Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity Giveaway and Block #2

How are you enjoying the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM so far? I've been having such a good time with it, and it's especially fun to be one of the first quilters to get the pattern so I can put together a sample block to give you some ideas for yours!


Jacquelynne Steves is releasing her pattern for the second block today, and to celebrate, I'm having another giveaway! But more on that later.

Here is Block #2 pieced in the fabrics I chose, Soho Chic.  Winter has decended upon us and we've been dealing with snow and poor weather, and so I apologize for the low light in this photo. It really looks so much better in person!


I have chosen to leave the center blank rather than embroider inside. One I get all six blocks constructed and pieced together, I'm going to come up with a nice free motion quilting design inside. I have no idea what that will be just yet,  but I still have time to think about it.

Here is how Block 1 and 2 look together. Pretty sharp when they are put together, eh?



Fun, fun!  I've taken a look at some of the blocks that you participants are posting on the Pinterest Group Board for the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM, and they are fabulous! I love all the different fabrics being used, and how that affects the way the blocks look. This is what makes quilting so much fun - so much variety and creativity come together!  Take a look yourself at http://www.pinterest.com/jacquelynnes/free-sew-sweet-simplicity-bom/.  You can also check blocks out on Jacquelynne's Facebook page.  If you do post your block, be sure to use #SewSweetSimplicity so we can find you!

And if you'd like to hop on board this BOM - did I mention it's FREE? - it's not too late.  We're just starting with the second block. You have options to do four or six blocks - whatever you have time for.  When you sign up you'll receive a welcome email from Jacquelynne with the previous month's pattern, so you can still participate, and even forward/share the patterns with your friends.

Hmmm....can't forget about the giveaway!


The winner of this giveaway will receive the Wool Snowflake Penny Rug Pattern and Grandma's Pantry Quilt Pattern.  International entries are welcome as these patterns are downloaded as pdf files. Awesome, right?

There are two ways to enter:
1.  Leave a comment and let me know if you take time to make some type of Christmas decoration for yourself in December, or if you are too busy making gifts for everyone else.
2.  For a second entry, let me know if you follow along on my Facebook page, Instagram, or my Blog.  I love reading other quilters' blogs, and I'd hope you might like to follow me along as well!

Most importantly, make certain I have a way to contact you if Mr. Random draws your name.  Leave me your email address in the comment, or make certain you are NOT a No-Reply Blogger.  I was astounded at how many comments last month were from no-reply bloggers, which doesn't give me any way to reply to you or contact you should you win!

The contest is open through midnight Mountain Time on Sunday, November 30   extending the deadline to Dec. 3rd!  And for a chance to look at what the other guest bloggers have made for Block 2, I've included links to their blogs below. They're having giveaways, too! Can you believe how many 'Barb's' are in the list?  And two Sandy/Sandie's.


Good luck, and I can't wait to see your blocks.

Quilting with a smile,
Barb





62 comments:

  1. Too busy making stuff for everyone else. Great job on your blocks.

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  2. I follow you via Bloglovin'. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  3. I don't usually make any crafts for just myself. But I do decorate with quilts that I make. I also make sure that I make some of my favorite treats such as English Drop Cookies. Have a great holiday season!

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  4. oh love to make for others but forget myself!! LOL mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. So.... I am a little behind--my plan is to do both blocks right after Thanksgiving! I love your blocks and look forward to see the center stitching you come with. As for gifts, I do make them for a bee that I belong to and our guild board. So in a few weeks after the parties I will post what I have been up to.

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  6. December somehow always sneaks up on me and I have more to do for other people than I usually have time for.

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  7. Love your block. I spend my time making for others. Thanks for the giveaway.

    janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

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  8. Your blocks look beautiful- I think your finished quilt is going to be gorgeous!! And yes- the blog roll is FULL of Barb's and Sandy/Sandie's!!! That wasn't intentional- I guess there are just a lot of them in the quilting world!

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  9. Nope, not at all. I don't have any time to make something for me during the holidays. Your blocks are lovely and will make a great looking quilt.

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  10. I like to make a blanket or something that I can snuggle with my babies under so we can all enjoy it

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  11. I follow with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  12. I am too busy making things for everyone else to make things for me. But, most of the year it's the other way around, and I truly love making things for others; it gives me lots of different little projects to hop around on, and lots of different styles/fabric preferences to be challanged with, and lots of ideas for toys to make for the kids. I love seeing someone's eyes light up when I give them something I made. sarah@forrussia.org

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  13. I am starting my blocks this weekend! I am making myself (and my family) holiday stockings!

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  14. The closest I have come to making a Christmas decoration for myself is to make a holiday table runner. It makes me smile each time I see it. I am following the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM too! I hope to start my second block tomorrow.

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  15. I barely have time to make things for others yet alone myself. I work full-time but quilting is my therapy. And now that I'm participating in this BOM, I've moved away from Christmas stuff and am focusing my spare time on keeping up with everyone else. SESalyards@aol.com

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  16. Barb, your fabric choices are wonderful -- perfect for these blocks! I can't wait to see what quilty stuff you do in the centers!! Usually, when I'm crafting something for a large group, the first one is a prototype -- and I keep that one -- and learn from my mistakes on the subsequent reproductions!! ;)

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  17. And I follow your blog via GFC! :)

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  18. I follow you via email! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. No holiday this year at my house, so I am not making anything christmasy! But back in the day...everything was hand made in my house and on my tree!

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  20. Barb your blocks are just beautiful ! Really love the design and the colors you chose. Jacqueline is so very talented. I don't take any time to make things for myself until after the holiday. But it's ok - I enjoy making for others.

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  21. I follow your blog and instagram. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. I love the great colours in your blocks, especially the teal! I'm usually too busy sewing gifts and sewing for our house gets put off to January.

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  23. Some years I am able to make something for myself, but not this year. I like your blocks! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. Wish I had time to do crafts. Very busy visiting husband in long term care, downsizing & renovation to house to be sold in near future, Enjoy viewing others lovely work. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Quilting.

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  25. I try to take time to make things for others, but not much gets made for me around the holidays.

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  26. I don't sew in December usually, but making a pillow for a dear friend this year.

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  27. I am sewing a few Christmas items for myself, mainly placemats gift bags, and coasters with a Holiday theme.

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  28. I sew for gifts. I have made several Chanukah decorations in the pst!

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  29. Love your blocks , am always making someone else something.

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  30. Barb your blocks are very pretty. I Ike your color choices.
    I make to give. It just does my heart good to create for others.

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  31. I usually make one small thing for myself after I have made things for the rest of the family.

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  32. I like your color choices for the block, I still need to pick mine. I am a happy follower.

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  33. I am making gifts for everyone else. I am so far behind

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  34. Your blocks are lovely, love the blue! I've made decorations in the past when my kids were younger. I need to get busy again, hehe.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I try to make a new Christmas ornament every year to give my family and friends; and I always make sure I get one too.

    lin dot web dot 28 at gmail dot com

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  36. I am trying to embroider a joy banner for my decorations but I am not sure that I will have the time to complete it before I have to get busy with Christmas gifts for others.

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  37. I follow you via BlogLovin.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Love your two blocks. Really enjoying seeing all the blocks everyone is making. Great BOM!

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  39. I make Christmas crafts for myself, although not all get down in time for current year, :D

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  40. I agree same block pattern but look different with so many colour choices. Love your colour choices. Can't wait to see everyone's completed project. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Quilting . Merry Christmas.

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  41. I try to stitch an ornament from `Just Cross Stitch Ornaments` magazine each year for myself after I finish Christmas stitching. Sometimes this means I am still stitching mine Boxing Day! Happy Stitching.

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  42. I mostly focus on others' gifts rather than something for me.

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  43. I am working on gifts for others, hope to do some projects for myself after the holidays.

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  44. Considering I (or rather we) have not decorated for over 12 years at Christmas I can truthfully state I have not made anything for myself for Christmas decorations in years.

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  45. I only found your blog through Jacquelynne's site. Your site is very interesting and I plan to visit more often. I thoroughly enjoyed all of your quilts and tutorials. Thank you for sharing. That would also be @inbox.com

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  46. Wish I had the time to do both kinds of Christmas sewing- but I'm just too busy!

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  48. I will try again.....I am so busy with xmas gift making I barely have time to think....Making quilts, runners, place matts, tea cozys, oven mitts, make-up bags, tote bags, whew......never realized how busy I was till I posted this....love your site found you through Jacquelynne...thank you

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  49. This year I won't have time to make something for myself but am working on 3 things for one daughter and a couple of others for another daughter. I'll be working on the "snow" months items for myself. I'm planning to make some pieced ornaments for friends so hope to make one for me, too.

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    1. Contact me if I win at jsabol@min.midco.net

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  50. Yesterday I was at the Yacht Club helping to decorate for Christmas. I am decorated out and dont' feel like doing the house at all! Printed out the BOM but busy with Bonnie Hunter's Mystery!

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  51. I love your blog and keeping up with you. Your followers are increasing!

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  52. This is fun! Can't wait to see the rest of your blocks.

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  53. It looks like I'm to late, but your design is very pretty! I've been too busy sewing for others?

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  54. I like to make a new Xmas ornament each year, as well as sewing Xmas gifts. I enjoy seeing all the different fabric choices people use. The creativity is amazing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. I usually give away everything I make. I always say to myself I have the pattern and can make another. It's rare that I do :)

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