You see their logos every day on our site, but who are the people behind those sponsor icons? We thought it was high time our Sew4Home friends and fans got to know a little bit about the great people and companies who support us, and make it possible for us to continue to bring you projects, techniques, giveaways and more all FREE of charge! Janome America is a charter sponsor of Sew4Home, which means they have been here from the get-go. This has been an incredible advantage for us; being able to create all our projects on Janome machines makes everything faster and easier, with incredible stitch quality every time. One of my favorite Janome slogans is: "The easier the tools, the more creative you become." It's so true! When you know you don't have to worry about a machine's precision or power, sewing is frustration-free. We were fortunate to get some time to talk with the head of Janome America, Toshi Takayasu. With 20+ years at Janome, in Japan and around the globe, Toshi is very serious about the sewing industry, yet he is also a delightful man with many interesting stories. He opened up to us about the differences and similarities he has observed in the many different countries in which he's lived, the new opportunities he sees for blending sewing with the world of crafting, and a particularly wild dinner menu in the Northern Territory of Australia.
2012 isn't even two months old, and we've already racked up three Great Giveaway winners. Better still... we've only just begun the fun! Today, we announce the lucky winners of our two Re-imagine & Renovate Fabric Four-Packs and our Moda Toweling Bundle. Thanks to everyone who entered, plus even bigger thanks to all our Shopping Directory sponsors and Moda Fabrics for providing such wonderful prize packages.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 02/14/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
We have been fans of Bunny Hill Designs by Moda for quite awhile. Anne Sutton, owner and designer at Bunny Hill, calls her style: Sweet Sophistication with a Touch of Whimsy. That's just perfect! Her designs can be as cute as the proverbial button, but the collections also contain a lovely selection of elegant coordinating prints, such as dots, plaids, flourishes and more. Today, we have a Bunny Hill Layer Cake to give away to one lucky Sew4Home fan. It is from the Puttin' on the Ritz collection and contains forty-two 10" x 10" squares. That's 4,200 square inches of beauty!
THIS CONTEST ENDED 03/02/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
I was first introduced to Angela Walters at Spring Quilt Market last year, but not before the person I was with started pointing wildly in all directions to quilts Angela had done. Her amazing free-motion quilting work seemed to be proudly on display in every booth in the near vicinity. I was bowled over. In fact, I think my mouth literally dropped open. Then, up walked Angela. How did this cute young woman standing in front of me finish all these different quilts?! She shrugged and smiled, as if not understanding that the speed, skill and style of her free-motion work was keeping my mouth hanging open. Once I regained my composure, we stayed in touch, and I was thrilled to hear she has a book coming out soon, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. It was the perfect time to introduce our Sew4Home friends to her, so you can learn a little more about that signature speed, skill and style, pick up a few tips in a free-motion mini-tutorial from Angela herself and enter to win a fun Kona Cotton giveaway from Angela and her pals at Robert Kaufman (Angela does all the quilting for Kaufman's quilt samples and used their beautiful solids for many of the samples in her book).
One of the original sponsors of Sew4Home was Fat Quarter Shop, and they are still a passionate supporter. So, when we heard late last year, that Kimberly and her creative crew had a new quilt pattern line and website, we were thrilled for them. It's Sew Emma has several months under its belt now and a wonderful inventory of both paper and PDF patterns. We picked out FIVE of their best-sellers and are excited to be able to send a bundle o' patterns to THREE lucky Sew4Home fans.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 02/14/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
Here at Sew4Home, we love the vintage vibe. It might be the quaint illustration of a chubby-cheeked toddler, a glimpse of gingham on a wicker porch swing's pillow or a floral bouquet dense with pastel petals. Whenever, wherever we catch the vibe, we want to drink it down like a cool glass of sun tea on the first warm day of spring. So, it's no surprise we've been eager followers of Tanya Whelan and her Grand Revival fabric collections for Free Spirit Fabric. When Tanya contacted us last month to let us know her very first book was hot off the press, we were happy to take a look. Read on to find out more... and to enter to win your very own copy of Sew What You Love.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 02/24/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
This week, we introduced you to Cloud9 Organic Fabrics and their sweet Nursery Basics and Maman collections. We're guessing you've already fallen in love with the fabrics, so the next step is easy: we're giving away a fat quarter (a generously proportioned "quarter yard" of fabric that measures 18" x 22") of each of the seven Maman collection designs.
773! That's how many comments we logged for this lovely little prize package from Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. We were impressed by all of you who wanted to share your favorite parts of the quilting process. The most common answer? "I love every part of it!" Another frequent response was how you love to watch a smile spread across the face of the person receiving your handmade quilt. Beautiful!
THIS CONTEST ENDED 02/03/12. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
You can use this Moda 100% cotton toweling to wipe away the tears of joy if you are the winner of today's Great Giveaway. We have seven pretty one-yard cuts. Moda Toweling is super soft, simply sweet and best of all: pre-hemmed along both sides! Leave a comment and let us know what you'll whip up should you be our lucky winner.