each a full yard. Total price was $48.07 making each yard cost $3.43. Let's have a look.

This is a Free Spirit bundle, and I generally like Free Spirit fabrics--a point we should consider first. I think their fabrics are just a little bit different from the mainstream in a good way. They definitely appeal to my style.

 Riddles and Rhymes by Tina Givens

Anna Marie Horner, Denise Schmidt, and Parson Gray

Fox Playground by Dena

Garden by David Walker

Paw Prints by Kathy Davis

What I thought: I was glad to see some coordinating prints. They might not all have been exactly what I would have chosen in walking through a store, but if I saw them for under $3.50 a yard I would likely have picked many of them. The ones that are a little less my style will expand my stash. Not a single one disappointed me, and I will definitely try it again. This was a good surprise.

Here's another wonderful surprise! My Anna Marie Horner mini quilt swap package arrived last night. Isn't it beautiful? Thank you, Tracey in Florida! I'm so thrilled.

There was an entire goody bag inside! I didn't send extras to my own partner, and regretted it after I was so spoiled with all of this. Tea, a mug rug, wrist strap for my billfold, charm squares, and home made dog biscuits for the girls.


My own cone flowers burst into bloom just days ago. It seems as if their timing was just perfectly matched with the special delivery. 

Doesn't this make you want to surprise someone with something fun? It does me. I have a surprise of my own I'm working on, and need to get done before this weekend. Can you get yours done to share on the Pet Project Show this Saturday? I hope so. You make the most beautiful things!

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking up with~


Bower Bird Patch said...

Wow Julie, the AMH mini is just lovely! What a treasure!

Jayne said...

Thank you for sharing the Mystery Box with us! I have always been curious and now I know!! You cannot go wrong with that price...killer deal. Love the mini! I've said this a hundred times...one day I will do a swap!

Barb Neiwert said...

I ordered a Free Spirit fat quarter box one time and was tickled. Like you said, there were fabrics in it I would not have picked myself, but that's what was fun about it - expanding horizons and finding that many fabrics can go together well. I'm making a Log Cabin quilt with them now!

Lisa J. said...

These are both lovely surprises. Thanks for sharing them.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Looks like a fun box and a fun swap! I think it's always nice to have fabric in your stash that you might not normally buy; you never know when it will be the perfect choice for a project. I miss my sewing machine! I'll be home tomorrow - hopefully I'll get to sew this weekend....

Allison said...

I think that is really courageous to buy a box of fabrics not knowing what is inside... it's good that you landed some fabrics that you like. What a lovely week of surprises!

amanda@cut.piece.quilt. said...

thanks for sharing the mystery box!