Thursday, July 11, 2013

final swoon blocks & Christmas in July giveaway!


I finished the last 2 blocks for my Swoon quilt this week!  I really like how they turned out and am so, so, so glad that I decided not to use the block with the striped fabric.


I hesitated to use the red fabric in the block above for the center, but I am so glad I did.  My friend's wedding colors are red & aqua and I really love that the red takes center "stage" so to speak.  Don't get me wrong, I love this fabric line (Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda), but after I started cutting into it, I realized just how heavy it was on the floral & more feminine designs.  The red & aqua colors perfectly match my friend's wedding colors, so that is great, but I do worry that her husband might find the quilt a bit "girly".  I also think that this block looks better with smaller scale patterns.  Hopefully once the quilt top is together, the larger scale florals won't look quite as "bold"...?  I can dream anyway...

By the way, my friend sent me paint chips of her red & aqua colors - not to match quilt fabrics, but to pick out my bridesmaid dress.  I'm not sure if she realized the paint chip was going to have a dual purpose.  Sadly, in the end, the paint chip is only going to be used to pick quilt fabrics as I have decided not to travel to California for her wedding.  :(  I will be almost 34 weeks pregnant by her wedding date, and have decided that although I *could* fly there for the wedding, it might not be the wisest thing to do.  Fortunately I have a great friend & she is very understanding. 

In other news, I missed my 1 year blogiversary!  It was back on June 26th, but I wasn't paying any attention.  Oops.  So in honor of that, I am having a giveaway!  If you read my blog regularly, you may remember this quilt top.  I finished that quilt top just before my horrible pregnancy nausea and vomiting kicked in.  I almost have the pieced quilt back completed.  Once I get my Swoon quilt completely finished, I am going to finish that 'Starry Christmas' quilt as well as my 'It's a Hoot' quilt!

Since I know I don't need any of the remaining fabrics that I used to make the Starry Christmas quilt, and because it is July, which is a great time for 'Christmas in July' events, I have decided to give away the fat quarters & scraps that I had left over from making the quilt & quilt back.  So, without further ado, this is what is up for grabs:


12 fat quarters of Blitzen by Basic Grey for Moda.  (I had 1.5 fat quarter bundles to make my quilt with, but only used 48 of the fat quarters, in case you are wondering why I had so much extra.)  Also included in the giveaway are these:


Miscellaneous scraps.  Some are quite small & can probably only be used as strings, and others are fairly decent sized. 

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post about anything you'd like.  For a second chance to win, follow my blog (I like Bloglovin' for following other blogs, but you can follow however you prefer) and tell me that you are a follower in a 2nd comment (if you want to tell me how you follow as well, that'd be cool as I am interested to know what others use to follow blogs).  Please be sure that if you are a "No-Reply Blogger", you leave an email address where I can reach you!  US entries only please since I am shipping these myself. 

I'll pick a winner on Sunday evening, say 7 pm CST, and update this blog post with the winner.  Good luck & thanks for reading!  Giveaway is now closed.

Update: Thank you to all who entered!  Random.org has selected a winner:
 And #4 is....
Congratulations to Chrissie!  I have sent you an email.

-V

More about my Swoon quilt here, here, here, here, and here.
Latest house update here.  

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31 comments:

  1. I love your Swoon blocks! Rcoyle@olemiss.edu

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  2. love your Swoon blocks - they're always such a show stopper :)

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  3. your swoon blocks are fantastic, and I don't think they're too girly at all. I love the read and aqua color combo, and that shade of tan you used in the background sets them off perfectly.

    Thank you so much for linking to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
    ps- I'm already a follower on bloglovin!

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  4. Love your swoon blocks! I made my first one this past week. 8 more to go! Great job and thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I am going through my 1st trimester right now--8 wks into it. I was looking at your previous post from May and it seems we share the same thing of being nauseous in the beginning. I haven't been sewing either due to this fact. I am getting a little anxious to get back in the sewing room...maybe this weekend. They gave me Zofran too,but I am saving it for my trip to WI next week Friday.

    All your swoon blocks are beautiful!!

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  6. Saw your post through Link A Finish Friday, and just love your blocks! Your friend is going be to over-the-top happy when she receives this gift - awesome! Speaking of awesome, so is your give-away, which was such a delight to see as I read down your blog. I'm a new follower - come over and check out my blog, too. I'll soon be posting about a raffle quilt our guild made using swoon blocks and appliqued scenes from our local area. I'm a new follower mountainquiltworks at gmail.com.

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  7. Very fun following your quilting and house remodel blog!! You are an amazing woman!!

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  8. I have you bookmarked as an interesting quilting blog!!

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  9. I cannot enter your giveaway as I am in Canada but I am visiting you from TGIFF and just wanted to say that your swoon blocks look fantastic and I love the fabrics you used. (Some of my favorites!)

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  10. Your Swoon blocks are gorgeous. I just finished binding my Swoon quilt made from "Rebel Roses" by Heather Mulder Peterson.

    Ming (mdai97 at yahoo dot com)

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  11. I'm following by email. I find I don't use bloglovin consistantly enough.

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  12. Your Swoon blocks are terrific. Wasn't it a wonderful feeling when you finished pressing that last block. I've completed 2 so far. One 9 block and 1 16 block, yes I am a glutten.

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  13. I've been drooling over Christmas fabrics. How wonderful of you to share yours! I came over from your link at Crazy Mom Quilts.

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  14. I'm following you on the Blogger Reader. I've heard a lot of good things about Bloglovin' though.

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  15. Your swoon blocks are beautiful! I also came over from Crazy Mom Quilts.

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  16. I love the red centers on your blocks - it's going to be a fabulous quilt, Valerie! Can't wait to see it. I start on mine tomorrow - my "vacation" quilt! Whoop whoop for you finishing your blocks!

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  17. I love your swoon blocks especially your choice if a background color.

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  18. I follow your wonderful blog via bloglovin

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  19. Your swoon blocks are beautiful and I love the red center! Great choice!

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  20. I just discovered your blog through Link-a-Finish-Friday and started following on Bloglovin'.

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  21. Gorgeous blocks, Valerie! Your Swoon quilt is going to look fabulous!

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  22. Love your swoon blocks. I just finished my 4th out of the 9. Hope to finish my top this week. How are you quilting yours? That part has me stumped!!

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  23. Love your pretty swoon blocks. I am visiting you from Richard and Tanya Quilts. I am making some swoon blocks too and find them a little tedious. I have two finished, seven more to go.

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  24. I love your swwon blocks. I think the florals will disappear when put all together for the mans eye.
    mindingmomma@aol.com

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  25. I signed up to follow you on bloglovin!
    mindingmomma@aol.com

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  26. I'm getting ready to make a new Christmas tree skirt, so I would love your leftovers!

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  27. I just signed up to follow your blog.

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