Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Funky Little Giveaway

It's crazy prep time for the biggest show NEQDC has ever done, A Quilters Gathering, this year to be held for the first time in Manchester NH rather than 8 miles from my home in Nashua NH. I'm trying very hard to get over my bitterness about the move, but I won't lie, there is still work to be done on that front.

The Gathering is the first show I ever attended way back in the fall of 1995 when it was still in Westford MA (also only 8 miles or so from home, just saying) and I was knee deep in red and green triangles having just discovered quilting and using my skillz to create my iconic "Christmas Tree Standing on a Picnic Table". Those of you who have seen my PIO lecture know the joy and beauty of that little piece of quilted wonderment. Those of you who haven't can consider yourselves lucky that you have not had the need to avert your eyes in horror.

In any case, no matter where it may be held (she said begrudgingly), the Gathering is always a special show for me, and this year for the first time New England Quilt Designers Cooperative made the cut and we get to vend, which will be a four day odyssey of crazy fun. There is always such an energy to the Gathering, and the quilts and vendors are always amazing. We'll be offering our many fabulous kits, patterns, books, and notions, and today I put together a whole bunch of these cute little funky tree kits:





to sell either separately as cute folded fabric trees or along with my "Funky Tree Farm" pattern. I've tried them in the past and always had trouble keeping them in one piece, but I think I finally got that problem solved today and I am very excited about this new product!

I'll be taking some tonight to my lecture with Burlington Quilters Guild and use them as a test market, but I also figure why not give one away here? It's been a while since a giveaway and, in Greta's favorite words, What the Heck? You'll win a funky tree of my choosing and the pattern just in time to whip it up for Christmas.

Enter by becoming a follower either of this blog, on my facebook page, or both, or commenting on this post. The more you do, the more entries you get, just be sure to outline for me everything you did to enter in your comment!



In other news, the camera was hijacked by the children and I got about 35 photos of Antebellum paper dolls.




Apparently the South is preparing to rise again.

Also I finally got the latest group log cabin quilt put together.

Excuse the odd angle and the leaves on the thing. It is wicked windy here and you wouldn't believe how hard this was to photograph even in this half-assed manner today. I was not about to stop the presses over a leaf or two.

I love the setting, I love the blocks, for which if you read this post you may recall I gave very little direction other than "use blue" to those making them, and now I am finding that something is not turning me on about this quilt as much as I had hoped. I think it might be too.......blue. It needs something (beyond the obvious need for a border), but I have yet to determine what that might be. Ideas? Ooooo! Anyone giving me some ideas gets an extra entry to the funky giveaway!




10 comments:

beaquilter said...

quilt looks great

Kelli said...

You could put them together as pin wheels.. with sashing in between the groups of four that make up each pin wheel? That might be cottage-ish.. Oh, but you meant you wanted to add something, and it's already together, I forgot that all important point. I'm sure you don't want to rip it all out and make a new design. Okay, forget that suggestion. I probably have negative entries in your drawing, just for making that lame suggestion. ;)

Did you enjoy your night out and did the girls enjoy their date night with dad? The Gathering sounds great! Hope you post pics of it! The tree kits look like fun. :)

Laura Ann said...

love your log cabin quilt.. Love the lay out.. :) Wish I had time today to sneek down in my sewing room and sew.. I'm a follower by the way.. :) so that counts right? Cute little trees.. That would make a great stocking stuffer!

Angie said...

White border might tone it down, then blue binding... Hey, you did say blue! I love it! Angie

A.G. Lindsay said...

Hey, the trees are soo cute! The quilt is fab! See you at GQ.

KirstyB said...

I think you should add a red border to the quilt! :) Love the little trees! Perhaps a good reason to get out my sewing machine!! :)

KirstyB said...

...and I finally figured out how to follow your blog!! :)

Barbara Forslind said...

Love the blue and cream/beige quilt. You could add a splash of color to the border...just a narrow strip.
The funky trees are cute!

MsKyle said...

Have you ever tried origami or fabric folding? It would add dimension and a pops of color to your quilt. You could add a beautiful flower garden to your log cabin.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Well I am a follower....cute giveaway!

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