Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Crafty Giveaway #4 Winners!

Alright....this time we have a list of winners.

The first name I pulled, and the winner of the Disney princesses panel, purple fuzzy fabric and purple binding is Beth of Highland Hen. Our next winner is Mary of Scottish Nanna. She gets the princess panel, cotton fabric and pink binding. Sew Bee It, Helz of Blue Shadow Pony and Tine of Sodeste all will receive the princess panel and the cotton fabric.

How crazy is this - 3 of my winners are from Australia (Hello to my friends down under!), 1 is from Denmark and 1 is from I don't know where yet. :o) I guess I have a very international audience. So ladies, please email me your mailing address and reference your blogger name so I can make sure I have everyone accounted for. The sooner I get everyone's information in, the sooner I can head out to the post office.


Didn't get to the pictures of our storm damage yet. Hope to do that today and post later. Check back....

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Giveaway #4 Winners

Will be announced tomorrow? I'm currently dealing with Tropical Storm Fay damage and trying to get the kids back to school after an unexpected week off. Thanks for being patient - my house is upside down. (More than usual.) Pictures and winners coming soon....

Monday, August 18, 2008

Crafty Giveaway #4 - Closed

This week's giveaway is in honor of my two youngest daughters. One turned 5 last weekend and one will be 3 in a week. They are in love with the Disney Princesses. I got these wonderful panels a little while ago on clearance. I went crazy and got alot, so now I have 5! to give away. You heard right. I have five of these panels that are 1 yard wide and 45" high (I didn't measure the height, but it runs selvedge to selvedge.) I should have ironed it for the picture, but I'm lucky I got a picture of it. Today was the first day of school and we've been BUSY! This is a great panel to practice your machine quilting. You can follow the design, outlining the ribbon and details of the princess. You can do an all-over design. You could also use this as a center panel and add borders to make a larger quilt.

I also have backing fabric for you to quilt this into a nice little throw or baby quilt. I have one yard of the fabric on the right. It is a polyester, fuzzy lavender with a stripe nap to it. There is enough of the fabric on the left for backing for each of the other winners. For two of the winners I have enough quilt binding to bind your throw and a spool of matching thread to sew the binding on. I have two packages (3 yds in each package) of the lavender and two packages of the pink.

This is a closeup of the fabric on the left. The background color is a blush lavender. It's hard to describe - lavender with a blush undertone. The tiny dots/bubbles look floral-y and are lavender. This fabric and the princess panels are 100% cotton.

On to the particulars of the giveaway.....if you have a daughter, a niece, a cousin, a friend, a granddaughter, a god-daughter, or want to make this and donate it to charity, then this is the giveaway for you. (I can't think of anyone that wouldn't fit in one of the above categories.) In the comments section, tell me what backing you are interested in (cotton or fuzzy lavender) and whether you want the binding (pink or lavender). The first name chosen will get their first choice. There will be 5 winners - each winner will at least get a princess panel and 1 yard of the cotton backing fabric. Two winners will also get the binding and thread. The giveaway will be open until Monday, August 25th at 10pm est.

As always, if you link to my giveaway in your blog then you will get 3 entries. I have to be able to verify that you actually linked to the giveaway post. If your blog is private or not linked to your blogger name than you can email me the link for me to verify. craftygiveaways(at)gmail(dot)com If I cannot verify the link, then I cannot award you the 3 entries - you will however still get your 1 entry.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Crafty Giveaway #3 - We have a winner!

Sorry I didn't get to this yesterday. I was busy with preparations and celebrations of my hubby's 34th birthday! He is such a wonderful man and FANTASTIC father. I went out of town last weekend and he had ALL 5 KIDS! Now for him that's nothing, but I know for alot of husbands out there that would be a nightmare. I have really been blessed. You can see a picture of my family here.

But here's what you really want to know.....Who won? Congratulations to
nclangs!! She is the winner of the irish chain blocks and assorted fabrics. She mentioned in her post that her hubby works for John Deere. Well, it seems only right that she should now be able to make a yellow and green quilt to match all the other John Deere items that adorn her home. (Nclangs - email me at craftygiveaways(at)gmail(dot)com with your address. If you can get it to me before this afternoon I'm making a run to the post office and I can include your package.)

Hopefully nclangs will include her finished quilt/top in our Crafty Giveaways Creations flickr group. You are welcome to post what you win or what you make that is inspired by a crafty giveaway. Were you inspired to start an irish chain quilt after this last giveaway? Post it in the group. We have two lovely ladies that have posted. Trisha (TLC) from TLC Stitches added a photo of her folded flowers that she made with the squares that I sent her. You can see it here. Tine from Sodeste, a lovely lady who lives in Denmark, posted a photo of her package of squares. That's in the group here. We need more photos in there ladies. Hop on over and start posting!

Three giveaways down, so many more to go.....the next one (which will be up at least by the weekend) is in honor of my daughters' birthdays. No. 3 and no. 4 (they still haven't figured out that hubby and I refer to them by number if we don't want them to know who we're talking about) have birthdays in August. So if you're looking for a great, REALLY EASY project for a little girl you know, stay tuned! PS - I'm giving away more than one - so tell everyone!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Giveaway #3 - Irish Chain - Closed

First off, thank you to all the wonderful ladies who left words of encouragement and advice concerning my machine quilting nightmare. Time and what you all said has added a good amount of perspective. Now I'm ready to sew that binding on and be done with it. Enough of that - on to much happier things - FREE FABRIC AND QUILT BLOCKS!

Here is Crafty Giveaway #3!! (Did you hear the trumpet fanfare?) ;-) This one is perfect for an end of summer quilt. I'm sure there are alot of you that are getting ready to go back to a school-year routine. You have limited time in between trying to find those obscure school supply items the teachers are requesting and making sure you're signed up for fall activities at the rec center. Or maybe your kids are all out of the house, but you could use a break from piecing tops and are ready to get to quilting. Here's the quilt I made for Twin B:

You are getting 9 of Block A and 10 of Block B. The blocks are 10" finished blocks. After looking at my quilt, I realize I'm giving away more blocks than I used. Crazy! But truth be told, I don't want to see any more yellow and green for awhile and I've moved on to other projects.
You will also get the miscellaneous fabrics in the second photo. There are strips, pieces and 1/2 yards - an assortment to be used however you wish. There may be enough to do a border. So how did I have so many blocks left? Well, for one, I overbought in the fabric department. I was going to do the star quilt in yellow and green. After doing the star quilt I realized I wanted to move on to something else (see a pattern yet?) and I whipped this puppy out of my back pocket.

Have you ever done a strip pieced irish chain? It goes so fast and is really rewarding. It's a great pattern for beginners too since it's all straight line, no frills sewing. This particular quilt is a double irish chain. This is a great way to use up your old strips for a scrappy look or you can do a deliberate color pattern as I did here. If you need instructions on how to make a single, double, or triple irish chain quilt you can go to this great website
here. They use the strip piecing method. I think I had this top done in 2 days - with interruptions! That is no small feat.

My first "real" quilt was this irish chain pattern for my oldest son. (Notice that horrible afternoon light that I talked about yesterday. Yuck! But I still love this quilt!)

He is a frog fanatic and I had this great frog print to use in place of the white.

Are you ready to enter now? Add your comment at the end of this post. Let us know if you've ever made an irish chain quilt. Did you use the strip piecing method or piece individual squares (AAHH!!)? This giveaway is open to everyone (international people also). If you would like to increase your chances of winning, write about my blog with a link to this giveaway. Let me know in your comment that you linked to me in your blog and you will recieve 3 entries instead of 1. This giveaway will close on Wednesday, August 13th at 10pm est. Good luck and happy sewing!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I have issues.....(Now with pictures!)

No, they aren't my issues, but they are one of the reasons that I haven't gotten my next giveaway up yet. (They're worth it though!) School is rapidly approaching, and I've been busy getting 3 kids ready for that. We also have 4 birthdays in the next month in our house. Then, the weather would not cooperate with my picture taking times. Afternoon summer showers do not make for good picture lighting, and no one bothered to tell my 11 month old that he should wait to eat so mommy can photograph her fabric. Could someone clue him in? (He looks a little clueless in that photo - that or he's hoping someone can rescue him from those 4 crazy, older siblings)

But the best reason I haven't posted yet is that this I had to do some more sewing before I had my giveaway ready. Huh? Yes, prepare to be amazed - this next giveaway includes COMPLETED BLOCKS!!! All you have to do is sew the blocks together, add some borders (if you want), and quilt that puppy! You'll have a completed quilt in no time. Alas, it's overcast again this afternoon. Have no fear, there are no plans to leave the house tomorrow and I fully intend to take advantage of the morning sun. So make sure you come back to see what's up for grabs.

Now on to my issues (at least the quilting ones). Have you ever had a quilt go terribly wrong? You pour your heart into it; spend endless amounts of precious time on it, only to be disappointed. I must explain that with 5 little rugrats, my time to even piece a quilt top is taken here and there as I can get it. I do not have the time, or the guts to quilt my tops. I have done some simple stitch-in-the-ditch on some crib size quilts, but nothing serious. So the two quilts that I made for the new twins were sent off to someone to be machine quilted. I had used this person once before and been pleased.

Something went terribly wrong this time. There was horrible communication, etc, etc and I ended up with two quilts that I am sick over. I don't even want to post pictures. They're not mutilated - just not what I intended and not the quality that I would like to give. So I am faced with ripping out every stitch and seeing if I can find someone else to quilt them, or having to sit down and sew a binding on each of the disfigured pieces (there's my dramatic side coming out).

So after you all see these, you're going to know how dramatic I am.

Looks decent - until you get up close.

In each of the white squares is this beautiful feathered heart. But it's too girly! I know there will be those who say it's fine for a boy - but it's not what I wanted. I love it - but not on this quilt for this baby.

So the next quilt I pull out has a large meander all over. Not too bad. I would have wanted it a little closer. Then I flip the quilt over and see this:

You can clearly see that the backing that I sent is even with the strips centered in a border of blue. I assumed she would notice this and make sure the top was centered before she quilted. If you click on the picture I think it will come up larger and you can see that she quilted into the blue border on the left but didn't touch the border on the right. That was unnerving! It's a case of not taking enough time or care.

I think the disappointment is in the fact that there was little to no communication with the quilter. She went a.w.o.l. on me and then I get this email that the quilts are done and she'll be shipping them. Up to that point - 3 weeks after I'd sent them to her - I still hadn't told her what design I wanted quilted. I sent her the quilts and emailed saying that they were for boys and that I didn't want the quilting to take away from the piecing, but that I wasn't quite sure of my design choice - did she have any suggestions? I also said I wasn't sure of what thread I wanted. I expected her to get back to me so we could have some dialogue and then I would make the final decision.

My gracious friend who had the beautiful babies, and knows how much time I've already put into these quilts told me to not worry about it one bit, but that they'd be just fine. It's just not what I wanted. What would you do? Rip out the quilting or soldier on and give them as is? I desparately need advice because I'm too emotionally wrapped up in this and not thinking straight. HELP!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Giveaway #2 Winner!

Well, I am having a case of insomnia tonight, so I decided to put the names in the jar, give it a shake and see who came up.

Our winner this week is Sue Cahill who commented that she had some great patriotic prints to use as a border. Let's hear it for Sue who'll be able to do some stash busting when she works on this project. Send me your address so I can send this package off to you and clear another corner.

I have to tell you all that I'm beginning to see empty spots - but I'm quickly filling them up with new groups of giveaways. This is just as exciting for me as it is for you. I'm thrilled that my stuff is finding a good home.

Here's a sneak peak at our next giveaway. Since you don't have to match just because you're a twin, it's totally unrelated to Baby A's quilt.

Has anyone checked out the folded flower tutorial and tried their hand at some folded flowers? Tine got her fabric squares and posted to our Crafty Giveaways Creations flickr group. It's open to anyone who wants to post photos of what you did with your crafty giveaway win or a project inspired by a crafty giveaway. We need more pictures in there!