Quilt Stuff Giveaway Palooza

Wordy post ahead. But it could get you some fancy, schmancy stuff.

Have you heard of the Wantobe Quilter Campaign?
Sew we quilt
This is the brainchild of Madame Samm of Stash Manicure. As a recent partaker of the quilting kool-aid (which is delicious, btw, but as others can attest, is quickly addictive) Madame Samm has put together a 3-month campaign of giveaways to help kick-start other new (want to be) quilters. But she’s offered to share with us long time quilt-addicts as well.

This means giveaways 5 days a week for 3 months. Seriously.  I know. And it’s really cool stuff too like fabric, rotary cutters, mats, rulers, books, notions, die-cutters, irons and sewing machines. (You can get a sneak peak of some of the loot here.) This is truly something the likes of which I have never seen before in blog land. 

So because it’s so crazy amazing, the rules to play are slightly different this time around.  Mme Samm has worked hard pulling together this crazy loot and she really wants it to get in the hands of real people who want to learn to sew – not hucksters who will just put it up on ebay.  So you need to be part of her giveaway registry in order to enter the daily giveaways.

Here’s what you do:

1. Send me {amy (@) diaryofaquilter.com} your name, phone number and email address to forward on to Mme Samm. I will not keep any of this personal information myself (I stopped making prank phone calls when caller-ID was invented anyway) and it will not be used for anything but MS’s giveaway registry and destroyed when the campaign ends. (If you’re more comfortable sending this info to Mme Samm directly, here is her email: madamesamm@cogeco.ca. Tell her I sent you.) 

2. Be a Follower of the Stash Manicure blog.

3. After registering,you can comment on giveaway posts on Stash Manicure to enter. YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON THAT POST TO ENTER THAT DAY’S GIVEAWAY.

Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays are for ‘want-to-be’ quilters – folks just getting started -as in no experience quilting and no quilting supplies (mats, cutters, etc). 

Tuesdays and Thursdays are for old-time-quilters too. :)

4.  If you win a fabulous prize, you will need to be responsible to pay for the shipping of your prize to your house. 

5. If you are registered with me and you win a fabulous prize, I win one too. So it’s literally a win-win. Nice!

This is all new to me too, so if you have questions look for details or more information at Stash Manicure. I am totally curious to see this unfold and to see the kind of sewing loot that will be given away!
Finally, I am feeling honored that my Orange/Arcadia quilt is featured in the new Stash Manicure banner! 
(If you are popping over from SM welcome!)
This is the picture of “the other front” of that quilt, hanging on my old fence.
I’ve had questions about a pattern for this quilt. Sadly, there is no pattern for this quilt – it was total improv piecing.  As in, I just started sewing chunks together and laying them out on my floor – which was a really fun experience. I totally recommend it sometime if you’ve never tried it.

So best wishes to all. May you all of your giveaway dreams come true.

Speaking of which, go here is for the winner of the $25 Crafty Girls Workshop gift certificate!

I sewed!

 A very good day around here yesterday. I actually pulled out my sewing machine and started a new project! This one is for a new baby niece coming in September. I love this collection from Lily and Will II by Anne Sutton for Moda. Anne Sutton is such a lovely person – I got to meet her briefly at Market and she was so kind. 

It felt so good to get out the rotary cutter and sit at my machine.
But not until I single-handedly filled about 63 of these suckers. And I have the sunburn/farmer tan to prove it!
And to top it all off, these goodies arrived from Poppy Seed Fabrics. Mmmmm…
A very good day indeed. Some of us crashed hard after so much fun.

Sponsored Giveaway – $25 Gift Certificate!

Today we’ve got a giveaway for a $25 fabric shopping spree thanks to Crafty Girls Workshop. (They are having a great sale on Bella Solids for $5.99 through the rest of July!)

(Post Edit: Click the link above to leave a comment to enter the giveaway.)

Checking in

Well I thought I’d check in.  We’re still here. 
As you can see, we’re doing our darndest to live summer to it’s fullest.
I actually did a little bit of sewing last week while my husband was in Zion Nation Park with a youth group from church. This weekend was a holiday weekend with a state holiday – Pioneer Day – in Utah. Nothing like another good excuse to have a parade, hit the pool, eat some barbeque and light some fireworks!
On top of all of that, I decided to re-read the last two Harry Potter books. It’s the Pottermania in the air I guess. Actually, I read the Deathly Hallows four years ago when it came out – and I read it so fast that I can barely remember any of it and then I realized I couldn’t really remember the sixth book either, so I decided to read that one too. I’m enjoying reconnecting with Harry (one of my favorite summer pastimes) and neglecting most of my sewing or other projects until I’m done.  

I saw this video this weekend and it was a great reminder of what my priorities should be for the rest of the summer. (Sorry, I feel like this has become a redundant theme of mine this summer. Many thanks for the encouragement and wise words many of you have shared on the subject as well.)

In the mean time, please no one remind the kid in the picture at the top how little of summer is left.  When I made the mistake of rattling-off the list of things on the calendar over the next month and finished by saying, “And then school starts!” we had weeping and wailing.  Whoops.

Thanks for putting up with another ramble-y post. I have good stuff (including giveaways) coming up so hang in there. In the mean time, enjoy those summer moments!

This little Piggy needs a Quilt

My cute little niece, N, turned 3 last week. I’ve wanted to make her a little doll quilt ever since her little brother was born last fall. When I saw this quilt by Amy I knew I wanted to copy pay homage immediately.

I made a crib-size quilt for this niece a couple of years ago out of the fabrics I used for the red, aqua and pink quilt I made for my daughter. (I think I’ve made 11-12 quilts out of those fabrics.) As a result I have a lovely little box of scraps left over.

This quilt is not for a doll, but for N’s favorite friend, Piggy. Here is Piggy enjoying her (his?) new quilt.  N quite loves piggys.  Her favorite show is Peppa Pig (which could possibly be one of my new favorites – I just love hearing the Britishisms and British accents. Maybe I can teach my kids to talk like that.)
And since the quilt was for Piggy, I figured it needed some piggys on the quilt. Aren’t those cute little Japanese piggys?
 And Piggy seems quite cozy wither her new quilt. I think I need to make more of these.

Linking up to QuiltStory Tuesday and AmyLouwho Show&Tell

A few things

Some fun things to share. (Hopefully you think so too.)
First off, did you see that Sandi Henderson’s Henna Garden is going to be reprinted? It’s true! Go and vote for your favorite color. Or colors. For me it’s Pumpkin. I’m a sucker for orange and this one is perfect. But I also love that spring pink too.
Second, Sarah Jane’s new fabric, Children at Play has arrived in fabric shops!You can find some at Skye Reve and Fresh Squeezed Fabric. There are SO many great prints in this collection. Classic stripes, dots, and ginghams in great colors, not to mention the fabulous novelty prints from Sarah Jane’s fabulous illustrations.  I’m in love with this stuff. (You can see what I’ve done with some of this fabric here.)
And speaking of Children at Play, Sarah Jane currently has a fabulous giveaway going on at her blog.
Third, the nice folks at the Sewing Summit just posted an interview with me (in case you don’t get enough of me at this silly blog).  
The Sewing Summit
I’m teaching an intro to Quilting basics class at the Sewing Summit in October.  If you were going to an intro to Quilting class, what would you most want to learn about? I really want to make this class as helpful as possible so I would love any suggestions or requests.
Land of Nod (a)
Finally, today I have a guest post (making easy Super Hero capes) at the Land of Nod’s new blog called Honest to Nod. It is an adorable blog with lots of cute ideas and tutorials.
Okay, that’s all the business for now. I have a cute new project to share next time.