Wednesday, July 25, 2012

4 a.m. Finish

To quote my son, "I did it, I did it."  I completed my first machine quilted (non-mini) quilt - EVER.  That's right.  All my prior quilts were hand tied.  And since getting sucked into this quilting world recently, I have done LOTS of bee blocks, charity blocks, some bags, zippy pouches, LOTS of flickr browsing, Pinterest browsing, blog browsing, LOTS of fabric purchasing.  Not a whole lot of actual quilting. Ha!   


Well, nothing like a deadline to get you to task.  I finished the top a few weeks ago, and planned to quilt it the weekend I threw my back out.  The baby shower was today.  Work has been insane.  It wasn't looking good.  But, I thought to myself, you are going to do simple echo quilting, how long could that take, easy peasy.


So, after getting home from my lawyer job at midnight (I said work was crazy), I decided I couldn't show up to the shower with a picture of just the top (that was my back-up plan).  So I chugged some diet coke, and went to work.  First, I looked, and looked and looked for my walking foot, that I had never used.  When I originally purchased my Singer Confidence Quilter (went with a cheap machine to just start out with) they didn't include the quilting accessories that should have been there.  They send some of the feet, but I guess not all, after I called to complain.  But, the walking foot was nowhere to be found, and I don't remember seeing it ... so probably going to have to fight with them to get that.  After wasting a good 1/2 hour or mor on this I gave up and pulled up the spray basting tutorial from Film in the Fridge.  No time for safety pin basting here.  I was nervous, but it went well.  Phew.


Next, the quilting.  I had decided I wanted to just follow the zig zag of the triangles.  I had recently purchased a stitch in the ditch/joining foot and decided to try it out.  FAIL.  My stitching didn't seem to stay in the ditch.  Not sure why, but it looked pretty wonky.  So after the first row, I switched back to my 1/4 inch foot.  That worked a lot better.  I then continued on to echo quilt mostly without incident (a few broken threads, a few wonky lines).  All in all, I was happy with how the quilting came out for my first time.


Once that was done, I was on the binding.  At this point, it was 2:45 am.  But I was sooo close.  So I kept going.  On talknt on Tuesday we were talking about binding and someone posted a link to this great Connecting Threads video.  It was great, and it worked like a charm.  Phew, running out of time here.  I decided to machine stitch the binding cause there was no way I had time to hand stitch.  I had remembered seeing a few tutorials about it.  I ended up following the one from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I liked the no pinning thing!  It went, mostly OK.  Since I wanted my striped binding fabric to be the way it is pictured, I had to cut on the bias.  That made it a little tricky and I got a few puckers here and there.  


But, overall, it looked great.  FROM THE FRONT.  Not sure how, but the back was a different story.  Sometimes the stitches ended up on the binding, far from the binding, zig zagging all over the place.  It looked pretty even from the front.  Perhaps it is because the quilt probably was not squared up right (or at all, really wasn't sure how to do this!).  Oh well, it wasn't too noticeable, and I didn't have time for perfection.


I finished shortly after 4 a.m.  I threw it into the wash before crashing into bed.  For about 3 hours.  Then time to start the day, get the boy ready for daycare, get ready for work, and take pictures of the finished quilt for the blog of course.  The quilt was a BIG hit at the shower.  The mom to be loved it and one of my favorite partners said if I made that I should stop doing legal work and they could set up a sewing workshop for me instead!  (now wouldn't that be a dream).  Such a sweet compliment.  I am so glad I pushed myself to  get this done.  I learned so much and I CAN'T FRICKEN WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!  Now back to legal work (and hopefully some sleep tonight)!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Keepin It Real: Diane from Random Thoughts ... Do or "Di"



Next up in the series is Diane from Random Thoughts ... Do or "Di."   I came across Diane's blog quickly after falling into this wonderful on-line quilting/sewing community.  I was instantly drawn to Diane and her blog.  Not only does she share her quilting prowess, but her life and family adventures as well (I love that!).  And boy does she have a good looking family, they look like they walked off a Ralph Lauren AD!  Diane has four boys, and many grandchildren.  I have always wanted four boys, I guess after babysitting for a family with 4 boys (under the age of 6) when I was a teenager.  She makes it look like so much fun!  Diane's posts are always cheerful and full of beautiful pictures, and visiting her blog is always a nice break to my day.  So let's read more about this amazing woman shall we?

See how cute are they!
What is the most ridiculous thing you have done in the name of quilting/sewing?
I don’t know if this is ridiculous, but I wanted to finish a quilt to enter into a contest, so I put everything on hold that week. I even told my grandkids they couldn’t come visit one afternoon, just because I wanted to sew. It all worked out because I actually was one of the winners in that contest. The Retro Flowers QAL.

How much time, on average, do you devote to blogging a week?
I try to blog at least twice a week, but sometimes I blog everyday. It just depends on what I am working on and how busy I am with other things.

I think this is my favorite quilt from Diane, huge granny square quilt in Reunion.
Sewing/Quilting?
I try to sew everyday. Sometimes it’s just an hour and sometimes, like when I am trying to finish a project, it can be 5-7 hours. I usually never sew on the machine at night, but do handwork in the evening while watching TV and talking with my husband.

 If you had a magical quilting/sewing assistant, what would you delegate?
I don’t like pressing and starching the fabrics before cutting, so I would probably delegate that to my assistant. Also, managing scraps, I wish there was a way to magically make them organized and cut into different sized squares and rectangles. And basting, ugh, it hurts my knees!

What is your favorite social media tool?
This one is easy. I love Instagram. I think I like the photos better than my good Nikon camera, and they are easy to share with friends, family and followers.

Or maybe this is my favorite.  These two quilts made me buy this line!

 What is your favorite type of post to read on other blogs?
My favorite types of post to read on other blogs are many. I like to read about new fabrics coming out, new (to me) techniques, projects people are working on. I also love cooking and especially baking blogs.

What is your favorite sewing tool?
I have a few favorite tools.
The rotary cutter
The ¼” ruler
The Hera marker
And my Bernina 820!

What is the nicest thing a reader has ever done for you?
The nicest thing a reader has ever done for me is not a thing at all, but something she said…That I was a role model for her and that she hopes that when her children are grown that they have a close and loving relationship like I do with my boys. That meant a lot to me because all I have ever done in my life was to try to be a good mom.
Things…I have received several lovely surprise gifts in the mail, like blocks and zip pouches, just because! That is always a nice surprise.

Diane's Retro Flower Winner!!!
 What is your fabric buying style?
I like online stores, period. The stores close to my home never have what I want and surely don’t carry all the latest designer fabrics that I so enjoy working with.
I tend to buy FQ stacks of the entire line. I am not good at buying from different lines with a quilt in mind, but once I have the fabric in front of me I am able to mix and match a little better.

How do you support your fabric buying habit?
This one’s easy…I have a very loving and generous husband.

How adorable is this one?  Come on Diane, give us the tutorial!!

What is one thing most people don’t know about you.
I’ve always wanted to have a goat cheese farm and a small vineyard.

 Finally, show us your stash!!!
I am in the process of decorating a newly acquired room in our home for my sewing room, so my stash is in several places at the moment.

She was kind enough to share anyway!

Lots of great fabric in there.


Hope you enjoyed reading about Diane.  I did.  Thanks Diane.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Best Laid Plans (+ giveaway winner)

Fabric pull for patchwork picnic blanket

Well, I stayed up really late a few nights this week, to FINALLY get caught up on my tardy June bee blocks.  I finished them on Thursday and was soooooooooooooooooooooooo  looking forward to spending all of Friday night sewing a wedding gift for a wedding next weekend.  You see, I thought I would love to make them a quilt, but just don't have time for that right now.  BUT, then I saw Rachel's gorgeous picnic blanket and how much simpler it would be to make a patchwork picnic blanket instead of a quilt.

Vintage sheet + modern fabric
So I began to think about what my friends would like.  They are a VERY hip couple that lives in Santa Monica.  She's an actress he's on the production side.  Their place is amazing.  It's super cute, cozy, and well decorated in a mix of big ticket items and awesome thrifted stuff.  She's really into vintage.  Then I remembered I bought a vintage sheet for a friend when out thrifting in LA.  My friend said she already had the sheet, so I hung onto it.  I pulled it out and then began doing my favorite part - playing with fabric and trying to pick a stack to work with.  Soooo fun.   The green is pretty bright, and since there is a lot of it, I decided to go with just matching the flowers, so pinks, yellow, orange and blue.  I tried to stick with mostly soft colors with a few punches of bright colors.  I know they will love the typewriters, so I am throwing that with some text in there.

The pinks and text

I was really happy with my stack and excited to cut into it.  And then, I hit bit of misfortune and had a night from hell.  So many things went wrong.  First, I forgot my keys since my hubby and I drove together to drop off our son at daycare (we don't normally do that).  So I had to walk to get my son, not a big deal, 20 minute walk, but I was late.  Figuring he might be hungry and need to be bribed to walk home (he's 21 months) I got some chips at the corner store on the way.  That worked, until he started dropping them, and trying to eat them, and getting cranky.  So I carried him 3 or 4 blocks.  Then made him walk some more, which worked until his fruit snack (found at the bottom of the daycare bag thankfully) ran out. Then he wanted to be carried again, so I bent down to pick him up (and was already carrying 3 bags) and WHAM.  I threw out my back.

The blues 
I have had a history of back trouble, but been in the clear for 6 months or so.  I had been slacking on my pilates and been working out hard at the gym the past week, so not a total surprise.  BUT, then I was stuck on the street 3 blocks from home, with a tired, hungry, crying toddler.  That I could not help. Worst feeling ever.  So I dragged him home, crying myself.  Called my hubby sobbing and told him he had to leave his business meeting now.  Made it home, but ..  you guessed it, no keys, so we were locked out.


The yellows and oranges
Neither neighbor was home.  One neighbor texted to say use their hidden key to get ours. Great!  So we went over, into their house, and had no idea where our key was.  Not wanting to tear their house apart, and since they never responded to say where the key was, I stole a banana to feed the baby, and - on the advice of my hubby - went to our other neighbors yard and broke down some loose boards to get in our backyard and get our hidden key.  Yes, that's right, we have a hidden key, in our locked backyard.  So, normally, you have to scale the fence to get in.  Not gonna happen with a bad back, I could barely walk or stand up.  But, it worked and we got inside, eventually.  We both stopped crying.  I gave the boy some milk and Elmo babysat him while I waited for my hubby to get home.  SIGH.

 Oh, and I failed to mention that on the way to the second neighbor's house I noticed our other car had been broken into, with broken glass everywhere.  Sweet!

Tula Pink Birds and the Bees, Photo from Intrepid Thread
So, there was no Friday night sewing.  There will be no picnic blanket for the wedding.  I will be lucky if I heal quick enough to enjoy the wedding next weekend.  The best laid plans.  So, trying to look on the bright side - it could have been worse, right?  Enjoy a quiet weekend with my son, and husband, without the stress of completing a project on top of everything else.  And, I have a year to get this blanket done, right?  (And I also purchased them something nice off their registry, so this was just the icing on the top).

So what did I do instead.  I chatted with some lovely new sewing friends on Twitter, and while I was doing so Julie of Intrepid Thread announced Tula Pink's Birds and the Bees came in and were available for purchase.  Well, things started looking up for me!

Tula Pink Birds and the Bees, Photo from Intrepid Thread

So I purchased a these two gorgeous FQ bundles, plus some yardage of my favorite prints (well a few of my favorites, this whole line is TO DIE FOR).  Score one for Lorelei!  You can get them too.  And Julie has the best prices.  And, I like how she does bundles of the individual color ways.  The green and the purple were my favs, and I could pass on the pink (for now), so this let me save some $ to get yardage.

Curse of the Friday the 13th?  I dunno.  I don't really believe in that.  My son was born on the 13th.  And, 13 can be a lucky number.  This is where the giveaway ties in.  The winner of the 100 Quilts for Kids Giveaway is


That's right, lucky number 13!




Congrats Dana!  I'll be emailing you shortly.  And will mail your package out on Tuesday.  And if you have read this far, thank you!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Keepin it Real: Tina from Little Blue Cottage


Next up in the interview series is Tina from Little Blue Cottage.  I met Tina at my guild's (Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild) sew day.  Tina is a member of the South Bay Modern Quilt Guild and Tina and Karen from Capitola Quilter joined us for our sew day.  I instantly fell in love with Tina.  She has a great sense of humor and was so nice and so friendly.  Since that sew day I have been following Tina's blog.  And it was her handprint tree quilt that inspired my handprint mother's day tote.    Without further ado, I bring you Tina.


Amazing purple quilt.


What is the most ridiculous thing you have done in the name of quilting/sewing?

Ha!  There are many to choose from actually.   When I first started sewing, like so many of us, I got obsessed with Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt.  I had a good amount in my stash, but naturally I wanted more.  I imagined bolts of it sitting around in small shops accross the country.  So, I got on the phone and starting calling shops that were listed on the Freespirit website which indicated that they carried Freespirit fabrics.  I talked for a long time to many shop workers who happened to answer my call, and I went to great lengths to describe the fabrics, spelling Denyse Schmidt's name, emailing pictures and whatever else I could think of to find my FMF jackpot.  In the end, I found one shop in Massachusetts that had 7-8 bolts and quite a bit left.  After ordering as much as I could afford, I blogged about it and the shop owner actually took a picture with each bolt labeled for easy ordering.  She was cleaned out in a couple of days.  I had the best time on the phone with all these women who I know thought I was insane, and in part they are right.  But this is easily the craziest thing I've done in the name of quilting.



How much time, on average, do you devote to blogging a week? Sewing/Quilting?

I am such a tempermental blogger.  My goal is always to be posting more, but I seem to put it down toward the bottom of my list of priorities.  I really want to figure out how bloggers like Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts and others are such prolific quilters, along with being faithful bloggers, as well as being great moms and keeping their homes lovely.  I do sew quilte a bit typically.  As soon as the kids are in bed, I hop on the machine and try to sew at least an hour, but usually 2-3.


I would kill for these!

 If you had a magical quilting/sewing assistant, what would you delegate?
            
I think that desigining a quilt is the fun part and piecing is enjoyable as well.  Improv piecing is big fun.  The acutal quilting is often what I want to have someone else do, and I often do.  Once a quilt top is finished, I really want to be onto the next quilt, so I sometimes delegate that part to a professional quilter.  I do hope to have a longarm set up in my life some day and I think I will enjoy that very much.  

What is your favorite social media tool?

I am kind of a facebook addict; I love seeing everyone's pictures and the funny things people post.   I really have tried to like Twitter, but we don't really understand each other.  Flickr is my next favorite.  I've found such great internet and quilty friendships there and that's wonderful.  Instagram is probably my next venture.


Tutorial for fun tic tac toe game!

What is your favorite type of post to read on other blogs?
           
I love seeing the process of people's quilts because it's a great reminder that quilts don't just happen.   They take a long time to make (for most of us... ;)  It's easy to see someone's beautiful blog, with a quilt that appeared out of nowhere and feel bad that we ourselves didn't wake up to a freshly made quilt that we made in 2 or 3 days.  I like it when blogs show a bit of the underbelly of their lives and that not everything is perfect.  I like when quilters show the mistakes they've made in their piecing or that they're frustrated with their binding skills or something like that.  It's reassuring for me.

What is your favorite sewing tool?
         
I'm not super gadgety, so I'd have to say that my Rowenta iron with the pointy front tip is pretty awesome for pressing seams open.  I'm a recent convert to pressing my seams open and so my iron has become even more instrumental to me as a quilting tool.  Besides that, I'd have to say (although not a tool per se) that having a diet pepsi and having law and order playing on my ipad are pretty crucial to enjoyable sewing for me. ;)

Stunning HST quilt.

What is the nicest thing a reader has ever done for you?

Easily the nicest thing a reader has done for me was early on in my sewing and blogging days, I started a quilting bee and Katy from Monkey Do was in my bee.  As a thank you (before we even started sewing) for organizing the bee, Katy sent me a meter of Liberty lawn.  I just about fell over when that arrived, and then I held it to my cheek and I probably even kissed it a little.  She is a generous and fun person, and I was lucky enough to meet up with her twice.  

What is your fabric buying style?

When I first started sewing, I was drawn in by the Kawaii Japanese prints, and Echino, and the like.  I still love these prints, but as I have developed as a quilter, I have become most interested in what I call "modern solids".  This is my favorite catagory of fabric to buy and what I get when stashing.  I'm thinking of Alexander Henry's "heath" print, Moda's cross-wovens, and other screen prints.  I love shot cottons.  By having a lot of these fabrics, when  line like Lotta Jansdotter's "Echo" comes along, I have a built in solid to work with and to play with.  I also buy lots of Kona and Cotton Couture.


Look at this FMF and 1/4 inch straight line quilting

How do you support your fabric buying habit?

When there's a bit of extra money, that's when I buy.  I am a SAHM now, but am considering a part time job in the fall so that I can really indulge!

What is one thing most people don’t know about you. 

In my 20's I went to culinary school in San Francisco and went on to be a pastry chef and I did that until I got married and had kids.  It's interesting when I find similarities in baking and quilting. 


Finally, show us your stash*!!!



So many goodies in there!

Oooh lovely solids.
*These pictures are a little old, as Tina is in the process of moving, so her sewing equipment and fabric is all packed up, the horror!

Thanks Tina.  Hope you enjoyed this interview.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Giveaway Winners & Stuff

First, while I have your rapt attention, I wanted to spread the word about a new Flickr group that was created by the lovely Diane of From the Blank Pages.  It is called Quilting for a Cause.  It's basically a place to go if you would like to help other people create quilts for people in need, or if you yourself are trying to seek help in making a quilt for someone in need.  I have seen pleas for help pop up on Do Good Stitches and elsewhere, that's how I got involved with Quilting for Kids, but I think it will be great to have a place dedicate to any kind of quilting for a cause initiatives.  And, the best part about it is there is no commitment so you can pop in and help when you want/have time.  So please check it out and spread the word.


Quilting for a Cause

And now for the giveaway winners of Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew's gorgeous patterns.  

Our first winner is:

Our second winner is:


And our third winner is:



 Congrats winners.  Thank you Allison.  And thank you to everyone who participated.



Monday, July 9, 2012

100 Quilts for Kids + Giveaway



Today is my turn on the blog hop for 100 Quilts for Kids.  Charity sewing is super near and dear to my heart, so I am so happy to be participating in this great event. 


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100 Quilts for Kids is an annual charity quilt drive co-hosted by Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt and the DC Modern Quilt Guild


The idea is simple: 
Make a quilt or 2. Donate it to a child in need, locally if you can.


Enjoy a blog hop that runs from July 2-September 25, 2012, complete with inspiration and mini prizes. 

Join in on a 100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along (Kick-off post on July 15 at Swim, Bike, Quilt)


Have a chance to win great prizes from sponsors, including Moda, Fat Quarter Shop, Westwood Acres, Rowan , Free Spirit, and Ty Pennington Impressions, among others that will shortly be announced.

Spread the word to family and friends!

Smile, knowing you used your skills for good. 



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So today I am going to share with you my first disappearing nine patch quilt.  The disappearing nine patch quilt is an easy classic.  I love how it looks, and had been dying to try one.  I had reached out to Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt to see if she needed anymore bloggers for the hop, and she said she would love to have me, if I could put up my post in a few days!  I thought well now is a good time to try that allegedly quick disappearing nine patch.  So I took out my stack of rainbow charms from several Flickr swaps, and picked out a color scheme.  


I decided to go with orange, blue and green to make a boys quilt.  I searched the web for disappearing nine patch tutorial, and found a TON.  So, no need for another one from me.  I settled on this tutorial from the Cottage Home cause I liked the sizing and front border.


I then laid my charms out into nine patches, alternating the colors for the corners, center and middle squares.  In the picture above they are shown in piles of three, with row 1 to 3 from left to right.  I then chain pieced them according to the tutorial, chopped them up, sewed them back together, and in a few short hours I had my quilt top.  It really is that easy, especially if you just go with the randomness of it all.  Instead of doing two borders, I just added a 4 inch boarder from my stash.

I grabbed a print in matching colors that I happened to have a yard of, and I added a row of one disappearing nine patch block, cut into fours to make the top big enough and to add interest.


I love how they turned out and I can't wait to quilt them.  I will be giving the finished quilt to Project Night Night.  Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. Every child who receives a Night Night Packages leaves the shelter owning a book which encourages reading and family bonding, a security blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend.>

And, in case one of my readers wants to join in on the 100 Quilts for Kids efforts and make a super quick and simple disappearing nine patch quilt, I am giving away a kit to make your own.  The kit includes 54 charm squares for the top, nine charm squares for the back, 1 yard of fabric for the back, and 1 half yard for the front boarders.  



To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment, any old comment.  I do ask, however, that you use the kit to make a charity quilt - for any charity you like - or give to someone else to make a charity quilt (perhaps your guild).  There are plenty of giveaways for personal stash fabric, so I would like to make this one targeted for the cause of helping out kids!


For one extra entry you can add the 100 Quilts for Kids button to your blog, or tweet, Facebook or blog about the event and leave another comment.


Giveaway will close Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. PST.

Check out the rest of the blog hop participants:


100 Quilts Blog Hop Participants


July 2: Lynne @ Lily’s Quilts

July 16: Lee @ Freshly Pieced

July 23: Katy @ Monkey Do
Erin @ Sewing Summit

July 30: Dana @ Old Red Barn Co
Heather @ Olive & Ollie

August 6: Jessica @ Twin Fibers
Holly @ Bijou Lovely

August 13: Leigh @ Leedle Deedle Quilts
Heather & Megan @ Quiltstory 

August 20: Melissa @ Happy Quilting 

August 27: Jeni @ In Color Order
Miranda @ One Little Minute

September 3: Ellen @ The Long Thread 
Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts

September 10: Elizabeth @ Oh, Frannson!
Anne Marie @ Gen X Quilters

September 17 Cheryl @ Dining Room Empire
Jane @ Quilt Jane

September 24: Angela @ Moda Home Mom
September 25: Sara @ Sew Sweetness


Friday, July 6, 2012

Keepin It Real: Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew + Giveaway!


Next up in the interview series is Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew.  If you don't know who she is, and you like quilts, then you must be living in a special information void. Just kidding, but seriously, hers was one of the first blogs that I stumbled upon and went, "OH MY GOODNESS!, I want to quit my job and just start making quilts.  Hers are just gorgeous, and she churns them out like you wouldn't believe.  So, I was THRILLED when she agreed to participate in the interview series.  

And, she has lots of great tutorials.  And patterns, lots and lots of gorgeous patterns.  I just purchased her Pow Wow quilt pattern, and can't wait to make it.  And, to share the fun, we are doing a little giveaway, check the bottom of the post for details.

What is the most ridiculous thing you have done in the name of quilting/sewing?

I took my 3 year old and my newborn on a day trip to a fabric shop....they were awful...I think i cried.  But looking back it was pretty stupid of me to drive all that way and expect them to be good in the store!

How much time, on average, do you devote to blogging a week? Sewing/Quilting?

I do an average of 2 posts a week, so probably 2 hours a week to blogging.  I sew every other night or so for a couple of hours and during the day when I have snippets of time to sneak away to my sewing room!  (If you want to read more about Allison's time management, see this recent post)

Allison's Little Climber
 If you had a magical quilting/sewing assistant, what would you delegate?

Sewing quilt tops together.  I don't mind making the blocks but sewing the blocks into rows and rows together and then pressing the whole thing....barf. 

What is your favorite social media tool?

I'm not social media savy despite what people think...I don't twitter or facebook and I barely know how to text.  My family makes fun of me...it takes me ages to get a simple text sent. 

What is your favorite type of post to read on other blogs?

Real life posts...seeing real life rooms in people's houses.  I love seeing how others live. 

Allison's Patriotic Stars Quilt
 What is your favorite sewing tool?

My sewing machine...that's a cheat answer but it is. 

What is the nicest thing a reader has ever done for you?

Sent me a baby gift....I got a few in the mail and I might have cried. 

What is your fabric buying style?

I buy a lot of basics, polkadots, stripes, solids, etc.  I need to buy more novelty and print fabrics. 

Allison's Bowtie quilt, that she donated to 100 Quilts for Kids

 How do you support your fabric buying habit?

I don't buy anything else.  I'm not a clothes person and I don't really buy anything except lame stuff like food.  ;)  So my husband is good with me buying fabric...I'm a lucky girl. 

What is one thing most people don’t know about you.

I'm a homebody....I hate leaving my house.  Grocery shopping is torture and I'd way rather spend an evening doing nothing at home than go to a movie or out to dinner!  Maybe it has something to do with wearing comfy pants and slippers...hmmm. 


If you want to read more about Allison, check out her interview on the Sewing Summit website, or another great interview from the Polkadot Chair, or her awesome feature on Fat Quarterly.  Yeah, she's a pretty popular lady =).  Thank you Allison.

Allison's Seaside Quilt - with Tutorial!

Thanks for reading the interview.  Now for the giveaway details.  I think it's important to support our community, so I wanted to offer a reader one of Allison's PDF patterns.  I was going to purchase the pattern, and email it to the winner, but wanted to check with Allison first so I didn't violate any copyright laws in doing so (being an attorney an all), and she so generously offered to giveaway THREE (3) PDF patterns!!!!  Wow, so sweet and generous.  So, three lucky winners will win a Cluck Cluck Sew PDF pattern of their choice!

Will you select this beauty?
  
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment, any comment.  Open to anyone, anywhere.

If you want bonus entries, you get an extra entry for being a follower (leave another comment), another extra entry if you are a follower of Allison's blog (leave another comment) and yet another extra entry if you blog, tweet, or facebook this post (leave another comment).  So that is a total of four chances to win.

Giveaway will close on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific.  I will chose the winner by random drawing.  Good luck, and thanks for stopping by.


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