Coincidence? I think not! Months ago, Mary Fons announced on her blog that the manufacturer of her new fabric line – Small Wonders – was having a quilt contest. The rules were pretty easy; at least 55×60 (twin sized bed), used at least 75% of her fabrics, actually quilted or at least tied and not just a pieced top. I think that was about it.
I bought small quantities of several different fabrics and made some blocks and then I happened to see a Bargello pattern that I really liked and thought – I can do this! Our son took one look at the heart shaped quilt and asked if he could have it. That small comment right there is the real prize in life, folks.
The contest ended, I came in second place. The next day or so I had an email from a contact at Springs Creative, asking for my address so they could send me the spoils. Yippee! I sent it along and then….well, nothing showed up at the front door. I emailed the individual back after a period of time and was like a little kid waiting for Christmas.
I waited a couple of more weeks after our last email exchange and still no sign of it. But there was a blog post by Mary about why she pushes herself so hard. The summary is she doesn’t want to be seen as riding her mom’s coattails; she’s in it to win it on her own merits. She’s legit.
I emailed her. What did I have to lose? It was a tongue-in-cheek email but the point was…hey could you help a girl out? I sent that email last Thursday, May 5th before lunch.
I didn’t know what the noise was outside our house last night at 10pm. But a little after midnight, my husband waltzed in and said there was a big box from Fed Ex for me and it was open at one end and there was fabric and a tote bag and all sorts of things in it.
I ran in there and opened the box and what do you know? It was the 2nd place prize box full of goodies. But before I even opened any of it, I went to see when it was shipped. 4:30pm. Thursday, May 5th.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. After waiting weeks, it was sent the same day she received the email. I think that’s a result of Mary Fons taking care of business. Just like she said.
The final chapter of this story is an exchange I had with my daughter. So Mom, what did you win? I won a cardboard box! What? That doesn’t make any sense. I won a cardboard box that you can put a quilt in and give it to a friend as a gift. You won a box, and you’re going to turn around and give the box to someone else? Oh I won more than that. There’s also fabric and thread and a pattern. So you are going to take the fabric and cut it up, use the thread and make it into a quilt and take all of that and put it into the box and give it to someone else. You got a prize that you don’t even keep? I also got a tote bag! I think I’ll keep the tote bag for myself!