Beat The Winter Blues Blog Hop & Give-Away!

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To be a part of our giveaway you don’t have to join any of the above mentioned things – but to make this blog hop give-away extra sweet – I’m going to do a special giveaway if you help us get to 6000 likes on our FaceBook page.  We are just now tipping over he 5,000 mark!  Would you “Like” us on Facebook?  I promise the extra give-away will be extra sweet!

On my blog I talk a lot about reproduction fabrics, patterns, antique quilts etc,  I am a pattern designer in the quilting world and I’ve written hundreds of patterns and authored 4 soon to be 6 quilting related books!  I like to chit chat and share what I do in my normal life on a typical day –  mostly quilt!  I share my pets and my kids cute and funny moments too sometimes, but I really try to keep my blog all about quilting.  I offer a free pattern or two now and than, plus I also announce sales and give-aways here too!
Now, Let’s get on with the fun stuff:
My Give-Away For The Quilter’s Blog Hop Party:
Do you like to English Paper Piece or want to learn?
Well I’m giving away all of the above papers and/or mylar templates for you to English Paper Piece.  I have done it and it’s really easy – but I just prefer to hand stitch my quilts!
Also included in this give-away is this book:
This book is titled Piecing It All Together by JoAnne Louis and Chris Moline.  There are 10 english paper piecing projects in the book plus basic instruction on how to paper piece.
And wait – I’m not finished yet!
Above are a few more papers and three finished flower garden blocks.  Not shown in the picture are three more sets of fabrics to make three more blocks.  This was actually a project I started a few years ago and never finished.  It was originally going to be a table runner from a Blackbird Designs book that I cannot find and cannot seem to locate on their website!  Anyhow – these are too cute to be left sitting here and I know someone will get a kick out of finishing a project with them!
To enter he give-away: share your favorite quilting tip in the comments section below on this blog-post.  What’s the one thing you now know that you wish you knew when you first started quilting?  What’s the best advice you would give to a new quilter?  Winner will be randomly chosen on March 14th, 2013.

After you have commented here, move on to some more give aways!

Click on the Blog Hop Party logo below to visit the list of participating bloggers:


131 thoughts on “Beat The Winter Blues Blog Hop & Give-Away!”

  1. My tip would be to find some experienced quilters to be friends with. It is fun to sew with others and you will learn so much. Thanks for participating in the Quilter's Blog Hop.

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  2. I like to do English paper piecing. thanks for the generous giveaway.My best advice is when it comes to half square triangles is to make them a little bigger and then square them up. So much easier to deal with when you do that.

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  3. I have learned that not all 1/4-inch seams are equal. If you start a project on one machine, you need to use that machine for the whole project.Another thing I have learned is to use starch when pressing fabric after having prewashed it. Makes cutting and working with it a whole lot easier.senstrings at yahoo do com

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  4. I liked you on facebook and now follow. My tip is when paper piecing a hard section to another, first baste with a large stitch and if it is correctly placed then go over it with a smaller stitch. If it is wrong it will be much easier to take the stitches out and redo it.

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  5. The one thing I would have done when I first began to quilt was use a good quality thread and very good fabric. It pays in the end. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  6. Measure, measure, measure before you cut!! (ask me HOW I KNOW this Tip…)Would've liked to know to use good thread….not hand down thread from decades ago…grrrr!!!

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  7. What a great giveaway! I would really love all of those EPP supplies! I am keeping my fingerscrossed. Thanks for the chance towin! I am a new follower!wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. My quiltig tip: measure very carefully before you cut. I usean old product to help measure 1/4 inch seams: Tiger tape. it'sa masking tape for quilters. Thanksfor the chance to win!wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. WOW! What a generous give-away. I can't wait to learn how to do English Paper Piecing.I would have loved to learn how to cut properly a the beginning of my quilting career. There are years of wiggly-cuts to be made up for in my past.

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  10. My tip is needles needles needles. Change the machine needle before you think it needs replaced. And change out needles you use for handwork, way before it seems to dull. I used to be really frugal (well past frugal) with my needles, and since I've changed my thinking (and needles) it's a world with less bird nests and frustration. Love this comment topic, because it's always fun to read the other comments!! Kudos!

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  11. Hi, nice giveaway hop I win.I would love to learn and my tip is change your needles often and if you can find a sharpener for your needles I don't remember where my granny found this one but it works. Get a good ruler and learn how to use it the right way.

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  12. I hand piece and hand quilt but i have severe arthritis in my back and could not sit at a quilt frame for more that just a few minutes at a time which was very frustrating. So i now put my backing batting and top on my kitchen table and safety pin the entire quilt. While this is tedious, the end result is worth it. Now my quilt is completely portable. I can sit in a recliner or on the couch and be completely comfortable.thank you for a wonderful giveaway babscorbitt@gmail.com oh i am a new follower via email

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  13. I wish I had known the rulers were coming out like they have! I wouldn't have bought so many books with hand cutting instructions!hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  14. I'm fairly new to quilting so I don't have any tips to share, but I will glean all the advice left by others. Thanks for the generous giveaway and the chance to win!!

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  15. My tip would be to measure twice before cutting, take it slow and tell them about an eyebrow razor that does a great job of taking stitches out. Great giveaway. I have done some English paper piecing and would enjoy doing more!

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