Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hiatus - giveaway

I read somewhere that you shouldn't apologize on a blog for not posting in a while.  I suppose that could be true in some circumstances, but I also realize that my timing for a bit of silence wasn't very opportune seeing as how I was just at the end of hosting a quilt along and pattern testing for a friend.  I am sorry, especially since I plan to continue my hiatus for a bit longer while I get my act together (Building Blocks Tuesday and Inspirational Sundays will be on hold).  But before I do....

Please let me announce the winners of the One Block Wonder Quilt Along!



  • Marci's beautiful quilt won the Viewer's Choice award.  She chose to use a beautiful print from Valerie Wells' Cocoon line.  It was a great choice.
    One Block Wonder Quilt Top
    • For the "Most Transformed" prize, I have chosen Tiffany's quilt.  She used a novelty print with aboriginal masks, and the kaleidoscopes she created were really interesting.  Congratulations!
      One Block Wonder top FINISHED

    • Both of our winners have been notified by email, and should be getting their prizes shortly.  Congratulations to you both.  I hope everyone who participated had as much fun as I did.

      Also....

      I would like to finally show the quilt I made to test out the Giant Chevron pattern for my friend, Jess at The Elven Garden.  This is her first pattern release!   The pattern itself is SUPER beginner friendly, and also precut friendly (a layer cake can be used).

      Giant Chevron at Veteran's Park


      As you can see, I chose to use solids in the pattern and then I quilted the daylights out of it.  Jess's original quilt for this pattern uses a rainbow of prints on a black background and was published in the July Quilters Companion Magazine.  It is really lovely.  She also has several of the other pattern tester's quilts posted on her blog right now in case you want to see this pattern in action.

      Giant Chevron closer up


      Jess is incredibly talented and I can't wait to see what she does next.

      Giant Chevron at Veteran's Park

      Finally, the obligatory backing photo..

      Giant Chevron backing


      Jess has also been so generous to provide 2 copies of her new Giant Chevron pattern for me to give away to celebrate its release.  Please leave a comment below telling me what colors you would use to make this pattern.   Also, please make sure you are not a "No reply" blogger.  If in doubt, leave your email address in the comment itself like this, youremailaddress(at)domain(dot)com, so I can get in touch with you.  I still get a TON of no-reply comments.  I will randomly choose 2 winners next Thursday, November 21st.

      This Giveaway is Now Closed!

      Thanks for reading,

      Jen

      29 comments:

      1. Love your Patriotic themed chevrons -- I look forward to trying this pattern out soon (I won one from another pattern tester earlier this week). I look forward to doing it in a bright rainbow sceme

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      2. Okay - I have so many things to say about this post.
        1 - THANK YOU so much for choosing my OBW quilt! It was so fun to make and I have no idea what I would have done with that mask fabric otherwise. ;)
        2 - Congratulations to Marci. Her quilt was my personal favorite, the colors are gorgeous.
        3 - No worries about taking a hiatus! You have no obligation to us - live your life the way you feel like it should be lived at the moment. :)
        4 - I LOVE the chevron quilt. Your quilting is amazing and it's a really fun pattern. If I were to make one, I'd have to use some girly fabrics (Noteworthy and Notting Hill come to mind first - or maybe some Kate Spain. Or Ombre fabrics! Wouldn't that be cool!). I'm tired of making things for boys.

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      3. I love Jess' pattern - I'd love to make it in blues with a pop of orange!

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      4. Thanks so much for everyone that voted for me, I truly appreciate it!!! Congrats to Tiffany, she really did transform that fabric! Thanks for hosting such a great quilt along! As far as the chevron quilt, it really is beautiful and I have to say that back shot shows off your quilting so much, it is amazing! What fabric would I use to make one? I have a layer cake of Bonnie and Camille fabric - Vintage Modern...that would be cool, so that plus some matching solids.

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      5. Amazing photos! All of them! Love that Chevron pattern:-)

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      6. Congratulations to the winners - gorgeous quilts there ladies, well done Jen for encouraging them and leading them. Don't apologise- its lovely to see you but don't let it be a chore (hope everything is ok) Niki should have posted your package, hope it arrives ok :-).

        Colours? I've been loving your pink and grey stars, not my usual colours, but such a great combo I think theyd made a lovly chevon x

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      7. I've really been into Batiks and also purple with lime green lately so \i would try to choose something completely different from those.....maybe neutrals or low volume so \i will have at least one quilt that doesn't shout LOOK AT ME!!!!!!!
        thelady at hotmail.com

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      8. I really don't 'think you can beat the Red, White and Blue!! It looks great!

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      9. Ohh all the quilts are such eye candy! The chevron is great, it would work in any color. I might do a neutral palate with a pop of yellow? Or a berry and blue palate?

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      10. I would make mine with greens and purples. Thanks for the chance.

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      11. It's brilliant! I would like to make one with one of the lines I've been hoarding... not sure which I could cut into first, though.

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      12. gorgeous quilts all round! I would choose rainbows for the chevron pattern!

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      13. Wow, I was impressed with the "front" of your quilt and definitely fell in love when I saw the back. Beautiful design, great use of fabrics and absolutely spectacular free-motion quilting. I think I love this design as it really provides excellent space to show off FMQ.

        As far as colors, I'm sure this design would look great in any color palette. As I do enjoy making charity quilts (99% of what I make), I'm also drawn to this design to make a quilt for Operation Homefront using a similar color palette as you created.

        SewCalGal
        www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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      14. Jess's pattern....so many possibilities! I can think of several folks this would make a great gift for!!!! :) The first quilt I will make using this pattern will be in indigo, purple, teal and lime...then one in yellow, orange, hot pink and red, then one in....
        sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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      15. It is beautiful and your quilting fab! I would probably go with some orange combo since that would fit to our living room colors. Thx.

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      16. Now that I have seen your version, I am sure it should be in solids :) I am thinking orange, mint and chocolate colors. Thank you for a chance to win this pattern.
        (owl.laughing@gmail.com)

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      17. I love your version! I have seen Jess' pattern on her blog and thought I'd do it in a range of blues with just a smidge of white (all geometric prints) but after seeing yours, I'm not sure...

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      18. ohh green purple and orange ... and maybe a red ....
        And a big congrats to the OBW-winners ... you got me started on a hmm spree with your QAL - I just can't stop looking at large-patterned fabric and not wonder what it would look like cut up ...

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      19. Love the OBW quilts, very worthy winners. Your chevrons quilt is just gorgeous, what a wonderful photo shoot too.

        I would love to make this quilt in purples and golds with a shot of lime for added zest :)

        Hope your hiatus is not too long, I always enjoy reading your posts!

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      20. What a beautiful quilt! I had seen the pattern on other blogs bit the way you did it really caught my attention. I think i'd have to make it in limes and purples...zing!

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      21. Definitely would take your lead and do a patriotic theme! Love the red, white and blue you have. Your back is absolutely gorgeous! As far as apologizing for not blogging it is not necessary considering I haven't blogged in months either. Life gets in the way with family and work and they are the most important people to apologize to when your not around. Still sewing but at a much slower pace! Thanks for the chance!

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      22. All these quilts are incredibly beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway- I'd make the quilt in grey and orange.

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      23. I'd make the quilt in blue, gray, yellow and watermelon (I'm thinking minimalista :-)

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      24. I'd like to make the quilt in purples, lime-green, and black batiks.

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      25. red white and blue thanks for the chance

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      26. My son is in need of a new quilt so I would make this quilt in green, orange, red, and blue. He would love this quilt pattern. He says most quilt patterns are for girls so he would be glad to see this pattern!
        Thanks for the chance, Jessica
        juceyj03@gmail.com
        FINGERS CROSSED!!

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      27. I just love your red white and blue version. I am also thinking about a black, grey, red and white version. Thanks for the giveaway

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      28. Pink grey and white sonds good, but tomorrow maybe aqua, red and white. Anyway, put your family first and you will never be sorry. I enjoy your posts very much and I am just about done my OBW-just need to add borders when I get to it next week. You deserve a break.

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      Have a Super Sparkly Day!