Saturday, 10 December 2011

Blog Hop Giveaway

Welcome to all our Blog Hoppers…..I’m proud to have been invited to be part of Quilting Gallery’s 4th Birthday celebrations and their Blog Hop Party this year and thanks must go to Michele for organising it.  This is going to be so much fun visiting everyone and making new blog-friends :) Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways The Quilting Gallery site is a great starting point for new bloggers (and us oldies!!!)….it has a Quilting Bloggers Directory with more than 4,440 blogs from 71 countries. In the Quilt Shop Locator, you’ll find brick & mortar shops, online retailers, retreat facilities and long-arm quilters. In Quilter’s Market you’ll find fabulous quilting products. There’s also a world-wide geographic directory of Quilt Guilds being developed and weekly themed virtual quilt contests and swaps throughout the year as well as lots of other fun things. So if you’ve never visited the Quilting Gallery before, I recommend a visit! Now, we all know that when you go to a party, there are always lots of people and lots of presents…….this Blog Hop Party is the same!  Woohoo!!!!!!!!…..there are over 200 party-goers you can visit from over 20 countries…..that’s one helluva party!!!!!!  The link to all of the blogs you can visit is listed here.. Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways It starts today and goes until December 17th (18th for us Aussies). Now, for my giveaway……you just knew it was coming didn’t you!??! 069 I’m giving away this fantastic timesaving tool….the SideWinder.  A portable bobbin winder that is a Godsend when you’re in the middle of a sewing frenzy and your bobbin runs out….you know what I’m talking about!!!!!  This beauty is the Limited Edition SideWinder…..it’s pink, to promote the awareness of Breast Cancer research, and comes with bonus scissors and a tape measure (both pink!)  It takes 2 AA batteries and winds those bobbins in a whizz! 070 All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what is the best ‘trick’ you have learnt for sewing/stitching/quilting that you would have loved to have known as a new quilter.  That will give you one chance at winning the SideWinder. For another chance, simply become a follower and leave another comment telling me so.  If you’re already a follower, you’re a gem!!!…..and you won’t be left out…..leave a comment and I’ll include a second chance for you too! I’ll draw the winner randomly using my fave little tool…..Mr RNG….on Dec 18th at 10am AEST (I know the actual Blog Party finishes on Dec 17, USA time, but I’m usually one of those that comes early and stays till last, so I cant break that pattern, can I now!!?? LOL) So get those entries in….good luck and let’s start hopping! Sugary Hugs xoxo Wendy :O)

53 comments:

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hello gorgeous girl! Wonderful giveaway!!
The thing I've discovered this year that gives me a lovelier finish on projects that need to have an opening stitched closed after turning out, is to use ladder stitch instead of a slip stitch. It leaves a seamless finish - wish I'd known that all along.
Now, when are we catching up for our Christmas gift swap??? ;-)
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

barb's creations said...

I wish I'd known about the 1/4" foot you could buy for your sewing machine when I made my first machine pieced quilt LOL I can laugh about it now but I wouldn't sew without it now :) Barb.

Sunnybec said...

Mine is pretty basic but as a new quilter I didn't know to sew the seams in opposite directions, makes such a difference when lining up and matching.

Marilyn said...

The tip I wish I had known earlier is to press the seam allowances in opposite directions so the blocks butt up together and corners meet neatly, when sewing rows together.

Fran said...

I wish that I had realised that going slower meant more accurate piecing - since reducing the speed of my machine sewing I have much greater accuracy & much less unpicking. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

Quilt Kitty said...

I wish I had known how to use my ruler & roller cutter when I first started. It would have saved a lot of fabric that ended up with definate bends in them. Thanks

Marika said...

I love that I learned early to press my seams open. It's less bulky and when you work with white, you don't see the fabric from the front!

Thanks for such a generous giveaway !

Maria Wallin said...

I wish I'd known about the wonder that is basting spray from the start, I hated basting and it'd make me not want to finish a quilt because of the hassle and pain with pin or needle and thread basting.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Never hesitate to know the power of a glue stick. It's perfect for keeping those little things in place when a pin gets in the way! That's my motto and I'm stickin to it! hahaha

Great giveaway, Thanks!

Joanie's Quilts said...

A pair of tweezers and an eyebrow razor. Yep that is correct! The eyebrow razor is great for ripping out and the tweezers are wonderful for pulling out the threads after breaking the stitching line with a seam ripper. Can you tell what I do a lot of?

Chiska said...

I have to say first of all that I would love to win this as my bobbin winder is not working on my sewing machine. My tip would be that if you think there might be an easier way to piece soemthing--there probably is and you should look.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Wendy! What a great prize. We have all been through the annoyance of a bobbin running out, this would be so great to have.:0
Of course I am a lurker, I mean follower. hehe. Sandy. :)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

One of the best tips I have found, and wished I knew before, is to lightly spray your fabric with spray starch to prevent the fabric stretching when sewing anything cut on the bias- triangles etc. :)

JoyceLM said...

What a generous and wonderful giveaway. I'd love to win a Sidewinder. When I started quilting, just 5 years ago, I wish I'd known about thread savers - those bits of fabric that you feed into your machine at the end of a seam. I use them all the time now except when paper foundation piecing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Tracey Rampling (The Peony Teacup) said...

I wish I'd known about stitch in the ditch machine binding. And chain piecing, but luckily a lady at my local quilting guild taught me how to do that when she saw that I was doing each piece individually!

Tracey Rampling (The Peony Teacup) said...

I am a new follower, too! Would love to win one of those fabulous Side Winders! What an excellent idea. :)

Kathy said...

I am a new quilter as of this year. My best "trick" is that I follow so many wonderful blogs for ideas and inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

Linda V said...

Careful measuring and sewing those perfect 1/4" seams makes all the difference in having everything match up. Thanks for the giveaway chance!
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

Linda V said...

I am a new follower, too. Thanks again for the giveaway chance! I sure would love to win this.
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

Sandy said...

I would love to win that Sidewinder! I wish I would have learned a better way to rip out stitches in the beginning that didn't distort my patchwork. I have learned that if you clip one side of the stitching every 4 stitches or so and then pull the thread from the other side, it will all pull out without distortion. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

Pippa Parsons said...

Oh I would love a sidewinder, would make things so much easier, Id love to have been taught how to use a 1/4 inch foot properly on my machine, now I know its so accurate, I love it

bohemiannie! art said...

What a great gift! I wish I'd known that I didn't have to follow so many rules!

Mhairi said...

I need one of these!!! When sewing through a lot of layers it helps to have a small mallet nearby. If you use a rubber one you don't damage the fabric but can mash the layers smaller so your machine can sew through them easier.

Sonja Threadgill Nelson said...

love chain piecing! Use that ALL of the time. My next time saver is my new tool that I bought myself for Christmas....the AccuQuilt!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

I wish someone had told me about quilting as you go - it has made large quilts so much less intimidating to me now and I can do them on my home machine!

Christine M said...

I made my first quilt at an overnight mystery quilt night. I then started hand quilting it. I wish I'd known about sending quilts off to get quilted! Thanks for the great giveaway.

hueisei said...

I still new to quilting, but I feel the quilting calculator is the must have tool for Quilter. :)
Thx for the chance to win ^^v

Kristy QP said...

Wow what a great giveaway! I haven't seen one of these before!

A tip I wish I had known as a new quilter - 5 minutes unpicking a wonky seam can save hours of frustration trying to make seams line up!

rita in alaska said...

i learned not to steam press my blocks! dry iron only!

rita in alaska said...

i am a brand new follower, and i also k.a.r.t.s! you're the first blogger who has mentioned they do this big time that i read about!

Sewnuts said...

A good tip is to keep an "awl" tool handy (the one with just the point on it!) - it's great for helping "poke" at the fabric as you sew to keep edges even or seams matched! Thanks for the giveaway - Holiday Greetings from Canada!

Sharon said...

I wish I had know about the 1/4 inch foot and how to use it when I first started Thank You for the great giveaway chance

Angie said...

I love strip piecing. What a great idea for a time and thread saver. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Cox said...

I wish someone had reminded me to measure twice, cut once when I first started quilting. I wouldn't have so many scraps left, LOL

Carolyn said...

I wish I would have known about "leaders and enders" (Bonnie from Quiltville.com). What a time saver, and way to use up scraps. Love love this way of sewing!

What a wonderific giveaway gift! There is nothing more aggravating than when I'm on a roll machine quilting, and them WHAMMOO, clang clang, the stupid bobbin goes out. This would be a God send!

Thank you for the chance!

Anne-Mette said...

What a fantastic give away. I have never seen one of them before. I would love to be the new owner as many quilters before me ;-).
I would, when I started quilting, have loved to know, that there is no quilting police!!. It took me a while before I was sure of this as my first teacher was very "you must do...".

Arlene White said...

Wow, buddy so many comments, this is wonderful. Mine hint was learning how to use the roller cutter and mat first off, and patience...... I don't have much of that when sewing.....

Arlene
http://arlenes-crafts.blogspot.com/

Cheri said...

When I first started quilting I cut out with a scissors--my rotary cutter is wonderful. thanks for the great giveaway.

Rhonda G said...

Yes yes yes, I have been wanting one of these soooo bad. I really don't have a tip other then when I wind my bobbins on my machine, I run the thread up through the little hole in the bobbin, then back up through the center and out the top. That way there is no way for the tread to backloop when it winds and wind around the post of the winder.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I have been wanting one of these. Thank you so much for giving one away.I wish that I had known more about quarter inch seams. Then maybe I could have gotten things to line up better. Joyce-ccarter13@windstream.net

Gwen said...

My tip is something that I'm sure most have heard about, but I hadn't when I first started quilting.. and that is chain piecing and using leaders and enders! That have saved me SO much time and I love it!
Thank you for the chance to win a Sidewinder!! What an awesome prize! :-)

Anya said...

I wish I had known an easy way to make HST when I was a beginner. Now I use an easy method -- two squares, sew 1/4 inch on both sides of a center diagonal line. Thanks for the chance!

Back Porch Extras said...

I have been quilting for awhile and find Paper Piecing a technique alot of folks dread. It really is alot of fun and you can see your block come to life. Thanks for the great giveaway.
Patty
Stash Away, Stash Away, Stash ALL!

devotedtoquilting said...

There are some really great tips here. Mine is to relax and enjoy the process, it doesn't have to be perfect. Also, if I don't stress, I make fewer errors. :) Quilted blessings, Nita

Jackie said...

Love the Bobbin winder!! I have learnt two important things, not tricks but good advice. When you hand quilt aim for consistent stitches, they don't have to be tiny. Strive to match and make everything perfect but it doesn't have to be perfect. If you unpick everything the fun goes out of it very quickly!

andrea said...

Hi, well years and years ago i put a quilt(very old) in the washing machine,never again.
Also never be afraid to ask for help, most quilters love to share advice.
Enjoying the Blog hop and have joined your blog, looking forward to visiting again.

Kari said...

My trick is not what I wished to have known, but something I developed (although I'm sure the idea is not original). When making long cuts I use a small binder clip to hold my ruler to the cutting board. This lines up the top of the ruler and stop it from moving.
Thank-you for the chance to win!
kario66@hotmail.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great giveaway. I think the best tip I can offer is not to be so concerned about what the quilting looks like. It takes practice and there will be improvement. I think we can be too perfectionistic instead of enjoying the process. Thanks!!

Cat said...

I would love to win a bobbin winder, as I have several really oldy (but goody) machines. I work with my Girl scouts on them & it would be easier to teach them all how to use the one bobbin-winder machine, than to explain each machine's bobbin-winding operations. None of the girls have mothers that sew or own a machine.
I think the most important lesson I learned besides checking things are squared up is not to "iron" but press your seams. My first rail fence quilt had terribly wonky lines due to my scrubbing-motion ironing!

Judi said...

The tip I would have really liked to know is that there is a big difference in the batting you use. I always bought the cheap stuff and had a terrible time learning to quilt.

CC said...

If I could only enter one giveaway this one would be it! Having a SW would be sew much easier than wasting thread in the middle of a huge project to have to wind another bobbin. I wish I had known how to mark and sew accurate 1/4" seams. Plus the trick of marking it on the throat plate and bits of the machine closest to me instead of just relying on the length of the foot. Thanks for the chance.

Kd said...

The trick I like the best is using freezer paper for a lot of fabric sewing from piecing to quilting. Thanks for the great giveaway! Kd

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