Today is the last day of the announcements for the giveaways. I believe in a post I did for Qwilt Qwazy Queens 2016, I mentioned that my sewing room has no overhead lighting in it. You can imagine what this is like when your sewing at night and have very little lighting. At first, I purchased some cheapie lamps from Amazon, they are floor lamps, but all they do it seems is light the ceiling. That is of no help when your sitting there stairing at a ruler and fabric and you need to make a precise cut. So, I took the plunge and purchased some better lighting. I purchased some Ottlite’s. They have been a sponsor of several of my events at this blog and I wanted to give back. Ottlite is not an inexpensive solution, but it is the best solution for me. I need good lighting. I have bad eyes, and they aren’t getting any younger. I’ve only lived in one state ever that didn’t require I wear glasses while driving and it’s not my current home here in Colorado either. I can be sited with a ticket if I’m not wearing them. Suffice it to say I keep a pair of glasses in the car all of the time. 🙂 I couldn’t afford to buy all the lamps I needed at once, but I did buy one a month for several months until I got enough lighting going on in my sewing room that I felt I could see well enough with. Every single lamp in my sewing room is an Ottlite lamp. I simply love them. There are 5 lamps in my sewing room currently and I’d like to get one more for use in the closet area as I keep bins in there of the small things like buttons, beads, paints, etc… They are on a shelving unit and it would help to not always carry a lamp over to the closet. 🙂 Sometime soon I’ll buy another lamp. But during the Row Along, you can win there newest designed lamp. I hope you will love them as much as I do.
Next is Martelli Notions, they to have been very generous in many of my blog events always with an offer of one of there wonderful rotary cutters and some extra blades. While it took me a bit of getting use to cut with mine, I absolutely love it and actually use it more now than I do my original Olfa cutter I bought back in the early 80’s. The great thing about the rotary cutters from Martelli Notions, is that they are meant for people who have problems with there wrist such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, and even tendonitis. You do not need to use a lot of pressure to cut with these cutters and that’s a bonus to anyone with these wrist issues. They even offer a rotary cutter for left handed people.
Oh my goodness, can you believe it’s Thursday already. We are just 5 days away from the Row Along starting. I feel like a little girl getting ready for Santa to come leave the gifties under the tree I am so excited.
We have 47 bloggers participating in this years Row Along, that’s 47 free patterns to come your way over the course of the event. Each blogger will be featuring one of these giveaways I’ve been writing about all week long.
Today’s featured giveaways are from Moda Fabrics, and BlocLoc Rulers. One of the funny things about Moda is for many years I thought there name was actually Moda Bake Shop, because I kept hearing about the great things they were showing on that blog. I’d go and look and wonder where the fabric collections were. I know, it’s crazy, but I really did think that for a very long time. It wasn’t until I decided to write them to ask for giveaways that I really had to track down just who Moda was and how to contact them. They are such a creative fabric company with there fun prints and fabrics, who couldn’t resist hitting the fabric shops just to see what’s new.
On the other side, BlocLoc Rulers was a company I just happened on when looking for a new 6×24 inch ruler this past summer. I had apparently dropped mine on the floor and didn’t notice, and what did I do? I ran over it with my chair and split that puppy right in half. So I had to go on the hunt for a new ruler. I happened upon Blocloc by looking for those rulers and what’s even cooler, they are just about a two hours drive away from me here in Colorado. How cool is that? They have some really cool rulers, and so I wrote them and asked if they’d be willing to do a giveaway and they were very happy to, so this years row along features there rulers.
Did you know that the reason I opened this blog when I did was because I had joined an EQ blog hop? Yep, I had originally planned back in 2013 for a summer opening, but when I joined that bloghop, I had barely been working in EQ and had to quickly learn something about it so I could post on my day of the blog hop… That was 5 years ago.
Today, I love EQ just as much as the day I started learning it. I’ve been an EQ owner since sometime back in the 90’s.. I just never took the time to properly learn how to use it. Six years ago, we had just moved to a new home in Italy and I decided then and there I was going to get back into quilting. One of the first things I did was upgrade EQ from version 6 to version 7, and now as of last October, version 8 is out. New users of the software are loving the new interface which they updated with that version and are finding it easier to use. I am proud to be able to offer a full version of EQ as a giveaway at this year’s row along.
I am also a Sulky lover. I’ve used Sulky threads since the early 80’s and I love them today as much as I did back then. My first sewing with metallic thread was on Sulky thread and I still own the jacket I made with it back then today. It no longer fits, but it’s one of the things I have made that I am proud of.
The amazing giveaways for the row along come to you today from Inspired LED, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil.
Among all the great giveaways being offered for the row along, these are amongst my three favorite items. I have used Hobbs Batting for as long as I can remember as a quilter and the warmth it provides when I sleep under it. It always leaves me with that feeling like why do I want to get up into a cold room.. hehehe. I have always loved working with this batting also. I find it very easy to stitch thru. My first impression of the Inspired LED light came from a blog post a few years ago during a blog hop and I was definitely intrigued. We all have issues with lighting at the sewing machine and it just seems like the lighting the machine gives us is never enough or isn’t in the right spot. I really love the Inspired LED light, so much so I have one on all 4 of my sewing machines and 1 extra for the machine that doesn’t get a lot of use. I just haven’t used it, so it hasn’t been added yet. With Aurifil, well who doesn’t love this thread. I started collecting all the colors back when we lived in Italy, and while I never bought every single color I have a good enough selection of colors to help me select the right color for each project.
Well, today we are just 8 days from the Row Along starting. I have read all your comments over the last week and I can tell many of you are also ready for it to get started.
I would like to point out that the giveaway previews I am posting last week and this week are to be given away during the row along once it starts. I do this so you know what’s coming and what will be given away. Please note that most of these giveaways will be offered at the blogs of the designers on their featured day. The only announcement on what will be given away that week is on this blogs post on each Tuesday and Thursday of the Row Along event in September and October.
Today I am featuring Michael Miller Fabrics, C&T Publishing, and
I didn’t get a post created yesterday. I was so busy trying to finish up Sam and Sam for a release that I simply forgot to get the post written, so today I’ll do three of the giveaways and do another three tomorrow or Saturday…
In the meantime, some silly chitchat on website stuff… I have now secured my site to an https address. Please check the address and see if it will open for you in an https environment. I want everyone to be able to view my blog, so it was a necessary change that I’ve been putting off doing for quite some time. Thank you to Pat for writing me about the error she was receiving. It made me get off my duff and make the switch. You can actually view the blog without the https environment, but if you want the security that https brings, you might like to make the switch yourself.
On to the cool giveaways today… From Hoffman Fabrics, Continue reading
Just as quilters who use bloggers have their headaches sometimes with Blogger, WordPress users experience the same issues. WordPress decides to make a change that is so massive in its change it can and most likely will affect your entire site. Normally because of some plugins I use, my site runs a bit slow, but recently, WordPress has decided to change the editor system that we use to create our posts in. Suffice it to say, I am old and set in my ways and I do not like it… Heck, I didn’t even survive 2 minutes trying it out I found it so confusing. So I went back to my old editor not really realizing that still having that newish editor that I’m sure they will force upon us at some point was slowing my site down to a turtle’s crawl. I’ve spent days now trying to figure out why the site was so slow and it turned out that not only the editor but one of the older galleries I had installed was making it creep along also. The site is faster now, but still not as fast as what I’d like so I’m working to try and find the issues involved. So I do apologize for any delays you may have experienced in loading pages.
Today I am featuring the giveaways from Barbara Dieges and Kimberbell patterns. These will be given away during the My Happy Place Row Along next month and in October.