Friday, July 2, 2010

100th Post Giveaway

As I mentioned earlier, I would like to hold a giveaway for my 100th post.  I'm a bit delayed as I had ordered 2 layercakes, one for myself and one to giveaway, but only one arrived.  It took two weeks for the shop to finally respond to me and ship out the missing, but paid, for layercake.

This past year and a half blogging has been a fantastic time.  I've become so inspired from everyone else in the blog world.  It's fantastic.  I also have enjoyed all of the support I've received on all of my projects.  I truly appreciate all of the kind words that everyone has shared with me since I started blogging.

Without further adieu, here's the giveaway...

I will be giving away 2 fat quarter bundles and a layer cake.  The giveaway will be open until next Friday, July 9th.

Giveaway 1: A fat quarter bundle with more traditional fabric

Giveaway 2: Another fat quarter bundle



And, the grand prize, giveaway 3: a NEST Layercake by the fabulous Tula Pink.

Here are the rules - You may enter up to 3 times, but you must post separate comments in order to have your entries counted multiple times.

The ways you can enter:
1. Post a comment on this blog about your favorite quilting tip.
2. Follow this blog and tell me about it.
3. Blog and about this contest and post a link to where you blogged about it in the comments.

The giveaway will be open until next Friday, July 9th.  I will announce the winners next weekend.

Good luck!

189 comments:

  1. I think my favorite quilting tip is doing appliques using fusible interfacing to get the effect of needle turn applique without actually having to do it. I have a tutorial about how to do it on my blog.

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  2. I also subscribe to your blog in my Reader, does that count as following? :)

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  3. I think the best tip is cutting all the pieces on one day and then starting the quilt. Love to have "kits" ready to go when I have the time to sew.

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  4. My favorite tip is the old, measure twice cut once. I can't tell you how many times I slip up. Also, save scraps!!

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  5. A tip I learned: when quilting your quilt, bring the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt when you start then all the clipping of threads are all on the top, not on both sides.

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  6. I guess my best quilting tip is to always keep your rotary cutter in the closed position. Learn that from the start, and no accidents will happen. A very good habit for a new (and old) quilter. Thanks for including me in your very generous giveaway :-)

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  7. I have posted about your giveaway on my blog ;-D

    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/2010/07/sew-much-fun.html

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  8. A quilting tip- have several bobbins wound so you don't have to stop to wind a new one. Same with hand quilting, have several needles threaded.

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  9. My favorite quilting tip is to take a break if things arent going your way, it will only get worse if you dont!

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  10. The quilting tips I can pass along is measure twice, cut once. I can't tell you how many times I catch myself cutting the wrong dimensions because I'm using different grid markings on my cutting mat. The other tip I find useful is to use the same ruler for all the cutting on one quilt. The markings can be ever so slightly off as to cause distortion in the final measurements.

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  11. elmer's glue! I love using it to baste applique, and bindings for machine sewing. Just use a very fine line of glue and then hit it with the iron to dry out the glue. It's washable and non toxic

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  12. I'm in the measure twice, cut once club. This has bitten me in the you-know-what too many times that I chant it in my head anytime I have to cut fabric so I'm not too hasty. Yummy, yummy Nest! Great giveaway!

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  13. When working with fusible applique, take a minute to put freezer paper down on your ironing board. Really helps to protect your ironing board from potential residue fromt he fusible.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  14. My best tip~ measure as you sew. If you are making a complicated block, measure each component as you make them to make sure your block will end up the intended size. It is easier to fix an error early than to rip apart a whole block. ;-) Happy Cottage Quilter sent me over and I'm so glad she did! I love the quilts you've made! Have a happy day!

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  15. Now that I've found you, I've joined your followers! Thanks for the chances!

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  16. Great tip I have learned while blogging is to use "leaders and enders" while chain piecing.

    Little bits of fabric that you piece in between the chain piecing.

    This way you get 2 quilts at the same time!

    Thanks for a wonderful give away!

    SheilaC

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  17. I am a new follower :)

    SheilaC

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  18. My tip would be to square up your blocks. Everything goes so well together when they're all the same size.

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  19. OHHH nest layer cake...how i love you! My quilting tip is to always always always take your time when measuring! You'll be thankful later when everything is right!!

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  20. As a fairly newbie quilter I don't have a lot of tips, but one tip I do have it to keep a lint roller handy. I love whisking up all those tiny fiber pieces from my work area.

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  21. Blogged about your giveaway on my blog!
    http://countrycabinthoughtsandcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/giveaway-going-on.html

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  22. Hi Jen! Thanks for a fun giveaway! It looks like you have a great blog! The greatest thing I've learned about is the "quilt as you go" method - it makes quilting on my little machine so much easier!

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  23. Great blog and fabulous giveaway. There were several tips that I thought of but were already used so I have another one. If you don't wash your yardage (never wash pre-cuts or they distort horribly) but do wash the quilt after it's finished use one or two Shout Color Catcher's in the washing machine to catch any colors that might run and ruin your finished quilt. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    galaxie_bleu{at]yahoo[dot}com

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  24. I'm also a follower.

    galaxie_bleu{at]yahoo[dot}com

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  25. Fav tip has to be that if yu stick your tongue out just right while you cut, They will be straight every time : )
    I think this works for drawing too ; )

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  26. Favorite tip... get your quarter of a inch correct... it will save all the frustations. And it's sweet when it matches up just right.

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  27. I'm a follower..... thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. Just found your lovely blog! My quilting tip would be "have a go"! I used to look at amazing quilts and think "No, I couldn't do that" but I've found bit by bit that if I have a go, I can do more than I think.

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  29. I just became a follower too ;)

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  30. I'm definitely a big fan of the 'measure twice, cut once' tip! I've saved myself a lot of grief with that little tidbit.

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  31. Congrats on your anniversary! My favorite tip is to remember to press seams and blocks and not to iron them. Love Mary Ellen's Best Press to give blocks additional stiffness.

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  32. I follow as rsg on GFC.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  33. My favorite tip is to always buy a little bit of extra fabric in case you make a mistake while cutting.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  34. I think it's a good idea to measure a qtr inch from your needle on your machine and place a piece of blue painters tape on the line all the way to the front of your machine. This helps to keep your fabric straight and guide it through the machine as you sew, so your qtr inch is exact. Works great!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. Congrats on your 100th post. I'm a follower.

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  36. My tip: keep a stilletto handy. This great tool is the best for keeping your pieces straight and aligned as you feed them thru the machine.

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  37. I've been a follower for a while now and totally enjoy your posts. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  38. Happy 100!

    I'm getting some great tips by reading the comments here.

    My favorite tip is to use starch when ironing fabric. It makes it so much easier to get accurate cuts and line things up when sewing.

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  39. I'm now a follower. I'm going to go back through your older posts and see what you've been up to!

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  40. So many good tips have already been given! I would say remembering to change your needle and using a good machine quilting needle and a nice smooth thin thread like Aurifil 50 wt. to achieve accurate 1/4" seams!

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  41. Now following, congrats on your 100th post!

    Love that Nest layer cake!

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  42. Blogged here: http://thisdomesticbliss.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I am making my first quilt right now so I might not have so many tips of my own so far but one thing I decided to do that I am very happy with is that I cut everything out at once and put all pieces and needles (I am piecing it by hand) and threads in a plastic box where everything is easy to reach so when I have a bit of time over I just take the box and see how far I get before my baby needs me and then I just shove everything back in the box until next time. Once in a while I mark where the seams are going to be so I have a bunch ready and don't have to mark them up as a start every time.

    This is a great give-away, thanks for the opportunity! I am however very new at this and don't have room for very much fabric nor the capability of making many things. I have no idea what I would do with the fat quarter bundles so if I would come up as a winner on one of those please draw again so they will come to someone who can take care of them properly. I would love and happily take care of the Tula Pink layercake though, she is such a fantastic designer!

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  44. I just became a follower of yours.

    This is a great give-away, thanks for the opportunity! I am however very new at this and don't have room for very much fabric nor the capability of making many things. I have no idea what I would do with the fat quarter bundles so if I would come up as a winner on one of those please draw again so they will come to someone who can take care of them properly. I would love and happily take care of the Tula Pink layercake though, she is such a fantastic designer!

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  45. I blogged about your give-away (the link is in the word "få" så don't miss it!) at http://vildkatten.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/nest/

    This is a great give-away, thanks for the opportunity! I am however very new at this and don't have room for very much fabric nor the capability of making many things. I have no idea what I would do with the fat quarter bundles so if I would come up as a winner on one of those please draw again so they will come to someone who can take care of them properly. I would love and happily take care of the Tula Pink layercake though, she is such a fantastic designer!

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  46. My quilting tip: keep painters tape nearby so you can swipe your needle are every once in a while as you quilt. This removes the fuzzies that collect around the needle while you quilt and does not leave any residue.

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  47. I am already a follower of your blog.

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  48. My favorite quilting tip is if you starch one piece of fabric for your block, be sure and starch them all. Sometimes the starch can tighten up the weave on a fabric an leave it looking pulled if the others aren't starched.

    Sandy A

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  49. I just added you to my "follow" list! I don't have a blog, so two entries it is for me!

    Sandy A

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  50. My tip..there are usually multiple techniques to accomplish the same look, so research and try new ways of doing things. You'll find one or more that work for you. Also, use a new needle in your sewing machine at the beginning of a new project.

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  51. I am a follower - not a blogger, just a reader of blogs.

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  52. I like every tip especially ones that save time, and fabric! So to pick one... I like Leaders and Enders right now. It's a great way to get some small scraps sewn while working on a project and not wasting a scrap or thread! The same idea can go for working on two projects at once, so when you are chain stitching you are always piecing fabric and not stop/starting over and over! http://www.quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml

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  53. I follow your blog!
    jackie(at) jackiesue.com

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  54. I like to keep a small cutting mat near my sewing machine so that I don't have to get up and walk to wherever the big one is when I need to trim something like a log cabin block.

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  55. Great giveaway! I'm a newbie quilter, so no great tips, but I do like to draw out my quilts on graph paper and have my engineer husband check my measurements. :)

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  56. My favorite tips.......One is to shop hardware. I use a telescoping magnet to pick up pins and more. I did toss all the pins that did not respond to the magnet. This can be found in the tool section of Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.

    Another hardware gadget is to get a door peephole to view your work. It puts distance between you without the need to walk away.

    If color is a challenge, add an artist's color wheel to your arsenal of goodies.

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  57. My favorite quilting tip is the oldie but goodie--Measure twice, cut once. If only I always remembered to do that! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. When working with anything that has a bias edge, starch is your BFF.

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  59. i am a follower of your blog

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  60. I use a soft eyeglass case to store my rotary cutter.
    www.jayteespatchworkplace.blogspot.com

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  61. I lower my ironing board to the height of the table where I'm sewing. That way, once I've sewn my seams and am ready to press my fabric blocks, then I merely turn my chair to the side, place the fabric on the lowered ironing board and press. No getting up and going across the room - a true timesaver.

    And here is another one - I know I have to get up from my sewing periodically to stretch and move around...so I use my old-fashioned CD player and once a CD finishes playing, it shuts off. I always have to put the CD player across the room, because I've learned I'm a 'rebel' and if it's near me, I don't get up which is the entire point of playing the CDs. Anyway, I get up, walk across the room, stretch, get something fresh to drink, walk around a few minutes, then put a new CD in, and go back to sewing. By doing this, I am reminding myself to walk away from my sewing for a much-needed break.

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  62. It's silly but it is probably the one I use the most. Measure twice, cut once!

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  63. I blogged about the giveaway
    www.jayteespatchworkplace.com

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  64. Make a commitment to quilt every day, even if it is just a few minutes. It is amazing how quickly the little bits add up to a quilt.

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  65. I follow you on Google Reader.

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  66. When I buy fabric and a pattern I like to package them together so when I'm ready to sew I have all the pieces together.

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  67. I am just getting in to quilting so I am absorbing tips right now. :0) My mom is a great tipper though!! Thanks for the giveaway - would be a fun way to learn with her.

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  68. Hi - my tip is to clip those threads as you go - I hate doing it all at once.
    Thanks
    Colleen

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  69. I am now a follower. Colleen

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  70. Congrats on your 100th post! My favorite quilting tip is: to get your quilt to lay flat, don't just sew and slash your borders, MEASURE (twice) then cut and sew!

    It works so well!!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I could have an incredible amount of fun with that nest layer cake!

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  71. My favorite tip is to cut all the fabric first before sewing. It makes everything go a lot smoother!

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  72. HI!
    MY TIP: I purposely place my ironing board away from the sewing area so I am forced to exercise as I go to use it.
    Thanks for sharing,Love,Linda

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  73. My favorite quilt tip was a tutorial on how to make mitered corner bindings. I really needed help to figure it out and after viewing several tutorials I figured it out and now my quilt corners look great!

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  74. I think my favorite sewing tip is to save the scraps. There's so many things you can do with them.

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  75. Oh cute ...want that Tula!! Thanks a bunch!

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  76. Make your iron your best friend and press everthing!

    Carolyn

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  77. My tip is to not over think or stress over it. Whatever "it" may be! Close your eyes and play in your scraps a couple times a week.

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  78. My favorite quilting tip is after you're done constructing a block, spray and press it with Magic Sizing (extra crisp). It makes the top construction very easy!

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  79. It's not a quilting tip perse, but I recently created a quilt binding calculator that takes all the guesswork in figuring out how much fabric you'll need to create straight grain binding for a quilt.. just punch in a few numbers and it'll spit out all the info you need to create your binding! Of course, I want to share it with everyone so here's a link... http://www.wambers-whimsies.blogspot.com. There's a link to it on my left sidebar.

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  80. I'm now a follower of your blog, apparently I'm follower number 83.

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  81. hello! congrats on you 100th post. this is a really generous giveaway on your part.
    i'm having a little giveaway myself, so if you hurry up you'll still be in time to participate.
    as for the tips, i've been quilting and sewing for only a year but i've already learn so much in the classes i took and reading the blogs of so many talented ladies out there, and also with my experiences and mistakes.
    here are my tips so far:
    i pre-wash the fabrics that i don't trust, either because of their quality or their colours.
    i like to think the design and choose the fabrics, then cut all the pieces and only then i start sewing. usually this happens in different days, maybe even in different weeks because i dont have as much time as i would like. this way, i save time and i have a clear head everytime, i'm not too absorved to change my mind if the situation requires me so at some point.
    also, i have lots of concerns about the maintenance of my sewing machine and the general tidiness of my work space. i hate to see pieces of thread here and there, i separate the scraps and the stash of fabric, i never leave my scissor and rottary cutter misplaced. although i don't have children, i have dogs and i'm always concerned about their safety, so i'm extra careful about pins and needles that drop to the floor. i immediately pick them up, in case i forget or don't find them later.

    well, i think i've already written so much, i'll shut up now :)

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  82. I actually learned my favorite tip from my husband - "Measure twice and cut once". It is very easy (at least for me) to obtain the measurement I "think" it should be rather than the one it actually is. The second check has saved my behind more than once!

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  83. My best tip, and I'm pretty new at this, is to read the pattern several times before cutting and sewing!

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  84. My favorite quilting tip is: iron everything, iron it more than once, and wash all your fabrics.

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  85. I have learned how important it is to square your blocks.

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  86. I follow via Google... I am a new quilter with lots to learn. I have the fabric and I will have my machine by the first of the month!

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  87. I read all your comments and the advice was magnificent!! I would say, for my tip, make sure you press your seams in opposite directions so when you join them they nestle together and then you will more than likely have a block that is straight....

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  88. My favorite tip is to pin, pin and pin some more. It has made a big difference on my piecing.

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  89. Thanks for the giveaway! My best tip is more common sense: Take your time! I was very tempted to rush through my first through quilts. Now I'm trying to enjoy the process a bit more.

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  90. Great giveaway! My tips are to keep your machine free from lint bunnies around the bobbin casing and change your needle often.

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  91. My favorite quilting tip is to leave all your hand stitching projects ready to go by the back door so you always have something to do when waiting (doctor's office etc.).

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  92. I've recently discovered spray starch, and I wish I had known about it earlier! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  93. I posted the giveaway link on my blog under fabrics fabrics!

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  94. I also dont try to rush the hand quilting part. It takes time to baste and then hand quilt and cannot be rushed.

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  95. Congrats on your 100th post! I just celebrated mine last week. It's fun to do giveaways. Here is the link to my post celebrating your giveaway.

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  96. I'm now following your blog!

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  97. This fabulous tip comes from Lois Hallock, author of “Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space”.
    To get the best folded stash and maximize the space available on a shelf for your fabric, use an 8 1/2" wide acrylic ruler to fold fabrics that are half-a-yard and larger. When you wrap your fabric around the width of the ruler and then fold the piece in half, the size of your folded fabric will be the same width as a fabric bolt; which will allow you to see more of the print when you look at it on the shelf. Magically, the piece is also flatter so you can stack more fabrics than with any other folding method.
    For fat quarters and quarter-yard pieces, use a 4 1/2" wide acrylic ruler to wrap the fabric around, again folding the wrapped fabric in half.

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  98. I am new to quilting so I love all the tips. So far I have already learned measure twice cut once is key.

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  99. I am a big fan of using blue painters tape to keep my pieces organized and after sewing together to pick up little pieces of thread, etc.

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  100. Oh, by the way I am following you....

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  101. I like to use a small pocket knife for seam ripping. I also try to keep several bobbins full so it isn't too big of a deal when one runs out.

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  102. The top tip at our last Modern Quilt Guild meeting was "Use yellow dishwashing gloves to move the fabric when machine quilting."

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  103. thanks for hosting the giveaway, the fabrics look lovely. i haven't quilted before, but i read that i should always square blocks before and after joining them, and quilter's glue is very useful.

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  104. Great giveaway! Please count me in! I love the rag quilt.

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  105. My quilting tip - I have several bobbins wound, it helps a lot! Greetings from Slovakia :-)

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  106. pressing seams to the darker side.

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  107. I have learned alot from Bonnie of Quiltville. Her leaders and enders system has allowed me the chance to work on several projects at the same time.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  108. I became a follower. Thank you for the chance

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  109. I love using a Magnetic wand to pick up all the pins... it's not sewing; but, it helps clean things up fast... thanks debbebennett at yahoo dot com

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  110. My favorite tip is to have an empty (decorative) kleenex box next to your recliner (easy chair) to put all the cuttings and threads into. I can't sit at the sewing machine for long stretches and sit in my comfy chair to cut apart chain piecing, threads, trimmings, etc. And, if the box turns over bits do not fall out. When full, throw it away. I've done the same thing with wipes containers, etc. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  111. What a nice giveaway. Congratulations on your 100th. When I quilt, I use safety pins that have a prebent arm to baste with.

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  112. My favorite tip would be when hand quilting and you get blood on the quilt, dap a little spit to remove it right away. I know, it sound grouse but it will stain if you don't and it's going in the wash once done.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  113. I find that if my fabric isn't laying like it should I like to startch it a little and it lays flat! :D

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  114. I snip the corners of my fabric before I wash it, IF I wash it. It helps to keep it from fraying.

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  115. My tip is to have your iron and a padded mat next to your sewing machine so you can press as you sew without having to get up ....

    thanks for a chance.

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  116. My tip - if you have a little child and are trying to sew, give them your scraps of fabric and a block for them to "iron" with you.
    thanks for the chance,
    steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (*) com

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  117. Congrats on your 100th post, and great giveaway!
    I use pet grooming gloves when I quilt -- much cheaper than "official" quilting gloves, and they pick up cat hair, too!
    Oh, and I don't actually wear them -- I lay them on top of the sandwich and use them for traction; otherwise there's too much putting them on and taking them off...

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  118. measure twice cut once.
    sntbosch@msn.com

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  119. My tip is to go slowly and focus on preparation.

    Joanna
    jmbyer@gmail.com

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  120. My tip is when you start a quilt always have a few extra bobbins already wound.

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  121. Holey moley, there are a lot of great tips here. I wholeheartedly support pinning! And I can't resist saying that leftover batting scraps are great for dusting, especially around the sewing area. It picks up all the threads and lint and little pieces of fabric!

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  122. I am following you. Great blog.

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  123. Hmm.. My favorite quilting tip? Want your ruler to stay in place while you cut, but don't want those stupid emery dots that don't really work anyway? Use some rubber cement! It's clear, provides residue free friction, AND peels off cleanly when it gets a little too grungy/thread-ridden.

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  124. I'm fairly new at this & have only finished 4 quilts, so not many tips. Best one I can think of is after you've carefully planned out exactly how much fabric you need, buy extra. It can't hurt if you mess up a piece or two AND when you're done with the quilt, you have some extras to work with :)

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  125. GFC follower

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  126. can i enter with out a quilting tip??
    i actualy dont have one yet cues im just a beginner in quilting and i have alot of tips to collect my self
    thanks!

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  127. i am now following you
    yey!
    thanks!

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  128. and i blogged about it
    thanks!

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  129. My favorite quilting tip is to clean my sewing machine every Sunday night - take out the bobbin, remove all the dust and stuff, dot of oil and put in a new needle.

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  130. I'm allergic to tape and adhesives, espec the blue painters tape. So instead I use vinyl cling "stickers" to mark my measuremtns on my rulers, or 1/4 " guide on my sewing machine. They have no adhesive. You know the type, you get them in your upper left corner of your windshield of your car when you get an oil change, or sometimes nonprofits send them to you during the annual fundraising drive. The one I use on my machine to guide my 1/4" is from a Cuisinart pan I received for my birthday.

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  131. I follow your blog through google.
    nsue21702 at gmail dot com

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  132. I'm following your blog through google. What a great giveaway!

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  133. I sit between the sewing maching and the ironing board, that way I can just swivel between the two.

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  134. My favorite tip is to use painters or masking tape to make straight quilting lines. It's so much faster than marking everything out with a pencil!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  135. I follow on GFC!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  136. i'm a follower of your fun blog--have a great day

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  137. unfortunately for me, the best tip i can give is to keep a tiny, pointy, sharp seam ripper near my machine!! i know you didn't ask for two, but a second is to read the directions--five times if necessary as with my old brainies!! paying attention has never been a great asset of mine, so the second tip avoidance often leads to the necessity of the first!!!!!!!!!!!! oh, well...have a great day

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  138. I guess leader enders are my best tip .... once I got the hang of it I use this all the time.

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  139. Being Scottish, my favorite quilting tip is to use the cloth from worn-out clothing to cut into quilting squares, sort by color, then make up a 'family' quilt for the couch with the clothing 'memories'. I give these to the kids on special occassions.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  140. I am a newer follower, and would love to be chosen one of your winners for a bundle, and/or the cake! Hope it was worth the wait!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  141. Tip: Always keep your rotary cutter closed. My mom reminds me of this often.

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  142. What a fun blog. I am now a follower.

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  143. This give away is on my blog. Thanks for sharing some fun fabric.
    (sew and so on .blogspot .com)

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  144. I like to remind myself to relax and stay calm while stippling. I sometimes start to get stiff and tense and that is when my difficulties with my machine quilting begin. Also, if I am having troubles with any part of quilting, I like to just take a little (or big) break, walk away and come back later.

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  145. My best quilting tip is to hoard fabrics! :)

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  146. Quilting tip: Use lots of basting pins for your quilt sandwich and quilting gloves to avoid puckers on your quilt back.

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  147. I just started quilting and I am working on my first quilt so I dont have many tips except that I love my design board and suggest them to everyone!

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  148. I am new to quilting, but I read all the blogs I can to get tips!

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  149. I'm sure any tip I have is already used, but I have been thrilled since I found color catchers for washing my quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  150. always just buy a littl extra fabric. I can't tell you how many times i've had to go back to the store because i was just a littl short.

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  151. Favorite quilting tip: using quilting gloves has made a HUGE difference in my machine quilting love.
    ~a

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  152. After ironing for many years I've learned how important it is to press when quilting, especially when bias edges are involved. Thanks for the opportunity to win more fabric!

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  153. The best rule for fellow beginners is to take your time. I know I break that rule a lot because I'm not very patient!

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  154. I received the layer cake today! Thank you so much, I still can't believe I won something :)

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