Monday, 12 May 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

UPDATE - THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED

It's Sew Mama Sew giveaway day!  This is a great way to discover new blogs and of course get in to win some great prizes.  Make sure you pop over to Sew Mama Sew to check out everyone who has linked up a giveaway.


This time around I'm giving away this bundle of fabrics which is co-ordinated around this totally awesome bee hexagon print which I got from Stitchbird this weekend.  You'll get a quarter of a yard of each fabric, but some piece will be fat quarters and some width of fabric cuts.


To enter, simply leave a comment with the best quilting tip you've ever been given. Followers old and new can get a second entry by leaving a second comment. This giveaway is open to everyone (including international participants), but if I can't contact you, you can't win. If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in the comment.

The giveaway will stay open until around 6pm Sunday May 18 2014 (New Zealand Time), and I will use the random number generator at random.org to pick a winner then. Good luck everyone!

By the way, I usually respond to all comments, but giveaways can be a little overwhelming, so I hope you don't mind if I don't respond to your comment on this post.

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UPDATE - THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED <

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Fran said...

What cute bee fabric! My top tip would be one quilt at a time... I'm really trying to complete all unfinished projects and then keep to one at a time after that ;-)

Fran said...

Already follow.

Betsy said...

Adrianne I already follow you

Betsy said...

Adrianne, I was taughte to precast those fabrics and I live by that rule everyday!

Ali said...

To use a quarter inch foot was tne best tip I received. Thanks for the chance to win.

Ali said...

And I follow you on bloglovin

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

gorgeous fabric, thanks for the giveaway! The best quilting tip is to ignore those quilt police and do what you love!

wobblybobbin said...

My grandma taught me to use old blankets as batting (wadding) - I had no idea :) it's scary the first couple times, but the result is awesome and the money saved is pretty sweet too!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I am a happy follower!

wobblybobbin said...

I follow you!

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

It was your tip !! On getting the seams to line up for postage stamp quilts and definitely using a 1/4 inch foot….it was great for someone just starting out :-)

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

And YES!!! I follow very happily

Jessica said...

Lovely fabrics! My best tip was to use washi tape to mark seam allowances on my machine.

Jessica said...

I'm already a follower!

Teresa Stanulis said...

When I learned to use my walking foot for quilting it made my quilts so much better!
tstanulis@verizon.net

Teresa Stanulis said...

I follow your blog!
tstanulis@verizon.net

Jenni said...

To press and starch fabrics before cutting. Makes such a difference for me!

Jenni said...

I'm a follower.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Don't allow any quilt police in your head or sewing room! Just enjoy what you do!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

I am a follower.

Teresa @ Aurea's Kitchen said...

The best advice: press your fabric, and then measure twice, cut once always, always, check your measure ;)

Teresa @ Aurea's Kitchen said...

Oh the fabrics are gorgeous. I already follow you. Thanks

Emily C said...

Measure twice, cut once.

Emily C said...

I follow on gfc.

Jessica said...

Use quilting gloves for FMQ! Life/hand saver. :)

Jessica said...

I follow via Bloglovin!

Amy Verne said...

The best quilt advice I ever got was that there really are no Quilt Police.
raverne at comcast.net

Bethany said...

Use wonder clips when binding, they are so helpful!

Bethany said...

I am a follower via bloglovin! :)

riddleandwhimsy said...

I've been seeing lots of quilters suggesting starch when pressing fabrics so I've tried it and wow what a difference! Best tip :)

Jo
riddleandwhimsy [at] yahoo [dot] com

riddleandwhimsy said...

I follow on BL!

Jo
riddleandwhimsy [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tanyia said...

the best advice I got was to NOT be afraid to try new things... after all we can just seam rip and try again if it doesn't work out :) Gave me a whole new confidence level to go for things!

Tanyia said...

I am a happy follower!

Rachel said...

I am a follower via bloglovin

Rachel said...

Don't aim for perfection when starting out. Makes it a lot easier to try new things.

heart of charnwood said...

Best tip, check your quarter inch foot is quarter inch, and if it isn't adjust to allow for it!

heart of charnwood said...

And i am a follower. :o)

Liz Rehrauer said...

Best tip ever...don't trust your quarter inch foot. Measure it.

Liz Rehrauer said...

I follow you and read your blog everyday you post. And you post more often than most. Thanks.

Pam said...

Best advice would be rules can be broken it is your journey.

DebraKay Neiman said...

My BEST tip was How to check your 1/4 inch seam AND how to press the seam before pressing open. Makes for accurate piecing. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

DebraKay Neiman said...

I happily follow you on Bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Chez Roo said...

Lovely fabrics, Adrianne, thanks for the giveaway! My favourite quilting or sewing tip is: don't be afraid to try something new and maybe mess it up, it's just fabric.

Chez Roo said...

And I follow you on feedly and IG.

Ella said...

Don't let your UFOs get the better of you.

Ella said...

I follow you on feedly!

Jeremy Matthews said...

I love that honeycomb print! Thanks for the giveaway :)

ellascottage at inspired-design dot ca

shayne said...

Dont' look too closely!

shayne said...

I follow on Bloglovin!

shayne said...

I follow on Bloglovin!

Anne Simonot said...

Hmmm... Not so much a tip, but adopting the scrappier-the-better approach to quilting has made all my quilts a lot better! More interesting, fun, and dynamic. Definitely a turning point for me. annesimonot@sasktel.net

Anne Simonot said...

I follow on Bloglovin'. annesimonot@sasktel.net

Shauna said...

The best tip I was given was check twice before cutting, it has saved me a time or two.

Shauna said...

I follow you with bloglovin

Jenelle said...

I think practicing an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam is the best advice I've ever gotten. Once you master that, it makes piecing so much easier and better.

Jenelle said...

I follow you via bloglovin. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Allison C said...

Best tip: walk away when you get frustrated. Come back when you can handle the task again. No point in getting so upset that you make more mistakes.

Karyn said...

To use wool batting. I love the softness and the puffy look even though it's not v 'modern'.

Allison C said...

I'm a follower

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Gorgeous fabric - I had no idea those bees can in that colourway! YUM! I am a follower :)

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Measure twice, cut once - my dad taught me that with woodworking but it applies to EVERYTHING!!!!

Peaches1003 said...

Go slowly!! When you rush you stuff it up

Peaches1003 said...

I follow you via bloglovin

barbara woods said...

starch!!!

barbara woods said...

follow on gfc

wonderlandbyalyce said...

Love the fabrics! Best tip is to ensure the 1/4 seam is accurate. Thanks! wonderlandbyalyce (at) gmail (dot) com

wonderlandbyalyce said...

I follow via bloglovin, thanks! wonderlandbyalyce (at) gmail (dot) com

Helen M said...

In order to keep your points with stars etc when sewing the flying geese - sew past the point one thread over from the intersection. It truly works.

Helen M said...

I follow you on face book :)

Kris said...

Best tip: measure twice and cut once...and if using a rotary cutter..cutting should not be a fast swipe...can = crooked or wavy cuts.

Kris said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Elmosmate said...

measure twice cut once, has to be the best tip I have been given.

Elmosmate said...

Following you on bloglovin

memmens said...

Superb giveaway - thanks.
Best quilting tip - do what you want, if it works for you that is just fine! One I often repeat.

memmens said...

I follow via feedly - thanks

snausages22 said...

Hi, what cute fabbies!!!! The best Q tip I ever got was to invest in rotary cutting supplies!!!!
Thanks for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

snausages22 said...

Hi, I follow you through Bloglovin.
Thanks for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

Afton Warrick said...

Don't point out your mistakes. Others probably won't even notice.

Afton Warrick said...

I follow on Bloglovin'.

Kelly Warriner-Simpson said...

Oooooooh!! love me some bees!

So the best advice I ever received was from a fellow classmate at the first class I ever took - Quilt with red wine. The more likely that something is going to stain like the proverbial if it is sitting just beside your machine, the more careful you are with your stitching. Also, if it is alcoholic it is a great way to keep those shoulders relaxed when wrestling a monster through the machine.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

My best tip is to square off the blocks before you sew them together. I love the bee fabric.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

I follow on bloglovin.

Leonie said...

Pretty Fabric! Thanks for the chance Adrienne!

Leonie said...

I've learned a great deal since starting quilting a couple of years ago and it's all been invaluable... The thing that has made a huge difference is using a walking foot for binding, quilting etc on my little machine!

Rosa said...

My best tip is enjoy while you are sewing.Thanks for the chance!

Rosa said...

Gorgeous fabrics!
I`m a follower.Thanks

Mara said...

Loving the hexagon bee fabric, best quilting tip, Measure twice, Cut Once!

Trish said...

I'm a "closet quilter" and keep to myself, so I haven't gotten any specific advice. I've learned so much from bloggers like you though!

Trish said...

I'm a follower!

Laura said...

The best tips I've gotten are to use a quarter inch foot, and not to stress about little imperfections!

Laura said...

I'm a follower!

Julianne said...

My best tip was when I was told to trim up my blocks before putting the quilt top together, I never learned that in my first class. thanks for the giveaway!

Julianne said...

I am a follower! Thanks!

Heather said...

Great bundle Adrianne. The best tip I have followed recently was using Bonnie Hunter's 'leader-ender' method to get a lot of work done on scrap quilts at the same time as working on other projects.

Heather said...

Happy follower thank you

Kat said...

Best advice: Have fun!

Kat said...

I follow with bloglovin :)

Leanne M said...

So glad you are taking part in this giveaway again. I love your fabric choices. I have no quilting tips, I have only ever made one quilt but would like to try making others so I am reading everyone else's suggestions.

Leanne M said...

I follow you already through Bloglovin' - or GFC, can't remember which!

PK Sews said...

I love your spools quilt! And thanks for the giveaway of this cute fabric! The best quilting tip I've ever received is sew with fabric you love.

Tamie said...

I was told early on to take the classes by any teacher that came to guild as I would learn something by each one even if the project wasn't my cup of tea.

Tamie said...

I'm already a happy follower.

Melanie Sim (Heart and Homemade) said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway Adrianne! The best tip I've ever heard is to nest seams where possible. I know it's basic, but it has really improved my accuracy.

Melanie Sim (Heart and Homemade) said...

I follow you via Bloglovin :-)

DeborahGun said...

to double the number of pins I think I need when basting! Thanks for a lovely lovely giveaway :-)

DeborahGun said...

I am a follower :)

Crickets Corner said...

What pretty fabric. Best tip I ever got was to always cut and sew one test block before cutting them all.

Crickets Corner said...

I'm already a follower via Bloglovin.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

The best tip is to starch my backing--it makes basting and quilting so much easier!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I follow you on bloglovin.

needle and nest said...

Don't hoard your favorite fabrics : use them and enjoy them!

needle and nest said...

I follow you via Bloglovin.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Best quilting tip? Don't be too much of a perfectionist. No one else is going to notice those few less than perfect stitches (and you won't either when your eyes are more than a foot from the quilt!)!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I follow you on Bloglovin!

Helen said...

Best quilting tip - to follow your own advice.

Helen said...

I enjoy your blog and have been following for ages.

Linda V said...

Pressing each seam as you go was the best tip I received. It made all the difference in my matching seams.

mac said...

Best quilting advice was to measure twice and cut once with a fresh blade in my rotary cutter. Cute fabrics and thanks for the giveaway.

mac said...

Follower in Bloglovin.

Texas Quilting Gal said...

Best advice is to use a sharp rotary blade. It makes cutting go so much quicker and easier without the headache of gnawing at the fabric.

Texas Quilting Gal said...

I already follow your blog and Facebook.

Rachelle said...

My top tip is to be accurate in your seam allowances

Rachelle said...

I already follow your blog using Bloglovin

OGGgirl said...

I already follow you on Bloglovin.
Best tip? Enjoy the journey - do not rush -

Shelly Pathak said...

The best tip I have used is to use tape to mark the quarter inch line on my sewing machine so my seams are always the same.

Shelly Pathak said...

And I follow you through bloglovin.

Jo said...

Probably the best tip I got was to not look too closely or be too critical of my own work!

Jo said...

And I follow you on bloglovin.

QuiltinGram said...

Best tip: buy quality fabric at local quilt shop if you want your work to last for generations!

Lesley said...

Iron seam before opening...

Lesley said...

I follow u on bloglovin

QuiltinGram said...

I am already a follower and those fabrics are great!

Julie said...

I follow on bloglovin

Julie said...

My tip: Measure twice, read instructions twice, cut once!!

Lynn McIndoe said...

Always trim up half square triangles. It really does make for perfect pinwheels.

Lynn McIndoe said...

I already follow your blog

Wehago designs said...

Such gorgeous fabrics, I think my best tip was sew slow, press always and measure each time and blocks will then be square and correct size

Cindy Dahlgren said...

My tip is to sew only as fast as you can and still keep the seams straight. Straight seams= straight quilt, or something like that.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I follow you on bloglovin.

*Cornelia* said...

wonderful fabrics, my tip is never to sew when you are tired, it always takes more time to rip it apart, than waiting, till you are in the mood for sewing

*Cornelia* said...

already a follower

Nelly Kelly said...

Thanks for the opportunity- this is one gorgeous bundle! I think the best tip I've ever received is that it's better done than perfect, with a corollary that spending hours ripping doesn't improve my sewing, just my ripping. Can you tell that I fight with the critic in my head a lot?

Suze said...

Best quilt tip - especially for perfectionists - if you can't see a mistake from a galloping horse in a quilt - leave it!

Suze said...

I'm an old follower.

audrey said...

Love the galloping pony trick although I don't always follow it.:)

audrey said...

I'm a google follower

Anita said...

Best advice is that there is no quilt police and it doesn't matter if I forget to do something or do it differently, which I usually do :) thanks for the giveaway!

Anita said...

I'm a follower :) thanks for blogging!

Betsy Naragon said...

I;m a follower on bloglovin!
naragonbets@gmail.com

Betsy Naragon said...

One of the best tips I've received is to use the wonder clips for binding. I use them for all sorts of projects now. Those things are amazing!
naragonbets@gmail.com

Schulz Family said...

I am a follower via google friend connect and have been for ages. Love what you do.

Christine said...

Measure twice, cut once ;)

Schulz Family said...

Best tip hmm. To trace with your finger around the FMQ pattern a few times before sitting at the sewing machine. Some how it fixed it into your brain and is then easier to do on the sewing machine. karen.schulz@paradise.net.nz

Christine said...

I'm already a follower

tammi said...

Hmm. I'm new to quilting, so every tip is my latest "best". I guess the best one is to make sure your seams are precisely 1/4 inch.

tammi said...

I follow on bloglovin

mc said...

Have a glass of wine before FMQ and relax

Macska said...

Oh gosh, I don't really know if I have a quilting tip! I've only made one quilt so far, and am still piecing together the back of it, so I'm very much a novice! I rely on people like you for the quilting tips, haha! ;-)

Macska said...

Also, I'm a follower of yours (and have been for some time, fellow Wellingtonian and all.)

mc said...

Follow on bloglovin

valerie boudier said...

Lovely fabrics - my top tip was "there are no quilt police - it's your quilt - do what suits you", valeriedotboudieratntlworlddotcom

Julz said...

Best tip - use good quality threads. :)

Julz said...

Follower... I love your cats ^.^ ~

Wild Irish said...

The tip I got was to trust my instinct and have faith in myself.... I can never truly visualise an end product and then worry it won't be right my customer won't like it..

Wild Irish said...

Have been following you on Instagram but I'm a new follower on bloglovin. Thanks for a fab giveaway.

SilverCat said...

Best quilting tip - not to worry if its not perfect! The non-quilting people I gift things to cant even see the errors!

SilverCat said...

I follow you on bloglovin

marjo said...

I follow you on bloglovin

marjo said...

Take your time and be patient

Abby@ ColorBarQuilts said...

love the wee little bees! Thanks for a chance.

Abby@ ColorBarQuilts said...

I follow you.

Laurelle said...

Quarter inch foot is definitely the best tip. That and don't worry about the Quilt police :)

Laurelle said...

I follow you on bloglovin. :)

Lucy said...

the Best tip is to not worry about the end result but enjoy the making.

Lucy said...

I'm already following

mennikelly said...

My favorite tip is that every quilt has at least one error and to just keep going even if it isn't perfect.

Beth said...

The biggest difference for me was when I learned how to have accurate seam allowances on my machine. Also - some quilts call for "scant" quarter inch and some for exact quarter inch - always find out which!

Beth said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Jan Baker said...

I follow you by bloglovin.

Jan Baker said...

My biggest tip is not to be afraid t try. I have attempted so many new things this year by listening to blogs and just trying.

Suzanne said...

Hmmm...I love scrappy quilts so I'll give a tip for those. The more fabrics you add the more the prints/colours will work together.
Thanks!

Suzanne said...

I'm a follower on Bloglovin' :)

Chiska said...

This is for the quilting part of quilting and I just learned it. Use Press-n-seal on top of your quilt--draw the qulting design on with a ball pint pen--quilt through it. Then pull it off against the stitches. It worked GREAT!

Chiska said...

I follow you through blogger.

Anna said...

Best quilting tip was probably using glue for binding. Works like a charm!!

Anna said...

I also follow via feedly 😊

Lynda said...

I follow you via bloglovin

Lynda said...

I have learned so much since starting on my quilting journey but one tip for everyone is to learn how to press, not iron - I tend to get a pretty heavy hand with my iron and have to slap my hands sometimes to lighten up.

carolegoldquilts said...

Best tip ever = "Do what you know" If you are designing a quilt or a quilting motif, start with what you know and grow from there. It has helped me get "unstuck" many times.

carolegoldquilts said...

Have been following for some time. :) Thanks for the chance(s) to win!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

The best quilting tip I ever got was to just keep practicing…it's the only way to improve your work!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

I follow via GFC

Kathy said...

To stitch that extra line on corner pieces so you end up with a bonus HST for another project.

Kathy said...

I follow you via bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win!

mean sarah jean said...

quilt like your driving - look ahead, where you want your needle to go!

Erin said...

Love this. Best advice I've ever gotten is simply don't be afraid to try something new. Just keep your seam ripper handy! :)

Erin said...

I follow via Bloglovin!

British American said...

I just bought a square ruled (6 inch) because I read that was a great way to cut your blocks out. I just started using it and I like it. :)

Jen Barnard said...

To stop being a perfectionist, no one will notice the mistakes. Even if you point them out, they still might not.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Samantha said...

To use best press when I press my seams. Gives such nice crisp seams.

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