Oprah isn’t the only one who likes to gift her favorite things every year! Here’s your chance to watch and win one of my four favorite things for quilters this Christmas. Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end so you know how to enter and win one of the best quilting products of 2010!
My mouth is watering from all the delicious goodies ya’ll shared with us in your comments. Beef Wellington, creamed onions, cornbread dressing, sands cookies, peanut brittle, raisin scones, homemade chocolate pudding, Brazilian Rabanada, and gingerbread people! My goodness we are gourmet cooks, and I know I enjoy eating every bite my friends and family lovingly prepare at the holidays.
Today’s giveaway is Alex Anderson’s Hopscotch in Neutrals pattern. Alex does a lovely job in coordinating a variety of neutral fabrics in this pattern, but don’t limit yourself to that. You could use any color family here: if your favorite color is blue, this would be gorgeous in all blues.
And the winner of the Signature threads?
Today, let’s share our favorite Christmas memories. Mine? I love the memory of huge family Christmas gatherings when I was very young. We lived in the same town as both my mother’s and father’s families, and we would all travel to each other’s homes on Christmas eve celebrating and sharing gifts of love and food, of course. As a child, what I remember most was the largeness of it all: the huge number of people, lavish decorations, and lots of cousins.
I’m so impressed with all the lovely gifts ya’ll have received, and even better, given. Thanks for your lovely comments and for sharing with the readers of my blog. If you haven’t read the comments, you can click on the title of the blog post, and you get both the blog post and the comments posted on it.
Scrumptious threads are a weakness of mine, and I profess my favorites are almost always the Signature threads. They’re not easy to find since I’m a long way from most large quilt and fabric shops, so when I venture into town I stock up on several different colors. Today I’m giving away three spools of their thread: two large variegated spools, and a smaller violet spool.
So tell me your favorite holiday recipe to prepare for your family over the holidays. Mine? My husband loves the old-fashioned cornbread dressing, and the kids love any cookies I bake, but their favorites are the traditional sugar cookies, rolled out, frosted, and dappled with sugary sprinkles.
The winner of the Olfa rotary cutter? Patty, congratulations! You are the lucky winner of the rotary cutter. Come on down! Send me your mailing address at maria [at]colormastery.com.
If you’ve ever coveted one of those large rotary cutters by Olfa, today’s your lucky day. I’m giving away the 60mm quick-change rotary cutter, so you can slice and dice through your fabrics just as if you had a Ginsu knife! Then you can change that blade with the press of a button, instead of carefully laying out the pieces on your cutting table, in order, the way I do to ensure I don’t put them back together the wrong way. Wow, I could use one of these.
By the way, you greatly increase your chances of winning if you leave a comment reflecting that day’s request from me. So, yesterday’s winner of the Apron Jazz pattern is SarahB. who also won the day before. Why? Because I asked what your favorite Christmas tradition was, and Sarah shared her love of baking cookies and sharing them with neighbors.
So, if you want today’s terrific rotary cutter, tell me your favorite quilting gift you’ve received for Christmas. Here’s mine: I love quilting books, and to me they are the gift that keeps on giving, because I get loads of ideas from them and reread them over and over again. Fabric I use up, notions wear out, and many quilts I sell, give away or go into books, but the books are mine forever. Share with us the best quilting gift you’ve ever received in the comments, and the rotary cutter could be yours!
How about making yourself a gift of a new apron for Christmas? Now you can with Barbara Brandenberg’s new Apron Jazz pattern. It’s so much fun to sneak some time in for making yourself a sweet gift. Enter your comment by 9 p.m. Friday evening and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win this apron pattern. And this time? Tell me your favorite Christmas tradition with your loved ones.
Who’s the winner of the Michael Miller Charm pack? Sue B., who shared so many wonderful projects she making this Christmas. What a lucky family you have Sue! Send your mailing address to me at maria [at]colormastery.com for your charm pack.
I’m so excited about today’s giveaway: a Michael Miller pack of 50 charm fabrics from their latest “Frosted” line, perfect for winter quilting! Michael Miller designs some of my favorite fabrics, and there’s no limit to the creative inspiration you’ll get from these fabrics. I’m posting this reaaaaally late on Wednesday – almost 9p.m., as it’s been one of those busy holiday/work days and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to sit down and chat with you. So, I’ll give everyone until 9p.m. Thursday to comment. In your comments, tell me what handmade gifts you’ll be making this year – a virtual show ‘n tell.
The winner of Kay’s Teapots 2 Applique book: Sue Cahill, come on down and claim your book, which Kay has graciously offered to autograph for you! Send me your mailing at maria [at]colormastery.com. Congratulations Sue, and I can’t wait to see the beautiful teapot projects you’ll be making!
Today’s gift is the beautiful book Teapots 2 Applique by Kay Mackenzie of Quilt Puppy Publications. Kay has written an entire line of applique books, each centered around a different theme. Teapots 2 to Appliqué includes 16 creative teapots to appliqué using your favorite method. Includes a sampler quilt pattern if you’d like to show off your whole collection of teapots.
Kay specializes in and includes instructions for back-basting (aka no-template) hand appliqué. However, as Kay says in the introduction, “Whether your style is raw-edge, prepared-edge, or needle-turn, fusing or stitching, by hand or machine — pick your favorite teapots and have fun! Make one or many, small or large. Turn them, group them, set a tea table with them. The quilts you make will celebrate your own style and personality.”
You can design your own teapot-themed wall quilts, table runners, placemats, tea towels or garments. The designs are a terrific way jump start to your creativity! No two projects will be alike as you search for that perfect fabric to represent a beautiful china pattern.
And the winner of yesterday’s Creative Grid 16.5″ ruler? Martha B. come on down! You’re the big winner! Send your mailing address to me at maria [at] colormastery [dot] com. Congratulations!
We’re starting off the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway with a bang: a 16.5″ Creative Grids Ruler! I love these rulers, as they have 1″ measurements on two sides, and 1.5″ measurements on the other two. They don’t slip around on your fabric, and they are one of my top tools. The Creative Grids rulers really help me to be more creative and accurate.
Leave a comment and I’ll randomly select one to receive this ruler – it’s a biggie! When the UPS man left it at my door, there was all kinds of excitement at my house: dogs, kids, and husband couldn’t wait to see what it was. But it’s all yours!