Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Sew Mama Sews Give Away

I'm linking up with Sew Mama Sew's give away, this is the first that I've taken part in anything like this and I think it's a wonderful idea.



I will post internationally.

If you become a follower you can be entered twice. I will pick the winner by writing all the names down and putting them in a bowl (I have no hat) and getting my sewing friend Roo to pick one out.

I'm offering up 140 (give or take) precut diamonds, what is left over from an autumn quilt I made for my brother... which I still wish I had used a different colour for the border... ho hum.
  To enter tell me the thing you wish you'd done different.
I'll do the draw on May 11th and announce the winner and contact them on 13th May.

Good luck and thanks to Sew Mama Sew for this opportunity.


Apologies for the photography - I really must stop taking pictures at the same time of day in the same place and expecting different results... tsk tsk

If you're interested to see what I did with mine, it's in March under Bits and Pieces I've made.

This giveaway is now closed - thanks to all that entered, I will announce the winner on 13th May.

68 comments:

  1. Am I first commenter? If so, yay! LOL
    The last thing I would've liked to do different...would be on a paper-pieced block with lots of pieces, that I did. Just when I had it all finished, after hours of piecing and ironing, I noticed I had used the wrong colour on one piece, so where there was supposed to be a stem of a flower, there was blue and not green fabric... grumble.
    So I wish I would've taken a second look and made sure, I was taking the right fabric. That would've safed me hours from fixing it, which I did with fabric paint lol!

    And I hope I win these, I love autumn coloured fabrics, they're my favourites :)

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    1. You are indeed the first commenter Yay lol.

      What a great idea to 'fix a problem with fabric paint - we are a resourceful lot.

      Good luck.

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    2. I crocheted a horse a little while ago and the back legs weren't quite right. I was all, "WELL, THEY'RE SEWN ON NOW!" I wish I'd taken the time to take them off, fix them, and sew them back on.

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  2. I wish I had paid more attention when my Mother was teaching me to sew.I learn something new nearly every time I sew! Thanks for the chance!


    vhogsett@comcast.net

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  3. I wish I would have more patience measuring and cutting fabric... causes a lot of small imperfections... hadas_a1@yahoo.com

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  4. I wish I would have waited until I was fully recovered before I started FMQ'ing a couple of my quilts.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you're fully recovered now and good luck.

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    2. YOU ARE MY WINNER - the previous person hasn't got in touch - so I've picked another.

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  5. As far as sewing and crafting goes I am happy with the way things turn out almost 100% of the time. If we're talking about life in general I wish I could go back and undo some stupid financial choices we made shortly after we were married.

    ajoyfulnoise(at)live(dot)com

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    1. I know that feelings, but you live and learn eh.

      Good luck.

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  6. Oh dear, must you remind me!!! I have just entered a quilt in our local Quilt Festival in South Africa and half way through I realized that I should have quilted each seam in the ditch before I started on the free motion quilting. Certain parts of the squares the fabric creased over as it was a bit loose. Oh well, I won't make that same mistake again will I!!! Thank you for a chance to win your fab fabric!

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  7. I am your newest follower by e-mail!

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  8. Awe, I'm sure the quilt is lovely!

    I just recently made a top and in my head thought I should sew it M. I ended up sewing it L. I wish I had listened to myself, as it's too big. =) Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  9. I just added your blog to my bloglovin roll call. Thank you again.

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  10. I'm pretty impulsive, so when it comes to sewing, there are a lot of things I should do/have done differently! Most involve measuring correctly and checking that my seams are lining up. :/

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  11. i wish i had not ended up with so many bias seams on my lizard quilt...i did get most of the wrinkles out but it took some work...

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  12. I wish I learned to sew when I was younger. It is hard with kids to learn.

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  13. I'm hand sewing a quilt for my husband and I, and I really wish I'd picked different colours! I'm about 30 blocks in right now, and trying to decide if I should just make it into a lap quilt and start the one for the bed all over again. :\

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  14. Love the colors in your diamonds :) I am following you now on bloglovin :)

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  15. I wish that I would slow down a bit so I don't make silly mistakes

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  16. I follow via bloglovin

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  17. Diamonds are a girls best friend! :) Lovely color selection!!

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  18. Nice diamonds! I have worked too much with them, but these will give me a push to do more. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  19. I wish I'd accepted my friends offer of her mum's old sewing machine!!

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  20. I frequently wish I'd ironed more. I know I *should* iron excessively while sewing, but sometimes, I just toss in drier.

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    1. Congratulations, you are the winner of the diamonds.
      I will try to email you, but I think you're missing a part of your email on your blog.

      Your winning entry was picked by my little buddy Ben who's 9 and he chose your number at random.

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  21. I know i have redone a few sewing projects because i made a mistake. I don't leave things on sewing projects, i just redo them. In life though, there are always things you wish you could redo.

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  22. I wished I had learned early on to square up my blocks. Many quilts later, I have finally learned this.

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  23. I wish I had sewn more and cleaned less!

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    1. I think I've got that one down to pat :o)
      I have a postcard that says 'Oh no dear, the only time housework comes before Quilting is in the dictionary' adn I live by it.
      Good luck

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  24. I knit a shawl and the edges are so tight -- I wish I had worked harder from the start to figure out a better edging, like slipping the first stitch on every row. Thanks for hosting!

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  25. I wish I took up my husband's offer to help clean up my fabric.
    mcintoshsusan@hotmail dot com

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  26. I wish I paid more attention at the serger class I had when I bought my machine. There is so much I know it does and I cannot remember how to do it!

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  27. No matter how careful I am with measuring and cutting fabric, then sewing pieces together... for some unknown reason I am off a little in one way or another and I can't figure it out!!! This is frustrating but it doesn't stop me from doing what I love so much: creating handmade quilts!!! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. I used to have that problem a lot, then all of a sudden it fell into place and so far so good it happens less and less now, but all quilts should have a quirk, that's what makes them 'by you'. Good luck.

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  28. I wish that I got different fabric at JoAnn's the day after thanksgiving. I thought I was picking out fabric that I could use as backs but so far every quilt I have made the backs that I bought did not match the quilt.

    red_murray2@yahoo.com

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    1. I've read a lot about JoAnn's, where is it.

      Good luck.

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  29. I wish I was more precise with my trimming!

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  30. I wish I'd been more daring in my youth.

    majorasue(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I wish would think about backs and bindings and not just quilt tops when buying fabric. Thanks for chance to win.

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  32. My biggest regret is that I probably won't live long enough to make all the quilts that I would like to. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  33. There are a few quilts I wish I had made larger. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. I tied my first quilt instead of quilting it. I should have quilted it.

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    1. My first three quilts were tied and are still going strong, I was only interested in patchwork at the time, though they have floating corners, so to have quilted over them would had looked odd. Now though, I quilt everything and just love them.
      Good luck.

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  35. I wish I had paid more attention to binding instead of just knowing how to do the envelope or inside/out binding method.
    hbrooke_ski (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. That's the great thing about quilting etc, there is always something new to learn. I didn't bind a quilt until about my 5th or 6th, I would say don't be afraid to make mistakes and then you'll learn soon enough.

      Good luck.

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  36. The second quilt I made, I bound in black with a gold backing and--are you ready for this?--used gold thread to hand-stitch the binding down. Every single stitch shows. Ugh.

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  37. There were a baby quilt I make for my colleague's daughter that I wish to make it bigger.

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    1. I've made a couple of baby quilts that were just too small and I think ended up being the childs dolly's quilt, but at least it was used somehow.

      Good luck.

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  38. I sewed the binding on a quilt by machine because it was going to my little boy and I thought it would hold up better. I wish now that I had hand sewn it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. I wish I didn't marry so young before I knew myself better. O, you meant quilting? I learn and profit from those mistakes. They're relatively harmless.

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  40. Fun giveaway! I guess I am learning that I can say no to projects and go at my own pace. Maybe I should listen to myself more!!!

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  41. I wish I would have selected different fabrics on a couple of the quilts I made. They turned out nice, but would have been better with other fabric.

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  42. Mom C said...

    I working on a lone star quilt. There isn't much I like about it now. It's ready to be quilted but I don't care for the color combinations and I made a mess out of the large squares. But, my husband saw it on the bed (it's queen size) and he loves it! ARGHHHHH! I may have to sleep under it! Thanks.

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  43. I wish I'd started sewing/quilting earlier in life. Now I have to try and make time with a toddler in the house

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  44. I recent finished a wall hanging, Bee Charmer by Mickey Depre. I wanted to try using variegated thread for the quilting and did an all-over meander. It would have looked better if I had done straight lines but oh well. I do like it very much.

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  45. I wish I had taken more classes - that way, less mistakes made. Thanks for sharing

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  46. Every time I quilt wrinkles into my quilts I wish I had made a dash to the haberdashery to get more safety pins for basting, then I decide to leave the wrinkles and quilt on, and until the quilt is washed I wish that I had ripped out the quilting to smoothe the wrinkles. After washing, though, I'm fine with it.

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  47. I wish I'd measured to make sure my 1/4" foot was actually 1/4" from the needle to the edge of the foot... I sewed my first quilt with bigger seam allowances. No wonder things didn't quite line up. Oh well I guess it is a learning curve and we don't learn if we don't make mistakes. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  48. I just recently made a modern circle quilt and when I went to the quilt store to purchase background fabric, (I really wanted a light grey or white) the owner talked me into black. I don't think it looks modern it looks Amish because I used solids.

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  49. The thing I wish I had done different? Married the silly sort of husband who cannot finish a job! On the other hand- I love him anyway... Nothing to do with sewing then...

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  50. I wish had used a different backing for a scrap quilt.

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  51. I wish I had used a different binding for a quilt

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  52. I sew I had waited until the tension was fixed on my sewing machine, rather than continuing to sew anyway, thinking it will be ok.

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  53. I wish I would be better about adding a project or quilt label to my projects before I give them away.

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