Wednesday, April 1, 2009

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I absolutely swear this is not an April Fools Day prank. That would be far too cruel. One of my rules to live by: never come between a quilter and his/her free fabric. I have no desire to find myself on the blogging blacklist...

I was actually going to wait until my 50th post to do a giveaway, but I changed my mind and decided to do it now. Who the heck wants to be conventional? Certainly not me. So, to celebrate the most worthy month of April, I am giving away some Heather Bailey Freshcut fabrics. One lucky grand prize winner will receive all four of the fat quarters show below. I have been working with these fabrics for a while now, and they are absolutely perfect for spring. They make me think of Easter. In fact, every time I sew with them I start humming the Peter Cottontail song. Without fail.


So here's how this is going to go. Leave me a comment about something. I don't care what, but try to make it semi-interesting...I'm going to read these after all! Make sure you include some way for me to get in contact with you. Additionally, if you blog about this on your site, add a link to the post and I'll give you an extra entry. I'll leave the entries open until 11:59 pm Eastern time on Monday April 6th. I'll randomly pick and announce the winners on April 7th (seven is my lucky number, so I thought that would be an auspicious day). So have at it!

Finally, in the spirit of April, I'll leave you with this...

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his half cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages),

66 comments:

Sarah Fitzpatrick said...

Here is an interesting story:

In my sophomore year of high school, I had my brand new Fossil wallet stolen! I had just purchased it and it was $40. Back then, 5 years ago, that was quite a hefty chunk. What am I saying? $40 is still a lot of money to me today! :)

So, it was stolen out of my handbag during one of my classes. When I found out that it was missing, I cried so much! It had my restricted license, boating license, military I.D., school I.D.s, several other important documents and about $150 {why on Earth was I carrying that with me to high school? I am not too sure...}. When I went home that afternoon, I told my family and none of them believed me! They all thought I had lost it, however 5 years later I proved them wrong!

My sister is an English teacher at the high school we attended and the resource officer came in one day and threw this old-mildew-smelling wallet on her desk. I am sure yo have figured it out by now - it was my wallet {minus the $$, of course}!!! She called me later that day to inform me of this discovery and I was shocked!!! Typically, in my family, I am always the one that is wrong. So, if I get to take a stab at being right and proving my family that I was right I take it!!!

My sister gave it to me last night and I immediately began to pull old notes from friends, Subway Club cards, pictures, I.D.'s, etc. out. While I was rummaging through it, I remembered that I used to hide money in my wallet in case of emergencies that I would forget about. So, I began heavily searching through it and found not $5, but $10!!! I was so excited and I still am!!!

While this whole comment may seem weird to most people, I just wanted to enlighten you about this little blessing that happened to me! :)

Oh, pick me! I want to win!

Contact:
sarahleefitz{at}yahoo{dot}com

wendyvee said...

Followed you here from Sew Mama Sew.

Unfortunately, I don't have any interesting wallet stories LOL.

Tami said...

Sew Mama Sew's Twitter feed sent me here! Let's see, interesting . . . Only in Oklahoma can we have thundersnowstorms, tornado warnings and gorgeous 70 degree weather in one week! Welcome Spring!

Nuts To You! said...

I love your blog title...I spend quite a bit of time ripping out seams. I only seem to learn through silly mistakes!

Rachael Adele said...

I have a Chuck Norris calendar at home. April's says, "Chuck Norris' calendar goes from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, because Chuck Norris is nobody's fool." Words to live by, right?
Thanks for being so generous!

hanamik said...

Hello, I'm following the twitter about your giveaway.
Your "about me" sounds just like me! except I dropped out to grad school to finally take a break from school (and I'm only 21). Hurrah for craft sanity!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

I too, came here from Sew Mama Sew's twitter announcement. That thing is handy isn't it? Interesting story? I don't know that I have one, except that I've known my husband since I was a freshman in high school, fourteen years old, we dated for 11 years before getting married. We have been married for four and a half years, that means we've known each other roughly half our lives and NEVER dated anyone else! Is this a good thing? I used to think so. Oh, and I am TOTALLY a fabricaholic so PLEASE pick me to win those beautiful Heather Bailey fabrics! Thanks.
Anna
P.S. I do have another blog: http://sewgoodsewfar.wordpress.com (haha, self promotion at it's best)

Brooke said...

I was just drooling over these fabrics yesterday! I think these beautiful fabrics are just begging to be little matching spring skirts for my little girls! Thanks for having a giveaway... sew much fun!

brookemadams (at) yahoo

seemommysew said...

Another Sew Mama Sew Twitter follower. :) I don't think I can think of an interesting story this early. :)

Fabric Mom said...

Found your give away through twitter and sew mama sew. Don't you just love that site. So much interesting info.
Here is something for you. I marries the same man twice. I know people think I am crazy. But it is much better the second time around. And now we have three beautiful boys.

DianeH said...

Beautiful spring fabric's. I can't wait to get in my garden, yesterday was sunny and semi warm.
So I got all ready to work outside,
I took my shovel and rammed it into the compost heap - and nearly killed myself....looked meltly on top but underneath it's a very solid block of ice. Not time yet.
Back in the house to sew.

~Michelle~ said...

crap Kat - SMS just did a tweet about your giveaway - talk about going to dilute the pool! ;) If you want a good story, head on over to my blog for an April Fools story - way too long to repeat here :-D

sfer said...

Interesting story? I bet you all that I'm the one coming from the farthest away...

Barcelona, Spain!!

If you have any questions about Barcelona, I'm more than willing to answer. Anyone coming over and wanting to go fat-quarter-shopping? I can recommend a bunch of really good fabric stores. Be ware, though: the prizes are NOT AT ALL as they are in the US... Here, you can only find yards for less than 15$ at very special not-so-fancy stores...

That's how lucky you are, gals!!

Thanks for the great giveaway! After what I just told you, I guess you can imagine I would LOVE to win those fat quarters, LOL!!

Contact:librosfera(at)gmail(dot)com

TEXAUS MOMMA said...

Thanks for the chance to win such cute fabric! I enjoy crafts, but wish I had a personal tutor for many thing LOL I have 4 kids, so I often don't have much spare time, but I am hoping to make more...somehow!

Sarah S said...

Here from SMS...I am obsessed with making clothes right now and could make some cute girly stuff for my daughter with this fabric.

Sue Cahill said...

When I was in college, too many years ago, my roommate and I thought we were so sophisticated and cultured. I remember walking through the campus reciting the T.S. Eliot poem The Waste Land.

The beginning of the poem is:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.

Of course we were just silly coeds who didn't have a clue.

Now living in Western NY I have experience the cruelty and beauty of April.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

She said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
maumauisginger(at)gmail(dot)com

Helena said...

Came via sew mama sew tweet. Any comment huh. Well I am so tired, My husband shattered his leg two Saturdays ago while out riding at the local motocross track. Currently I am taking care of him(by the way we live in a 2 story) so he is unable to come up stairs. See he has a external fixater on his leg until they can go forth of surgery to pin his leg below the knee back together. Plus homeschooling our five wonderful children. But I guess I wouldn't want it any other way.
Thanks for the give away. Have a great April 1.

sewing_passion said...

Great giveaway!
An interesting story....hmmm...
When I was pregnant with my daughter my due date was April 21 and my doctor told me at my 34 week appointment that I looked like I could go have the baby any day. I wasn't big, but had dropped quite a bit. When I told my mom she said, "I don't care when you have the baby as long as it's not April 1st." Well of course my daughter was born on April 1st. She's 12 today!

Sam said...

So, first, I have you at my blog at http://www.againmommy.blogspot.com but as for interesting comments I am going to comment on others comments. So, when I was in High School my purse was stolen. It was a small purse/big wallet with strap. Someone found it and I was called to the principal's office and get this - they found it in the boy's bothroom toilet and they accused me of putting it there! I just laughed when they did and asked them if they really thought I went into the boy's bathroom to put my own purse in the toilet. Dumb. Second note, for Rachael Adele, if you like Chuck Norris, we just bought the Chuck Norris Vs. Mr.T. 400 unauthorized facts about them. It was so laugh out loud funny. Like the original alphabet only included M, R, and T. Other letters were later added to decide things not so awesome. They have one just on Chuck Norris too. Hope that was interesting enough. :)

lao80 said...

Cool prizes. No wallet stores, but when I was 12 I superglued my neighbors door shut.

Aimee said...

Loving the random comments - the Chuck Norris stuff is cracking me up. My random comment is that my husband is seriously, SERIOUSLY upset with me because I painted our front door Tricycle Red yesterday. I think it looks fab, but he disagrees...

Love those Heather Bailey FQs - you are a generous gal!

sugarbug said...

I guess this isn't THAT interesting, but my daughter was born on my Birthday 2 1/2 yrs. ago. She was 9 days late, and I'm convinced that she waited! We are having a little ceremony this year, because she wil be 3 and I will be 40 (eek!) and I'm passing my Birthday on to her. I will be 40 forever. :) I would love to make her something for her with these!

josilva3 at yahoo dot com

Mrs. Doodle said...

I want to put my name in. Those are actually my favorites of the Freshcut line. I love me some Freshcut.

Well... it is raining here today and yesterday and maybe tomorrow. Unusual kind of but we need it. It is hard to keep an 18 month old occupied when we can't go outside. So when me and the baby girl were laying down for a nap (it was raining - yes I took a nap with her today) - my parents called. They wanted to take me and baby girl to lunch. uhhhh yea. So when we got up we met them for lunch. And they asked if they could take her home with them to stay the night (she stays with the all of the time) but this was a surprise. YEA! To make things better... I got home all by my lonesome... and my Anna Maria multi-tasker bag pattern was in the mailbox. Oh yea.

Wishing everyone happy surprises today!

Sarah said...

Oooh - I'm here from SMS as well - and I love your title "Ripping Out Seams" - my boyfriend thinks my creative process (which takes over our apartment) is hilarious as it tends to include more taking things apart than putting them together sometimes. Also, I totally appreciate these giveaways on April 1st - I tend to hate this "holiday" as I think some spite left over from elementary school makes me think it can generally just be quite mean! The fabric is wonderfully spring-y!

Michele said...

Thank you for the great giveaway. I am actually going to begin quilting soon. I'd love to create a quilt for both of my children.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

I am making a bana cheesecake right now and you are welcome to join for apiece if you can make it before it gets inhaled by hubby

alexandrea said...

Wow! Those would make some beautiful pillows! Thanks for the giveaway

Andi said...

Seven is my lucky number also!
When I was little, I used to have a huge crush on Michael J Fox, so my dad used to tell me "Oh, too bad you can't come to work with me, because he comes to the office every Saturday", and I believed him! I was so sad, I think I may have cried!

Mushyhed said...

My nickname has been Mushyhed for a long time. One time in a bar, I heard Bush's "Got a machine head" playing and in my drunken state, I heard "Got a mushyhead" and proceeded to tell anyone who would listen that Bush had a song for me.
Not one of my finest moments! To this day, I still smile when I hear that song.

Lori said...

I came on the SMS train as well. Your projects are great and the giveaway fabrics are so gorgeous! My favorite April Fools joke that I played as a kid was replacing the cream filling in oreos with toothpaste.
irol79 [at] gmail [dot] com

Jennifer said...

SMS twitter follow again. Those fabrics are so beautiful! I hope I win!

fabriclover said...

I read your blog faithfully and was surprised to read about the give-a-way. My interesting story is that I love fabric and apparently it is an trait that is passed on to my off-spring because my daughter seems to love fabric and quilting as much as I do. You know that saying...the one who dies with the most fabric wins...well their off-spring inherits the bounty!!

Kat said...

Thank you so much for your generous giveaway, which I found on SMS, btw. I love how my fellow sewing bloggers keep introducing me to fabrics that I normally wouldn't buy, and what cute springy fabrics these are!

ChrisandMissy said...

Here via SMS...
I started sewing about 1 1/2 yrs ago...for the first year my machine was threaded wrong. Rough. These past six months have been awesome. =)

paula h said...

Those are nice fabrics. They's look pretty in a quilt. I usually use flannel receiving blanket as material for quilts. I cut my suares out of them. I can get new or like new ones cheap at yard sales and they are so soft. I try to use patterns that aren't babyish.

littlecumulus said...

Ha, ha! I love your disclaimer about not coming between a quilter and her free fabric. Or any fabric, for that matter.

bubbachenille said...

Gorgeous fabrics, fabrics always look so yummy when they are in someone elses stash dont you think ? It's like a meal always tastes better when someonelse cooks it or a cup of coffee ! I came to you from sewmamasew who I have been following for a short while, all the way from Australia, isn't that interesting?
Please enter me in your draw, I'm drooling...
Miriam bubba_chenille@optusnet.com.au

sewinginthegap said...

I would like to leave my comment, I'm not in the States, so I presume I'm off the list for accepting this lovely gift. My day has been interesting (for a change), I had a makeup party, we all learnt how to do smoky eyes, and I am feeling very glamorous now. Its how we should all feel when we are stuck in the rut of being Mum, cleaner and taxi driver. I would like everyone that has left a comment to receive free fat quarters, but theres only one winner. Make yourself that winner by passing on receiving and giving to someone else ! Its always a blessing to give.

Jennifer said...

Last year my daughters begged me to let them BUY their Easter dresses instead of having me make them!!! I guess they've outgrown that part. But they do still like it when I make them bags and jammies. How's that for interesting?

I'm linking to you from http://hollyhousestudio.blogspot.com

Jennifer Ladd said...

Why did the raisin go out with the prune?



Because he couldn't find a date.



:)
Jennifer
jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

nanaandpapa1 said...

I was wondering what i would make for the granddaughters when they no longer wanted Christmas and Easter party dresses. bags and jammies! thanks for that comment. I can even find a way to make that work for their little brother, yay! He doesn't get dresses, i've been making vests and neckties for him that somehow "match" the dresses.

Diane said...

I am new to sewing..retired, and have taken up the habit of "fabric stasher"..loving it :)

pitbull said...

I'm not too interesting, I don't believe, but I'm new to quilting, and would love to add your fabric to my stash. Thanks for considering my name for your give-away. Elaine, in Salt Lake City, Utah. epitworth@gmail.com

Darci said...

Who wouldn't love getting some HB!!!

Martha said...

I have been reminiscing about April Fool's Day, to the one time that I actually planned out a prank. It was in high school and was pretty awesome--we got random teachers and counselors to pull out each of our classmates in our Junior year English class until only three people were left with the teacher. Luckily, he had a good sense of humor about it.

Love the fabrics!

BUSY BEE said...

I really like to feel the sunshine on my face. I miss the warm weather of summer and am not too patient. I am hoping it is around the corner. SUN KISSES TO EVERYONE!!

Enter me in your giveaway please.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

Beth said...

Oh, I love that about not coming between a quilter and her free fabric! So funny and true!

Beth said...

I showed you soem bloggy love!

Sarah C said...

such beautiful fabric to give away! I dont know how you are able to let it go.

an interesting tidbit- i cant sew with a shoe on my right (pedal) foot. I was over at my friends house this week sewing her daughter's first communion dresses (which she keeps telling people she made....she cut out some of the pieces she tells them after she notices me looking at her) and she couldnt stop laughing at me walking around her house with my sock and tennis shoe on my left foot and my bare right foot. Even when I take sewing classes I have to wear sandals so that I slip my bare foot onto the pedal without everyone noticing.

Vels485 said...

Your birthday is April 7th?! Mine is April 9th! Do you find that, without fail, there is always someone who has a birthday close to/on your birthday? All my life, in school, in college, and the few years out of college there has always been someone to share the excitement. Now, not saying this is necessarily a good thing - birthdays are supposed to be *your* special day, and no one else's! Maybe April is just a very popular month?

And to keep pride at bay, if one year there is no one else in my immediate realm with a close birthday, then my birthday is probably on Easter. The ultimate day of not-being-selfish! I think this is God's way of telling me that life is not about me...

Can you relate at all? What am I saying, I bet you can since your birthday is also April!

PS - Love your blog!
Virginia (Vels485@hotmail.com)

Robin said...

I love Heather Bailey's fabric (and hair ties too)....
A matter of fact I have been a fan of Heather Bailey for some time now. I haven't been blogging long....it will be a year come end of June. I have always loved reading blogs, but never had one of my own. A friend of mine talked me into getting one and when it came time, that I agreed to do so, I chose Typepad because Heather Bailey used them. I figured if Heather thought they were a good blog base, then that was the one I wanted to use. Then when I was entertaining the idea of selling my art and crafts on line, I thought about using Etsy. I even joined them using my blog name for my account. I still have that account, but when I was totaling up the cost to sell on Etsy, I new I couldn't afford them. I would have to sell my products at such a high cost just to break even, let alone make any kind of profit. No one would ever buy. So, again I looked to Heather for insperation. When she started out, she was selling out of her blog. Now, after great success, she has her own website, but still she has her Typepad blog. I can't afford to buy my own website. So like Heather, I added a shop to my Typepad blog. My shop is The Blue Nest. http://robinsbluenest.typepad.com/the_blue_nest/
It's not much, and I don't expect to ever be as successful as Heather, but it's something new for me to explore and have fun with.

Hope your day is beautiful...
Robin

BTW...I love that Lars pencil case.

Amy said...

I love Heather Bailey fabrics. I check her blog all the time for new posts too! I also love the title of your blog. I found myself ripping out some seems last night. I just got back from a trip to Home Depot with my two kids so I am too flustered at the moment to tell you an interesting story!

Genevieve P said...

I'll share one of my favorite spring poems, by Langston Hughes:

In Time of Silver Rain

In time of silver rain
the earth
puts forth new life again,
green grasses grow
and flowers lift their heads,
and over all the plain
the wonder spreads
Of Life,
Of Life,
Of life!
In time of silver rain
the butterflies
lift silken wings
to catch a rainbow cry,
and trees put forth
new leaves to sing
in joy beneath the sky
as down the roadway
passing boys and girls
go singing, too,
in time of silver rain
When spring
and life
are new.

(p.s. I love that fabric!)
parknj at verizon dot net

Amorette said...

all of those pieces would make great spring bags! any amount of color to detract from the rain and cold! here in oregon flowers are blooming, but the grey skies continue. thanks for offering the giveaway!
asdrexler(at)gmail.com

Mary said...

I think I could spend a small fortune on toys for my puppy. They all look like so much fun. At least, if I were a dog, I think they would be fun. He seems to enjoy them when I give him a new one. I just gave him a new toy from the stash and he looks happy as a clam!

beckilove said...

I would love this fabric! But an interesting story... Umm, I've had to be induced with 3 of my 4 kids, so although my ultrasound showed I should be due tomorrow, my dr. didn't change my due date, so I'll probably have to wait until the 20th or so to see my beautiful baby boy!!

sandraspencer said...

This is interesting if you have rabbits, but otherwise probably not so much.

I have had bunnies as pets for 20 years, and now and then would see advice, "Keep your rabbits away from raccoons," which I never thought of much because I either had indoor bunnies or lived where there were not raccoons. Then I moved to my new place, which is a bit in the country, and my bunny would escape under the fence and go hang out in my neighbor's yard which in unfenced and pretty rustic. After the first summer of him living as a free spirit (it proved pretty difficult to keep him in my yard), he developed head tilt. Which mean he lost his balance frequently, and would roll over, and keep his head cocked to the side because he was always dizzy. It turns out the reason raccoons are bad for bunnies is that they poo on the grass bunnies eat, the bunnies eat the grass, and raccoons have an intestinal parasite harmless to the raccoon but which gravitates to the bunny's brain and lives there with bad results.

So that's why you keep rabbits away from raccoons! I wish I would have known that in advance. I just thought if raccoons were mean, the bunnies could run away.

Coralee said...

so my baby girl giggled for the first time and we managed to get an audio recording - I was so thrilled

Renee G said...

This is lovely fabric. I'd love to use it to make some pillowcases for my niece. I'm a novice, but pillowcases are easy enough for me.

rsgrandinetti(at)Yahoo(dot)com

Vels485 said...

So ... where did I get that your birthday was April 7th? I thought I read it last week in the sentence about your lucky number being 7, and I came back to your blog today and see that I TOTALLY made a fool of myself and made up your birthday!

Ha, well, how's that for an interesting story?!

-Virginia

annalea said...

i woke up today to find snow covering this central illinois city. i think i need a good dose of spring inducing fabric. how about you?

Erin DuBroc said...

cute fabric! i am excited about making some baby shoes for friends soon and these would be perfect for a little girl.

an interesting story it might not be, but as i was making my baby's bedding (bumpers, skirt, and a valance to match) i must have said out loud "thank God for seam rippers" about 40 times...so i appreciate the title of your blog :)

FrancisMoore said...

I found your blog by reading Sew Mama Sew. I love the fabric. I ordered a Heather Bailey pattern a couple of weeks ago. I have been making pear pincushions, 17 to be exact. I guess some of my friends will be receiving pincushions soon.
fcmoore6@yahoo.com

Maggs said...

mom wants me to enter . . .

Amy said...

I came by way of Sew mama sew.
I would love to win some beautiful fabric! I can't buy any right now, and I love Heather Bailey's fabric.
I was ripping out seams today, ugh!