Several people guessed what the pattern would be. I saw it at this tutorial. I didn't particularly follow the directions, but used the general idea. It has no batting and is made from circles of recycled jeans with fabric inset.
Not MY jeans mind you...but someone's. I didn't want to do very small squares because of time limitations, so I had to go to the thrift store and buy the biggest jeans I could find. The sales people though I was crazy as I could literally fit in one leg of some of them. But I didn't want to pull off pockets and such and have them have changes in color.
The instructions recommended zig-zagging the edges but I really wanted the frayed denim edges. That means this quilt is by no means a study in perfect sewing. I washed it again after I was finished sewing and had to go back and re-sew the edges that frayed a little too much. I suspect the new owner may have to do that as well during it's lifetime.
But I like the rough-around-the-edges look. It feels like a great picnic blanket. And I think it will get better with age. Sorry I can't get it to your for possible 4th of July picnics. :(
So, "how do I win such a beauty?", you ask. Well, if you've never before commented on my site, you can't. Sorry to new readers! I'm not doing it that way to be elitist, but since it's a whole quilt I wanted it to be somebody who's not just passing through for a giveaway. Hopefully whoever gets it will really love it and use it.
But don't fret if you are a lurker. I have consolation prizes. There are two sets that come with: handmade zippered pouch, three fun, bright fat quarters, six 8 1/2" squares of recycled denim, and a little flower I crocheted (I didn't attach them to the pouches but that certainly might be cute). I will be givng one of these prizes randomly to someone who leaves a comment on this post and one to someone who has already left a comment on this previous post where I drew out all the lurkers.
My method for the grand prize selection is this:
1. Randomly pick a number between 1 and 106 (the number of posts before this)
2. Randomly pick a number between 1 and the number of comments on that post (comments left after now won't count)
3. Check to see if that commenter also entered by leaving a comment on THIS post
4. Repeat as necessary to find a winner
So, you have to leave a comment here to win. I won't be overly picky about what you say. If you want to be fun, you can send me your favorite cookie recipe. I'm particularly interested in finding a good shortbread-like sugar cookie recipe for big, thick cutouts. I bought the most amazing ones for Easter with a slightly lemon frosting that I'm hoping to re-create. I'll leave the contest open until Tuesday at midnight, just in case some of you are too occupied with the holiday.
AND....if you can be the first to tell me where I can buy PEACH colored raffia, I will make a special prize just for you. It has to be peach, not coral, or orange, or terra cotta, which I already have.
**** UPDATE: I should have mentioned I'm looking for synthetic raffia!
So good luck to you all.
You should know I appreciate all my readers so much. When I started this all a year ago I never knew how much fulfillment I would get from sharing with you and getting to know you too. A whole year....wow.
This is a just a little peek at what's coming for my 1 year blogiversay in a few weeks.
Well, that's IF I get it done in time. But I'm trying. I never really thought I'd giveaway a whole quilt...but, yup, I am.
And I mentioned it before, but if you lurk and you think you're gonna want in, you'd better start leaving me love notes now. I've devised a little plan on how to pick the winner, and only those who've previously commented on my blog have a shot.
Well, I'm sure I'll make some runner up prizes for those that just find me that post. I think part of giveaways is supposed to be about getting new readers, but I really want to give the quilt to someone who actually reads my blog...not just someone passing through. However, it will still be somewhat random, so I won't be playing favorites...
These colors make me all happy and sunshiny, even on a rainy day!
Help. I can't stop. Since I got back from Quilt Market, I've taught myself to crochet. Are there other much more productive things I should be doing? Absolutely. But I saw these pillows. I mean, come on. The gorgeousness is overwhelming.
So I felt I simply HAD to learn. And I love it. For some reason I really jibe with it, more than knitting. I think those poor gloves have been abandoned forever.
It's clear that I did start it as an escape. I need to be doing something, but wasn't ready to face all the "real" work I should be doing. But, now since it's so darned portable, I may be losing a good chunk of time to this new-to-me craft. Ah well.
The first pix are just little test patches I practiced. I was so impressed with the circle. And then I made a scarf. It's a very simple pattern from The Happy Hooker book. I'm disappointed that it's not a little wider and much longer. I think I may be doing everything a little too tight. But Aurora already told me she wants it, so I'll make a matching one fore me... And I'm working on getting the flower thing down, so I know you'll see some of those soon.
In other news, did you note that this is 100 posts for me? Yay! I know a giveaway is in order, but my blogiversary is only a month away, so I may be waiting for that. This way I'll be able to make it something really good. But here's the catch, if you're a regular lurker, you may want to leave a comment soon, because I think I'm going to do some kind of kooky giveaway that rewards those who have left comments in the past.
I have to say this was much more fun than I anticipated. I really enjoyed reading all the entries, and did want to just keep picking more and more names. You've all been so supportive and in my mind you're all winners!
OK, never in a million years did I expect to get so many readers so quickly. It was just like 2 or 3 weeks ago I was hoping for 50 hits in one day.
So I have to say you guys are awesome. This crafty blogland is such a wonderful place to inhabit. Everyone is so nice, encouraging, and inspiring.
I try to be really good about replying to all the comments I get...but sorry...on this giveaway, I just can't do it.
And, I had notions of taking all the colors people submitted (or the version I see in my head anyway) and making some kind of mosaic or something for us all to share. Yeah, not going to happen. I was thinking like 40 or 50 comments max. But I did pull out my trusty Pantone guide and start playing around:
So here are my colors (or they look right on my screen... probably totally different on yours):
Here are a few other people's favs (I won't tell you who so you can't tell me how wrong I got them):
Everyone's so different, huh? And yet I love them all.
I didn't realize this would get me thinking about colors and combinations so much. Very interesting design exercise...
I just really loved some of the descriptions:
"The green of the maple leaves when they first open in the spring - when they are so new they are still droopy"
"basically any shade of blue that was painted in the hotel in Mamma Mia"
"the color of a late fall sky right before a storm"
"the same light blue as my little boy's eyes"
Now I really want to bust out the coloring books...
See, I'm hoping you'll think that at any given moment I could bust out with a wicked awesome giveaway like this.
And I could.
You'll have to keep reading and see.
Ha. Of course you might be thinking "It's not all that. What's she fussin' about?" Well, then fine. Don't enter. Leave more chances for someone else...they won't mind.
Anyway, let me tell you what we've got here:
1 scrappy summer belt as seen in my tutorial (or if you don't happen to be in my general size range, I'll make you a custom one)
2 zippered pouches (one is a good pencil case size, the other more of a change purse)
4 half-yard cut pairs (each is 2 coordinating prints, 1/2 yard each)
12 "little bits" of fabric (approx. 9"x11" pieces)
1 pair of barrettes and 1 pair of ponytail holder for girls or grownups...made with my new yo-yo makers.
And it all comes in a super-simple drawstring pouch...
Now for how to enter:
Leave a comment on this post and tell me your 3 favorite colors. And no, green, red, blue, etc...get more specific. Mine right now are chartreuse, chocolate brown, and a light greyish turquoise I'd call "mist".
If I get what I deem to be "a lot" of entries, I might even send out some runner-up prizes. So tell your friends. But you can only enter once...
You have until midnight friday Aug 22 to enter and I'll pick the winner shortly after that. Then you'll have to give me a little bit until I send it out because I'll be out of town for a few days.
Good luck everyone!
**EDIT - I should note I intend to pick the winner(s) from a hat randomly...
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