Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pay it Forward!

I've been keeping my eyes peeled for a Pay it Forward exchange. I love the idea: you can receive a personal, handmade gift from a talented crafter, and all you have to do is "pay it forward" and agree to do the same for three people.

I was lucky enough to come across Hillary's offer to pay it forward and accepted. And now I need to find three people to accept my offer.

If you would like to receive a handmade gift from me, and are willing to make and send a handmade gift along to three of your blog readers, please let me know in my comments. Once you accept, you will receive something from me within 365 days. In turn, you will have 365 days to fulfill your end of the bargain.

Pretty neat, no?

[PS. I would especially appreciate any comments that make me smile today. I got a speeding ticket on my way into the office today. Boo.)

ETA: Thanks to all for your interest in my Pay it Forward ... unfortunately, I've already gotten three people to play so the sign-up is closed. But you should check out their sites, because now THEY'LL be looking for 3 people each!:


  1. Oh my goodness!!! I would love to recieve one of the amazing things you make!!! I have seen this before around the blog world, and was pretty intimidated by it...but 365 days to make 3 gifts...shouldn't be a hard thing to do! I want in....
    Sorry about your ticket...hope your day goes better!!!

  2. I found your blog about a month ago -- and you have inspired me to start quilting again (I began knitting about 7 years ago and totally forgot I even owned a sewing machine in the excitement of it!) Now, thanks to seeing all the beautiful work you do, I have 2 quilts in progress, and have purchased enough fabric to make 6 more - I am serious! You have really lit a fire in me to sew and make quilts ... even though I am nervous to try machine quilting. I see what you have made, and the lovely quilts you have received through swaps, and really want to sew again!

    I would be thrilled to receive something from you -- and would love to make things for 3 others (a year is a good time frame to slip in 3 extra projects), and I like the concept of random acts of kindness.

    My email is tom daht heather at n s daht sympatico daht ca

  3. I want to pay it forward, what a fun idea! Put me down.
    Sorry about your ticket, it always puts a damper on the day. Hope it gets better for you.

  4. hm...too late for the pay it forward but that's ok.

    Sorry about the ticket. Go watch the baby video at my blog. It will make you laugh!!

  5. I'm doing a pif over here - I didn't have 2 people sign up so I'm surprising some folks. Too bad about the ticket - where was it?
    Lately I've noticed a good deal of policing in the 35 mile zones.

  6. Hi John!

    Longtime reader, first time poster. I am a brand spanking new quilter, inspired by you and several other talented quilting bloggers. So much so that I've started my OWN blog, and can't wait to start posting some projects (first ever quilt is in mid-bind as we speak!)

    I would love to be considered for the pay it forward challenge; I love the idea of a cosmic chain of beautiful, handmade things! Thanks for the quilt-along (I see log cabins in my sleep now!)

  7. Hm, don't know if you're choosing the 3 first people for the PIF, but anyway I'd love to join.

    Love the things you make, and your tutorials are great!

    Speeding tickets happen (as parking tickets, which seem to be my forté), the only thing you can do is to pay them and then pretend it never happened!

  8. You are in NC, right? My son goes to college down there and got a speeding ticket. He went and talked to the prosecutor (don't know if that's what they call it in NC but that's what they call it in NJ) and got it reduced significantly - so don't just pay it! He got it down to no points - he may have had to do a one day safe driving course or something, not sure. Good luck!

  9. I just finished a PIF on my blog last month. It was so. Stinking. Fun! Enjoy! (Oh, and if any of the other eight people who commented before I did don't want to play, please count me in!)

    Boo about the bad day. Yesterday was eventful for me, too: two flat tires, two diaper leaks, and one sore baby who fell of the bed. Somehow the day was wonderful. I chalk it up to good friends who came to my rescue. I hope you have some good friends in your neck of the woods.

  10. OOO OOO OOO me! I would love to be part of your Pay it Forward, what a great idea! I am a novice to quilting and love what you do. You are truly talented and an inspiration. Hope your day is better :)


  11. I would love to pay it forward!! I would gladly pay your speeding ticket if you can/will remove the "Spider-Man" spider webs that my 4yr old son sprayed onto the kitchen ceiling. They have dried and become one w/ the ceiling! I'm trying to decide if I want to repaint the ceiling or tell people that it's the newest decorative accent for kitchens!!

  12. A friend of mine just dropped off one of her beautiful watercolors as a donation for a charity auction--and ended up paying $74 for a speeding ticket on the way home! Unfortunately, she can't write the ticket off her taxes! Maybe this won't make you smile, but know you're not alone. Sometimes our "enthusiasm" gets the better of us (or maybe enthusiasm is really just a lead foot :)

    I think you have 3 for the PIF, but if someone else is looking for their 3, I'm game!

  13. This sounds fun, and I would love to send a surprise to a stranger! I've loved reading your blog and seeing the gorgeous things you've made!

    I just finished serving as a juror for the first time ever and we found the defendant GUILTY AS CHARGED! Does that help with a smile?

  14. What a novel idea! I'd love to play. Sorry about the ticket. Tell your wife. My safety-conscious husband got one last month. He never told me. The gig was up when the "Clown Traffic School" postcards started showing up! BUSTED!

  15. Pay it forward...what a lovely idea. Isn't it nice to see how many comments you received in such a short time!:) I couldn't have done it even if I was first because I don't have a blog!:) No worries...I am just extremely happy and grateful for all you have taught me this month in the Wonky world! I can't believe all the different possibilities there are once you know how to do these and I learned the wonky star!! I have finished one wonky for our couch and have one top done for my daughter and one cut out for my son and then there are the 25 squares I have made that are posted on the ORBC site....all because of you and Dana and Amy....so John....no worries about the speeding ticket!:)

  16. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!! That means so much to me.

    I just posted again with info on my first quilt ever!! And would love love love for you too see that too, I even mentioned you in there.


  17. Hi John, sorry to hear about the ticket.
    Give the ticket to your boss and have him pay it! After all, its his/her fault for making you work today right? If that don't work, offer the judge/cop a quilt, that might get you outta the ticket. Congrats on the PIF. I participated in one and got to send a gift to the UK.. I guess you could say that my craftiness is global!!!

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  19. okay...go here:

    please pretend that i, the twilight dork, did NOT show this to you.
    my hubby laughed his butt off when i showed it to him!!!

    hope it cheers you up!!!
    ♥ rach

    {sorry for deleting my other comment. huge typo. haha.}

  20. Hi John. . . I posted a PIF a while back & still have 2 spots open. . .so, if anyone wants to play from my blog they are welcome to:

    www.bookshookssticksetc.blogspot.com (August 14 posting)

    Have a great day!

    In peace & pieces,

    Sherry V.

    BTW, sorry to hear about the ticket.

  21. Jon I'm so sorry about your ticket what a rotten day! On the flip side having a pay it forward is a great way to lift your spirits!

  22. You just need to slow down Mr. John. What are you in such a rush for. Silly Boy!

  23. this should make you smile:


    you are an inspiration...

  24. Sorry about the ticket! You should definately see Nancy's video, its sooooo funny! and as the UK recipient of Gregs PIF, I'm working on my own PIF gifts as I type, quilting has no boundaries! Hope the week gets better :-)

  25. Sorry about your speeding ticket! I came over from the Sinta's website to see your Schnibbles quilt - I hope you will post a photo and tell us more about it. You always use the most interesting fabrics!

  26. hallo, compliments for your blog and for your wonderful works. on my blog there is a Migrant Tombola.the rules are that the winner has to do a Migrant Tombola too.it is funny.hugs