Oh my goodness, I was very surprised to find a fat, heavy envelope from Australia in my mail today!! Gail in Australia sent me a Thank-you package! Inside I found two of her wonderful patterns, a bag of gummy worms, a fabric postcard with a nice note on it, and several chocolates! I'm sorry that my picture is not very good, but it was all I could do to keep the children away from the chocolates and gummy worms while I quickly took a picture!!! Thank you so much, Gail!!!
I spent yesterday working on organizing my stash. I'm folding the pieces larger than 1/2 yard around my 6" ruler, then sorting them by color. At this point, I'm tossing smaller, non fat quarter pieces in a pile. Eventually I will cut them up in strips, squares and bricks accoring to Bonnie's system. In the meantime, I cut myself a kit to make a Pineapple Blossom Quilt and a Bricks and Stepping Stones Quilt. Hopefully I'll be able to work on them during the Christmas vacation week.
I'm nowhere near finishing the organizing, but I'm pleased with how it is coming along so far.
I'm still debating my options about what to do about the sick sewing machine. I'm leaning toward buying another of the same model on Ebay. It will cost me about $700 to do that, but then I'm not losing anything for all the extra feet, bobbins, etc. and besides that, my drop in table is specially fitted for my current machine...that would be another expense to take into account if I buy something else. But like I said, still thinking...