Monday, October 15, 2012

100th Post Giveaway + The Makery!

I'm back from Utah!!!

I had an absolute blast these past few days attending the 2012 Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City but now I'm home again and it's time to get back to business.

As promised I have a giveaway today to celebrate my 100th post on this blog, and it's an awesome giveaway if I can say so myself.  I have a surprise for everyone though!  The giveaway isn't just to celebrate my 100th post, it's also to celebrate the fact that beginning in November I'm going to be teaching modern quilting and sewing at The Makery in Anaheim, CA.  Yay!



The Makery is a combination craft studio/ co-working space/ creative classroom/ supply shop located in Anaheim California that offers quality instruction in a variety of mediums to crafters of all levels.  In the words of The Makery "We believe in community. We believe in creative expression. We believe in Accessibility."

Starting in November I'm going to be teaching beginning classes in applique and piecing, as well as pouch making and papercrafting.  I'm super excited for this opportunity to work with tha amazing owners and all the other great instructors at The Makery and to be able to share my love of quilting with others.

For the full schedule of classes offered at The Makery, please go here.

Now onto the giveaway!

I had the idea for this giveaway a few months ago and when I realized that the giveaway would end up being right around the same time as Sewing Summit I knew that I would have add some Sewing Summit swag to the pile of loot.


So here it is! The giveaway pile o' loot includes: 5 coordinating fat quarters of Reflections by Gudrun Erla for Red Rooster fabrics, one Kate Spain fat quarter with a tag signed by the designer, one seam ripper from Babylock, one measuring tape from Craftsy, a set of "handmade with love" tags, one "Sew Blog Love" sticker, one 4" square template from Tabslot, one set of buttons by Basic Grey, and since I wanted everyone to benefit from all the swaps going on at Sewing Summit I included one I-Spy charm set (with 112 charms!) and one handmade zipper pouch.

And there's more!  I had so much stuff coming back from the Sewing Summit that I couldn't get it all in my suitcase, so I had to ship some stuff home in the mail, including some magazines and books that I'm also planning on including in the giveaway bundle!

So here are the details for the giveaway:

For one entry, tell me what kind of small project you would want to complete in a beginning quilting class.  A mugrug? Some coasters? Something else? And what would be a good design? Basic squares? Half square triangles? log cabin? It would have to be something that could be completed in 3 hours by beginner sewists.

For a second entry, follow my blog (or already be a follower) and tell me so.

For a third entry, "like" Sewing By Stephanie on Facebook and tell me so.

For a fourth entry "like" The Makery on Facebook and tell me so.

The giveaway closes at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, October 21st, with the winner announced Monday morning.

 Happy Commenting + Good Luck!!!!!


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128 comments:

  1. The first project I completed when I first got my sewing machine was a pair of potholders - literally just squares and some batting, nothing fancy. I managed to leave a pin stuck inside one of them (whoops!) but I still use them, as a reminder of where I started. I think they'd be a good first project - similar to coasters, but perhaps bigger piecing and better for beginners. :)

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  2. I follow your blog in my Google reader.

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  3. I also liked you on Facebook. Thanks for the chances to win such a cute bundle of prizes! :)

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  4. Hi Stephanie, I wuld like a tote bag if I was a beginning quilter.

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  5. I would want to make something a little more substantial than a mug rug-maybe a table topper? I think either all squares if they have absolutely no sewing experience or half square triangles if they have a little. You can do so much with the HST's.

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  6. I am so envious of your Summit adventure! For a class I would love to learn how to make coasters and work on free motion quilting. Thanks for the chance!!

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  7. Woo hoo I am a happy follower. Amazing giveaway !!!

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  8. I have liked you over on Facebook - woohoo!!!

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  9. I would say a log cabin mini. Or maybe those jelly roll stripes quilts - I haven't tried one of those but that might be simple enough to do any size.

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  10. For a beginning quilting class,I think a mug rug, placemat, table runner, or a baby blanket, with squares only. Speaking for myself, triangles would've scared me away when I first started quilting. How cool that you get to start teaching classes, and what a great giveaway! Thanks!

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  11. I'm already a happy follower of your blog :)

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  12. I like Sewing by Stephanie on Facebook as Lisa Nielsen :)

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  13. I like The Makery on Facebook (as Lisa Nielsen) but am oh so far away from it. If I'm ever in Anaheim, I'll be sure to visit :)

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  14. I think a mug rug would be a great first project (call it a mini-quilt fir the non-coffee drinkers). Pinwheels might be nice for the adventurous beginners. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!!

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  15. I really enjoy being a follower of your blog.

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  16. I also liked The Makery's Facebook page.

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  17. I'm thinking a mug rug. It can give a beginner quilter an experience of just a bit of it all from the piecing to sandwiching to quilting to binding! And I think one could be accomplished in that time frame. The design? Possibly HST's. Maybe!
    Thanks for the FANTASTIC giveaway!!!

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  18. Congrats on 100 posts! I would like to make something small for my first quilting class, like maybe a placemat. This way you could incorporate a block as the center, do quilting and even binding, plus you can change fabrics to make it seasonal. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I would want to do something with triangles, but that's because I'm terrible at them :)

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  20. I'm officially a fan on facebook :)

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  21. I would love to make a mug rug maybe a log cabin. I love those or you do "quilt as you go" so you can concentrate more on the binding. Or dissapearing nine patch?

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  22. I am partial to log cabin myself, a simple design yet effective. I am not sure on the project though... a table runner sounds like too much I think. Maybe something smaller, a small tote?

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  23. A place mat or candle mat with squares only I think.

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  24. I would like a class to make a mug rug or placemat. I also like classes for little patchwork wall hangings or pouches. I'm an equal opportunity sewist ;)

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  25. I follow you on Google Reader

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  26. I liked The Makery on Facebook

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  27. I think coasters would be great to learn in a beginning class. And half square triangles or log cabin would be really fun to learn.

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  28. I am also a follower of yours. :D

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  29. Cngrats on your 100th post! I'm a follower!

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  30. Congrats on the 100 posts! For a beginner project I honk a placemat or maybe a small table runner with strips or squares.

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  31. I am also a new follower of your blog.

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  32. Zippy pouches are something I would love to make in a class.

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  33. As a relatively new quilter, I'd say log cabin pot holders or the like would be good. Mug rugs might be a big small for a good beginner project, and while I did start with HST, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it (darn bias stretching!). Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. My project would probably be a placemat or mug rug with a log cabin block(s).. That was the first block I learned and I still love it!

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  35. I have been your follower for a while now.

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  36. I think that a mug rug would be a great learning project- binding and all. I think maybe squares or a log cabin would be best at first. Congratulations on 100 posts.

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  37. wow, congrats! I wish the Makery was a wee bit closer to me. It's about a 45 minute drive without traffic, so maybe I could do a weekend class sometime. The 6pm classes would be brutal to drive! For a project I think sample coasters. Each coaster could be a different block. Of course, that means they would be working with very small pieces. I just like the idea of being able to learn a couple different blocks and techniques.

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  38. I think that mug rugs or placemats would be a good beginner project.

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  39. I think pot holders and placemats are good projects for starting to learn to sew and quilt. :)

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  40. Now I am following your blog. I found you on WIP wednesday. love the hexagons.

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  41. I think that a mug rug is a great idea -- it can be easily personalized, and covers all the basics. Had a blast at Sewing Summit -- looks like you did too!

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  42. I'd love to make a table runner.

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  43. I think a modern table runner or a table 'mat' would be a great project - especially with a holiday theme.

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  44. I'd love to have purse/pouch tutorials in a beginners class. They can be completed quickly but one needs the basics to be taught be someone or so I feel...
    Leena

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  45. Wow what an amazing giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance.
    For a beginner class, I would say a tote bag with a simple 9 patch on the front; or a table runner.

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  46. mugrugs and coasters are good ones. they are so useful and you get a lot of satisfaction form completing something.

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  47. i am already a follower of yours. thanks!

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  48. Congratulations! I think a mug rug would be great first project. I love the idea of a log cabin design too. They are easy to do and they look great.

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  49. Thank you for the chance to win such an amazing pile of sewy goodness! I recognize the hippo print on the zipper bag - I used it for a quilt set a little while ago (one twin got hippos, the other got giraffes from the same line :D).

    I think a tote bag would be the perfect choice for a beginner quilting class - even a very simple tote will look extra special with a quilted panel as the main focus --- a log cabin would work well (even if it came out wonky), as would a 9 patch or friendship star :)

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  50. A potholder. Simple squares. Teaches basics of quilting, plus binding. And it's a useful item!

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  51. I think potholders or a small (like 16x16) wall hanging!

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  52. I like the idea of potholders (made of simple square patchwork) for a beginner project.

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  53. Liked Sewing by Stephanie on FB.

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  54. I would like to make a baby blanket in a beginning class!

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  55. I think that something that you don't have to match up corners would be the best for a beginner...so log cabin, off-set squares, etc. As for what to make...maybe pot holders, placemats, or a table runner?

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  56. A log cabin mug rug or place mat would be ideal, with ideas how to take it further to a table runner and baby blanket beyond!

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  57. I follow your blog through Google reader!

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  58. For a beginner class I'd like to make pot holder and oven mitt.. That too hard for beginners?

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  59. I follow you on my google reader.

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  60. I would love a to make a mini quilt, possibly a wall hanging. something that's fast to make (hopefully) and functional. For techniques, i wold love paper piecing and applique.

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  61. For a beginner quilting class I think a placemat or small table runner would be great. Mugrugs/coasters are too small and I think would be difficult to put the binding on. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway!

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  62. I also just signed up to follow your blog. Thanks!

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  63. I liked the Makery on Facebook, too!

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  64. I would suggest a table runner or square pillow covers. I never took a beginner quilt class or any class... I'm learning to quilt on my own. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  65. I'm a follower of your blog! :)

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  66. I liked Sewing by Stephanie on fb! :)
    Carla Geates

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  67. I like to make little change purses or bags in between quilts!

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  68. i liked sewing by stephanie on fb!

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  69. I think a simple tablerunner would be a great project for a new quilter.

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  70. I like sewing by stephanie on facebook.

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  71. Im a follower of your blog, thanks for the chance to win.

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  72. I think a mug rug or placemats would be a great project for a beginner's class. Thanks for the lovely giveaway & congratulations!

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  73. And I'm a follower of your blog via GFC, thanks!

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