Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week 4 Month of Monday Giveaways - Thank You!!

Hello dear readers -- we're starting Week 4 in a "Month of Monday Giveaways" and this week we're celebrating YOU!  

Yes... I want to take the time to say "Thank you" for your support and encouragement.  Your sweet comments and feedback mean the world to me -- thank you, thank you!

To help ME celebrate YOU I have two fantastic businesses chipping in for a spectacular Week 4 Giveaway. 

First, allow me introduce you to my dear friend Cindy from Sew It Is.  
Cindy is one of those angel friends that fall out of the sky and into your stash world when you're really not looking for an angel or a friend... but you ARE looking for fabric!!   
...and the story goes... I was shopping online for a specific line of fabric when I came across this shop not far from home - never having heard of this shop I picked up the phone and dialed. 

When I realized where she was located I told her I could be there via horseback in 30 minutes!!  

Yippee!!   Since that day our friendship has grown, and she has been a constant source of encouragement -- not to mention a great source of fabric at fantastic prices!! 

Cindy's Shop "SewItIs" is located in Endicott, NY, but a majority of her fabric business is done via her online shop at www.sewitis.com.  

You must click over to the shop and check out her fantastic prices on the newest lines of Moda, Henry Glass, Andover, Hoffman - - Batiks, Cottons, Novelty Prints, Wide Backs, and others.

Here are a few of my favorite fabrics...

Sweet Serenade by BasicGrey for Moda -- $8.00 a yard -- WOW!
original image from www.basicgrey.com
and how about Little Black Dress 2 - another BasicGrey fabric for Moda...
original image from www.basicgrey.com
and for those of you that followed my Redbird and Berries Quilt on the Moda Bake Shop you know that I fell in love with Grunge by BasicGrey for Moda -- Yep -- Cindy fell in love with it too!! 

SewItIs has a fantastic lineup of Grunge fabric all at $8.00 a yard.   How about a pretty little chevron quilt with these colors!

One thing I failed to mention, the clearance section at SewItIs is fantastic -- REALLY great prices on quality fabrics, pattern, books and tools. 

SewItIs offered to sponsor the Week 4 Giveaway with Moda Mini-Charms  - not 1, not 2, but 5 (yes five) Moda Mini Charms - - oh the cute little things you can make with these!!  

For some cherries on top of this ice cream, we have another fantastic Thread Pack of Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 wt thread to give away. 

Aurifil is sponsoring this giveaway with a Thread Pack of "Everyday Color" by Me and My Sister Designs.  You can read Barb and Mary's great introduction to their Everyday Color Aurifil Thread Pack on their blog post here.   

Those of you that know me know that I use Aurifil Mako 50Wt thread for piecing, quilting and hand applique.  Little lint, few breaks and great looking results!!  Love Aurifil thread...


Many thanks to both SewItIs and Aurifil for their generosity!


How about these beautiful Everyday Color threads !!  Woohoo -- just beautiful.
Now for the giveaway chances...

I would love for you to jump over to the SewItIs Online Store, check out the fantastic prices, then jump back here and tell me what peaked your interest. 

While you're at it, if you're a Facebook user -- stop by SewItIs on Facebook and follow -- there is an extra chance for that.

I know many of you have already chosen to follow Aurifil on Facebook and on their blog Auribuzz -- but if you haven't done so yet - go for it... and leave me a comment for one or both.

Ahhh -- and we can't forget to share can we??   If you choose to share this giveaway on any social media -- be sure to leave me a comment for each one -- nothing like getting your friends involved in a fantastic giveaway!

One last option for a chance...  Help me decide how to divide up this giveaway.   Leave me a comment telling me one of these three Options (1, 2, 3):
  1. 1 winner takes it all
  2. 2 winners (1 winner for the 5 mini charms and 1 winner for the Aurifil Thread Pack)
  3. 5 winners  (each winner getting a mini charm and 2 spools of Aurifil Thread)
I just can't decide -- so I'll let ya'll help me with that.  Thank you!!

There ya have it -- Week 4 in the "Month of Monday Giveaways" is now active.  It will be open until Monday April 28th about 9pm Eastern Std Time.

Have a wonderful week everyone -- Sew Happily!!

Being grateful....
Karen

Monday, April 21, 2014

Winner - Week 3 and some Quilting the Garden Fun!

Week 3 in a Month of Monday Giveaways sponsored by Quilters Corner in Ithaca, NY has come to an end.  I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and kind comments on my blog and the Redbird Quilt Co Facebook page.   I'm really looking forward to teaching and sharing the fun of wool applique with others.
If you live locally and would like to sign up for either the "Spring Basket" or "Family Tree" class consider signing up with a friend by May 7th and you'll receive 20% off the class fee!  That's a $9.00 savings.
Be sure to review the Quilters Corner Newsletter for more information.  Click here for class details for "Spring Basket" and here for details for "Family Tree Pillow".  I look forward to seeing you there!!

If you don't live locally, the "Spring Basket" pattern can be found in my Craftsy store by clicking here... and Family Tree is a free download from the Moda Bake Shop -- click here to view the recipe.

Just a couple of quick shares before we announce the Week 3 Winner --  last week I met with my good friend and mentor Debbie, and my sister and mentor, Janet, to continue work on our "Quilting the Garden" by Blackbird Designs BOM.

Debbie made this beautiful quilt a few years ago and a few of us convinced Debbie to share her experience and input with us monthly as we make our own version of Quilting the Garden.

Here are a few shots of our last get together (we missed our friend Bonnie during this session - but I guess a retreat in Texas was just a little more fun than meeting with us girls... ; ))

Janet and Debbie looking at next month's block on Debbie's finished quilt:
The next few shots are blocks that my wonderfully talented sister has completed -- WOW !!

The house block - Isn't it beautiful (I apologize if the color is off -- darn computers ;)
Spring!!  Did I mention that my sister Janet is the only one that is on target with her blocks?  She is amazing!!
 And here are a few other details in some of her beautiful blocks !!
 Love this birds nest!!  Woot!
Thank you Debbie and Janet for letting me share our fun with others... hugs..

OK -- now the moment we've all been waiting for... there were 99 comments on last week's blog giveaway so Mr. RANDOM number generator choose as follows:
 And the winner is:
Yay!  Congratulations Piroska B!!  You are the winner of two beautiful wool charm packs!  I'll be sending you an email soon.

Many thanks again to everyone that played along -- and to Quilters Corner of Ithaca, NY for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway!

Stay tuned Tuesday for Week 4 in a Month of Monday Giveaways --we have some more fantastic prizes!!

Hugs all,
Karen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week 3: Month of Monday Giveaways Celebration - I'm teaching!!

Welcome to Week 3 of a "Month of Monday Giveaways".   This week we're celebrating my first ever, all official, on the books, teaching engagement at a Local Quilt Shop!    Will someone pinch me ?

I'm very honored and excited to share with you that the four lovely ladies who own, operate and pour their hearts into Quilters Corner in Ithaca, New York, are taking a chance on this small town girl and giving me the opportunity to teach my designs in their all-star class lineup.  Woohoo!    
Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY, USA -- Quilters Corner was a Featured Shop in Better Homes & Garden Fall 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine!! 
One of the things you notice the minute you walk through the door is COLOR!!
Yes!!  Batiks, cottons, flannels, wools...
...samples and more color!   
Swoon!!    In additional to tons of fabrics, patterns, books and samples, Quilters Corner proudly sells and services Pfaff and Baby Lock machines, and they also have an Online Store.

For all of my bird loving friends... you must check out the awesome paper pieced bird patterns "Feathered Friends" by local artist and quilter, Elsie Dentes.  I had the opportunity to meet Elsie in the shop a week or so ago, and I was thrilled as I have always admired her bird designs.  Click here to view them on the shop page.

As I mentioned earlier, the class lineup at Quilters Corner is extraordinary and includes two of my favorite instructors and mentors, Sharon Stroud and Debbie Wick.   I've learned so much from these two ladies, and I'm honored to have my name listed with theirs on the class schedule.  You can see the full Quilters Corner class schedule by clicking here.

So here I am -- in May/June 2014 teaching Spring Basket
 and Family Tree Pillow
at Quilters Corner in Ithaca, NY.  I'm just so excited!!

To help me celebrate this milestone Quilters Corner is sponsoring today's giveaway!

What better way to celebrate than with beautiful wool charms by "in the Patch designs"!  The hand dyed wool charms work perfectly on the Spring Basket pattern -- check out these stunning colors and designs.
A beautiful variety of wool charms...
Thank you Quilters Corner for the awesome giveaway!

Giveaway Chances:  There are several ways to gain chances to win in Week 3 of a Month of Monday Giveaways!

If you are an existing follower of mine in any social media outlet, leave one comment letting me know all ways you already follow.  (Just one comment that indicates all of the social media outlets that you are currently using - Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Craftsy).

If you are a new follower in any of the social media above -- leave ONE comment letting me know which one(s) you added.

If you "Like" Quilters Corner, Ithaca, New York on Facebook -- give yourself another chance and leave a comment letting me know.

If you signup for Quilters Corner Shop Talk or Web News feeds then give yourself an additional chance and leave me a comment letting me know.

In summary -- one lucky reader will win two Wool Charm packs on Monday, April 21st around 9pm EST.

Good luck everyone and thanks so much for celebrating Week 3 of a Month of Monday Giveaways!

PS.  If you missed the Week 2 Winner post -- you should check it out -- we had a special guest choose the winning Facebook and Craftsy entries -- he was a hoot!

Hugs,
Karen

Monday, April 14, 2014

Winners - Week 2 Month of Monday Giveaways!

Greetings fellow quilters!

I'm excited to announce the winners of the Week 2 Celebration in the Month of Monday Giveaways!

For Week 2 we're celebrating the release of my very first Redbird Quilt Co. pattern "Spring Basket".  
Spring Basket is an 11" x 16" Wool Applique on cotton Mini Quilt that is wool charm friendly, uses simple embroidery stitches and works up really fast!   Personally - I think the hardest part of the entire pattern is getting the half moon template ready.  I'll be anxious to get feedback from these Week 2 winners!!    The pattern can downloaded from my Craftsy Pattern Store here or on my blog sidebar.

The first winner was drawn from the set of 49 Followers on Craftsy.  I printed all the entries and let our crazy Yellow Nape Amazon "Cayman" choose the winner....    He was a little hesitant...
 But finally went for it!!
And the winner of one "Spring Basket" pattern is: Shirley Tener from Arlington Texas !!  Shirley blogs over at SimpleSew.   Shirley, you have a choice of a printed or PDF version of the Spring Basket pattern.  I'll contact you via email !  Congratulations!
The next pattern winner was chosen from the 48 comments left on the April 6th Spring Basket announcement on Redbird Quilt Co's Facebook page.

The comments were printed and tossed on the table runner --  Cayman went after the winner but he was moving so fast the picture came out a blur (bummer)....  None the less we have a winner of another "Spring Basket" pattern.

And the winner is Kathi B. Clower!   Kathi blogs over at Design Originals by KC -- Congratulations Kathi!  You also have a choice of a printed or PDF version of the pattern.  I'll send you an email.
Now Cayman was all tuckered out so it's a good thing that blog comments are numbered and Mr. Random Generator could choose the 3rd and last winner of the "Spring Basket" pattern.   There were 185 comments on the blog and Mr. Random Generator chose #91.
Comment number 91 was Helen!!  Helen blogs at Helen's Patchwork Passion.  Congratulations Helen -- and because you live across the Big Pond I will be happy to send you a PDF version of "Spring Basket".
Last but not least -- the winner of the Thread Pack of Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt spools...

But before we get to that winner I want to say "Thank you, Thank You" to Aurifil for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway!  Alex and the whole crew at Aurifil are so very generous and fun!!
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OK - Drum roll please -- there were a total of 185 comments on the blog post and Mr. Random Generator chose #11. 
Lucky number 11 was Joyce Carter!!  Woohoo!  Joyce you are the winner of this awesome collection of Aurifil thread.   I use Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt thread for piecing, needle turn applique AND quilting -- you're going to L-O-V-E this thread !!   Joyce I will contact you via email to get your mailing address!
Well everyone -- that's a wrap -- thank you all so much for participating in Week 2 of a Month of Monday Giveaways.

Stay tuned this week because I'll soon be announcing the Week 3 Celebration and Giveaway!

One last note -- Cayman was really going after the cashew that was buried in the entrant piles... I'm working on training him to choose winners -- but he's not quite there yet...  Isn't he cute though?

Thanks again for your sweet comments and support - they really make my day!

Hugs,
Karen

Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Things Friday!

Greetings all and a warm welcome to our new followers!  I'm really thrilled that you're joining us....

We're smiling here in New York State as the weather is FINALLY beginning to feel like spring!

The ice is melting from the Finger Lakes and the weatherman is predicting unseasonably warm temperatures for the next few days!  Woohoo!

Here are a few of my Favorite Things on Friday!
Warm temps, calm (ice free) waters, a bundle of fabric, and some Aurifil Thread!  Life is good....

This beautiful bundle of "Bouquet Memories" by Hoffman California Fabrics is courtesy of Bear Creek Quilting Company...  Wait until you see what we have in store for you!

Here is a closer look....
Yep, I'm going to cut it up and sew it all back together using my favorite thread - Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 Wt for piecing, hand applique and quilting - love that thread (and just look at those luscious colors - swoon!).

If you haven't already -- be sure to get in on Week 2 in a Month of Monday Giveaways!!  
Check it out by clicking here.
A Thread Pack of Aurifil
and
Not 1 -- but 3 copies of our new 
"Spring Basket" Wool Applique pattern.
 
Have a joyous day and weekend all -- and thanks again for your sweet comments and support!

Hugs,
Karen



Monday, April 7, 2014

Aurifil Thread Winner - Week 1 of a Month of Monday Giveaways

Many thanks to everyone that played along in Week 1 of a Month of Monday Giveaways where we celebrated the start up of Redbird Quilt Co.  What a blast!


The celebration was sponsored by Aurifil Threads and included a 10 Spool Thread Pack of Aurifil Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander llc for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  
I use Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt threads as my first choice for piecing, quilting, and needle turn applique! 

I think I've mentioned this before ;) but Aurifil's Mako Cotton thread blends like a dream, leaves little/no bulk and even less lint.   I can't begin to share technical details with you but I can say that when I quilt with it, my dense quilting comes out with little buildup and without nasty breaks.   

If you've never tried it -- you really should -- it's wonderful!
"Feathered Flower Fun" by Redbird Quilt Co. - Quilted with Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 Wt Thread
"Winters Charm" by Redbird Quilt Co - Quilted with Aurifil Mako Cotton 50wt Thread
"Quilting the Garden" by Blackbird Designs - Needle turn appliqued by KL Miller using Aurifil Mako 50Wt Thread
"Quilting the Garden" by Blackbird Designs - Needle turn appliqued by KL Miller using Aurifil Mako 50Wt Thread
 Now Open!!  Week 2 of the Month of Monday Giveaways .... Yet another chance to win Aurifil Thread!   Just click here to read and enter the giveaway. 

***   Drum-roll please  ***

There were a total of 571 comments on the Week 1 giveaway post -- WOW -- everyone wanted to win that Thread!!

Mr. Random Number Generator chose comment number :  277 !! 
 And comment # 277 was "Beth" -- yep, you've seen it with your own eyes!  Beth is our winner!!
Congratulations Beth!   I've sent you an email....  Oh the beautiful things you'll be able to stitch with that thread.

Have a fantastic week everyone and be sure to enter the Week 2 giveaway open until Monday, April 14th and celebrating my new Wool Applique pattern "Spring Basket".   We'll be sharing 3 "Spring Basket" patterns and another Thread Pack of Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt.   

Oh happy day!
Karen

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Celebrate Wool Applique love "Spring Basket" on Anything Goes Monday

Greetings blogging friends and welcome to the next celebration and giveaway in A Month of Monday Giveaways!!

but first... "Thank You" to everyone that commented on last week's post and offered their kind words and best wishes for Redbird Quilt Co.!
If you are joining us for your first visit be sure to click on this post and comment to enter last week's Aurifil thread giveaway - it's open until appx 9:00pm EST Monday April 7th.  Thanks again to Aurifil for sponsoring thread giveaways all month long! #aurilove

I did my best to respond to each sweet comment in the giveaway post but, I must admit, I was pleasantly overwhelmed with responses and I've fallen behind.  Please know that your giveaway entries are secure.

Sadly :(  MANY of you are showing as "No-Reply" bloggers, and unless your email address is included in the comments I have no way to reach you.  Click here to ensure YOU are not one of the unfortunate "No-Reply" bloggers.

OK - on to the celebration and giveaways!! 

Today I'm honored to guest host "Anything Goes Monday" - a fantastic weekly Linky party created by Marelize Ries at Stitch by Stitch blog.
stitch by stitch
Marelize is a wonderfully talented designer from Kriel, South Africa who brings her projects to life with the most beautiful free motion quilting sewn on her domestic sewing machine.

If you've never visited Stitch by Stitch I invite you to jump over and check out Marelize's lovely lineup of patterns and tutorials, along with her inspirational free motion quilting.

You absolutely have to see what Marelize makes with her creative self and a little Bernina Artista 180!

Marelize recently designed, created, quilted and published "Summer Solstice" available on her Craftsy Pattern store by clicking here.
Thank you Marelize for inviting me to guest host Anything Goes Monday for you today!  The Linky party is at the end of this post...

New followers -- if you have a blog I would invite you to try the Linky party -- it's a fun way to share your work with others and to enjoy a world of blogger creativity!! 

Today's celebration also includes the announcement of Redbird Quilt Co.'s first ever published pattern "Spring Basket"!  Yippee, happy dance, cartwheels and BIG smiles  !!
"Spring Basket" is an 11" x 16" wool applique mini quilt that is wool charm friendly.  (Wool charms normally contain 5 pieces of 5 inch square wools).  The pattern is available for immediate purchase and PDF download from my new Craftsy Pattern Store!!  Just click the link below !!

I'm a Craftsy Designer

The printed version will be available at a few local and online quilt shops - stay tuned for these upcoming announcements!

The PDF pattern includes full size Applique Shapes (ready to print on 8.5" x 11" freezer paper sheets), step by step start to finish instructions with supporting images, and suggestions for finishing the quilt with big stitch quilting.
The printed version of the pattern includes the full size Applique Sheets already printed on freezer paper!!  This saves you the trouble of printing or tracing them.

Because it is my first pattern I look forward to hearing your constructive feedback on either version.  As always - thanks for your support and encouragement, it drives me to continue growing and sharing what I love <3
OK -- onto this week's giveaway in the Month of Monday Giveaways!!

I'll be sharing 3 copies of "Spring Basket" in your choice of PDF or Printed version.  I'm pleased to say the contest is open internationally (international winners will receive a PDF version of the pattern).
Also, for domestic entries, Aurifil is sponsoring another 10 Spool Thread Pack of Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt threads!  WOW -- now we really have something to celebrate!  If you want to see why I choose to piece and quilt with Aurifil threads take a look at a few old posts here and here and here.

Check out this beautiful thread pack that includes spring colors that compliment Darlene Zimmerman's Lazy Daisy Basket line for Robert Kaufman.  These threads would work perfectly if you made "Spring Basket" in cotton - you can even machine stitch it!!   Oh such beautiful colors!!  Thank you Aurifil!

To enter the giveaway:


This weeks giveaway includes 3 "Spring Basket" patterns and one Aurifil Thread pack!

Winners will be chosen using these methods:    

Follow my Craftsy Pattern Store here - and one lucky Craftsy Pattern Store follower will be chosen to win a "Spring Basket" pattern.

Comment on the Redbird Quilt Co. Facebook Post celebrating the "Spring Basket" pattern.  All comments will be placed in a hat and one will be drawn to win a "Spring Basket" pattern.

Comment on this blog post and two winners (one "Spring Basket" pattern and one Aurifil Thread Pack) will be chosen!

On this post tell me what you like about the design.

Leave an extra comment if you follow my blog and tell me how you follow.

You can get extra chances to win if you share the "Spring Basket" celebration on any social media outlet (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Blogging) - leave one comment per share !!

This giveaway will be open until 9:00pm EST Monday, March ooops April 14th (thank you Dya!)  -- Be sure to come back next week for yet another Monday in the Month of Monday giveaways!

Now back to Anything Goes Monday !!    Woohoo -- we're really partying now!!


Using the InLinkz Link-up below - link up any current projects you've been busy with, anything at all!  From quilting, sewing, knitting and crochet, it can be of any fiber art.  If its handmade, share it!




I'm looking forward to this new adventure with everyone.
Thanks again for your support and smiles -- they really make my day!

Hugs,
Karen