Giveaway Day is now Closed. Winners
will be notified Saturday December 14, 2013 have been notified and a post about the winners will be up as soon as I hear back from them. Thanks everyone for playing along!
Here were my winners:
It’s Giveaway Day! If you have stumbled across my blog somehow without knowing what Giveaway Day is… well, it’s a day (week, really) when Sew Mama Sew does a link-up of blogs where something crafty (handmade or supply related) is being given away. There are
several categories: Handmade Baby and Kid Items, Handmade Accessories, Handmade for the Home, Sewing and Craft Supplies, and Handmade Bags two categories this year: Craft Supplies and Handmade Items. What used to take a day, has grown so large that it encompasses the whole week to let people have a chance to enter as many giveaways as possible. Stop by Sew Mama Sew to check out all the categories and to spend countless hours (seriously!) entering your name into the hundreds of awesome draws that are held.
NOTE: One of the following giveaways will be drawn for a Canadian or International (meaning not from the USA) entrant only. There are always a bunch of giveaways that are restricted to US residents only and while I don’t begrudge anyone the need to keep their mailing costs down (especially just before Christmas, which so many of us celebrate a little too extravagantly) I always like to have a giveaway that’s just for those of us who are typically excluded. I have one more giveaway here, which is open to entrants worldwide. You may enter either or both of the giveaways as you choose. For this giveaway, I will have Mr Random.org draw two numbers, one of which MUST belong to a Canadian or non-American entrant and then divvy up the prizes from there. If the first person drawn is from the US, then I will continue to draw numbers until I draw an non-US winner. The International recipient will get their first choice of prize, whatever is left will go to the second prize winner. (If MR Random draws two international names, the first name drawn will receive the prize pack of their choice.) The draw will be held on December 14, whenever I wake up, but I will only accept entries date stamped with December 13.
I’ve been on something of a mission this last few months to get rid of unwanted things. I’m having a really hard time getting rid of fabric – even the fabric I don’t want any more or know I won’t use! – but getting rid of children’s fabrics is pretty easy for me. If I make kid quilts, I prefer to use fabrics that aren’t necessarily baby or child focussed whenever possible. And yet somehow I’ve managed to amass quite a collection of children’s prints. Sometimes it was just because it was so damned cute. Sometimes it was just because it came in a scrap pack of fabric I purchased online. Sometimes I bought it with a particular project in mind (and then never finished it, most likely…). I’m splitting this pile of fabric up into three different bundles – two quilting cotton and one canvas (the canvas fabrics are being given away here). Both cotton packs are a mix of cut lengths (the dinosaur fabric is a half yard) and totally random scraps – some large, others small. I’ve broken the packs up by weight, so they’re both about the same amount of fabric (within about 15 gr).
Prize Pack One: Boy(ish) Prints + Blue Alphabet Panel
I don’t generally love to buy fabrics that are kind of… gender-specific – you know, cars and dinosaurs for boys, dolls and princesses for girls – but it’s awfully hard to find kids fabric that feels gender-neutral without just being green and yellow. I don’t actually mind putting pink or purple into a boy quilt or wrenches and robots into a quilt for a girl, but some people do get really bent out of shape if you cross the lines. (I gave a blue quilt to a friend once for her daughter and she actually questioned me on my choice of colour for a girl quilt! I felt like taking it back and still sometimes do, when I think about it!)
This Alphabet panel came from Deb Strain’s Love U line for Moda. I think it was designed with a soft alphabet book in mind. Each of the patches is about 6″ square, and the panel itself is 24″ by Width of Fabric.
Prize Pack Two: Girl(ish) prints + Green Alphabet Panel
I say that about not loving to do gender specific quilts, but it’s awfully hard to get away from anyway! Look how readily my fabrics split down gender lines. If I were to show you all the baby quilts I’ve ever made, at least two are boy specific (blue and brown with trucks on the backing or blue with little car fabrics) and two are girl specific (purple with mermaids or pink pink pink). (The rest could go either way, I think.) How do you feel about gendered fabrics? Do you think you should have a pink/blue divide? Do you mix a little of both regardless of the recipient? Or do you do like me and try to default to what the parents will prefer or avoid the situation altogether by not using children’s fabrics and pink/purple?
The panel is exactly the same as the blue one – just a few close-ups to show what it looks like.
The Important Bit: What I need to know
1. Where are you from – please include your country, I don’t know what all the US short-forms are for state names.
2. Which prize pack would you prefer to win, one or two
3. Gendered fabrics/colours, what do you think? (This isn’t a requirement, I’m just interested to know people’s thoughts! Please don’t start an argument in the comments if you disagree with someone.) (Haha.. as if anyone has time for arguments, with all the giveaways to be entered!)
You do not need to include your email address in the body of your response. WordPress lets me require an email address from all people leaving comments, and I do, so it is accessible to me already.
Please also note that I will be editing your response to include a comment number, so as to save myself counting (and then counting again) through dozens (hundreds?) of comments to find the winners. If you do not tell me where you’re from, your response will NOT be included in the draw. Please forgive me if I don’t respond to your comment – I try to respond to every person who comments on my blog, but Giveaway Day has a tendency to make one’s email inbox explode, so I might not this go-around.