Friday, September 27, 2013

Designer Focus | Nutmeg Hare and GIVEAWAY!


We are thrilled to have Trudy Egelstad from Nutmeg Hare join us on The Shabby today! We've been offering Trudy's designs since she introduced them, and we asked her to share a little about her background and inspiration for her line of patterns, Nutmeg Hare.


I am privileged to be a part of The Shabby! And thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing Nutmeg Hare patterns with all your readers and customers.

I think we who love being creative were born with “the bug.” I believe mine was inherited from my grandmother who loved handwork. I still treasure a European hand-stitched piece that she did in the 1930s prior to being married. In looking back, I cannot remember a time, even as a young girl, that color wasn't a part of my creative love. The BIGGEST box of Crayola crayons, the Prismacolor colored pencils in their own tin case (my souvenir purchase from a childhood trip to my parents’ hometown in Switzerland), the rainbow colors of yarn, felt squares, fabric remnants, and let me not forget my mom's great big button box—these all bring fond memories of things dear to me.

Hand-stitched piece by Trudy's grandmother
Needle and thread joined the list of “things dear to me” at a young age. My first "little girl" stitching project was a tea towel with an embroidered bird—what an accomplishment that was! And from that point on, my needle and thread would not sit idle.

Although my adult life has been busy with my own family of six children (ranging in ages from 7 to 22 years), I have always made time for stitching, and I began to ponder the idea of designing patterns. With a fondness for all things bunny, and remembering my childhood pet rabbit, I decided that my pattern design name would have something to do with hares. On my daily walk I would get lost in thoughts of possible names. Being a baker for all my kids, I was familiar with spices, and “Nutmeg” just sort of fit with the word “Hare.” Right? Or maybe not… Even though it doesn't make much sense, I liked the way it sounded—NUTMEG HARE it was!


Beginning with six simple stitchery designs in 2009, I set out to succeed. Although the stitchery patterns were fun for me, I still knew that I needed and wanted to add wool to the equation.


Love is a Little Church
North Pole Workshop
With the release of “Dress Me Up Frosty,” Nutmeg Hare found a place in the wool applique world. With compliments and encouragement to continue to create, I have been fortunate enough to add many more designs to my Nutmeg Hare pattern line. My most recent offering, "On a Snowy Winter Night," incorporated both my love of stitching and my love of wool into one project. It is a favorite of mine, and I do hope you will all find the time to enjoy it as well.


Dress Me Up Frosty 

Oh Christmas Tree and Winter in the Valley
Dear Mister Scarecrow and An Autumn Mood
Today I continue to enjoy all things wool and stitching related. The brew pots stay busy dying beautiful shades of woolen pieces which inspire many of my Nutmeg Hare projects. I thank each and every one of my wool and stitching friends who allow me to live my "dream job" because without you, there would be no Nutmeg Hare, and without Nutmeg Hare, I would be quite lonely! I decided long ago that my needle and thread would never retire!

Thank you, Trudy, for taking the time to share your story with us!

You can shop Trudy's collection of patterns anytime at Shabby Fabrics. Just look under "Patterns & Books" in the "By Designer" section. We have a whole category exclusively for Nutmeg Hare!

On a Snowy Winter Night
When winter winds begin to blow, come feathered flakes of falling snow
Yule logs burn so warm and bright while families gather for the night
Amidst the joy and heartfelt love are blessings shared from God above

GIVEAWAY!

In celebration of her latest design, "On a Snowy Winter Night," we are giving away three autographed patterns! To enter the giveaway, comment below and share with us your favorite way to spend a snowy winter night!

You can earn additional entries by...
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Comment and let us know you've done so!

You must leave your email address or use an account with an email address so we can contact you if you win! Entries are valid through Sunday, October 13th. Winners will be selected at random on Monday, October 14th.

87 comments:

  1. When I lived in North Carolina we used to build snowmen with the kids and they would have their friends over on snow days. Lots of fun!

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  2. A snowy winter night brings thought of hot chocolate, snuggling under a quilt, candlelight and soft music. Those are thoughts ... Panama City, FL where I live is not known for snow! lol

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  3. My favorite way to spend a snowy winter night is snuggled under a quilt that I am hand quilting. It keeps me warm and my hands busy!

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  4. In a snowy winter night i take my old cat "Moses" and I relax unter a warm quilt with him.
    Hugs from Germany
    sigisart

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  5. A snowy night should be spent by the fire with a glass of damson gin and some hand sewing!!

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  6. These patterns are lovely! I enjoy snuggling on the couch with my cat, watching an old movie or even sitting with the lights off, looking outside to the falling snow.....magical!

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  7. Well in my country we don't have snow, but in a visited at USA in Christmas I had a snowy winter night, and it was like a dream, the patterns are lovely.

    Ale
    Costa Rica

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  8. A snowy night should be spent bundled up with a quilt and watching a good movie.

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  9. Mine would be home with family all snug and cozy and doing a little or a lot of stitching lol.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I liked your FB page.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  11. I am now following you on pinterest too.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I also signed up for your email, thanks for the giveaway!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I love to sleep between the old flannel sheets on a snowy night.

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  14. I live in Minnesota - we stay indoors and look out the windows. I like to just snuggle in and watch TV or a movie and try not to think about the next morning.

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  15. Reading a book, snuggled under a quilt, with a cup of hot chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. What beautiful designs. I live in Australia and where I am we don't have snow but on those really cold nights, I love to sit by the fire, stitching of course!

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  17. I already receive your newsletter. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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  18. gorgeous designs i spend the cold nights snuggled by the wood fire doing some stitching..xx

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  19. I love spending my nights stitching by the fire too!

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  20. Snow is a big deal in GA. We spend winter nights watching out the window hoping it covers the ground. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I follow on Pinterest. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. My favorite way to spend a snowy night is with a cup of hot cocoa and hand quilting a quilt! Haven't had too many snowy nights in the last few years, though!
    Sandy A

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  23. My favorite way to spend a cold snowy night is to curl up in front of the wood stove with my grandchildren looking out the window and being grateful that we are warm and safe inside!

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  24. Snowy winter evenings are best when snuggled under a quilt with a crochet project to keep my hands busy while listening to my favorite tunes.

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  25. I already get the Shabby Fabrics newsletter.

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  26. Of course, I follow you on facebook, too.

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  27. I like snuggling under a couple quilts and watching a romantic movie.

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  28. I already follow you on facebook.

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  29. I signed up for your email newsletter.

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  30. I have also shared this blog post on facebook.

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  31. skating in front of the house, put a big lamp in the tree and go!

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  32. Just began following you on Facebook but I have been keeping up with you in Bloglovin! I love Nutmeg Hare designs...so special:) Hot apple cider and stitching by the fireplace is what I love to do on a snowy night...the wind can howl but we are warm inside...and it will soon be doing that. Love the giveaway!

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  33. I follow you on Facebook.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  34. My favourite thing to do on a snowy night is to snuggle up under a quilt with a hot chocolate and some stitching to do. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  35. A snowy winter night is one of my favorites times to take a walk, then when I return home it's time for hot chocolate, cookies and a book. I love this design. Her patterns are charming.

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  36. What lovely wool applique - I love these designs! I enjoy watching the snow fall, knowing that I don't have to drive in it - a good book or stitchery and a cup of tea, nothing could be better!

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  37. What lovely kits!! On snowy winter nights, I love to cover up with an afghan, enjoy the smells and sounds of a crackling wood fire in the fireplace and watching a movie...or maybe do some handwork with needle and thread!

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  38. I have been on your email newsletter list for some time now. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway!!

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  39. Making cookies! And, of course, some shoveling, I live in NY!

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  40. I subscribe by email.

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  41. hot cocoa, my family and either a good book or a family movie.

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  42. I enjoy working on hand embroidery at night while sitting with my family. Fall and spring are my favorite times of the year so I love to use their vibrant colors in my work!

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  43. Such cute designs and winter is a favorite season. It would be fun to embroider these patterns.

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  44. On a snowy winter night, I spent it in my favorite chair quilting or embroidering. Nothing is better than keeping cozy and warm with a project on my lap.

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  45. I have many things to do on a snowy winter night: peek out the door, get the fire ready, let the dogs out and go for a walk in the dark with snow falling, then hot cup of Sleepy Time Tea in front of the fire with a good book and the doggies by my side, peek out of the door again on my way to bed, peek out the bedroom window to make sure it is really snowing, then to sleep listening to the wind howl and the quiet of the snow drifting off to sleep knowing how much beauty is outside!

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  46. I remember as a child, sitting around a card table, as close to the furnace as we could get, playing table games and cards while the snow was coming down, with great anticipation of the next day when we would get to play in the newly fallen snow. Mom would make us hot cocoa to get warm before we headed upstairs to bed. Good memories are blessings!

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  47. Snuggle with my kids on the couch in front of a warm fire, with hot cocoa, of course....I love Nutmeg Hare patterns...I am now following you on Pinterest and have always been a newsletter subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  48. OH! Love snowy nights by the fire doing some hand stitching - especially on some wool applique! And don't forget the hot chocolate!
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway - LOVE all Nutmet Hares' patterns!
    Thanks again -
    Barbara in TN

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  49. I receive your newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. I follow you on facebook and twitter

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  51. Thank you for sharing the beautiful designs. On a snowy winter night, I like to be cuddled into a quilt sitting near my sweet husband reading a good book. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  52. I love her patterns! So sweet and enduring. I like to do handwork, snuggled under a lap quilt when it's cold outside. I signed up on all the sights you suggested.

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  53. I love to spend a cold, snowy night either watching television, reading, or, of course, quilting!

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  54. I get your email newletters, & love visit your booth when you are at the Ontario, CA Quilt Show. I just liked you on facebook and then clicked to follow you on Pinterest

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  55. I love hand embroidery...am also a quilter but new to using wool. Your words touch my heart and soul...would love to win this!
    Susan Vicary
    Pittsburgh, PA
    svicary@comcast.net

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  56. I already subscribe...love to see you in my email box!
    Susan Vicary
    svicary@comcast.net

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  57. I already get the email newsletter :)
    Lovely design, Trudy!

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  58. I follow The Shabby through your e-mail newsletter. On a snowy night I would most likely be relaxing on my favorite stitching love seat with little Emmy, my Bichon puppy, snuggled next to me. There definitely would be an embroidery stitchery in hand, but I would love to include wool in the mix. Thanks for sponsoring the great giveaway!

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  59. I have stitched two of Trudy's patterns and have one to do this winter. I love them. Our log cabin is always warm and nice and cozy - perfect for stitching on a snowy winter's night.

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  60. On a snowy winter night I love to have the fireplace cracking , a good book and look out the window at the winter wonderland.

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  61. I receive Shabby Fabrics blog via e-mail.

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  62. i also follow you on facebook and I just finished Dress Me Up Frosty last week. I lOOOve the patterns by Nutmeg Hare.

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  63. A snowy winter night usually finds me in front of the fireplace with my Hubby and a glass of wine or hot cider and a good book.

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  64. A snowy night would mean the wood burning stove is going and I am wrapped up in my rag quilt. I am most likely working on some kind of hand applique with a cup of hot chocolate by my side. I love snow. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  65. I am now a follower of you on You Tube. I didn't know that you had videos so I will be going to watch some of them.

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  66. I get your newsletters in my email.

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  67. A snowy night means snuggling under a quilt doing either a counted cross stitch project or a wool applique project while listening to an ice hockey match.......

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  68. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan, Canada! I love winter! I love to sit and stitch and look out the window!

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  69. hot chocolate or tea and making cookies

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  70. I live in Canada where on winter nights my girls friends and I still walk , it doesn't matter how cold it is we still walk where we many laughs and stories as we walk. After walking, you can find me either hand embroidering, crocheting or working on another quilting project.

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