Independence Day Giveaway

Mal | Give-aways | Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

 Patriotic Fabrics

I have just returned from my parents’ house where we touched, folded, sorted, and discarded thousands of pieces of fabric. Maybe tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? I don’t know. It was a lot. We are slowly working through my mother’s hoarded stash and trying to create a functional sewing room for her. I think we removed around 800 pounds of fabric from the house and we still have more to go.

There are several patriotic-themed quilt stores near my mom’s house, and having easy access to cute red, white, and blue fabrics has driven her into the belief that she needs to be making patriotic quilts. I guess were all guilty of being influenced by marketing. I am a sucker for new drawing pens, myself. But, I don’t relate to the need for projects that are designed to be used only a few days a year. My apartment is too darn small to be storing Christmas quilts, Halloween wreaths, or any of a number of other holiday-related items. I only have room for things that I’ll be using year-round.

In that light, I am giving away some of my mom’s patriotic fabric stash. The giveaway may or may not include the fabrics shown above — I honestly can’t remember at what point in the process that photo was taken. We may have kept all of these, or discarded them all. Rest assured, the winner(s) of this giveaway will receive very cute American-patriotic themed fabrics. I just haven’t pulled them out of my car to snap a photo, yet.

To enter, you must declare your independence from something today. Earn points in the giveaway by:

  1. Leaving a comment on this entry telling us what you are declaring your independence from. This is the easiest way to win a point, so do it right now!
  2. Posting about this giveaway (and your declaration of independence) on your blog. Please post a comment on this post with a link to your blog entry.
  3. Declare your independence on twitter. Be sure to link back to this entry and include @turningturning so I can find you.
  4. Subscribing to receive turning*turning updates in your reader or by email. I’ll secretly declare my own independence in the feed for the next few days. Email me my declaration with the subject “Giveaway secret phrase” for another point. You don’t need to be a new subscriber — current subscribers can also earn this point in the same way.
  5. Once again, doing all 4 of the above steps will earn you a bonus point. Send me an email with the subject: “Giveaway bonus point” and you’ll receive your 5th point.

Entries will close on Sunday, July 5th, when I go to bed. I’m very tired, so you better enter soon! Winners will be announced on Monday morning. Thanks for playing, and I hope you win.


  1. Do I get an extra point for being the first to comment? 🙂
    I declare independence from my social calendar for a couple of days. As it’s summer, there is lots of parties and BBQs to attend. All good fun, but I need some time for myself!

    Comment by B — 2 July 2009 @ 8:27 am

  2. I declare my independence from home renovations today!
    I will not worry about getting the walls painted today, or calling the contractor to finish capping the windows.
    I will spend time with my family and just relax!

    Comment by Heidi — 2 July 2009 @ 8:57 am

  3. AHHH! I love red,white and blue. Something about them as a combination just feels fresh!

    I’m declaring independence from negativity. I’m positive I can do great things and while they may not always turn out as expected their will always be a positive side to it.

    I saw somewhere a cute card that said “Bring your own sunshine” or something close to that and it’s been inspiring me a lot lately.

    Comment by Liz — 2 July 2009 @ 8:59 am

  4. Of course this has been twittered! And I’ll e-mail you soon 😉 You do amazing giveaways- thank you so much.

    Also- I just want to note. In my opinion, red white and blue aren’t just for the 4th of July 😉 – while Christmas, Halloween and Easter are seasonal, I feel like patriotism is not. BUT- I can see what you mean about having to store holiday items.

    Comment by Liz — 2 July 2009 @ 9:22 am

  5. I declare independence from being cranky. The weather has had me down, but I am alive!
    no more crankies!!!! Excuse me whilst i go get a midol….
    glad your back!

    Comment by V — 2 July 2009 @ 9:56 am

  6. I declare my independence from feeling guilty for not following every piece of advice and every parenting book or philosophy to a T. My baby will not spontaneously combust because I decide to let him “cry it out” nor will he implode because I think he needs to be rocked to sleep on another occasion. I’m free (!!) to make those decisions as a parent and if my hubs is happy with it so am I!

    Whew! That actually felt good!

    We live in an apartment that’s less than 400 sq. feet and I know exactly what you mean about storing out of season stuff (my mom is always telling e the place needs more “cheer” when Christmas rolls around). BUT I happen to love red, white and blue and decorate our house with it all year round so I can definitely make the space for patriotic fabric 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the ongoing de-stash at your mom’s place – I know it’s been a lot of work!

    Comment by Katie — 2 July 2009 @ 1:04 pm

  7. I blogged this at:

    Comment by Katie — 2 July 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  8. I declare independence from Cleaning anything for the whole weekend! Thanks!

    Comment by Cheryl W — 2 July 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  9. I declare independence from commitments, this weekend is going to be all to me, myself
    and I !!! I just need some pampering !
    Great giveaway!
    Thank you so much!

    Comment by Sandy in Buenos Aires — 2 July 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  10. I declare independence from negative thinking and the undue influence it seems to have on so much of my life@!! (boy that felt good!!)


    Comment by Ruthann — 2 July 2009 @ 6:12 pm

  11. I declare my independence from unhealthy foods — I truly will give fruits and vegetables the place of honor on my plate.

    Comment by Renee G — 2 July 2009 @ 6:20 pm

  12. I declare my independence from procrastination! I’m taking care of some pesky details instead of letting them cause me to fret.

    Comment by Courtney — 3 July 2009 @ 2:04 am

  13. I am declaring my independence from thinking I have to do everything without asking for help.

    Comment by Patty — 3 July 2009 @ 8:04 am

  14. I blogged

    Comment by Patty — 3 July 2009 @ 8:12 am

  15. I subscribe

    Comment by Patty — 3 July 2009 @ 8:13 am

  16. Wish my kids would help me organize my space! I’ve started, but getting help putting in shelves and such doesn’t come easy. I need to hire someone me thinks…

    Anyway, I SHOULD declare independence from griping, but I’m not in the mood :). For several years now, I’ve declared independence from the HAVE TO IMMEDIATELY syndrome. That stress of the immediate really takes it’s toll. I raised six kids and always put out whenever needed, now that they are older, I MAKE time for myself and do the things I WANT to do WHEN I want to do them. Sometimes I feel guilty for being selfish, but I was selfless for so long I figure I deserve/need it now. I enjoy my days! They are stress free and peaceful and fun! Anyone want to join me???? 🙂 Have a great day…I know I will.

    Comment by Shelley C — 3 July 2009 @ 11:16 am

  17. Going through all of that fabric sounds interesting. I can’t even imagine how much you are having to sort through.

    Hope you have a fun 4th of July!

    Comment by Lucia — 3 July 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  18. Apparently my mind has declared independence from itself! I have just been so forgetful lately!

    I would LOVE to win these fabrics! The ones you show are so lovely. I will be making a red, white and blue quilt for my son one of these days so these would be a perfect addition to my stash!

    Comment by Jen — 3 July 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  19. I declare my independence today from worrying about the future, it’s a waste of time.

    Comment by Deborah — 4 July 2009 @ 5:50 am

  20. I declare my independence from the crushing emotional burden or unemployment. I will no longer spend my days spend my days worrying about “what ifs”…what if we loose the house, can’t pay utilities, someone gets hurt, blah, blah, blah. I will no longer spend time trying to determine how long before before our finances hit the critical zone. I am not going to spend another moment living under a dark cloud and I will not wake up and cry in the middle of the night.

    I will continue to support my husband as he looks for work. I will do my very best at my part time job. I will play with and love my children (they don’t deserve a sad mommy). I will continue to economize and enjoy the challenge of “making due”. I will focus on the peace of knowing that no matter what happens we are still going to be a family together. 🙂

    Comment by Kimberly — 4 July 2009 @ 8:57 am

  21. I declare my independence from worrying! I’ve spent the past two days in a huff, and it’s time that I get over it!

    Comment by Sarah — 4 July 2009 @ 10:50 am

  22. I declare independence from others trying decide what I’ll make next. I like to sew what I feel like sewing. I sometimes just feel like skipping around from one project to the next. It doesn’t matter to me who asked first no one is getting theirs until Christmas anyway!!

    Comment by Donna — 4 July 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  23. I declare my independence from busy-ness…for the weekend, at least We got home from a crazy trip to TX last week and have still been going non-stop. Birthdays… 4th of July parties…I plan to just play tomorrow. No agenda. Ahhh…can’t wait.

    Comment by Sue — 4 July 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  24. I posted to my journal

    Comment by Sue — 4 July 2009 @ 10:16 pm

  25. I am declaring independence from guilt. I don’t expect that will make it go away, but every reminder I give myself that I don’t HAVE to feel that way helps.

    So… today, I am happy to be who I am, and feel what I feel, and do what I do.

    Thanks for the giveaway, but thanks most of all for the independence-declaring challenge!

    Comment by Sandi — 5 July 2009 @ 10:15 am

  26. I blogged this at Piecemeal Quilts.

    Comment by Sandi — 5 July 2009 @ 10:22 am

  27. Oh, how I wish I could declare independence from perimenopause! Instead, I declare independence from STRESS. It seems to agravate the ‘getting older’ syndrome; all my decisions from this point forward will be made with one question in mind: will it stress me out?!!!

    Comment by Julie in WA — 5 July 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  28. I’m declaring my independence from the computer & vow to spend less time on it and more time with family, sewing, reading, car washing, cleaning, just anything other than the computer…

    Comment by Lisa — 5 July 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  29. I declare independence from feeling guilty for not doing it all.

    Comment by knittingrunner — 5 July 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  30. I declare that on Independence Day, 1976, I married my bestest buddy — and we celebrated our 33rd yesterday!!!! Here’s to many more, and continuing fun and adventure together!!!

    Comment by Bonnie — 5 July 2009 @ 6:28 pm

  31. I declare my independence from being cold in the winter. I will plan ahead to go to a warm place for a few months and while still in Minnesota, I will dress warmer or stay inside.

    Comment by Mary on Lake Pulaski — 5 July 2009 @ 8:19 pm

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