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by Nicole

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Michele over at the Quilting Gallery is celebrating a 5-year birthday with a blog hop party. Thanks for hopping on over! 

If this is your first time visiting Mama Love Quilts, welcome! I’m Nicole, a modern quilter, who loves making quilts and other small projects using improvisational and traditional techniques. Here’s a mosaic of a few of my makes this year.

2012 Favorites

1. improv, 2. Modern She Made Swap 2 – Pillow, 3. Starburst, 4. Just stay little, 5. Commissioned string quilt_little hands, 6. Hubby’s quilt_finished, 7. Me and my quilt, 8. EZ Dresden Challenge Table Runner, 9. Modern She Made swap: Improv circle, 10. Stringtastic, 11. jelly bean1, 12. old house

In celebration of the Quilting Gallery’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away a set of 7 fat quarters from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee collection.

You’ve got three chances to win: 
1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite quilting or sewing tip (one entry).
2. Follow my blog and let me know in a comment. If you’re already a follower, leave me a comment letting me know (one entry).
3. Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment letting me know (one entry). 
The giveaway will stay open until Monday, December 17th at 9 p.m. EST.
I’ll let Random.org pick the winner. If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you win. 
The giveaway is open to everyone, including folks outside of the U.S.

Good luck!

The giveaway is now closed. 

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493 comments

Adrianne December 10, 2012 - 1:04 am

My favourite sewing tip – if something is going wrong with your sewing machine, clean the lint out of the bobbin holder, and change the needle. That almost always fixes it for me – kind of like re-booting a computer.

Adrianne December 10, 2012 - 1:04 am

I am a follower already – thanks for the generous giveaway!

Dree December 10, 2012 - 1:05 am

My favorite tip: Don't forget to put on the walking foot! I is embarrassing the number of times I have started straight-line quilting or sewing on binding and forgotten. What a mess! I get all eager to do the next stage, and just…forget.

Dree December 10, 2012 - 1:05 am

And I am already a follower πŸ™‚

M-R December 10, 2012 - 1:09 am

My favourite tip — use leaders/enders (from Quiltville). I can't believe how many baby quilt tops I've sewed in between my other projects. A major bonus for me is that I then don't have any thread tails to snip. Thanks for the fab giveaway, Nicole!

M-R December 10, 2012 - 1:09 am

Happy follower! πŸ™‚

Beth December 10, 2012 - 1:13 am

My favorite tip is probably to not stress about it and have fun! Great giveaway.

Beth December 10, 2012 - 1:14 am

I'm a follower.

Beth December 10, 2012 - 1:14 am

I liked you on FB- I didn't know you were on there!

Sew Simple Life December 10, 2012 - 1:15 am

Every tip I find on Elizabeth Hartman's blog is my favorite tip… LOL

Sew Simple Life December 10, 2012 - 1:15 am

I am already a follower!

Sew Simple Life December 10, 2012 - 1:16 am

following on twitter {icouldbefake}

Jenny Squawk Scheidt December 10, 2012 - 1:17 am

creativity tip: Just do it. What's the worst that can happen?

Jenny Squawk Scheidt December 10, 2012 - 1:17 am

I'm already a follower.

Lisa Cox December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

My favorite, and the biggest, tip is always measure twice, cut once.

Lisa Cox December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

I am a current happy follower

Allison C December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

My tip…make sure your fabric is in the right direction (facing in or out) BEFORE you sew. And have a good ergonomic and sharp seam ripper.

Lisa Cox December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

I Like you on Facebook

Allison C December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

I'm a follower!

Pink Scissors Design December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

Measure twice. Cut once.

Deborah
pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail .com

Allison C December 10, 2012 - 1:24 am

I like you on FB

Pink Scissors Design December 10, 2012 - 1:26 am

blog follower

Deborah
pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail. com

Pink Scissors Design December 10, 2012 - 1:27 am

Twitter follower

Deborah
pinkscissorsdesign @ gmail . com

B Greene December 10, 2012 - 1:29 am

Don't let perfectionism get in the way – a finished, if imperfect, quilt is better than the perfect one that never gets made.

B Greene December 10, 2012 - 1:30 am

I am a very happy follower of your blog – just love your color and design sense.

B Greene December 10, 2012 - 1:30 am

I am now following you on Twitter (@AlphaBecky).

Amys Crafty Shenanigans December 10, 2012 - 1:34 am

I now follow you on Twitter – I am @amycansew. Super giveaway – thank you for the chance!

Terry@ a quilting blog December 10, 2012 - 1:34 am

My favorite tip is one my friend (who got me started quilting) told me from the start "Don't worry about making mistakes…no one will see it but you".

Terry@ a quilting blog December 10, 2012 - 1:35 am

Already a happy follower :o)

Amys Crafty Shenanigans December 10, 2012 - 1:35 am

Best tip – measure twice, cut once. Another tip – make what you want to, not what you think you should!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans December 10, 2012 - 1:36 am

And yay – I am a follower thru GFC/blogger. Your mosaic is inspirational – so much colour and yumminess going on!!!

Rachel Booth December 10, 2012 - 1:46 am

I'm a follower! πŸ™‚

Rachel Booth December 10, 2012 - 1:47 am

I liked you on FB!

Rachel Booth December 10, 2012 - 1:47 am

My favorite sewing/quilting tip… read the directions carefully!!

Debbie December 10, 2012 - 2:07 am

Yup, I'm your #1 follower! πŸ˜‰

Debbie December 10, 2012 - 2:08 am

I liked you on fb – didn't know you were there – have you 'liked' A Quilter's Table?

Debbie December 10, 2012 - 2:09 am

a tip – change your needle often, especially before beginning to quilt a project.

Valerie December 10, 2012 - 2:19 am

Fun! Ok, one of my favorite tips is not to quilt when you're tired. Seems so logical, but so many times I start quilting at night because the kids are in bed, but I'm so tired I almost always have trouble!

Valerie December 10, 2012 - 2:20 am

Of course, I'm a follower, my friend!

Emily December 10, 2012 - 2:20 am

My favorite tip is that when hand-sewing, if you're right handed, thread the needle on the end you pull off the spool. If you're left handed, thread the needle on the end you cut. This helps tremendously with not having knots in my thread.

Emily December 10, 2012 - 2:20 am

I'm already a follower.

Laura December 10, 2012 - 2:29 am

My favorite tip is always to measure twice and cut once! I've learned that the hard way!

Laura December 10, 2012 - 2:29 am

I'm a follower!

Jenniffier Kramer December 10, 2012 - 2:31 am

now your going to laugh but instead of starch when I press I use a spray bottle with 1/3 really cheap vodka and 2/3 water. Shake and spray and it works great.

Jenniffier Kramer December 10, 2012 - 2:31 am

I am already a follower. I get you in my google reader.

Jenniffier Kramer December 10, 2012 - 2:32 am

liked you on FB

Jo December 10, 2012 - 2:33 am

My tip is to do what works for you…there are no rules in my quilting world!

Anne-Marie B. December 10, 2012 - 2:37 am

Always buy good quality thread! Thanks for this giveaway!

Jo December 10, 2012 - 2:43 am

Already a follower and big fan!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting December 10, 2012 - 3:00 am

Great giveaway..thanks!
My tip….Best Press spray starch….and I generally hate spray starch!!

Ella December 10, 2012 - 3:01 am

I follow you!

Ella December 10, 2012 - 3:01 am

Don't cut fabric when you're tired.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting December 10, 2012 - 3:02 am

And yes, I am a follower! πŸ™‚

Connie December 10, 2012 - 3:14 am

Best tip…….keep a seam ripper handy πŸ™‚

Connie December 10, 2012 - 3:15 am

I am a follower, thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

MissMary December 10, 2012 - 3:25 am

Use a hera for marking your "flippy corner" triangles – have loved this tool and will NOT be going back to pencil and/or ink!

MissMary December 10, 2012 - 3:25 am

I am happily a follower!

Alyce Rodriguez December 10, 2012 - 3:33 am

Thanks for the giveaway! I guess my best tip is to adjust and reposition your quilt frequently while machine quilting to prevent the pulling on the needle and fabric. wonderlandbyalyce(at)gmail(dot)com

Alyce Rodriguez December 10, 2012 - 3:34 am

I love following your blog and congrats on your new long arm! I can't wait to see future posts about your experiences. wonderlandbyalyce(at)gmail(dot)com

doodlebugmom December 10, 2012 - 3:36 am

Imperfections add to the charm πŸ™‚ So sew without regrets.

regan December 10, 2012 - 3:37 am

My best tip: adjust the sewing table height or chair height so your forearms and hands are at your relaxed-arm elbow level (just like when you are typing!). You'll have less strain on your back and neck, and be more relaxed when you sew.

doodlebugmom December 10, 2012 - 3:37 am

I am also a follower who loves that Chicopee plaid!

regan December 10, 2012 - 3:38 am

And I'm a happy follower! Congrats on your new baby!

Samantha December 10, 2012 - 4:11 am

My favorite sewing advise is you don't always need to follow the rules πŸ™‚

Samantha December 10, 2012 - 4:11 am

I already follow your blog!

Samantha December 10, 2012 - 4:12 am

Liked you on FB.

Vivian December 10, 2012 - 4:25 am

Oh a sewing tip…what can I say? Oh how about this one, where possible chain piece. It says you time and most importantly thread.

Vivian December 10, 2012 - 4:25 am

And I'm back to let you know I'm a follower!

Barbara @ NΓ€htante Quilts December 10, 2012 - 4:36 am

If your machine doesn't stitch properly, clean it!
And ironing at every piecing step is time consuming but adds to precision!.

Barbara @ NΓ€htante Quilts December 10, 2012 - 4:37 am

I'm a follower of yours.

Barbara @ NΓ€htante Quilts December 10, 2012 - 4:37 am

I liked you on FB.

Rebecca December 10, 2012 - 4:38 am

My tip? Let the fabric inspire you, the pattern comes second.

Rebecca December 10, 2012 - 4:38 am

I follow your blog πŸ™‚

Rebecca December 10, 2012 - 4:39 am

I 'like' you on FB (Rebecca Marie) and follow you on Twitter (ourbusybunch).

iamannamarie December 10, 2012 - 4:49 am

I just starting following you on facebook

iamannamarie December 10, 2012 - 4:50 am

i don't have a sewing tip right now i am learning to make patchwork right now

iamannamarie December 10, 2012 - 4:51 am

going to start to follow your blog

LC December 10, 2012 - 4:54 am

My favorite sewing tip is to make what you like and what you want to make. A project is infinitely more enjoyable if it's what you really want to be doing.

LC December 10, 2012 - 4:54 am

I'm a blog follower!

LC December 10, 2012 - 4:55 am

I liked you on Facebook!

~Kelie~ December 10, 2012 - 4:57 am

My favorite tip is one that I use EVERY time I sew…….STARCH! Starch before and after cutting and during piecing, it's helped my piecing soooo much!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Gina December 10, 2012 - 5:32 am

I am already a follower & enjoy reading your post! Thanks for the chance!

Carla December 10, 2012 - 5:48 am

A good iron is a must!

Carla December 10, 2012 - 5:48 am

Yes I follow ; )

Bossymamma December 10, 2012 - 5:58 am

My sewing tip – start a new project with a new machine needle.

Bossymamma December 10, 2012 - 5:58 am

I've 'liked' you on Facebook

Bossymamma December 10, 2012 - 5:59 am

I follow via GFC

Heather D. December 10, 2012 - 6:31 am

Measure twice, cut once??? πŸ˜‰

Thanks for the giveaway.

Heather D. December 10, 2012 - 6:31 am

I follow you via google reader.

Lindsay@fortheloveofcotton December 10, 2012 - 6:45 am

One of my favorite quilting tips is to make your HST bigger than you need then trim to your desired size. Points will match every time!

Lindsay@fortheloveofcotton December 10, 2012 - 6:45 am

I am a follower of your blog! I love it!!!

BΓ©a December 10, 2012 - 6:46 am

I'm already a follower.

BΓ©a December 10, 2012 - 6:50 am

Best tip : pressing at every step.

Francine December 10, 2012 - 6:57 am

I'm a follower already πŸ™‚

Francine December 10, 2012 - 6:58 am

I think my best tip is using quilting gloves. I can't believe how helpful they've been during the quilting process. In a pinch, I had to use my gardening gloves (cause my real ones were buried under a mountain of fabric) and they worked too!

Francine December 10, 2012 - 6:58 am

I like you on fb!

Dianne Neale December 10, 2012 - 8:48 am

I would say if you're tired and it's not going well, walk away. It will be fine next day

Dianne Neale December 10, 2012 - 8:48 am

I am a follower

Ali December 10, 2012 - 9:12 am

Hmm I suppose lately its been the tip that when doing free motion quilting to put the bulk of the quilt on an adjacent table so its easier to move around!

Ali December 10, 2012 - 9:12 am

I am a follower, thank you for the giveaway!

Ali December 10, 2012 - 9:13 am

I also follow you on twitter (Ali) I suppose saying thank you again is redundant, but.. πŸ˜‰

Karen M December 10, 2012 - 9:13 am

My favourite tip is to let things mull over in my mind before making big decisions such as what border or binding fabric to use; the answer alwasy seesm to present itself!

Amira@littlemushroomcap December 10, 2012 - 9:48 am

My favourite tip so far is using the spider technique as thread saver in between starts and end of stitched pieces.

Amira@littlemushroomcap December 10, 2012 - 9:48 am

I follow you on gfc

Gill December 10, 2012 - 11:33 am

I'm a follower via gfc!

Gill December 10, 2012 - 11:33 am

Change your machine needle frequently!

Judy December 10, 2012 - 11:34 am

My favorite tip is everyone's – measure twice and cut once. This is so true on so many levels. Thanks for the chance.

Judy December 10, 2012 - 11:35 am

I've been a follower. Thanks for the chance.

Michele December 10, 2012 - 11:50 am

Make a test block.

Michele December 10, 2012 - 11:50 am

I follow.

Molli Sparkles December 10, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Sleep on it, or at least let your brain relax and mull the ideas over. That's when they come!

Molli Sparkles December 10, 2012 - 12:04 pm

I'm a follower, and thanks for the giveaway! Chicopee for the win!

Sooli December 10, 2012 - 12:13 pm

My favourite tip – to get comfortable with free motion quilting try starting on a piece of fabric with a large pattern on it and just follow along the lines. It lets you get used to moving the fabric and adjusting your speed without having to think too hard about what design to make!

Sooli December 10, 2012 - 12:14 pm

I'm already a follower!

CLS December 10, 2012 - 1:17 pm

My tip is to measure twice, cut once.

CLS December 10, 2012 - 1:17 pm

I am a follower.

Courtneysews December 10, 2012 - 1:58 pm

Best tip…use a walking foot! Thanks for the chance to win!

Courtneysews December 10, 2012 - 1:58 pm

Love your blog been a follower for a while now! Keep up the great work!!

Patti December 10, 2012 - 2:06 pm

I keep a small scrap of batting next to my machine, or on the edge of the garbage can. The loose threads that I clip easily cling to the batting rather than floating all over the place.

Patti December 10, 2012 - 2:07 pm

I am a follower. Thanks for a chance.

Marjorie December 10, 2012 - 2:07 pm

When hand quilting, little needles make for little stitches. I like most any brand size 11, but have recently discovered that the numbering system can be inconsistent from brand to brand.

Heather December 10, 2012 - 2:10 pm

I'm a new follower.

Heather December 10, 2012 - 2:10 pm

My big tip is have a good iron!

Vickie December 10, 2012 - 2:39 pm

When sewing a binding on I use metal hair clips to hol it in place.

Vickie December 10, 2012 - 2:40 pm

I'm a new follower !

Vickie December 10, 2012 - 2:42 pm

I liked your facebook page.

Marjorie's Busy Corner December 10, 2012 - 2:43 pm

A good tip;;; measure twice, cut once!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner December 10, 2012 - 2:43 pm

I follow you here

Marjorie's Busy Corner December 10, 2012 - 2:43 pm

I liked you on FB…thank you very much

Kate December 10, 2012 - 2:46 pm

My tip is to allot entire days or weeks to the boring parts so you don't rush through them. Like cutting or marking or the little finishing stuff.

Taryn December 10, 2012 - 2:57 pm

I always keep a rubber band around my sewing machine to help me mark seam allowances. I have to mark them for anything that isn't a quilt, because I seem to default to 1/4" no matter what the pattern says! πŸ™‚

Taryn December 10, 2012 - 2:57 pm

I follow your blog!

Taryn December 10, 2012 - 2:57 pm

I now follow you on Twitter (px2patchwork)

Melinda December 10, 2012 - 3:00 pm

To stay very relaxed and loose in the arms during FMQ.

designcamppdx December 10, 2012 - 3:34 pm

My favorite sewing tip is, "manage your frustration!' This is not a great catch phrase, I know, but frustration leads to mistakes. Just walk away… Another tip I have is not to forget to clean out the bobbin area of the machine every once in a while. Fuzz leads to frustrations and that leads to unfinished projects. Thanks for the give-away!

Mary Ann December 10, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Use masking tape to mark seam allowances

Mary Ann December 10, 2012 - 3:46 pm

I follow you on google reader

Mary Ann December 10, 2012 - 3:46 pm

I liked you on FB

Vroomans' Quilts December 10, 2012 - 3:47 pm

One tip – hmmm – know your sewing machine! How many people read that manual and once the machine is used, do they know where it is!

Mary December 10, 2012 - 3:49 pm

FAVORITE TIP: I always measure twice(or three times) and cut once.

Mary December 10, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Love your blog. I'm a follower

beaquilter December 10, 2012 - 3:55 pm

press well and try to get a perfect 1/4" seam.

Jacklynn December 10, 2012 - 3:56 pm

I save the plastic zipper bags that sheets come in to store my WIP – that way I can keep everything together, and can see the project in the vast pile of WIP's. Thanks for the give away!

Joyatee December 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Replacing the sewing machine needle frequently is valuable advice that I seem to never learn from. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

Joyatee December 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

I'm a new follower on Google Reader.

Jacklynn December 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

I am a new follower of your blog. Your things are lovely! I love the blog hops – I find new blogs to follow.

Joyatee December 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

I follow on Twitter.

Jacklynn December 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

I am now following you on Facebook.

Needled Mom December 10, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Beautiful fabrics! My favorite sewing tip is to keep my seam ripper close at all times….and have plenty of them.

Needled Mom December 10, 2012 - 4:04 pm

I am a follower of yours.

Needled Mom December 10, 2012 - 4:05 pm

I also follow on FB

Suzanne December 10, 2012 - 4:18 pm

My favorite tip is to keep a lint roller handy in your sewing room. Works great for getting all those stray threads off your ironing board, quilt or yourself :p

Lucy @ Charm About You December 10, 2012 - 4:19 pm

It really is measure twice, cut once. Best piece of advice and sometimes I'm kicking myself that I forgot it!!

Lucy @ Charm About You December 10, 2012 - 4:19 pm

I am a follower (wow that took me long enough!! – sorry!)

Lucy @ Charm About You December 10, 2012 - 4:20 pm

I am following on facebook!

Monica December 10, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Unused dryer sheets are great for cleaning the sole plate of your iron. Lay the dryer sheet on a towel, turn on your iron to the cotton setting and iron the heck out of the dryer sheet. It will take off all of the gunk unless its really bad.

Chelsea December 10, 2012 - 4:26 pm

I just got a great tip at a guild sew in of Friday. I was struggling with tracing a clothing pattern onto paper so I could alter it. One of the long time sewers in the group suggested I use interfacing instead. You can see through it easily to trace and it sews together. Brilliant! Now I just need to get to the fabric store.

Chelsea December 10, 2012 - 4:27 pm

I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Nikita December 10, 2012 - 4:32 pm

I am sew glad I found your blog… you have such beautiful quilts! I followed!!!

Nikita December 10, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Best sewing tip.. measure measure measure, I think I've learned that one the hard way.

Barb December 10, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Exact seams are everything. Get a foot for your machine with the quarter-inch guide and it will save you years of heartache!

Barb December 10, 2012 - 4:41 pm

I'm a new follower – glad to meet you!

Barb December 10, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Love all your modern quilting. Just signed up to Like you on FB. You can find me as Mountain Quiltworks.

Natasha December 10, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Using a walking foot…It makes such a difference.

Anita December 10, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Quilting tip…chain piece! It's a life saver…thread saver too. =)

Anita December 10, 2012 - 4:58 pm

I follow your blog. Thanks Nicole!

heartsease54 December 10, 2012 - 5:06 pm

My best tip is when sewing something (usually clothing) that you want French seams in is to cut it out with the wrong sides of the fabric together so all you have to do is sew, turn & sew.

heartsease54 December 10, 2012 - 5:06 pm

I am a follower & congratulations on your new "baby". Can't wait to see what you accomplish on her.

heartsease54 December 10, 2012 - 5:09 pm

I liked you on FB too-my name is Carmen Wyant.

Beth December 10, 2012 - 5:12 pm

My favorite sewing tip – iron ALOT. I used to never iron, and it makes such a difference.

Beth December 10, 2012 - 5:12 pm

I like you on facebook!

Beth December 10, 2012 - 5:13 pm

I already follow you by email

Margaret December 10, 2012 - 5:13 pm

When I start a quilt I like to fill three bobbins with the thread I am using. Then I dint have to stop, unthread, fill bobbin, and rethread

Margaret December 10, 2012 - 5:13 pm

I follow by e-mail.

Margaret December 10, 2012 - 5:15 pm

I like you on Facebook.

Crickets Corner December 10, 2012 - 5:29 pm

When using a new pattern or ruler always make a test block before cutting all your fabric. Saves a lot of frustration in the long run.

Crickets Corner December 10, 2012 - 5:29 pm

I follow via GFC.

Crickets Corner December 10, 2012 - 5:30 pm

And follow you on twitter – Chanzy01

Jevne December 10, 2012 - 5:37 pm

I'm an e-mail follower.

Jevne December 10, 2012 - 5:37 pm

I 'liked' you on Facebook.

Lyanna L. December 10, 2012 - 5:37 pm

It is important to test a new block pattern on other fabric before cutting into some precious stash — that way you don't waste it! =)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bea GarcΓ­a December 10, 2012 - 5:40 pm

My favorite sewing tip: Don't forget to open the zipper before closing the sides of a pouch and leave a 3" opening for turning it.

Bea GarcΓ­a December 10, 2012 - 5:40 pm

I am a follower of your blog on Google Reader, Nicole. Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

Jevne December 10, 2012 - 5:41 pm

My favorite tip is one that I've just discovered. I had some plastic coated paper clips and tried them for holding the folded over binding on my quilt while I stitch it down. They hold the binding firmly, they don't slip off, and they don't stick me like pins always do.

Jevne December 10, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Another comment 'just because'….I remember the "Me and my quilt" photo, thought it was wonderful then and it still is. Should be entered in a photo contest.

Angie December 10, 2012 - 5:49 pm

I love sewing down two opposite sides of two squares then cutting to make four-patches. Your quilts are just gorgeous.

Bailey December 10, 2012 - 5:52 pm

I fou don't like it, it's okay not to finish it. Just pass it on to someone else.

Shannon December 10, 2012 - 6:02 pm

My favorite trick is to glue my binding down with glue stick before hand sewing. Keeps everything nicely in place!

Sherry December 10, 2012 - 6:07 pm

My favorite tip is measure twice and cut once. I have made many mistakes over the years and checking things twice has saved me from more.

Sherry December 10, 2012 - 6:07 pm

I am a follower of your blog via email.

KRubin December 10, 2012 - 6:08 pm

My tip is not that great because I just learned how to sew/quilt in October. But, I have found that Sew4Home has a lot of great tutorials!

Lil Bean / CraftyHourMom December 10, 2012 - 6:15 pm

My most-used sewing tip: PRESS! Everything I sew, clothing or quilt or bag, works out so much better if I press every single seam.

Lil Bean / CraftyHourMom December 10, 2012 - 6:16 pm

I follow with GFC. Thanks for the chance! Merry Christmas!

Kathy H December 10, 2012 - 7:03 pm

My best quilting tips, press your fabric often.

Kathy H December 10, 2012 - 7:03 pm

I am a follower already through GFC.

pbs.seams December 10, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I have 2 tips that I use – iron everything and change your needle often.

pbs.seams December 10, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I follow your blog.

Carla December 10, 2012 - 7:11 pm

I'm still a new quilter so I don't have much in the way of my own tips, but my favorite source for tips is the excellent book
200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensable Reference of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips by Susan Briscoe (Feb 3, 2009) It's actually 400 tips covering everything from fabric and color choice to technique, historic examples of quilting tradition, etc. Amazing.

(http://www.amazon.com/Quilting-Tips-Techniques-Trade-Secrets/dp/0312388624)

Carla December 10, 2012 - 7:11 pm

I follow you via RSS. Thanks for the chance to win!

Janet December 10, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Sewing tip? measure, measure, cut, sew, iron, measure. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to skip some steps but I always regret it in the end.

Tiffany December 10, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Press everything! Don't skimp on any of your seams!

Heather Bassett December 10, 2012 - 8:14 pm

'Measure twice, cut once' is a sewing tip I should remember more often.

Heather Bassett December 10, 2012 - 8:16 pm

I was already subscribed by email (bassettkay@xtra.co.nz), but just became a google friend as well.

Lis December 10, 2012 - 8:37 pm

measure, measure, measure, then cut!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lis December 10, 2012 - 8:37 pm

I am a facebook follower!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

java diva December 10, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Following on twitter. @java_diva

Wendy December 10, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Always put the needle down manually before starting to sew, it stops the thread slipping out of the needle.

PippaP December 10, 2012 - 9:01 pm

im a follower

PippaP December 10, 2012 - 9:02 pm

get a good 1/4 inch foot

Lia*s Handmades December 10, 2012 - 9:11 pm

If you make a mistake, don't panic…just take a deep breath and you'll most likely be able to fix it without anyone ever noticing until you tell them…

Thanks for this giveaway!

Lia*s Handmades December 10, 2012 - 9:14 pm

liking you on Facebook now πŸ™‚

Susan December 10, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Not really a sewing tip, but I deliberately put some distance between my sewing machine and ironing board so I have to get up and MOVE!

Katkat December 10, 2012 - 9:36 pm

When I'm making a quilt for someone and need to match a color scheme, I use paint chips at the paint store.

Fiber of All Sorts December 10, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Oh what a lovely stack of fabrics! My favorite sewing tip is to get a rocking seam ripper . . as ripping out threads is not evil – it just helps you learn. And if you have a good seam ripper it makes this task okay to do. Once I got my clover I was not as angry to do this task!

Fiber of All Sorts December 10, 2012 - 9:56 pm

I'm a new follower here on your blog. I love the things I've seen so far!

Fiber of All Sorts December 10, 2012 - 9:56 pm

I'm a follower of you on facebook and twitter @fiberofallsorts don't you just love social media!

barbara woods December 10, 2012 - 10:43 pm

measure many tines before you cut.

barbara woods December 10, 2012 - 10:43 pm

i follow your blog

fenna December 10, 2012 - 10:51 pm

sewing tip…..do NOT rush and if you're sewing late into the night and make a mistake, put it away and seam rip in the morning πŸ™‚

Nikita December 10, 2012 - 11:29 pm

I also like you FB.

jmniffer December 11, 2012 - 12:14 am

Best sewing tip…take the time to find out where a quarter inch seam is for your machine. Don't trust that your 1/4" foot is accurate.

jmniffer December 11, 2012 - 12:22 am

I am a follower via RSS Feeds. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Kaynik December 11, 2012 - 12:29 am

I was just given a new tip from a friend…
If you need to stitch rip a long piece of fabric use a moustache clipper. The clippers easily go through the thread and don't rip the fabric (IF YOU ARE CAREFUL). I undid a bunch of half square triangles and didn't rip one. It took a tenth of the time.

Kay
ktreve(at) hotmail (dot) com

Kaynik December 11, 2012 - 12:31 am

I am an email follower πŸ™‚
Tip – make sure to get that pesky dust out of your machine

Kay
ktreve(at) hotmail (dot) com

Textile Recycler December 11, 2012 - 12:37 am

Hey, new follower here! Love your work…mmmmm.

carla December 11, 2012 - 12:37 am

Hi!!! Sewing tip!!! Read the directions and following them!!!

Just Quilt It December 11, 2012 - 12:38 am

When quilting, make something you enjoy. If you get frustrated, put it down for awhile, and then, come back.

carla December 11, 2012 - 12:38 am

Hi!!! I am a happy follower and enjoy all my visits here!!! Thank You

Just Quilt It December 11, 2012 - 12:38 am

I'm a new follower.

Textile Recycler December 11, 2012 - 12:39 am

My best tip: don't be afraid to break all the rules. You'll be amazed at the results.

carla December 11, 2012 - 12:41 am

Hi!!! Liked on fb!! The giveaway fabric is very pretty!!! Thanks for the fun!!

LethargicLass December 11, 2012 - 1:39 am

seeing as I am horrible at math, my tip is to have someone else work it out for you LOL

LethargicLass December 11, 2012 - 1:39 am

I am a new follower πŸ™‚

Andi December 11, 2012 - 1:46 am

I love these blog hops! My tip is to find some clues on your machine to help measure. For instance, I used sharpie to mark my extension table with a line for sewing half square triangles…saves me time drawing those lines on my fabric.

hueisei December 11, 2012 - 1:52 am

Measure twice before start cutting your precious fabric

hueisei December 11, 2012 - 1:52 am

I am a GFC follower

hueisei December 11, 2012 - 1:53 am

I follow you on FB

Jeanette December 11, 2012 - 2:18 am

I'm already a follwer!

Jeanette December 11, 2012 - 2:20 am

A little tip, remember to change the blade on your rotary cutter often!

Vesuviusmama December 11, 2012 - 2:20 am

My favorite tip is to swirl open the seam in the middle of a 4-patch or another place where 4 fabrics come together. I love how it looks, and helps the block lay flatter. Thanks for the chance for the lovely fabrics!

Deborah December 11, 2012 - 2:35 am

My sewing tip – to make sure you iron as you go! I have tried not doing this and it just doesn't work so well!

Deborah December 11, 2012 - 2:39 am

I am an email follower!

Angie December 11, 2012 - 2:39 am

One sewing tip, or more of an organizing tip, is to wrap each of my stash fabrics around a mini-bolt and organize them by color. Thanks!

Angie December 11, 2012 - 2:40 am

I follow on Twitter πŸ™‚

Deborah December 11, 2012 - 2:40 am

I liked you on Facebook!

Vicki H December 11, 2012 - 2:46 am

Fill extra bobbins so you don't have to waste time rethreading the sewing machine.

JoyceLM December 11, 2012 - 3:10 am

Sewing tip: square up your block components & your finished block. It takes extra time, but your quilt will be better for it. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM December 11, 2012 - 3:10 am

I'm already a follower. Thanks.

JoyceLM December 11, 2012 - 3:11 am

I liked you on Facebook. Thanks again.

bee December 11, 2012 - 3:15 am

hmm, sewing tip… have chocolate snacks handy while sewing! πŸ™‚ also, changing the blade on your cutter before a big project.

Heidi Staples December 11, 2012 - 3:32 am

Read through directions at least twice before starting a pattern. Thanks for the giveaway, Nicole, and congrats on your new long arm machine. I'm so excited for you!!

Heidi Staples December 11, 2012 - 3:33 am

I'm a follower too!

Stephanie December 11, 2012 - 3:33 am

I like on fb ….

Stephanie December 11, 2012 - 3:34 am

I follow you on gfc

Stephanie December 11, 2012 - 3:35 am

I guess the same tip my hubs uses in woodworking. measure twice, cut once!

Sallie December 11, 2012 - 3:40 am

Clean out under your bobbin case regularly. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Fran December 11, 2012 - 3:57 am

My favourite tip is not to sew when you're tired – I invariably make a mistake when I'm tired but trying to finish a project & it's a shame to ruin a project that you've put time & effort into. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Fran December 11, 2012 - 3:57 am

I follow you via GFC & email subscription. Thanks again!

MugglePuggle December 11, 2012 - 4:09 am

I'm relatively new to sewing (I started in August), but I do love it. Because I'm new, though, I don't really have any tips or advice yet. I'm just making up my own rules as I go πŸ™‚

MugglePuggle December 11, 2012 - 4:10 am

I'm a new follower πŸ™‚

Judy B December 11, 2012 - 4:20 am

Quilting tip- give it to a non-quilting friend, they will love it! The fabric for your giveaway is awesome! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Judy B December 11, 2012 - 4:21 am

I am a follower! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Debbie December 11, 2012 - 4:22 am

Sewing tip: If your machine is making a funny noise, oil it! A lot of times just giving it a little tune up at home can help a lot. Also if you are frustrated walk away for fifteen minutes and just take a deep breath. It helps a lot

supersara20 December 11, 2012 - 4:44 am

My favorite tip was to have a leader ender project, two in one. Great!

Mrs.Pickles December 11, 2012 - 5:16 am

Thank you for the chance to win. measure measure measure!

Reb Thack December 11, 2012 - 5:27 am

Iron with steam! (I'm new to quilting, so my tips are basic πŸ™‚

Reb Thack December 11, 2012 - 5:28 am

I follow via GFC

Reb Thack December 11, 2012 - 5:28 am

I like your Facebook page

Leo December 11, 2012 - 7:06 am

don't think too much – just get going .. I sometimes spend mor time thinking about hwo to this or that than doing it

Faith December 11, 2012 - 7:10 am

I love your blog, so colourful and happy please enter me in your giveawaysx

andri. December 11, 2012 - 8:53 am

Cut properly or you will be unpicking seams like maaaad~ oh i hate unpicking!

andri. December 11, 2012 - 8:57 am

I like you on FB:)

andri. December 11, 2012 - 9:05 am

Am a Gfc follower!:)

Deb December 11, 2012 - 9:10 am

Have a glass of wine before FMQ… definitely helps with the relaxing of the shoulders!!

Deb December 11, 2012 - 9:10 am

Been a long time follower. I love your quilts!

Emily C December 11, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Measure twice, cut once.

Mom C December 11, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Tried to explain this to my granddaughter last week. Choosing isn't a life changing event. Lots of fabrics work together, there isn't one right choice. it's meant to be fun, so have fun! Thanks.

Mom C December 11, 2012 - 1:47 pm

I'm a follower.

Melissa Loves Color December 11, 2012 - 2:32 pm

My most favorite tip is to use Elmer's school glue in place of pins to perfectly match seams!

Melissa Loves Color December 11, 2012 - 2:32 pm

I'm a new follower! πŸ™‚

Melissa Loves Color December 11, 2012 - 2:34 pm

I liked you on FB!

Mary Beth December 11, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Measure twice, cut once!

MaterialGirlQuilts December 11, 2012 - 2:57 pm

Great giveaway Nicole! My best sewing tip is to be VERY accurate when cutting and everything else will go together smoothly.
Amanda

MaterialGirlQuilts December 11, 2012 - 2:58 pm

I am a happy follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.
Amanda

Kathryn December 11, 2012 - 3:26 pm

My tip is to read a lot of blogs! πŸ˜‰

Kathryn December 11, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Oh, and I am now following on google reader.

sherry December 11, 2012 - 3:46 pm

turn on the music and enjoy your time sewing

rutigt December 11, 2012 - 4:20 pm

If you are following a tutorial or pattern, make sure you read all before you start sewing. I have a tendency to skip parts when I read and then something goes wrong πŸ™‚
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

Martha December 11, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I think my best tip is not to stress and have fun every step of the process.

Martha December 11, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I'm a follower.

Claire December 11, 2012 - 4:49 pm

So many methods involve cutting off pairs of triangles. I use them for leaders and enders and make pinwheels and design charity quilts from what I end up with.

Claire December 11, 2012 - 4:50 pm

I am a new fan of modern style quilt design so am following your blog. Your table runner in the collage caught my eye.

daylily45 December 11, 2012 - 5:07 pm

I have been quilting for years and just this year I decided quilting isn't a contest or a race it is my creative outlet. So I have found a new love in quilting once more, no stress.

daylily45 December 11, 2012 - 5:08 pm

I have liked you on Facebook as well. (Kathy LeBlanc)

Maria Wallin December 11, 2012 - 5:20 pm

My favourite quilt tip is using a Teflon baking sheet under your quilt to reduce friction when free motion quilting, much cheaper then the expensive slider sheets one can buy, as explained here: http://www.notonlyquilts.com/2011/12/free-motion-quilting-on-your-home.html

Thanks a lot for the chance to win such a lovely prize! =)

Catskill Quilter December 11, 2012 - 5:36 pm

I leave about a half inch "string" of thread at the end of whatever I am piecing; I find that it makes sure that the seam does not start to open!

Catskill Quilter December 11, 2012 - 5:37 pm

I am a regular follower of your blog. I love your jelly bean quilt! I have made a number of string quilts, but using all solids gives a crisp, modern look that tickled me.

Catskill Quilter December 11, 2012 - 5:38 pm

I like you on Facebook. Happy holidays!

Katherine December 11, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Choose quality over quantity when it comes to sewing supplies. Good quality thread and fabric are worth every penny because they will make a huge difference in how well a project goes together and in how long it will stay together. ;o)

Katherine December 11, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Just became a follower!

Gorgeous montage of projects from this year. May 2013 be filled with more sewing delights for you!

Natasha December 11, 2012 - 6:08 pm

When trying something new, stay calm and have a glass of wine handy.

Vivian December 11, 2012 - 6:47 pm

favorite tip is add color, and lots of it. It at least makes me happy. Thanks. Vivian

Angie December 11, 2012 - 6:54 pm

I liked you on FB

Angie December 11, 2012 - 6:55 pm

I'm following.

Sowing Stitches December 11, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Press seams and pin corners! πŸ™‚

sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

Angie December 11, 2012 - 6:55 pm

My Favorite quilting tip is to measure your quilt 3 times before adding the boarders. Then make the quilt fit the border, not the other way around.

Thanks for playing!

Cindy December 11, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Greetings! When measuring for borders or bindings, always measure through the middle of the quilt top. The middle stays more true. Outside edges can stretch.

Your quilts look wonderful. I especially like the improv. Thank you for offering such a wonderful gift. You certainly are generous.

Best wishes to you and your family!

Cindy December 11, 2012 - 6:58 pm

I am a Google Friends follower

Cindy December 11, 2012 - 7:02 pm

I am following you on Twitter πŸ™‚

Sandra December 11, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Make sure you own a seam ripper and a thread cutter. I follow you on blog and liked you on FB. You know that every quilter wants fabric. So, your set of 7 Fat Quarters from the Chicopee Collection is a must. Thank you for giving all of us a chance to win. Happy Holidays.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net
Sonora, CA

Lisa E December 11, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Take they time to square up your sub-units in a block. The end result will be so worth it.

NM_Creatrix December 11, 2012 - 7:43 pm

One can never have too many fabrics!

Deb@asimplelifequilts December 11, 2012 - 7:59 pm

My favorite sewing tip is press don't iron. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Deb@asimplelifequilts December 11, 2012 - 8:00 pm

I'm a new follower via GFC

Deb@asimplelifequilts December 11, 2012 - 8:01 pm

And I liked you on FB

Melissa December 11, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Use starch! I just learned this in the last few months and it has improved my accuracy quite a bit. I love Best Press!

Melissa December 11, 2012 - 8:12 pm

I'm your newest follower πŸ™‚

Mother of four December 11, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Hi,
I love the old house and the circular quilt with what looks like paper pieced hexagons in rounds…?
I went to facebook, liked you there and joined your band of followers… though I thought I already was one of your disciples? its not unusual to find me a little confuddled about facts anymore… lol
Janey x

Sis-O December 11, 2012 - 8:43 pm

I likeed you on fb. Thank you.

Sis-O December 11, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Sew Tip: When you make a mistake…just relax and use your handy seam ripper..and start again.

Lyn December 11, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Thanks for being part of the hop….My best tip is to change needle often.

Michelle Watson December 11, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Just joined your wonderful blog!! (laren.oz@gmail.com)

Coffee Break Whatever December 11, 2012 - 10:39 pm

My fav quilting tip is…use rotary cutters! Best invention since sliced bread! And I know.. I used to use pins, pencil and a ruler!!!
Thanks for the chance!
Cheri
quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

shelly bowen December 11, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Love your blog and your quilts! Thanks for the promo!

Mommarock December 12, 2012 - 12:01 am

My favorite tip would be press your fabric!!

Mommarock December 12, 2012 - 12:01 am

I liked you on Facebook.

Lesley December 12, 2012 - 12:07 am

Your work is stunning! You have such an eye for color. The giveaway fabrics are just so yummy! My sewing tip is the same as my woodworker husband…measure twice, cut once! Fabric is too precious to waste even a smidgen with an error in cutting!

Lori December 12, 2012 - 12:49 am

I like you on facebook.

Lori December 12, 2012 - 12:49 am

I am a follower via GFC.

Lori December 12, 2012 - 12:50 am

My favorite sewing tip is measure twice cut once. And if you are following a pattern make sure you read and re-read!

Eileen December 12, 2012 - 1:14 am

quilting/sewing tip: change your needles after 8 hours of sewing!

Eileen December 12, 2012 - 1:14 am

I'm a new follower!

Cherise December 12, 2012 - 1:16 am

Measure twice… cut once! Don't ask me how I know this. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays to You! πŸ™‚

Cherise December 12, 2012 - 1:16 am

I already follow you! πŸ™‚

Cherise December 12, 2012 - 1:17 am

I like you on fb! πŸ™‚

Deb December 12, 2012 - 1:34 am

Pretty fabrics! If your sewing machine is misbehaving, replace the needle, unthread and rethread it, and pull the bobbin out of the case and re-insert it. While you're at it, clean out the lint.

Deb December 12, 2012 - 1:39 am

New follower!

Nancy M. December 12, 2012 - 1:42 am

tip – no stress when sewing. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway

quiltmom December 12, 2012 - 3:13 am

Have a pair of tweezers close by to get out those loose threads or bits of fuzz out of your machine.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

OhioLori December 12, 2012 - 3:51 am

Wow! Love the tips everyone is leaving! (Thanks everyone!) I'm pretty new to Quilting, but have sewn for long time. My tip would have to be, if things don't seem to be going well..need to"rippit&rippit"… it is definitely time to take a break…enjoy a cuppa tea… & try again, Always seems to go better. πŸ™‚

OhioLori December 12, 2012 - 3:52 am

I'm a new Follower thru GFC. Love your Blog already! πŸ™‚

Skooks December 12, 2012 - 4:44 am

Tip? Don't skip ironing. It's so important!

mary mahoo December 12, 2012 - 5:15 am

Sewing tip–measure twice,,three times, cut once! Thanks for the chance to win.

mary mahoo December 12, 2012 - 5:15 am

I'm a follower!

mary mahoo December 12, 2012 - 5:16 am

I liked you on FB.

Debra Lee December 12, 2012 - 6:42 am

Always have a few seam rippers. They like to hide form you!

Debra Lee December 12, 2012 - 6:42 am

I'm a follower!

Rachelle December 12, 2012 - 7:19 am

Sewing tip: Maintain your machine, regular cleaning, oiling and new needles can fix all sorts of stitching problems

Martina December 12, 2012 - 7:48 am

My favourite is: always have inough filled bobbins when you sew. I hate to run out of thread suring the sewing process.

Martina December 12, 2012 - 7:49 am

And I am a follower! Thanks so much!

Denise Russell December 12, 2012 - 9:04 am

Be as precise as possible when you sew the 1/4" seam! Or else…

Denise Russell December 12, 2012 - 9:05 am

I follow you wherever you go! Wait, that sounds a bit creepy!!! πŸ™‚

Gertie Pye December 12, 2012 - 11:41 am

My favourite sewing tip is to spray starch pre-cuts before you chop them up! And keep starching all the way through. It makes your blocks easier to handle and less likely to stretch. Love Chicopee! x

Gertie Pye December 12, 2012 - 11:42 am

And of course I follow! x

Gertie Pye December 12, 2012 - 11:43 am

And now following you on Twitter! I am a bit rubbish at Twitter – I always forget to tweet!

Lisa in Port Hope December 12, 2012 - 12:04 pm

The one i've just started…starching my quilting fabric before cutting. It does make it easier to work with. I use a very light starch.

Lisa in Port Hope December 12, 2012 - 12:05 pm

I'm a new follower.

Patty D from NC December 12, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Pressing can really improve stitching accuracy

SIMPLESEW December 12, 2012 - 3:28 pm

tape to follow seam allowance……

SIMPLESEW December 12, 2012 - 3:28 pm

I follow

SIMPLESEW December 12, 2012 - 3:29 pm

liked you on FB… gotta tell ya , me and Vickie are devoted FB followers.. LOL

Bonnie58 December 12, 2012 - 4:17 pm

I am a follower. Thanks for the opportunity on this draw and have a very Merry Christmas.
bonnielarson58(at)gmail(dot)com.

Bonnie58 December 12, 2012 - 4:18 pm

My best tip when FMQ is to baste, baste, baste…
Happy holidays

Katherine December 12, 2012 - 4:43 pm

I'm a follower

Pam December 12, 2012 - 5:02 pm

use your rotary cutter as a unsewer on small pieces

Tamie December 12, 2012 - 5:49 pm

My sewing tip- there are no quilt police to please- only yourself.

Tamie December 12, 2012 - 5:50 pm

I'm a new follower. Thanks for participating in the Blog Hop Giveaway.

Tamie December 12, 2012 - 5:50 pm

I liked you on FB too.

Tammy December 12, 2012 - 6:35 pm

My favorite tip is. Always keep a lint roller by the sewing machine. When you have to rip hems and stuffs out instead of trying to pick the threads out afterwards. Use the lint roller and it will pull all those tiny little pesky threads out. Also it works great on the cutting table to clean up after each project so you don't get little bits in pieces and fiberes 7 threads on your next project.
conn_and_vans_mom@(at)ahoo(dot)com

Tammy December 12, 2012 - 6:37 pm

I am a new follower of your blog. Might I say I love it. I really like your style and I love that chciapee fabric you are giveing away.
conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tammy December 12, 2012 - 6:39 pm

I liked yoru facebook page and am now following you through facebook as well.
conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

BizyStitches December 12, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop. Merry Christmas. Lovely set of fabric. My favorite tip was read instruction before starting and measure twice before cutting.

BizyStitches December 12, 2012 - 6:41 pm

2. Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop. Merry Christmas. I follow your blog and looking forward to more post.

BizyStitches December 12, 2012 - 6:41 pm

3.Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop. Merry Christmas. I went to facebook and "LIKED"

Katie December 12, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Always measure twice!!

Katie December 12, 2012 - 6:53 pm

I follow!

sew.darn.quilt December 12, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Make your iron your best friend and press, press, press!! Saves on a whole lot of headaches.
Thank you for the chance πŸ™‚

sew.darn.quilt December 12, 2012 - 8:13 pm

I just became a follower through email sub πŸ™‚

Anya December 12, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Use a walking foot for sewing on binding! Thanks for the chance!

Alison December 13, 2012 - 12:10 am

Iron, iron, iron!

Kate Brown December 13, 2012 - 12:53 am

My tip is just relax, take a deep breath and go for it. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Also there is beauty in the imperfections, it makes it yours!

Kate Brown December 13, 2012 - 12:54 am

I am a new follower!

Becky December 13, 2012 - 1:24 am

I like to keep a project at my sewing machine with pins ready for machine work. I seem to get more done that way!

Maria Kievit December 13, 2012 - 1:36 am

Loyal follower. Sewing tip would be to always have your seam ripper handy, and not be afraid to use it, and if necessary to recut pieces that are totally messed up because of ripping out! Thanks for a nice giveaway.

Jessica December 13, 2012 - 2:09 am

Favorite sewing tip – SLOW DOWN! πŸ™‚

Michelle December 13, 2012 - 3:34 am

tip- use polyester thread when quilting with vintage sheets. Vintage sheets are usually a blend of cotton and polyester.

Theresa December 13, 2012 - 3:47 am

Follower

Theresa December 13, 2012 - 3:47 am

My favorite tip is to press seams open. Not amazing, I know, but I just started doing that and it makes a huge difference.

Kathy December 13, 2012 - 5:47 am

Measure twice

Jodi - usairdoll December 13, 2012 - 6:02 am

Beautiful fabric! My tip is that there are no Quilt Police! Do something because you love it. If you make a mistake, consider could it be a design change? hehe Some neat things are discovered from "mistakes". Remember, it's suppose to be fun!

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

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll December 13, 2012 - 6:03 am

I'm already a follower via GFC.

Thanks again for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll December 13, 2012 - 6:06 am

I'm now a follower on FB.

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

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

JaneB December 13, 2012 - 7:06 am

I've learned how to make half square triangles and flying geese using the easy angle and companion angle rulers from Bonnie Hunter's mystery. I save tons of fabric and not having to cut 8ths of an inch measurements.

JaneB December 13, 2012 - 7:07 am

Now a follower too. I adore your jelly bean quilt. Inspiring.

JaneB December 13, 2012 - 7:08 am

Now following you on Twitter, too. Can you tell that I love Chicopee?

david green December 13, 2012 - 8:12 am

Quilting tip use rubber finger outdoor gloves when home machine quilting. I follow on FB and your Blog. Thank you.
Narelle Green

Thearica December 13, 2012 - 12:03 pm

The best tip I have ever been given was press each seam as you sew it! And do not manhandle the iron as you do. Do not ever sew an intersection of seams without first pressing each and every one.

This one is from my Granny Ida.. (and you have to imagine her with a dip of snuff in her lip) πŸ™‚

If it ain't worth doing right, then it ain't worth doing a'tall!

Thearica December 13, 2012 - 12:04 pm

I like your FB page!

Thearica December 13, 2012 - 12:05 pm

I follow your blog!

Merry Christmas!

Debora K December 13, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Tip: Sulky KK2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray! It's not goopy and does a wonderful job keeping small bits of fabric in place. audiodropzone(at)gmail(dot)com

JanesQuilting December 13, 2012 - 5:12 pm

My sewing tip would be to make sure your cut your pieces perfectly and keep that 1/4 inch seam allowance. A slight bit, can mean a lot in the end.

JanesQuilting December 13, 2012 - 5:14 pm

I am a follower

toekneechestnut December 13, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Relax..and discover the joy of making something with your own hands.
grace(at)amnet(dot)net(dot)au

toekneechestnut December 13, 2012 - 6:40 pm

I am following you via Google! Thank-you:)
grace(at)amnet(dot)net(dot)au

Myself December 13, 2012 - 6:53 pm

My best sewing tip is for a period that you are busy and do not have time for anything- to make even a few stitches everyday, I need it for my soul… πŸ™‚

Myself December 13, 2012 - 6:54 pm

I follow you by GFC, Thanks for the great givaway!

Myself December 13, 2012 - 6:54 pm

I follow you on twitter- @myself19771

Vbobro December 13, 2012 - 7:21 pm

New follower! Love your quilt mosaic and am gonna look around your blog a bit!

Vbobro December 13, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Now liking you on Facebook, too!

Vbobro December 13, 2012 - 7:27 pm

So many great tips so far… how can I come up with anything original? How about a true tale of caution? Don't listen to a very absorbing conference call while quilting (even boring straight lines), as one might accidentally run one's finger under the needle and have the needle break off in one's finger nail. Happened. to me. Ouch! The needle went all the way through my finger and broke off. Somehow there was enough adrenaline for me to immediately pull it out. Ouch!

Sara ypunto December 13, 2012 - 8:09 pm

My favourite tip: check twice before you cut!
saruqa at gmail dot com

Sara ypunto December 13, 2012 - 8:10 pm

I am a follower
saruqa at gmail dot com

Sara ypunto December 13, 2012 - 8:10 pm

and I like you on FB!
saruqa at gmail dot com

thanks for the giveaway!!

Dresden Quilter December 13, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Don't quilt when tired. I have done it a few times and it has not turned out well.

Lyndsey December 13, 2012 - 8:37 pm

My favourite sewing tip is measure twice and cut once.

Sheila December 13, 2012 - 8:49 pm

My tip: keep a bag near in your sewing area for fabric/trim scraps too big to throw away. When a few bags are full, drop them off at a daycare center or preschool for their arts & crafts….they'll be thrilled! ….thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures December 13, 2012 - 11:28 pm

I am a new follower on GFC.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures December 13, 2012 - 11:30 pm

Sewing tip…make sure you have an accurate 1/4" seam…remember sewing machines can vary! Sew use the same machine for the project if you can to stay true to that 1/4' seam allowance.

Carla G December 14, 2012 - 4:32 am

My sewing tip is to chain piece, it sure saves a lot of time and thread. Thanks for a chance to win! πŸ™‚

Carla G December 14, 2012 - 4:34 am

I'm already a follower via gfc! πŸ™‚

Carla G December 14, 2012 - 4:40 am

I liked you on facebook and now follow you on twitter! πŸ™‚

Tanya December 14, 2012 - 7:14 am

My sewing tip is simple. Buy a little more fabric than you think you will need. It may not be available to finish project. Thanks for chance to win.

Beth December 14, 2012 - 7:49 am

I just recently started pressing with starch. I will never not use it again. It makes cutting so much easier.

Beth December 14, 2012 - 7:50 am

I follow via GFC!

Beth December 14, 2012 - 7:51 am

I follow on twitter

Rhonda D. December 14, 2012 - 7:59 am

My favorite sewing tip: keep extra bobbins filled before you run out!

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Rhonda D. December 14, 2012 - 8:00 am

I am already a happy follower.

Rhonda D. December 14, 2012 - 8:01 am

I like you on Facebook.
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Sue December 14, 2012 - 1:23 pm

My quilting tip is to take your time when cutting out. I tend to want to hurry up so I can start sewing but find that causes a lot of problems. So slow down and cut carefully!

Sue December 14, 2012 - 1:24 pm

I follow on GFC.

Sue December 14, 2012 - 1:24 pm

I "liked" you on Facebook.

Betty B December 14, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Close your rotary cutter every time you put it down!!! I learned the hard way – I put my cutter down, reached for something and when I brought my hand back I cut a nice slice out of my finger.

Betty B December 14, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Just signed up to follow you by email.

Sew Simple Life December 14, 2012 - 2:56 pm

My favorite tip has been when people told me to just go with it, there are no rules

Sew Simple Life December 14, 2012 - 2:57 pm

I am already a follower

29820a10-3a35-11e2-8d1d-000bcdcb471e December 14, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Favorite tip is Done is better than perfect. No one will notice a little whoopsie that we think sticks out like a sore thumb..Have fun and move on..
MaryLou
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Cassandra December 14, 2012 - 3:47 pm

I love the Chicopee collection! My favorite tip is to measure, measure, and measure again. This is what causes me the most problems. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!

AlessandraLace December 14, 2012 - 4:17 pm

I am happy follower from Italy. hugs Alessandra

AlessandraLace December 14, 2012 - 4:18 pm

thank you for this great chance. hugs

Jennifer Gail December 14, 2012 - 4:43 pm

I'm new to sewing so I don't rally havae any tips. I do love reading them though. thanks

Jennifer Gail December 14, 2012 - 4:45 pm

I'm a GFC follower:)

Teresa F. December 14, 2012 - 8:36 pm

I'm not a very experienced quilter but I always measure twice to cut only once.

Teresa F. December 14, 2012 - 8:36 pm

I liked you on Facebook.

Teresa F. December 14, 2012 - 8:36 pm

I follow your lovely blog.

Nanbon44 December 14, 2012 - 8:42 pm

sew tip, hummmm how about don't be afraid, take a chance and make what you love.. you can not learn new things if you just talk about it.. get your hands in the mix and create your own masterpiece.. Plus keep you seam ripper handy, it is your best friend…

Julie December 14, 2012 - 9:01 pm

I'm a new quilter, so I don't really have any tips – I need the tips myself!!

Julie December 14, 2012 - 9:01 pm

I'm a new follower!

vicki December 14, 2012 - 11:06 pm

i am too new at this to have any tips. thanks and merry christmas. vickise@gmail.com

vicki December 14, 2012 - 11:08 pm

i follow you via GFC and email. thanks. vickise@gmail.com

Deb December 15, 2012 - 4:05 am

Beautiful fabric! I'm sure you know this tip already. use leaders and enders…saves so much thread!

TheStylishHome December 15, 2012 - 5:05 am

I'm a new follower

TheStylishHome December 15, 2012 - 5:06 am

When you're tired… just stop sewing and walk away from the machine!

TheStylishHome December 15, 2012 - 5:07 am

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Julie Fukuda December 15, 2012 - 5:20 am

Quilting tips… keep one small project for take-along work and one quilt to be quilting during quiet minutes at home AND finish those up before beginning something else.

nicolesender December 15, 2012 - 7:46 am

I always prewash my fabric!
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nicolesender December 15, 2012 - 7:47 am

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nicolesender December 15, 2012 - 8:02 am

Liked you on Facebook: Nicole Sender.
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Katy December 15, 2012 - 11:10 am

My favourite tip was to use colour catchers.

Katy December 15, 2012 - 11:10 am

I follow you in my feed reader.

Abby December 15, 2012 - 11:46 am

I like to lay the colors out on the table and look at them for a few days( or weeks) before I cut. Just to make sure I'm happy.

Marsha Clark December 15, 2012 - 2:01 pm

My tip is invest in a stiletto for quilting. It is so worth it & your seams will stay sharper. πŸ™‚

Marsha Clark December 15, 2012 - 2:02 pm

I'm Following. πŸ™‚

Marsha Clark December 15, 2012 - 2:02 pm

I liked your page on F. B.
Thanks for the chance !!!
Happy Quilting !!!

Mary Marcotte December 15, 2012 - 2:28 pm

My favorite tip (from Ricky Tims) is to put water in a spray bottle, not in the iron, spray as needed without the iron ever spitting up or causing problems.

Mary Marcotte December 15, 2012 - 2:29 pm

I've been a follower for a while. I love your modern quilts. Thanks for participating in the blog hop party!

cyndiofthevortex December 15, 2012 - 3:48 pm

My favorite quilting tip is to not quilt when you're cranky! Use that time to rip if you need to. You're already crabby, why waste it?

cyndiofthevortex December 15, 2012 - 3:52 pm

I'm a new follower.

Deborah Mitchell December 15, 2012 - 4:14 pm

I liked you on facebook. My tip is to pin, pin, pin. I found if I dont my lines dont match.

Deborah Mitchell December 15, 2012 - 4:15 pm

I am a new follower.

ANGIE TERRY December 15, 2012 - 6:30 pm

I'm a follower

ANGIE TERRY December 15, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Best tip – you need to own several seam rippers

Richard Healey December 15, 2012 - 6:35 pm

My best tip is don't sew when mad.

Richard Healey December 15, 2012 - 6:36 pm

I am a follower

Richard Healey December 15, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Liked you on Facebook

Margaret December 15, 2012 - 7:09 pm

Sewing tip; check one time and then recheck You can never recheck enough

Margaret December 15, 2012 - 7:09 pm

I liked you on facebook

Margaret December 15, 2012 - 7:10 pm

I follow your blog on google, and twitter

Dolores Fegan December 15, 2012 - 8:01 pm

Fave sewing tip: use Bounce dryer sheets to clean fusible off iron. I now follow you on Blog and Twitter.

Carol December 15, 2012 - 10:04 pm

If you can't see your mistake from two feet away, then don't worry about it. No one else will see it either (or it will 'quilt out').

Carol December 15, 2012 - 10:17 pm

I liked you on FB!

selleck December 15, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Tip? The quilt doesn't have to please anyone but you so relax and enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeneta December 15, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Use 'grippy' gloves when doing FMG.

legato1958 December 16, 2012 - 12:07 am

I am a new follower!
Thanks for the giveaway chance!
Susie
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legato1958 December 16, 2012 - 12:08 am

Baste first…when putting together sections of a block in paper piecing.
Thanks for the giveaway chance!
Susie
legato1958@aol.com

Carmen Nuland December 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

I'm a beginner so I'm learning more tips than I can give, but I guess my best tip is to make sure you treat your machine like you want to keep it around for a long time. Thanks for the chance to win!

Katina December 16, 2012 - 2:41 am

This is beautiful fabric! My favorite sewing/quilting tip is to change machine needles after every project, and keep the old ones for sewing on paper!

Katina December 16, 2012 - 2:42 am

I'm following you on Twitter

Katina December 16, 2012 - 2:43 am

I follow your blog…

Karen O December 16, 2012 - 6:53 am

Best tip is to measure carefully!

Karen O December 16, 2012 - 6:54 am

I am a follower. I have to let you know that your picture with you and your quilt is one of my favorites from the year. Inspired!

Karrie S December 16, 2012 - 9:26 am

Using adequate light and body mechanics really help. And new needles per project πŸ˜‰

Karrie S December 16, 2012 - 9:27 am

I'm already a follower of your blog

Karrie S December 16, 2012 - 9:28 am

I liked you on fb (karrie smith) Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

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