Monday, May 17, 2010

May Giveaway Day!

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Today is the day for a Sew, Mama Sew giveaway link party!
I will be giving away a few prints from my Amy Butler Midwest Modern stash.
The cuts will be anywhere from a fat quarter to a yard for each print.  And I may just surprise you and send some others along with it!
Here are the ways to enter:
1) Become a follower
2) Leave a comment with your favorite sewing/quilting/crafting tip
3) Link back to this post on your blog and/or facebook page.

I've been known for surprises so you never know what you might end up with!
Your chances of winning will increase for each of your entries so don't forget to leave a comment for each entry!  Also, don't forget to check the Sew, Mama Sew page for the master list of all of the participants and see what kind of cool stuff you could win!

Oh, oh!  And while you're at it, you should hop on over to Leisel's blog and vote on your favorite quilt for the So You Think You Can Quilt contest.  One of them is mine.  Think you know which one it is?  =]

512 comments:

  1. Oh, great giveaway! Who doesn't love Amy Butler?! I actually don't have a good quilting tip. Here is a thing that I learnded the hard way and I am sure that everyone knows about that: It always takes longer then expected. I am constantly surprised how time flies by when I am sewing so now I actually set my alarm clock at 10 minutes before I have to leave the house so that I don't rush out being late but can clean up after me and take a look in the mirror. Works wonders and now I not late all the time...

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  2. I am looking forward to follow you! Thanks for the great give away! Love it!

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  3. My tip is GOOGLE. I have basically learned to sew from blogs and tutorials but sometimes I get confused and I find if I google the part confusing me, the new perspective will help me to figure it out and move on. Love what you are offering and love surprises too :)

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  4. Pretties!
    I like to use a kwik clip when I safety-pin baste my quilts. :)

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  5. My favorite quilting tip is watch your fingers when sewing, once put a needle through my finger from the machine ... you only have to do that once to not want to do it again. : )

    thanks for the giveaway.
    Jess
    halladay@umich.edu

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  6. My favorite quilting tip is:

    Try using fork pins to align your seams. They work great for matching points!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  7. My favorite tools for sewing often come from strange places. Could not live without the telescoping magnet to retrieve fallen pins. Find it with tools at Lowes type stores. It collapses to ball point pen size and stretches way out!

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  8. Love Amy Butler! My favorite tool is my gypsy gripper. No more cut fingers for me!

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  9. I love browsing blogs for tutorials and great tips. I always think sewmamasew.com is a great starting point for this adventure. I really helped in the beginnings of my sewing "career". =)

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  10. My sewing tip . . . don't let your 1 year old feed the fabric through the machine!!

    Fingers crossed!

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  11. I love your blog! Love the Amy Butler giveaway too! These are some of my favorite prints of all time!

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  12. Love those Amy Butler fabrics!
    If you are doing needle turn applique and are having trouble turning your fabric, just (carefully) lick your needle and the fabric should be more obediant about turning under!

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  13. And now I am following you too!

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  14. My favorite tip is to measure measure measure!

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  15. These fabrics are just gorgeous! As I'm a beginner sewer and only hand sew (yep! no sewing machine here!), I have 2 main tips:
    1. a running stitch works nice instead of a gathering stitch when doing ruffles
    2. do not hesitate to email bloggers for advice: they're happy to help and make things clearer and give you their (very usueful) own tips!
    Have a lovely day!
    linedupuy(at)hotmail(dot)fr

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  16. What fun fabric. My tip? Take a break if you've made a mistake. Don't start taking stitches out immediately... come back with fresh eyes after a cup of tea or a night of sleep...

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  17. my favorite tip is to only rip out those mistakes which you will ACTUALLY notice and leave the rest.

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  18. Keep a tub underneath the sewing table for save-worthy scraps to sort by color or size later, a trash bin next to the chair within arm's reach, and a little bowl next to the sewing machine to put threads and fabric bits.

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  19. my tip: sew while your 2 year old is napping!

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  20. I love those fabrics! And my tip is...sew the opening shut, backstitch the ends, and then rip out the middle before turning. Lovely blog, too!

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  21. I'm a new follower, love your header picture :)

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  22. I heart this fabric! My "tip" is actually an idea I saw lately to use a peg board to hang all of your sewing tools and notions.

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  23. My favorite sewing tip is masking tape (the blue kind). I use it for testing out hems, for marking quilting lines, on my machine's throat plate to mark the seam width... the uses are endless! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  24. LOVE those fabrics!! i'm still a novice, so i don't have much experience to be providing tips so i would have to say measure twice, cut once.

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  25. My favorite quilting/sewing tip is - as soon as you put your seam ripper away, that's when you'll need to use it!

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  26. I love those fabrics! Amy Butler is one of my favorites. My tip would be wind multiple bobbin b/c it's annoying having to stop to re-wind if you're in the quilting groove :)

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  27. What a fun giveaway! Beautiful fabrics. Thank you for the opportunity.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  28. I'm following with much anticipation!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  29. My best tip, is read all the blogs! That's how I've learned everything so far!

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  30. I've been finding fabric for $1/yard at the local thrift shop and loving being able to build my stash this way.

    Today I've had a bunch of fun typing, clicking and entering. Thanks for your participation.
    erincode-at-metzlers-dot-org

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  31. Quilting tip - save all your scraps for making fun little scrappy blocks that grow into fun little scrappy quilts.

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  32. My favorite tip is that quilters are 'pressers', not 'ironers'. Press down, but don't iron!

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  33. fun giveaway! favorite tip: a seam ripper is really better than scissors. also, feel free to experiment!

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  35. Blog tutorials...they taught me how to quilt! I use them VERY frequently when I have questions about things.

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  36. LOL - hit post too soon! Love those fabrics.

    My favorite tip - lock yourself in the sewing room and don't come out for no one! LOL

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  37. Sewing tip - even 5 minutes here and there makes a huge difference on any project!

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  38. My crafting tip is to keep a computer in your craft room--I've got my old computer on a wireless connection in my craft room, and I only have to print out pattern pieces now, not instructions.

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  39. Oh, I'm a new follower, too! Thanks for having such a generous giveaway!

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  40. Those are great fabrics! I'm a complete novice at quilting, so I don't have any handy tips (yet!). But, I've learned so much from blogs like yours and from others' tips.

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  41. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I've become a follower!

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  42. My favorite sewing tip is to use iron-on vinyl for changing pads instead of trying to line up vinyl on fabric!

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  43. I have two tips, pin at so your points match and take a break if you are frustrated! Those I think are most important when quilting, at least for me.

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  44. My favorite sewing tip is to hit thrift stores for fabric and patterns. you can really find some good fabric and cool patterns and not spend very much money.

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  45. Thank you for this great giveaway! My best tip is to make time to sew as often as you can so you keep your momentum going.

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  46. Look at your follower count! You go girl! Hey, if I win, you don't have to ship! hint hint

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  47. Stick little adhesive sandpaper circles on the backs of your rotary cutting rulers to prevent them from sliding around on the fabric!

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  48. Use a walking foot. Not brilliant, but changed my beginner quilter life.

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  49. Always keep a bottle of Helmar 450 around! It can fix lots of stuff! That's my tip!!! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  50. I love me some Amy Butler fabric! I have lots of quilting tips that I learned the hard way, like, don't try to take lint off of your needle while you're foot is on the pedal and it's on. yeah, a needle through the finger is what that'll get you! :)

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  51. This is for those of you who have sergers....

    You know those long tweezers...well...instead of using tweezers I use a long needle to thread the bottom part, it works so much better and you can slip it inbetween the parts below with no problem, you will have the botto threaded in no time.

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  52. I just added you to my rss feed--I look forward to following your posts.

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  53. I absolutely adore the Amy Butler fabrics! My tip is to be patient and not rush a project - you will end up with a ruined finished product or something you don't like!

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  54. I love those fabrics and could make such beautiful charity quilts. My one tip is to chain piece...makes block making so much faster.

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  55. I love Amy Butler but don't have any of her fabric in my stash. I need some! I love Natalia's starch applique method over at piecenquilt.blogspot.com.

    Check out my fabric giveaway at http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com.

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  56. I tape my 6" square ruler to my sewing machine to use as a guide for keeping my seams straight.

    forstejm@gmail.com

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  57. sew everything that you are making for the first time using the longest stitch that you can. so when you have to tear it apart to fix that darn mistake, it is way easier.

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  58. My favorite sewing tip? Iron. There are steps you can skip when sewing garments, purses, etc ...this is NOT one of them. Iron. Even if you think it doesn't matter, it does.

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  59. great give away! please enter me! (I love all the crafts in your headerr!)

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  60. This would be perfect for my aunt's Amy Butler quilt!

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  61. My favorite sewing tip is to always use a new needle when you start a new quilt.

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  62. When I use my machine I have a piece of duct tape to mark off my seam allowances, so whenever I need to change from a 1/2" to a 1/4" or a 5/8" seam I just move my duct tape over. It's easier to see than the little marks on the machine plate.

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  63. My tip is to buy extra bobbins and wind several at once before starting your project. Thanks!

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  64. My favorite tip: if you're frustrated with your quilting/sewing project for WHATEVER reason, get up and come back to it in a few minutes, the following day, etc. It just helps relieve that frustration. Besides, sewing is supposed to be a stress-reliever...hehe at least, for me...

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  65. I am a new follower. I'm a midwest girl too! Feel free to visit me at my blog. http://atrioofboys.blogspot.com/

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  66. My sewing tip: Use more than 1 pincushion. I used to only use 1 and it was a hassle because I'd always forget my pincushion in the area that I cut and pin. I'd be already to go at my machine and realize that I had left my pincushion over there and had no where to stick my pins.

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  67. Use as many different fabrics as you possibly can!!!

    Gill

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  68. I'm a new follower!
    Greetings from Chile!
    mmimica@maimonides.cl

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  69. My tip: a lot of patience and always try!
    Greetings from Chile!
    mmimica@maimonides.cl

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  70. I am a follower!
    Amy
    ajh15@hotmail.com

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  71. My favorite sewing tip is to trace a 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch line down a piece of paper and use that to guide your hems as you press them. Thanks Martha Stewart!
    Amy
    ajh15@hotmail.com

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  72. love those fabrics! ALL of them :)

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  73. My quilting tip...have a seam ripper nearby!

    jesslinq at gmail dot com

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  74. I am now a follower!

    jesslinq at gmail dot com

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  75. YAY! GREAT giveaway! my tip? I am new to sewing so i guess I would love some tips!!

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  76. i love these amy butler prints...that is some of the fabric that i am lacking in my stash. you are so generous to share. my best sewing/quilting tip would be to cut very very carefully. it makes such a difference.
    lezlie21(at)aol(dot)com

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  77. now i am a follower too!!!!

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  78. triple check thing when the kids have been helping. Then take your time. XD

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  79. Love the shoes on your banner!

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  80. i save scraps to use for embellishing hand towels. my kitchen towels are soooo much cuter than they used to be. :)

    kaceykendrickwagner {at} gmail.com

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  81. I became a follower! Great blog, so glad I found it! Thank you for doing this giveaway!

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  82. My tip is to always double check your 1/4 inche seams before you piece an entire quilt top! Love Amy Butler...great giveaway, thanks!

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  83. Always keep a magnet on hand for stray pins.

    lindsay.forgette@gmail(dot)com

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  84. Stop sewing when you are sleepy. Thats when I sew the wrong sides together, and other frustrations occur.

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  85. I keep peroxide on my sewing table. That way when I poke myself with a pin and bleed all over something, I can clean it off right then! (Peroxide does wonders for removing blood and doesn't hurt your fabric at all!) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  86. My favorite crafty tip? Don't be afraid to try new things. If "not knowing how" to do something prevented me from trying I would have already missed out on many great crafty opportunities. Mistakes are part of the game, but making something unique is priceless!

    skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com

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  87. You can never have enough Amy Butler! My favorite crafty tip is measure twice (or three times!) and cut once! :)

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  88. Love the Amy Butler fabrics, love surprises too!
    hmmm lets see a tip...
    I'm always a little anxious to cut into my favorite fabrics so my tip would be use them! They'll look better in your project then in your stash lol!

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  89. My tip is sharp scissors. Seems like a no brainer, but when you finally get them sharpened, you realize how dull they really were.

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  90. My favorite sewing tip: iron everything. Before cutting, opening seams in clothing, afterward to give it a professional look. Makes a real difference!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  91. I'm now a follower and love Amy Butler prints!

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  92. I'm following and I also love Amy Butler prints!

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  93. Quilting tip: do a google image search or search flickr when you need ideas of how / what type of pattern to use for a quilt or a certain fabric. Fabric lines often have flickr groups dedicated to their use and it helps to see what you like/don't like about how the colors look with other fabrics. :)

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  94. Sewing Tip - wash and iron before you start cutting! It might be a simple tip but when you get that new fabric home, you just want to snip into it straight away - well I do anyway :P

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  95. Have added a link to my facebook page (Reclaiming Me)

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  96. i am following you! amandaewoodruff (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  97. Oh I love Amy Butler Fabric and I follow your blog as degood with gfc.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  98. My tip is to never throw away any scraps. I learned this from my mother who makes eye spy quilts for her grandkids out of the smallest pieces of fabric she has and my kids love them.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  99. and, my best tip is measure twice, pin carefully, and sew slowly the first time...

    amandaewoodruff (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  100. And I linked to you on my blog too!

    westonandamanda.blogspot.com

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  101. how perfect! i just started quilting, and this fabric is beautiful! i look forward to reading the comments on here for some tips, because unfortunately i don't have any of my own to share.

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  102. HA! I love Amy Butler!!!!
    My tip? Look for www.not4angels.de/RV and see how I sew my zipper into my jeans. It's German, but maybe the photos are enough :o)
    Regards from Germany, Natalie
    natalie@arndt-family.com

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  103. My favorite sewing/crafting tip is for seam ripping. Whatever method you use to cut your threads, you can pull them off the fabric super fast by using a lint roller. :)

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  104. Iron iron iron everything!

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  105. My favourite sewing tip would be to make sure you always have a good stash of fabric on hand LOL, you know for those spare of the moment creations that you just 'have' to make late at night when the desire suddenly hits.

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  106. My tip for you...use spray starch to keep the fabric from stretching.
    Paulette

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  107. Love those Amy Butler prints! My tip: It is a pain but make your half square triangles slightly bigger than necessary and then trim them to the perfect size.

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  108. blogged about your giveaway!

    http://mamacubedcreations.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-giveaway-day-on-sew-mama-sew.html

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  109. I'm too new at sewing to have many tips, but I'm looking forward to sewing some cute fabric bins to hold the big collection of loose fabric I'm amassing!

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  110. I do baby quilts for friends and it was a happy day when I found out that minky doesn't shrink at all, so there is no need to prewash it. I was washing my quilt front and the minky and then binding! So my tip is if your quilt sandwich has minky and non-prewashed front, just pre-wash the already top-stitched front. Hope that makes sense.

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  111. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

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  112. I follow with Friend Connect.

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  113. I picked up a couple of vinyl hanging shoebags at a garage sale and tacked them on the wall in my sewing room. Their clear pockets are great for trims and notions.

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  114. Thanks for the great giveaway! As I'm totally new to quilting, I love looking things up on Google and find great tips & advice on blogs. Now I have to put it all to good use! :)
    Thanks again for the chance to win!
    finnprincess79(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  115. My tip? Use YouTube to learn what you don't know. I taught myself how to crochet using only YouTube tutorials.

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  116. Posted to my Facebook page.

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  117. My tip is to always leave alittle room under bed to hide some new fabric from the hubby!

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  118. I think my personal tip would be to have a seam ripper handy and don't be afraid to use it.

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  119. My fav tip? Buy fabric you love, even if it costs a little more. You'll love your garment/quilt so much more and it won't seem "homemade" in the dreaded sense of the word.

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  120. when all else fails.....change your needle. solves 95% of the world's problems.

    no, really.

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  121. My craft tip? try anything once, you never know, you may just like it....My first quilt square was a charity cross, never did that before but wanted to try, and guess what? It came out pretty darn nifty....and of course, measure twice, cut once....
    btw, AMY BUTLER!! LOVE HER!!

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  122. Youtube has become my quilting buddy lately. I can usually find many styles and techniques of what I'm looking for, so i can pick and choose what works best for me. Love the fabrics!

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  123. Fabulous giveaway! I just read about a woman who transfers her favorite patterns onto thin plastic tablecloth material. The material is see-through and durable.

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  124. My best sewing/crafting tip is go slowly, have patience - something I often forget :-).
    Great giveaway - thanks!
    jmhamlin826 AT yahoo DOT com

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  125. lovely! my tip is when in doubt google it... someone has put a tutorial or info out there every time!
    shanaheaton@hotmail.com

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  126. Wow what a great prize! I'm a follower and can't wait to come back and visit

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  127. My tip is one that I learned from a friend. It's so much easier to sew jersey if you use a walking foot :)

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  128. My favorite tip is using spray starch on jersey to make it easier to sew. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  129. I love these Amy Butler fabrics! I don't have great sewing tips! I love to strip piece for quilting, and don't like to pin before quilting. One thing is don't be afraid to try new quilting techniques! You may find that some of the new ways are easier and faster! I had planned to just outline quilt a large quilt about a year ago. I tested out stippling and found that it would take me much less time overall!

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  130. It's always great to enter such a cool giveaway!

    Tip: Keep a 3-ring binder with plastic sleeves to hold you favorite quilting patterns once you have printed them from the internet. This way you can refer back to them.

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  131. My quilting tip is to place enough pins in your quilt to your hand is touching one at all times anywhere on the quilt. Then you know you have enough pins in your quilt so it can be quilted!

    renjenl21(at)gmail(dot)com

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  132. excited to be a new follower! hopefully I can win your wonderful surprises! cjgruen@gmail.com

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  133. Hot Iron!! I love amy butler fabrics and patterns! Great choice for a giveaway!

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  134. my favorite sewing tip is to sew what you're feeling! don't hold back :)

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  135. I follow you! What lovely fabric you are giving away, thanks!

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  136. Love the fabric! My sewing tip would be to have patience.

    mrs. ntjs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  137. i'm a follower of yr blog now!

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  138. my fav tip is using the clover fork pins...just great for matching up the seams.

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  139. Pretty fabrics!! My tip would be, only sew when the kids are napping. It's the only way I get anything done.
    n.clark(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  140. I'm following you now too :)
    n.clark(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  141. my favorite tip is to pre-shrink the fabrics in the washer and- tumble-dry them (yes!). I never know when Mister Bel;l is going to hurl something into the dryer so it's best to be prepared ;) Thanks for the giveaway! amo [at] zoic {Dot} org

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  142. BTW I'm now a follower! amo [at] zoic {Dot} org

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  143. fabric is awesome. my tip is to read all the directions before you start!

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  144. I follow your blog.

    jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

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  145. My best tip is to iron ... a lot! Pressed seams makes for easier sewing and a nicer end product.

    jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

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  146. I'm following, anonymously, but still following!

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  147. Love the Midwest Modern. I think it is my favorite Amy Butler collection. My best tip, keep things cleaned up as you go. That way you aren't hunting for scissors or seam rippers or misplacing parts of your blocks! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  148. I wish I had some tips. I'm actually just learning to sew. I'm planning my first quilt to make for my son.
    smooze13@aol.com

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  149. I am now a follower! no tips ... other than to make sure you iron .. and iron it good!!

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  150. Thanks for offering the giveaway. My tip is really old timey. Take the time to straighten the material by pulling a thread. You won't be sorry. sandralister@att.net
    http://footloosefancyfreeboutique.blogspot.com/

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  151. My tip is when your sewing machine needs some oil to put some onto a cotton swab and spread it around that way.

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  152. hi Lisa! great fabrics for a giveaway, thanks for my chance...i voted yesterday at brown paper packages...i didnt realize one was yours! im always trying to guess Melissas! my tip would be to get outside of the collection of fabric and mix and match! add solids and have fun!

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  153. My tip? trust your instincts about what is beautiful. I hope I win!

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  154. My tip is to take 10 steps back and then see if it looks ok before ripping anything out. That and chain piecing rocks.

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  155. I super heavy starch fabric that I am going to bias cut, to minimize stretching. Don't worry, the stiff stuff all comes out in the first wash!

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  156. great giveaway, count me in!
    jamiemueller0522@yahoo.com

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  157. My favourite tip is one that I learned just last week. I decided that I would try my hand at making a crafters apron to store all my stuff in. It's perfect! I never do any sewing without it now. I suggest everyone have one of these. :)

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  158. Mod Podge is the best sealer, glue, etc out there.

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  159. I'm a follower on your blog.

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  160. Tip: Pair designer prints with natural linen. Instant zen and pop.

    rachel euphoria (AT!) yahoo (dOt) com

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  161. Great giveaway! I love some Midwest Modern!

    My favorite tip is to sort scraps after finishing a quilting project into 4 categories:

    1:strips for string quilt
    2:sized for small squares for a charm quilt
    3:sized for larger squares (I do greater than 3"x3"
    4:bigger than a 5"x5" square

    AFter each quilt I take the scraps and sort them as above into their own container. Then when I want something to work on, it's ready to go.

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  162. Get your head out of your quilt (or any other sewing project). Once you step back, chances are nobody would notice the little mistakes you obsess over.

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  163. I'm a follower now, and am so happy to have found your blog! My favorite quilting tip is to just have fun with what you're making - and not be afraid to try new things!

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  164. Mmm... I'm pretty new to sewing so I am not sure how great of a tip I can give... except that you need to take risks when sewing while still being honest about my skills (or lack thereof).

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  165. measure. then measure again.

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  166. Always keep a seam ripper handy. Sometimes it is easier to unsew one seam then to be unhappy with the project. Thanks for entering me.

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  167. Great to discover your blog through this giveaway! :o) Thank you for the chance of winning something lovely!
    toriatrix@googlemail.com

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  168. Great giveaway! My tip is to have a few bobbins filled when quilting - I hate having to stop to fill one up when I'm on a roll.

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  169. My favorite tip is to buy fabric when you see something you really like for a reasonable price. It makes me feel better about buying fabric(!) but it has also allowed me to start a new project without having to find the perfect fabric for it.

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  170. great stuff. I am new to all of this, but I would say that ironing is a good thing!!!

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  171. What a great give away I love surprises. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  173. Woops, my last entry wasn't done right... um, My favorite tip is to iron the fabric before cutting into it! For some reason it's easier to manipulate when the wrinkles are all out.

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  174. tip: sort buttons into colours so they're easier to match to clothing...

    Please enter me in the draw and don't forget to enter mine!
    http://tinyurl.com/34k4cgd

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  175. I can see you love Amy Butler...love the pics of your projects.

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  176. I began following you too!

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