Monday, May 21, 2012

SMS giveaway Day!

Hey ya'll!
We are back from Market and exhausted!! Thanks to all who stopped by and said hello, we truly enjoyed meeting everyone!  I'll post more later, but first how about a little giveaway?
It's Giveaway Day over on Sew Mama Sew, be sure you check them out because there are huge lists of people participating! Also, tomorrow is my 27th birthday, so why not give something away for that too!!




I'm giving away a charm pack of the NEW Kona colors!  During Market, the awesome people over at Robert Kaufman gave me a Charm Pack to giveaway to my awesome blog friends! Look at those pretty new colors.....ooooooooooohh......aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!


Here's how ya win!
1. Leave a comment telling me what you look for when buying a quilt/sewing pattern?

If you want more chances to win, follow my blog, facebook or twitter and leave separate comments telling me you did so!

The giveaway is open until May 25th at 5 p.m. PST and the winner will be announced sometime on May 27th!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!
Be sure to check out Sew Mama Sew for more giveaways.....and my Mom's blog because she is participating as well!

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Erica said...

I look for something that builds a new skill or offers a new way to combine colors or patterns. Or just something that looks pretty!

Cheryl Gomez said...

I usually pick fabric first and then look for patterns to go with it.

Erica said...

I am already a follower!

Dayna at Precut Paradise said...

I always look for patterns to go with the precuts..and i love the new kona colors

Dee said...

I look for clear instructions! Thanks so much!

Brooke said...

I look for something simple but cute. I sew for some clothes for my children, so I appreciate something that looks very finished when done. (It doesn't scream, "Mom, made this!")
brooke at richardchurch dot com

elizabeth said...

I look for patterns that lend themselves to different sizes.

elizabeth said...

I am a follower : )

Catherine said...

I look for something that's different, but not too far above my ability level. I also like a crisp, modern photo.

Thanks for the chance!

Catherine said...

I'm a new Twitter follower.

Marcia W. said...

I am a follower and those are lovely new colors.

Jackie Russell said...

I always look for something simple and fast!

Jackie Russell said...

I'm a follower too

Marcia W. said...

When purchase a pattern, it must be a quilt design that "resonates" with me (sounds like a politician doesn't it). It's more emotional than logical. This means that the photos of the quilt cover must be exceptionally good to catch my attention.

Rafael's Mum said...

It's got to 'speak' to me. Sometimes unexpected fabric jumps out!

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

I am only a quilter, and I never buy patterns because I really enjoy the creation process of figuring everything out myself. :)

♥Duff said...

hmm...first I look at price--if it's $9 for a pdf pattern (I have to use my paper, printer, and ink to print it out) then I don't go any farther. Really! (A group of gals just had this conversation) I think that's terrible! After that I look at how versatile (colors) and easy the pattern will be for multiple recipients.

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

PS I am a follower. :)

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

PS I am a twitter follower!
Bethany
makemeaquilt @ gmail dot com

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

PS I am a facebook follower!
Bethany
makemeaquilt @ gmail dot com

Jan said...

I always look for a pattern that has clear directions.

Michelle Hudak said...

I need something simple since I'm brand new and pictures would help so much. I do wish that some patterns would have a weblink to video tutorials...that would really help immensely.

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Michelle Hudak said...

Facebook follower
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hafza said...

I will look for an easy pattern instruction that enable me to follow without making mistake in cutting the fabric.

Michelle Hudak said...

Twitter follower @auntiethesis
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Michelle Hudak said...

Blog follower
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Pat said...

Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

I don't buy a lot of patterns, I usually make up my own. But when I have, I really like a lot of pictures or diagrams.

Pat said...

I'm a new follower!

Melissa said...

Catches my eye and is not labor intensive to make.

Nicole said...

I look for something that I can't do on my own without the instruction. I like a design with a fresh modern look. Thanks for the chance to win!

Bailey said...

I look for good directions that are easy to follow. If it's a sewing pattern, I like the pdf's because I can print out the different sizes.

Mermaid Sweets said...

I look for something that is simple!

krislovesfabric said...

I love pdfs, instant gratification :)

Laura said...

I look for a simple design with a modern feel. Hope Market was great!!

Erin Kathleen Thim said...

I look for patterns that have multiple size options and that might teach me something new. :)

JustJoyce said...

Of Course I follow your blog

quilt happy said...

i follow your blog thanks for the giveaway

quilt happy said...

i look for blocks i can draw off and make from my drawing

cpurl17 said...

I look for patterns that have clear photographs and designs that intrigue me

Sallie said...

I like a colorful picture on the front, and I love to see different sizes available on the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

Happy birthday! I already like you on FB.

Bree said...

I like patterns with good pictures of difficult steps.

Bree said...

I'm a blog follower.

Jo said...

I am a new follower.

Jo said...

Patterns... I've actually never used one but would like an easy ones with pictures in the instructions! Links to tutorials...

meghann said...

You know, I don't really think of anything in particular. It's usually a matter of seeing something that strikes my fancy. Often I find myself with some terrific fabric & then I try to find a pattern to go with it. But I don't know that there's anything specific I look for... xo

Jennie P. said...

I look for ease of use.

audrey said...

I just have to like the pattern. If it uses precuts all the better! I hate the cutting part so the less cutting the more I like it!

audrey said...

I'm a follower!

Steph Jacobson said...

I like more modern quilts but nothing that's too intricate. I want to be able to piece the top in one or two sewing sessions. And it has to be available in crib size or smaller--I'm not a fan of quilting anything bigger than that!

Lynn said...

I look for a pattern without a ton of matching seams (I love wonky!)

I also like patterns that use precuts.

Jamie said...

I look for a pattern that is cute but also simple to do. Something that's not too complicated or "busy" but simple and beautiful!

Jamie said...

I am a follower!

Jamie said...

I am a facebook fan as well!

KD-Quilts said...

I like a pattern that is complex enough that I can't figure it out on my own right away by looking at it, but still isn't crazy complicated when you start it!

KD-Quilts said...

I'm a new follower!

Shannon said...

I try to find something new, that I can't figure out myself, but not too many tiny pieces!

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

I love quilt patterns that are made in a standard block style, but interlock so that they don't look like blocks! I have a hard time visualizing how to make those, so those are the patterns I seek out!

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

Hi there, I became a follower via GFC!

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

I also followed you on Fb.

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

I followed on Twitter. Does it count if I'm never on there? ;-)

craftytammie said...

i love patterns for precuts, especially charm packs. I do lots of charm swaps!

Mike and Jackie said...

I like patterns with clear instructions and lots of pictures

stephmabry said...

I agree on pictures - something that clearly shows me what to do is greatly appreciated! Thanks for the chance to win :)

buddhabear said...

Sad to say, but the price of a pattern is important. Also, I want something unique and modern.

Lee Ann L. said...

I tend to go for patterns that grab my interest AND are easy to do. There are exceptions to the rule "easy" such as my love affair with snowmen. LOL. :-)

Lee Ann L. said...

I follow your blog and on twitter (@dlk3265)

Dawn said...

I tend to look for something that is a little more modern, I really am liking the look of all the quilts with a lot of sashing lately. Going to have to try one! Thanks!

Dawn said...

I am also a follower through Google Reader

Lindsey@HappierThanABirdQuilts said...

I look for something modern - but not something I could easily come up with on my own.

Lindsey@HappierThanABirdQuilts said...

I'm a new follower

Kimberly said...

If I am buying a pattern I love lot of pictures or very clear drawings. It can really help clarify a step I might be confused on. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lindsay said...

I have never bought a pattern! I always just try to figure things out... but there are a few cute things that I need to buy the patterns for! thanks for the giveaway!

Patti said...

Can hardly wait to see the new Kona colours! I love patterns that challenge me to try something new! Thanks for the giveaway.

Victoria said...

I don't buy many quilt patterns because part of the joy of quilting, for me, is seeing where a project will go if I let it. The one time I was excited about a pattern I was disappointed to see amateurish drawings and hard to read directions. I would have preferred photographs and a good fclean font to read with some white space to be able to distinguish the different steps.

Victoria said...

I ddon't use many patterns but I like clear photos and white space and a crisp font for directions.

rachael said...

happy almost birthday!! i usually look for something that is constructed in an interesting way.

rachael said...

i follow you on fb!

trillium said...

I look for a simple pattern -simple triangles or just blocks or strips, because I am not that experienced.

trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

Isisjem said...

I look for simple patterns that clearly state up front how much fabric is required and it's even better if it states you could use two charm packs and two yards of xxx fat quarters so you can see if you already have enough fabric. I also like to know the finished sized and which pre cut batting and backing material requirements I need. Oh it's also good if one pattern has instructions to size up or down easily. I don't have the capacity to do huge quilts both in terms of basting or quilting. So one quilt that comes in a range of sizes is good.

robin said...

I look for something simple that I know I can handle!

robin said...

I'm a follower.

robin said...

I like you on FB.

robin said...

I already follow on Twitter.

Anita said...

I look for a simple pattern...that I can actually make! =) Thanks for a chance to win.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Happy birthday! I like lots of full-color pictures. I really don't like it when digital patterns are sold for the same price as printed. :)

Anonymous said...

I am currently looking for something that my daughter (13YRS) & I can work on together. She is becoming more & more interested in sewing so I want to keep her interested. I also like the mother/daughter time it gives us. Thank you, I am also a new follower on facebook & email.

Amanda Bushong
Gladwin MI

Anonymous said...

Email address: amandawyskiel@yahoo.com

Thanks again

Amanda Bushong
Gladwin MI

Margaret said...

I found your giveaway at The One Stop Giveaway Shop. On patterns, I look for the word "beginner" or "easy." :-)

Fiesta said...

I Only buy appliqué patterns. I look for patterns that are printed on one side only for easy tracing, patterns that require no enlarging and numbered for easy appliquéing.
Thank you for the chance

Lori said...

If I buy a new pattern it needs to be something that I might make more than once. I also love tons of pics!

Michelle J. said...

That it's easy! (I'm new at this!)

Michelle J. said...

I follow your blog!

Michelle J. said...

I like you on Facebook!

B Greene said...

I look mostly at the design of a pattern - I like something with visual movement through the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

B Greene said...

I am now following you on Twitter.

Linda said...

Hi, I look for a pattern that meets the creativity I'm seeking and also matches my skill level. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

Joy said...

I look for something "different" that I haven't seen before.

Crystal said...

I look for something that I can complete without too much fuss - or it will not get done, I'm sad to say! And then I usually look for something that I can sew and give to our grandchildren :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Shayla Sharp said...

I like patterns that can go with a lot of different fabric styles so that I can use it over and over.

Taslim said...

Oooh new colors, yay! I look for something new - like to use patterns to test out new to me skills.

Cynthia said...

As a new-bee quilter, I'm open to many designs...they're practically all new to me! After making a Jacob's Ladder quilt top, I now lean toward designs that have fewer small pieces in the block.

Cynthia said...

I'm a new follower!

Lisa Marie said...

When buying quilt patterns I look for something original -- not just old blocks with new fabrics. I'm also a sucker for cute baby quilts. I seldom sew clothes any more.

Kirsty said...

I look for the measurements! When I see a pattern or quilt I like I know I could probably study it and work out how it is done, but who has time! There's also usually a great trick/tip included with the pattern so its a win/win.

Aunt Marti said...

When considering buying a new pattern, it's important that the writer follows standard industry conventions -- such as listing block size raw-edge-to-raw-edge. A poorly written pattern gets put back on the rack!

ejricca said...

I look for straight sewing lines (no curves or circles please) and efficency when it comes to cutting.
Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Michele said...

Ease of use and clear illustrations! msagala1 at gmail dot com

Desi @ Wee Share said...

I just look for a design that appeals to my style :) I like ones that are unique and unlike anything I have seen before.

Desiree
weeshareblog@gmail.com

Desi @ Wee Share said...

twitter follower-- WeeShare

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Desi @ Wee Share said...

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Monica said...

I look for a fun design and something easy enough for me to attempt. (I'm still a beginner.) Thanks for doing a giveaway!

Crystal said...

I look for a pattern that draws me in with something different - that shows a new way I wouldn't have thought of displaying the fabrics

Crystal said...

I am a new follower, thank you!

Pams said...

First I look for something visually striking, then I see if it's a reasonable skill level for me, and finally I look at the price.

Pat V. said...

I look for patterns that will challege me a bit and help me grow as a quilter.

supersara20 said...

I look for sizing options, I want to be able to make a baby to a king size quilt without buying the same pattern over and over.

Laura said...

I look for patterns that are visually appealing and will be fun to make

Renee G said...

I look for a cute pattern that will also be easy to make.
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Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I follow you here.

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I look for something completely original that involves a skill I don't currently have.

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

And I follow you on Facebook.

Netta said...

I try to buy patterns with varying sizes and no applique.

SewingMom2Three said...

I look for quilt patterns that can be sewn with just a few fabrics. I have a hard time putting together 10-12 fabrics unless they're from a line. I like fewer fabrics but with visual impact. Thanks for the chance to win!

atabanana29 said...

I look for quilt patterns with alot of pics, I am new at sewing quilts, so I like easy right now! mjalfano19@gmail.com

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atabanana29 said...

I liked you on facebook! stacy kemper alfano mjalfano19@gmail.com

B said...

I am a sucker for swirly lines and bold pattern is both my fabric and patterns.

mab said...

I look for simple directions that are clearly written. I've had some patterns before that were so frustrating I won't use them again. But, the ones written well and that include lots of diagrams get used again & again!

Thanks for the chance to enter!

Ali M said...

In sewing clothes, first it's do I like it, second I look on http://sewing.patternreview.com to read reviews from other people on the pattern, did it look like the picture on the package, are the directions accurate, is the fit true to size, etc etc!

Ali M said...

I follow on twitter, thank you for the giveaway!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I don't buy patterns - I like my own head-strong path.

Andy said...

Usually I am drawn to patterns that allow the fabrics to shine! When the quilt is done I want to really be able to enjoy each print used.

trillium said...

I'm a follower now!

trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

Ree said...

Right now...I look for SIMPLICITY when I look for a pattern.

Annette Henke Tejpal said...

I look for simple instructions, mostly, as I am a novice sewist. Thanks for the giveaway.

kari said...

The first thing I look for is - Can I actually do this. Does it look more complicated than it actually is. If I can deconstruct it in my head before looking at the pattern, I think I can do it. Sometimes Im wrong!

Kari (dot) stewart (at) me (dot) com

Beth, Jessica and Jennifer Pyle said...

I think I'm normally drawn to the colors that the pattern quilt was made from...if I like them, then I normally like the pattern. I'm not always so great at selecting my own colors and I like good ideas to start from.

jmj said...

I'm not much of a pattern buyer. I think it's fun to figure out quilts myself. I haven't used pre cuts before. but I saw a cute zig zag quilt that looked fun

Stephanie Granite said...

I normally only buy a pattern if it's unique and interesting. I also always try to buy the pattern, even if its something I can figure out on my own, just to give credit to the pattern maker.

Erin said...

I look for the patterns companies I normally use because they usually have the best directions.
Thanks,
Erin
emstone28@gmail.com

Angie said...

I just look for something that is visually appealing to me.

Angie said...

I am a new follower.

Angie said...

I like you on FB.

Lynn said...

i really appreciate a well written, detailed pattern with photos or clear illustrations. thanks.

Lynn said...

i follow via email, thanks!

Jamie @Terrabyte Farm said...

I like clearly written instructions that aren't too complicated. Lovely fabric!

racergirl1313 said...

First and foremost I look for a design I like. Then I like well written and clear directions. Thanks for the giveaway!

JustJoyce said...

When I look for a new pattern, I am looking something special to make someone, so they pattern usually fits the person that I am making the gift for. I love you and your mom's patterns because you write awesome instructions too.

Sharla said...

I look for patterns that I haven't tried yet, that will teach me something new!

Kelly Smith said...

I look for interesting patterns, and usually a simple pattern. I don't think I could be so lucky to win twice on your blog, but I do love Kona!!

Kelly Smith said...

I follow your blog!

Kelly Smith said...

I follow you on twitter @_livelovecreate

Kristy said...

Simplicity. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristy said...

Newest blog follower too! :)

marth225 said...

I don't really look for anything special and I don't usually buy patterns unless it really strikes me

Alisa said...

Obviously I have to like the pattern, but I also look to see if others like the patterns made by the designer. Good line drawings are good too.

Elizabeth said...

I look for something that I don't think I could figure out on my own.

Shauna said...

I like simple patterns with simple instructions, and it's always nice when the pattern is for multiple sizes. Thanks for the chance to win!

Shauna said...

I'm a new follower too!

Lindsay said...

I generally judge based on the picture. If I can relate to the item shown then I tend to like it better.

Lisa C in GA. said...

I look for the finished dimensions AND the fabric requirements on the outside of the pattern. If they aren't included, I move on.

Angie said...

I've never bought a quilt pattern. Most of them are just too easy to figure out by myself, so why would I pay for it? I would definitely buy a pattern if it has some trick to it that isn't immediately obvious, though.

ircabbit said...

I mostly buy sewing patterns, so I look for shapes that will suit my figure. I also look for pattern companies that are new to me or that I have tried before and I know provide well-drafted patterns and thorough instructions.

charlotte said...

I have to love the look of the finished product to look further and see if I want to make it.

jmniffer said...

I look for quilt patterns that have a definite pattern. No disappearing nine patch or wonky parts sewn every which way. I'm not a fan of extra large borders either. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

jmniffer said...

I am a new follower via RSS Feeds.

NinjaEema said...

I like versatility. I look for something that can be tweaked for different looks.

Charlene S said...

Happy bday! Look for ease of use and color play.

PJ said...

Really just clear directions and lots of pictures!

Ladybug88 said...

When I buy fabric I look for something that jumps off the shelf and inspires me! Thanks for the giveaway

annmarie said...

I just look at the picture - if it is something I really like, I'll get it. I follow directions well & have never had a problem reading patterns. Great giveaway - thanks for the chance.

JustJoyce said...

I am a facebook friend too. I love to see how much Jared is growing.

Jamie Lee said...

I look for customer feedback to make sure it's gotten good ratings. Thanks!

mframe said...

I look for elements I haven't tried before
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mframe said...

GFC blog follower- mframe00
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mframe said...

I like you on FB- Michelle Frame
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Tricia said...

I look for something that will make my fabrics the center stage and show them off.

Carla G said...

I look for something different than what I've done already, but nothing too hard yet (as I'm still a newbie quilter). And I love it when the quilt pattern is shown in more than one color scheme. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Carla G said...

I liked you on facebook - Carla Geates

Carla G said...

I'm a new follower of your blog via gfc - Carla G

Anonymous said...

Challenging but achieveable. Makes sense?
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KatheG said...

I look for something that will give me something I have never done before but will keep me continually interested. thanks.

KatheG said...

I've been a follower thru your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

SHANA said...

I just look for something funky and fun and different.

SHANA said...

I follow your blog through GFC

SHANA said...

I like you on Facebook

SHANA said...

I follow you on Twitter
@Blaze_inOn

Sue said...

I look for something that sparks my imagination.

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Karrie S said...

I really just find something i like.

Karrie S said...

i follow your blog

Karrie S said...

and facebook

Karrie S said...

and twitter. thanks for the chance to win :)

mahoo said...

I look for something that makes me smile. Thanks for the chance to win.

mahoo said...

I follow you on facebook.

ellen said...

I look for doability for me--I am a new quilter, but I also want it to look harder than it is! :)

JoyceLM said...

I like patterns that I can adapt to my own choice of color and fabric. I also like pressing instructions. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

Christina said...

With a pattern, I want very detailed instructions--assume I don't know anything! christina112358 at gmail dot com

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