I have spent the last couple of days helping a couple of friends de-clutter, and working at a yard sale. The oppressive humidity did not stop people from coming, but finally the torrents of rain did. So the assorted people selling at this sale had some great time for conversation, once the plastic sheets were spread on the tables.
Every person there, seller and buyer alike, commented on having a few things at home that they look at today and ask “Why on earth did I buy that?” As quilters, we are all guilty of this: sometimes a fabric calls to us, but later we realize we have no desire to do something with it. Often it is our intentions that cause us to acquire things. One person shared that she had always intended to take up golf, and she eyed the set of clubs out at the sale. The seller of those clubs later shared that she had picked them up at a yard sale, intending to take up golf one day. The intentions are not bad, but one day you simply realize that you do not care enough to follow through, and you let go of the item.
A friend gave me some great quilting books, most in pristine condition. Books that were full of intentions. Some are right up my alley, and have already been inspiring me, or have even been used. But a few will only acquire dust, unless I release them to the world. One book really intrigued me, Pineapple Stars: Sparkling Quilts, Perfectly Pieced, by Sharon Rexroad. I set it aside, knowing that book would be a joy to work from one day.
Well, time has passed. Reality has set in. While I like doing a bit of foundation piecing from time to time, I have no real desire to do a large, intricate pineapple star quilt. Which struck me as a pity, as the book is really well written and has great instructions and templates inside. But the conversation about the golf clubs made me realize that this book needs to move on, to find an owner who wants to take it beyond intention, and create something from it. Or, to a quilt book collector who relishes this type of book.
I took it out and checked it over. That is when I realized that the friend who gave it to me had acquired it from someone else too! Aside from that owner’s name written inside, the book is in like new condition. The paper templates have not been opened. It remains a lovely book. And it is looking for a new home. Perhaps yours?
You can win the book, simply by leaving a comment here or on my Facebook page.
You can get THREE more chances to win, by sharing a recipe using pineapple in your comment. I am including one recipe below, and look forward to reading yours. That way we can all share some pineapple delight!
And, you can also increase your chances of winning, by sharing this giveaway on your own blog, giving you another entry. Be sure to comment here and let me know that you posted it.
Entries accepted through Saturday, June 25, 2011. Winner will be selected through random drawing, and announced here on Sunday, June 26, 2011. International entries are welcome. I will send the book to the winner via USPS Media Mail.
Good luck to you all! – Mary, The Curious Quilter
Easy Pineapple Teriyaki Grilled Chicken: a recipe to start the sharing…
– one cup crushed pineapple (Drained, but save the juice and use while making rice, if wanted)
– one half cup teriyaki sauce (I used Kikkoman’s but any will work)
– (Mix a little extra and stir into prepared rice as a side dish if desired)
Spread half of the mixture over one cut-up chicken, and let marinate for 30 minutes.
Cook chicken on grill over medium coals, starting with skin side down. After turning skin side up, baste with remaining pineapple mixture, and finish cooking the chicken.