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Stash building, on a budget - and a golden giveaway :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Good morning, all.

Saturday morning, my mail lady dropped a beautiful package on my doorstep - my monthly subscription bundle from Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics.

My little family of four survives on a single income (hubby's) in this big city of Chicago. We coupon. We thrift. We walk instead of drive. We live on a very tight budget. This has been a difficult transition for me - in Vancouver, I made more money than my husband, using the ample number of letters behind my name; we owned a home; had 2 cars; lots in the savings account. Here in Chicago we rent. I don't work (couldn't until I got my green card). Have one car. And now, we have two little ones.

My husband and I have an allowance of $20 each for each pay-cheque. $40 a month. If I want to buy any fabric or sewing supplies, I use my allowance. If my husband wants a bottle of single malt, he uses his allowance.

Here's what I spend half of my allowance on each month:

The "Around the Color Wheel" monthly bundles - every month you get six fat quarters or half-yard cuts (depending on your subscription) in a given color - either prints or solids. This month, the color is 'gold'. Love it.

The bundles come in either solids:
Marmalade's FQB Around The Color Wheel Bundle, March: Solid Gold: Solids ($12.60!!)

or prints:
Marmalade's FQB Around the Color Wheel, March: Gold Prints ($17.50!) 

Last year I subscribed to Tammy's solids color wheel, and it was a fantastic way to build up my solids stash...

...this year, I've subscribed to her prints color wheel bundles... and for the month of March, look at this beautiful bundle I received in the mail Saturday:
golden gorgeousness
YUM YUM YUM! "Gold Prints" bundle.

I absolutely *love* the subscription. It's no obligation - meaning she sends you a request for payment each month, the payment isn't automatically charged, so if you need to skip a month, you can.

The bundles are so affordable, and never fail to impress. Last year the solids I received were totally awesome, and colors which I use all the time.

And what's better than receiving a squishy package once a month with a beautiful surprise inside? NOTHING I say, nothing. Tee hee. It's like Christmas, monthly.

And Marmalade has an awesome points program, fantastic lightening-speed shipping, awesome pricing, and fantastic customer service. Tammy, the owner, is *so* sweet and fantastic to deal with!

I was so happy to have Marmalade Fabrics join me in sponsoring my blog - and in celebration, Tammy is giving up a fat quarter bundle of some Golden Goodness for one of my lucky readers!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway - you don't need to have a Facebook account to enter, just log-in to the widget with your email address.

Good luck everyone! The giveaway will remain open until March 31!
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  1. ohhh I would love some of the purple prints, love purple and those are just awesome.


  3. Thanks for introducing me to Marmalade Fabrics. I love the color wheel idea and think I'll be joining.

  4. what beautiful fabrics .. enjoy .. and well done for managing your family budget xx

  5. Great fun! Love how you think with spending your 'allowance'.:)

  6. Wonderful fabrics.I follow you by email and GFC.Thanks!!

  7. Thats a cool story and a budget I should do.... but the kids are grown now and require more fabric. LOL plus all the grandkids.. LOL

  8. Is the giveaway is open internationally? I'm in the UK. (I have already entered).
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  9. Great ideas (color wheel bundles and budget). Thanks for the giveaway svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  10. The fabric looks beautiful! Thanks for the chance

  11. Beautiful selection!!!! I would love to win!

  12. wow did you ever convince me that I need to join this color wheel club

  13. Glad to hear I'm not the only one on fabric-buying rations. Sometimes I feel a little left out when others are buying, buying, buying, but then I remind myself I always have enough to keep me sewing, so that's enough.

  14. Beautiful selection of fabrics. Love the color wheel bundle club plan. I would love to both solids and prints. Thanks ever so much.

  15. Beautiful fabric. I used to live in Chicago. It's not easy but start going to garage sales. You can find great stuff especially in the Spring.

  16. Beautiful fabrics. Enjoy your blog a great deal.


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