Monday, December 12, 2011

My First Giveaway

Sew Mama Sew is hosting a giveaway day this week, and I'm joining in with my first giveaway ever! Last spring when I stumbled on the last giveaway party, it changed my blogging life... Even though I didn't win anything, I found several new blogs to follow, and that in turn led to so much inspiration for new quilting projects that I became more of a quilt blog where before I was focusing mainly on knitting and book reviews.  So by all means, go join in the fun.  There are several categories of giveaways and hundreds of participants.
I've been quilting fairly seriously for 20 years, and I have a lot of fabric, but it's mostly in small quantities.  I   So I decided to cut up a bunch of 5" charm squares from some of my novelty fabrics.  Most of them have been in my stash or scrap bins for awhile and would be appropriate for making a nice crib or play quilt for a favorite child.  I have great memories of the projects I made for my own kids while cutting them up! There are 25 charm squares with a little of everything, and I'll keep cutting until I have at least 50 in the stack for you.  There is also a book, Charm Quilts with Style, and I'll throw in a handful of vintage buttons and a lavender sachet.  The winner will be chosen randomly from comments left on this post.  Let me know a little about the child you'd like to make something for: boy or girl, friend or relation, personality, cute stories, whatever!
I'll have a few more packets of charm squares to give away, too.  I'll include some quilting magazines instead of the book and pick those winners based on my own favorite comments.  So there will be at least 3 prizes going out.  I'm looking forward to meeting some new friends!

I'll ship internationally.  Giveaway will stay open until Friday, Dec. 16 at 5:00 p.m.  Make sure I can reach you by email, and I will also be editing this post to reflect the winners.  Now go have fun!

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Updated to add winners' names:

Congratulations Paskiaq, the RNG picked you!

And in addition, I've contacted pianomama and Cricket and Kristy because I have a few more charm packs to send their way!  Be sure to send me your snail-mail addy so I can post these to you next week.

110 comments:

Rhonda said...

I would like to make something for my 7 yr old son. He likes bright colors, which are fun to work with.

Kimmer said...

My 6 y/o daughter has been nagging me for some new doll quilts and she would LOVE these bright fabrics! (although, my 13 y/o will fight her for the Mighty Mouse square! That's her favorite character and her softball nickname!)

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

lynchmob4022@sbcglobal.net

Jennifer said...

these would be great for an i-spy quilt I'm working on

Mom C said...

Every year we have a extended family reunion. We camp, electricty is limited to a generator for lights. Thursays we have a family work project to improve or just clean up the property we own. There are a large number of young kids and some years the projects aren't safe or easy for them so I started having activities for them under the pavilion, freeing up some of their parents and involving others who felt they were getting too old be to useful. I wanted to have the do something meaningful too. 3 years ago I found some iron on transfers, made quilt squares and brought them to reunion for the kids to color. They used permanent markers or crayons, depending on their age. Then I took the squares home and made quilts which were donated. It has been an incredible experience and has story after story of where and who the quilts have touched. I would use any fabric to make strips to frame the squares. They turn out amazing, so colorful and cheerful. More than you wanted to know, but I'm always on the lookout for fun kids fabric. Thanks.

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

very fun fabrics! I'm also new to blogging - less than a year.
I am excited to start my first ever quilt in the new year - for my daughter when she moves to her "big girl bed" this spring/summer. they grow up so quickly!
A craft i want to learn - crochet - but I doubt I'll ever have the patience for that.

Desi @ Wee Share said...

I clicked over because I saw that Mighty Mouse fabric and I kind of love Mighty Mouse :) I used to have a green shirt with him on it that I wore all the time :) It would be great as part of an I Spy quilt for my daughter.

Anyhow, thanks for the giveaway and I like your blog layout.

Desi
weeshareblog@gmail.com

NinjaEema said...

I would make an I-spy quilt for my daughters. It would come in handy when we are out, or when I'm volunteering. My older daughter would love to teach my little one how to find things.

Laurel said...

what fun! i love charm squares, and i am just about to make a color wheel / warm-cool quilt - i would love these!!

Lorri said...

Those look like great fabrics to make an i spy quilt for my son (he's 10 months old right now). His latest antic is jumping on his bed (his crib). One night I was trying to settle him down and he was so hyper, he was pulling himself up, holding on to the side and jumping, then sitting down and clapping, then repeating the whole thing! It was very hard to stay serious!

Tutinella said...

Kathy, I totally agree that this Giveaway Day is a great opportunity to find new blogs, even without winning anything. I have 3 little kids in my family right now - three adorable nieces, all girls! One will get a quilt I made a couple months ago for Christmas. I'd use these fabrics to make another one :) I am a newbie at quilting, but I do feel that I am already in love. A one that will last for years :)

Gemma said...

I'd make gifts for my nieces and nephew.
Gemma
x

Kristy said...

I have 5 children, and have been planning an "eye-spy" type quilt for them for months as my first attempt at quilting. These fun squares would be a perfect addition to my growing stack! Thanks for the chance!

Sarah said...

I don't know many young children, but I would probably make something for my cousin's daughter who is just about to get a baby sister. I think baby will be getting all the presents, but 3 year old big sister deserves something too! My favourite story about her is her tendency to slip into different languages, as her parents have moved a lot in her young life. Once she slipped into Russian and my aunt asked her what she was saying in Russian. Miss 3 replied very idignantly "No Russian Nana, ewww, English!"

Joy said...

I would make something for my son. My daughter adopts most of the crafty things I make, so I'm trying to make a few things especially for him.

MC said...

Such cute little squares! They would be a perfect addition to the baby quilt that I'm planning to make for my 3 month old nephew.

Dona said...

It would be my granddaughter Ashton. She loves everything I make - wants it all. Makes her smile!

Jessnmary said...

I have two girls I make things for, and a new baby coming in May, won't find out what it is until after christmas but my husband swears it's a boy ;)

Sistermoon said...

I'm looking to make something for my son and daughter. She gets lots of pretty dresses so I'm trying to find something that isn't pjs to make for him to wear.

Pat V. said...

My nephew and his wife are expecting their second son, and I need to get going on his quilt!

MIGHTY MOUSE! I LOVED that cartoon as a kid! "Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way!!!!"

@pril said...

I don't have children so I like to sew for my nieces and nephews.

Margaret said...

I would love to win. I can never have too much fabric and already cut for me is a bonus. I have been organizing my scraps by cutting them into different size blocks. I have been able to use some of them to make quilts and pillows. I still have a ton. Also, I force myself to do this cutting and organizing after every project otherwise my scraps get way out of hand and have to be beaten back into submission.

jojoebi said...

I have a 6 year old monkey, erm I mean boy and two new babies in the family next year.
I am not a big quilter so I figured that any fabric I win That I won't use I will donate to quilts for japan who are making up sewing kits for the victims of the quake/tsunami - the kits are there to help keep their hands and minds busy and keep depression at bay.

Lolinkins said...

I would sew something for my nephews, who are 5 months and 3 years old. The older one already has a quilt made by me, so I could use those to make a quilt for the youngest.

gill said...

I'd love to make an I-spy quilt but I've never managed to collect enough fabrics!
Thank you!

Njeri said...

I would love to make a mini quilt for my sons room.

KarenD said...

Every child I've nannied for, I have made them a quilt. (soon to be child #7) the newest arrives next month so I could use the supplies to make a special quilt for the new arrival.

Melinda said...

Oh, Mighty Mouse! I have a primary colors boy quilt to make for my hubby's aunt. She wants me to make quilts for both her grandbabies.

hueisei said...

I'm become a mother this year. I have downloaded lots of tutorials and patterns for making a girl dress, quilt and etc. I thought I will have a baby girl, but in the end, it's a boy. It's quite a limitation for boys clothes tutorial and pattern in the Etsy store and blog. I really blank and no idea. Therefore, I stopped sewing for my boy and I'm started sewing for myself. I had sew a bag for myself this Christmas, and I'm planning for a blouse next year.. :)
Thx for the chance to win ^^v

Wendy said...

I remember watching Mighty Mouse with my brother when we were small! We loved him despite there being a more popular, British version at the time - Danger Mouse. If I won I'd make a playmat for my brother's first child. they're having a boy and he's due in February. This is my parent's first grandchild and we're all so excited about it! I'm new to quilting and newish to sewing but this little boy is going to be spoilt with homemade stuff!

Gidget said...

Oh how fun! Those would make a wonder I Spy Quilt

anghhong said...

I have three nieces and I make them pouches for them to keep their pencils. I also smocked dresses for them and they wear them on special occasions.They always look forward to my presents.
Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
anghhong@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

Mighty Mouse!!! Oh, that brings back such wonderful memories.

I would make a quilt for my little cousin, Joseph. He is such a smart and funny little guy. He has a witty remark for everything. :) I'd love to tell him stories about the characters on the fabric.

My birthday is this Saturday, and this would be a wonderful birthday present!

Morgan said...

I love novelty prints! I might make something for my 5 year-old. She's a mischievous little doll. When we find goldfish crackers in my oven mitt, straight pins in the salt shaker, or little notes on our pillows, we know who did it! Thanks!

Meghan said...

I love making stuff for my 2 nieces- so many things I want to make and never enough time!!

Gina said...

I made a nice quilt for my oldest son, but somehow managed to NOT make one for my youngest son yet. Kinda sad about that! So I'd love to get these fabrics and finally make one for him. :)

baukje said...

Looks like lovely charmpacks!!! OUr granddaughter is 11 month, her name is KALLE, a name from NORWAY. She is such a cute girl, always laughing. We are Dutch and live in France too far away from her but we are going there often!!!

Anne said...

I make a lot of charity quilts so I don't know the children they go to. Merry Christmas!

JustPam said...

I make quilts for grandkids and children in hospitals. I recently saw a quilt on a blog that used novelty prints as the middle block of stars that I would love to make. These would be put to good use if I won them. Merry Christmas!

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

I have been planning on making an I-spy quilt for my two wonderful daughters (ages 2 & 4) - these fun prints would be GREAT additions to this project!
Best,
Michelle
daydreambelievershop(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

There is Mighty Mouse fabric?!? Why did I never know this? Thanks for the great giveaway.

Sheila said...

I 'd like to make a quilt for my granddaughter Elise ,she is.a busy three year old who fills our life with joy and she needs a big girls quilt now. Thanks for the chance to win this fun giveaway.

Sis-O said...

I got emo when i saw Mighty Mouse! I would make something for my 1 year old grandson and my 'on the way' grand baby (gender not yet known-due in may/june). Thank you for taking the time to prepare this give away.

skowens (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Jodi said...

These days I seem to sew almost exclusively for children. I have a very cute and cheeky 16 month old daughter, Amelia, who I confess get's neglected on the home made sewing front due to there being deadlines for gifts for my nephew, niece and close friends kids. Amelia's projects just keep getting postponed so I would love to have some cute novelty prints to make her an Eye Spy quilt play mat. I found out about these for the first time this SMSGD and really loved the idea.
Thanks so much for the chance to win these, I know how precious those little scraps left over from your kids projects are - my mum still has scraps from our cloths hidden away.

ikkinlala said...

I'd love to make a quilt for the child a friend of mine is currently expecting. I obviously don't know anything about this kid yet, but by the time I get the project finished I'm sure the kid will be old enough to appreciate it.

Paskiaq said...

I am making an i-spy quilt for my 16 month old. I love him more than I could have ever thought possible. He is definitely unique. He turns down cookies and candies but eats fruit like there's no tomorrow. He loves music and always bops his little little body along to the beat no matter type of music or where we are. He prefers to blow kisses rather than saying bye. The best is when he's tired and he walks around like he is drunk and giggles at nothing. :)

Shana said...

I too and saving charms to make an I Spy quilt for my son Blaze. He is 4 years old and the light of my life. I love the Mighty Mouse fabric. Too cute.

Sue said...

My neice needs a quilt of her own so she won't steal the one I made for her mom (from her dad and her brother's flannel shirts after they both passed away)

Nabiha said...

oooh...these would be perfect for the stash I'm building up for my 2 year old's I-Spy quilt...She loves looking at pictures and pointing at things as I call out their names...thanks for such a lovely giveaway...hope I win it!

nabihawangde(at)gmail(dot)com

Faddict said...

I'm a new quilter and in the midst of making my first one for a friends new arrival in Jan, I'd love to make him some more stuff too:)

Jessica said...

One of my nieces will be born soon, and I really want to make her a quilt! Thanks for the chance :)

Ana e os Viraventos said...

A dear friend of mine is going to have a baby girl in April. I have never quilted before, but as this friend is so dear to me I will take this big step and make her a wonderful quilt! Wish me luck!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

These would be perfect for an i-spy quilt for my 5 year old nephew!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Susanne said...

I don't have own children yet. But my cousins have a lot of children (mostly little girls). It is so much fun sewing things for them. Especially it is great that I can use pink fabrics :)
Susanne

sydthewyd said...

I would make something for my nephew who is due in January!

Needled Mom said...

I make I Spy quilts for the grandchildren and they love them.

Karen P. said...

I want to make my daughter a dolly quilt!

B Greene said...

I would love to make an amazing creation with this great fabric, but I'm not sure what that would be yet. I want to learn how to make small handmade bags or gift card holders - these might be great for that! Thanks for the great opportunity!

Robyn said...

I would make something for my niece, who is 4 months old now. Most of her relatives are drenching her in pink, so a non-girly quilt would be perfect for her. Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

Doina said...

I would make a quilt for my son. Great giveaway!

Mrs.Pickles said...

right now we don't have any kids, but maybe if i make a baby quilt and stitch it full of love the stork will deliver one to us :)

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Angie said...

I'd make something for my niece, Victoria. She loves little doll quilts. I'd really like to make her a few doll sleeping bags.

macca said...

I've got lots of boys to make for - 2 sons, and 5 nephews - all aged between 1 and 7.

Shevvy said...

I've been saving up some quilts to donate to a deprived childrens centre so I would use them for that.

Cricket said...

I would totally use those for an I spy type quilt for my daughters. But the thing is - my 4 year old is sitting next to me and when she saw the picture she *gasped* and said "mommy! That's my diaper!" Sure enough, the cloth diaper I bought special for her to come home from the hospital in (which matched her black velvet overalls and res handknit hat and booties)was made of that skull fabric in the front. I have never seen it in a store or anything, and I know she would love a quilt with a little bit of that in there!

Thanks for offering such a great giveaway. I just love little bits and bobs and scraps. They're my favorite.

Trish said...

I've been wanting to make an I spy quilt or quiet book for my 3 year old son.

Brenda said...

What a neat idea for a giveaway... love it! I have been saving fabric for quite a few years and just started quilting this year. I want to make a memory charm quilt for my 21 year old son. Something for him to have to look back on.

These squares would go into my next big project of making quilts for less fortunate children. There are so many names on the Tiny Tim tree this year at the local bank. I think a quilt would be great to pair up with a toy. I hope to have some completed for the 2012 holiday season. :)

Brenda aka pumpkinhollowprimitives(at) hotmail.com

Tawny said...

I would love to make something special for my little boy Logan. He's a precious 5 year old. For example, yesterday he said to me, "Mommy, do you know what would make you even prettier?" Of course I wanted to know. He then said, "You need another ponytail in your hair." hehehe. I already had two. I guess a third right in the back would be the bes!! :D

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Umm, it's going to sound selfish but these will be used toward a "favorite things/memory quilt" for me and also for each of my siblings, where applicable.

Then, with the other squares, I'll use them for I spy quilts for the young kids in the charity quilts I plan to make next year.

Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway!

RyanSarahN said...

I'd love to make an i spy for my kids Cora and Elijah! Thanks for the chance to win! ryansarahn(at)gmail.com

Zoe said...

I don't have kids yet myself but one of my besties has just annouced she is pregnant so I'd love to make a gender neutral quilt for her!

Mike and Jackie said...

My bff just found out she is having her first girl, would love to make something amazing for her.

Calikisses said...

My boyfriend's sister is having her 2nd child in pretty much a year, a boy. I'd love to make her some cute things for both her baby girl who will be one soon and her newcoming boy to help her out a bit :)

Carla G said...

I would like to make I Spy quilts for my 7 year old twin boys. They would love them as they love the I Spy books. Thanks for a chance to win this awesome giveaway! :)

Libby said...

These would be for a wonderful, spirited 3.5 year old named Eli. He loves everything 'boy' - trains, diggers, tractors and his little sister Sylvia.

elflyn said...

I would love to make something for my littlest man. Being the youngest of 5 he has a lot of hand me downs so something just for him would be lovely. I would also love to make something for my daughter. My only girl is heading to uni away from home next year and I would love for her to have something Mama made and comforting to take with her

ELNM said...

I would make something (my first quilt!)for my younger daughter (who is 13). She is, and always has been, a snuggler. Her bed is filled with stuffed animals and she loves to wrap a blanket around herself when she reads or watches tv. Thanks for the chance t owin. ellen@myerly.net

marth225 said...

I have a 7 year old granddaughter with a new American girl doll in need of outfits and a little doll quilt. I had all intentions of making the doll quilt before Christmas and everything under the sun has gotten in the way.

fieryone said...

I have three little boys, I would make something for them. I love Mighty Mouse!

Beth said...

I would like to make an I-spy quilt for my 2 1/2 year old grandson. He loves trucks and trains of course!
beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Kaye from KS said...

I have a three year old granddaughter that I love to make things for. Thanks for the opportunity.

Anya said...

Those would make a great Project Linus quilt for a deserving child! Thanks for the chance!

CMEH said...

I have a friend who is pregnant now and I am staring my own tradition to make a tummy time quilt for all baby showers that I go to ... this would be great! Thanks so much!

Holly said...

I would probably make something for you 7-year-old son. Or let him make something! He likes to use my sewing machine (I have to keep him from putting the pedal to the metal though!)

Binks said...

These are so awesome. It looks like you have some great fabrics in there. I would love to make a little play mat/ crib quilt for my sister's unborn twins. I come from a family of 5 girls and these are our very lucky 1st babies. She's the oldest and she's always one upping us, and I have to say, twins win it. We're all super ecstatic. I can't wait to find out the genders and then to welcome them into the world with a room filled with handmade items. It's literally painful waiting for them.

binkiege(at)gmail(dot)com

Mama Gone Green said...

maybe an i-spy blanket?

Lee said...

I have nieces who would love i spy quilts! So much fun and thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Kathy H said...

It is great to get charm squares that are from other people. Then I usually get a different assortment of fabrics. tHanks for the chance to win.

Mika said...

I have 5 kids, so they'd prob. be used in something for more than 1 of them! LOL! froggygirldesigns at gmail dot com

sandyandcosmo said...

I would love to use these in a quilt for my 10 month old granddaughter!

ElfRenee said...

These look really cute, thanks for the giveaway!

Sangeetha said...

I think I'll make somethign for my little girl she's 2.5 and adorable

dianne said...

I have 4 granddaughters who all love something from gwamma's sheen. I would probably make little doll quilts for each of them.
jmclean at mts dot net

Laura said...

I would make an I-spy quilt. I keep seeing them around and love them but don't have enough fabric variety to make one yet.

Andee said...

Congrats on your first giveaway! I have a box of EYE SPY fabrics and have made several quilts from the squares and hexies I have cut up, so if I win the next one will have even more variety! Thanks for the chance.

Holly U said...

I made an I Spy quilt for Project Linus and my son loved it! I'd love to make him one.

Kathy said...

I've been a tad flummoxed being a new sewer and having two young boys... most of the "cuteness" out there is so girly. But I'm determined now to give it a go and get more creative with my boy projects.

Merry Christmas!
winterwrens at gmail dot com

funstitching said...

I like the fabric it gets my juices going

jqluo said...

I loves making clothing like dress and mini skirt for my niece that stay with us.
Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

kimmysue said...

I love charm quilts and I would love to win your giveaway! I'd use the fabric to make something for my granddaughter- she is six and very talkative and outgoing.

Lisa Cox said...

My daughter is grown now and not planning on children any time soon.
But I can see me making a child's quilt out of this and donating it to a children's hospital for use in a cancer ward or someplace like that.

pianomama said...

So cute! I'd make a quilt for my 3yo son who is the "caboose" of six kiddos. I've made quilts for all his big brothers and sisters - but haven't gotten one done for him yet. Bad momma:-)

Tamster said...

I have also always wanted to make an I spy quilt.

However I have a copy of "sewing for boys" and really want to make the treasure hunt pants with patchwork for the central panel. These fabrics would be great (especially Mighty Mouse)

I have two gorgeous boys who would look so cool in patchwork pants!

Merry Christmas from the UK!

R said...

quilt(s) for my son(s)! LOL

They would all like something new and slightly bigger than their baby blankets!

Nanbon44 said...

I might use them in one of my charity quilts or a quilt for my grandson

Lobela said...

I love to make things for my nieces! They are my muses.

Anonymous said...

I have 7 grandniece and nephew, with 2 more on the way in the next few months. They are all soooo cute! Unfortunately they all live out of town. I was able to spend some time with them at a family wedding and one of the boys, who was 2 at the time, started including me in his prayers after he met me. His mom was so floored the first time he said, "and God bless Thea (aunt) Katina" because he's so little and she had no idea I made that big of an impression on him. Aren't kids wonderful!!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Katina
kjkoukla(athotmail...

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to make an eye spy quilt for my kids (ages 8, 5, and 2) but I just haven't taken the time to Rangel up the prints.
sntbosch@msn.com

DangAndBlast! said...

Baby on the way next month - really need to get on making stuff!

Shellie said...

Next up on my quilt recipient list is my 4 yo son, so the charms would likely go into a quilt for him. I love that you're a Latin teacher. I had so much fun taking Latin in high school. Sempre ubi sub ubi!