Saturday, September 19, 2009

giveaway time!

Have you been wondering why I'm so crazy in love with vintage linens? Have you been wanting to give it a try without having to raid the thrift stores or fill your closets with old sheets? Now is your chance!



I'm celebrating my last finish with a giveaway! It includes almost everything you need to make your own patchwork - at least 130 6" squares of vintage linens (all different!), and enough 3" strips to do a scrappy binding. All you need to add is batting and backing (I recommend a nice all-cotton sheet - that's just one trip to the thrift store!).

To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Any old comment will do, but if you're feeling chatty, tell me a favorite memory of something crafty your grandma or mom made when you were little. International folks are welcome. And I'd love to share the vintage linen love far and wide - so if you mention this on your blog, come back and leave another comment for a second entry. I'll pick the winner next Thursday evening (um, that's the 24th).

And speaking of giveaways, here's another little bit of eye candy from ircabbit - her second quilt made from the IKEA Rosali fabric from an earlier giveaway. Isn't it beautiful??? OMG!

23 comments:

  1. oh my gosh....I don't know if I want to be #1, what are my odds now? LOL. I love linens for quilts, they look so unique, so different, and it feels good to know they've been repurposed. I would love to win this stash, they are so pretty, thank you!!

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  2. My Mom crocheted me, at my request, a pink & purple granny square blanket when I was a little girl. At the time I was upset that she used black for joining, I thought it wasn't girlie enough. Well lo and behold 30+ years later that blanket still looks nice because the colors were dark enough not to get all stained up. My kids even used it when they were little.

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  3. something crafty my grandma or mom made? Um...... Well I'm one of those few crafters who didn't grow up in a crafty household. Seriously, my mother and grandmother were not crafty at all. My mom did try once. She got us to make wrapping paper by dipping string in paint and having us sling it onto the paper, but I had to think a while before I could pull that memory up. Every time she see something I have made she swears I am not her daughter.

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  4. My mom had 5 girls and she made 5 little angels for the Christmas tree, one to match each of us. They have little cross-stitch skirts and embroidery floss hair, and she painted little faces on them. So precious!

    This giveaway is so awesome. If I don't win, maybe we could arrange a trade instead. :)

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  5. Great giveaway...please count me in :o)

    I grew up surrounded by needlework and sewing as both my mother and grandmother were never far from having something in their hands. I never realise it would be such a great part of my life when I was little..but I couldn't imagine not sewing now :o)

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  6. You know, I've never made a quilt with thrifted linens, but now I think I may have to try! :-)

    OK, so here's my funny story. When I was a sophomore in high school, my mom and I decided to make my dress for this semi-formal holiday party thing. It was a nightmare, black velvet top with a royal purple satin skirt. We were practically still sewing the night of the party. I think there was some stick-on velcro involved that didn't really hold the back closures very well. Thankfully, it didn't take us long to be able to laugh about it, and laugh we still do. :-)

    Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

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  7. I too grew up in a "crafting" household. My favorite memory is of my Mom making Barbie doll clothes. She would make my doll an outfit and always made a matching one for my best friend. My friends Mom would do the same. We had the BEST DRESSED Barbies in town! Looking at them now, I can't believe how tiny those outfits are with so much detail!

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  8. Crossing my fingers and toes!!! My great grandma helped me sew a dress for my cabbage patch doll when I was young. She also taught me to cross stitch and knit. She was an amazing knitter! I hope my girls will keep with the crafting tradition, I try to teach them when they are interested!

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  9. Favorite sewing memory of my g'ma: She made my sister and I a new dress every year for Christmas. They were of the finest, softest wool! One year she made a white, organdy over-apron/pinafore for a red wool dress. They were never "christmas-y" dresses and could be worn all winter. I only have the material of one of those dresses from when I was about 10.
    Anyway...you got me daydreaming!

    Would love to make a quilt of vintage linens!

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  10. This would be awesome. I just picked up my first bit of vintage fabric at the thriftstore the other day. 2 sets of pillow cases and 1 flat sheet for less than $2. This fabric sure would help me finish a top quicker though!

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  11. A nine patch quilt for my bed.

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  12. I'm so enjoying doing the vintage sheet fat quarter swap at swap bot! One can never have enough beautiful vintage linens in my opinion.

    I have so many wonderful memories of crafting with my mum as a child. My mother is an artist, a weaver, knitter, sewist, quilter and dabbled in everything else. I can remember being fascinated with her yarn ball winder and watching skeins turn into these perfect little balls, as if by magic. I also remember begging to sit on the loom bench and throw the shuttle with her ... and today, I love nothing more than being able to spend the weekend with her, shopping for fabric, excitedly talking about our projects and sewing together at the kitchen table.

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  13. That red quilt is gorgeous -- you should be proud of having a hand in it. My mom hated sewing and did as little as possible but she thought I should have the "feminine skills" so when I was ten she formed a 4-H club so that I would get some lessons in sewing from the booklets and other girls' mothers. She had no idea I'd ever spend years making my own clothes and then shift to quilting and hope to never stop.

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  14. Okay, PLEASE pick me!!!! My great grandmother used to make dolls, and she made these intricate clothes for them and never used a pattern. I am in awe at how she did it!

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!!!

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  15. a giveaway!!! this is so fun! when i was little my mom made lots of things...one of the things i really remember was her making doll clothes for my sisters holly hobby doll. I would love to make one of these quilts. you are so generous to share

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  16. I have been wanting to make a quilt out of vintage sheets for a while now but, I have only been able to find three good sheets! Not much variety! But, I do have a small start. Do you happen to have a set like this for sale anywhere? (Just in case I don't win) ;0) Thanks, Natalie

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  17. The best thing that I made with my grandma one year for my mom on mother's day was a set of rose-colored hand-dipped candles, and rose perfume (actually, toilet water). It was a great day of fun trying new things!

    I just purchased my first vintage sheet at goodwill a few weeks ago, so this would be a perfect addition! thanks for offering!

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  18. I got my love of fabric early. My grandma reupholstered old furniture, so always had fabulous fabrics strung from one end of our house to the other. It was awesome.

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  19. I jsut started collecting vintage linens and I'm sorry to say my stash is very meager. This would be a great addition if I'd be so lucky to win! Thanks for the chance.

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  20. Oh I'd love to give vintage linens a try! My favorite sewing memory is all the clothes and Halloween costumes my mother made for me while growing up.

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  21. I started thrift shopping back in Feb last year. I have a few pillow cases and a few sheets. I don't know what to do with them just yet. Two of my favorite finds that I am using are an ET fitted sheet and a Smokey the Bear fitted sheet for my son's toddler bed. I just love the vintage colors.
    I remember tagging along with my mom to the small local craft store. She recently cleaned out her basement so I asked if I could have any fabric. She gave me a bag of notions from the 1970s and the paper store bag itself was from the craft shop! It's all wrinkly, but it has a lot of memories. Plus today I am giving my mom my first quilted project, a table runner. I can't wait to see her response. It's not the most beautiful thing, but made with lots of love. Sorry for such a chatty response!

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  22. I posted on my blog about your giveaway (click giveaways in my sidebar)

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  23. I love the vintage fabrics. Thanks for the comment on my blog, too. May the best man win...or may the person win whom my husband draws out of the hat! ha ha

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