Sunday, July 13, 2008

Crafty Giveaway #1 - CLOSED

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There it is. Isn't it beautiful! This inaugural giveaway is related to my blog header. It is a photo of a wall hanging that I did for my in-laws 40th anniversary. This is a portion of the wall hanging showing the quilting.

folded flower quilt

You can see more photos of the wall hanging here.

I had seen an episode of Simply Quilts years ago featuring Rebecca Wat and her technique for folding fabric into flowers. She was promoting her book Fantastic Fabric Folding. I knew that I wanted to do that for my in-laws' anniversary. Well, I didn't get around to doing it for the 35th, but did make the 40th, using a flower to represent each year. I was too cheap/lazy to buy the book, so I got the directions for folding the flowers on the Simply Quilts archived page. This project may look hard, but as an intermediate quilter it was very easy. I was able to fold and tack the flower blocks while sitting and watching tv or waiting to pick the kids up in the carpool lane. It was a great take away project, and very addicting. After completing my wall hanging, this is what I have leftover for a lucky winner:

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A collection of assorted batik and batik-like prints in wonderful jewel-tone colors.

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Four pre-folded flowers ready to use in your project

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Ten pre-cut 6" squares ready to fold into beautiful flowers

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Eight assorted leftover pieces that can be cut into 6" squares and a couple of extra bits

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Over 2/3 yard of green fabric and nine 2" strips in assorted batiks

If you are up for the fun of this project, then this giveaway is for you. I have enough leftover fabric to make 22 folded flowers and extra batiks and green to make something wonderful. You only have to supply the imagination.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling us what you would do with the fabric (maybe you don't want to fold flowers and that's okay), and/or who you would make it for. I'll keep it open until Thursday night when I pick a winner at random from the people that have left comments. Tell all your friends! Everyone loves free fabric!

36 comments:

I AM said...

wow, these are gorgeous flowers. i love, love, love the batiks that you used too. This would make a great wall hanging in my bedroom.

Catherine said...

Those folded flowers are way too addictive, aren't they? :-)
I would love to enter your contest for these. I'd make an applique wall hanging -- using the green for some stems and lots of flowers. It would hang either in our entranceway or above my computer.

Kerry said...

Hi Jen,
Welcome to blogland!! I don't have as many kids as you (3), but totally get the fitting everyone in bit. Have seen the flowers in a mag before and loved them. You would need to send along the directions if I was lucky enough to win though.

Sequana said...

What a nice giveaway. Those flowers are really very pretty.

Kimberly said...

Jen, welcome to Bloggyville! Totally understand how it's hard to quilt with kids. I even put the quilting away entirely when my kids were little. After my toddler exercised her scissor skilz on a newly handsewn block (with 28 individual pieces in it!). We lived in a tiny apartment and there was simply nowhere to put stuff up out of the kids' reach (like little monkeys).
I've been doing more the last few years but have had to put things on hold as we prepare to move overseas next month. BUT am very excited about the used Pfaff I just bought on ebay that will allow me to try some things I just couldn't do on my old machine.
I keep an idea book with pictures from magazines, downloaded from the internet, or sketched by hand and there are several that could benefit from this great giveaway!
And yes, I'm taking MY ENTIRE FABRIC STASH with me :-) Not sure how readily available cottons will be where we're moving.
I'm so enjoying the various quilting and crafting blogs. A whole new world of friends!

One Shabby Chick said...

I have to say welcome to blogland too! Those batiks are just gorgeous! I had never really been a fan of batiks but am now loving the beautiful colors - what a fun giveaway. I'd proabably make a quilt out of them..not sure if I could reproduce those beautiful flowers though!

Amber

Karen said...

Welcome to the blog world! Those batiks are beautiful and I love the flowers. I can see a wall hanging for spring! I would love to try this. Hope I win :)

MelissaS said...

I am obsessed with fabric folding. I currently have a project that has been "in the works" with folded hexagons for three years. I'm still collecting batiks. And I created a wallhanging with some of the same techniques to make some fish.
I'd probably fold more flowers and make a wallhanging for my best friend who has been such great support recently. My family has had a rough few weeks, with a car accident and injuries. And my friend Christy has been there the whole time.

Linda said...

Welcome to blogging Jennifer, I popped over from Jacquie's blog. My gosh what pretty fabrics and I just love your wall hanging. Having seen that I don't think I'd want to do anything else except what the fabric was first intended for....folded flowers.

Blondie said...

Those are beautiful fabrics!
Honestly, if I won this giveaway, I would carefully put the fabrics into my stash and admire them from time to time. At some point, I'll decide on the perfect way to use them, then I'll do it and blog about it!

MichelleB said...

Welcome to blogland! I keep wanting to try that flower folding - it just looks so cool! You've given me inspiration.

FabricMom said...

Welcome to blog land. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

I have three kids and am holding the youngest as I type one handed.

Lost flowers are beautiful. I love batiks and would love to make these. Please count me in the drawing.

FabricMom said...

Okay I meant to type love the flowers, see what I get for not proof reading. LOL.

Tine said...

I just found you via Jaquies blog! What a beautiful wallhanging! I have been in awe of those folded fabric flowers for quite some time. So that is what I would use the fabric for, should I be lucky enough to win....a wall hanging.
And...I love the idea you had to make a flower to represent every year of marriage :-)

Becky said...

I'd love to enter your contest, please! I'd like to make a wall hanging with the flowers to brighten up my cubicle at work!! So, pick ME!!!!!!!!!!!

KatyK said...

What a great wallhanging and what a special gift - very inspiring.

My son, a Math teacher, loves origami, and often incorportes it in his teaching methods. We have been thinking of making a fabric "origami" quilt together, which then could be evolved into a yearly class project. This would be a good start

sbonetsue said...

The challenge quilt for my guild this year is a batik quilt with a gardern theme. I have been struggling with coming up with a good idea, you just provided the perfect idea! I would love to win your giveaway as a headstart on my project.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

TLC said...

I love the colors of those fabrics. I would definately do the folded flowers with them. I have done folded flowers once (see my blog header) and I loved the outcome. So I hope I win so I can make more!!

KateKwiltz said...

Not sure what I'd make with your fabric, I'd have to meet it first! Lovin' the flowers, tho...

Jacquie said...

Looks like folks are coming! I'm so glad. You don't have to enter me. I just came by to check.

Annemiek said...

Lovely colours! I'd probably try the folding flower for a pincushion and make a wallhanging from the rest (or order similar fabrics online and piece a bedsized quilt for one of my kids:)

dakota essence said...

Hi Jen,

A couple years ago I decided I was going to some day make some kind of flower wall hanging in memory of one of my closest friends, Sherri, who died of breast cancer in 2004 at age 40. Sherri's huge flower gardens were very important to her and I couldn't think of a better way to honor her! Then, after I made that decision I decided I'd gift this wall hanging to her mother, also an avid gardener. It wasn't until a couple months ago that I 'discovered' folded flowers (I'm a quilting newbie) and knew I finally found what I was going to do for her wall hanging. After I finish the quilt I'm working on for my sister, Sherri's is next. I'd be honored to add some of these flowers to her 'garden'!

Jillian from North Dakota

miniaturequilter said...

Never have used batiks before, but I those flowers with that fabric! I would finally make something for myself (If I could figure then out)!

audreypawdrey said...

I love, love, love batiks and I would really like to try those flowers. I had not seen that before! I would try making some little flowers and some of the fabric would definitely find its way into other projects along the way. It would be used, that's for sure! Thank you for being so kind giving your fabric away.

Lynn said...

pretty fabric - your flowers are beautiful. I remember seeing them on Simply Quilts and could not do it after many attempts. I was thinking maybe a small grandmother flower garden. I always wanted to do a batik one.

Amy said...

I found you through Jacquie - Welcome! I would love to add to my stash - I don't have any batiks...your wall hanging looks incredible :)

Stephanie D. said...

Hi, Jacquie sent me!

I've never done the folded flowers, nor seen them in person, but I like them.

I adore batiks and am planning a jewel box quilt from the ones I have collected so far. Some of these would get put in the same pile!

Nice giveaway! And welcome to Blogland!

chook said...

your flowers are beautiful I think I would love to have a try at making some
so please enter me in the draw
and also a big welcome to blogging
hugs Beth

Lucette said...

I found you through Jacquie and am glad you started a blog. It is a great community to belong to. Please add my name to the list, I would enjoy making folded flowers, they are so pretty. Look forward to seeing more of your quilts.

Mom said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! Your pictures are great and I look forward to reading stories about your life and artwork. The batiks would be great in a wall hanging in our bedroom (having 3 kids under age 3 has meant that our bedroom comes last on the 'keeping clean and nice' list of household chores). Cheers!

nclangs said...

Gosh, I don't know what I would do with those beautiful fabrics. I am sure that I could think up something though! Please enter me in your giveaway!! Thanks!

Kristie said...

How gorgeous!!! I would love to win your fabrics and sample!!! I have wanted to learn this technique for a couple of years!!!
Kristie

ivyarts said...

I've wanted to explore texture in quilting and some wall hangings. Your project looks like a great way to start. Welcome to blog-land. It's almost as addicting as fabric!

kamewh said...

I definitely would love to try this and I most likely would make a wall-hanging out of them :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

Those folded flowers are lovely!! Think I might like to give it a try!

I think they would be a great addition to a girly quilt!

Athena's Grove Fabric Trims said...

Those would make such lovely projects!!! I could see making pouches for jewelry, visible yokes on medieval costumes (for larger pieces of fabric) or patch pockets for a boxy, oriental style jacket!

All of the projects (which I would post pictures of the finished products) will all go to friends.