2013 Quilty Resolutions Giveaway

In episode 113 of my "Quilting...for the Rest of Us" podcast, I describe the requirements to enter into my 2013 Quilty Resolutions Giveaway. I also said that I'd be embedding the online submission form into the show notes for that episode. As it turns out, for some reason Wordpress won't play nicely with this online submission form, so I've moved it here to my blog.

Please be sure to listen to episode 113 (using the link above or the embedded player on the right of this webpage) before completing this submission form to enter the giveaway--otherwise you won't know how to complete the form! The giveaway closes on January 15th, 2013.

Black Friday Sew-in Giveaway! #BFSI

This giveaway is now closed!

I am in the process of being in contact with the winners and will announce them later!


It's Black Friday again here in the U.S.--the day after Thanksgiving when retailers publicize huge "door-busting" sales to entice as many shoppers through their doors as possible. Lots of people look forward to Black Friday for months, plan their holiday shopping lists around the sales they'll find, and strategize for how to get first dibs on their chosen items. I have a friend for whom heading out to Black Friday sales with her sister is just as much part of the family celebration of Thanksgiving as the meal the day before is.

For me, it sounds like the seventh level of hell.

I'm not a big fan of crowds in general, and crowds whipped into a frenzy of wanting to be first in line at the cash register is even more unsettling for me. I'd much rather unwind after hosting the dinner the day before by hanging out in my sewing room and petting fabric.

So I invite you to stay in with me and sew! 

Even if you do head out for some shopping, check in during the day or put your feet up with tea (or whatever your recovery beverage of choice is) and catch up with what's been happening with #BFSI.

On Twitter, we'll be posting pictures of our progress, asking for advice, cheering one another on, talking about the many ways we're eating turkey leftovers, and in general hanging out and having fun. Just use the hashtag #BFSI. You can also use Tweetchat to track all the tweets in one place: http://tweetchat.com/room/BFSI.

Meanwhile, back at the blog, I'm hosting a giveaway today to make it even more fun to just stay home!

The first winner will receive a:

$50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Woot! Even better--Fat Quarter Shop is having a huge-a-mongous Black Friday sale too! Note that the sale ends at midnight CST Nov 29th, so you'll have time to spend that gift certificate during their sale if we can get everything timed right. Meanwhile, I'm just gonna do some cyber-shopping on Black Friday myself. :-)

Thanks, Fat Quarter Shop, for sponsoring this giveaway!

The second winner will receive a:

Gift certificate for a 6-month membership to The Quilt Show

 (Value $24.95.)

This gift certificate will give you the opportunity to try out The Quilt Show, Web TV for quilters and worldwide quilt community with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Internet "TV" episodes, a daily blog, classrooms, and more. It's a great resource, and this is the perfect way for you to dabble your toes to see if you like it.

By leaving a comment here, you are entering both giveaways--I will choose two winners from the total number of comments. (In other words, I can't separate out who wants which giveaway; I'll just be drawing two winners at random.)

Also, your email address must appear in either in your comment or attached to your profile in order for you to be entered in the giveaway. If I draw your name and don't see an email address, I'll move on to another winner. Please check to be sure your profile includes your email address, or include your email address in your comment below. You may want to write it as "screenname at gmail dot com" to avoid web-crawlers.

To enter the drawing, please leave a comment here answering the following question:

What is one thing you have to be thankful for--quilty-related!--in 2012?

You may have a second chance to win!  
Just leave a second comment that tells me you've subscribed to my podcast (which you can find at www.quiltingfortherestofus.com or at iTunes).

This giveaway closes at Midnight Eastern Time Friday, November 23rd. (So it's a 24-hour thing!)

Now, guess what else? 

Other bloggers and podcasters are hosting their own giveaways today too! After you've entered my giveaway, use the links below to check out who else is giving great stuff away. Good luck!

Banned Book Challenge Giveaway Winner Announced

Tanesha of CraftyGardenMom and I had a ball co-hosting the Banned Book Challenge Giveaway. Let me just start by saying, however, that Tanesha definitely wins on having the best blog posts about it! I was so tied up in my travel schedule during the challenge that I wasn't able to hold up my end of the stick as capably. However, never fear: We're already making plans for next year! Woot woot!

So, get out there and start reading some banned books!

I want to point you in the direction of Tanesha's blog post announcing her winner, and she also gave a very nice list of all who entered. Be sure you read it!

Meanwhile, my winner is (using the random number generator): SewExcitedQuilts! Jackie, woot! And I guess you were probably wondering what you were winning. Jackie, I'll be sending you a...

$25 gift certificate to EQuilter.com

As always, my rule is you have to send me pictures of whatever you make with the fabrics you win in any of my giveaways. I'll expect those pictures next week. Tee hee.

It was so much fun seeing how everyone interpreted their books and the inspiration for this challenge. I want to thank fionaogre, cyprium_misty, marisa-dot-onebyone, sewexcitedquilts, marissa_l (give the kids hugs from me!), jenny, and landscapelady (Tanesha's winner) for playing along. I also want to send a huge big thank you out to Tanesha for jumping on this idea and really running with it. It was so much fun working with you on this, Tanesha. and I've already got next year's on my calendar. Yes, we WILL plan ahead next time!

Okay, I've been brewing some thoughts about my 2013 challenge giveaways. So be listening in on my next few podcast episodes as I start giving you information about the next one. You can probably guess what it is--it's almost a new year, hint hint.

Banned Book Challenge Giveaway

Woohoo! Another giveaway! Tanesha of CraftyGardenMom podcast and I are co-hosting a challenge in October, inspired by Banned Book Week. Tanesha's living is based on books, and I'm just a book-a-phile in general, so neither of us is particularly keen on the whole idea of banning books. I fully support your right to read what you want and to make decisions for your own children, but in return I'd like to make decisions for myself and my kids. (Or, at least, I did when they were still young enough that my opinion mattered!)

So Tanesha and I have created a challenge for you. Create a quilty project of any type that's inspired by a book that you've read and loved that appears on the list of banned books. Haven't checked out the list? You may be surprised by some of the books that appear on it! This is the list for banned books in the last decade; this one is the list of classics that have been banned. Thanks to Tanesha for providing those links.

Your project can be big or small--it can be a wallhanging, a totebag, a mugrug...whatever you're inspired to do. The only guideline is that it needs to be "quilty" and be inspired by a book on the banned book list.

When you've done your project, post a picture of it in the Flickr group that Tanesha created just for this challenge.

On November 1st, Tanesha and I will go into the group and each draw one winner from the people who have posted pictures there. Tanesha has already announced what her giveaway will be. I'm still trying to figure mine out. (Give me another few days...I'll post an update here.)

I'm already working on my Banned Book Project. Go ahead--just try to guess what it is and what book it's based on. Go ahead. Dare ya.

Podcastaversary Give-Away--Week 3--Fat Quarter Shop

As an avid fan of fabric, I'm so pleased to announce that the sponsor of this week's giveaway in celebration of my two-year podcastaversary is...drum roll please...

The Fat Quarter Shop

As a fan of fabric, I'm definitely a fan of the Fat Quarter Shop. Back when I was a pretty new quilter, my sister (not a quilter) had done her research and gave me a gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop for my birthday--my first introduction to the online store. I thank her to this day! The Fat Quarter Shop has great selection and prices, a user-friendly shopping experience, and excellent customer service. So I highly recommend them!

The Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring this week's giveaway by offering two (count 'em, two!) gift certificates of $50 each. Two winners! Woot woot!
All you have to do to enter your name is leave a comment below letting me know what fabric you might purchase if you were to win one of the gift certificates. Is there a new line that's caught your eye? Is there one you've been drooling over for awhile but holding off ordering it? Do you need some blenders or neutrals in your stash? Decided to do some jelly roll patterns? Need a kit for a quick gift? What would you use the gift certificate for, if you were to win?

By the way, if you're not already a subscriber to my podcast or blog, it sure would warm the cockles of my heart if you were to become so now. You can also follow me on Twitter and Pinterest, and friend me on SeamedUp and GoodReads--I'm sandyquiltz in all those places. However, that won't affect your chances in this giveaway. I'm just having fun this week!

Post your comment by midnight Eastern Time (NY) on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, to be entered in the drawing. (Don't forget to make sure your email address is in your profile or comment so I can contact you. Hate to have to skip you if your name comes up but I have no way to be in touch!)

Looking forward to hearing from you. And thanks whole bunches to the Fat Quarter Shop for being a sponsor!

(Please note--I will be out of the country for a couple of weeks and will only have intermittent email access. Although I'll make my best efforts to check in and do the drawing, I may not be able to announce the winners of this giveaway until after my return. So go ahead and enter, and spread the word to all your friends by tweeting this post or pasting it into your Facebook status update or whatever--but you may need to be a little patient in hearing the results. Thanks!)

Two Year Podcastaversary Giveaway Week 2--It's Aurifil Week!

Thanks to everyone who played along on Week 1: A Celebration of Quilty Podcasts! Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to my fellow podcasters who helped me celebrate! (I'll announce my winner on my next podcast episode; I'm in the process of getting in touch with her to let her know she's won.)

And now it's time for Week 2: Aurifil Week!

As you know if you're a listener to my podcast series, I'm an Aurifil girl. I use other threads on occasion for different kinds of projects, but for piecing, it's strictly Aurifil 50 wt. I love how thin it is, so it doesn't take up a lot of extra bulk in the seams, but at the same time it's really strong. It's also amazingly low-lint. Because it's thin, one spool lasts a l-o-n-g time. This is the current collection I'm working with, although I've got a few more in my thread drawer waiting their turn.

I've also gone through my share of the 28 wt thread in machine quilting. It's also incredibly strong, low breakage and low lint--great for free-motion quilting. It's also good for hand quilting, hand applique, and hand piecing--according to Aurifil's website. I do remarkably little by hand, so can't really speak to that!

I was intrigued to find out awhile back that Aurifil also has a wonderful wool thread, so I bought some to explore doing felted wool projects by machine. Can't report on that yet--haven't gotten to those projects on my to-do list at this stage. However, I am seeing some potential usage opportunities coming up soon in some of my art quilting--it'll be great for some hand-stitched accents.

I'm also looking forward to using Aurifil's monofilament (invisible) thread that I own--the invisible thread has gotten great reviews. That'll probably get put to use pretty soon--I've got a project in the offing that it'll be perfect for.

So, yes, I'm a fan. I'm thrilled that Aurifil has sponsored this week's giveaway, so now I have the opportunity to try to make a few more fans out there too!

Aurifil has provided several sampler packs for me to pass along. Each sampler pack has five spools of thread: (1) wool, (1) 40 wt, (1) 28 wt, (1) 50 wt, and (1) variegated 12 wt. Colors vary per pack.

I'm going to send one sampler pack to each of seven winners. Count them--seven winners! I'm going to give you two chances to enter in the drawing.

1. Leave a comment here telling me how you'd like to use your sampler pack, if you won one. Your name will get entered once in the drawing.

2. You can leave a second comment telling me that you've subscribed to my podcast series. (If you're already a listener--thanks tons! And leave a comment telling me so--you'll still be entered.)

Leave your comments by Friday, April 13th, 2012, at midnight Eastern-Sandy-Time (New York). I'll draw the winners on Saturday. Can't wait to share!

Thanks for helping me celebrate, and good luck! (Be sure to spread the word--tweet or post this giveaway to your sewing friends who may want to have some Aurifil in their thread collection too!)

Podcastaversary Give-Away--Week 1 "Celebrate Podcasts!"

Yay! It's my two-year podcastaversary! My, how time flies. When I started this venture, I had no idea that (1) I'd still be doing it two years later and (2) I'd have made friends doing it! A community has been created amongst quilting podcasters and our listeners and I thoroughly enjoy being part of that.

To kick off a month of celebrations, this first week, we're celebrating podcasts!

The giveaways officially start Sunday, April 1st. I've got to post this on Saturday to give the podcasters time to link up here--so if you're reading this on Saturday, come back tomorrow and see who all has joined in! :-)

First, my own giveaway:

You can win yourself this set of four fat quarters by leaving a comment answering the question, "Where do you listen to your podcasts?" If you don't listen to podcasts, you might want to subscribe to mine and everyone else's! But you can still leave a comment anyway. I'll put your name in the mix even if you're not a listener!

Leave your comment by Friday night, April 6th, midnight Eastern-Sandy-Time (U.S.)--I'll do my drawing on Saturday the 7th.

Don't forget: Your email address needs to be in the comment itself or visible on your profile for me to be able to get back to you to tell you you've won! If I don't have an email address, I'll have to award the prize to someone else.

And before we move on, want to help spread the word about the month-long giveaway? Grab the blog button at the top of the right-hand side of this page and put it on your own blog! Make sure people know they'll have the opportunity to win Aurifil thread, gift certificates to the Fat Quarter Shop, and more!

Check out below for other podcasters' pages and giveaways--support the podcasting community!

National Quilting Day giveaway!

I'm always up for a party--especially one focused on quilting! This coming Saturday is National Quilting Day, and SeamedUp is hosting an NQD Sew-In with giveaways and all sorts of other fun. I'm ready to play along!

Feel like spring? I'm offering a one-yard cut of a happy, vibrant focus print, with four coordinated fat quarters to get you started! Or, if you want to break them up and use them in five different projects, that's fine by me. I just want these fabrics to find a good home.

The focus fabric is "Fondly Flowers" by Laura Heine for Kings Road. This is no longer available--so you want it in your stash! (The fat quarters have no selvedges so I can't identify them for you, sorry. But they're also great stash-builders.)

You can enter for the giveaway several times. Here's how:

1. Leave me a comment on this post describing what affect the changing seasons has on your quilting. Do you start using different colors? Do you start making placemats for picnics? Do you hurry to get all your quilt projects done before summer so you can hang out in the back yard as much as possible rather than being on your sewing machine? Do you go on a fabric diet so you can fit into that fat quarter before summer? (Tee hee.) For those of you in the other hemisphere where things may be starting to get cooler rather than warmer, the same question applies, just in reverse. How might you be switching quilty-gears now as you start to look towards winter months?

2. Leave me a comment that you have subscribed to my podcast, "Quilting...for the Rest of Us." (Subscribe through the podcast page or through iTunes.) Already a subscriber? Just let me know. It'll count!

3. Like the Quilting...for the Rest of Us Facebook page and leave a comment here to let me know you've done so. Already liked the page? Just tell me!

4. Follow this blog and leave a comment here to let me know you've done so. (You'll see some follow options on the right of this post.) Already a follower? Just tell me!

5. Friend me on SeamedUp! I go by sandyquiltz there, so seek and ye shall find. Already buddies with me on SeamedUp? You know what to do.

(I also hope you will track me down on Twitter, Pinterest, GoodReads, and just about everywhere else in cyberspace. I go by sandyquiltz everywhere I hang out. I'm not including those in this drawing, though. Just 'cause.)

Winners will be chosen randomly using the random number generator. Be sure you are NOT a no-reply blogger when you leave your comments. Make sure your email address is on your profile, or in your comment itself. I'll need to know who you are and what your email address is in order to contact you if you win the giveaway. Any anonymous postings will have to be automatically disqualified since I won't be able to be in touch with you.

Be sure to check out the SeamedUp blog post for more giveaway fun. And join in their Twitter party on Saturday, March 17th. I know it's also St. Patrick's Day, but you can always wear your Irish while sitting at your sewing machine!

My giveaway will be open from the time of this posting on Monday, March 12th, until midnight (my time, Eastern U.S. time) Sunday, March 18th. I'll draw the winners on Monday, March 19th. Looking forward to sending out some fabricy-love to someone somewhere!

My 2012 Quilty Resolutions--and Slow Quilting

Courtesy Martina Rathgens, creative commons
I have been pondering this for awhile, and decided this morning I'd write a blog post about launching a "Slow Quilting Movement," with a nod to the Slow Food Movement. Before I sat to write, though, I did a quick Google and came across this blog post, Slow Quilting, stating some of what I'm feeling. So kudos to Andi Reynolds for her words that so closely resonate with my own thoughts, although her emphasis is on hand-piecing, which is not on my radar screen at this point. But still...

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to do a slow quilt. (For those of you who are listeners and are considering entering my 2012 Quilty Resolutions giveaway, this is my personal goal for #2, "The project I've always wanted to do but...."). I've been feeling this nudge for awhile--probably about a year. Here's the backstory; I imagine it's a story that's shared with many of my readers and listeners.

For many years of my quilting life, I've been emphasizing "fast and easy," mostly due to a lack of time. When my kids were little-r, with the job and travel that I have, my quilting life was very much catch-as-catch-can. Finding a few minutes here and there between playing taxi, sitting in doctor's waiting rooms (moms seem to do an inordinate amount of that, don't we?), running multiple pets to the vet...oh, and working full time and periodically hopping on airplanes...meant that my quilting emphasis was on quick gratification. What would I be able to actually accomplish in short periods of time, so I could get something pretty on the wall or to cuddle under? What would give me fast results and that sense of satisfaction of a job well done? (Or, in my case, at least decently-well done.)

Once my kids became less-little-r and largely didn't need me around on a moment-to-moment basis--and had their own wheels and the ability to, as young adults, get themselves to their own dang doctor appointments, thank you very much--I then entered a period that I think of as, "Wheee!!" Suddenly I could spend a whole lot more time in my sewing room and I started cranking out all those quilt projects that had lived in my head for so long. I felt so much accomplishment as I watched the UFOs being finished, as I got a lot more wallhangings on my walls, as I gave away more gifts, as I worked on donation quilts (unfortunate or otherwise). I also started looking for fast ways to use stash--all these pretty pretty fabrics I'd bought but never really had the time to do anything with. Reading other folks talk about their accumulated projects urged me on--Whee! Look how much I could accomplish, too!

Now, though, I'm feeling myself with a strong desire to put on the brakes. I've loved every minute of the frenzy, mind you. There's nothing wrong with the frenzy. But now I want to slow down and focus. I want to engage in a single project that I'll live with from beginning to end. I'll dream it in my head first. I want it to have meaning, symbolism, some connection with the rest of my life. Then I'll spend time planning it out--but not too much planning, because I want to give it space to breathe as well, and become whatever it decides it wants to become as I live with it through time. I want to do a few things, then let it rest, then come back and do a few more things as it speaks to me, then let it rest some more.

I'm not going to say that I want time to "enjoy the process," because I've always enjoyed the process. I just think I'm looking for a slightly different process. And this is different from the UFO that gets set aside as distraction or frustration or other obligations set in. This is something kept in the forefront of my mind and consistently poked away at, but without a specific deadline or even, necessarily, the sense of obligation of, "I must finish this!" More, I'm looking for what will make me feel like it's finished whenever it says it is. I want to give a quilt the space to talk to me.

There were times that I had to rush my little-r kids through bathing and dressing and getting out the door for some appointment or another. And then there were the times that we just hung out, that we could just "be." And in that "be" time, they were still growing, and learning, and becoming. Not to get too metaphorical about it, but that's what I'm looking for in a quilt. I want "be" time.

So my second resolution for 2012 is to work on a Slow Quilt. What do you think? Are you feeling the same urge? Should we launch a Slow Quilt Movement? (Actually, it was launched hundreds of years ago and there are still folks out there that practice it quite intentionally. It's just gotten largely lost on the Internet, I suspect.) I'll be doing fast-n-easy projects and UFOs and such in the middle of that, too--there is still a lot of benefit to that! I just want one project to feel like it's part of my life for a prolonged period of time, in a good way.

For those of you who are curious about what my other two resolutions are, referencing back to the 2012 Quilty Resolutions giveaway:

My first resolution, "Something New I Will Try," is actually two-fold: y-seams and curved piecing. It's a sign of how much I've been immersed in the Fast Quilt movement that I've been quiltmaking for as long as I have and have managed to avoid either of those. I'm not at all worried about either of them, I just need to actually do them. Hexies, I'm coming!

My third resolution, "The One UFO I'm Committed to Finishing," is my warm color challenge wall-hanging. Poor dear has been hanging on my design wall for months, set aside as I got hooked into trying to finish up Christmas gift quilts. Your time will soon come, honey.

So that's it. If you're thinking you might want to be part of a Slow Quilt Movement, let's sometimes hashtag #SQM on Twitter or something. Usually we encourage each other on to an end--but this time, maybe we'll be encouraging each other in the opposite direction: "Woah, there, sister! Sure you want to finish yet?"

Boxing Day Sew-In--Get Your Give-Aways Here!

***The BDSI Giveaway is now closed!***

Welcome to our Boxing Day Sew-In! So glad you can join us, even if it's for only part of the day. This is our day to avoid the crowded shopping malls and just hang out and relax. If you have to work, my sympathies! Join in when you can. If you're still enjoying family festivities, so am I! I won't be spending the entire day in my sewing room, but I'll be there a lot. (After all, I have college-aged kiddies now--they still appreciate a good Pajama Day but they don't necessarily want me involved in the entirety of it anymore!)

Many of us don't officially celebrate Boxing Day and may not know much about it. In a nutshell, although there are several stories about its origins, they pretty much all agree that it began as a day of charitable giving. So that's a theme I'm personally running with! (See more about that below.)

To celebrate Boxing Day, and to give you some encouragement to spend the day doing what you love (sewing! yay!), several of us quilty podcasters and bloggers got together and decided to keep the gift-giving going! Here's how BDSI works.

  • Most of the giveaways will run off this blog--multiple giveaways means multiple winners! Anyone who leaves comments (instructions about that below) will get included in one big hopper of names. I'll do a random drawing  on behalf of all the podcasters/bloggers. (To spread the joy, each person will only win once.)
  • You can increase your chances of winning by leaving multiple comments as instructed below. 
Notice that I said, "most" giveaways will be here? We also have a Twitter-Specific (would that be "twitter-ific?) set of give-aways, too!
  • Use Tweetchat (www.tweetchat.com--you can sign in with your Twitter account) to follow #BDSI in one easy place. Mostly, we'll just be checking in with one another through the day that way.
  • We'll post periodic little mini-challenges during the day. Anyone who responds to the mini-challenges will be put into another big hopper of names, another random drawing of multiple winners, and more gifts being sent off.
  • If you're new to Twitter, enter any of our Twitter names into the search bar and you'll find us. I'm sandyquiltz, Pam is pantsfreesia, Tanesha is CraftyGardenMom, Jaye is artquiltmaker, and Katie is QuiltedMagnolia. There's a bunch of other quilt podcasters and bloggers that you'll find by looking at who we're following and who is following us. Then, when you see one of us post with #BDSI, just click on the #BDSI to see a list of all related posts--or, do the Tweetchat option listed above. Welcome aboard!
Whee! Can you stand it?

Blog Giveaways (instructions follow)

Pam, host of Hip to Be a Square podcast, is offering the following giveaway:

Four fat quarters from the "Tea Garden" line (Dena Designs, Free Spirit fabrics)

Aren't they pretty? A nice spot of spring as those of us in my neck of the woods are descending into gray, snowy days. Another thing that keeps the brightness in my sewing room on cloudy days: Pam's podcast is highly entertaining and includes a couple of Helper Cats. Make sure you give it a listen! Here's the direct link to Hip to Be a Square podcast in iTunes.

(Pam has a second giveaway that will go on Twitter so be sure to watch for it!)

Sandi, host of Quilt Cabana Corner podcast and designer, is offering the following giveaway:

An autographed copy of her new book, Little Quilts for Big Occasions: 7 Wall Hangings.

Great projects to help us be in a party mood all year long! And Sandi's podcast is as wonderful as her designs. She includes very helpful product and book reviews--she's great at spending my money for me! Here's the direct link to Quilt Cabana Corner podcast in iTunes.

Be sure to check out her Etsy shop for more designs!

Tanesha of Crafty Garden Mom podcast is offering the following two giveaways (one book per winner):

Fresh Fabric Treats: 16 Yummy Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & More with Your Favorite Moda Bake Shop Designers

Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home
(Stash Books)

Do you love books as much as you love quilts? In addition to great quilting magazine (and very funny kid stories!), Tanesha includes book reviews--fiction, non-fiction, quilting, you name it!--in her podcast. Some of the best books I've read this year were ones I'd heard Tanesha review. Keep the reviews coming, Tanesha! Here's the direct link to Crafty Garden Mom podcast in iTunes.

Jaye of Artquiltmaker blog, is offering the following two giveaways (one per winner):

One set of Lark Studio Series Inspiration books (8 books in the set).
Sterling Publishing. (The set includes: Pendants, Ceramic Sculptures, Chairs, Art Tiles, Handmade Books, Handmade Dolls, Tables.)

"Imagine that Quilt" pattern, designed by Sandy Klop, American Jane Patterns series.

Jaye's blog is filled with fantastic design inspiration for quiltmakers. She and I are doing a recurring series on my podcast about design for quilters--she knows her stuff! Be sure to visit Jaye's blog to get a new vision for your own quilting!

Katie of "Katie's Quilting Corner" podcast is offering the following giveaways (two winners):

One person will win the "Delighted" charm pack by Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs.

One person will win the "Flower Garden" bag pattern by Melly and Me designs.

"Katie's Quilting Corner" is a fun journey along with Katie, a 20-something quilter, and her Corgi dogs. Her podcasts include lots of great quilting information as well as fun stories about her adventures in the dog agility world! As a dog lover myself, I'm a fan. Click here for a direct link to "Katie's Quilting Corner" in iTunes.

And my giveaways are as follows (two winners): 

One person will win three patterns and a charm pack ("Katie" by Jennifer Young for Benartex).

One person will win a fabric panel and the book Piecing Tips and Tricks (C&T Publishing).
Here's a better shot of the three patterns (patterns courtesy Quiltwoman.com).
  • "A Chick in the House" (Jelly Roll and Charm Friendly) from Quilting Discoveries by Susan Mayer
  • "Holiday Treasures" (Multiple Patterns, Fat Quarter Friendly) from Snuggles Quilts by Deanne Eisenman
  • "Snowman Placemat and Table Runner" (Fat Quarter Friendly), Donna Ptak Collection

And here is the fabric panel. (Cherry Hill Sampler panel by Kathy Schmitz LLC for Moda.)

My podcast, "Quilting...for the Rest of Us," includes interviews, design tips, product and book reviews, and my own quilting adventures and misadventures. I love getting comments from listeners and consider my podcast a conversation with you. You can check it out at www.quiltingfortherestofus.com. Here's the direct link for Quilting...for the Rest of Us in iTunes.

Those are the giveaways from this blog. (More about Twitter below.)

To be entered into the drawing for these giveaways, here's what you do.
  1. Be sure you are NOT a no-reply or anonymous responder! We must have an email address to contact you. Please be sure your email address appears on your profile or include it in your comment. (If your name comes up as a winner in the drawing and there is no email address included in your comment/available on your profile, we'll have to skip you and go to the next person down on the list. You don't want that to happen!)
  2. In honor of Boxing Day: leave a comment on this blog post telling about one donation (charity) quilt you have made in 2011, or plan to make in 2012. (Remember the roots of Boxing Day! And see the very end of this post for some suggestions.)
  3. You may enter this blog drawing multiple times by doing the following: Visit any or all of the podcasters or bloggers websites listed above, and subscribe to their podcast or to their blog (or both, since some of us have one of each). Come back here and leave a comment saying you have done so--one comment per podcaster/blog you've subscribed to! So you could easily enter your name whole bunches of times! (And that doesn't even count Twitter.)
That's it! Have fun!
Here's a sneak peek at what you could win through giveaways on Twitter! (Information about these giveaways will be at #BDSI.)

Pam ("Hip to Be a Square") is offering a second set of four fat quarters--Bryant Park by Khristian A. Howell for Anthology Fabrics.

And I'll be giving away a few more patterns from Quiltwoman.com.

Have fun playing along with us during our Boxing Day Sew-In. Be sure to check out everyone's podcasts and blogs while you're at it--podcasts are great company while you're sewing!

Let the comments roll!

Interested in doing some more donation (charity) projects? Pam also helped us out by putting together this list of ideas and links to consider.