Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Our May Giveaway Winners and June Giveaway Question!

Thank you to all who participated in our May Giveaway.  It looks as though our readers have a wide variety of interests but all were able to find (at least!) one favorite collection or kit from our store.

Our randomly selected winners.....


Congratulations to Sherrill who wants the American Valor fabrics!


Congratulations to Sallie who is a fan of Lily & Will!


Congratulations to Bea who loves the Buttercup collection!

You have each won a $25 gift certificate to http://www.shabbyfabrics.com/!  Check your email for information.


Our June Giveaway Question

What sewing, quilting, applique, or embroidery technique would you love to learn?  Or, what is a technique you can't live without?

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to our store.  Remember to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

69 comments:

  1. Well, I was Googling Needle-turn Applique last night, so I guess that would have to be my first answer. I would also love to - one day - do a bargello quilt. (I might need to learn to spell it before I learn to make it - LOL)

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  2. I want to learn to piece curves for things like Solomon's Temple and wedding ring quilts. I even bought a special foot for my machine, but haven't had the courage to actually try it yet.

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  3. I would love to be able to do free-motion feathers. So far I just haven't devoted the time necessary to learn it. Seems I'm always in a hurry to get something finished so I just do what I know I can do successfully.

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  4. I would love to learn/master free motion quilting. It is something I have wanted to learn for a very long time. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

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  5. I would love to learn to applique a Baltimore Album quilt including rouching flowers and 3-D flowers. One of these days, LOL.

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  6. ooooh... where do I start.... I guess I need to learn needleturn first.... since I have bought a kit that uses that technique! but there is so much more too...
    Hugz

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  7. I've got about seven quilt tops that are done and need to be quilted. The few I've sent out to be quilted have come back with ripples in the backing, among other obvious problems - AARGHHHH!!!! After working so hard to cut accurately, match points and seams, etc, etc., it is very (understatement!!!) frustrating to have the quilt returned like that. So, I would love to learn how to quilt my quilt tops on my little sewing machine (or failing that, I would to figure out how to find a good quilter)!!!

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  8. I'm a longarm quilter. I've been quilting since 1989 and love every aspect of it HOWEVER that being said...wish I had more patience of needle turn applique....tips?

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  9. I am a quilter but have always wanted to learn embroidery and to be able to incorporate it into my quilts some how. So, everything to do with embroidery would be my next skill to learn.

    Blessings from Tennessee

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  10. I would like to be a better machine quilter. I have a mid-arm machine and frame, but I haven't had the time to really learn how to do feathers, ginko leaves, and other free motion patterns that I really like. I would also really like to get better at needle-turn applique.

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  11. What sewing, quilting, applique, or embroidery technique would I love to learn? I know nothing about applique, but I'm reading there are several techniques. I just know I love all the leaves and flowers and winding stems that can be made. I'd love to learn how to do all that beautiful work. My biggest problem? I'm a visual learner, so I do best if I see a video or have someone sitting beside me.

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  12. I would love to learn how to make the Cathedral Window blocks - it is beautiful but complicated. I could not live without my sewing machine... imagine having to stitch 'everything' by hand???

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  13. I want to learn how to make landscape quilts. Thanks for giveaway chance.

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  14. I'd like to learn needleturn applique...and thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  15. I want to learn how to make a bargello quilt and I want to learn how to do needle turn applique. I have tried and tried but couldn't seem to "get it". I swore I would never try again.

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  16. I want to learn to hand quilt. The method I cannot live without is needle turn applique-I love it! It is like therapy to me!
    anniebeez@live.com

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  17. Free motion quilting for me!
    I know they say practise makes perfect but it hasn't for me yet!

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  18. There is so much beautiful quilting being shown on blogs done on domestic machines these days. I would love to master that. Thank very much for the giveaway.

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  19. I would love to learn free motion quilting. Thanks for a chance to win

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  20. I think Free Motion quilting on my domestic sewing machine. It is hard to gain control even with practice. So that's my goal :-) Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  21. I would love to learn how to do foundation piecing :)

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  22. I need to really start exploring free motion quilting on my Bernina! I have the tools to do it, but haven't taken the time to practice.

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  23. Hi! I am fairly new to quilting but pretty much have it figured out. I know absolutely nothing about applique but would love to learn....I see so many beautiful and fun projects that require it!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate in your fabulous give away. Have a beautiful day!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  24. I want to learn how to machine quilt. I just got a machine that can do it, so I want to be able to do it! Thank you for your giveaway!

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  25. I can't live without English Paper Piecing. With it, I can take any pattern and be able to piece it perfectly without any fuss - just 3 easy steps and I can make everything from a hexagon flower to a complicated applique block. Oh, and it's completely portable as well!

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  26. I would love to see something on machine quilting . I feel like I'm doing the same thing with them and would love to see other options.

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  27. I'D LOVE TO DO FREE MOTION QUILTING BETTER! I AM WORKING AT IT-JUST TAKES MORE PRACTICE,I THINK!!!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  28. I love to applique, by machine or embroidery. One day I'd like to be good at free motion stippling.

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  29. Oh gosh, so many things I want to learn and improve on! Free motion quilting on my machine for my smaller projects would probably be at the top of the list. I have done some but would like to improve on it so that I can do fancier designs. Of course anything big will still go to my long arm quilter. Hugs...

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  30. I would love to learn -- really learn! -- free motion quilting!

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  31. I would love to learn free motion quilting. I'm just a straight line girl right now!

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  32. I would love to learn free motion...I'm sure a lot of commenters would pick that technique. It seems all I ever do is the straight line stitching, and I would like something different. I think I need a pro sitting right beside me teaching me how!

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  33. I love needle turn applique but would love to pick the brains of the experts to find out better ways to perfect the technique.

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  34. I'd love to learn how to do free motion stitching on quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I have wanted to learn how to make a quilt for my daughter's bed since she was born, 2 1/2 years ago. I want to make something that will keep her warm, but also something she can treasure.

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  36. I would love to master machine quilting, like many people in the comments....Thank you very much.

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  37. I am a beginner and would like to learn machine quilting.
    Thanks for the chance :D

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  38. I'd LOVE to be able to do applique BETTER. I can do it OK just not GREAT! But I keep pluggin' away. Thanks again.

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  39. I've seen so much embroidery tied in with the quilts. I'm going to learn how to do that. I'd also like to learn free motion quiliting. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. I would like to be able to machine quilt something other than straight lines.

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  41. I would love to learn reverse applique and use some of your yummy strawberry fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  42. Curves. I badly want to know how to do curves. I have resolved that I will attempt them this year.

    I am going to do my first applique' project within the month, curves will follow shortly thereafter.

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  43. I would like to learn to machine quilt. I have dabbled in free motion quilting but...want to be more confident before trying it out on a larger project.

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  44. I want to learn to long arm quilt. I can do free motion on my trusty Bernina and I quilted a queen size quilt in crib size sections but I have a queen coverlet that I really want to quilt and have it look wonderful.

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  45. I would love to gain the confidence to learn free-motion machine quilting and machine applique as well. Like everyone else, I have so many lovely tops and not enough time to get them all quilted I fear. I took a machine quilting class about 8 years ago and I know it just takes practice, practice, practice. Instead I use the time to create more tops! lol Thank you for the opportunity to enter your prize drawing.

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  46. I would just like to learn some more embroidery stitches. I know chain stitch, feather stitch, back stitch and running stitches and french knots. Now it is time to learn some new ones.

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  47. Free motion quilting and more intricate embroidery stitches. My sewing skills are limited to what I learned in 8th grade Home Ec and what tutorials I can find on the Internet. Blogging has brought me in contact with some very creative stitchers and I'm inspired to master the art of sewing or at least "grow" everyday. Blogs such as this help me to GROW!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  48. I would like to learn embroidery.

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  49. I have an HQ 16 machine and I would love to learn to do feather quilting. I love the traditional look of feathers on a quilt.

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  50. I would like to learn two things. Needle turn applique and straight line machine quilting with a walking foot on our new (to us) sewing machine which can actually sew a thick quilt. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. I'd like to learn how to make lap quilts. I belong to a group of cross stitchers/quilters called World of Charity Stitching and our quilters make lap quilts for children and senior citizens from the cross stitched squares we stitch.
    Thanks for the chance to win a gift certificate.
    Peggy
    http://keepmeinstitches-peggy.blogspot.com
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  52. I would love to learn to use a machine... now I handsew and handquilt everything lol

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  53. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! I would love to learn how to use my longarm quilting machine. I'm really intimidated by it. It is just so large that I look at it and leave the room! It is totally on my bucket list for this year, though. I WILL become a prolific long arm quilter! :)

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  54. Great question. I'd love to master embroidery to use it in my projects. I don't stay with it long enough to get better at it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Funny you should ask...I am in the process of putting together an appliqued piece but the free motion part is haunting me. I've tried a couple of small pieces but I am going to have to practice a lot to do the stippling!!

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  56. I'm a cross-stitcher, but I've always wished I had paid more attention to the embroidery my Grandma did. She did the most beautiful hand embroider on kitchen towels, dresser scarves, pillow cases and more. I still have two sets of pillowcases she made me when I was young. I've also thought it would be cool to learn tatting. Both of my great-grandmothers did it and we still have some of their patterns, their tools, thread and even recipe cards with small pieces of the lace sample stapled to them.

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  57. I want to learn all applique-needle turned, fusible, stitched.

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  58. I really want to learn how to free-motion quilt with my machine. I've tried, but to no avail!

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  59. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would love to master machine quilting, like many people in the comments.

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  60. I'm always curious to learn new skills, and try to practice the ones I've learnt. I guess the one that first comes to mind that I wouldn't be without is free-motion stitching, for quilting and for painting with thread..it brings the quilt together and makes it beautiful and useful. I love your testimony by the way and have been encouraged enormously, thank-you for sharing it.

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  61. I am working on machine quilting feathers right now, and it is tough. I would like to skip all the practice and just be good at it. Ha! Thank you for the giveaway. texansoverseas@gmail.com

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  62. I know a lot of people hate the "A" word, but I LOVE to applique. I'm on my third Ann Sutton project -- just couldn't do without my take along applique projects. Like the previous comment, I'm working very hard on machine quilting feathers -- she's right, it's tough, but I'm not giving up!

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  63. I would love to learn how to make an Hawaiian quilt. The folding of one large piece of fabric an appliqué onto background debstaudacher@hotmail.com

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  64. I would love to learn to do smocking! I have the pleater and have conquered that, now I just need to learn to actually do the smocking part!! Also would love to learn to quilt my own quilts with beautiful swirls, feathers etc.

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  65. bargello quilt would have to top my list closely followed by Free Motion quilting without running over my finger.

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  66. I am mastering the applique with the help of Pearl's CD! I have to start practicing the free-motion part. I don't mind telling you after all the hard work I hope I don't mess it up in the final steps! sharron.brooks@dot.gov

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  67. I'm a true newbie. I love fabric. I love to sew. And a do a wee bit of quilting (some piecing and very basic straight line quilting). I would really love to learn how to do a "real" quilt with a pattern and free motion quilting. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  68. I have a 3 yr old son, so I'm trying to work out time management (yeah, ask me how that's going, right?). And I'm going to try to learn hand piecing and this hexagon craze that is going on. Anything, to keep my hands busy, be portable, and not locked into sitting in front of my machine. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my sewing corner with my machine, but my right-now needs of being on roller skates to keep up with the little one, out weigh my comfort of sitting in front of the machine. So hopefully I'm stepping from one addiction to the next :)

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