Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My First Giveaway!

Ok folks, it’s about time I had a giveaway, and the perfect opportunity presented itself today. When I re-subscribed to The Quilt Show, I got a free membership for a friend. Since none of my RL friends quilt, I’m giving away this membership to one of my blog readers. I’m pretty sure this is a 6-month membership.

This membership to The Quilt Show is not valid if you are already a Quilt Show member; but if you’re not a member, or if you’re a “basic” (free) member, leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner on Saturday, Jan. 15. Be sure that I have a way to contact you if you win!

On the creative front, I’ve been reading Susan Carlson’s new book, Serendipity Quilts.

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Carlson’s technique for creating fabric collage is, to me, very much like mosaic: it’s all about using little scraps of fabric to create an image. I started the first exercise in her book a few days ago, and today I had almost finished this orange and purple spiral:

first_spiral

I needed to do my daily (physical) exercise, and I didn’t want to mess with the Xbox 360, which I’ve been using to do my daily “dance routines.” Instead, I decided to do a couple of miles on the elliptical machine, and that means watching The Quilt Show online. When I went to pull up the latest episode though, I realized that my subscription had expired.

When I FINALLY got through the re-subscription process and pulled up the latest episode, guess who the guest was? Yep, Susan Carlson! It was a lot of fun to see her wonderful quilts, and I’m looking forward to working through the rest of the exercises in Serendipity Quilts.

I’ve fallen behind in sketching. I don’t where the time goes, but I’m pretty sure that darned day job is interfering with my creative time. Oh well, after so many months last year of artistic inactivity and ennui, I’m just glad to be TOO busy for a change!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your blog...and am interested in the quilt show...thanks...Geraldine in Dallas

Rosaland Hannibal said...

I love your spiral and the opportunity to win the subscription.

My day job does make it a challenge to find/make the time to create, and do blog posts, and tweet, and . . . you get it :-).

Thanks for sharing about this book. I'll have to put it on my list.

Michigoose said...

Congratulations on your Fist Full O' Thread win! I can't believe it is someone I "know". :)

Lisa Q.

kathy bagioni said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a subscription to the Quilt Show.

And, thanks for the bit about the fiber art book. Looks like just the thing to kick start 2011. Do I have scraps!!!

Sandra said...

You've a great sense of humor; thanks for the opportunity to win.

Linda said...

Thanks for the book info.
Linda

Dolores said...

Looks like a great book. I have her Free-style Quilts book. Thanks for the chance to win your generous giveaway.

yetunde said...

i love your blog. i and going to be broke after i buy all these great books you recommended. have a nice day.

Rambling Dandelions said...

What a nice blog! I like your book choice -- I will look into it. There are just so many things to be had out there that are inspiring and fun and not to be missed! Don't you wish we could just slow things down??

Kathie in NC
http://ramblingdandelions.blogspot.com
http://charmedcotton.blogspot.com

Dotti said...

Glad you are back to blogging...you were missed! I have Free Style Quilts by Susan and like her style!
http://piecefulmusings.blogspot.com

Julia in NZ said...

I love the purple and gold spiral. I am a fan of using up scraps in a creative way.

GMYR said...

Please enter me into the Quilt Show blog giveaway. What a great idea Alex and Ricky had in starting this show. And, the Serendipity Quilts book looks like something I need too! Thanks for the opportunity, Michele

Joyce Teal said...

Great blog, great show!! I love to read Alex and Ricky's magazine - always a good seller at our local Hancock Fabrics!!

Judy Alexander said...

Nice to see you are still here. I am just getting back to my blog after neglecting it for a while. I have never won a give away but I guess there could always be a first!

Sandra said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Love your sketch of your highly prized pup.

JillW said...

Oh dear, another book I might have to acquire!

Gina said...

Your mosaic spiral is great! Sounds like another book for my wish list. And thank you for the opportunity to win a Quilt Show subscription!

Barb R. said...

I love your color choices for the spiral - and I especially appreciate the vibrant orange and purples on this gloomy January day in the frozen north!

Please include me in your give-away. I think it would give me a little pleasure while I chip away the ice from my eyelashes .... just kidding! Well, at least a little bit.

Barb in Ottawa, Canada

Lydia said...

Nice spiral quilt, and nice exercise idea...watch the Quilt Show!