Simply Charming Book Give Away!

To celebrate the release of our new book
Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear
We are going to have a give away!  By answering one little question for us, we will put your name in the drawing for one copy of the book (and if you have already purchased the book through us – we will either refund the cost of the book to you and also send you the other two goodies or you have the choice of receiving another book and passing it on to a friend etc. – so join in!) and also one each of the following:
A 42 – piece charm pack of Primitive Muslin designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and
and this 48 piece charm pack that we have assembled.  There are 24 different fabrics – 2 of each print.
So – what I am curious to find out —– what is the biggest or best tip you would give another quilter?  Think of something valuable that you have learned along the way and would like to pass on to other quilters – new or advance!
We will do the drawing this coming Saturday morning, January 29th, 2011.  (and don’t worry or think we are ignoring you if we do not respond to each comment – it’s kind of crazy around here right now packing the book orders up!)
Enjoy and good luck!
Also – we are including our newsletter below that we sent out earlier today.  If you are not on our email newsletter list, please feel free to join either here on our blog in the upper right hand corner of the screen or on our opening page of our website – just scroll down the page a little bit.  www.sewuniquecreations.com
Here is today’s newsletter – read no further if you already received it!
our new book – has arrived! We are ever so in love with it and happy to share it with you!  This book has 20 scrappy style projects included for your quilting pleasure.

All 20 projects can be viewed on our website!  Come see!


We also welcome the following new fabric lines:

The Cocheco Mills II collection by Judie Rothermel

This pretty collection is full of the most amazing blues and reds in the perfect shades for your reproduction projects!

Bonnie Blue Basics III by Paula Barnes of Bonnie Blue Quilts

Great group of fabrics to use as “blenders” and “stash enhancement” pieces.  Lovely small prints.

Devon Shirtings by Nancy Gere

Great small prints on these fabrics and excellent shirtings!

Also just in:


Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle: Journey #2



Friendship Strips & Scraps by Edyta Sitar


Jo’s Little Women Club #10
(we currently have 4 more club member packs in stock – we will order more if their is interest! – Just let us know!)

We also have re-stocked our shelves with the following fabric collections:

Ember Reds & Evergreens
Attic Shirtings
Spice Chest
Indigo Berries
Ravenwood
Cocoa Express
Complements
Toast
Toast II
Stafford County
Hurrah
Annandale
Cinnamon & Spice
Fairfax County
Crimson & Clover
Jo’s Chintz
(some of the above mentioned fabric lines we have the entire collection of – other’s we ordered certain pieces!)

And last but not least, Barbara Brackman’s new line due to be released next month is now available for Pre-Order!

Civil War Reunion Fabric Collection

Now, it’s back to work for us!  We have two extra sets of hands on board today – helping us to pack up all the pre-orders for our book!  If you have already placed your order for our new book, we will have every order packed and shipped by February 1st!  We promise!

Also, if you are “in the area” all the quilt models from our new book, Simply Charming will be delivered to Robert’s Sewing Center in Joliet/Crest Hill, Illinois, this coming Friday (January 28th, 2011) plus the books (we will be dropping them off Friday afternoon)!  So stop by there and see the models and pick up your copy of the book soon!  They are taking phone reservations for the books also! You may call them at 1-815-729-1600

The models for the book will be on display there at Roberts Sewing Center for the entire month of February! Feel free to stop in and browse!

We will also be having a book signing event with demos on:

February 26th from 10 am to Noon at Roberts Sewing Center in Joliet/Crest Hill, Illinois

99 thoughts on “Simply Charming Book Give Away!”

  1. Congratulations Tara, I remember you when we were all doll making. I'd say use a 1/4\” foot, pin and press. I never thought pressing makes a difference but oh it does. But most of all have fun with it, nothing is perfect.

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  2. I would tell them to relax and make the quilting experience special for them. Also, that rules are made to be bent and not to worry if your quilt isn't perfect. I would tell them to think of our grandmothers who made their quilts by hand with poor eyesight and poor lighting and we love every part of that quilt:)

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  3. Although my sister could sew a bit, I got her quilting about a year ago. The first thing that we did was mark her machine with a 1/4\” line and I bought her a cutting mat and rotary cutter. Great start for a beginner.PS She sents me quilts in batches of 3 or 4 to quilt for her. I created a monster!

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  4. Have fun. Don't get wrapped up in I can't get this right.. If you set your needle to 1/4 \” and its a little off. Thats OKAY. There are no QUILT POLICE OUT THERE!!Whatever you sew it will come out just fine. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  5. Finished is SO much better than \”perfect\”! For me reading this on a sign was an epiphany!!! I have SO many UFO's sittin' around because I feel they just aren't good enough! Or maybe it's that if they aren't finished they aren't \”wrong\”… Either way, I need to keep telling myself that finished really IS better than perfect!!!

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  6. Finished is SO much better than \”perfect\”! For me reading this on a sign was an epiphany!!! I have SO many UFO's sittin' around because I feel they just aren't good enough! Or maybe it's that if they aren't finished they aren't \”wrong\”… Either way, I need to keep telling myself that finished really IS better than perfect!!!

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  7. Finished is SO much better than \”perfect\”! For me reading this on a sign was an epiphany!!! I have SO many UFO's sittin' around because I feel they just aren't good enough! Or maybe it's that if they aren't finished they aren't \”wrong\”… Either way, I need to keep telling myself that finished really IS better than perfect!!!

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  8. My advise is not to listen to the quilt police, there is more than one way to do everything. Just have fun, enjoy the process and laugh at your mistakes. And never never point out a mistakes, your the only one that knows it there and it gives the quilt character. I love little quilt, I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

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  9. I would tell a new quilter to learn the teacher taught proper way to do something, then experiment and figure out what works for you. I know that I'm supposed to cut away from me while using the rotary cutter,but I cut towards me because that is how I have the most control.

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  10. I have been sewing since my mom forced us girls to sew ourselves a pair of \”jogging\” shorts with the bias tape…back in the 70's (when jogging was a new thing). I was probably 9 or 10 years old. I am relatively new to the quilting side of sewing though, but I have one tip that works for both: make sure you read the entire pattern construction before you start. The book looks wonderful, thanks for the opportunity to enter:)

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  11. My tip would be to enjoy the process, because finished is good. We are all always (hopefully) improving, whether it's color selection, piecing, or the quilting part. Don't beat yourself up or compare to others. Do YOUR best. That sounds like more than one tip!!

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  12. Congratulations on the FABULOUS new book! My advice is to slow down and enjoy the process. In the busy, hurried days we live in, it is good for the soul to stitch and enjoy!

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  13. Take classes. No matter how much you think you know you can always learn more. Classes help you expand your horizons. And always enjoy what you are doing.

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  14. CONGRATS TO YOU TARA!THIS IS NOTHING NEW, BUT CHANGING TO A NEW NEEDLE IS SO IMPORTANT-I HAD TO LEARN TO DO IT!THANKS SO FOR SHARING SUCH GENEROUS+NEAT GIVEAWAYS !

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  15. My advice is to join a local guild. You'll be exposed to lots of people who love quilts and love to pass on the enthusiasm. You'll never be at a loss for ideas and fun. Kathie L in Allentown

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  16. Congratulations with your new book. It looks great!Well, lots of good advices has been wirtten allready. But I think, it is very important to have fun and remember, there is NO quilt-police – you can do exactly what you want and what you find is right. Don't be afriad of using a fabric, you don't like. That might be THAT fabric, that gives life to the quilt.Have a nice weekend.

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  17. There is no quilt police! Every quilter is her own worst critic, so please, enjoy every stitch you make either by hand or by machine. No matter what technique you use, enjoy enjoy enjoy!!! Not only the finished quilt but also the process getting there!! Have lots of fun quilting!!

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  18. I learned to sew when I was young. I made doll clothes, stuffed animals and some clothing for myself. The \”rules\” for quilting are very different. I would also encourage everyone to take a beginners class. I thought you needed to pin everything, I believed in the 5/8\” seam allowance and that you pressed seams open. Wrong, wrong, wrong. You would not believe the unbelievable joy I experienced when I learned how to chain piece!

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  19. The advice I give most often is \”IT'S YOUR QUILT!\” It doesn't have to match the picture, you can change anything in the quilt you want…there are no quilt police who will arrest you if you don't make the quilt to match the pattern. Make the quilt so that you love it and forget every else's taste…it is your quilt!

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  20. My advice would be not to take yourself so seriously. You are going to make a mistake and you will learn and your quilt will still be beautiful. It is not supposed to be perfect, there is no such thing. We spend a lifetime learning this craft.

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  21. Congratulations on your new book! It looks wonderful.My advice to new quilters is to take a picture and write down every quilt project you make. I wish I had done this when I started. As you quilt more and more, you'd be amazed at what you forget you've done, especially if you give things away. It would be nice to have a picture of each item.

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  22. Wow! Your book looks \”charming\”! I hand piece and hand quilt – not many do it this way any more. My advice is to slow down and enjoy the journey AND you will never make all the quilts you see and want to make – even machine quilters will attest to this.Happy Stitching!!!galegalew417@comcast.net

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  23. When I first started quilting I was always so worried I'd make a mistake, so the process was very stressful to me. I finally realized that quilting is supposed to be fun! And after all, it is just fabric. Awesome new book!

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  24. It didn't take me long to realize just how important an EXACT 1/4\” seam is. If you don't have a 1/4\” foot, get one! Also, I love making half-square triangles and have learned to make them slightly larger, and trim them down.

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  25. I would have to say the best piece of advice I have received is to have fun. My second favorite piece of advice came from a good friend who said to alway square up your blocks. It seems like a lot of work, but is so worth it in the end when your blocks line up without haveing to \”fudge\” them to make them fit together nicely. I'm off to check out your new book.Becky'

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  26. I have no advice really since I'm working on my first ever baby quilt right now. However I will say don't be afraid to make mistakes!disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  27. My tip is don't be afraid to ask for help. And remember that this is your quilt your project – there is no wrong way to do it – just your way! Just think – you might be creating a new process!!

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  28. The book looks like a winner. Something to be proud of.My tip would be to take lots of classes and don't be afraid of trying a new to you technique. It helps make you a well rounded and knowledgeable quilter.

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  29. I have learned so many different techniques from so many quilters. My advice would be to learn from everyone from beginner to advanced. We all have so much advice/info./techniques to share, and we all have so much to learn!!

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  30. My best tip to a new quilter – there are no quilt police. 🙂 It's much more important to have fun with the process than to obsess with the technicalities. It took me a long time to understand that and quilting became a joy when I did. blessings, marlene

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  31. My best tip to a new quilter – there are no quilt police. 🙂 It's much more important to have fun with the process than to obsess with the technicalities. It took me a long time to understand that and quilting became a joy when I did. blessings, marlene

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  32. My best advice would be to purchase a 1/4 inch foot. I have an Elna Quilter's Dream and the 1/4 inch foot came with it. It has a nice little edge on it that you can butt your fabric up against and I always get a perfect 1/4 inch seam. Also I would recommend to a new quilter that you use only 100 percent cotton. Congrats on your new book.

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  33. I would suggest that quilters practice and get good at 1/4\” seams. This is a real blessing for BOMs, so the block winner has an easier time of putting blocks together without modification.

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  34. I would love to win a copy of your new book! My best advise to a beginner is to find that accurate 1/4\” sean allowance, and square up your blocks as you go. Makes fitting your blocks together so much easier.

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  35. Recently I learned that when measuring fabric the line on the ruler should be ON the fabric. Also that the patches you're sewing together should be UNDER the needle. Those 2 tips have made a big difference in my quilting. My favorite tip was in a magazine some years ago. When starting a new quilt, make your binding. You will be so glad you did when you get to binding your quilt.

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  36. My favorite tips are recent and have improved my quilting so much. When measuring fabric, the line on the ruler should be ON the fabric. When sewing two patches together the fabric should be placed far enough under the presser foot so that the needle enters the edge of the fabric. This will avoid that nasty shifting. A third tip I found in a magazine some years ago, cut, sew, iron and roll binding when starting a new quilt. You'll be glad you did when you get ready to bind the quilt.

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