Saturday, 6 June 2009

"SEWN" Launch Party and Giveaway !

I am all excited about this (even though I am terribly terribly late with my giveaway..). I was a bit shy about doing this as I am new to blogging, but as I was surfing along, finding a those lovely blogs, and finding new friends, I thought I'd throw in my bit too, as, after all... the launch is not the end.. it's only the beginning !!

SEWN

Here is a bit about the site in Sarah's own words (and I couldn't put it better):


"The website will have just about everything you can think of that you would want online as a sewer. There are forums, online advice from industry experts, conversion charts, colour wheels, free patterns and class listings.

There will be interviews with all your favourite designers, quilters, patterns makers and authors. There will be tutorials with me and with other sewers from here and overseas, podcasts and coverage from shows and articles about all maner of exciting things.

Best of all, there are great unique gadgets - Fabricmatcher, which is an online tool which lets you match patterns to fabrics and see what your project will look like without sewing a stitch, and Find Fabric, which is the niftiest thing that will find the fabric you are looking for without you having to search for it for hours on the internet. It's so clever it even searches shops in your vacinity first to save you on international postage. How cool is that?

Plus there will be an online buy and sell area called SEWiNg, which is where you can sell the stuff you sew to the people out there who don't sew - and some of the ones who do :)"


I am so excited about it and especially about the Fabricmatcher. how cool is that ?

Ok... The thing you are all waiting for is the giveaway :-)

Here it is:

It is a pillow panel of canvas with enough canvas to make a border and a backing to make a pillow (as I am so late didn't have time to make it !). Also thrown in is a nautical Fat Quarter of 100% cotton and good quilting quality. The panel was bought in Holland and so most of my USA and UK readers will not have seen it anywhere !

Just leave me a comment, any comment. It would be nice to hear a bit about you, which craft you are doing, and where you live. As I am just a beginning blogger, I am also curious about your opinions about my blog and what you like and don't like (don't be shy ! constructive criticism welcome!), but I'm not fussy.

Looking forward to meeting many more of you!

40 comments:

krousegirl said...

I like the straightforward approach of your blog without a lot of extras...they typically make it hard for me to find anything! Either the clutter or my short attention span! Your giveaway is darling, I just finished my first sailboat quilt and KNOW ill be making another! Im from FOrt Wayne, IN and would love to be your winner!
Jenny
Krousegirlataol.com

Joyce said...

I'd love to win the pannel. I've never seen anything like it here in Canada.

Lotta said...

Like your blog a lot and will most definetaly come back soon. A very nice giveaway you are having, hope to win.
Lotta

wholebrain said...

Congrats on your new blog. Thanks for mentioning the fabric matcher, this is the first time I've heard about it. I don't know why that is because I've been reading about SEWN everywhere lately. Your blog is great and I will be back often to read what you are up to. One thing I would like to see is more cute fluffy puppy pictures! I've never seen the panel before in the US but it would be lovely to win and have in my new house and I would be sure to show it to everyone. Please add my name to the draw.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Great giveaway... There has been so much on the net about Sewn...I'm looking forward to the big reveal of the website in a few days.

sandyandcosmo said...

Oh, my heart skipped a beat when I saw your giveaway! I have a whole room done in a nautical theme and this would be perfect, thanks for a chance to win. And I like your blog, nice and clean and not too fussy.

sandyandcosmo(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sara said...

Count me in!

La Gitan Mystique said...

The first thing I noticed right away is your blog banner. I love it to bits! I am a huge fan of all things aquatic! I love the oceans and all of the life within their depths. Then I noticed what you are offering for your giveaway prize and was so tickled to see all of the wonderful items and the theme. Loving it all!

I live in the U.S. surrounded by cattle and wheat and cornfields. Sadly I must travel 1400 miles to be where my heart truly desires to be which is next to an ocean.

So I surround myself with altered art and many other things "ocean themed."

Thanks for the sweet giveaway. How fun. Please count me in.

Jody

lagitanmystique(at)q(dot)com

BKelly said...

Ohh my gosh. This fabric is just beautiful. I love the fabric (and your blog header), as I live on the coast of New Jersey, and my dog too can often be seen at the front of our boat.
Your blog seems great to me, but I too am new and just finding my way.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

~Regina~ said...

What a neat giveaway! I love nautical things. Would love to be close the ocean. That's not going to happen in Ohio, though. :) You have a nice blog and your first quilt is beautiful!

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

Your blog is lovely! I like that it is very "clean" and easy to read. Your photos are very nice, I especially like the ones showing Rafael sailing. What a cutie.

Thank you for entering me in your drawing and I will be following your blog.

mirage said...

Welcome to blogland! And thanks for the chance to enter your give away. I dabble in many crafts and sewing. I just recently started quilting too. Cute pup!

throuthehaze said...

I live in North Carolina so the nautical theme is right up my alley!

free indeed said...

That's a lovely panel, and I think I'd make a tote rather than a pillow with the extras you are adding. I would just use it more than a pillow. You seem to live in a lovely place. I'm in northern Maine and it is lovely here also with the valleys and verdant greens as spring finally comes. I like that little sandpiper (or whatever type of bird) picture you had...they are so cute.

Sue said...

Great giveaway! Love the fat quarter...it is so pretty! Crossing my fingers that I have a lucky number!

angela said...

Those little sail boats are so cute! I'm Angela, and I live outside Chicago. I knit, sew, and most recently quilt. I love to quilt! Stuck here in the midwest USA, I love seeing your part of the world woven into your blog.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great giveaway. Thanks for joining SEWN. It's a great way to meet new friends.

Laurie said...

Your blog looks great as it is - you've done a nice job. The colors are soothing and easy to read. I'm not a big fan of music on a blog - I just pause it when I come upon some. Your pup is sweet and the pictures really show that.

I'm from Maine in the states and have been quilting for a long time,but just "seriously" quilting with patterns over the last two years. It's been a blast to meet fellow quilters in blogland. I hope you continue to blog!!

Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous panel!!
Laurie

Tasha said...

I'm fairly new to blogging so find it a bit too nerve racking to comment on someone's blog! lol It looks great to me :) Thanks for the chance to win

roseread said...

I'd love to hear more about the sailing. I live on the ocean, too (Salem, MA, USA)and I love being able to see the water from my porch. Great blog :)

A Joyful Chaos said...

I would be absolutely thrilled to win your generous giveaway!

Right now I have several dresses cut and ready to sew for my daughters. And I have several different quilts in the making not to mention various other craft projects. To be totally honest I have way too much going but that's the way I like it:-)

SandyN said...

Party time and presents... I do love a good party. Well I live in Australia, I am also new to the blog world. I just got back into patchwork after a long break. So what am I making... too much and all at once. I am making about 3 quilts at the moment and waiting for a new BOM that is running in Austrlalia with all Australian designers. So thats for your giveaway and hopefully we could keep in touch.. Sandy

Janice said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win.

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Hi I am steph from Sydney and I haven't tried quilting yet... well not from a pattern!! I like your blog and look forward to reading more about your craftiness!! hehe

We're having a sewn give away too... but be quick!!

xo Steph

Fiona said...

I am a busy mum of 2 boys ( 20months and 4) in Melbourne Australia. My elder boys room has a nautical theme - his single bed was my third quilt and includes sailing boats!! Thanks for the chance to win the pillow kit.

Erin@1N3sew said...

i am new too!
Welcome to sewing blog world! A lot of generous n telanted sewers on the net. They always inspiring!
Dnt forget to join my draw!

Deb said...

Cute giveaway! Very appropriate considering the name of your blog. I'm not a very good sewer and an even worse quilter so I love to see people WIPs and the finished project and I love when blogger share tips and ideas.

Pauline said...

Hi Marguerite..you commented on mine, I will do likewise...its great that you have joined in..well done

esther (it means star) said...

I too am new to blogging. I love that like minded people can see others projects. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Justine said...

Better late than never. Thanks for throwing your hat in the ring (so to speak). Great to visit new sites! Love the fabric and panel. My parents are both sailors so it made me smile......

Dana said...

So stinkin'cool! I'd love a chance to win it!

Kay aka dkswife said...

Oh my, I would love to win! I mainly sew clothing and knit, but my mom, whom lives w/ my husband and I quilts all the time. :)

I am participating as well. Enter if you wish.

tammiemarie said...

Very cool, perfect for summer! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I live on a lake in Minnesota, so love the nautical theme of your give away! Thanks for participating.
I am currently participating in a quilt along, and it is lots of fun.

isabel f. said...

wow!! lovely giveaway!!
count me in, please!!
hugs Isabel

Kim said...

Welcome to Bloggyville! There are so many wonderful, kind and generous folks in this "community" that stretches across the globe.

I like your blog! I like how you share not only your quilting but also the rest of your life.

I'm currently living in Argentina, but hail from the U.S. and also spent a year in Africa. Everywhere I go I haul fabric and thread with me :-) So far I haven't found any other quilters around here, but I'm still working on learning the language. Looks like I may have to talk my new friends into becoming quilters :-) Not having any other quilters around here, though, makes it really wonderful to find others online!

Susan said...

Hi! Just found your blog and look forward to looking around. LOVE the picture of your doggie on the sailboat! Your giveaway is so cute - thanks for the chance! I think I made it in time...it's just a little past my bedtime in the US!

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

Terrific giveaway - thanks for the chance to win.

Lauranie said...

Am I too late?? I was out of town this weekend! I love it! It is so beautiful! My aunt lives in Galveston, TX in a sweet little beach house and of course this would fit in with her "theme" she has going! And I know I've already told you how much I enjoy visiting you and listening to your great tunes!! :D I'm so glad you are getting out and "meeting" ppl! Thanks for the giveaway!

Rafael's Mum said...

Ok everyone, my giveaway is now officially closed.

Thanks to all taking part. I am now going away to do the draw (and a few other things....) but will be back this morning with the winner !

I have enjoyed all your lovely comments, and a special thanks to those who have taken the trouble to write a bit about themselves and their crafts !