Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This-n-That Fabrics sponsors our newest GiveAway plus one of their own!

In our tough economic times, it's been difficult to watch so many local and Internet quilt shops close their doors. So it's especially fun to help an online quilt shop, This-n-That Fabrics, celebrate their birthday!

I initially found This-n-That Fabrics when I was out on my daily Internet search for online fabric shops that have both reasonably priced fabrics and, just as important, reasonable shipping charges. Of course, I'm always on the lookout for good quality fabrics at $5.00 per yard and under to Twitter about, and This-n-That Fabrics fit the bill for giveawaybudget2all my requirements!

I’m so pleased This-n-That Fabrics is sponsoring this week’s GiveAway, and they have generously offered 12 half-yard cuts of fabric as the prize!  This is a beautiful selection of fabrics that any quilter will love! The fabrics in the photo at right are the actual fabrics you will receive.

BUT WAIT – THAT’S NOT ALL!

fw1 This-n-That Fabrics is also having their own GiveAway to celebrate their birthday! And you won’t believe the prizes… First, an original Singer Featherweight! The ultimate in portable sewing machines, this little vintage machine has the attachments you see in the photo and is in excellent working condition.

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The next prize? A trunk filled with some great quilting F-U-N! I don’t know all the details of what’s inside that trunk, but I can tell by looking at it that it’s a treasure chest that will delight any quilter. How much fun will it be for the lucky winner to receive that box and open it to find out what’s inside!

So… I know you want to know – just HOW do you enter to win some of this quilting gloriousness? (That is too a word – or it should be!) Read the instructions carefully, as there are THREE GIVEAWAYS between two web sites, and you want to make sure you have a chance to win them all!

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HOW TO ENTER

TO WIN 12 half-yards of FABRIC

Leave a comment on this post and share your best quilting tip or quilt room organizing tip. Make sure your comment has your email address or links to a web site that contains your email address!

EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA ENTRIES

For a Second Entry – Add Quilting on a Budget to your Blogroll! Leave a second comment that contains your blog address.

TO WIN THE FABRIC AND ENTER THE FEATHERWEIGHT AND TRUNK GIVEAWAYS:

YOU CAN GET FIVE MORE ENTRIES TO WIN THE FABRIC AND enter to win the Featherweight and Trunk of Quilters Fun!

Head over to This-n-That Fabrics web site and make a purchase. Return here and leave a comment WITH THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR INVOICE NUMBER. You will receive five more entries!

When you make a purchase at This-n-That Fabrics to enter THIS Give Away, you are automatically entered in the Featherweight and Trunk of Quilters Fun Give Away!

Whewww.. that’s a lot to remember… but you can do it! Just make SURE that your comment(s) contains some way to contact you!

The Fine Print


Comments that contain Invoice Numbers will NOT be published publicly until the GiveAway is closed. All GiveAways end at 12:00 midnight (EST) June 30, 2009. Winners of the Singer Featherweight and Trunk o’ Fun will be notifed by This-n-That Fabrics directly. Winners of the Fabric GiveAway will be notified by Quilting on a Budget, and will have 48 hours to respond with your full name and mailing information.

Good luck!

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112 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Nice fabric. Great give-away.

The best tip I can think of right now, is one that I learned after ruining my ironing board cover. When using items on your iron/ironing board, place a sheet of freezer paper on top of your ironing board cover (tacky side down). This will provide a temporary cover that will help keep your ironing board cover clean.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com
SewCalGal (@) live.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My quilting organization tip if you have many projects going on at one time is to use large zip loc see through bags for each project and to include all pieces and pattern when ever it is not what you are currently working on. Then a separate large bin to hold all of the projects at one time so they are in the same place. It saves a lot of time if you do not need to look through everything to find all the pieces.

Andee said...

My best tip is finish what you start. Take a break from something you are tired of but then get back to it, finish it, or part with it so you can feel it is done!

Andee said...

http://moderndiary.blogspot.com/

Adding you to my blogroll!

grendelskin said...

My best tip to date: using your ruler to fold your fabrics. Happy Zombie has a neat tutorial online for it. In essence: fold longways, then wrap around your large ruler and slide the ruler out. You'll have standard-sized folds of fabric capable of being neatly stacked/shelved.

Harley Dee said...

Well, I haven't really been quilting long enough to have my own tips yet.. but as far as keeping my stuff organized, I make sure that I fold and put away my fabric as soon as I get home with it. I have it all divided into categories like solid colors, florals, holiday fabrics, etc. That helps a bunch.

Harley Dee said...

I subscribe to QoaB via Google Reader!

http://koalafuzz.blogspot.com

autumnesf said...

I am brand new to quilting and mostly learning from the internet so I don't really have any tips yet. Except maybe keep your finger out of the way of the rotary cutter or you are going to be quilting the rest of the week!

Tina said...

Oh, WOW! I wanna win! That fabric is fabulicious....yes another new word!

My tip is two-fold. I have found that by keeping little "litter" bags (brown lunch bag with the lip folded down, or a thread catcher bag, or a small box) in spots in your quilt room, really keeps the threads and itty bitty scraps from being all over everything. I have a thread catcher bag I made hanging at my left side at my sewing table, one at my right side at my cutting table, and a little box sitting on my pressing cabinet. I plan to add a few more as I find the spots in my room that I end up with a thread or scrap in my hand and no where to go with it.

Tina said...

You kow QOB is already on my blogroll and logo pasted on my blog too!

http://tapdancetutu.blogspot.com/

Vesuviusmama said...

I love scrappy quilts, so I use Bonnie Hunter's scrap management system to save and organize my scraps. However, all those different sized scrap sqaures needs its own home. I could just get plastic tubs, but my preferred home decor is a bit scrappy, too. Therefore, I scour the thrift shops for neat tins of different sizes and motifs to keep my different sized scraps in - pretty, interesting AND functional!

Vesuviusmama said...

Oh, yeah. You are already on my blog list - that's how I learned of this GREAT giveaway so quickly!

Vesuviusmama said...

OK, I really didn't need to buy more fabric, but I couldn't resist. If I win the Featherweight, it will all be worth it. (Actually, it will be worth it once the fabric arrives at my house!) Anyway, the last 4 digits of my Order ID are 3960. My fingers are crossed!

paula, the quilter said...

The quilting tip that I use all the time for both hand and machine work is to keep a small piece of batting close by to put all those snips of thread onto. It acts like a thread magnet.

I read blogs via Google Reader and don't do a blogroll on my blog. But if you had a badge or blinkie I would be more than willing to add it to my sidebar.

paula, the quilter said...

My blog address is: www.thequilter.blogspot.com

Tina said...

Joan - You did it! You got me to buy fabric on This-n-That. Not to enter the giveaway....but because the site is awesome!! My order digits are: 3961 Kona fabric for $5.50 a yard!

Carol R. said...

Love the colors of that fabric! Please enter me in your giveaway. I hate cutting out projects and my favorite sewing tip is to cut a bunch of small projects out at one time. Slip each project into it's own ziplock bag, including pattern, notes, pieces etc. Then you can sew to your heart's content or work on them as you get a chance.

Kaye said...

Oh would I love to win that beautiful fabric, Thanks for such a generous give-a-way and Happy Birthday to This,nThat. My hint: umm let me think, enjoy what you are doing and try not to do too many at once, then it becomes stressful. I try to finish my projects before I start a new one. If I need a break from it I do some wool felting, some applique and then go back to it. Works for me!! Happy Quilting

Kath said...

This works great for me: I use good quality "pencil cases" for portable sewing projects and also to keep my current quilting supplies together. These cases have a clear front, a zipper and 3 eyelet holes. Right now in one case I have the necessary supplies-thread,needle,pins,small scissor, thimble, paper, pencil, etc- for a small lap quilt I am hand quilting.The quilt and supply case are in a basket which I can carry to any room.
Another case has the supplies for a small applique project.
Two cases can be held together with a piece of ribbon woven in the eyelet holes. and I've got a case with sketching supplies and a small drawing pad.

Another tip: Use a 5" doll needle as a "stiletto" when sewing patchwork at the machine. It works great when tucking a seam allowance under the presser foot, and when approaching the end of a seam line.
Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.
Kathleen
villagequilter@gmail.com

Sue Cahill said...

What a great giveaway, fabric to win plus we get to read everyones tips!

I keep my stash in plastic orange crates turned on their side. They can be stacked, they are cheap and when I need to move they are all ready to go!

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Sue Cahill said...

I subcribe to your email feed!!

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

cockermom said...

I have been quilting for about 6 years. I usually have several projects going at once (as I know most of us do) I store each unfinished project in a nearly flat container and stack them on the trundle bed under the daybed in the sewing room. Perfect! Out of the way and less clutter for family and guests to see.

cockermom said...

I subscribe to Qob using Google Reader.

Nova said...

I think I'd organize my stash at least once a year.

Patty said...

What a great give away!

My quilting tip would be to clean your sewing machine and change your needle after every quilt/project.

Patty said...

I don't have a blog roll but I put a link to your blog on my side bar.
my blog is www.pattyruth14-shoofly.blogspot.com/

Candy said...

My tip is that when you leave a UFO, to jot a few notes down so you know where you stopped. Did you run out of something that you need to cut more fabric? How many more of those star blocks do you need to make? Etc. I recently took a UFO to a retreat and spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where I was, how many more of this and that I needed. Too much valuable time went to this. I tired of it abit there, and made sure I made the proper notes to pick it back up again when I'm ready.

Candy said...

http://creationsbycandy.blogspot.com/

Wendy said...

Not an original tip but one I like. I have a tomato pincushion that I've marked the sections w a permanant marker to designate my various sewing machine needle sizes. When I have to change needles I can put good ones in the appropriate section so I know what size it was. I also use a decorative pin to put in the section to tell me what I have in my machine.

WoolenSails said...

I buy wall baskets and hang them on the wall next to my cutting table. I put different colored pieces that I have cut from previous projects, into them. Then if I am working on an applique and need a small piece, I can grab from a basket. Makes it handy and out of the way.

Debbie

Kate said...

Hi - please enter me in the giveaway.
My tip. Keep yourself organised - when sewing a block (say, log cabin or ohio star) that has lots of pieces which need to stay in a certain order, stack the cut, unsewn pieces in order on a tray. Then you can pick up pieces 1 and 2 for one block, 1 and 2 for the 2nd block and so on. Don't cut the thread between the blocks. When you have pieced all pieces 1 and 2, start at the beginning and sew on piece 3 and so on. If you are interrupted, the tray keeps everything in order.

BKelly said...

I am newer to quilting, so I really don't have many tips. I did learn that it is really important to take the time to wash and iron your fabric. It does make it much easier to work with.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

BKelly said...

I also subscribe to your feed on Google reader and you are on my blog - http://bkellysblog.blogspot.com/

Lilly said...

My tip to keep organized is to have a box or a basket to put all the scraps inside.

Thanks!

imagrandma2five said...

Wow! What a great give away! My sewing tip is not really sewing but cleaning up afterwards. To get all those threads and fabric scraps off the carpet I use one of those long handled squeegees. I drag it along the carpet and all the strings, etc, roll up in a ball for easy removal.

imagrandma2five said...

I have also posted about the giveaway on my blog with a link back to here.
http://grandmachicken.blogspot.com
Thanks again!

Clare said...

A great tip that I found somewhere on my web travels and which I think is the best ever. How to keep those bobbins from unwinding when they are in their box. Buy the really cheap hair bands. The ones that seem to unravel and stretch as soon as you use them. Wind one round a bobbin and your threads will never unwind again. You can colour match too!

Clare said...

You are on my Blog Roll list http://dordognequilter.blogspot.com AND I've got the QonB badge on my blog.

Fran said...

I like to use children's washable markers for marking on my quilts. They are really washable even when ironed, come in many colors, and are much cheaper than those blue markers that dry out way to quickly.

Fran said...

I just placed an order at This-n-That Fabrics. All I can say is WOW! Great prices, great selection, and very reasonable shipping. I'll be shopping there again. #3964

Janet Jaeger said...

Way to go Joan, this is another good online shop. It would be great to win the Featherweight, but I just bought a new machine, so I hope someone who really needs it will win. Janet in FL
Ribbonshirtlady1@yahoo.com

Vesuviusmama said...

Oops! OK, my email address is ehutchinson@wlu.edu. Also, I didn't see my comment about my invoice from This 'n That fabrics - perhaps you aren't posting them, but I just wanted to make sure you got the info because winning the featherweight would make my YEAR!

Angela said...

For applique, I draw the whole thing on the background fabric lightly, then I use needle turn. I also find this to be a better way to use up scraps that I usually think wouldn't work- I can avoid marking on anything but the background and mostly "eyeball" the size needed from my scrap bag.

scottshelpmeet@gmail.com

fabric nurse said...

My best tip would be to always have a project out and in progress. I find it hard to think about setting aside a couple of days for a project but when I'm having a bad day or need quiet, whatever, I can close the door to my sewing space and stroke my fabric or work on my project for a while. I go back to the outside world feeling refreshed.

Michele said...

My best tip: Use a double-threaded needle, with the end made into a loop, to bury thread tails.

In detail: Take a length of thread and double it. Thread your needle with the doubled length of thread. Leave a reasonably-sized loop of thread to catch your hanging thread tail and bury it in the backing.

I thought I was the last person in the world to learn this!

Michele said...

Great site - they have grab bags, which is WONDERFUL for a scrap-a-holic like me. Just ordered 3 pounds!!! Last four digits of order are 3967.

Michele said...

And, last but not least, I added QOB to my blog list! (Thanks for the reminder!)

Becky said...

What a wonderful give away!! I keep the popcorn tins from
Christmas. I set one near my cutting table and toss in my small leftover pieces when cutting larger projects. Then when I need some "no thinking" sewing I work from these tins to make crazy quilt, or string quilt blocks. Soon I have enough blocks to sew into a quilt. These are great quilts for my grandkids to toss on the lawn for picnics and tea parties.

Anonymous said...

quilting free : i oder fron the site 3968 are the last 4 #'s thanks for letting me know my tips is bye the clear storage boxes so you know whats in there at a glace.
i also embroider on organza and cut around it after putting on stich glue around it than you can sew it on any thing or any where
wasinack@sbcglobal.net thanks again Joan

Nancy said...

I think a good tip for quilting is to stack everything in piles that you will be using for the same project. Then if you start something finish it, even if you are working on other stuff you it for leaders and enders.

Nancy said...

i love your site, I am a new quilter visit my site where I blog about everything going on in my life...
www.thescarberrys.blogspot.com

thanks Nancy

free indeed said...

I'm already very aware of This and That Fabrics; I'm subscribed to their newsletter. I'd love to win the fabrics and just because I've been so busy with 4 grands under the age of five for the past week, I think I'll go make an order to 'reward' myself...I'll let you know if I follow through.... :) Oh yeah, for organizing, I've just been redoing my sewing room and I purchased a TV/entertainment stand that is the perfect height for a cutting table. Hubby has to add a board to the back side to make it wide enough for my cutting mat, but narrow shelf below and the cabinets are great for storage...I love the style...and no more unsightly bedrisers!

Carolyn Jennings said...

My organization tip is go through your old magazines and tear out the instructions for quilt projects you love, including any patterns that need tracing or templates and put them into clear plastic pages and keep in 3 ring binders. It is faster to flip through patterns you love than an entire magazine. You can organize the patterns by categories as well.. Christmas, Halloween, scrap etc.

Carolyn said...

I shop at This and That quite often and love their service and great shipping charges (actual, not estimated). My invoice number ends with 13969. I just got a great buy on some end of the bolt yellow fabric... you can never have too much yellow fabric. I love it for creating a small inner border on quilts.

Anonymous said...

My tip is to organize all redwork/embroidery patterns in a notebook with an index. They will be easy to find when you go searching for a pattern.

Mary
mburn@comporium.net

Anita said...

Wow! What an awesome give-away!

One of my more recent tips/tricks is to organize small quilting pieces in a muffin tin.

http://bloominworkshop.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/red-trees-in-the-park/

trudys_person said...

Great Giveaway!!

My favourite quilt room organizing tip is Plano tackle boxes from the fishing section in Wal-Mart. They come in a couple of different depths. One is perfect for sorting and storing threads - it even fits Aurifil spools standing up. They are also great for notions and SM feet. Most of them have little movable section walls so you can "customize" them.

Janelle said...

My tip is: when you need to stop a project always stop in a good spot (rather than a difficult one!). It's a matter of making it easy for yourself to get back into the project, and to avoid UFOs. For example: make sure that when hand stitching, the needle is already threaded and some stitches done so it's just a matter of picking up the project where you left off; or if there is a hurdle to jump, jump it and then put the project down rather than having the hurdle still staring at you in a year's time!

macbeaner said...

One of my organizing tips is using the sheet protectors and notebooks to protect my favorite patterns. Then I know where they are at and are easy to find. :)

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Please enter me in the draw! My best quilt tip is to follow Bonnie Hunter's method of organizing your scraps!
Hugs,
Kerry
kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

I already have this blog on my blog roll at:
http://kerrykatiecakes2.blogspot.com/
Hugs,
Kerry

Kandra said...

My best tip concerns fabric. I have a closet in my craft room as it was previously a bedroom. In the closet I've used sweater/shirt organizers that hang to hold fabric that is 1/2 a yard and up. The shoe organizers that match are great for holding fat quarters. This let's you have a great "look" at your stash and you can keep colorways together.

Sherrie said...

I've enjoyed your blog, lots of good tips. I'd like to be entered to win the fabric also. My tips are: first, I like to use the 3MHooks,(they come in a variety of sizes)on the sides of my storage cabinets to hang stencils or quilting tools, they are very convenient and can be removed easily. My other tip is to use a lint roller to pick up tiny pieces of trimmings or threads.

Megan of Sanourra Designs said...

Oooh what lovely fabrics!

I haven't been quilting for long, but I've been sewing for years. I'm finding my best tip is to keep a can of pressurized air (the kind you buy for dusting electronics) close to your sewing machine. Spray the lint off your needle, feed dogs, and bobbin case frequently to avoid heavy build-up.

Megan of Sanourra Designs said...

You're now on my blog roll at http://sanourradesigns.blogspot.com

ktquilts said...

My quilting tip is to cut up my scraps imediately into 4" squares. These are good for many 9 patch projects. Scrap-busters sometimes turn out beautiful, and the squares often call to you when new colors are added to the pile!!!

AmBurg said...

The best tip that I can think of is to just pin, pin, pin, and to not be afraid of the seam ripper.

Anonymous said...

I am fairly new at quilting but one tip I hve is to use silk glasshead pins to pin your quilt. They are a lot thinner and sharper so no big holes. Also I use zip lock bags to keep the different components in as I sew. This really works great with mystery quilts.
rebslb13@yahoo.com
Sandy

Anya said...

One of my best tips is to use Best Press when pressing fabric and quilt blocks. Thanks for the chance.

Anya said...

You're on my blog roll. Thanks for the chance.

Farscapegirl said...

Hmmm my best quilting tip . . . well I am fairly new to quilting, so my best beginner tip is to put rolled masking or painters tape on bottom of your ruler so it doesn't shift when using a rotary cutter. and always press your seems with an iron, it truly makes all the difference in the world to a beautiful finished quilt.

Laurie said...

The best organization I've recently done is to add a wooden thread holder to my sewing desk. It made a whole drawer available for other "stuff"!
laurie

Laurie said...

Hi again!
Just added you to my blog list! Thanks!
laurie
http://ayankeequilter.blogspot.com

Renee G said...

My favorite organizing tip is that I put all of my quilting and crafting items in clear plastic boxes and label everything.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Christy Lee said...

My only tip is the freezer paper on the ironing board...I'm sure everybody knows that BUT me! I would love the opportunity to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christy
sheridesthatbigredhonda@yahoo.com

GloJoeSews said...

My best tip is to use the plastic see-thru salad containers that you buy a pound a mixed salad greens at the store for your multiple quilt projects. They are large and see-three, and best of all you are recycling!

GloJoeSews said...

I've added you to my blogroll! http://www.glojoesews.blogspot.com

Christel (cos208@nyu.edu) said...

I'm new to quilting (I actually just started my first quilt).

Everyone probably knows this already, but anyway, my tip is about making templates. I used graph paper where 8 squares = 1", with special markings to identify each square inch. This way, all the pieces have their right angles, and there's no need for any measuring, besides just counting the squares. Then I cut them out and used double sided tape to attach them to sturdier paper (I used usps envelopes!) and voila!

Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! :)

Suze said...

My tip is for scraps. I just brought home some scraps from school ( I teach sewing at a high school) and I needed a system for storing and organizing them. Someone on another forum recommended Bonnie Hunter's system. Right now I am organizing my scraps into clear see through bins as Bonnie recommends. :)

Bazzie Doodles said...

I have added your blog my my list @
http://bazziedoodles.blogspot.com/

Bazzie Doodles said...

I spend a lot of time on line and often find things I want to make 'later' I have found that saving instructions or bookmarks can get messy fast and I forget what I bookmarked them for or saved for what. I keep a 3 ring binder with printed instructions, the website address and any other notes I need to make the project. That way I have the notebook for reference by my machine, and I can check back to the site for additional information, and author credit or any other details I need.

Bettina Groh said...

I use a small metal lunchbox to keep my sewing necessities in so that I can sew wherever I am... it's easy to put the pins, scissors and needles in and away when the grandchildren visit!
ps..I'd love to win!

demmi said...

My tip is to start small and work your way up to bigger projects con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

whatshername said...

My tip is to always wash your fabric before you begin to work with it.
Great contest!

http://Whatshername.Etsy.com

mtsuz said...

What a great giveaway!
My best quilting tip for storing fabric in a less then desirable environment is to use plastic heavy duty tubs. I then color coordinate the tub with the color of fabric inside or I use a black sharpie to label the colors and types of fabrics within.
http://maidenrockarts.blogspot.com/

Suzanne
mtsuz@yahoo.com

cnuland said...

I use an ironing pad that fits on top of my dryer - I love that it's flat and has a larger area to iron at one time (it's square). Plus, it stays there all the time so I don't have to set up an ironing board.

Wehaf said...

My favorite tip is to work on small projects (like baby quilts and bibs) along side larger ones, so you don't get burned out.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Stef said...

I like to use 100% cotton batting, and my favorite is Warm & Natural, made in the US. It's thin and warm!

everythingquilts said...

My little tip is one I just started doing myself. I've started sewing 4patches and strips for my scraps as my leaders and enders. I have got about 100 4patches sewed making my last top just using them for leaders and enders.

sarah said...

i think it helps to designate one room in your house just for quilting purposes. that way everything stays in one room and you can easily organise your stuff!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

everythingquilts said...

I forgot to add that your site is already on my blog list.

JJ said...

I think it helps you stay organized when you have a beautiful place to store your things. It makes you want to keep things neat and brings you back often!

Lisa said...

I haven't been quilting long enough to have any great tips but I am sharing this one with you all:

I have placed all my small rulers into a zip-lock type plastic bag which ensures that I don't lose them in the bottom of my craft bag. It's easier to keep them all together and tidy.

LisaB72

lmurley2000 said...

i'm a organizer and i have all my fabrics in a large basket covered with a see thru garbage bag, that way my fabrics dont get dirty and i can still see what i have. thanks

quiltmom said...

Hi from Western Canada,
My name is Anna and I do have Quilting on a Budget on my blog roll.
I don't know if I am eligible to enter your contest but I am happy to offer the best advice that I was given.
I have a few tips:
1) buy the best tools you can afford
2) measure twice and cut once
3) use the best quality quilt fabric you can- quilting is time demanding and you don't want it to fall apart because of inferior fabrics
4) enjoy the process- it is a great hobby to have

You can find me at quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com

Regards,
Anna

janil said...

I've just started quilting! And these giveaway is great .... Thanks!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Liz B. said...

My quilt/sewing room organization tip is to use your vertical space. I have things going right up to the ceiling!
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

juju said...

My favourite tip is to make an extra block every time you make a quilt. Set it aside safely and you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you have enough to make another quilt or quick gift. Sizes can be easily altered by adding strips of co-ordinating fabrics if needed

Kandra said...

I added you to my blog roll

Bonnie said...

Thanks for giving me a chance to win! My tip would be to stay organized best you can! Batester@verizon.net

Love 2 Quilt said...

My best tip is to have about 4 seam rippers, because I can never find one when I need one. I also have duplicates of other items I use all the time like rotary cutters, rulers, and lots of needles!

lisa said...

I have two tips:

one is that instead of using junk fabric under your needle when taking a break between sewing, do a leaders/enders project that can become a quilt too (I am doing 2 1/2" squares one white on white one scrappy)

two is to always buy just a little more fabric than what you think you will need for everything, and a bit more of what you love, just in case you make a mistake or want to make somethign else (and to add to your stash) Learned that one the hard way!

pojeda said...

Love this giveaway!
My quilt tip is:
When cutting fabric for a quilt top, I save all the pieces that are too small for another quilt top in a jar, so that when I need stuffing for a pincushion or doggy bed, I have all the soft fabric cuttings to use!

pojeda said...

I wrote about the giveaway on my blog!

Go to www.piecesewquilt.blogspot.com!!!

pojeda said...

Made a purchase at This-n-that web site, here is the last four digits of the order number: 3988

Sure hope I win that Featherweight!!

LOL!

Mrs. Katie Picciottoli said...

Wow! What a giveaway!

My favorite organizing tip is to fold your fabric stash using acrylic rulers as guides: 10 - 12 inch for 1/2 yard and bigger cuts and a 6 inch ruler for quarters. This makes them lie very flat and make neat stacks. (I use this for my husbands t-shirts too!)

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Mrs. Katie Picciottoli said...

Soooooo...I added quilting on a budget to my blogroll. I'm glad this was a way to enter - now I've gone and figured out how!

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Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Hi, My favorite tip is when cutting borders across the grain, make the border just a little shorter than needed. Less than 1/8th of an inch for smaller quilts and a little more for larger quilts. This will eliminate ruffled borders or you can simply cut with the grain they don't stretch this way. Great giveaway!

Gayle said...

Great giveaway! My quilting tip is this: Whenever I have small amounts of fabric left from a project, I cut them into strips - either 1", or 1-1/2", or 2" etc..... then I store all the strips of the same width in a basket market with the size. It makes it SO easy to grab the basket and use up my scraps when doing other projects! Love it!

cheri hage said...

Love your blog! My tip is (we've all heard it, but) wash all new fabric before storing it with your stash. Then when you pull it out because it goes so perfectly well with the fabric for a new project, it will be ready to go ! That way you don't have to wonder later if it's been washed or not. Make a habit to always wash new fabrics !
~Cheri

cheri hage said...

Just added you to the blogroll...
my blog is; stitchwhimsy.blogspot.com

Thank you ! ~Cheri

Hannah said...

I put individual projects in large ziplocs (I found some gallon-sized ones with handles). I keep them in a bin on a shelf, so I can easily pull one out if I need a break from a different project.