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Fabric for my giveaway!

I was completely overwhelmed by the response to my Sew Mama Sew giveaway!! 532 people left a comment to enter the giveaway, and while I haven’t had time to respond to all of the comments, I read them all and I loved hearing about your favorite designers and fabrics! I have a few new recommendations to check out (though, I have to admit– my stash is quite sizable, and I should *probably* stop buying fabric until I use a little more up!).

Anyway, on to the good stuff! The winner of the giveaway is comment #50, who was Julie! Julie said, “I love Denyse Schmidt, too! These charms would make a great baby quilt.” Julie, I’ve sent you an email to get your address, and I’ll get these sent to you soon!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by!

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Fabric for my giveaway!

Today is giveaway day at Sew Mama Sew! Twice a year Sew Mama Sew hosts a coordinated giveaway, where anyone who is hosting a giveaway on their blog can link up, creating a huge selection of blogs to visit to enter to win all sorts of good stuff! If you’re visiting from Sew Mama Sew, thanks for stopping by!

Denyse Schmidt charm squares!

I thought I’d share some of my *favorite* goodies today. Nothing gets me more excited to sew than a gorgeous pile of fabric, and my absolute favorites are from Denyse Schmidt. She was the first quilt and fabric designer I recognized by name when I took up sewing a couple of years ago, and I love pretty much every fabric she has designed! Today I’m giving away a 2 charm squares of each print pictured here, including fabric from her lines of Flea Market Fancy (the original!), Katie Jump Rope, and Hope Valley. I made sure there were a range of colors so any sort of project or color scheme would be possible with these prints!

DS Charm Squares

One possibility would be to make a quilt like my Flea Market Fancy Colorful Squares. Pairing prints with coordinating or complementary solids can stretch them quite a bit, and can highlight your favorite prints!

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Flea Market Fancy quilt

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment! And if you have a favorite fabric designer or line of fabrics you’d recommend, I’d love to know what it is! This giveaway is open to everyone, and I will ship internationally.

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Sewing needle

At the moment my blog feels like a long lost friend! I’ve been working behind the scenes on quite a few handmade gifts that I’ll be blogging about once they’ve been gifted! As I’ve been working on gifts and thinking about what to give everyone for the holidays, I keep coming back to the idea of making a donation or giving to a good cause as a gift. This is something J and I have done in the past, and one of our favorite ways to do so was through Kiva, an organization that makes micro loans to individuals trying to support themselves by building their small businesses. I love this idea, and I think that linking individuals making small donations directly with people seeking out loans to build small businesses is genius!

I also love the idea of making small donations to people in the U.S. who are in need. So I was really excited when my friend Annelise asked if I’d be interested in making a donation (funded by Lands End) and blogging about it! Annelise introduced me to the website Donor’s Choose, an online charitable giving website that makes it easy for anyone to dontate funds to students in need. Thousands of teachers use DonorsChoose to request funding for projects, and I was able to find a sewing program to support with my donation! I was drawn to the request of a teacher in Washington who is teaching middle schoolers about sewing basics; she wants students to be able to repair their own clothing and to have basic sewing skills.

Mrs. Beier, the teacher requesting the funds, writes:
“Remember the days when everyone took home economics? Everyone learned to sew–or at least learned to sew on a button? Well, our kids don’t get that opportunity unless their mom or dad happens to know how (and if they are not working 2+ jobs). I take home many torn garments, or one with missing buttons, just so my students can use them–especially with our families becoming more and more impoverished. With No Child Left Behind, we concentrate on core subjects only and are not teaching our kids the basic skills needed for living. And, in that we are a “green” school, students are being taught and encouraged to think and act “green.” With these materials (and my own personal machine) I intend to start an afterschool program where kids will learn beginning sewing–yes, “the button” and how to sew up that seam they ripped out–but also, how to make book covers, backpacks, totes and other items that middle school students love. They’ll be using math, reading, and speaking along the way.”

You can read more about the classroom here. And, if you’d like a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to make your own gift donation, head over to Quarterlife Lifestyle to enter! Even if you don’t win the “free” money to donate, I definitely endorse supporting education (particularly crafty education!), and I think this could make such a great holiday gift. It would be very cool to find and donate to a project on behalf of a friend or family member based on their interests (for example, if you have an uncle who is a retired math teacher, search the site for math programs looking for funding! Or in my case, the gift of sewing supplies for classrooms that need them is awesome). There are a lot of good things about the holiday season– the decorations, the food, the gift making and buying… but there’s really nothing quite so good as the gift giving!

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Kona color card

As I mentioned yesterday, I had sooo much fun at the sewing summit. One of the great things about it was all of the swag I got to bring home! I’m looking forward to trying some new thread, batting, and using other goodies I got! At the end of Jeni’s class on fabric selection, we were lucky enough to all get Kona color cards. These are so useful when trying to find solids for a project, and I love the one I already have. Now that I have 2, I thought this would be the perfect thing to share with one of you! After all, I can’t talk about how great the sewing summit was without sharing something with you all!

kona color card

I found the Kona color card to be VERY helpful when working on a project such as this:

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Matching all of those solid fabrics is SO much easier when you can see an actual swatch in person!
So, if you’d like to enter to win the Kona color card, leave me a comment on this post, and introduce yourself (that is, if I don’t already know you!). Say hi, tell me where you’re from or if you have a blog, or any little thing. I had so much fun meeting up with my bloggy friends this past weekend that I’d like to keep it going and get to know you all a little more!
I’ll leave the comments open until Sunday at 1pm, at which time I’ll pick a winner.

Flea Market Fancy quilt

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