Monday, May 6, 2013

We have a winner!

On my last post I thought it might be fun to have a bit of a contest to see if you could guess how far we drove on our US trip.
I had said I would put together a prize and show a picture of it, but I have been kind of busy and just didn't get to it. I tried to make the prize as flat as possible for mailing purposes and this is what I came up with.

there are 2 quilt labels, one quilt block charm for identifying your scissors or rotary cutter etc., one red fabric charm, compliments of Pearl Louise in Rapid City, N.Dakota, a mini triangle ruler(can be put on a key chain or used for cutting), and one pattern purchased in either Oklahoma or New Mexico. I loved this pattern immediately. The quilt sample was hanging in the shop and I knew I wanted to make it right away, so I immediately started buying lovely cosy flannel fabrics for it along our route. I know I probably purchased enough to make 2 quilts like this, but that's another matter all together.
Now you are probably wondering why I am giving the pattern away the first week I am home... I didn't make a copy of it for me.( Just in case, some of you must have been thinking that... lol)
If you remember along our route, one day I stopped at a quilt shop in either Northern California, or Southern Oregon, and they had some older issues of quilt magazines they were giving away free to anyone who might be interested. I chose a few at random for evening reading enjoyment and I think the very first one I looked through, just look what I happened across...

As you can see, I have no need for the pattern packet, so I thought maybe someone might love it as much as I do and might just want to make it along with me...It wouldn't be the first virtual/computer/Skype quilt along I have ever done and it might be fun to do another, so into the prize it went! 
Are you anxious to know who won?
Have patience girls, I am long winded, but I will get to it shortly.
Iam a little disappointed there was such a few people who took the time to offer a guess, but it is fun just the same. 
Now Mr. O is a statistics and map kind of fella and he is always keeping track of things along our way. He even had a spread sheet ready with all dates, stops, gas, lodgings, general expenditures, and quilting expenditures for our border crossing back into Canada. The Customs people loved organized!

Here is a map of our route

If you start on the left hand page at the top right corner, that is HOME. We travelled south and did a lot of zig zagging and dipsy doodling around and then crossed over into Western Canada, then back down into the Dakotas and across to Michigan, back into Canada and then back home.

Here is a list of the participants:
  • Denise   23,000 KM
  • JoAnne  10,750 MILES = 17,300.4 KM
  • Jackie    32,876.4 KM
  • Barb      18,289 KM
  • Claudia  13,767 KM
  • Sue        24,050 KM
The number Mr. O gave me as our mileage recorded on the GPS is

24,723 KM

The winner is Sue! with a guess of 24,050. So close!
Congratulations Sue, I will get your prize to you as soon as possible and I hope you enjoy these little souvenirs of our trip.
I have a small "runner up" prize for our second place guess. Denise guessed 23,000. I will get that in the mail this week Denise. Thanks for playing along ladies.

Now, I am sure some of you may be wondering about some of the other info on that spread sheet of Mr. O's. I don't have his spread sheet in front of me, so the only number I can give you is the amount of days were gone, which was 71. 
The $'s spent on quilting stuff sort of eludes my memory, but I do know that it started with a 3 and it had a few 0's in it; and that's all I have to say about that!

Want to see what it looks like all gathered together?

Now before you get too excited, and to put things in perspective, just look what Mr. O bought on our trip.

Hmmm I don't think I saw that purchase on the spreadsheet, I must go check...


JoAnne said...

Oh my goodness! I love the photo of all of your quilt stuff! How fun! Congrats to the winner, she was really close!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited...thanks Wendy for the giveaway. That's quite the trunkful of goodies. Now with Mr O's new ride you have more room for quilt goodies on the next trip. All that for a 3 and a couple of are a very careful shopper!


Barb Gibney said... did bring home quite the haul!!! but how exciting. I must say I am a tad bit jealous knowing that I was with in miles of several of those stores too and my darling Mr.G said "Barb, how do you propose I get into those parking lots pulling this 40 foot trailer!" I guess I sort of understand...

I thought I guessed high on the trip but not big enough I guess. So happy to see that Sue won it! She will so enjoy it, I'm sure. I must say Mr. O's purchase looks pretty yummy too!

Jackie said...

Oh wow, i guess I don't travel much.... iI don't know how far things are?? Lol.. Congrats to Sue & Denise, really close! But one thing is for sure....I LOVE HOW YOU GUYS SHOP,!!! What fun! Don't know how much you spent but Mr. O caught up to you... So on your next trip now you have to catch up Wendy!

Sarah said...

I had so much fun following yr journey I think I want to do that trip myself one day! Well, I should really see more of Australia first, similar mileage would be accrued in doing so. I think $300 is very reasonable, especially when the other half buys a car!

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