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Fall Equinox Quilt

Second finish of 2011: My Fall Equinox quilt. I made the top as part of the Fat Quarterly quilt-along last year. I finished the top on the day of the Fall Equinox, so what better name for it? And now here it is, completed well before the spring equinox. : ) (Small victories, small victories.) The fabric is Wildwood by Erin McMorris, along with a smattering of Moda Bella Solids (Willow, Celery, Clover, Baby Yellow, Goldenrod, and Golden Wheat).

The back is a random collection of some Wildwood yardage that I had on hand, plus an attempt to echo the pattern on the front. And finally, the quilting is the easy wavy-line quilting which I learned about from the quilt-along, and I’ve raved about it here and here.

And I realized that all the green in this quilt matches my family room wall color, so I finally have a cuddly couch quilt that matches my decor.

And finally, what you’re really here for: The giveaway winner! The winner of the Wonderland fat-eighths is … #64, Heather! Heather said:

“I’m fairly new to quilting, but I have always been drawn to the quirky Alexander Henry stuff (especially if there are birds involved), and a line called Boutique by Chez Moi. So girly (unlike myself!)”

But guess what? Heather is a no-reply blogger. All comments made on my blog are automatically emailed to me, and if you have the correct settings in your Blogger profile, your email address comes with it, allowing me to reply directly to you via email. If your settings aren’t correct, you are a no-reply blogger, and I have no way of contacting you. So Heather, please email me by noon tomorrow to claim your prize, or I will have to draw another winner.
And while we’re on the subject, I enjoy replying to the comments made on my blog—I can’t always reply to them all, but I usually spend time at least once a week replying to comments. So if you haven’t received any replies to your comments on my blog or on others, that probably means you’re a no-reply blogger. Here’s how to fix it, if you’re so inclined:

  1. In blogger.com, click on Dashboard.
  2. Select Edit Profile.
  3. Check the box for “Show my Email Address.”
  4. Save changes.

How easy is that? Happy Valentine’s Day, bloggy peeps! I love you all. : )

P.S. Linking up to Sew Modern Monday. Go check it out, it’s one of my favorite linkies.

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Giving and Receiving

What a day I had yesterday: I was on both the giving and receiving ends of giveaways.

This lovely photo is by Stitched In Color. I didn’t win ALL of this great stuff, but I’m excited about it anyway. : )

First of all: Yes! I actually won a giveaway! First blog giveaway win EVER! I have terrible, awful luck when it comes to winning things. Here’s a list of all the prizes I have won in random drawings during my 36 years of existence: A Prairie Home Companion t-shirt, a free ice cream cone, and lunch from Jimmy John’s. THAT’S IT. And I won the t-shirt in 1995—at the time, I was a junior in college and might as well have been unaware NPR even existed. So yeah, I’m not traditionally a big fat winner when it comes to these things.

But yesterday I found out that I won the Halloween Fat Quarter Surprise from Stitched In Color! I get a stack of 8 designer fat quarters from Sew Love Fabrics. Ruth of Sew Love will choose what FQs I get, but all of her stuff is so fabulous, I’m sure I’ll love whatever she sends. So thank you thank you thank you to Rachel of Stitched In Color and Ruth of Sew Love for brightening my day. And yay for good giveaway karma. I figured it had to happen sometime.

On the other end of the spectrum, I huddled with Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy last week regarding the custom blog header she won in my giveaway. The result of our collaboration is now up and running on Elizabeth’s blog. So go on over there and check out her remodeled digs. Hope you like it—and that you all have good giveaway karma too!

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Whirlwind Weekend Wrap-Up … and Giveaway Winners

I had a crazy-fun and crazy-busy weekend–my 4-year-old and I took a quick trip to Washington, D.C., where we met my mom, sister, and grandma, who were all in from different cities around the country. My grandma has been wanting to see the World War II Memorial, so we decided to get together there. We had beautiful weather, an amazing suite at the Mayflower Hotel, delicious meals, and even better conversation among four generations of chatty ladies—so much fun! Then just a few hours after my plane landed on Sunday, it was my turn to host my book club. By the time I collapsed on the couch at about 10 p.m. Sunday night, I was wiped out.

So obviously I didn’t do any sewing this weekend. But I did finish my Three Generations quilt and present it to the other two generations involved. And yes, I knocked out that binding just in the nick of time! In fact, I had to finish sewing about three-quarters of a side on Friday night in D.C., while we sat around chatting in the hotel suite. Only problem is: With all the craziness of traveling with a 4-year-old, I forgot to take pictures of the completed quilt before it was shipped off to its permanent home! Can you believe it? Oops. But I think I can get my mom to take a picture of it, so hopefully I’ll have a “real” wrap-up on that quilt later in the week.

But enough about me: I’ve got giveaway winners to announce!

Winner #1, who gets the custom-designed blog header (or button, quilt label, whatever she wants) is … #17, Elizabeth D. of Don’t Call Me Betsy!! I love her blog, so I’m happy to be designing something for it! Yay, Elizabeth! : )

Winner #2, the winner of the Mod Charm fat quarters, is #72, Jane P.!

Congrats, ladies! I’ll send you both an email. And thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who entered. Hosting a giveaway is so much fun, I hope I can do it again very soon. And I’ve added many great new blogs to my Reader, so I’m looking forward to hearing more from all of you!

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My First Giveaway!

You know, I wasn’t too sure about stepping into the blog world. It seemed like a big commitment, and I wasn’t sure if anybody would even read it. But people actually are reading it, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. I don’t know any quilters in “real life” other than my mom, so to get involved in this amazing online community of creative crafters has been so much fun for me. As much as my sweet husband tries to feign interest in my latest fabric purchase, nothing can replace interacting with people who are genuinely into it.So I think it’s time to say thank you. It’s time for my first giveaway! Two winners!
Winner No. 1 gets: A custom-designed/illustrated blog header by a professional graphic designer—me. : ) I’ll work with the winner to choose colors, fonts, a subject matter for the illustration, etc. Then I’ll create something that’s uniquely yours and can be dropped into your blog template, along the lines of my header above. If you’d like to incorporate photos into the header (either in addition to or instead of the illustration), that’s fine. And if you already have a blog header that you like, I can design a button for your swap/bee instead, or even a custom quilt label that you can have printed on Spoonflower. The choice is yours!Winner No. 2 gets: These fabulous “Mod Charm” fat quarters from Anthology Fabrics.So, you know the rules, ladies. You get up to three chances to win.
Chance 1: Leave any comment here. Tell me what you’re working on, what you wish you were working on, whatever you want.
Chance 2: Comment that you’re a follower. (Reader counts.)
Chance 3: Blog about my giveaway and shoot me a comment on that. I’m still not on the Twitter, so sorry, no chances there.
I’ll announce the winners on Oct. 25. Good luck, and thanks for reading!GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.