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Friday, March 26, 2010

One Year & Giveaway

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Can you believe it?!?! I've been quilting/sewing for a year now.

The very first quilt that I made was for my oldest son Alex, who is now 4 years old (and he loves it...carries the quilt everywhere with him). I have to admit that the quilt isn't the best looking, a lot of the rows do not line up properly, but again, my first quilt. And the first technique that I learned was the "half square triangle" that Rachel (p.s. i quilt) taught all of us for the Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along.

Another reason that the quilt may not look as great, is the fact that I didn't have a cutting mat or rotary cutter! That's right people....I used a good ol' yard stick and a pencil to measure out & cut my material, which by the way I do NOT recommend, and a pair of old scissors that we use for everyday cutting in the house, which i also do not recommend. I have to say I have come a long way...when you are going to sew on a regular basis, investing in some good tools is worth it, even if you have to invest in one thing at a time.

As you all can see I have come a long way in just a years time. I've finished 15 quilts and 7 projects. I also have 4 quilt tops done and numerous other projects started.

So, in honor of my one year quilting/sewing quest, I have decided to do a little giveaway. I thought you might like the sound of that.
How about a layer cake of Make Life by Sweetwater for Moda



Giveaway Details:
Tell me what your first sewing project ever was (outside of home ec. class in high school) & when your journey began.

Second chance to enter: Follow my blog, if you already do, just remind me.

Third chance to enter: Blog about my giveaway on your blog.

Fourth chance to enter: Tell me about your favorite fabric shop & why.....can be online or local. (I like several different shops [see side bar] for different reasons....low prices, free shipping, great selections.)

So, the breakdown:
Comment #1 - Leave a comment about first sewing project

Comment #2 - Follow my blog

Comment #3 - Blog about my giveaway

Comment #4 - Leave a comment about fave fabric shop

You have until Friday, April 2, 2010 Midnight Eastern time to leave your comments. A winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Ready.......Set......Let the comments begin!!

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The Dapelo Family said...

Love it...first project ever- Barbie wedding dress when I was 9. My mom was patient. :)

The Dapelo Family said...

I follow you! :)

Katie B. said...

Hi, Claire! Thanks for the giveaway. I love this fabric line.

I first started sewing several years ago and made some jewelry pouches for my bridesmaids. I kind of got away for it for a few years (except for hemming pants and that sort of thing). Then about a year ago I made my first quilt. I won a stack of Anna Maria Horner's fqs on her blog (why was I on her blog? I can't remember) and used those to make my first quilt. I've been hooked since then!

Katie B. said...

I'm a follower!

Jen said...

great giveaway! 1st project was a quilt top started in 2002...packed machine and top up and didn't bust out until 2009! Finished in '09 ("camp quilt" on my blog)In June will be my blog 1 yr. anniversary. Happy anniversary to you!

Jen said...

I already follow! Love your blog!

Katie B. said...

I blogged about it, Claire.

http://kakorner.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-alert.html

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

My first project was a fleece nine patch that I begged my grandma to teach me to make. She was a very impatient teacher so I didn't learn much. It was also the only quilt i've ever made on a machine! I taught myself the rest :)

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

My favorite quilt store is Stitch Lab here in Austin. They have Echino and Kei dots in person!!! I've only ever seen them online.

Alicia said...

Congrats on your anniversary! My first quilt was, amazingly, a high school english project! I completed it over Christmas break. We were supposed to do a project representative of romanticism. It was actually a great experience with my mom and my grandmother. I did learn the proper cutting techniques right way, but she had to lecture me on 1/4 inch seams. Seems that I had this crazy notion that if I made the seams smaller, I could make the quilt bigger. So I would constantly "sneak" smaller seams. The quilt turned out fine though...and I got an A on the project!

Alicia said...

I am a follower!

Liz said...

I can't remember the exact project as I started sewing at about six or seven years old, but I do remember making a lot of mangled-looking "doll clothes" on my mom's old Kenmore.

Liz said...

I'm following your blog!

Liz said...

I blogged about it here:

http://quiltznhoez.blogspot.com/2010/03/welcome-to-my-blog.html

Liz said...

And for fabric stores, I like the Fat Quarter Shop online... beautiful interface, beautiful fabric, fair prices, and easy to navigate. So many online fabric/quilting stores are made inaccessible by poor web design, but FQS is always a joy to browse.

Blogicious said...

Oh wow, my first sewing project was a doll's dress. Boy, I pricked my fingers millions of times.

blogicious(AT)rocketmail(DOT)com

MissMary said...

My first sewing projects... wow, that would take awhile to remember. My mother saved bits and pieces from her own work, and I remember using enormous stitches on odd pieces of felt, sitting on the floor of the extra bedroom and trying to tie a knot at the end of my thread. I must have been six or seven. At eleven, though, I was given an American Girl Doll, and my grandmother and I spent some time making little pinafores for her using patterns and a sewing machine. I remember the first time I made a garment for myself using a hunter green calico with tiny sunflowers, pulled from the quilter's wall at JoAnn's and using a pattern my mother used as a teenager. The machine I learned to sew on is now officially mine, and my mother uses her mother's when need be. :-)

MissMary said...

At present my favorite fabric shop is JoAnn's. I'm on a budget and usually end up raiding their remnants. I fear to investigate specialty shops, knowing they've been the cause of many quilters' addictions. :-)

Rhonda P. said...

My first project was a baby quilt. I don't think I even got it finished. I know it has vanished!

Rhonda P. said...

Just became a follower!

Rhonda P. said...

My favorite fabric shop is one of our local shops. New Frankfort Merchantile opened just about 2 years ago. Great fabrics at great prices! Just wish they had a website to share!

Shari said...

Congrats on what you've achieved in a year! You'll soon branch into other types of sewing...and I'll be here to commiserate with you on the lack of patterns and fabric lines for boys!

Shari said...

Following via Google reader

Gwyneth said...

first project was a pillow. still sits on my couch

Gwyneth said...

following your blog!

Gwyneth said...

favorite fabric shop is "spool" in philly. they have a blog here: http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/

Shari said...

Favorite store? As in single? I don't think it's possible! I've embraced internet shopping so much so that the UPS driver has my house key (not really, but it seems that way). I would have to say that hawthornethreads.com is a favorite because of discounting on yardage per order AND total for customer...but I also frequent fatquartershop.com, fabricshack.com, pinkchalkstudio.com, fabricworm.com and contemporarycloth.com. I've started to also branch out to independents and Spoonflower as well.

Is fabric shopping a hobby? It should be....I love the hunt!

Jen said...

here's my 3rd entry (out of order b/c I'm going to blog about this tomorrow!) My favorite fabric shop is fabricshack.com. They have great prices. I also like quilthome.com & hawthornethreads.com.
I buy most of my fabric online.

Sunshine said...

Great fabric! I can't remember my first project, I started young and was always hand-sewing little pouches out of fabric scraps to put 'stuff' in, and sewing lopsided clothing for my dolls :)

Cheers,
Christine

http://cuttingedgequilt.blogspot.com/

Amanda Wray said...

I'm a follower!

A Stitch in Design said...

First project ever (as far as I remember anyway...) was a dress up princess gown I had to make because I found TONS of blue and pink satin in my mammy's attic. I was maybe 7 and sewed it all by hand because no one taught me how to use a machine. It was the most hilarious gown ever, with lots of poufs and lace and lasted pretty long! Needless to say, I've gotten much better :)

Amanda Wray said...

My first sewing/quilting project was a quilt for my MIL's 50th birthday, which is later this month. We are leaving for England tomorrow to deliver it to her and I can't wait!

Jenniffier said...

My first sewing project I did on my own (with out my mom holding the fabric) was a pillow cover for my baby doll. I was 8 or so, I think. But I have been pining and cutting fabric for dresses as long as I can remember. I always like to help my mom make me dresses. I am sure she had to redo them just as much as I helped. I didn't really start sewing on my own until just about now. It has become my way to relax and it reminds me of all the time I spent on the livingroom floor preparing patterns for my mom to sew.

Amanda Wray said...

My favorite quilt shop is Cabbage Rose in Fort Worth, TX!

Jenniffier said...

Following now.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love moda, it's my favorite fabric. Lets see I started in August of 09 and I made my littlest son a Thomas the train quilt. It has LOTS of lumps and I messed up with the squares and they are rectangles instead. I have been quilting since...Lots of quilts done and lots of projects done too!

Crystal Hendrix said...

I am a follower now, and i am going to add you to my blog list of fellow quilters! :D Can't wait to check out your blog too!

Lauren said...

My first sewing project was a lap sized quilt for the back of our couch. Luckily, I had the help of a very experienced quilter, so it turned out alright. Since then I've moved away and have been more on my own. Now I see how much practice I need!

lissie.loo@gmail.com

Jenniffier said...

My current favorite fabric store is our local beverly's. As it is the best quilting fabric store I have found around here so far. It's a California crafting chain, but you can shop online too :). My all time favorite store is the Quilted Angel in Petaluma, Ca.; but I don't live there anymore.

Claudia said...

The first quilt I did was a log cabin wall hanging. I was talked into doing a late night quilter. I was hooked after that. Keep up the quilting.

Claudia said...

Also just added you to my blog page.

Crystal Hendrix said...

My favorite online store is Green Fairy Lady, or Quilts. I can never remember the exact name, but I see that you have her on your list already. She is here in Utah with me and I don't know if that makes the difference but I get my fabric from her fast! And she has AWESOME prices. Then a non online place is Walmart! My walmart still sells fabric and has a fabric section and I use it all the time.

Lauren said...

I just became a follower!

lissie.loo@gmail.com

Jeannette said...

Lol, my first sewing projects were making barbie doll clothes that progressed into a polyester jumpsuit for me with no pattern!

Jeannette said...

My favorite fabric store is in zooks, great prices!

KimT said...

I am now a follower. I first became interested in sewing when I was about 10. I made an purse out of an old pair of Jeans. Then I received a hollie hobbie sewing machine for Christmas. Then i took lessons in the basement of the old Singer Store near my childhood home. Then I stopped altogether. About 4 years ago I bought a machine. About 2 years ago I started taking lessons again. have made several garments and I am almost finished with my first quilt. Its a Crazy Short Cut Quilt. SO excited about that!

Lynne said...

Well my first quilt was made when I was pregnant with my first son, over 12 years ago - it was a copy of an old traditional Welsh quilt, very simple blocks in Amish style colours. It's been used as a family picnic rug ever since and is falling apart!

Laurie said...

Hello!!
I am now a follower :)

Lynne said...

OK. I've just become a follower too!

Lynne said...

And my favourite fabric shop is Fat Quarter Shop because of the way they present their fat quarters online!

Laurie said...

My very first quilt was one that I made as a senior in high school - cut out with scissors and a ruler! It was a Christmas gift for my then boyfriend. He dumped me a week after Christmas! The bum! It was a learning experience all the way around - I guess!LOL!

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badlandsquilts said...

My first sewing project was probably a barbie doll pillow when I was 3 or 4...

badlandsquilts said...

I am a follower now too!

badlandsquilts said...

One of my favorite online shops is It's a Stitch in Houston... I used to live in the area (B4 I Quilted), now I love there clearance section as all the fabric goes to 1/2 off so good stash builder!

Laurie said...

I forgot to tell you in my last post how much you've grown from your first quilt to your last one pictured. It was great to see your progress - alot like mine. Going from squares to patterns has been so much fun and I've learned a lot along the way :)

My favorite online shops are Green Fairy Quilts for the incredible prices, Fat Quarter Shop for the variety and Burgundy Buttons for both.

Thanks for these chances to win!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I made garments after high school, but that went by the wayside. I took a quilting class 25 years ago, and that was the start of my quilting passion. I never did finish that quilt, as we learned to make our blocks using scissors and templates. After using a rotary cutter and buying a Quilt in a Day book by Eleanor Burns, I never looked back :-)

Arnden said...

My first quilting project was a psycho undertaking of a king size triple Irish chain for my SIL's wedding in May 2001. The individual squares were like 1.5" and it took me about 6 months to finish.

Arnden said...

My favorite 'local' shop is called Quilting Hands and it is in Lyons, CO. I have heard wonderful rumors about a shop named Fancy Tiger in Denver, but have not braved the trip down there yet. Online I buy most of my fabric from Etsy sellers (sewdeerlyloved, is a favorite) and fabric.com.

Sara said...

First project was a pillow for 4-H sewing when I was 8.

Sara said...

And I'm following you :)

Sara said...

Favorite shop is Wooden Bridge Drygoods

Brooke said...

My first attempt at quilting was three years ago with a star/pinwheel block. I made the first block and then put it away for two and a half years. I started quilting at the end of 2009 and have become totally obsessed (just ask my husband). =)

http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com/2010/03/progress.html

Crystal Hendrix said...

I just blogged about your giveaway!

Carol T said...

I now follow your blog. My favorite shops are fatquartershop and piece n quilt, I don't really have any local shops that are very close to me. I remember sewing a pillow case for my sister when I was in high school. I made 2 for her out of dinosaur material and she had them for a very long time.

Rachel said...

My first sewing project was a dress for my little girl in 2008.

Rachel said...

I follow your blog! :)

Rachel said...

My favorite quilt shop has to be desperatequilters.com

Jenny said...

i remember sitting in the attic...not sure what my sister and i were doing in the attic!!! but we made clothes for our dolls. mine was purple fabric with hawaiian green leaves...or something like that. horrible and hilarious stuff! My mom made our clothes..and my first attempt at a quilt was using scraps from our old clothes...the quilt is awful, but means a lot to me!

Vicki W said...

It was sooooooo long ago that I can't remember my first sewing project. I know I've been sewing since I was 6 and probably earlier! When I was younger I enjoyed making clothes because that's what I learned to do first. I do remember the first dress I made from start to finish all by myself. It was a very unflattering khaki dress that I loved. At the time I did not understand that khaki is almost THE single worst color for me to wear!

Zohary said...

Hi, I'm a follower

Zohary said...

Also, my first sewing project was a quilt I made by hand about 12 years ago for a class. It looks pretty bad now but I enjoyed it and after not sewing or quilting for many years, I've come back and actually learned how to use a machine.

Zohary said...

My fav quilt shop is Quilter's Studio in San Carlos but they are going out of business (sigh). They have a great selection, good deals, and a wonderful staff!

Kathryn said...

My first quilting project was a set of log cabin block pillows that I made in the YWCA class on quilting. They've been used to death.
Kathie L in Allentown

Kathryn said...

My favorite quilt shop is Wooden Bridge Drygoods in Kutztown, PA. Is is run by a Mennonite woman and has great prices. Stop in when you go to the PA German Festival in Kutztown each July 4th week.
Kathie L in Allentown

sharon said...

My first project was a very ugly bright green shirt, when I was in my teens. I think it was a simplicity pattern. Thanks Sharonj.

sharon said...

I am a follower now too! Thanks Sharonj.

NorahS said...

I still have the first thing I ever made which was an apron in jr. high home ec. Outside of home ec, my mom enrolled me in a Stretch 'n' Sew class and that really got me going and I never looked back. The first quilt I ever made was when I was in high school, out of gingham 4 inch squares. It is on my bed.

sharon said...

Favourite quilt shop, is a toss up either stitch n frame.net or fabric shack.com, both have great sales , selection and service. Thanks again Sharonj.

NorahS said...

My favorite fabric shop? Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. Why? Four floors of fabric fun!

NorahS said...

I follow your blog!

Marcia said...

My first sewing project at age 8 was in 4-H. We made a very simple white top and green gathered skirt. Please enter me in this giveaway. mlwright29 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Doina said...

My first sewing project was a table runner, a year ago. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

Doina said...

I am a follower.

Doina said...

We have no quilting stores in Romania. Quilting is very little known here.

Bailey said...

My first project was probably the frayed edge quilt that I did for my oldest son that I finished for his 3rd Birthday. He just turned 4, so it hasn't been that long ago! Just last month I finished my first quilt!

Bailey said...

I am now a follower!

Thanks.

Rafael's Mum said...

My first sewing project was a lapquilt with 9 different star blocks. It took ages to make and I was so proud to finally have finished it!

Great giveaway. Thanks very much for the chance to win!

Rafael's Mum said...

I am now following your blog.

Bailey said...

I don't really have a favorite fabric shop since I'm pretty new to the world of quilting and fabrics. I visit a few of the 'chain' type stores in my area (Boise, Idaho), and the one that has some of my favorite fabrics is the Craft Warehouse.

Thanks!

Marcia said...

I don't have a blog...so will jump to comment 4... We have one local quilt store within a 35 mile radius (other than Wal-Mart) -- The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. It is a nice, comfortable environment with a small cafe attached. mlwright29 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Michelle said...

Hmm Not sure what my first project was. But I have clear memories of my Aunty coming to live with us for a while after my Uncle died, and she taught me to embroider. I still enjoy it more what we would call stitcheries now though. I even remember taking my embroidery to school during the wet/winter days!

Michelle said...

I follow through google reader

Michelle said...

My favorite shop is Cinnamon Lodge, about a 10 minute drive from my house;o)

Duff said...

My first project was an entirely hand-sewn quilt. I started it over 20 years ago. Say, do you need any "seed packet" material? I have this UFO...
thanks for the giveaway!

Deanna said...

my first quilt project was started about a month before my grandmother died. i machine pieced and hand quilted. i had been sewing all through junior high, high school and collage but hadn't done any quilting.....i had hoped that she would be able to teach me a few more tricks and tips but she never saw the finished quilt.

Deanna said...

i am now one of your blog followers!

Deanna said...

i don't have a favorite quilting shop near me so i do alot of shopping online.....so far my favorite is the fat quarter shop

Mary said...

What a great giveaway! I first started sewing last August after I discovered Amy Butler fabric, which opened up the whole wide beautiful world of designer fabric! My first project was a Frenchy Bag, with tons of help from my mom. I haven't stopping sewing since!

Mary said...

As far as my favorite online fabric shop, I'm torn between Fabric.com (such great deals!!!) and Hawthorne Threads (such an awesome and user-friendly site!)

Pat said...

My favorite quilt shop is Great American Quilt Factory in Denver, CO. Many years ago (about 29!) we lived in Denver for three months while my husband was in school (Air Force). We lived about a block from a little quilt shop that had just opened. The ladies (Linda and Nancy) were so friendly and encouraging to this young mother who didn't know a soul in Denver. I've never forgotten their kindness!

Emily said...

I think my first sewing project was a rail fence quilt I made when I was 16 or 17! And my most recent project was an apron using Oz! I love that fabric!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Emily said...

I now follow your blog!

Emily said...

AND...my favorite quilt shops here in Austin are Honey Bee and Ready to Sew Bernina - both have great classes and fabric with really nice people! But Fat Quarter Shop is my all-time fave.

Kirsten said...

Wow, my first sewing project...It was so long ago that I don't even remember! I always wanted to sew on the sewing machine, but my mom wouldn't let me because I was too young, so I remember her giving me buttons, fabric, needle and thread and having a grand ol' time! My first quilt was when I was 12 or 13 though.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Congrats on the milestone!
My 1st project was a bear costume for my oldest son. He was just shy of 1. That was 17 years ago...man I feel old saying that :)

Luv 2 Kreate said...

I'm a follower

Luv 2 Kreate said...

I don't really have a Favorite fabric store. I just really try to buy my fabric where ever I can get the BEST deal. I do however have a few that I usually find those deals. One is Desperate Quilters. Another one is Fabric Buffet.

jolene said...

My first sewing project was sewing Barbie clothes around 10 years old. This has got to be the craziest thing to learn sewing on. I worked at a quilt shop from age 16-22 and learned to quilt there. It wasn't until I discovered all the wonderful fabrics available online that I became obsessed with quilting.

jolene said...

I signed up to follow your blog. I'm the blue elephant.

Jolene said...

My favorite quilt stores... Hawthorne Threads has all my favorite fabrics. I love some of the Etsy fabric shops because they cut small amounts of any fabrics, including fat eigths. My very favorites would be, freshsqueezedfabrics, fabriccloset, and fabricshoppe.

Meg said...

Hi Claire! My first sewing project was a scrap quilt, mostly using fabrics from my mother's big scrap box! Hand-marked with a pencil and template, hand-sewn and hand-quilted. I taught myself as I went. This was also 10 years ago, and all I can say is, the instructions available on the web now are WAY above and beyond what I had back then!! The recipient of said quilt still has it--it was a gift for her wedding, and she was thrilled, as neither her mother or MiL (both quilters) had made the couple a wedding quilt.

Meg said...

I'm also a follower!

Meg said...

And finally, one of my favorite quilt shops is http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com . Her selection is great and the turnaround time is excellent!

Liz B. said...

My first sewing project, after the basic tube skirts my grandmother used to teach me, was a black and white check flannel jumper. I was in the sixth grade, and I really did make it myself. Grammy took me shopping for all the elements, sat me down and showed me the basics of how to follow the pattern, and then puttered around in the kitchen while I worked. Her teaching method was to set me going and answer questions when I asked for help [another important lesson learned--ask for help when you need it!]. I was SO proud of that dress and I swear I wore it at least once a week for the rest of sixth grade!
Thanks for the chance at your giveaway, and congrats on one year!

mel said...

My first sewing project outside of home ec was a log cabin quilt (took a class) - I still have it but it is not my favorite at all...

mel said...

I'm also a follower of your blog now...fun stuff!

mel said...

and my favorite fabric shop is the fatquartershop online - have ordered many fabrics from them - great selection and free shipping with certain amount purchased

tong said...

Happy first blog birthday! My first sewing project was the pair of cushion covers I made for our new couch last year when my boyfriend and I bought our new house. The reason I started sewing was because of those cushion covers! Everything I liked in stores cost over $100 so I decided to make my own! Thanks for the giveaway!

tong said...

Hi again! One of my favourite online fabric stores is HawthorneThreads.com. Their prices are always very competitive, they have a great selection of fabrics, and they have discounts for bulk purchases and repeat customers!

Barb said...

Wow, thanks for an amazing give-away! My first sewing project was a nine-patch/snowball quilt that I made at a Quilt 101 course at a local quilt shop.I chose the most 'grandma' fabrics imaginable. But I am so proud of it!

Ashley said...

I actually did start sewing in home ec in middle school but loved it so much I asked for a machine for Christmas that year. I was lucky and my parents bought me one even though I was only 13 or 14. I believe my first project outside of class was a 'purse.' I use that term very loosely as I folded a piece of fabric in half, stitched up the sides and added a strap. I've come a long way since then :-)

Ashley said...

My favorite fabric shop is Joann fabrics. I like that I can feel the fabric and see the exact color rather than relying on my computer screen. You also have the fabric right away once you pay for it. Doesn't have all the designer fabrics that the online shops have, but still has a pretty good selection.

Ashley said...

I'm a follower.

Vesuviusmama said...

Oh yes, I love giveaways! My first project was a quilt that I began by hand with scissors and ruler and cardboard templates, much like you, it sounds. My MIL taught me the basics. I finished that quilt by machine, however, because sewing by hand was taking me FOREVER! I finished it right about the time of Hurricane Katrina, so I tied it off and sent it to a Hurricane Relief program. I hope that quilt brought someone some comfort and joy, because it certainly brought it to me while I was making it. And it was the start of a wonderful journey!

Barb said...

I have a couple of favourite fabric shops...I love Pink Panda Fabrics because I live in Canada and they have free shipping and modern fabrics. I also adore Pink Chalk because they send everything in beautiful packages.

Debb said...

My first "actual" quilting project was a Four Patch... very simple... quick and the start of it all... still into the simple and quick; but, love the process.

SheilaC said...

wOw, you should be very proud of yourself, you have accomplished a lot in your first year of quilting!! Way to go!
I used a wooden yard stick and rotary cutter on my first quilt (log cabin). It is on my lap right now! :) I took many nicks out of that yard stick as I tried to cut my strips... hehehe.

I am also in the pinwheel sew along.

Thank you for a great give away, and I hope your 2nd year is as much fun as your first!

SheilaC

SheilaC said...

New follower

SheilaC

SheilaC said...

I love the Fat Quarter Shop and Homespun Hearth

SheilaC

Dj said...

My first official sewing project was a dress for 4H. I actually wore it multiple times!

Dj said...

Homestead Hearth is my favorite place to shop. I'm fortunate I get to shop in person since I live close by.

Kristen said...

My first sewing project was a pair of blue flannel pajama pants with fluffy clouds all over them when I was 15.

Kristen said...

I also started following you! Yay for finding new blogs!

Kristen said...

I like Hawthorn Threads. When you order fabric it comes all wrapped up and it's like getting a present in the mail!

Mystica said...

My first project was a dresden pattern quilt which I still have (over 20 years now). I like Hawthorn Threads.

Clair said...

My first sewing project outside of high school was a quilt I made out of my baby girls old baby cloths. It is so cute and meaningful.

Clair said...

One of my favorite quilt shop is in my home town, named The Red Rooster.

www.redroosterquilt.com

I love, love, love this shop!

Vicki said...

My first project was a pair of shorts and a top. I was 10 years old.

Clair said...

I just bloged about your awesome giveaway! It's my first post on my new blog! I hope I win!

Anonymous said...

My first project was a smock when I was about eleven, my mom helped me with it. I haven't stopped sewing since.
Connie F

Anonymous said...

My favorite shops are:
The Creative Stitch in North Manchester
Yoders and Lolly's both in Shipshewana
Quilts and Ladybugs in Columbia City
Just to name a few...
Connie F

Gene Black said...

My first sewing project - after I learned to sew in high school - was a shirt for myself. It was the '70s and the dashiki was groovy....plus the sleeves were all part of the body of the shirt. It was super easy and I made several. I think I need to try recreating that pattern so I can have one again!

allsewnup said...

My first post school project was a quilt for a long-gone boyfriend.

Carolyn

Quiltingdaisy said...

Following...

allsewnup said...

I'm now a follower, love your blog.

Carolyn

allsewnup said...

My fave shops are Fabricland and Fabric Frenzy.

Carolyn

Quiltingdaisy said...

I know I must have made a few other things first but the first thing I could wear was a bright yellow vinyl rain coat in 1970 I loved the over sized pockets.

Quiltingdaisy said...

Near by Is fabulously large shop called 'A touch of Amish' with a huge selection of reproductions. I wish I could find a shop that also carried some vivid, bold, bright fabrics for a little variety.

allsewnup said...

Just posted in my sidebar about your giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

Carolyn

jeri said...

Beyond the troll clothes and Barbie Clothes, my first official sewing project was in the 7th grade. I made a wool plaid poncho with red fringe at the bottom. Ahhhhh....... 1968!

K. Anne said...

My first projects had to do with making cut-out shirts and sweatshirts. The ones where you sew the fabric to the back of the shirt and cut out the fronts. Now my first real all fabric project were holiday skirts for my girls.

Meghan said...

My Nana gave me a sewing kit when I was little. My version of "sewing" was just attaching two fabric scraps together for no reason. I think my first real project was probably a purse.

Meghan said...

And I'm now a follower

In Awe of Applique said...

my very first project? hmmm...a halter top made with the sewing machine I got for Christmas, imagine my chagrin when my mother wouldn't let me wear it to school!! My quilting journey, however, began about 5 years ago when my Mom & Sis-in-law took a class and talked me into going along

In Awe of Applique said...

oh and now, I'm a follower of your blog! congratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary AND for having a giveaway to celebrate!! Best wishes for many more, anniversaries that is : )

jennifer said...

My first sewing experience came just a few years ago when we needed curtains for the house we had just purchased. My mom and I stayed up late 3 nights in a row to get them done, before I had to return back home. Since then I've wanted to keep sewing!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My first sewing project was a pair of bell bottom slacks in the ugliest brown ever. They were cute except for the color.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary of blogging!
I'm a follower.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My favorite fabric shop is an online shop - Piece N Quilt! She has an accompanying blog with lots of inspiration and tutorials.

Henria O. said...

My first sewing project was a plaid a-line skirt in home ec class as a 9th grader!
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Henria O. said...

I'm a follower!
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Henria O. said...

Hawthorne Threads online shop is popular and a favorite of mine as well!
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Janet said...

1. When I was five or six I went to some kind of a day camp at the school where I was starting kindergarten that fall, maybe it was a preschool. Anyway I made a pot holder that I gave my mother for her birthday. I embroidered her initials on it thinking I was clever using her "maiden name" initials which spelled out BREW. She never used it but kept it until she died. I'm not sure if she was embarrassed or proud.

Janet said...

2. I have become a follower

Janet said...

4. favourite quilt shop hmmm. Right now I would have to say Bear Paw Quilts in Whitehorse Yukon, the only one anywhere near me where I can go in and touch things - I shop online all the time but love to be able to see and touch what I'm looking at.

polly said...

My first project was an apron that my grandmother helped me make. I was around 10.
I follow your blog!

Leslie said...

this is an amazing giveaway!!

Sally said...

I'm sure I had some projects before this, but the first one I really remember was a flannel shirt I made while in college. Red and black flannel...although I think that my aunt did the button holes for me on her machine :-)

Mom on the Move! said...

I made my first quilt after we were stationed in Germany. It took me forever to finish because I had a serious 'disagreement' with my machine which resulted in me getting so frustrated that I put it away for months. Thankfully I got a new machine and finished quilting it. Now I'm in love.

Mom on the Move! said...

And I follow...

Mom on the Move! said...

AND my favorite shop is the USAG Heidleberg Arts and Craft center about an hour from where we are stationed.

patty a. said...

I remember embroidering lambs on a stamped pillow case as a little kid, but my first sewing was an apron for 4-H. It took me a whole summer to make that apron!

patty a. said...

My favorite place to shop is Miller's Dry Goods in Charm, Ohio. They have top quality fabric at really good prices. I also get to work there twice a year at there special sales. May 7 and 8 will be their anniversary sale and I will be there both days working.

mendi_brown said...

My first quilt can be seen here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/36450141@N07/3733544922/ I made it with my great grandmother, and it is so hedious. The fabrics were all old and not great quality. Even though it doesn't look great, I have a alot of great memories making it.

mendi_brown said...

I'm a follower!

mendi_brown said...

Favorite quilt shop is fabric.com... I love their selection and coupons, and they ship really really fast.

Jill said...

my first sewing project was a elastic band skirt for 4-H. I wore it for 3 year, lol. It seemed so hard at the time.

Jill said...

4. fave quilt shop is Bernina Sewing in St. Marys, OH

Pattie Crum said...

My first sewing projects after home ec in 7th grade were A-line skirts and matching vests, it was all very hip back in the day.

Pattie Crum said...

My favorite quilt shop is the internet, so many options, etsy, ebay, Fat Quarter Shop, Hancocks of Pad. I could go on and on.........Favorite brick and mortar store is Tammy Tadd, Sycamore Il.

obxsunlvr said...

My first sewing project that I remember was in my middle school home economics class. We made drawstring bookbags. But I just finished my first quilt!!!! I made my nephew a tractor quilt since he LOVES tractors!!!!

obxsunlvr said...

I follow!!

obxsunlvr said...

I kinda have two quilt shops that I really like. One is out in the country where I live, it is small yet has some items I can run over and pick up. The other is almost an hour from my house but it is pretty big and they have everything I could ever want!!! It is also where I just purchased my Viking from!!!

Alissa said...

In high school I used to make bags for myself, not knowing that things like interfacing and fabric weight would help to make them sturdy. It was also a bag-making class that got me back into sewing again after 10-15 years away, but it's so addictive I didn't stop there!

Alissa said...

I like stopping by Crafty Planet for my fabric. They have so much fun stuff! http://craftyplanet.com/

teaginny said...

My first sewing project ever was a quilted hot pad. Very simple,very 80s fabric, but it got me hooked!

teaginny said...

My favroite fabric shop is online - Hawthorne Threads. Great selection, and boy are they fast at filling your order and shipping it out!

Erica said...

My first sewing projec, let me think... it has to be a pillow, I think it was one in the shape of an owl. I think a was 10 years old or something like that....

Erica said...

And I started following your blog!

Dresden Quilter said...

First sewing project was a skirt for myself. First quilting project was a fall wall hanging. Your son's quilt is fabulous.

kathy said...

My first project??? Ohhhhhh, it's so far back, hard to remember...I'd have to say probably curtains for my first daughter's nursery. I was pretty proud of them too.
I can't believe you have made that many quilts in two years...wow! Congratulations!

Kathy said...

Hi, I'm now a follower of your blog. Thanks, Kathy

ladmquilter said...

My first project was over 30 years ago it was a quilt for my husband we were not married at the time it was the shoo fly pattern and it was not quilted it was tied we still have that quilt at our cabin up north it is not in the greatest condition but I still love it. Thanks for a great giveaway..

ladmquilter said...

I am now a follower.

Lesly said...

I sewed a skirt with an elastic waistband when I was nine. I think that was my first project - didn't start quilting until I was 26, but I sewed a lot of clothes in high school, including my prom dress.

Deb said...

My first project was a log cabin quilt I made for my mom almost 30 years ago. Then it turned out so well, I made another for my sister...different colors but still log cabin.

Deb said...

I follow.

Deb said...

My favorite quilt shop is Patchwork Plus located about 40 min from my home. I love browsing the fabric and taking classes there.

moira said...

I got a sewing machine for my birthday in December last year and made my first ever quilt for my nephew. I'm hooked - not only on quilting but on fabric - a farbic-aholic already!

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