Tuesday, June 14, 2011

400th Post Giveaway

The giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for entering!

Slow but sure, the posts have built up to this 400th one!   I started blogging in February 2009 and have enjoyed all the interaction with readers and thank each and every one of you for visiting or following or commenting or just stopping by and taking a look at my little corner of blogland.  I appreciate you!

To celebrate, I am giving away my latest quilt, Amish Stripes.  This is the only paper pieced project I ever started, way back in about 2003 or so, and it has languished since in a box, until Judy's Patchwork Times UFO Challenge.  It is 24 x 30 and is bound and backed in Kona black and machine quilted.

To enter my giveaway, no special leaps, bounds, or somersaults are required.  But I do want information--I am curious to know:  What the three non-quilting accessories you MUST have at your fingertips while sewing/quilting?  Mine are a calculator, a nail file, and Verbena hand lotion by L'Occitane (love that stuff!).  

I will keep the giveaway open until Saturday, June 18th at 5 pm.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you by email, either through a profile or by including your email in your comment.  Don't have a blog or profile?  No problem--send an email to me at:   vtaannieo(at)gmail(dot)com.  I'll either use Mr. RNG or throw all the names in a bowl and let DH or son pull out the winner's name.  Hope you'll join in!

38 comments:

Natasha said...

Hmmm....necessities.

A chopstick to turn things inside out and get those corners crips

an oak 1x2 board to assist me in thread basting for hand quilting

M&Ms (yum)

Darlene B said...

Congrats on your 400th post! My nonquilting essentials would be a can of Diet Mt. Dew, a radio or computer for some great background music, and hopefully an open window for some sunshine and warm breezes! (However, being a Chicago native, I don't get much of #3!)

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Congratulations on 400 posts! What a darling little quilt!~ how can you part with it?! My 3 essentials~ nail file, mechanical pencil, and tea. :-)

Dresden Quilter said...

Congratulations on 400 posts! My three items would be my tv, chocolate and tea.

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt.

I use a bamboo skewer as a stylist tohelp guide fabric in place. I also use a Sanford Uni-Ball ONYX fine point pen for fabric marking. And I have a memory makers cup holder that attaches to any table, to prohibit beverages from tipping over.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Michele said...

I heart your quilt! Thanks for the chance :-) I use blue painter's tape, bamboo skewers, and my son's plain, white, school- type ruler. Congrats on 400!

Quilter Kathy said...

I would love to own an original Annie quilt!
My 3 essentials are: my computer to listen to cbc radio or music (and check my favorite blogs), my camera which I use every day, and my fan (for hot flashes!).

Shay said...

My three non essential quilting accessories are:
Music , Chocolate and at least one cat or dog in the sewing room. (Chocolate is the most important of the three!)

Congratulations Annie on your 400th post. I so enjoy popping in here every day and seeing what you're getting up to . I love the day trips you take us on round your neighbourhood, and your quilting and Tuesday Orts. I'm definitely glad to have made your acquaintance. Im looking forward to the next 400 posts!

Mary said...

Congratulations on your 400th post! I use an notebook and pen or pencil quite often while I'm quilting. I might write down my grocery list, figure how much binding to cut, sketch free motion quilt designs, make to-do lists, etc. I think better when I write things down. The third thing would be some chocolate and a fourth, the radio to keep me entertained.

syocom said...

love the quilt, very simplistically beautiful. my 3 non quilting essentials are: head phones, sweater, and socks. My feet get cold in the basement and i need something to keep me warm.(even in the summer)

Kari Nitzel said...

Congratulations on your 400th post! Non-essential items that I have to keep close by when quilting is... a Diet Coke, that is a must; the remote, I usually have the TV on to keep me company; and my camera, it is amazing how the camera can help you see the pattern easier.

LisaT said...

I generally have tweezers, and paper and pen handy. Thanks!

Jacque said...

Congrats on your 400th post!! How nice! My three cant live with out non-quilting things are- cup of coffee/tea, hand lotion and my ipod. Thanks!

Lori said...

What a generous giveaway! Congrats on 400 posts. I too love blogging so much!
Calculator, pencil, hmmmm, I can only think of two.

Joyful Quilter said...

I love your little quilt. Essentials: grid paper and pencil, audio books, Johnny / Matt / Cary...Oops I think that is more than three.

Darlene said...

Very sweet quilt. :-) Congrats on 400 posts.

When I'm sewing/quilting I must have something to drink; water or caffeine free diet coke, a pencil and paper.

Kate said...

Congrats on the 400th post. The three non quilting tools? The calculater, a notepad, sticky notes.

Lorraine said...

400 posts.....well done...I have been blogging for longer but am about a hundred posts behind..LOL...the three non-quilting "tools" I have to have on hand? Tea or hot choccy depending on the weather,entertainment (TV/audio book etc) and camera......and for those quilting breaks....chocolate!! I know ...that's four....but the choccy only comes out in the breaks so as not to get it on the quilt!

Pokey said...

What a sWeeT giveaway, Annie, I think your little quilt is adorable. Okay, my three tools came right to mind, an x-acto knife, ziploc bags, and washable gluesticks...I bet I could name 10 more, too, I feel I'm a bit eclectic in my style...thank you for the opportunity!
:-}pokey

Kathie said...

congrats on 400 posts!!!!
sharpies fine line, graph paper and coffee in the early am and bottle water all day long!

what a wonderful giveaway, a treasure for sure
Kathie

Sheila said...

Daisy Jane our schnauzer lays at my feet, pillow for my chair and tv. Love the quilt.

ANudge said...

A magnifier, an empty tin can, and a cup full of pencils.

Congrats on your 400th post!

Belinda said...

Well Congrats girl!!! No easy feat getting to 400 that's for sure!!! I can not believe you are giving your sweet little Amish quilt away!!! Someone will be a lucky duck for sure!!

I need a nail file...good tv...and my Goober dog!

Mimi said...

Pretty colours in your quilt! I usually need music, a soft cushion to sit on, and paper/pencil.

Diana Davis said...

Pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty!!!!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Congratulations on your post!

NUMBER 1 and most important is ice tea, ice tea, and ice tea....grin. I guess number 2 would be my heavily used trash can and number 3 used to be my puppy.......:(((.

Hmmmmmm

McIrish Annie said...

what a generous give away!! my three essentials are: TV remote, magnifying glasses (on my head or face) and a cup of coffee (preferably Dunkin Donuts)

Mary said...

Very gorgeous offer. My three are a calculator, little black one that is ancient, post it notes and a pen stuck to my machine so when I think of something for quilting on a different project or this one or not quilting related at all, I can make a note and keep going.

819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

400 posts!! Oh my, congratulations!! And thanks for a chance to win this wonderful quilt. I really need to have that little thingie (not sure what it's called) that has a thin wire and helps thread needles...and my living room floor which is in 12 inch parquet tiles - perfect for measuring and squaring up larger quilts. VermontPines@aol.com

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Beautiful quilt! I LOVE Amish style quilts.

Congrats on hitting 400!!

When I am sewing/quilting I like to have a pad of paper and pencil, bottle of water, and a calculator nearby.

Bonni said...

400! What a great number. My three things that I have to have are:

camera (always have to snap shots during the process)

tape (painters, masking, or scotch)

music (cd/dvd/radio)

Vivian said...

Heartiest congrat's on your 400th post, Annie. It's always a pleasure to read what's on your mind or see what's been traveling over your feed dogs.
My three favorites: a mug of coffee (duh), music from my Ipod or XM radio from the laptop, and my camera.

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on the 400 posts. I need my
TV (for quilting shows I taped),a candle (not
burning-smells great with out the fire) and
something good to drink when I get thirsty.
Your quilt is beautiful!

Linda said...

Very lovely quilt!
Accessories include:
a fan blowing at me (it's hot here)
classical music coming from my Roku box and TV
my digital camera

~Niki~ said...

the quilt is gorgeous~great job.
the 3 things i have with me when i quilt are music, TV, kids (oh wait, that doesn't count lol), and hand lotion. :) thanks for the chance!

Julie in the Barn said...

Oh, Annie, your Amish stripes are fabulous. The first class I ever took was Amish given by Roberta Horton (back in early1980s.) So my first little quilt was an Amish stripes! I always need my computer nearby with something from Netflix going, Gilchrist & Soames handlotion, and my handy dandy graph paper pad & pencil to draft ideas I see when blog hopping.

c said...

that is gorgeous

I need to have my blue paper tape and the paper slips around to start sewing on the small piece of HSTs to start the sew line process, and the trash can and the working area clean and pins at the touch to help pin .carol aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

LuAnn said...

Congratulations on your 400th post. What a wonderful giveaway. I love your quilt. My three must have things in my sewing room are my radio/cd player for news and music, my i-phone and a cup of tea or coffee. Thanks for the chance to enter.