Blogiversary Giveaway

About a month ago my two year blogiversary came and went with little fanfare. It happens to be around the 4th of July, and that happens to be my husband’s birthday, so not a lot of blogging usually occurs that week.

Part of me can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I started this blog. I suppose time flies when you’re having fun! In the last year, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of personal goals, from developing quilt patterns to appearing in publications, from adding many tutorials to the blog to cohosting this latest quilt along.

When I started quilting, I learned so much from the free tips and tutorials online on other blogs. It’s always been a goal of mine to also give back to the online community and help those who are getting started themselves. And hopefully inspire a few people along the way.

So! In celebration, I have a giveaway! I mentioned earlier this week that I spent last weekend in Cincinnati. My mom, sister and I (oh, and the kids) did a mini shop hop.

Quilter's Studio - Cincinnati, OH

Our first stop was The Quilter’s Studio in Loveland. This store is almost entirely batiks and includes many bolts by designer Marcia Derse – very pretty. They also have an entirely separate building with lots of classroom space and two long arm quilting machines where you can rent time.

I picked up The Quilts of Gee’s Bend postcard set there and plan on framing 9 of them for my sewing room. Part of the giveaway is 9 other prints from this postcard set so you can frame them for your room! Or mail them. Or whatever you want to do with them. :)

Sewn Studio - Cincinnati, OH

Our next stop (after lunch at Dewey’s Pizza) was Sewn Studio. This shop has been on my list to visit ever since my sister stopped in a few months back and told me how cool it was. Boy am I jealous that this shop isn’t in the Chicago suburbs!

Sewn Studio - Cincinnati, OH

It is so fresh and modern and welcoming.

Sewn Studio - Cincinnati, OH

I don’t think I saw one bolt of fabric that I wasn’t interested in – they even had embroidery patterns and perle cotton embroidery thread!

Sewn Studio - Cincinnati, OH

I was lucky enough to meet owner Stephanie and employee Jessica. Both were SO nice! Stephanie was kind enough to even donate a beautiful Summer House by Lily Ashbury charm pack to giveaway on my blog!

I picked up several great small prints for my stash and I am sharing them with you as well. The last portion of the giveaway is a FQ of each of the fabrics you see below.

It was a great visit, only slightly marred by my daughter announcing “I NEED TO POOP!” as we were just about the leave the store. A bit embarrassing but there is just no predicting what a 4 year old will find appropriate conversation in public. :)

Phew! So if you made it this far, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment! I will select a winner Monday evening. Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting me over the last two years – here’s to many more!

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Update: For those in the comments that are interested in that great bike bag, Sewn Studio has commented “Our blog (www.sewnstudio.com/blog) is currently featuring an interview with Kathy McGee of Hemma Designs, the designer of the Ilsa Bike Basket. We’re giving away one of her patterns, too, so come on over and take a look.”
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Comments are now closed. I will select a winner shortly. The winner is #315, Alisa, who said “I’ve been enjoying your blog for almost the two years. Looks like you had a fun blog hop.” Congratulations Alisa, I will email you for your address!

Giveaway Winner

I want to thank each and every one of you for your comments. I read every one and they all made me smile. :)

Framed Fairy Tales

Framed Fairy Tale

It’s done! No, this block wasn’t meant to be a quilt…well not a traditional quilt anyway. I found this really cute frame at Home Goods not too long ago. It was actually a framed bulletin board. I thought it would be cool to find a bunch of different frames and use them to decorate my sewing room. (More neat finds later!) I decided to removed the cork board and sew a mini quilt to fit (10″ x 18″). Removing the cork was harder than I anticipated – it involved scissors, a knife and pliers!

Framed Fairy Tale

I thought this mini quilt would be a fun project to try some new things. I added some embroidery to the block. Although I was pretty conservative and just went along with the design mostly, so it’s not that easy to spot unless you see it in person.

Framed Fairy Tale

I also didn’t want to bind it because I was afraid that would add to much bulk for the frame. So I finished it like a pillow, sewing the back to the front and flipping it right-side out.

Framed Fairy Tale

I am really excited to get it hanging in my sewing room. And make a few others as well!

Heather Ross Studio Sale!

Heather Ross Studio Sale Pkg

Two posts on the same day? Madness! But I’m so excited because the mail just came and my Heather Ross Studio Sale package arrived! I received some great pieces of fabric – most are about 15″ x 22″. And look at that art! She even wrote my name – eek! I can’t wait to get these framed and put them up in my sewing room.

Heather Ross Studio Sale

And speaking of art – I actually had ANOTHER tube in the mailbox today. A print I ordered on Etsy from The Wheatfield. Aren’t the colors amazing? These are really affordable and the quality is fantastic – highly recommend!

Art for my sewing room