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Abakhan Fabrics Giveaway Winner!

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Wow, thanks to all of you who left comments for the Abakhan Fabrics giveaway! I’ve got the two winners right here:

The winner of the bright bundle is: Elizabeth McDonald

The winner of the pastel bundle is: Kaitlin M

I’ve emailed the winners using the email address they left in the comment, but if you think you’ve won and haven’t had an email, let me know at jennaexcell (at) gmail.com and I’ll try to sort it out. :)

Thanks everyone! And a special thanks to Will at Abakhan Fabrics!

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Welcome: Abakhan Fabrics & FQ Bundles Giveaway

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It’s Giveaway time! Woohoo! I’ve got a new sponsor, Abakhan fabrics, so I’d like to introduce you to them.

Abakhan has super deals on fabric, knitting and crochet supplies, general craft supplies and just about everything else you might need for your sewing and crafting adventures. And it’s all at great prices, so it won’t hurt your wallet!

They carry a bit of everything – quilting supplies, dressmaking, curtain and home furnishing fabrics, the list goes on and on.

Can you believe this curtain fabric is only £4.99 per metre?

They’ve also got 50% off all Simplicity patterns right now – so if you’re thinking about sewing a few dresses or skirts for fall/winter, it’s definitely worth your time to see what Abakhan has in stock for you.

And now it’s time to get to the giveaway. Here’s what Will at Abakhan has for TWO participants:

A polka spotted fat quarter bundle of brights – there are 8 FQs in there! And another one:

Another fat quarter bundle of polka spots – this one in pastel.

Here’s how to win:

  • Leave a comment. That’s it. No strings attached.
  • For an additional entry, go Like the Abakhan Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Leave me a comment letting me know which one.
  • For an additional entry, go Like the SewHappyGeek Facebook page or follow on Twitter. Leave me a comment letting me know which one.
  • If you share the giveaway via FB or Twitter, that’s an additional entry – just leave me a comment letting me know you did. (There are buttons below the post that make it super easy.)

Each winner will receive ONE FQ Bundle – whether you get bright or pastel is totally left up to chance. I’ll leave the giveaway open for one week – I’ll announce the winner next Friday, 14 Sept. The giveaway is open internationally – anyone can enter. I’ll use my And The Winner Is…plugin to determine who’s won.

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PLAY Mini Quilt Competition FQ Bundle Giveaway

Have you joined my new mini quilt competition, PLAY? It’s gonna be lots of fun and there are a TON of gift certificates to win!

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I’ve got lots of sponsors lined up to give away fabulous prizes, and all you have to do is make a mini quilt depicting one card from a standard deck of cards – it can be any card you want to make, as funny or surreal or symbolic as you want! Check out the Flickr group for my example quilt.

I’ve even roped in celebrity judges! Katy of I’m A Ginger Monkey is going to choose the Most Humourous, which has a $35 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop prize, and Melissa of SewBitterSweet Designs is judging the Best In Show and Most Original, with $75 and $35 gift certificate prizes to Fat Quarter Shop.

There are also gift certificate prizes from Julie at Intrepid Thread, Natasha of Skye Reve Fabrics, and Randi of Fresh Squeezed Fabrics!

You can read all about PLAY here, and join the Flickr group here.

And now, on to the giveaway! To get you started, I’m giving away a rainbow FQ bundle of solids, with a fun print thrown in as well:

 That’s 7 fat quarters for free. And you know what I’m like – I’ll probably dig around and find another little prize as well.

So what do you have to do to win this lovely bundle?

  1. Be a follower of SewHappyGeek – just let me know how you follow (RSS, email, etc)
  2. Follow SewHappyGeek on Twitter or Facebook – I love chatting with you guys!
  3. Tweet or Facebook about the giveaway (see handy buttons below)
  4. If you’re participating in PLAY, let me know!

P.S. Because the Google Overlords want to force the entire planet into using their crappy social application, my Google Friend Connect has been cancelled. But you can still get me in your Google Reader (or any other reader) by clicking on the Feedburner (RSS) link below. :)

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This giveaway is international, so everyone qualifies, and I’ll leave it open till next Friday, 4 May 2012.

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Welcome & Jelly Roll Giveaway: Sanourra’s Fabric Love

Hey, have you joined PLAY – a mini quilt competition with fabulous prizes? Read about it here! And Manic Monday Linky Party is still open too!

I’d like to welcome my newest sponsor, Megan from Sanourra’s Fabric Love on etsy. Take it away, Megan!
Sanourras Fabric Love

Hello, my name is Megan.  I am the owner and proprietor of Sanourra’s Fabric Love, and I’m a textile addict. I started sewing in 1999, and I made my first quilt three years ago.  I have since learned how to knit and I’ve fallen in love with the process.

Hullabaloo Jelly Roll, on sale in Sanourra's Fabric Love for $32. Click on the picture to see the listing.

After I was laid off from a job as an administrative assistant in 2009, I decided to follow my passion:  I opened my Etsy shop with vintage fabrics and patterns. Since then, I have added many fabric collections and precut bundles from Moda Fabrics. I have started adding my own hand-dyed yarn and knitted creations to my shop as well.

Vintage 50/50 blend fabric, available for only $5 per yard! Click picture to see listing

For those of you wondering about my shop name, it just so happens that while I enjoy being crafty and creative, I’m also a bit of a gamer. Sanourra is the name of a character in an online game that I created years ago and has stuck with me. It’s a mixture of the French sante (health) and the English nourishment; creating nurtures my soul and makes me a happier, healthier person.  I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

Half yard of Mirage Batik Spirals in Peach for only $4.45. Click on picture to see listing

Half Yard Mirage Batik Sprigs Scroll in Autumn, $4.45. Click picture to see listing!

I feel truly blessed to have had the pleasure of meeting so many creative and kind people over the past few years while running my little fabric business from home. I have built a solid reputation for providing outstanding service and a satisfying online shopping experience to my customers because I treat them as I would like to be treated.

Hometown Flower Shop yardage, on sale for only $8.99 per yard! Click picture to see listing

Little Apples by Aneela Hoey, Layer Cake for only $35! Click picture to see listing.

Seriously guys, Megan has some sweet deals in her shop, so go check it out! 

And to top it all off, she’s giving away a blue Puttin’ on the Ritz jelly roll! Woohoo!

Here’s how to win:

That’s 4 chances to win! The giveaway is open internationally, and winner will be chosen on Thursday 26 April using my And The Winner Is…plug-in. 

 

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Giveaway Winners!

I’ve closed comments on the Giveaway post, and my And The Winner Is widget threw out 4 names:

The winner of the 9FQ Bundle is: Gidget who said: Like you on Facebook

The winners of the charm packs + bonus fabrics are: My friend Bonnie! who said: I’ve shared your amazing giveaway on Facebook! and Cathy K. who said: I follow (stalk?) you on Facebook! :)

The bonus winner of the handmade tote bag is Jennie of Jennie’s Threads who said: Here’s a joke: Person 1: If you could have any animal in your zoo, what would you have? Person 2: I would have a dog. Person 1: That would be a shit-zoo! Apologies for the terrible joke – I hope it made you smile! (It did make me smile! My husband is allergic to everything and calls dogs Shit Machines. Which also makes me smile. So thanks Jennie! I needed that!)

I’ve emailed the winners to get addresses, but if you think you won but haven’t got an email, let me know at sewhappygeek@gmail.com

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My Giveaway Gets Bigger & StudioKat Handbag Patterns

You might have noticed I’ve got a new sponsor, Studio Kat Designs. Kat designs some seriously adorable and extremely practical handbag patterns and other nifty supplies. I asked if I could review one for her Welcome post, and look what I got! 2 lovely patterns from the lovely postie! I am so excited to try them. What I CAN tell you is that they’re very well written and very easy to follow. Making handbags is kind of a sub-section of sewing, unlike clothing or quilting. But if you’re scared to take the plunge into using your yummy fabrics for your own handbag (hello One of a Kind!), let me tell you – her patterns are tops.

So when I stop feeling full of cold and get back in my sewing room, I’ll be working on one of these and I promise I’ll give you an honest review of my experience. And remember, my friends, I’ve only been sewing for like 2 years. So if I can do it, you can. (Actually, that leads me to a thought – how much fun would it be to have a Sew Along of one of Studio Kat’s lovely handbags?)

Oh, and there comes a time when quilters with limited storage capacity (me!) must look at their stash and ask themselves: Am I really going to use This Fabric? And when the answer is…Hmmmm, probably not?, the quilter knows it’s time to share it with someone who will appreciate the fabric and even use it. Right? So I’m throwing more goodies into yesterday’s giveaway. Don’t worry, if you’re already signed up for it, you don’t have to do anything! Here’s what I’m throwing in:

There are 2 Lily & Will charm packs and 5 FQs that I think I’ve cut into a little bit. So 2 lovely people will receive a charm pack and some of that FQ bundle in the background. Not bad, eh? A 9 fat quarter bundle + charm packs + matching yardage? Cha-ching! So if you haven’t signed up, get on over there!

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Let’s Have A FQ Bundle Giveaway

Honestly, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately, so I’m going to spread the cheer I’m not feeling by dipping into my own stash.  Depression sucks, doesn’t it? I don’t even like The Doors, but the idea I might Break On Through To The Other Side is pretty appealing right now.

My other excuse is that I have over 1100 followers, which is way more than I had this time last year! So I’m giving away 9 FQs of Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, which is also available at Hawthorne Threads, Skye Reve Fabrics, and Fat Quarter Shop

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I’ve also thrown in 2 Lily & Will charm packs and 5 FQs that I think I’ve cut into a little bit. So 2 lovely people will receive a charm pack and some of that FQ bundle in the background. Not bad, eh? A 9 fat quarter bundle + charm packs + matching yardage? Cha-ching!
So here are the rules:

I’ll leave it open through the 15th of February and announce the winner on the 16th. Winner will be chosen by And The Winner Is… WordPress Plug-In. I might even throw in an extra prize of a handmade tote bag or something. Anyone can enter – I’ll ship internationally.

Entries:

  • Leave a comment – Whatever is fine – maybe a joke or happy story?
  • If you’re a follower – leave an additional comment letting me know
  • If you follow SewHappyGeek via Twitter or Facebook, leave me a comment letting me know
  • If you tweet or Facebook about it, that’s a bonus entry each – There are helpful buttons at the end of the post :P

That’s it! 5 possible chances to win this lovely FQ Bundle!

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Manic Monday Linky Party & JAQS Fabrics Giveaway Winner!

Well, we did it! Thanks to you guys we got the SewHappyGeek Facebook page up to 254 Likes. So here’s what you’ve all been waiting for:

And the person who was the 199th ‘Liker’ was Rebecca Vodochodsky! If you’re Rebecca, email me at jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk and I’ll get your prize sorted.  If I haven’t heard from you in a week, I’ll draw again. Thanks everyone!

And now, to more mundane matters. If you haven’t joined the Table Runner/Wall Hanging Swap, please have a look at the page to decide if you’d like to do so. AND I just might have a little fabric giveaway to the most inventive quilter….shhhhh. I’ll let you know soon! :)

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!

 



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Fat Quarter Shop Sponsored Blog-iversary Giveaway!

Hello! I’m doing this in a separate post today for simplicity’s sake. So here goes!

A year ago today, I started out at www.excellcrafts.blogspot.com. I had no idea there were thousands of craft bloggers; I’m kinda glad I didn’t know, really.

I soon decided a name change was necessary, so www.sewhappygeek.blogspot.com was born. But it wasn’t long before I started to want things that Blogger couldn’t provide. So I learned some HTML and started my own website, www.sewhappygeek.co.uk. I am so glad I did!

In the past year, my tastes in sewing have become a bit more specialised: I do a lot of quilting and only a little bit of handbags and other things. So my blog has changed too. But I still try to do a tutorial every Tuesday, and I freely admit that connecting with you guys has been the #1 thing that keeps me going.

So, with all that, I think it’s time for a celebration, don’t you? In order to celebrate my new pattern, Square It Up, which is on sale in my etsy shop and on Fat Quarter Shop’s website, the kind fabric fairies over at Fat Quarter Shop have generously offered a quilt top kit to one of my readers!

Here’s what you’ll get:

That’s worth nearly $60!
Here’s how to enter:
  • Go to Fat Quarter Shop and tell me your current favourite line.
  • be a follower of my blog (just tell me how you follow – RSS, GFC, etc)
  • be a follower of the Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop‘s blog & leave me a comment telling me
  • if you tweet or facebook about this giveaway, let me know – there are handy icons at the bottom of the post to make it easy ;)
  • BONUS: if you follow me via Facebook or Twitter, tell me which.
That’s 5 chances! Have fun! The giveaway is open till Saturday, 3 September, when I will do a post announcing the winner. If the winner has left a correct email address I’ll try to email as well. Winner chosen using the And The Winner Is plug-in on WordPress.org.


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Stashtacular Thu + My Great Big Fabric Score!

Today’s Stashtacular post is over at Spontaneous Threads, and there’s still time to get another entry for the $25 gift certificate as well!

How is everyone? I just had to share the last few days with you. You’ll probably hear more about them next week, but I am so freakin excited about my fabric that I had to show you! And no, I didn’t cheat on my fabric diet because I bought them ages ago.

About 2 months ago or so, I started buying fabrics on etsy and having them shipped to my mum in Texas instead of paying international shipping here. She carefully looked after all my packages and never complained that I was ordering too much. I think my mum is one of the nicest people in the world, and you’ll see why. Here’s a pic of my new stuff:

I bought 10 FQs of Quilted Fish’s Sugar and Spice line, a Ruby layer cake (That line is so, so beautiful), a Grace True Cut rotary blade sharpener, 15 FQs + 1yd of Tula Pink’s Prince Charming line, and 300 little 3.5″ squares of I-spy fabrics for making I-spy quilts for my nephews. (The sharpener is awesome!) I bought 2 packs of 100 I-spy charms from Sew Together on etsy, who was kind enough to make them more boy-oriented – only $10 per 100. I seriously recommend her!

Gratuitous close up of Prince Charming:

Isn’t it lovely? I bought the indigo and honey colourways, but when I got them I realised it’s too dark. So I’ll order some of the coral FQs to round it out. BTW, I’ve been searching for a list of Kona solids which coordinate with Prince Charming – I have to order them as no one near me sells Kona solids, and colours are hard to judge on computer screens. So if any of you know the names, please will you leave them in the comments?

We also took my parents to Bath Spa to see the Roman Baths:

My parents and Savi at the Roman Baths. Total tourists, right? :)

Mimi and Savi in the centre of Bath.

Well, I better go as Savi is home from school and needs some attention from her mum. What a chore, right? :)

© J C Excell, 2011

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